The James Flack Norris Award
for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry
pays tribute to outstanding contributions to the field
of chemical education. The Award consists of a $3,000
prize and a certificate. The presentation takes place
at an Award Ceremony and dinner in November, followed
by a formal address by the Awardee.
The Award, the first national
award for outstanding achievement in the teaching of
chemistry, was established in 1950 by the Northeastern
Section of the American Chemical Society to honor the
memory of James Flack Norris, Professor of Chemistry
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a
teacher of great repute. For more information, please
see the Brief History of the Norris Award.
The first award was made
in 1951 to Professor George Shannon Forbes, an outstanding
teacher at Harvard and, in retirement, at Northeastern University. Past awardees
are given in the list of Norris Award recipients.
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that Professor Melanie M. Cooper is the winner of the 2013 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.
Professor Cooper is the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education and Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Professor Cooper has been a pioneering influence on chemical education, bringing evidence-based practices to the development of curricula and assessments. Her work has focused, in particular, on improving outcomes for students in large enrollment courses including general and organic chemistry. The Award will be formally presented to Professor Cooper at the November 14 meeting of the Northeastern Section to be held at Tufts University.