Dr. Johannes Lercher, director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Institute for Integrated Catalysis, was awarded the Robert B. Anderson Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Lercher will share his insights on catalysis targeting the conversion of biomass to hydrocarbon fuels at low temperatures in a lecture at the 24th Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, scheduled for May in Ottawa, Ontario.
Lercher has co-authored more than 470 publications and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Catalysis. His group has pioneered characterizing catalytic reactions as they occur on surfaces via molecular spectroscopy, and they have used the information to build innovative catalysts. His contributions have garnered prestigious awards and fellowships.
He is a Battelle Fellow and professor at Technische Universität München, Germany.
A team consisting of DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Battelle, Delta High School and the Washington Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program has been selected to receive the inaugural Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award from the American Chemical Society’s northwest region.
Allison Campbell, PNNL associate laboratory director, accepted the award on behalf of the team at the recent American Chemical Society Northwest regional meeting in Pocatello, Idaho.
The award encourages and recognizes exemplary partnerships. The team is being recognized for its history of STEM advocacy.
The team recently joined with the Southeast Washington LASER Alliance (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform) to create the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory. The group focuses on strengthening STEM education in the Mid-Columbia through tools, technologies and resources that support student success, educator effectiveness and community engagement.
The award includes a $1,000 grant, which will be divided between Delta High School, to support an expanded materials chemistry program and purchase of instruments, and MESA.
Soroptimist International of Three Rivers has elected its slate of officers for 2015-16.
They are Candice Bluechel, president; Jann Frye, president-elect; Peggy Buchmiller, secretary; Blandina Valenzuela, treasurer; Marilyn Heasley, treasurer-elect; and Linda Sporcich and Laurie Church, directors.
Soroptimist is an international women’s organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.
The Three Rivers branch is located in the northwestern region, within a 20-mile radius from the blue bridge between Kennewick and Pasco. Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Country Gentleman, 9221 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/SIThreeRivers.