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The Abraham Ottenberg Service Award

    The Abraham Ottenberg Service Award award was established in 1973 by the Santa Clara Valley Section to recognize members who have rendered outstanding service to the Section. It is named after Abraham Ottenberg, a former member who devoted much of himself to service to the Section.
    The award currently consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $250.
    The award recipient is selected from candidates nominated by members of the Section. Nominees must be members or affiliates of the Santa Clara Valley Section.

Past recipients include:
1974 Shirley B. Radding (deceased)
1975 Oliver S. Senn 1976 Floyd M. Hobbs (deceased)
1977 Frank R. Mayo (deceased)
1978 Harry S. Mosher (deceased) 1979 Lois J. Durham 1980 Richard W. Gaver (deceased) 1981 Not awarded
1982 Alan C. Ling 1983 Ludwig A. Mayer and John F. Riley (deceased) 1984 Howard M. Peters 1985 Not awarded
1986 June G. Jones and Robert L. Montoya 1987 Malcolm Dole (deceased) 1988 Not awarded 1989 Not awarded
1990 Not awarded 1991 Donald E. Green 1992 Hubert E. Dubb 1993 Karl Marhenke
1994 Stephen N. Senzer 1995 Carol W. Mosher 1996 Not awarded 1997 Not awarded
1998 Bonnie Charpentier 1999 Linda Brunauer 2000 Herb Silber 2001 Sally Peters
2002 Jamil Talhouk 2003 Ean Warren 2004 Maureen Scharberg 2005 Hong Gao
2006 George Lechner 2007 David Parker 2008 Bruce Raby
2009 Peter Rusch
2010 Stephanie Gehling 2011 Abby Kennedy 2012 Harry Ungar
2013 Natalie McClure
2014 Not awarded 2015 Todd Eberspacher
    Nominating letters should include a brief biography of the candidate and a description or evaluation of the service(s) to be recognized by the award. Seconding nominations are not required but will be accepted.

    Nominations should be sent to:
        Chair, Ottenberg Award Committee
        Santa Clara Valley Section, ACS
        P.O. BOX 395
        PALO ALTO, CA 94302-0395

    The deadline for nominations is usually around mid-June, but it depends upon the date selected for the picnic, at which the award is presented.
    In 2016, the deadline will be about June 14 (watch the newsletter for any update).

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The Harry and Carol Mosher Award

This award was established in 1980 by our Section to:
    1. recognize and encourage outstanding work in chemistry,
    2. advance chemistry as a profession, and
    3. recognize service to ACS.

The award is named for the late Dr. Harry S. Mosher of Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, and Carol W. Mosher of the Stanford Research Institute International, Menlo Park, California, husband and wife, charter members and long-time supporters of this Section.

The award currently consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $2000.

The first scientists to receive this award were Drs. Harry and Carol Mosher themselves in recognition of the inspiration of their example. The committee noted that the Moshers, including a brother, Dr. William A. Mosher, also a chemist and former Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at University of Delaware, are outstanding examples of the qualities to be recognized and honored by this award.

Past recipients include:
1980 Harry (Stanford University, deceased) and Carol (SRI International) Mosher
1981 Robert C. Brasted, University of Minnesota (deceased)
1982 Ernest L. Eliel, University of North Carolina (deceased)
1983 Alfred (deceased) and Helen Free, Miles Laboratories
1984 Albert C. Zettlemoyer, Lehigh University (deceased)
1985 Malcolm Renfrew, University of Idaho
1986 Robert (South West Research Institute) and Gloria (UTSA) Lyle (both deceased) 1987 John G. Verkade, Iowa State University
1988 Richard M. Lemmon (deceased), Lawrence Berkeley Lab and U. C. Berkeley
1989 Arthur W. Adamson, University of Southern California (deceased)
1990 Fred Basolo, Northwestern University (deceased)
1991 Jean'ne M. Shreeve, University of Idaho
1992 Carl R. Johnson, Wayne State University  1993 Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University
1994 Peter Beak, University of Illinois
1995 Ned D. Heindel, Lehigh University
1996 Joginder Lal, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
1997 Joseph A. Dixon, Pennsylvania State University
1998 Glenn A. Crosby, Washington State University
1999 20-year Recognition Event; no award given.
2000 Darleane Hoffman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2001 James Morrison, University of New Hampshire
2002 C. Marvin Lang, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
2003 Joseph Lambert, Northwestern University
2004 Paul S. Anderson, DuPont Merck
2005 Michael Doyle, University of Maryland
2006 Robert Parry, University of Utah (deceased)
2007 Dennis Curran, University of Pittsburgh
2008 Theodore L. Brown, University of Illinois
2009 Howard (Peters, Verny, LLP) and Sally (Xerox PARC) Peters
2010 Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
2011 William F. Carroll, Oxy Chemical Corp.
2012 Charles and Martha Casey, both of the University of Wisconsin
2013 Peter Wipf, University of Pittsburgh
2014 Scott Denmark, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Any ACS member in the United States is eligible to be nominated for the Mosher Award. Nominations, including attachments (e.g., reprints) should be sent by e-mail to . The nomination should address the criteria listed above in the first paragraph: outstanding work in chemistry, accomplishments in advancing chemistry as a profession, and service to the ACS. At least one seconding letter should be submitted (but no more than three).
    Hard copy information, if necessary, may be sent to to:
        Chair, Mosher Award Committee
        Santa Clara Valley Section
        American Chemical Society
        PO BOX 395
        PALO ALTO, CA 94302-0395
The deadline for submission of nominations is the last day in May of each year.

