W.Va. Flood Relief Efforts Win National ChemLuminary Award

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Sept. 1, 2017
W.Va. Flood Relief Efforts Win National ChemLuminary Award
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The Kanawha Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which includes the West Virginia State University (WVSU) ACS student chapter, has received a national ChemLuminary Award from ACS for its volunteer work during the 2016 flood relief efforts.

Led by WVSU chemistry professor Dr. Micheal Fultz, the group spearheaded the relief and rebuilding of science laboratories throughout the regions impacted by the floods that ravaged the state in June 2016. Industry and academic partners donated more than $100,000 in funds and equipment to support affected area schools.

“The Kanawha Valley Section of the ACS, which is comprised of members of industry, faculty and students from local universities, were honored to help the schools affected by last year’s floods,” Fultz said. “We extend our thanks and appreciation to all of the donors who helped make this project possible.”

The award, for Most Innovative New Activity or Program, was presented at the 19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards celebration during the ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., in August.

Themed “Volunteers and Their Monumental Impact,” the ChemLuminary Awards provided members the opportunity to recognize local sections, technical divisions, regional meetings and international chemical sciences chapters for their tireless efforts and work in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences.

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