ACS James Flack Norris Teaching Award

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Professor Neil Garg has been selected as the 2019 ACS James Flack Norris Teaching Award winner in recognition of his extraordinary teaching excellence.

Garg will give a formal address at a ceremony on the evening of November 20, 2019, at Northeastern University, as part of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) annual meeting. 

An organic chemist, Garg is known for his innovative teaching techniques, and his breakthroughs in methods development, achievements in natural product total synthesis, and transformative chemical educational initiatives.  In 2018, Garg was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry & Biochemistry.  He has been named the next Chair of the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry effective July 1, 2019.

Garg’s educational accolades include being named California’s Professor of the Year, and receiving many prizes, such as the Royal Society of Chemistry’s teaching award, and the largest university teaching prize worldwide, the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.   To learn more about Garg’s educational initiatives and research accomplishments, visit his group’s website.

The Norris Award was established in 1950 by NESACS to honor the memory of James Flack Norris (1871-1940), a professor of chemistry at Simmons College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chair of NESACS in 1904, and ACS President in 1925-26.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,