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Chemistry student organization receives national recognition for excellence, green chemistry
TWU KEM Club Adviser Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan accepts two awards from the American Chemical Society from Iona Black, left, member of the society’s Committee on Education, and David Constable, right, director of the society’s Green Chemistry Institute.
The Texas Woman’s University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s student organization — the KEM Club (Kappa Epsilon Mu) — has received an Honorable Mention Award from the American Chemical Society Committee on Education in recognition of the club’s commitment to promote chemistry at the university. The American Chemical Society also gave the group a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award for its commitment to environmentally-friendly chemistry practices. The TWU Kem Club was among only 43 student organizations out of 500 in the nation to receive the Green Chemistry Award.
“The credit for these awards goes to our KEM Club student members, president and advisers, and our department chair Richard Sheardy, who continuously supports and encourages the club and our activities,” said the club’s adviser Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
Mirsaleh-Kohan accepted the Green Chemistry Award from David Constable, director of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, during the society’s Student Chapter Awards Ceremony in San Diego in March. Constable is directly involved in choosing the green chemistry chapters.
According to Mirsaleh-Kohan, TWU’s KEM club focuses on encouraging the interest of chemistry amongst TWU students and others, including younger students in high school, middle school and elementary school. The club hosts and participates in events that emphasize the importance of chemistry and how it plays a part in everyday lives. Club activities include chemistry magic shows, chemistry week, incorporating civic engagement into projects, the “Calculate it Forward” event and overall promotion of green chemistry.
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