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UML Professor Receives Presidential Award for Excellence


LOWELL - The director of the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell today received a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a White House ceremony.

            Prof. John Warner of Tewksbury was among nine individuals and five institutions nationwide who received the award for helping increase participation of minorities, women and people with disabilities in science, mathematics and engineering.  Warner was the only individual recognized in the Northeast.

The annual award, which is administered by the National Science Foundation, includes a $10,000 grant for continued mentoring work and a Presidential commemorative certificate.  The awardees "serve as exemplars to their colleagues and will be leaders in the national effort to more fully develop the Nation's human resources in science, mathematics and engineering."

According to the National Science Foundation, "Warner's guidance and peer mentoring programs have influenced many underrepresented minority students and a high percentage of them not only earn college degrees, but also proceed to graduate school."

A former scientist at the Polaroid Corp., Warner started the Green Chemistry Center at UMass Boston in the late '90s before moving to UMass Lowell last September.  The goal of the center, now located at UMass Lowell, is to create products that are compatible with the environment from the start.  Students of green chemistry design materials and processes that have minimal or reduced environmental impact.

            Warner received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Princeton University and his undergraduate degree from UMass Boston.  He also received the Distinguished Mentoring Service Award 2004 from the Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

The White House ceremony was presided over by John H. Marburger, science advisor to President George W. Bush and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

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