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Pace to deliver Williamson Prize lecture at Lyon

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 11, 2012 at 3:26 a.m.

— Lyon College Associate Professor of Chemistry David Pace will deliver the 2011-2012 Williamson Prize lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus.

Pace’s lecture is titled “Chemical Education : The DisCONNECTION Approach.”

The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values, and contributions to the community.

Pace joined the Lyon College faculty in 2001, moving from the corporate sector to accept the position to follow his passion for teaching. In addition to teaching chemistry classes at Lyon, Pace teaches mathematics courses, including algebra and trigonometry.

Pace’s passion for teaching extends to the high-school level. He has served as the curriculum coordinator for the Upward Bound Math-Science program and has developed a three-day seminar that teaches high school students how to maximize their science ACT scores. He has also taught high school students in the APPLE Project summer program.

Pace received his doctorate in chemistry in 1994 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Upon graduation, Pace joined the Arkansas Division of Eastman Chemical Co. as an advanced development chemist, and over a seven-year period, he worked on new projects totaling more than $20 million. While at Eastman, Pace taught evening classes at Lyon and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Pace is the 32nd Lyon professor to receive the Williamson Prize, which was established in 1979 by the Lyon Board of Trustees in memory of Lamar Williamson (1887-1974) of Monticello. A distinguished lawyer, businessman and civic and Presbyterian Church leader, Williamson attended Lyon College from 1901-1903 and remained a friend of the college throughout his life.

The prize confers upon the recipient a silver cup and a stipend from a memorial fund, both of which were given by J. Gaston Williamson of Little Rock in honor of his father. The award is announced at commencement each May. The winner of the prize presents a public lecture at a convocation the following academic year. recommendation at its April meeting.

Three Rivers, Pages 130 on 03/11/2012

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