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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.