Session 1230, Room 114, 2:00 p.m.
Laurence A. Nafie will receive the 2013 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, presented by the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). The SSP Award was established in 1957, honoring an individual who has made outstanding contributions in spectroscopy. Nafie, a spectroscopist and professor, is known for his work in vibrational optical activity, and his leadership in the scientific community.
Nafie received his PhD from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in 1973 and was then a postdoctoral associate at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California), where he confirmed the discovery of infrared vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). In 1975 he joined the chemistry faculty at Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) and pursued a research program in VCD and Raman optical activity until his retirement in 2010. He has more than 290 publications and several patents. Currently he is Emeritus Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. In 2011 he published a comprehensive book on Vibrational Optical Act titled Vibrational Optical Activity: Principles and Applications.