Many Congratulations to the ACS DFW Award Recipients for 2020!
The ACS DFW local section is pleased to announce the winners for the Doherty, Schultz, and Chemistry Ambassador Awards for 2020. The ACS DFW local section would like to thank the 2020 Awards Committee led by Professor John P. Ferraris (University of Texas at Dallas) for their hard work to select the winners for 2020.
The ACS DFW local section is also proud to announce the 2020 recipient of the ACS SWRM High School teaching Award for outstanding contributions to high school chemistry education.
Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University, is the winner of the Wilfred T. Doherty Award for 2020. The Doherty Award recognizes excellence in chemical research or chemistry teaching, meritorious service to ACS, the establishment of new chemical methodology (for the industry), solution of pollution problems, and advances in curative or preventive chemotherapy.
Nick Tsarevsky obtained M.S. degree in theoretical chemistry and chemical physics in 1999 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Prof. Kris Matyjaszewski. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (2005-6), and a member of the founding team of ATRP Solutions, Inc., of which he served as Chief Science Officer (2007-2010). He joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in the summer of 2010 as an assistant professor, and in 2016 he was promoted to associate professor with tenure. He has authored and co-authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters, 1 textbook, and has served as the co-editor of 7 books. He also co-authored two scripts for science education programs for children (shown on national TV in Bulgaria). He received several awards, including the IUPAC Young Observer Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, and the 2020 W. T. Doherty Award of the Dallas – Fort Worth local section of the ACS. Research interests include polymerization techniques, functional materials, coordination chemistry and catalysis, and the chemistry hypervalent compounds, in addition to the history of chemistry and chemical education. He served as chair of the Polymer group of the Pittsburgh local section of the ACS as well as chair of the Section itself. Since 2018, he has been the program chair of the Division for the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the ACS.
Nicole Lyssy is the winner of the Werner Schulz Award for 2020. The Schulz Award recognizes outstanding high school chemistry teachers, who, like the late Dr. Werner Schulz, bring excellence to the teaching of chemistry.
Nicole Lyssy began her chemistry teaching career at Bryan High School after earning a BS in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1999 and building upon the many teachers who influenced her. A move to north Texas in 2003 brought her to Plano West Senior High, where she was able to grow the AP Chemistry program, sponsor an active ACS Chemistry Club, and co-sponsor LASER (science fair). She has been involved in curriculum and instructional design for Plano ISD and a professional development presenter at the district and state levels. She is currently creating an AP Chemistry course for the International Academy of Science and president of the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas.
William H. Hendrickson Jr. is the winner of the Chemistry Ambassador Award for 2020. The Chemistry Ambassador Award recognizes an outstanding member of the ACS DFW local section who has made a significant impact via promoting chemistry to the community.
Bill Hendrickson (aka Dr. William H. Hendrickson Jr.) is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Dallas, where he taught organic chemistry for 40 years. He was a department chair from 2005-2015 and the Director of the O’Hara Chemical Sciences Institute from 2000-2017. He holds a BS from Louisiana Tech and a Ph.D. from LSU. He did a post-doc at Johns Hopkins and was a Visiting Professor of Chemistry at UAB before coming to the University of Dallas. At UD, he received the President’s Award twice (1989, 1993), and in 2015, he was named King Fellow for outstanding service to the university and research. Bill has been an ACS member since 1974 and has served as secretary and chair of the DFW Section, as well as participating in many ACS events (Chemistry Olympiad, Meeting-in-Miniature, science fairs, National Chemistry Week, Science Bowl). From 1989 to 2010, he did chemistry demonstration shows at numerous schools in the DFW area. Most importantly, Bill has mentored over 90 undergraduate students in summer research, with student publications in ACS journals, presentations at regional and national meetings, and the Meeting-in-Miniature.
Jo L. King won the 2020 ACS SWRM High School Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to high school chemistry education.
Jo L. King teaches AP Chemistry at Plano West Senior High in Plano, TX and is currently learning the nuances of virtual teaching. In her many years of teaching, Jo has taught many levels of high school chemistry: on-level, Pre-AP, AP, Dual Credit, Organic, and Biochemistry. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Midwestern State University, her M.A. in Religion from Wayland Baptist University, and her M.S. in Chemistry-Chemistry Education from the University of North Texas. She is in her 33rd year of teaching chemistry. She is currently the co-chair of the ACS Pre-College Committee for the Division of Chemical Education. She has been a Reader for the AP Chemistry exam for the past seven years. She was a pre-college co-chair for BCCE 2010 hosted in Denton. She was also a co-program chair for the international ChemEd 2007 conference held in Denton. Jo has served on the ACS Advanced High School Exam Committee and has written questions for the TExES exam for those seeking to become a certified teacher in Texas. She is the sponsor of the Plano West ChemClub and Key Club. Jo has given numerous presentations at local and national meetings. Dedicated to staying current with new techniques, Jo has committed to attending several conventions and workshops each year. She is also active in a greyhound rescue group.