The ACS Fellows Program was created by the Board of Directors in December 2008 “to recognize members of the American Chemical Society for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society”. The honor of a Fellow designation is bestowed on ACS members who have achieved excellence in two defined areas – scientific/professional accomplishments and service to the ACS. Any ACS member, local ACS section, ACS Division, or ACS Committee can coordinate an ACS Fellow nomination package for a candidate. The Southern California Section nominates ACS volunteers who have provided extensive and sustained service to both the local section and to national ACS. Fellow nominations are usually due in April, submitted to National ACS headquarters. Follow this link for more information about the ACS Fellows Program.
Congratulations to following Southern California ACS members who have been elevated to the rank of ACS Fellow.
We would like to congratulate Veronica I. Jaramillo, our local section member who was inducted into the American Chemical Society Fellows Class of 2021 at a hybrid ceremony during the Fall National ACS Meeting in August 2021.
Veronica, an ACS member since 1997, has been involved with our local section leadership for over a decade in many capacities, from committee chair to Chair, and currently serves as Councilor. For her sustained service to our local section, in particular for her innovative and successful outreach programs, Veronica received our 2019 Agnes Ann Green Distinguished Service Award. All ACS Fellows are recognized for their robust contributions to their profession and the ACS community. In particular, Veronica’s elevation to ACS Fellow recognizes her for:
Contribution to the science/profession: Her research, extensive work with students in science education, and her impact on diversity in the STEM workforce through work with minority and economically disadvantaged students.
Contribution to the ACS community: Her enthusiasm and innovation of chemistry outreach through her service on the ACS Committee on Community Activities and to the Southern California local section.
We also would like to congratulate UCLA Professor Heather Maynard, our Southern California ACS section member who also joined the ACS Fellows Class of 2021 this Fall. Heather was recognized for:
Contribution to the science/profession: Outstanding contributions to the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates, protein stabilization, and protein drug delivery,
Contribution to the ACS community: Efforts to increase diversity, equality, and inclusion in education; innovative outreach activities,
Service to the ACS Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Divisions.
The American Chemical Society has named 53 Members as 2020 ACS Fellows. We would like to congratulate Michael Morgan, our local section member who was awarded a fellowship at the 2020 Virtual ACS National Meeting in August.
Michael is a chemistry teacher at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, and is honored for his contributions to science/profession and for contributions to the ACS community. Michael was also recognized this year as the recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching. Here’s Michael’s Fellow citation:
Contribution to the science/profession: Exemplary and passionate science educator and master teacher with over 30 years of high school chemistry and physics teaching, building character and chemistry careers.
Contribution to the ACS community: Champion and trainer of chemistry teachers, thought leader in chemical education techniques, and inspirational example for future teachers.
We would like to congratulate our local section members who were awarded fellowships at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego in August, 2019. The following awards were presented:
Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay, University of California, Los Angeles
Margaret M. Faul, Amgen, Inc
Brian M. Stoltz, California Institute of Technology
We would like to congratulate our local section members who were awarded fellowships at the ACS National Meeting in Boston in August, 2018. The following awards were presented:
University of California, Los Angeles
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for breakthroughs in methods development, achievements in natural product total synthesis, and transformative chemical educational initiatives.
Contribution to the ACS community: For impacting the chemical community through local outreach activities, active service to journals and chemical organizations, and participation in globally impactful initiatives.
No Southern California members were honored as Fellow in 2017.
For 2016, only one Southern California Section member was named an ACS Fellow. We would like to congratulate:
University of California, Los Angeles
Prof. Kaner was recognized for the synthesis and applications of new materials, including the world’s hardest metals; conducting polymer membranes for water purification; and graphene-based energy storage devices. He has served as an advisor for the past 12 years to the UCLA ACS Student Chapter and made substantial contributions to outreach programs for high school students and their teachers.
On July 13, 2015, The American Chemical Society announced 78 new fellows of the Society. They will be honored at the National Meeting in Boston in August. There are three Southern California Section members that will be honored. They are:
Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California
and our esteemed former Chair of the Southern California Section
University of Southern California
Air Force Research Laboratory
former Mojave Desert Section Chair and former Tolman Committee Chair
We offer our sincere congratulations to all for their fine achievements to science and to the American Chemical Society.
On July 14, 2014 the American Chemical Society announced 99 new fellows of the Society. They will be honored at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco in August. There are three Southern California Section members that will be so honored. They are:
California Institute of Technology
G. K. Surya Prakash
Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California
Arlene A. Russell
University of California, Los Angeles
The fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS. These three members epitomize those standards. We offer our sincere congratulations to our new Southern California Section ACS Fellows.
This year, three Southern California Section members, one Orange County Section member, and one San Gorgonio Section member were named as part of the ACS Fellows Program. We would like to congratulate:
and our esteemed Executive Committee colleague.
Carlos G. Gutierrez, California State University, Los Angeles
Charles Knobler, University of California, Los Angeles (Emeritus)
Jerome S. Schultz, University of California, Riverside
Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine
Congratulations to all the ACS Fellows on their fine achievement. The induction ceremony for the 2013 Fellows will be held at the 246th ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN on Monday, September 9, 2013.
This year, two Southern California Section members were named as part of the ACS Fellows Program. We would like to congratulate:
and our esteemed Executive Committee colleague:
Eleanor Siebert*, Mount St. Mary’s College
They were honored at a special event during the national meeting in Denver on August 29, 2011.
The following people have been elected as Fellows of the American Chemical Society for 2010:
Rita Boggs* (American Research and Testing)
Stanley Pine* (California State University Los Angeles)
David Tirrell (California Institute of Technology)
Paul Weiss (University of California Los Angeles)
Ahmed Zewail (California Institute of Technology)
They were honored at a special event during the national meeting in Boston on August 23, 2010.
There are those special people, rare elements all, who are the epitome of our science and dedication to ACS. This year seven SCALACS members were named as part of the inaugural class of ACS Fellows. We would like to congratulate:
Robert H. Grubbs
Kendall N. Houk
George A. Olah
John D. Roberts
Barbara Pressey Sitzman
and our esteemed Executive Committee colleague
Congratulations to all on a fine achievement.
-Bob de Groot, Section Chair
*Nominated by The Southern California local ACS section