2021 Herty Medalist

Photo Credit: B. Koß

Professor Anne-Frances Miller is the recipient of the 2021 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. A member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, Prof. Miller is an international leader in studies of enzymatic redox catalysis, in particular mechanisms by which proteins control bound cofactors to optimize specific reactivity. The goal of this work is to extract general principles that can aid the design of man-made materials and devices to capture, store and transduce electrochemical energy from renewable sources. Her service to the profession and society includes serving as chair of the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry, strengthening public trust and interest in science via copious outreach, and citizen science activities in the area of water quality.

The gold Herty medal will be presented at the 87th Herty Award Celebration in September 2021. Prof. Miller will also be a keynote speaker at the Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS).

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect

We’re talking about diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR). Will you join us?

Join us to advance DEIR within our own community through this series of facilitated conversations with Susan Raines, PhD and Joe Risby, MSCM.

We’ll learn new skills to understand the experiences and perspectives of others. Then we’ll put these skills to use as we share our own experiences and discuss ways to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in our own section. 

Session 1 – February 18, 7 – 8:30 pm, Implicit Bias and Its Impact

Session 2 – February 25, 7 – 8:30 pm, Communicating Across Value Sets

Session 3 – March 2, 7 – 8:30 pm, Intersectionality and Inclusion

Did you know that the ACS includes advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in our community as a core goal of our organization?

Goal 5 – Embrace and Advance Inclusion in Chemistry
Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect; identify and dismantle barriers to success; and create a welcoming and supportive environment so that all ACS members, employees, and volunteers can thrive.ACS will exemplify diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect and highlight their importance to the profession at every level by embracing and celebrating our differences in our programs, products, services, and leadership. We recognize that the world has not been an equal nor equitable space for everyone, and science is no different. ACS will evaluate the impact of administrative and governance actions intended to enhance inclusion and will build sustainable processes for addressing inequities. The Society will speak out against injustice, establish professional standards, and provide training for creating an inclusive culture, both internally and externally. ACS will recruit, retain, develop, and recognize members, employees, and volunteers from all backgrounds by building an inclusive culture. ACS will support partnerships aimed at creating equal opportunities and a sense of belonging in science.

About Susan and Joe:
Susan Raines, PhD, is an Associate Director at Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development.
Joe Risby, MSCM, is a Program Coordinator and Conflict Management Coach at Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development. Together, Susan and Joe have led numerous facilitated “tough topics” conversations for organizations looking to improve their workplaces and communities.

Free Mask Giveaway

The ACS Georgia Local Section understands how important it is for schools, businesses, and non-profits to obtain and utilize personal protective equipment to help protect their teachers, students, employees, and the importance of being safe at work and in the community.

We are proud to be able to provide this much-needed support and relief to students, teachers, small businesses, and senior care centers, many of whom are already facing extreme challenges. In an effort to comply with the CDC guidelines and new executive order will distribute over a thousand masks to school students, teachers, local businesses and seniors in the Metro Atlanta area. All schools, non-profits, small businesses, and senior living centers are eligible to receive the mask donations.