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The Shirley B. Radding Award

    This award was established in 1994 by our Section of ACS to recognize demonstrated, dedicated, unselfish leadership, service and significant contributions, over a sustained period of time, to industrial or applied chemistry and to the American Chemical Society at local, regional and national levels.
    The award is named for Shirley B. Radding, who was a charter member and long-time supporter of this Section. It currently consists of an engraved plaque, and a check for $1000.

    Past recipients include:
1994 Shirley B. Radding (deceased) 1995 Dr. Agnes Ann Green(deceased) 1996 Dr. John C. "Jack" Riley (deceased) 1997 Dr. Howard M. Peters
1998 Dr. Alan C. Nixon (deceased) 1999 Valerie J. Kuck 2000 Halley A. Merrell 2001 Dr. Norman A. LeBel (deceased)
2002 Dr. Paul H. L. Walter 2003 Jean'ne M. Shreeve 2004 Maureen Chan 2005 Glenn Fuller
2006 Janan Hayes 2007 Merle Eiss 2008 Dorothy Phillips 2009 Bryan Balazs
2010 Herb Silber 2011 Carol A. Duane 2012 Bonnie A. Charpentier 2013 Mamie W. Moy
2014 Lee H. Latimer

    Nominations should be made by regular mail at the address below, or by e-mail to , and should include seconding material. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is May 1 of the year of the award.
    Send mail nominations to:
          Chair, Radding Award Committee
        Santa Clara Valley Section
        American Chemical Society
        PO BOX 395
        PALO ALTO, CA 94302-0395

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The Teacher-Scholar Award
For Community College Chemistry Faculty

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) gives awards at local, regional and national levels, for excellent teaching at the high school, college and university levels. This award is the first in the nation to recognize the contributions of community college chemistry teachers to science education.

    The award was established by our Section in 2008. Each year it will honor an outstanding faculty member from one of the 13 community colleges in our local area which includes five counties around San José, California. The award will be presented annually, usually at the November dinner.
    The award currently consists of a plaque and a check for $500 for the winner, with another $500 check being donated to the winner’s chemistry department.

    We hope that our initiative will generate publicity and catalyze the creation of similar awards at the local ACS section level, at regional levels, and ultimately at the national level. Another local section has already expressed interest. We hope that the publicity surrounding these awards is expected to increase the visibility and respect accorded to community college science education, both by other chemists and the general public.

    We want to reach as many ACS local sections as quickly as possible. If you are active in one, or know some one who is, please present this idea to them. For supporting information about the award and how it works, please contact of the Mission College Chemistry Department. She will provide all the materials needed to make it easy to set up an award.

    Our first  winner was Jeanette Medina of Cañada College in Redwood City. The award was presented on November 19, 2009, at a regular dinner meeting in Santa Clara. Tom Lane, then President of the ACS was with us to present the award. President Lane gave a remarkable talk in which he offered remarks about his view of community college education, and Jeanette herself spoke about the activities which brought the award to her.
    The 2010 winner was retired chemistry instructor T. R. Dickson of Cabrillo College who received it at the November 15, 2010 dinner meeting. Again, the current President of the ACS, this time Dr. Joseph Francisco, was with us to present the award. Both he and T.R. (as his friends call him) gave excellent talks.
    The 2011 winner was Madeline Adamczewki of San Jose City College, who received it at the November 17, 2011 dinner meeting. The speaker was our first winner, Jeanette Medina. A large number of Madeline's SJCC students attended.
    In 2012, the award went to Cinzia Muzzi of De Anza College in Cupertino; she received her award a the November 15, 2012 dinner meeting. As usual, many of Cinzia's students attended the meeting.
    Our 2013 winner was José Cabrera of San Jose City College. The award was presented as a special event at the college on November 8, 2013.

    Any chemistry faculty member, active or emeritus, from any of the 13 community colleges in the Santa Clara Valley Section's territory (San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties)  is eligible to be nominated for this award. Membership in the ACS is not a requirement for the nominee.

    Relevant Achievements of the Nominee
             Excellent teaching in the classroom and the laboratory
             Extensive mentoring and encouragement of students toward academic success
             Collaborations with local high schools and four year colleges and universities, leading to more student transfers and better articulation
             Educational innovation, evaluation and dissemination
             Published articles and books related to chemistry education
             Supervision of undergraduate research
             Participation in grant funded projects promoting innovative teaching methods and undergraduate research
             Exceptional contributions to the college’s chemistry department
             Public outreach      
             Contributions to the local community, for example through the K-12 system

    To submit a nomination, click here for the nomination form, fill it out and e-mail it along with relevant materials to the e-mail address given on the form. The deadline for nominations is usually in late fall.

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