The American Chemical Society (ACS) has recognized two Hiram College professors for excellence in advancing chemistry – to both the scientific and greater community. Carol Shreiner, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, and Steven Romberger, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, received the honor.
ACS, which supports scientific inquiry into the field of chemistry, has previously recognized Dr. Shreiner and several students in Hiram’s affiliate student chapter. The ACS mission statement, “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people,” resonates well with the professors who received the honor.
“It’s a way to recognize those who give significant effort toward improving the public image of chemistry,” said Dr. Shreiner. “We do a lot of that here through our ACS student affiliate chapter.”
The Hiram ACS chapter, which consists of about 14 students, regularly plans fun, educational campus events that make chemistry relatable to the entire community. This week, they are celebrating National Chemistry Week, leading up to Mole Day (Oct. 23). On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the group will host “Chemistry Colors Our World from noon to 1:30 in the Kennedy Center lounge where they will hold demonstrations to illustrate the chemistry of color. They will also hold hands-on demonstrations and giveaways during the Health Professions Campus Visit/Overnight on Oct. 22-23.
The chapter also plans educational outreach in conjunction with Northeast Ohio Medical University, Hiram Halloween and Earth Day. In previous years, the group has judged science fairs at local and district levels.
“That’s one of the wonderful things about being a chemistry ambassador,” said Dr. Shreiner. “The ACS give us a lot of free tools to go out into the community and do a lot more outreach than we could if we didn’t have those resources.”
The two credit not only Hiram’s active ACS student chapter for the recognition, but also the support of the chemistry and biochemistry departments for the distinction.
“It’s a good indicator of the environment that we have,” Dr. Romberger said. “The recognition goes to Carol and I, but if we are really honest about it, we just push and nudge our students in the right direction, and so do the rest of the faculty.”
“It’s really a group effort in helping our students succeed,” said Dr. Shreiner.