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2010 AAAS Mentor Award goes to Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University
Date:2/16/2011

For his dedication to advancing the diversity of doctoral-level chemists entering the workforce, the 2010 Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be bestowed upon Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone.

Dr. DeSimonewho serves as both the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State Universitywill receive his award during a 19 February ceremony at the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

"Dr. DeSimone's dedication to mentorship transcends the chemical sciences, and is rooted in his belief that diversification drives innovation," said Yolanda George, deputy director of Education and Human Resources at AAAS. "For the past 20 years, he has mentored students in the classroom, in the laboratory, and as director of the UNC's National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes."

He has personally mentored at least nine African American students, one Hispanic American student, and 24 women through the completion of their Ph.D. degrees in chemistry, the AAAS award committee reported. He also teamed up with former mentee Valerie Ashby to launch a Chapel Hill-based chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

In a nomination letter, Chemical Heritage Foundation President and CEO Thomas R. Tritton described Dr. DeSimone's leadership style as "results-driven," yet compassionate. "Despite his many roles," Tritton wrote, Dr. DeSimone "consistently remains available to his mentees at any career stage. He has played a key mentor role in many students' processes for authoring manuscripts, applying to graduate programs, choosing career paths, and many other realms."

Another nominator, UNC-Chapel Hill's Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Che
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Contact: Katharine Zambon
kzambon@aaas.org
202-326-6434
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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