Obare Named American Chemical Society Fellow

sherine-o-obare-450.jpgEAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (July 19, 2019) – The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Sherine O. Obare, Ph.D., dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), as a 2019 fellow.

The ACS Fellows program honors two percent of its membership for outstanding achievements and contributions in the field, in addition to exceptional volunteer service to the society.

“We all strive to make a difference in our respective fields, and to be honored with such a rare designation is truly humbling,” said Obare. “This recognition means my previous scientific contributions have made a high impact in my discipline and I look forward to using those experiences and accomplishments to bring value to JSNN, North Carolina A&T, UNCG and the Greensboro community.”

Obare’s nomination recognized her significant contributions to the profession through her work developing novel synthetic routes for nanoparticles and promoting studies to understand their use and impact.

Her nomination further cited her innovative service as technical program chair of the society’s Division of Environmental Chemistry by organizing premier symposia and successfully increasing public outreach through the Environmental Film Competition.

Obare has been an ACS member for nearly two decades and has played a significant role in mentoring and encouraging women pursuing careers in STEM, as well as increasing the number of students who pursue STEM careers.

“It’s important for young women to consider the benefits of joining professional disciplinary organizations as it allows them to exchange ideas and collaborate with other expert colleagues to solve issues affecting our world, and also creates opportunities for mentorship,” said Obare. “I would not have made it to this point without the support and collaborative efforts of others in my field, and the ACS has done an admirable job creating an inclusive and diverse community of great minds.”

In addition to this honor, she has received other notable accolades, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and in 2013 was named as one of the top 25 Women Professors in Michigan.

Obare joins a cohort of 70 ACS fellows and will be formally recognized at the society’s national meeting in San Diego this fall.