Georgia Section

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Charles H. Herty Award

The Charles H. Herty Medal is a beautiful solid gold medallion awarded annually by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. The purpose of the award is to give public recognition to the work and service of outstanding chemists who have significantly contributed to their chosen fields. All chemists in academic, government, or industrial laboratories who have been residing in the southeastern United States for at least 10 years are eligible. (For this purpose Southeastern United States is defined as the union of the following states: Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.)

Nominations for the 2018 Herty Award are now CLOSED.

Professor Rigoberto Hernandez is the recipient of the 2017 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. Prof. Hernandez is Gompf Family Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Adjunct Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is being recognized “for transforming our view of chemical dynamics in non-equilibrium environments, his creative approaches to improving diversity within the chemistry profession, and his leadership at the local and national levels of the American Chemical Society.”

The gold medal will be presented at the 83nd Herty Award Celebration on September 7th, 2017. Prof. Hernandez will also be a guest lecturer at the 11th Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HUMURS) the following day, September 8, 2017. (Photo Credit: Peter Cutts, ACS)

History of Charles Herty.

See a full list of all Herty Medalists since 1933.

The Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS) is held annually in conjunction with the Herty Award.  See additional information at the HMURS website.

Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year

The ACS Committee on Community Activities (CCA) sponsors the Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year award to recognize the immeasurable outreach efforts made by local section volunteers. Each local section can nominate one volunteer for each annual award.

2018: Dr. David Gottfried (Georgia Tech)

2017: Dr. David Sherrill (Georgia Tech)

2016: Dr. Heather Abbott-Lyon (Kennesaw State University)

2015: Ms. Linda Marquez

2014: Dr. Mark Mitchell (Kennesaw State University)

Georgia Section Outstanding Service Award

These nearly annual awardees are selected by the Executive Board to recognize outstanding service to the Georgia Section.  
2016: Mr. John Faes (US Army Crime Lab, retired)
2015: Ms. Deanna Morrow Hall (Corporate Information Resources, Inc.)
2012: Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez (Georgia Tech)
2011: Dr. Deborah Sauder (Georgia Gwinnett College)
2010: Ms. Holly Davis (The Coca-Cola Company), Dr. Jennifer Powers (Kennesaw State University), Mr. Terry Say, and Mr. Joe Stoner
2008: Dr. David Sherrill (Georgia Tech) and Dr. David Gottfried (Georgia Tech)
2006: Dr. Don Hicks (Georgia State, retired)
2005: Mr. Matthias Pohl and Dr. Angus Wilkinson (Georgia Tech)
2004: Dr. Tom Netzel (Georgia State), Dr. David Boykin (Georgia State), Dr. Jim Powers (Georgia Tech), and Dr. J. Aaron Bertrand (Georgia Tech)
2000: Dr. Margaret Venable, Chad Sines, Dr. Cynthia Spencer, Dr. Leon Venable
1999: Dr. Lissa Dulany
1998: Dr. Don Hicks (Georgia State)

ACS National Awards


Elsa Reichmanis (Georgia Tech) received the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, sponsored by DuPont.

Dennis C. Liotta (Emory University) received the Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry, sponsored by Gilead Sciences. 


M.G. Finn (Georgia Tech) received the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund.


Arthur J. Ragauskas (Georgia Tech) received the ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry, sponsored by Dow Chemical Co. and endowed by Rohm & Haas. 

Rigoberto Hernandez (Georgia Tech) received the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation. 


Younan Xia (Georgia Tech) received the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, sponsored by E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company


Thomas Netzel (Georgia State Univ.) received the Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society, sponsored by the ACS.

ACS Fellows

The ACS Georgia Section is proud of those members who have been selected to be ACS Fellows since the founding of the program in 2009. If you do not see your name, please let us know and we will happily include you in the list below! 

    Gary Schuster, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Terence E. Say, Say Consulting, LLC. (Section nominee)

    Chris W. Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Lanny S. Liebeskind, Emory University

    Vladimir Tsukruk, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology

    David S. Gottfried, Georgia Institute of Technology (Section nominee)

    Lissa Dulany, Positive Community Association Management (Section nominee)
    Paul L. Houston, Georgia Institute of Technology
    C. David Sherrill, Georgia Institute of Technology (Section nominee)
    Joseph P. Stoner, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Retired) (Section nominee)

    Bridgette A. Barry, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Rigoberto Hernandez, Georgia Institute of Technology (Section nominee)
    Donald G. Hicks, Georgia State University (Retired) (Section nominee)
    Dennis Liotta, Emory University
    Albert Padwa, Emory University
    Paul H. Wine, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Jean-Luc E. Brédas, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Huw M.L. Davies, Emory University
    Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Elsa Reichmanis, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Laren Malcolm Tolbert, Georgia Institute of Technology

Percy Julian Award

The Minority Affairs Committee of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society awards the Percy Julian Award annually. This award is given to two high school seniors (one male and one female) in recognition of scholastic achievement and leadership ability. Each recipient receives a $250 book scholarship and a one-year (student) membership in ACS.

The deadline for application is April 21, 2017. Recipients of the Award will be notified by May 4, 2017. Awards will be presented at the American Chemical Society Georgia Local Section meeting in May.

Application Details and Form

2016: Ms. Adenike Olagbegi (Arabia Mountain High School) and Mr. Ryan Polk (Dunwoody High School). Adenike will attend Emory University and hopes to pursue a career in Biochemistry. Ryan will attend MIT and also plans to study Biochemistry.

2015: Ms. Mauranda Upchurch and Mr. Keith Strozier (Arabia Mountain High School). Mauranda will attend Stanford University and major in Biochemistry while Keith will attend Morehouse and major in Chemical Engineering.

2014: Ms. Kayla Turner (Arabia Mountain High School). Kayla will attend Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL majoring in Chemical Engineering.

2017 Theme

The Georgia Local Section of the ACS has selected the theme, A Year of Giving: Catalyzing Chemistry via Community, for its 2017 programming. A Year of Giving refers to the outreach and education of technical and non-technical audiences about the importance of chemists and chemistry via the coupling of commonplace and technical chemistry ideas. We hope you will join and support us in this critical mission. 

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