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This award is established to recognize individuals for their exceptional contributions to the field of spectroscopy and is the highest award given by SAS. The Award consists of an engraved plaque and a lifetime membership in the Society. This membership shall include all the privileges and rights of a regular member. The award shall be presented at the Society for Applied Spectroscopy award ceremony held at the fall meeting. Regional, Technical and or Student Sections, individual members, the Awards Committee, or the Executive Committee may make nomination for the Honorary Membership Award. Nomination material should include a letter of recommendation with supporting documentation regarding the nominee’s contributions to the field of spectroscopy, a current CV, and short bio. Submission deadline December 1.
Recognizing Dr. Rina K. Dukor for her many years advocating for Vibrational Optical Activity (VOA) and helping to take this type of spectroscopy outside of the academy and into industry as well as her creation of a successful company, BioTools, that is on the cutting edge of industrial spectroscopy.
Rina Dukor is the President & CEO of BioTools. Rina received Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University of Illinois, Chicago in 1991. Upon graduation, she joined Amoco (now Abbvie) and while in industry pioneered the introduction of aqueous IR spectroscopy to the biopharmaceutical industry and development of reflection infrared micro- spectroscopy for cancer diagnostics. And by bringing VCD to the market, Rina helped cement the use of VCD by major pharmaceutical companies. Rina has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers; several review chapters and is a holder of four patents. She is a recipient of several prestigious scientific Awards and serves on academic and commercial Boards including the Board of Visitors for LAS College at UIC and Scripps Florida. Rina began to volunteer for the Society during her graduate school education and over the last 20 plus years has served the Society in many capacities including President, Board Member, Focal Point Editor & numerous committees.
2020 Laurence A. Nafie, Yukihiro Ozaki
2019 John F. Jackovitz, Isiah Warner
This award is established to recognize individual members for their long- time service to the Society. The Award consists of an engraved plaque and a lifetime membership in the Society. This membership shall include all the privileges and rights of a regular member. The award shall be presented at the Society for Applied Spectroscopy award ceremony held at the fall meeting. Nomination for the Distinguished Service Award may be made by Regional, Technical and or Student Sections, individual members, the Awards Committee, or the Executive Committee. Nomination material should include a letter of recommendation with supporting documentation regarding the nominee’s contributions to the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and spectroscopy, a current CV, and short bio. Submission deadline December 1.
Past President 2021
Student Representative 2020-2021
2020 Mary Kate Donais, Paul N. Bourassa
2019 Michael Blades, Deborah Peru
Recognizing members who have contributed to spectroscopy and have been members of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy for 15 years, and now have retired from active scientific endeavor. The Award consists of an engraved plaque and a lifetime membership in the Society. This membership shall include all the privileges and rights of a regular member. The award shall be presented at the Society for Applied Spectroscopy award ceremony held at the fall meeting. Nomination for the Emeritus Membership Award may be made by Regional, Technical and or Student Sections, individual members, the Awards Committee, or the Executive Committee. Nomination material should include a letter of recommendation with supporting documentation regarding the nominees contributions to the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and spectroscopy, a current CV, and short bio. Submission deadline December 1.
2019 No Award Given
Recognizing Dr. Stephen E. Bialkowski for his tireless dedication to the Society and to the field of spectroscopy, both through research and education.
Stephen Edward Bialkowski received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1978, did postdoctoral research at the National Bureau of Standards, and started his university faculty career in 1980 at Michigan Technological University before moving to Utah State University in 1983. His interests include molecular spectroscopy, quantum electrodynamics, digital and optical signal processing. He authored about 120 papers and a monograph on photothermal spectroscopy, the 2nd edition has two coauthors. His patent on all optical computing was issued in 1986.
He is fascinated by the quantum, photon, nature of light and has addressed the implications of photons in many of his publications. The interface between analytical and physics earned him adjunct faculty status recognition in the Physics and Electrical Engineering departments at Utah State University. He mentored and directed research for graduate students outside of chemistry. He was awarded the Utah Academy of Science’s William Gardener Prize for the promotion of science and support of local photonics industry within the state.
