It is my distinct honor as the Awards Chair of the 69th Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM 2014) of the American Chemical Society to announce this year’s awardees. The first is for the Stanley C. Israel Award for diversity in the chemical sciences to Professor Sandy Ross who has worked along with his team to develop the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) program which provides scholarship support for Indigenous graduate students in the STEM disciplines. The second award is for the E. Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service in the ACS which is awarded to Janet Bryant who has a longstanding history of ACS involvement and leadership with NOR Boards, regional and National ACS committees such as the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and the Chemical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council (CIEC) as well as a rich history of other ACS outreach activities. The third award is for the Chemical Education Glenn and Jane Crosby Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching awarded to Jeff Charbonneau. Mr. Charbonneau is a chemistry and physics teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah Washington. His earnest desire to help students and improve learning techniques is very evident in his own professional development, and his pursuit of resources to improve the classroom and student research opportunities.
Earle R. Adams
NORM 2014 Awards Chair
Department of Chemistry
University of Montana
The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.
2014 Award Winner: MONTANA SLOAN INDIGENOUS GRADUATE PARTNERSHIP
Sandy Ross, Director
The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) program, which provides scholarship support for Indigenous graduate students in STEM disciplines, includes the University of Alaska (Fairbanks and Anchorage), the University of Arizona, Purdue University, and three institutions in Montana: the University of Montana (Missoula), Montana Tech (Butte), and Montana State University (Bozeman). The SIGP program is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The Montana SIGP has had a profound positive impact on increasing the numbers of masters and doctoral Native Americans in STEM disciplines. Currently, more than 30 Indigenous students are enrolled in masters and doctoral degree programs; since 2005, 28 Indigenous students have graduated.
The current leadership of the Montana SIGP includes Aaron Thomas (University of Montana), Beverly Hartline (Montana Tech), and Karlene Hoo (Montana State University). Recent Montana SIGP directors include Sandy Ross (UM, 2008-2014), Joe Figueira (Tech, 2005-2012), and Carl Fox (MSU, 2012). Other members of the team, who have worked hard toward the success of the Montana SIGP, include Mary Kamensky (UM), David Strobel (UM), Michael Ceballos (UM), Aislinn HeavyRunner (UM), Meredith Berthelson (UM), Isa Atkinson (UM), Penny Kukuk (UM), Patrick WeaselHead (UM), Fred Sullivan (Tech), Catherine Johnson (MSU), and Kaylee Ranck (MSU). Many effective mentors have also been part of the Montana SIGP team.
This award is to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Regional Activities.
2014 Award Winner: Janet Bryant
Janet has had a long and impactful career as a Research Scientist/Engineer at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA. She is the author of over 80 publications and is sought out as a speaker at the local, regional, national and international levels, with over three dozen public presentations on a variety of technical and professional subjects. Her clients have included the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and Homeland Security, the European Union and IAEA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, BNSF, and EPA.
Janet is a tireless volunteer for the American Chemical Society. Her active participation includes positions of leadership for the Richland Local Section, NOR Board and Northwest Region, multiple Technical Divisions, and appointed and elected national ACS Committees. She is a past Chair of the national Women Chemists Committee (WCC) where she championed notable programs for Women Chemists of Color (WCoC), retention of mid-career women chemists (Just Cocktails), entrepreneurship, and national awards process improvement – which all continue today. Janet currently serves as the President-Elect of the NOR Board, Inc. of the ACS Northwest Region, and has been the Richland Section Representative to the Board of Directors since 2007. She is a co-founder and elected Chair of the ACS Chemical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council (CIEC) for 2012-2014, the grassroots organization supporting business-minded and entrepreneurial chemists. Janet is also an ACS Fellow, elected Member-at-Large for the Division of Professional Relations (PROF), Councilor for the Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT), and member of the Richland Section Executive Committee, serving as Earth Day Coordinator (2004-present) and Bylaws Committee Chair. She is serving her second elected term on the ACS Committee on Committees (ConC), where she currently serves as liaison to the Membership Affairs Committee (MAC) and the Committee on Nomenclature, Technology and Symbols (NTS). Janet was also recently honored as the 2013 ACS Richland Section Chemist of the Year.
The purpose of this award is to encourage outstanding teachers in high school chemistry in the Northwest Region. The Northwest Region of the ACS consists of the following local sections: Alaska, Central Utah, Hawaii, Idaho, Inland Northwest, Montana, Oregon, Portland, Puget Sound, Richland, Salt Lake, Sierra Nevada, Snake River, Washington-Idaho Border and Wyoming.
2014 Award winner: Jeff Charboneau
Jeff Charbonneau is a chemistry, physics and engineering teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington. He’s been working in this position for his entire 13 year teaching career. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University, and holds a Masters of Education from Central Washington University. He is a National Board Certified teacher.
He recognizes that many students see his course subjects as the “hard” science classes and welcomes the challenge to overturn that stigma. In addition to his role as a science instructor at ZHS, Jeff is a yearbook advisor, drama assistant director, science club advisor, and is the 9th grade class advisor. He also is an adjunct faculty member at three colleges and universities, allowing students who do take his classes to earn 24-college credits upon successful completion. Jeff admits his classes are “more rigorous” but says they are designed to be accessible. He’s created interactive learning experiences to help students develop confidence in their abilities. Jeff said, “I believe my greatest accomplishments are revealed each time a student realizes that he or she has an unlimited potential. The rest are simply vehicles to make it happen.”