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James DemasU.Va. 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.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please contact University News Services at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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