Professor of Chemistry Nancy Peterson was presented with the Cleo Tanner Award by North Central's athletic department at the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Luncheon Feb. 2.
Peterson, a member of North Central's faculty since 1994, has been a faculty mentor for the Cardinals’ softball program and currently serves as the faculty mentor for the women’s basketball program.
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The American Chemical Society student chapter at North Central has received an Honorable Mention Award for its activities during the 2008-2009 academic year. Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Brandt, faculty advisor of the chapter, deserves special commendation, Society President Thomas H. Lane said in a letter informing North Central of the award.
"Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires.
From the science labs of Goldspohn Hall in the early 1940s came a scientist who was featured in Time magazine and honored in Washington D.C. Dr. Mildred Rebstock was given much of the credit for finding a synthetic form of chloromycetin. At the time, antibiotics had to be grown slowly from molds and the rarity of chloromycetin (discovered in 1947) limited its widespread use in combating diseases like typhoid fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That changed with Rebstock’s discovery in 1949.
For a college which numbers among its graduates many nationally and internationally recognized doctors, scientists, engineers and teachers of science, it’s hard to believe that four decades ago the future of science at North Central College was very much in doubt. The merger of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and Methodist churches in 1968 dramatically affected the EUB church’s historic role in supplying North Central with students and financial support.
K. Darrell Berlin ’55, a distinguished scientist, inventor and author, was recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Award at the Homecoming awards ceremony. A cancer researcher, Berlin is the first Regents Professor named at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is also a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health.