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Gustavus John Esselen Award
 
The Esselen Award for Chemistry in the public interest is one of the most prestigious honors provided by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. The award annually recognizes a chemist whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the public well-being, and has thereby communicated positive values of the chemical profession. The Awardee should be a living resident of the United States or Canada at the time of nomination, and the significance of this work should have become apparent within the five years preceding nomination.
The Award was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Gustavus John Esselen, a distinguished member of the Northeastern Section. A brief history of the Award as well as a biography of Esselen can be accessed from this web page.The first awardees were F. Sherwood Rowland and Mario J. Molina, who subsequently received the Nobel Prize. As can be seen by the list of past recipients, any field of chemistry is valid as long as the scientific work has clearly contributed to the public well-being and its value to society has become apparent within the last five years.
The award consists of a medal and a check for $5,000. Travel expenses incidental to the conferring of this award will be reimbursed. The award will usually be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the April meeting of the Northeastern Section. The Awardee will deliver an address on the subject of the work for which the honor is being conferred, or for work in progress which is also directed to chemistry in the public interest.

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Prior Recipients of the Gustavus John Esselen Award
Click to see the article "In Memory of Gutavus John J. Esselen III" from the October 2007 issue of The Nucleus

Call for Nominations
2019 Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest The Northeastern Section
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) is inviting nominations for its prestigious Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. This award is given annually to a chemical scientist, whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the public well being and has thereby communicated the positive values of the chemical profession. The significance of this work should have become apparent within the five years preceding nomination. The awardee shall be a living resident of the United States or Canada at the time of the nomination.
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) is inviting nominations for its prestigious Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. This award is given annually to a chemical scientist, whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the public well being and has thereby communicated the positive values of the chemical profession. The significance of this work should have become apparent within the five years preceding nomination. The awardee shall be a living resident of the United States or Canada at the time of the nomination.
The Award consists of a bronze medal and the sum of $5,000. Travel expenses incidental to the conferring of the award will be reimbursed. The award will be presented at the April 2019 meeting of the Section. The
Awardee is expected to deliver an address on the subject of the work for which the honor is conferred, or for work in progress which is also directed toward chemistry in the public interest.
Nominations should be submitted as a single pdf file including:
  1. a letter signed by the primary sponsor with a description of the nominee’s work recognized as making a major contribution to the public welfare and as communicating positive values of the chemical profession, plus the names of two co-sponsors;
  2. short supporting co-sponsor statements;
  3. the nominee’s professional biography including a list of no more than ten of the nominee’s publications selected for their pertinence to the work nominated for recognition; and
  4. copies of popular and technical press news or feature articles indicative of public benefit and interest.
Nominations Are Due October 19, 2018 to dwalt@bwh.harvard.edu with cc to JPiperGrady@gmail.com. Award recipients will be notified by February 1, 2019.
Inquiries may be directed to the above or to Dr. David Walt, Tel. (857) 307-1112 or Jeananne Piper Grady, Tel. (617) 620-8315. Address: 11 Thaxter St., Hingham, MA 02043.

2018 Esselen Award Winner
Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.

In recognition of her contributions, Dr. Doudna will receive the Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest on Friday, April 27, 2018, in a ceremony at Harvard University’s Mallinckrodt Chemistry Laboratories at 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public, Dr. Doudna’s award lecture, to follow the presentation, is entitled “Re-writing the Code of Life: The Impacts and Ethics of Genome Editing.”

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Who are we?
     
   
  Dr. Karen N. Allen, Chair
  Department of Chemistry
  Boston University
  drkallen@bu.edu
   
 
   
  Dr. David R. Walt
  Department of Pathology
  Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  dwalt@bwh.harvard.edu
   
   
  Dr. John Macor
  Sanofi
  Waltham, MA
  john.macor@sanofi.com
 
 
   
  Dr. Prakash Rai
  Department of Chemical Engineering
  University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  prakash_rai@uml.edu
 
The members selected by the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society, respectively:
   
  Dr. Melanie S. Sanford
  Department of Chemistry
  University of Michigan
  mssanfor@umich.edu
   
 
   
  Dr. Ilke Arslan
  Center for Nanoscale Materials
  Argonne National Laboratory
  arslan@anl.gov
   
   
  Dr. Bibiana Campos Seijo
  Editor
  Chemical & Engineering News
  b_campos-seijo@acs.org
   
   
Secretary of the Esselen Award Committee:
   
  Jeananne Piper Grady, Secretary
  jpipergrady@gmail.com
   
   
   
   
 

 
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