Professor Emerita to Receive National Chemistry Award for Pioneering Work

Loretta Jones

Loretta Jones

Loretta Jones, professor emerita of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado, will receive a national achievement award from the world's largest scientific society.

The American Chemistry Society will present Jones with the Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry award at the organization's spring meeting March 25-29 in San Diego, Calif. Jones will be honored during a private campus reception in October.

"Recognition of Dr. Jones by the American Chemical Society is a great honor," said Michael Mosher, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "This award illustrates the quality and international reach of Dr. Jones' work in chemical education."

Jones' impact to the field of chemical education was noted in her award nomination. Her pioneering work directly affected countless graduate students and fellow researchers, ranging from those who have been influenced by her research on multimedia and visualizations to her work in building the viability of chemical education research nationally and internationally. She has indirectly impacted thousands of students who have either been taught by these graduate students and fellow researchers or who have studied and learned from her textbooks or instructional simulations, visualizations and animations.

At UNC, Jones has secured more than $7 million in grants and worked to build and sustain the doctoral program in Chemistry Education. In 2007, Jones earned the M. Lucille Harrison Award, UNC's top faculty honor. The award is given to a faculty member that excels at teaching, research and community service.