The 44th ACS Central Regional Meeting

Regional Award Winners

 ACS Division of Chemical Education Award

for Excellence in High School Teaching


Elizabeth M. Dabrowski

Magnificat High School (Rocky River, Ohio)


Betty Dabrowski (B.S., John Carroll University; M.S., Case Western Reserve University) has taught chemistry at Magnificat, an all-female Catholic School, for 34 years. She was the 1998 recipient of the Irene C. Heller Award for High School Chemistry Teaching, was named an ACS Fellow in 2011, and was honored by the AIAA Northern Ohio Section for teacher involvement. Her career was also featured in the book How Jane Won by Dr. Sylvia Rimm.

Ms. Dabrowksi provides opportunities for her students to participate in competitive events including National Chemistry Week, Plastics Essay Contests, LEGO Robotics, Chemistry Olympiad, International Science and Engineering Fairs, NASA-sponsored robotics competitions (including the first one), and East Ohio Energy Contests.  Her students have described her as fun, unconventional, tech-savvy, energetic, and well loved. In the words of a former student, she is ”an inspiring teacher who pushed [her students] to achieve more than they could dream.”


She has been active in many programs including ACS Chartered Chemistry Club, Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, National Mole Day Foundation, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Science Education Council of Ohio, National Science Teacher Association, Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers, and the Northeast Ohio H.S. Chemistry Teachers Group.


Ms. Dabrowski has been involved with the ACS Cleveland Section as Past Chair, Trustee, Secretary, Heller Award Juror, and member of the Awards Committee, High School Affairs Committee, and National Chemistry Week Committee. She not only works with several publishers, such as Kendall-Hunt, Prentice Hall, and, Holt Rinehart & Winston, editing high school chemistry books, but she has also authored or co-authored several publications and presentations including a prepared polymer lesson plan which can be found on the NASA Glenn and Macrogalleria web sites ( for the latter).



E. Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service

to the American Chemical Society


Bob A. Howell

Central Michigan University


Bob Howell (B.S., Berea College; Ph.D., Ohio University) has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at CMU since 1977. During this time, he has amassed a prodigious record of service to the ACS at the local and national levels.


Dr. Howell has been a Councilor of the Midland Section for all but two years since 1993. He has been a member of the Polymer Education Committee since 1986 and the Organic Examination Committee since 1990 (including as chair 2011–12). He served on the Committee on Patents and Related Matters from 1986 through 2010 (chair 1994–96). He is also currently a member of the Committee on Nomenclature, Terminology and Symbols and the Committee on Professional Training (CPT).


In addition to his 18 years of service as Councilor (and alternate councilor for 7 years prior to that), Dr. Howell has been a member of the Midland Section board of directors since 1983 and served as chair of the section that same year. He has been on numerous section committees, including currently the Public Affairs and Scholarship committees. Dr. Howell has been a symposium organizer for many ACS meetings (including this one). 


During his academic career, Dr. Howell has shown tireless support of undergraduate and graduate student ACS members as a research mentor, helping them prepare presentations, driving them to meetings, and generally encouraging students to pursue careers in the chemical sciences. He has also been a Project SEED preceptor many times.


In addition to his work with ACS, Dr. Howell is also active with the North American Thermal Analysis and Great Lakes Thermal Analysis Societies, having previously led both organizations.