His most recent research is on photon momentum transfer at dielectric interfaces. He has been an active member of SAS since the 80s, serving several terms as local section chairman, planning symposia, and acting as the web editor. He published 19 papers in Applied Spectroscopy, the most recent in 2020. He continues activity in science in collaborative research, by teaching through distance education and serving as Editor in Chief of Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry.
This award is given to a graduate student(s) in honor of longtime SAS employee Barbara Stull in recognition of outstanding research in the area of spectroscopy. Any full-time graduate student doing research in the field of spectroscopy shall be eligible for the award. The recipient shall be selected by the Awards Committee. The award shall consist of a plaque or scroll and an expense-paid trip to FACSS to accept the award. Nominations may come from any individual. Nomination material should include at least one letter of recommendation along with supporting documentation on research, a current CV, and short bio. Submission deadline March 1.
Recognizing outstanding research efforts around chemically imaging single molecules using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS).
Jeremy Schultz is a PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2014, where he was fortunate to take a course taught by Prof. Richard Van Duyne, who discovered surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The ability to obtain Raman spectra of a single molecule fascinated him, as this represents the potential to study chemistry and nanostructures at the spatial limit, that of one individual species. As a result, following two years working as an analytical chemist in industry, he began his PhD studies with Asst. Prof. Nan Jiang. His work involves the development and application of a cryogenic ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope coupled with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS).
Jeremy uses this unique tandem technique to perform simultaneous nanoimaging and nanospectroscopy to study molecules, nanostructures, and low-dimensional materials on surfaces with supreme spatial resolution, the ångström-scale. This work has resulted in five first author and twelve total publications. His work has been recognized by awards in different scientific communities. He received the Wayne B. Nottingham Prize in the 81st Physical Electronics Conference 2021 and also received a Graduate Research Award from the American Vacuum Society (AVS) and the Nanometer-scale Science and Technology Division Graduate Student Award at the AVS 66th International Symposium and Exhibition along with others. He received a Best Poster Award at the 26th International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy in 2018 in Jeju, Korea. He recently published a review in Applied Spectroscopy that examines the development and growing applications of TERS.
2020 Ewelina Mistek-Morabito
2019 Santosh Paidi, Saumya Twari
Presented in honor of the legacy of Professor Kowalski by recognizing outstanding young researchers in the field of chemometrics and by extension, for advanced mathematical and/or statistical methods in chemistry. Click for more details.
2019 No Award Given
This award is granted to the Regional Section of the Society, which has contributed the most towards accomplishing the goals and ideals of the Society during the preceding year. It consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $750.00. Regional Sections must provide a nomination packet that includes information on local section activities and a letter outlining why the feel they are deserving of the award. The recipient shall be selected by the Regional and Technical Section Affairs Committee. Submission deadline March 1.
2020 University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
2019 SAS New York-New Jersey Regional Section
This award is established to recognize individual members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. The award consists of a plaque and recognition at the SAS annual meeting. Up to 12 Fellows per year may be selected. Nomination for the award of Fellow must be made by current SAS Fellows, the Executive Committee, the Governing Board, or the Fellows Committee. The Fellows committee shall review all nominations and shall forward the award slate to the SAS Executive Committee for final approval. Fellows must continue to be members in good standing of the Society in order to maintain Fellow status. All Honorary Members of the Society shall be granted Fellowship automatically. Submission deadline December 1st.
Christian Huck obtained his doctorate in chemistry in 1998 from the University in Innsbruck, Austria, where he continued to work as an assistant professor until the habilitation in 2006. In 2013, he received a call as a full professor to the University of Stuttgart, Germany and in 2015, a call to the University of Innsbruck, where he is currently vice-head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry and head of the spectroscopy unit. From 2014 until 2017 he was a visiting professor at Kwansei-Gakuin University in Sanda, Japan, in the laboratory of Professor Yukihiro Ozaki. Christian has published more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting in an h-index of 52 based on more than 10000 citations. Beside several numerous awards he was also the receiver of 2018 Tomas Hirschfeld Award. In his research he is mainly focusing on vibrational spectroscopic technologies (NIR, MIR, Raman) for life and material science in combination with separation technologies. Currently, he is editor-in-chief for Spectrochimica Acta A (Elsevier) and NIR news (Sage) as well as associate editor for several analytical journals including JNIRS.
