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Cate Reck Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award


June 18, 2018

Professor Cathrine Reck has been selected to receive a 2018 Distinguished Service Award for 2018/2019. The Bloomington Faculty council created the Distinguished Service Award in order to recognize leadership and dedication within the university, within a discipline, and/or in the community.  This award is given to Dr. Reck because of her exemplary career at Indiana University representing an extraordinary breadth of distinguished service.

Cathrine Reck, Ph.D. came to Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in the summer of 2001 to hold the position of Clinical Assistant Professor.  She has a B.A. in chemistry from Kalamazoo College, with minors in English and History.  Her Ph.D. is from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) where she did her research in organometallic chemistry, specifically the synthesis of highly metalated aromatic compounds under the direction of Professor Charles H. Winter.  She carried out her postdoctoral work in the synthesis of highly electrophilic olefin polymerization catalysts area under the direction of Professor Richard F. Jordan at the University of Iowa and University of Chicago. After teaching at Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan) for one year, she accepted a teaching faculty position here at IU.  Her primary responsibilities are the teaching of freshmen chemistry, non-majors chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.

She holds the position of Chair of the Southern Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society (SISACS) and is the Advisor for the Student Affiliates Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) chapter here in the department.  Professor Reck also won a Trustees Teaching Award in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011; also, she was the recipient of a Student Choice Award in 2004 and 2008.