Recognizing our 2021 Herty Medalist
Professor Anne-Frances Miller is the recipient of the 2021 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. A member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, Prof. Miller is an international leader in studies of enzymatic redox catalysis, in particular mechanisms by which proteins control bound cofactors to optimize specific reactivity. The goal of this work is to extract general principles that can aid the design of man-made materials and devices to capture, store and transduce electrochemical energy from renewable sources. Her service to the profession and society includes serving as chair of the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry, strengthening public trust and interest in science via copious outreach, and citizen science activities in the area of water quality.
The gold Herty medal will be presented at the 87th Herty Award Celebration in September 2021. Prof. Miller will also be a keynote speaker at the Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS).
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Celebrating the legacy of ACS Georgia member and chemistry educator, Barbara Broadway
Barbara Jean Beach Broadway was born on October 24, 1945, to Sarah Virginia Robinson Beach and Thomas Morton Beach, Sr., both of whom she survived. She had a sister, Virginia Anne Beach, whom she also survived, and a brother, Thomas Morton Beach, Jr., who lives in northern Virginia with his wife Beverly. Barbara received a BS at Radford College and an MS at Georgia State University. Between those two degrees, on June 14, 1969, she married James Ronald Broadway, whom she met while attending the University of Tennessee, whereupon, as she often told people, she received her MRS. She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years; her son, Thomas Weston Broadway; her daughter-in-law, Natalie Brooke Broadway; her granddaughter, Skylar Brooke Broadway; and her grandson, Thomas Jackson Broadway.
Barbara Broadway taught chemistry, including AP Chemistry, at Dunwoody High School in DeKalb County for thirty-two years and then as a half-day teacher taught chemistry, including International Baccalaureate Chemistry, at Tucker High School for six years. During her years at Dunwoody, she served as the chairperson of the science department, sponsored the science club, created a water quality team, and participated in a US-USSR teacher exchange program. She was Dunwoody's STAR teacher seven times and Georgia's first Presidential teacher when Georgia's Presidential scholar chose her as the teacher who had the greatest academic impact on him.
Both Barbara and her student were invited to the White House where they met President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden. During her tenure at Tucker High School, she established the Tucker High School Foundation. Outside of school, she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority for exceptional women educators, and the American Chemical Society, in which she was a rare high school teacher among college professors. Beloved by her family, friends, colleagues, and students for her kindness and generosity and admired for her accomplishments and intellect, Barbara Broadway passed away in her sleep on March 22, 2021.