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Nancy Magnussen of Texas A&M University has been selected by the Women Chemist Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society to receive the "WCC Regional Award for Contributions to Diversity" for the Southwest Region.

Magnussen, who has served as director of Educational Outreach and Women's Programs in the Texas A&M College of Science since 1996, was cited for her contributions to diversity in the chemical enterprises. She was nominated for the award by the Texas A&M Local Section of the American Chemical Society, headed by Victoria DeRose, an associate professor of chemistry at Texas A&M.

"Dr. Magnussen has brought and maintained a variety of outreach programs for young students, in particular women and minorities in science, to the Texas A&M campus," DeRose said. "It is difficult to estimate the importance of these programs, which can make an enormous difference to young people considering career paths in science and engineering."

The award, which was established in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the ACS Women Chemists Committee, will be formally presented to Magnussen in conjunction with the ACS WCC Southwest regional meeting to be in Nov. 3-6 in San Antonio.

Contact: Shana Hutchins, (979) 862-1237, via e-mail shutchins@tamu.edu, or Nancy Magnussen, (979) 845-5587, via e-mail nancy@science.tamu.edu.

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