Distinguished Professor Celebrates 60 Years of Chemistry Research at U of I
February 01, 2021
University Distinguished Professor Jean’ne Shreeve celebrated 60 years with the University of Idaho chemistry department on Monday, a milestone that — along with Shreeve’s accomplishments — is a tough act to follow.
“Dr. Shreeve has had an illustrious career at the university,” said Ginger Carney, dean of the College of Science. “Her impact is far-reaching.”
Hired in 1961 by Malcolm Renfrew, who headed the department of physical science and for whom a campus building is named, Shreeve chaired the chemistry department for 14 years. She also served as the university’s vice president for research for 12 years.
For much of her career, Shreeve’s research focused on synthesizing compounds which contain fluorine, an extremely reactive element that can be used in rocket fuel oxidizers.
She and her research associates have produced 700 publications in reviewed journals and at least one patent. Shreeve was a member of the board of directors for the American Chemical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science and spent more than 25 years as Idaho’s project director for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. She also chaired the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science and was selected as an inaugural University Distinguished Professor.
More than 200 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and visiting faculty have passed through her lab.
“Dr. Shreeve played an important role in establishing U of I as a major research university,” Carney said. “Not only is she a world-renowned fluorine chemist, her students and postdoctoral associates have established their own storied careers in industry and academia. She is also extremely generous in her support of the university and its students.”
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