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Two UIC scientists honored among best in higher ed, industry, government

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Michael Trenary and Judy Bolton were inducted into the American Chemical Society.

The 2011 class of American Chemical Society fellows has a UIC flavor.

Judy Bolton, professor and head of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy, and Michael Trenary, professor of chemistry, were among 231 scientists chosen from higher education, industry and government for their “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the American Chemical Society.”

They were recognized at an induction ceremony during the society’s 242nd national meeting in Denver.

As a physical organic chemist in the College of Pharmacy, Bolton conducts research on how botanical dietary supplements can safely prevent diseases.

Bolton has received numerous grants throughout her career, most related to three projects funded by the National Institutes of Health involving breast cancer and menopause.

Bolton has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and written more than five book chapters.

Trenary’s research interests in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences span the traditional areas of physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and the chemistry of inorganic materials.

This is the second time in two years he was named a fellow by a scientific organization.

In 2010, he was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to the field of surface chemistry, particularly for the use of infrared spectroscopy to identify and characterize novel chemical species on metal surfaces.

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, began naming fellows in 2008.


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