National chemistry education award goes to ISU’s Greenbowe

Tom Greenbowe, Morrill Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University, has been awarded the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.

The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society presented the award, which honors “an educator who is both an excellent classroom teacher and whose professional activities have had a wide-ranging effect on chemical education.” The Norris Award is one of the oldest national awards of the American Chemical Society, and is presented by the ACS Northeastern Section in Boston annually in November.

The ACS Awards Committee cited Greenbowe’s research and development activities on visualization of molecular and atomic phenomena and the use of inquiry strategies in instruction having a tremendous positive impact nationally and internationally in the areas of multimedia instruction, chemistry problem-solving and conceptual understanding, and structuring guided-inquiry laboratory activities as the basis for the award.

Chemistry is an academic department in ISU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Cover story on Greenbowe in “The Nucleus”