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.
 
James Flack Norris: The Man and The Award
 
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Professor Melanie Cooper
2013 Norris Award to Professor Melanie M. Cooper
 
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that Professor Melanie M. Cooper is the winner of the 2013 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.
Professor Cooper is the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Professor Cooper has been a pioneering influence on chemical education, bringing evidence-based practices to the development of curricula and assessments. Her work has focused, in particular, on improving outcomes for students in large enrollment courses including general and organic chemistry. The Award will be formally presented to Professor Cooper at the November 14 meeting of the Northeastern Section to be held at Tufts University.