JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 27, 2013 – Union University alumna Ruth Ann Woodall was the recipient of the 2013 American Chemical Society’s Helen M. Free Award.
Woodall, a 1977 Union graduate, was presented with the award in Indianapolis Sept. 10 at the ACS Fall National Meeting and Exposition. In addition to a crystal award, she received $1,000.
Director of the Tennessee Scholars program with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, Woodall works to increase the percentage of Tennessee high school graduates who are prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce or the military.
Thanks to her efforts, Nashville celebrates National Chemistry Week, Mole Day, National Lab Day and Earth Day.
The Helen M. Free Award was established in 1995 to recognize outstanding achievements in public outreach. A former president of the ACS, Free initiated many programs and activities designed to improve the public’s awareness of chemistry’s contributions to the quality of daily life.
”Receiving the Helen Free award is the highlight of my career,” Woodall said. “To be compared to a woman chemist who has made such an impact on the world is an honor that comes with humility and heartfelt gratitude.”
Woodall resides in Madison, Tenn., with her husband Charles.
ACS is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, it is the world’s largest scientific society.