Adams State chapter of American Chemical Society wins an award

ALAMOSA — The Adams State student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) received an Honorable Mention award for its activities during the 2016-17 academic year. Of more than 400 applicants for the awards, 52 were named Outstanding; 114, Commendable; and 139, Honorable Mention. The award winning chapters will be honored at the 255th ACS National Meeting.

With about a dozen members, Adams State’s ACS chapter was recognized for its community and campus outreach activities, particularly the popular Chemistry Magic Show. Students and faculty have presented the show each Halloween season for the last 26 years. Fun for people of all ages, it offers a fast-paced series of demonstrations involving changing colors, very high and very low temperatures, bright lights and loud noises. Chemistry students explain the concepts involved and afterwards work with elementary school children in safe and fun hands-on activities in the university labs.

ACS said Adams State chapter advisor Dr. Alexey Leontyev, asst. professor of chemistry, deserves special commendation, noting, “Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Leontyev’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”

ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, with a mission to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. ACS has 150,000 members throughout more than 140 countries. ACS student chapters engage undergraduates in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.

Caption: Dr. Alexey Leontyev (top left) and ASU chemistry student, Otto Schaefer work with elementary school students following the 2017 Chemistry Magic Show./Courtesy photo