Alvin Kwiram wins 2015 Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award

Alvin KwiramAlvin Kwiram, Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Vice Provost for Research, has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award. Professor Kwiram was nominated for his contributions for the benefit of the University and the greater community – most notably, his promotion of UW’s research strengths in areas of clean energy production and storage, leading to the $6 million grant from the Washington State Legislature in support of The Clean Energy Institute, along with countless hours serving on committees and advisory boards and bringing together business leaders for collaborative projects.

Alvin Kwiram elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

Alvin KwiramEmeritus Professor Alvin Kwiram is among the 18 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their “outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the Academy in bringing the best available science to bear on issues within the State of Washington.” The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. The new members, elected based on their achievements, will be inducted during the academy’s seventh annual meeting at the Seattle Museum of Flight on September 18, 2014. The newly elected members bring the academy’s total membership to 221.

WSAS Press Release: 18 New Members Elected by Science Academy

For more information about Professor Kwiram and his research, please visit his faculty page.

Alvin Kwiram named 2012 ACS Fellow

Alvin KwiramAlvin Kwiram, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Chemical Society. This honor is bestowed upon scientists “who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS.”  Professor Kwiram will be recognized at an induction ceremony during the American Chemical Society Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia. To see a full list of 2012 ACS Fellows, visit the ACS Fellows website.

The ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 “to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society.” Fellows come from academe, industry and government. More information, including the complete list of ACS Fellows named in past years, can be found at

UW documentary features four Chemistry faculty

Professors Michael Gelb, David Ginger, Alvin Kwiram, and Pradip Rathod of the Department of Chemistry are among the notable University of Washington scientists highlighted in a new documentary released this month. “Timeless Discoveries,” a documentary made possible by the generosity of the Leonard P. & Helen M. Kammeyer Endowed Fund, highlights major breakthroughs, groundbreaking research, and practical applications revealed by the scientific community at the College of Arts & Sciences. The film, which will air on UWTV, follows professors and students as they discuss their challenges and discoveries ranging from the Hepatitis B vaccine to advances in solar energy.  The film was also featured in the Local News section of the Seattle Times.

To learn more about Professor Gelb and his research, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

To learn more about Professor Ginger and his research, please visit his faculty web page and his research group site.

To learn more about Emeritus Professor Kwiram and his research, please visit his faculty page.

To learn more about Professor Rathod and his research, visit his faculty web page.

Alvin Kwiram receives Hopkins Faculty Award

Emeritus Professor Alvin Kwiram received the 2007-08 Paul B. Hopkins Faculty Award. Kwiram is the Executive Director Emeritus of the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (STC-MDITR), as well as Vice-Provost Emeritus for the UW Office of Research. As part of his award, Kwiram will present a seminar to members of the Department of Chemistry, and a reception will be held in his honor.

The Paul B. Hopkins Faculty Award honors the outstanding accomplishments made by a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry in any area of professional responsibility. The award was endowed by Emeritus Professor B. S. Rabinovitch to recognize the past and continuing achievements of Paul B. Hopkins, Professor and Chair of the Department.

For information about Alvin Kwiram, please see his faculty page.