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Mary Virginia ORNA

Mary Virginia Orna Aracne editrice

Mary Virginia Orna is presently Professor of Chemistry at the College of New Rochelle, although her professional history includes service in government, not-for-profit institutions and industry. She received her education first at Chestnut Hill College and her graduate studies were done at Fordham University in analytical chemistry. She has lectured and published widely in the areas of color chemistry and archaeological chemistry. Among her many professional activities, she has presented plenary lectures and named lectureships on at least a dozen different occasions. She is a tour speaker on the roster of the American Chemical Society and has been an invited lecturer to every part of the United States and many countries in Europe and the South Pacific. Her many publications have appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education, Color Research and Application, Studies in Conservation, Analytical Chemistry, Microchemical Journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Chemical Society monographs, and various other journals. She has also authored numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles, six books and edited eleven others. Her ACS activities include serving on all elected Council committees and on other committees, i.e. the Society Committee on Education, Divisional Activities Committee and the Committee on Meetings and Expositions. She is active in several divisions of the American Chemical Society, having served as Chair, Program Chair and Treasurer of the Division of the History of Chemistry. She is currently serving as ACS Councilor and a member of the ACS Local Section Activities Committee. She received various awards: e.g.., the Chemical Manufacturing Association’s Catalyst Award for excellence in college chemistry teaching, the 1989 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) New York State Professor of the Year, National Gold Medalist Award, a recipient of the 1989 Merck Innovation Award, the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, ACS 1999 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the 2008 Henry Hill Award, and the ACS 2009 Award for Volunteer Service. As a hobby, she enjoys constructing crossword puzzles and has been a frequent contributor to the Sunday New York Times, SciQuest, Clinical Chemistry News, American Laboratory, Today’s Chemist and other publications.
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