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Vanderslice Prof. Scott Wins Alpha Sigma Nu Award

Lawrence T. Scott

By Kathleen Sullivan | Chronicle Staff

Published: Oct. 18, 2012

Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry Lawrence T. Scott has been honored by Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, with a 2012 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award for his co-edited book, Fragments of Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes.

Scott’s publication, edited with Marina A. Petrukhina, was one of only four winners, chosen from a field of 50 entries representing 16 Jesuit institutions. The awards, established in 1979, recognize outstanding publishing achievement at Jesuit colleges and universities. Books are judged on the basis of scholarship, significance of topic to scholars across several disciplines, authority in interpretation, objectivity, presentation and style.  

This year's awards recognized books in the sciences, as represented by four different disciplines: social sciences, natural sciences, computer sciences and health sciences. Scott’s book was the winner in the natural sciences category.

"I feel greatly honored that my book was chosen for this highly prestigious award. The investments Boston College has made in the sciences over the last two decades have successfully elevated several of our departments to national prominence. I believe St. Ignatius would be pleased to know that excellence in research and scholarship, across all disciplines, continues to be valued and supported at Jesuit colleges and universities," said Scott.

Scott, who joined the Boston College faculty in 1993, is a leader in the development of laboratory methods for the chemical synthesis of carbon-rich materials. He was recently named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the largest single-science professional society in the world.

He serves as chair-elect for the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry and sits on the editorial advisory board for The Journal of Organic Chemistry.