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Longtime Chemistry Professor Receives Distinguished Award

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

In his 30-plus year career at Beloit, Chemistry Professor George Lisensky has worked with about one student per semester and summer on countless research projects including ones on hydrogen-powered fuel cells, renewable energy, and nanoparticles.

In recognition of his superior student involvement, Lisensky was named one of two recipients of the 2011 Janet Andersen Lecture Award.

Established by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science in 2008, two professors are selected each year in the categories of “biological sciences and psychology” and “physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science.”

Lisensky is the fourth professor to be given the award in the latter category.

“People who have gotten this award have been role models of doing research with students so I’m in awe to be in this list,” said Lisensky, who also sings in the Masterworks Chorus and is the founder of the International Symposium.

As part of the award, Lisensky will give a presentation at a research symposia next month in Chicago where he plans to discuss past research projects he’s conducted with students.   

The Midstates Consortium for Math and Sciences is comprised of 14 colleges and universities including the University of Chicago and Lawrence University. Biology Professor Ken Yasukawa won in the “biological sciences and psychology” category in 2009.

Source: Dr. George Lisensky is a chemistry professor and active scholar with research interests and activities in bio-inorganic chemistry, materials science, and innovative introductory chemistry curriculum development. He is also recognized as an international leader in nanochemistry education, and he earned recognition from the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training in 2010 for his development of a novel course in nanochemistry. Lisensky has 69 publications to date, 15 of which have Beloit College student co-authors. He has active and on-going professional affiliations with the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at UW-Madison, Nanotechnology Informal Science Education Network (NISE NET), and the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS). He can serve as a media resource on topics related to his research and teaching interests. A full bio and vitae are available at http://chemistry.beloit.edu/classes/lisensky/index.html

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