Three chemistry faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Three UW Department of Chemistry faculty members are among the 24 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements. 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 will be inducted into the WSAS at the fourth annual meeting at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA on September 22.

The newly-elected chemistry faculty are:

  • Sarah Keller, Department of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Research Activities, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Alex K-Y Jen, Boeing/Johnson Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Professor of Chemistry.
  • Usha Varanasi, Affiliate Professor, School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences & Department of Chemistry.

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Usha Varanasi receives the Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award

Usha Varanasi, Affiliate Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, was recently presented the Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award.  The award is presented by the Seattle Aquarium Society Board of Directors and a research grant is made to the Seattle Aquarium Research Center for Conservation and Husbandry (SEARCCH) in the name of the honoree.  This year, the Seattle Aquarium Society chose to honor Dr. Varanasi for her efforts and achievements related to her work on ocean acidification and the study of toxins and chemicals and their effect on the marine environment.

For more information about Dr. Varanasi and her work, please visit