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Gerry Meyer Named ACS Fellow

August 9, 2010

textThe American Chemical Society (ACS) has named E. Gerald Meyer, University of Wyoming professor emeritus of chemistry, as one of its 2010 class of ACS Fellows.

The honor was bestowed upon 192 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world's largest scientific society. The 2010 fellows will be recognized Aug. 23 during the society's national meeting in Boston.

"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, Ph.D. "They are also consummate volunteers who contribute tirelessly to the community and the profession."

Meyer has been active with ACS on the local, regional and national levels and has become a legend for his energy and enthusiasm. A former dean of the UW College of Arts and Sciences, Meyer guided ACS by serving on numerous committees and is recognized for his work to create the ACS Rocky Mountain Region section. The region is now incorporated and hosts a meeting every two years. Meyer chaired the regional meeting five times.

While at UW, he volunteered in several ACS Wyoming Section positions, serving twice as chairman and 23 years as councilor.

Well known for his volunteer service locally, Meyer has served as Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce chairman, on the Regional Airport Board and on the city council. He was state science adviser and president of both the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Associated Western Universities.

Meyer earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University).

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