Chemistry professor Michelle Chang has won the Buck-Whitney award of the Eastern New York section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes "excellent original contributions to pure and applied chemistry."
The award was established in 1976 to recognize two of the most eminent research directors in the section. Johannes Buck was associate director and subsequently director of research at Sterling Winthrop. Willis R. Whitney was director of research at General Electric Corporate Research and Development from 1900 until his retirement in 1932.
Chang is in good company. Past recipients of the Buck-Whitney Award in the College of Chemistry are chemistry professor Matt Francis (2011) and chemistry emeritus professor Paul Bartlett (1989). Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail, a Charles Harris postdoc, won the Buck-Whitney award in 1985.