Robinson Leads Award-Winning Group
The National Science Board has given the 2022 Public Service Award to the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). President of the organization, Renã AS Robinson, is an associate professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Science.
The NSB award honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering.
“From its inception, NOBCChE has helped African American and other minority students and professionals realize their full potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits of chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields,” said Maureen Condic, who leads the NSB’s honorary awards committee. “NOBCChE is dedicated to ensuring that talent and innovation are not thwarted by political, geographic, racial or cultural barriers. The work of the society exemplifies the priorities put forward in NSB’s Vision 2030 to expand STEM opportunities to all Americans.”
NSB will present NOBCChE with its Public Service Award on May 5 at an awards ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
“NOBCChE is celebrating 50 years as an organization this year and continues to do the work necessary to ensure African American and Black chemists and chemical engineers are supported in their training and professions,” Robinson said. “The NOBCChE family has been and is a critical network towards the United States STEM talent pipeline. Our scientists innovate and solve problems at the highest level, inspire, and outreach to the next generation. Our legacy will continue for many decades to come, and we thank the National Science Board for this esteemed recognition.”