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Professor Turro is awarded the American Chemical Society's Pimentel Award

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Nick with Prof. Len Fine

On Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, California, Professor Turro was awarded the Pimentel Award, which is the American Chemical Society recognizes outstanding contributions in Chemical Education. The award cites Professor Turro for "his leadership in developing innovative information technology programs fo teaching, learning and visualizing chemistry and for providing a lasting impact on the intellectual development of students".

Turro, a graduate of Wesleyan University who earned the Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, has taught at Columbia since 1964. He is the author of "Modern Molecular Photochemistry," the standard text in the field for nearly four decades and has published more than 760 research papers in established scientific journals. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sixty students have obtained the Ph.D. and 170 post-doctoral students have been trained under his supervision.