Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division

PMSE Distinguished Service Award

2017 DIVISION OF POLYMERIC MATERIALS: SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 

 

Charles E. Carraher, father of 8 and grandfather of 26, is a Professor at Florida Atlantic University.  Professor Carraher received a B.S. from Sterling College, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Well known for his work in renewable resources, metal and organometallic-containing materials, biologically active materials, a broad range of polymer modifications, and even research targeting bioterrorism, Professor Carraher is a prolific author of both peer-review journal papers (over 1,100) and books (over 75), the holder of the first patent for the chemical synthesis of nucleic acids (US Pat. 3,491,061) and is a highly visible presenter (along with many students he brings with him) at ACS meetings.

For the past four decades, Professor Carraher has played an important role in the governance of the ACS PMSE Division, contributing his thoughts and expertise to a wide range of PMSE programs and broadly to the advancement of polymer science  & engineering.  He is perhaps best known within ACS circles, for his tireless work in PolyEd, the national clearinghouse for polymer education, where he has provided important assistance to educators ranging from K-12 through graduate school programs, and he has fought consistently for the inclusion of polymers in the curriculum required for ACS certified chemistry programs, finally a requirement.

Along with his counterpart in the ACS Poly Division, who will also be recognized for his contributions to PolyEd, the entire ACS PMSE Division is extraordinarily pleased to award Charles Carraher with its 2017 Distinguished Service Award, for many contributions to the division, but especially for his tireless efforts to promote PolyEd, and to modernize the ACS certification requirements.

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2016 DIVISION OF POLYMERIC MATERIALS: SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD


Lisa S. Baugh is a Research Associate in ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research Laboratory in Annandale, NJ.  She joined Exxon in 1997 after completing her PhD in chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas-Austin and carried out part of her PhD work in the UMass-Amherst Polymer Science & Engineering Department.  At ExxonMobil, her research has focused mainly on polyolefin synthesis and structure-property relationships, spanning topics from transition metal-mediated polymerization and functional polyolefins to plasticizers, polymer blends, and carbon capture. She has numerous patents and publications and is a 2014 recipient of the New Jersey R&D Council Thomas Edison Patent Award.

Lisa’s work with PMSE began in 1998 as a symposium organizer and secretariat representative.  She has subsequently been elected to 9 straight terms as Member-at-Large and served PMSE in many capacities, most notably as chair of the Books and Preprints committees.  In this role, she has helped guide the Division through the transition to online publications and the end of the Preprint era.  During that transition away from Preprints, Lisa devised a method for supplying user-friendly CDs to those requesting them, meeting member needs; she also designed the PMSE Preprints web site (one didn’t previously exist) and has maintained it up-to-date for the past decade.

Lisa has worked to guarantee permanent, broad online access to PMSE Preprints.  In 2007 she initiated contracts with a commercial journal supplier for online ordering of subscriptions and back issues, and created a popular service to provide preprint articles from 1970 onward for a nominal fee.  This required compiling a complete 83-volume archive of PMSE Preprints.  Previously, single preprint articles were only available through an informal and unreliable library network.  The online systems put in place by Lisa ensure that the valuable technical content in 45 years of PMSE Preprints will remain accessible to the scientific community. 

Lisa has also served as PMSE Membership Chair, awards judge, and awards publicity coordinator, and represented PMSE as the 2001 Secretary-General of the Catalysis Secretariat (CATL).  She is a past Editorial Advisory Board member for the ACS magazine Chemistry, a past Associate of the Women Chemists Committee, and a 20-year member of POLY Division.

 

Past Recipients

2017
Charles E. Carraher,
Florida Atlantic University 

2016
Lisa Baugh, ExxonMobil

2015
Benny Freeman, University of Texas, Austin

2014
Christopher K. Ober, Cornell University

2013
David Bauer, Exponent, Inc.

2012
Leslie H. Sperling, Lehigh University

2011
Elsa Reichmanis, Georgia Institute of Technology

2010
Michael Jaffe, New Jersey Insititute of Technology

2009
David J. Lohse, ExxonMobil

2008
Murrae J. Bowden

2007
George R. Pilcher

2006
S. Richard Turner

2005
Larry F. Thompson

2004
Ray Dickie

2003
Theodore Provder

2002
Charles E. Carraher

2001
John Lupinski

2000
Sandy Labana

1999
Clara D. Craver

1996
Kenneth N. Edwards

1995
Louis J. Nowacki

1994
E. E. McSweeney

1993
Roy W. Tess

 

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