Two UofSC professors named American Chemical Society Fellows



The American Chemical Society has named University of South Carolina professors Scott R. Goode and Susan D. Richardson 2016 ACS Fellows.

Goode and Richardson, faculty in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, are among 57 national fellows chosen for their exceptional accomplishments in chemistry and service to the American Chemcial Society. The ACS Fellows program was created in 2008 to recognize society members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, profession and society.

Carolina and the University of Missouri were the only universities to have two fellows selected. Additionally, alumna Judith Iriarte-Gross, a professor of chemistry at Middle Tennessee University, was named an ACS Fellow. 

UofSC vice president for research Prakash Nagarkatti says the honor reflects a commitment to excellence.

“Outstanding accomplishments like these are so much more than professional accolades for those who receive them; they also speak to the high quality of the departments to which the recipients devote their professional lives, and the overall excellence of the institutions they support,” Nagarkatti said. “The fact that USC's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry boasts two 2016 ACS Fellows illustrates why it continues to rank as a national leader in teaching, research and innovation.”

Goode is honored for his work as an analytical chemist who has developed methods of chemical analysis for metallic elements in the environment and has created many unique lab experiments to enhance the university’s chemical education. He also is recognized for his contributions in chemical safety as chairman of the university’s committee on chemical safety and advancing chemical safety within the profession. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and given 300 talks worldwide.

Richardson is recognized for her pioneering work in the field of drinking water chemistry, with her main focus in disinfection byproducts. Through her research, Richardson has uncovered many toxic byproducts and is making strides to better human health by improving the safety of drinking water. She also is honored for her service to American Chemical Society and her mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students in environmental chemistry.

This year’s ACS Fellows will be recognized at a ceremony and reception Aug. 22, during the society’s 252nd National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia.


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