Nalliah awarded Chemist of Year by ACS


Huntington, Ind.—The Northeastern Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) recently awarded the 2005 Chemist of the Year Award to Dr. Ruth Nalliah, associate professor of chemistry at Huntington College.

The award comes after Nalliah’s four years of service to the organization as Section Chair, during which the Society hosted past ACS president Dr. Helen Free, held a Laboratory Safety Seminar for industrial and academic chemists, and sponsored a State Police Lab tour.

ACS is one of the largest professional organizations devoted to a single discipline, and the Northeastern Indiana Section has a membership of over 100 academic and industrial chemists. The Section also distributes scholarship awards to high school and college students for excellence in chemistry.

Nalliah, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Bluffton College and the Ph.D. in experimental physical chemistry from the University of Toledo, is the third Huntington College-related recipient of this award. Previous HC-related recipients of the award include Dr. Jerry Smith and alum Wendell Mason.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Following a decade of growth and development, Huntington College will become Huntington University in mid-2005. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best Midwestern colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. Huntington is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.

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