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Release: May 9, 2001

Sims receives Southern Illinois University Alumni Achievement Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Leslie B. Sims, University of Iowa interim vice provost and professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts, has been selected by the College of Science at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, Ill. to receive an Alumni Achievement Award for 2001. Sims will accept the award May 12, when he is scheduled to deliver the SIU College of Science commencement address. He was named to the SIU Department of Chemistry Hall of Fame last year.

Sims, who came to the UI in 1991, has accepted a position with the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C. beginning July 2001, at which time he will retire from the UI.

Prior to his appointment to the UI, Sims was associate vice chancellor for research and professor of chemistry at North Carolina State University. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University, and held visiting appointments at Indiana University and the University of Sheffield, England. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1958 from Southern Illinois University, and his master's degree in 1961 and doctorate in 1967 from the University of Illinois.

His professional career in chemistry includes 28 articles in refereed journals and more than $1.5 million in National Science Foundation grants for research involving the dynamics of chemical reactions, kinetic isotope effects, and molecular vibrations. He has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations, and been listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in Technology Today, Men of Achievement, American Men and Women of Science and International Who's Who in Engineering.