Yale Chemist Receives Outstanding Teacher Award

Yale chemistry lecturer Iona Black has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) for her contributions to the education of chemistry and chemical engineering students.

Yale chemistry lecturer Iona Black has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) for her contributions to the education of chemistry and chemical engineering students.

The award is given to one teacher each year who is chosen from a national competition. It recognizes outstanding scientists, engineers and science teachers who have made significant contributions to their fields. Black was honored at an awards ceremony held April 20 in Miami, Florida.

“This award is a special honor because it indicates recognition of my efforts by my colleagues both at Yale and throughout the country,” said Black. “The comments made during the awards ceremony not only acknowledged my academic prowess, but also my work ethic and personality as that of an excellent scientist and nice person. This is the highest praise one can receive from one’s colleagues.”

Black’s research interests are in the areas of education and in the development and characterization of novel metal complexes that may have anticancer and/or antiviral activity.

“I strive to develop and maintain students’ creativity, tenacity and ability to work with what is available, and not give up when things become challenging,” Black said. “These are the chief characteristics I have received from my own teachers and now try to pass on to those I mentor. This award reinforces my hope that I am on the right path.”

In addition to her faculty position in Yale’s chemistry department, Black is academic director of the Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) program at Yale. The program has greatly facilitated retention of undergraduate students in the Yale Science Program. She has been an invited speaker, panelist and presenter for numerous organizations and groups, including the American Chemical Society, the National Science Foundation and Wesleyan University. She is also editor of the Asian Journal of Spectroscopy and a National Science Foundation grant reviewer.

Black’s previous awards include the Yale College Prize for Teaching Excellence by a lector or lecturer, 1997; and The National Academic Advising Association Certificate of Merit, 1997. She has also received grants from the Moore Foundation and from the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.

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