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Alan T. Waterman Award Committee Biographies


Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Boyd Professor and Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Louisiana State University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Isiah Warner is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives,  Boyd Professor, the highest professorial rank in the LSU system, and the Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. Dr. Warner  is considered one of the world's experts for analytical applications of fluorescence spectroscopy, his research focus for over 35 years.  He has been conducting research on the analytical applications of ionic liquids for several years. It is this research on ionic liquids that has led to his conceptualization and implementation of a group of uniform materials based on organic salts (GUMBOS) as novel materials, which can be exploited for a variety of applications. An HHMI Professor for his many educational activities, Dr. Warner also conducts STEM education research. Prior to joining the LSU faculty, Warner served on the chemistry faculties at Emory University, and Texas A&M University respectively. 

Dr. Warner has served on the National Acdemy of Sciences Chemical Sciences Rountable, and the National Institute of General Medical Science’s Advisory Council.  He has served on the editoral board of the Jounral of Analytical Chemistry.  He received the 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award, the 2014 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in Chemical Sciences (ACS), and the 2013 American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry.  Dr. Warner honors also include the 2014 Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism, Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) Fellow (2010), American Chemical Society Fellow – Inaugural Class (2009), and American Chemical Society’s Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis (2008).
Dr. Warner received a B.S in Chemistry from Southern University, and Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), New York Academy of Sciences, American Association of University Professors, and the American Nano Society.   

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