Steven Strauss Named 2012 Professor Laureate by Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences

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Steven Strauss has been named Professor Laureate by the College of Natural Sciences for his contributions to Colorado State University and the chemistry community.

“As an undisputed leader in the area of boron and carbon chemistry and as an interdisciplinary scientist, for his unwavering commitment to teaching and mentoring students and for his service to CSU and beyond, Professor Steven Strauss clearly deserves recognition by the College of Natural Sciences as a Professor Laureate,” said chemistry department chair Professor Ellen Fisher who nominated Strauss.

The College of Natural Sciences will host Strauss for a lecture at 4:30 p.m. May 3 in the Grey Rock Room of the Lory Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Strauss will receive his Professor Laureate award and give a lecture titled, “What is a Pure Compound? – An Impure Chemist Responds.” The lecture, which will include Strauss’ personal and professional experiences, will be preceded by acknowledgement of the college’s 2012 Teaching and Mentoring Award winners.

“In addition to being a world-renown researcher, Steve is widely acknowledged as one of the most effective and popular teachers in the chemistry department,” Fisher said. “He has won four teaching awards during his tenure at CSU.”

Strauss has worked at the university for more than 30 years, acting as a mentor and advisor to numerous students and postdoctoral researchers. He continues to support his students’ careers and future endeavors after graduation.

Professor Laureate is the highest academic title awarded by the college and is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work in the areas of research, teaching, mentoring, service and outreach.