Department of Chemistry

Message from the Chair

Cody FoldenWelcome to the Texas A&M local section of the American Chemical Society, where we work to promote chemistry among colleagues both inside and outside College Station, Texas. We conduct a variety of activities, and two of the most important are our awards named for former Texas A&M faculty members:

▪ The F. A. Cotton Medal for Excellence Chemical Research recognizes accomplishments in research rather than distinction of any other sort, no matter how meritorious. The award is not restricted by gender, country, or branch of chemistry. A symposium is organized in the spring to recognize the medalist.

▪ The A. I. Scott Medal for Excellence in Biological Chemistry Research recognizes researchers for distinguished achievement at the highest level. A symposium is organized in the fall to recognize the medalist.

We will have our ACS local section meeting and banquet in the fall. We also support a number of other activities including the annual Chemistry Open House and Science Exploratorium on campus and the selection of contestants for the National Chemistry Olympiad.

Unfortunately, several of our activities for 2020 had to be postponed or canceled in the interest of public health. The Cotton Medal winner is Prof. Carolyn R. Bertozzi from Stanford University, who will present a lecture in the future. The Scott Award Symposium has also been postponed, and the Open House for fall 2020 has been canceled.

Whether or not you are already a member, there are many opportunities to take part in these activities. The Texas A&M local section of the ACS relies on your participation, input, and gift of time as a volunteer. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Cody Folden
2020 Chair