The Catholic University of America

May 30, 2007

CUA Professor Earns Prestigious Chemistry Award

Diane Bunce

WASHINGTON - Diane Bunce, the associate professor of chemistry whose creative approach to teaching has included an annual masquerade party of elements at Halloween, as well as the use of handheld wireless devices for students to participate in lectures, has been awarded the 2007 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.

The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society established the award in 1963 in commemoration of James Flack Norris, former Northeastern chairman of the American Chemical Society and longtime MIT chemistry professor. The recipient is selected from an international list of nominees who have served with special distinction as teachers of chemistry at any level and whose efforts have had a wide-ranging effect on chemical education. Bunce is being honored for excellence in teaching in the field of chemical education as well as her impact in the field of chemical education research.

"The announcement that Professor Bunce will receive this year's James Flack Norris award is just the most recent in a very long line of recognitions of her national reputation as a leader in chemical education," said L.R. Poos, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "I'm delighted to join her colleagues in the Department of Chemistry in congratulations for this distinction."

Bunce is only the second professor from a Catholic college or university to receive the award in its 56-year history.

In addition to being honored at a dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club this November, Bunce will present a lecture in the Harvard Chemistry Department. Bunce will also receive a medal and a $3,000 honorarium.

The School of Arts and Sciences currently enrolls more than 1,600 undergraduates and nearly 600 graduate students. The school encompasses 17 departments and several more non-departmental programs, with almost 60 undergraduate majors and approximately 70 graduate degree programs.

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