FACSS Distinguished Service Award

The FACSS Governing Board presents a Distinguished Service Award to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional, long-term service to the FACSS organization. Typically, that person will have served with excellence in many different capacities and will have contributed to the continuing success of FACSS through consistent dedication and sacrifice.

A candidate for the Distinguished Service Award must be nominated via a written petition, which enumerates the candidate's major contributions. The petition must be signed by at least four delegates, each representing a different member organization of FACSS. The signed petition must be submitted to the executive committee at least 30 days before the Governing Board meeting held at Pittcon in order to be considered and presented at SciX. A Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to the candidate if the Governing Board approved the petition by a majority vote.


Dr. Mark A. Hayes
Dr. Mark A. Hayes holds an Associate Professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University, where he serves as an active researcher, mentor, teacher and colleague. His academic career has produced significant results across several disciplines within the analytical and physical chemistry community that includes aspects of engineering, physics, biology and medicine. While contributing to the knowledge base, Mark has energetically and creatively supported the wider profession at local, regional, national and international levels.

He initially worked in private industry at a ‘mom & pop’ analytical laboratory and at J&W Scientific capillary gas chromatography column manufacturer (now part of Agilent) after earning his undergraduate degree at Humboldt State University (California). He then entered graduate school at Penn State University and studied under Professor Andrew G. Ewing, developing electroosmotic flow control mechanisms by an applied orthogonal field to refine the separations in small diameter capillaries and helped develop a time-of-flight mass spectrometer aimed at improving sensitivity allowing compatibility to other electrochemical and fluorescent measurements being performed on neurochemical systems. Postdoctoral studies were with Dr. Werner Kuhr at the University of California, Riverside focused on attaching enzymes directly to electrochemical probes to transduce non-electroactive targets to species which can be sensed via electron transfer.

Dr. Hayes has contributed to several different research areas, ranging from creating bionanotubules from liposomes with electric fields to establishing a framework for vastly improved microscale array-based separations in more than seventy publications and book chapters. He has served on review panels for NIH, NSF, DOE, RSC, NAS, DOJ, GRE, DARPA, private industry, local (Mayo Clinic), and Romanian & Czech scientific and contributed peer review efforts to twenty-five journals, including Analytical Chemistry, The Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nature, Langmuir and The Royal Society. He was recently elected President (starting in 2014) of AES Electrophoresis Society. He has mentored fifty undergraduate and graduate students, producing fourteen doctorates while supporting them with research funds and prestigious fellowships (NSF, Kirkbright, ACS, Fulbright, FLAS and local awards).

Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) has been a valuable vehicle for him to serve the larger community as Program Chair (2003), Governing Board Chair (2005), Long Range Planning Chair (2009-2010) and Marketing Chair (2009-2013), along with presenting research talks, organizing sessions, and serving as section chair numerous times. He was instrumental in altering the management structure, changing the name of the North American meeting to SciX Conference, establishing a new development culture, and recruiting the AES Electrophoresis Society to join FACSS. 

Cynthia M. Lilly
Cindi has been a conference planner at Scientific Association Management in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years, since 1992. She has managed conferences for the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies since their 1997 conference in Providence, Rhode Island, working with a host of volunteer board members. Cindi’s FACSS conference sites have included Austin, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, Orlando, Portland OR, Reno, Quebec City, Vancouver, and other sites throughout North America. Her work for FACSS includes association management, conference program planning and administration, board and delegate liasion, and other services. Cindi grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. from Boston University. Relocating from New Hampshire to Santa Fe in 1992, Cindi is the mother of three daughters, one granddaughter, and another granddaughter due in August 2013. Her activities in Santa Fe include service with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused children and the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico.

Past Recipients

2012 - O Karmie Galle and Bruce Chase
2011 - Patricia B. Coleman and Jon W. Carnahan
2010 - Scott McGeorge and Alexander Scheeline
2009 - Paul Bourassa and Mike Carrabba
2003 - Jeanette Grasselli Brown
2001 - David Coleman
1994 - L. Felix Schneider
1993 - Edward Brame and Syd Fleming