Ellen V. Miseo, holds a Ph. D physical chemistry and concentrated on optical spectroscopy and instrument development. Her primary interest is in new applications of spectroscopic and imaging techniques. During her career, she has evaluated new technologies, developed new instrumentation, commercialized new techniques and anticipated new trends in the industry. Initially as a scientist at Arthur D. Little, Inc. she developed her skills in both spectroscopy and commercial products including foods and strategies to apply these skills to traditional and non-traditional problems. When she moved to Bio-Rad’s Digilab division she was the product manager and champion for a new infrared imaging technology. When the business was acquired by Varian (later Agilent) she moved into a technical expert role, mentoring new people and providing technical expertise across the entire spectroscopy product line. At Hamamatsu she extended those skills into the OEM spectroscopy area. Her accomplishments include development of equipment as well as foreseeing customer trends and adapting to them. On moving to TeakOrigin she has gotten the opportunity to combine her interests in food and spectroscopy.
Dr. Miseo is actively involved in a number of professional societies related to spectroscopy. She is currently the president of the Coblentz Society and in 2014 she was elected to the Executive Committee of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy to serve as president in 2016. She currently chairs the education committee for SAS. She has taught training courses on spectroscopy within a corporate training framework, at conferences and as on-line courses.
Professor Lawrence Ziegler received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1978 (advisor: A. C. Albrecht) where he carried out Raman experimental and theoretical studies. After an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship (advisor: Bruce Hudson) at the University of Oregon, and an NRC Research Associateship at NRL, he held appointments of Assistant Professor and Professor in Chemistry at Northeastern University. In 1991 he moved to Boston University where he is currently Professor of Chemistry, an Associate Division Head of the BU Materials Science & Engineering program and a member of the BU Photonics Center. Professor Ziegler served as Chemistry Department Chair from 2012 -2019. He was a pioneer in the development of UV resonance Raman, resonance hyper-Raman, and resonance rotational Raman scattering for applications including the study of short-time chemical reaction dynamics. Current research interests include the characterization of ultrafast solvation dynamics in dense and supercritical fluids via 2DIR, plasmonically enhanced coherent vibrational spectroscopy, and the development of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy for bioanalytical applications including rapid infectious disease diagnostics, blood aging, cancer detection and forensics. He was co-Organizer of the 22nd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (Boston, August 2010) and is currently Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy.
2020 Matthew Baker, J. Chance Carter, Peter Harrington
2019 Young Mee Jung, David McCurdy, Boris Mizaikoff, Diane Parry, Shiv Sharma
Travel support for Early Career Scientists (within 5 years of earning a terminal degree) to SAS' National meeting during SciX. Awarded to Early Career scientists who demonstrate merit in the field of spectroscopy and/or those who demonstrate financial need.
Julia Gala de Pablo
Dr Julia Gala de Pablo studied a BSc in Physics and a BSc in Biochemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). In 2015, she moved to the University of Leeds (UK), defending her PhD in Raman spectroscopy of live single colorectal cancer cells in 2019. She is currently a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo in Goda-lab working in Fourier-Transform Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering for flow cytometry and sorting.
Rupali Mankar is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Houston. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on combining IR spectroscopy and machine learning to improvise spectroscopy for clinical translation. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship award by the National Laboratory of Medicine (NIH-NLM) for her Biomedical Informatics and Data Science field. In her Ph.D. work, she has automated osteosclerosis (one type of bone marrow fibrosis) and currently working on overcoming the diffraction-limited spatial resolution of IR imaging for comprehensive evaluation of bone marrow fibrosis.