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Dr. John Ferraris, Head of UTD’ s Chemistry Department,
Wins Prestigious W. T. Doherty Recognition Award

Honor Given For Significant Achievement In Research, Teaching, Service


                RICHARDSON, Texas (May 8, 2001) – Dr. John P. Ferraris, head of the Chemistry Department at The University of Texas at Dallas, has 
been named this year’s winner of the W. T. Doherty Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The award 
will be formally presented at a dinner meeting of the section in September at which Ferraris will deliver a technical lecture.

                The award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, recognizes significant achievement in research, teaching and service – in Ferraris’  
case, his work in the field of conducting polymers for energy storage, light emission, electrochromism and membrane separations.  The award was established by the local section of the ACS to honor the memory of Wilfred Thomas “Doc” Doherty, one of the founding trustees and later 
president of the Robert A. Welch Foundation, a Texas-based philanthropic organization that supports chemical research.  The first award was 
given in 1972, the year after Doherty’s death.

                The 54-year-old Ferraris, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at UTD, said he was “both honored and humbled” at having been 
selected for the award by his peers.

                “This award honors not just me and my work, but also the excellent work of the students and postdoctoral associates with whom I have 
had the privilege of working during the course of my career,” Ferraris said.  “I look forward to many more of those extremely gratifying personal 
and professional relationships in the years ahead.”

                The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major 
multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students.  The school’ s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a 
broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’ s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web 
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