Shreeve and Renfrew Earn Prestigious Recognition from American Chemical Society

Tuesday, August 3 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The scientific leadership of two University of Idaho faculty members has been honored by the American Chemical Society, the prestigious scientific society. Jean’ne Shreeve, professor of chemistry, and Malcolm Renfrew, professor emeritus of chemistry, have been named as 2010 ACS Fellows.

“The American Chemical Society Fellows program is a distinguished affirmation of the critical leadership that University of Idaho researchers provide in their chosen fields,” said Scott Wood, dean of the College of Science. “The national and international scientific communities have benefited from the long and productive careers of both Dr. Shreeve and Dr. Renfrew. We celebrate with them this honor.”

According to the ACS, the Fellows are “distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS.”

Internationally renowned and distinguished as a fluorine chemist, Shreeve is a 50-year member of the University of Idaho faculty. During her extensive tenure, she served as head of the Department of Chemistry and vice president for research and graduate studies before returning to the laboratory in 2000. She has provided research leadership in service as a board member of both the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has mentored and inspired graduate students at the University of Idaho.

Renfrew ’32 enjoyed an active and accomplished career as a chemist and researcher in industry with roughly 16 U.S. patents resulting from his work, including the development of the polymer Teflon. He headed the University of Idaho’s physical sciences and chemistry departments before retiring. The chemistry building, Renfrew Hall, on the university’s Moscow campus, is named in his honor.

“Whether it’s making new materials, finding cures for disease or developing energy alternatives, these Fellows are scientific leaders, improving our lives through the transforming power of chemistry,” said ACS President Joseph S. Francisco. “They are also consummate volunteers who contribute tirelessly to the community and the profession.”

The 2010 Fellows will be recognized on Aug. 23 during the society’s national meeting in Boston.

The Fellows program began in 2009 to recognize and honor ACS members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society. This year’s group of 192 Fellows selected from an ACS membership of more than 158,000 represents academe, industry and government. Additional information about the program is available at
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