James Flack Norris Award
The James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry pays tribute to outstanding contributions to the field of chemical education. The Award consists of a $3,000 prize and a certificate. The presentation takes place at an Award Ceremony and dinner in November, followed by a formal address by the Awardee.
The Award, the first national award for outstanding achievement in the teaching of chemistry, was established in 1950 by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society to honor the memory of James Flack Norris, Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a teacher of great repute. For more information, please see the Brief History of the Norris Award.
The first award was made in 1951 to Professor George Shannon Forbes, an outstanding teacher at Harvard and, in retirement, at Northeastern University. Past awardees are given in the list of Norris Award recipients.
 
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2014 Norris Award to Professor Thomas Greenbowe, Ph. D.
 
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Greenbowe, Ph. D. is the winner of the 2014 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.
Since 1990, Thomas Greenbowe has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University. Over the past thirty-two years, Thomas Greenbowe has taught 30,000 students and facilitated professional development workshops for 2,500 science teachers and college faculty. He tries to make the time in lecture as interactive as possible, employing group work, multimedia, demonstrations, effective clicker questions, and humor. For thirty-two years, in Indiana, Massachusetts and Iowa he continued to work with chemistry and science clubs to present safe and instructional chemistry demonstrations and activities to over 12,000 elementary, middle school and high school students and the general public. The Award was formally presented to Professor Greenbowe at the November 6, 2014 meeting of the Northeastern Section.

Call for Nominations

The 2015 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry

Deadline: April 15, 2015
Nominations are invited for the 2015 James Flack Norris Award, which consists of a certificate and an honorarium of $3,000 and is given annually by the Northeastern Section (NESACS). The presentation will take place at a ceremony and dinner in November 2015, and will include a formal address by the awardee. The Award was established in 1950 by NESACS to honor the memory of James Flack Norris (1871-1940), a professor of chemistry at Simmons College and M.I.T., chair of NESACS in 1904, and ACS President in 1925-26.
Individuals or teams of individuals may be nominated. Nominee(s) should have served with special distinction as teachers of chemistry at any level: secondary school, college, and/or graduate school. With the presentation of the first Award in 1951, awardees have included many eminent teachers at all levels whose efforts have had a wide-ranging effect on chemical education. The recipient will be selected from an international list of nominees who have served with special distinction as teachers of chemistry with significant achievements.
A nomination in the form of a letter should focus on the candidate or candidates' contributions to and effectiveness in teaching chemistry. Curriculum vitae should be included and, where appropriate, a list of honors, awards, and publications related to chemical education. Seconding letters may also be included; these should show the impact of the nominee or nominees' teaching for inspiring colleagues and students toward an active life in the chemical sciences, and attest to the influence of theindividual or team's other activities in chemical education, such as textbooks, journal articles, or other professional activity at the local, national, and international level.
The nomination materials should consist of the primary nomination letter, supporting letters, and curriculum vitae. Reprints or other publications should NOT be included. The material should not exceed thirty (30) pages, and should be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format through April 15, 2015 to Ms. Anna Singer, NESACS Administrative Secretary <secretary@nesacs.org>. For more information about the Award, see the information at the top of this page .
Questions about the Award or the nomination process should be directed to the Chair of the Norris Award Committee, Dr. Patricia Ann Mabrouk, <p.mabrouk@neu.edu>.