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Cal State L.A.’s emeritus chemistry professor is
one of five in Los Angeles to garner national distinction
Pine joins a prominent group of scientists as
the 2010 class
of American Chemical Society Fellows
Los Angeles, CA -- Stanley H. Pine, emeritus professor of chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles, is one of only five scientists from the Los Angeles area to be named as an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow for 2010, the second year in which these honors have been awarded.
Nancy Jackson (l), president-elect of the American Chemical Society, presents CSULA Emeritus Professor Stanley Pine (r) with his American Chemical Society Fellow Award.
Professor Pine, along with the other new ACS Fellows, was recognized at a formal ceremony during the society’s recent national meeting in Boston. Pine is acknowledged for both his accomplished career in organic chemistry research and education, and for his dedicated service in a number of positions within ACS at both the local and national levels for more than 45 years.
ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, established its Fellows Program to recognize ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the society. The honor of a Fellow designation is bestowed on ACS members who have achieved excellence in two defined areas—scientific/professional accomplishments and service to the ACS.
Pine has been a member of the ACS since 1957 and has served on the ACS board of directors from 2002 through 2005. He was a professor of chemistry at Cal State L.A. from 1964 to 1998 and was a National Science Foundation program officer from 1992 to 1994.
Pine’s Organic Chemistry textbook—translated into nine languages and an international English edition—has influenced the instruction of students throughout the world. He has taught courses at Cal State L.A. in the areas of organic chemistry, reaction mechanisms and industrial chemistry. He has also served as a graduate adviser in the CSULA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and as University chemical safety officer. Pine’s studies have had a significant impact in the area of laboratory safety practices and the handling of hazardous materials, and he is widely consulted in California on how best to prepare chemical laboratories for an earthquake.
In addition to his teaching career, Pine has earned a variety of honors, including the National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers Faculty Fellowship, the State of California Governor’s Award for Safety, the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety Award, and the ACS Director’s Award for Advancing Public Policy in Education. Pine was also named a 2000 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was honored as a recipient of Cal State L.A.’s 1974-75 Outstanding Professor Award.
Pine was a member of the Laboratory Waste Management Task Force and the California Department of Toxic Controls Task Force on Laboratory Regulations. Pine earned his B.S. in 1957 and Ph.D. in 1963 at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a South Pasadena resident. (He and his wife, Yvonne, were named South Pasadena Citizens of the Year in 2003.)
Other prominent scientists from the Los Angeles area named among the 2010 class of ACS Fellows are Ahmed Zewail, the Linus Pauling Chair in Chemistry at Caltech; Paul Weiss, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA; David Tirrell, McCollum-Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech; and Rita Boggs, founder and CEO of American Research and Testing, a chemical analysis services laboratory.
Celebrating its 50th year, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State L.A. has attained a reputation for outstanding K-12 outreach efforts, undergraduate research opportunities, educational support programs and faculty mentoring. The department’s faculty members have been successful in obtaining grants from a variety of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, to prepare students for careers in the chemical and biochemical sciences by providing financial support and supplies. More than 100 students are currently participating in independent research programs under the direction of chemistry and biochemistry faculty.
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