2019 Nyholm Prize for Education Winner
Professor Marcy Towns
Awarded for outstanding contributions to the teaching and assessment of chemistry climate science and research increasing our understanding of learning in the undergraduate laboratory.
About the Winner
Marcy H. Towns is a Professor of Chemistry and Director of General Chemistry at Purdue University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement. Her research has focused undergraduate chemistry laboratory including the development and implementation of digital badging to assess hands-on skills, argumentation practices, student understanding of mathematics in chemistry in thermodynamics and kinetics, and student understanding of the chemistry of climate science. Trained as a physical chemist she developed a passion for research at the interface between mathematics and chemistry that continues to inspire her to this day. She received the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry and the 2017 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry from the Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society in addition to numerous teaching awards from Purdue University. She is a member of IUPAC's Committee on Chemistry Education and was an author on the IUPAC technical report that contributed to the landmark decision to redefine the mole. Towns began her career as secondary math and chemistry teacher after graduating from Linfield College with a BA in chemistry and mathematics. She holds an M.S. and Ph. D. from Purdue University in Chemistry having carried out research in chemistry education (masters) and physical chemistry (doctorate).
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