The E. Ann Nalley Award recognizes the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Regional Activities.
This award was instituted in 2006 by ACS President E. Ann Nalley as part of her presidential initiative to recognize ACS volunteerism. It was Dr. Nalley’s wish that the award continue in perpetuity at each regional meeting. The award consists of a plaque honoring the recipient with an imbedded medallion commemorating Dr. Nalley.
A nominee must be a member of the American Chemical Society residing in a local section within the region, and will have made significant contributions to their Region of the American Chemical Society. The volunteerism to be recognized may include a variety of activities, including but not limited to the initiation or sponsorship of a singular endeavor or exemplary leadership in the region. Past and present members of the ACS Board of Directors and staff are ineligible for this award.
The 2015 E. Ann Nalley Awardee is Dr. Khamis Siam, Pittsburg State University
Dr. Khamis Siam is a Professor of Chemistry and former Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. He received his B.A. degree in Chemistry, M.S. degree in Environmental Studies and M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Arkansas under the tutelage of Distinguished Professor Lothar Schafer. In the summer of 1990, Dr. Siam served as a Senior Research Chemist at Halliburton in Duncan, Oklahoma. Dr. Siam held a Visiting Research Professor position at the University of Oklahoma in 1997-1998. Dr. Siam was the recipient of Wichita State University’s Watkins Fellowships in 2008 and 2014. He also received two NSF-RSEC Fellowships in 2006 and 2009, the NSF-RSEC funding was part of a grant obtained by Professor Paul Rillema of Wichita State University. Dr. Siam, as Chair of the Chemistry Department, spearheaded a Polymer Chemistry Initiative at Pittsburg State University. The Governor proposed and the Legislature of the State of Kansas approved funding the initiative to the tune of $1 million per year. The Polymer Chemistry Initiative, offering both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Polymer Chemistry, resulted in the hiring of three faculty members in Chemistry and one faculty member in Plastics Engineering Technology. Dr. Siam has received NSF-DUE funding and was also awarded Eisenhower grants for Enhancing the Physical Sciences in the Elementary Classroom.
Dr. Siam has published 62 articles in refereed Journals, many with student coauthors. He has also published two book chapters: "ab initio Studies of Structural Features Not Easily Amenable to Experiment: Some Surprising Applications of ab initio Gradient Geometries in Microwave Spectroscopic Conformational Analyses, Chapter 4" in Modelling of Structure and Properties of Molecules, edited by Z.B. Maksic, Ellis Horwood Ltd., Chichester, England, 1987, and "Molecular Orbital Constrained Electron Diffraction (MOCED) Studies: The Concerted Use of Electron Diffraction and Quantum Chemical Calculations, Chapter 9" in Stereochemical Applications of Gas‑Phase Electron Diffraction, edited by I. Hargittai and M. Hargittai, VCH Publishers, New York, (1988).
Dr. Siam has presented his work at Regional, National and International meetings. Many of his presentations were coauthored by undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Siam has been an active member of the MOKANOK (formerly Southeast Kansas Section) and has been elected Chair Elect (1993 and 2009) and as Chair (1994, 2010). He was elected as Alternate Councilor (1996-2000) and Councilor (2000-present) . He was elected as Representative of the MOKANOK Section to the Governing Board of the MWRM 2000-Present. He served as Secretary/Chair-Elect/Chair of the MWRM Governing Board (2012-2014). He was appointed to serve on CEPA (National ACS Committee) from 2002-2008, and appointed to serve on CEPA Subcommittee on Surveys, 2006-2008. At the 233rd National ACS Spring Meeting in Chicago (2007), he organized a symposium on career services and employment outlook for chemists. He also organized a Chemical Education symposium on the use of computational chemistry at the 236th National ACS Fall Meeting in Philadelphia, PA (2008).
He has served in a variety of other roles as well including as a member of the Organizing Committee of the MWRM in Joplin, MO (1995 and 2005) and member of the Organizing Committee of the Pentasectional Meeting in Pittsburg, KS (2015). He has also been active in LSAC activities including Career Services, Chemistry Ambassador and visits to the Capitol. He is a member of the ACS DUCK Exam Committee (2012, 2015).
Dr. Siam with be presented with the award at the Midwest Award banquet on Thursday evening.