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Jun 03, 2013

American Chemical Society recognizes a DelVal faculty member

Dr. Jason Cross

The American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section recently selected Dr. Jason Cross, of the DelVal chemistry faculty, for the 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Chemical Sciences award.

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society. The nonprofit’s mission is to bring together chemists, chemical engineers and related professionals to improve the world and people’s lives through chemistry.

The Philadelphia chapter is one of the nation’s oldest chapters and is also one of the largest local chapters with about 5,000 members.

“Dr. Cross is an innovative enthusiastic, dedicated, rigorous instructor,” said Dr. Steven Fleming of why Dr. Cross was chosen. “He’s demanding of his students, but cares enough to help them learn.”

Dr. Cross was nominated for this award and received outstanding support from former students, many of whom have completed professional school degrees. He was also acknowledged by colleagues in the Philadelphia area and at DelVal.

“I am grateful to receive this award and to be recognized by the ACS and my peers," said Dr. Cross. "Organic Chemistry is fundamental for the understanding of life sciences; it is rewarding to mentor students and engage them to make the connections in a field that is applicable to their everyday lives.”

Dr. Cross joined the faculty at DelVal in 2011 after teaching for six years at Temple University.

He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) in medicinal and environmental chemistry from Brunel University in London and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK.

Some of the past winners of the award include: Linda M. Mascavage of Arcadia University; James K. Murray, Jr., of Immaculata University; and Sally Mallory of the University of Pennsylvania.