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American Chemical Society Recognizes Cynthia Larive

UCR Chemist Recognized by the American Chemical Society

At the society's fall meeting, Cynthia Larive will receive the 2007 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education

(April 10, 2007)

Cynthia Larive is a professor of chemistry at UCR. Enlarge

Cynthia Larive is a professor of chemistry at UCR.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Cynthia Larive, a professor of chemistry at UC Riverside, has been selected to receive the 2007 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education in recognition of her contributions towards enhancing the personal and professional development of students working in analytical chemistry.

Given each year by the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the national award is accompanied by $1500 and a plaque.

Larive will receive the award in August, in Boston, at the fall meeting of the ACS, and will speak in the awards symposium.

A mentor to more than 25 undergraduate researchers at UCR, Larive organizes summer research programs on campus and is active in curriculum development and reform at the national level. She is the editor of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, a free web-based resource for students, teachers and practitioners of analytical chemistry.

Her editorial features in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry have covered a broad range of topics, including problem-based learning, developing a course in bioanalytical chemistry, internship opportunities for graduate students, and making effective poster presentations.

As a member of the ACS Committee on Professional Training, she participates in the approval process for U.S. chemistry departments seeking to grant ACS certified degrees. She also serves on the ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board, providing advice and leadership on issues related to graduate education.

Larive’s awards and honors include an honorary doctorate from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary; and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, a prestigious honor recognizing the early career development activities of scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

After acquiring her doctorate in analytical chemistry from UCR in 1992, Larive joined the chemistry department at the University of Kansas. In 2005, she returned to UCR, where she works mainly in the area of bioanalytical chemistry.

The ACS, founded in 1876, has more than 160,000 members. The organization provides a broad range of peer interaction and career development opportunities, regardless of professional or scientific interests.

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