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Release: June 18, 2002

UI's Grassian Elected To National Council Of Chemistry Honor Society

Vicki Grassian, professor in the department of chemistry in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the department of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, has been elected to the National Council of Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women in chemistry. Grassian was elected to the post of national director of student awards, a position she will hold for three years.

Grassian says that she is "excited about this opportunity to recognize outstanding young women chemists through Iota Sigma Pi's student awards program." At the University of Iowa, Grassian has served as both honors advisor for the department of chemistry and as chair of the departmental undergraduate awards committee since1995.

Grassian was elected during the organization's centennial celebration held at the Iota Sigma Pi National Triennial Convention June 12-15 in Berkeley, Calif., site of the society's founding in 1902. Since its founding, Iota Sigma Pi has inducted more than 12,000 women into its ranks, including Nobel laureates Geri T. Cori and Marie Curie as well as American Chemical Society past presidents Helen Free and Mary Good, both among the society's 1,100 active members. Anyone interested in reactivating the organization's Iridium chapter -- active at the University of Iowa from 1926-80 and host of the 1934 national convention -- should contact Vicki Grassian at 319-335-1392.