Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference Profile: Elizabeth A. Nalley, Cameron University, Lawton

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference Profile: Elizabeth A. Nalley, Cameron University, Lawton

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Those who can - do, and they also teach, at least if you're Dr. Elizabeth Nalley. Serving as a chemistry professor at Cameron University for the past 39 years is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nalley's influence on past and future generations.

"Dr. Nalley has been a passionate, enduring mentor not only to me, but to thousands of students locally, nationally and internationally," said Heather Rhoads, Ph.D. graduate student at the University of Oklahoma.

Nalley's background includes many "firsts." She was the first woman ever to be named a full professor at Cameron. On the international stage, she is the first Oklahoman and only the fifth woman to serve as president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which is the largest scientific society in the world and includes members in industry, academia, engineering and government.

As president of the ACS, Nalley testified before Congress on issues related to science and science education, and also served as ACS ambassador to many foreign countries, speaking on science- and education-related topics.

Her work on the international stage continues through her position on the governing board of Pacifichem, an international committee representing countries that border on the Pacific Ocean. She is the architect and speaker of many international meetings, designed to establish working relationships between scientists, with the long-term goal of influencing their respective governments toward peace.

Nalley earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, her master's in chemistry from Oklahoma State University, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas Women's University in Denton. In addition to her professorship duties at Cameron, she has served as a visiting scientist at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Nalley has also served as president and member of the board of directors for Phi Kappa Phi, the largest interdisciplinary honor society in the world, and received the distinguished research award from Iota Sigma Phi, the national honor society for women in chemistry. …

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