Professor Vicki Grassian, F Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry, is the 70th recipient of the ACS Midwest Award. This award is given by the St Louis Section–ACS to recognize outstanding achievements in chemistry in the midwest region.Professor Grassian received her BS degree from the State University of New York in Albany, the MS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her PhD from the University of California–Berkeley. Professor Grassian joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1990, and is the Co-director of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (an NSF Center), the Director of the Nanotoxicology Research Core in the Environmental Health Science Research Center, and a Founder and Co-director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Iowa.
Professor Grassian has received numerous awards and honors, among them, the John Jeyes Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014) and the Award for Creative Advanced in Environmental Science and Technology from the ACS (2012). She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. She received the 2014 University of Iowa Scholar of the Year Award, the 2006 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, and the 1999–2001 Faculty Scholar Award.
Professor Grassian is the Editor-in-chief of Environmental Science: Nano (RSC Publishing), and Editor of Surface Science Reports (Elsevier). She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, C and Letters (ACS Publishing). She served as the 2012 Chair of the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry of the ACS, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Physical Chemistry Division–ACS (2008-2011). Professor Grassian has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 16 book chapters, and has edited four books or journal issues. She has mentored 22 graduate students to the PhD, 26 postdoctoral associates, and over 50 undergraduate researchers.
Professor Grassian receives the Midwest award for her exemplary contributions to chemistry that span the areas of heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry and health and environmental implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology, for her outstanding teaching accomplishments and innovations, and for her exemplary mentoring, particularly of women. The 2014 Midwest Award will be presented to Professor Grassian at the 49th Midwest Regional ACS Meeting to be held at the University of Missouri–Columbia from November 12-15, 2014. She will deliver her award address at the meeting on Thursday, November 14.