Brian Holm places first at Water Ski National Championships

Brian Holm, Program Operations Manager of the Chemistry¬† Machine Shop, recently placed first in the Men’s 5 Jumping event of the 70th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The Championships were held in August 2012 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Florida. Brian jumped a total distance of 142.00 feet, out-jumping the second-place finisher by 11 feet. Over the past decade, Brian has placed in the top ten in the National Tournament an amazing seven times. He is currently ranked #1 on the National Standings List and #1 on the World Standings List for Water Skiing in his age group.

Congratulations Brian!

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Mel Koch receives 2007 IFPAC Award

Dr. Mel Koch, the Executive Director of the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC), was given the International Foundation for Process Analytical Chemistry (IFPAC) Award in January 2007. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated significant leadership and made an outstanding contribution to the field of process analytics. Koch is the second-ever recipient of this award.

For more information about Mel Koch and CPAC, please visit the CPAC website.

Gary Pedersen receives UW Distinguished Staff Award

Gary Pedersen, the recently-appointed Executive Director of the Department of Chemistry, has received a 2006 Distinguished Staff Award from the University of Washington. Pedersen was one of two staff members from the College of Arts and Sciences to receive an award, which “recognizes staff who contribute to the mission of their unit or the University, respond creatively to challenges, maintain the highest standards in their work, establish productive working relationships, and promote a respectful and supportive workplace.” Pedersen, who was Administrator in Chemistry from 1987-2000, has recently returned to the Department of Chemistry after spending several years in the College of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and we are happy to have him back.

For more information on Pedersen’s award, please see the original article from A&S Perspectives.