Boston University Professor Receives National Chemistry Award

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Boston, MA — Boston University Chemistry Professor Morton Z. Hoffman has won the 2002 Responsible Care National Catalyst Award given by the American Chemistry Council. The award honors educators who excel at teaching science to students in college, high school, middle school, and grade school.

“Professor Morton Z. Hoffman exemplifies the highest achievements of a chemical educator,” says Thomas D. Tullius, chairman of the Boston University Chemistry Department. “He is an active, enthusiastic, and accomplished advocate for chemistry and chemical education at the departmental, university, national, and even international level.”

Professor Hoffman will receive a medal and citation at an awards dinner held in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, on March 28. With the award,

Professor Hoffman will receive a check for $5,000 to help support a peer-leadership program he designed to address the needs of chemistry students.

In 1994 Hoffman was the recipient of the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the most prestigious award for teaching that Boston University bestows on its faculty. Following that honor, Professor Hoffman was founding director of the Center for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University from 1994 to 1997. Professor Hoffman received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1960.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of nearly 28,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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