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Dr. Susan Olesik Awarded the 2014 Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach

Susan OlesikSusan Olesik, Dow Professor of Chemistry and chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received many top awards during her professional career. Her most recent, the 2014 Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach for inspiring service in outreach, is certain to be among the most cherished.

The award, given by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Public Relations and Communication, will be presented at ACS’s National Fall Meeting in San Francisco on August 12. It recognizes the longevity of her extraordinary advocacy and accomplishments devoted to enhancing public understanding and appreciation for science—in general, and chemistry—in particular.

Olesik has been actively involved in public outreach for more than 15 years. From devising “fun” and instructive elementary school experiments to facilitating meaningful professional development for teachers, Olesik’s outreach activities have had a positive impact at every level of the educational system.

Read more about Dr. Olesik's outreach here.