Chemistry Professor to Get Service Award
September 21, 1999
-- The Virginia section of the American Chemical Society will honor James
N. Demas, professor of chemistry
at the University of Virginia, with its 1999 Distinguished Service
Award on Sept. 24.
Demas will receive the award in a ceremony at Whitehall-Robins's Pharmaceutical
Research and Development facility. The organization also will honor
William J. Welstead Jr., assistant vice president of Global Analytical
Development at Whitehall-Robins Healthcare, as outstanding innovator.
Demas received his doctorate in physical chemistry in 1970 from the University
of New Mexico and conducted postdoctoral research at the University
of Southern California. He has twice been a visiting staff scientist
at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in 1983-84 and 1995-96.
His research in luminescence has aided in the development of many luminescence-based
oxygen sensors and pressure-sensitive paints used in wind tunnels.
He holds four U.S. patents.
Demas is active in undergraduate teaching and research and about one-fourth
of his publications have undergraduate co-authors. In addition,
he taught a chemistry enrichment (grades 3-9) program to minority
students. He has organized and, for nine summers, has run a program
to give undergraduate students experience in research.
Demas also is chairman of the chemistry department's undergraduate advising
program and has oversight of undergraduate research.