FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2010
Office of College Communications
WENHAM, MA—A Nobel Prize winning scientist, a top environmentalist, a U.S. congressman, research executives, professors and four Gordon College chemistry students have all been invited to participate in the 14th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GCEC) in Washington, D.C., June 21-23.
Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholar grant, only 32 students from a pool of undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students were selected to attend the prestigious ACS conference. Gordon students Annie Hsieh ’11 of Taipei, Taiwan, Lisa Schott ‘11 of Wallingford, PA, and Ben Stewart ’13 of Whitinsville, MA—all Outreach Fellows with the non-profit organization Beyond Benign, a group that promotes science guided by the principles of green chemistry and sustainability—will facilitate training of graduate and undergraduate students at the national student workshop. The Fellows program encourages college students to become ambassadors of green chemistry in their local communities and mentors to younger students.
Though not a Fellow, Kristen Entwistle ’11 of Canton, OH, was also awarded a NSF travel grant because of her green chemistry project with chemistry professor Dwight Tshudy.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to take their passion and work for green chemistry to another level,” said Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, a national leader in green chemistry education and an organizer of the student workshops at this year’s conference. “It’s another way to inspire future scientists and to create more informed consumers to support this important movement based on sustainable products and processes.”
Other students selected for the GCEC represent institutions such as Yale University, Suffolk University, Simmons College and Cambridge College.