9/04/2015 Peter Durantine

Moog Wins Prestigious National Education Award in Chemistry

Franklin & Marshall College Professor of Chemistry Richard Moog will be awarded the 2016 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education this March in San Diego.

The award -- sponsored by Cengage Learning and the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Education -- is the most prestigious honor presented in the field of chemistry that recognizes outstanding contributions to chemical education. Past recipients include such luminaries as Nobel Prize winners Glenn Seaborg (1994) and Linus Pauling (1987). 

  • Hackman Scholars Marvin Nicoleau '16 (red shirt) and Hanyu (Peter) Sun '15 work on a summer research project in the chemistry department of the Hackman Science Building with Professor Rick Moog. Image Credit: Melissa Hess

The Pimentel follows another award that Moog and two colleagues received in 2015 on behalf of the POGIL Project for helping to pioneer POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning): the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, presented by the Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society. Moog is the director of the program. 

"I am humbled to receive these awards on behalf of the POGIL Project and our entire community of outstanding educators," Moog said. "These honors recognize the foundational work that came before POGIL, the talented people involved with the project, and the revolutionary changes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and student outcomes that have occurred as the result of our collective efforts."

The other recipients of the Norris Award are F&M Chemistry Professor James Spencer and Frank Creegan, the W. Alton Jones Professor of Chemistry, emeritus, at Washington College. Moog is director of the program.

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