Cameron University’s Dr. E. Ann Nalley, Professor of Chemistry and Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair in Math and Science Education, was one of 12 honorees from around the world named as 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. She will receive the award at the organization’s World Chemistry Congress in Paris, France, in July.
The designation acknowledges and promotes the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide. Nalley and the other awardees were selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence.
During the course of her 50 year academic career, Nalley has mentored students by example, having served as the 2006 National President of the American Chemical Society, been a 10 year member of the ACS National Board of Directors and is a very active member of the ACS. She has received numerous local, state, regional, and national awards recognizing her as a leader in the advancement of minorities and women in chemistry. She has directed more than 100 undergraduate students in research in chemistry, of which 80% were minorities or women and some of whom were Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholars.
Nalley has developed and conducted summer science academies at Cameron University for middle school and high school students, many of whom were minorities and young women. She has organized 20 symposia and made more than 30 presentations on women or diversity in the chemical sciences at regional, national and international meetings. In 2015, she was honored with the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.
Nalley began her teaching career as a chemistry and mathematics instructor at Muskogee Central High School before joining the Cameron faculty in 1969. In 1995, Nalley received Cameron’s highest service honor, the Distinguished Service Award, becoming the first professor to be so honored. She was inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Faculty Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 1992, she was honored by the five sections of the American Chemical Society as the Oklahoma Chemist of the Year, the first and only woman to be so honored. In 1996, ACS presented her with the Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism, and in 2009, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the first person from Oklahoma to be so honored. She is the recipient of the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences from the Southwest Regional section of ACS.
In December 2012, Nalley was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nalley was recognized for outstanding contributions to chemical education as a leader, a teacher, and a mentor, and for improving the professional status of women in chemistry worldwide.
She is also a Fellow of the DaVinci Institute, which promotes creativity and innovation in Oklahoma education.
Other honors include the Oklahoma State Science Teacher's Association, Higher Education Oklahoma State Science Teacher of the Year; Oklahoma's Governor’s OCAST Award for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Development in Oklahoma; Southwest Technology Distinguished Research Award; the Cameron University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Award; the Cameron University Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research; two Phi Kappa Phi Meritorious Service Award; and the Iota Sigma Pi Award in Professional Excellence. She has been listed in Who’s Who in America every year since 1995.
Her work has earned international acclaim, as demonstrated by her having been the plenary speaker at chemistry conferences at Seoul, Havana, Singapore, Moscow, Taipei and Hiroshima and Kobe, Japan. She was the first woman to hold a position on the Committee to Organize an International Meeting for the Chemical Societies of the Countries Bordering on the Pacific Ocean (PACIFICHEM) and served in that position for 10 years.
March 28, 2019