Chicago Local Section Awards Information

Samuel R. Natelson Research Award

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The Chicago Section Research Award is named in honor of Samuel R. Natelson, Ph.D. Dr. Natelson was one of the real GIANTS in clinical chemistry was one of the founding members of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, a founder of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and also founded the Chicago Section of AACC. Samuel Natelson received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry by New York University in 1932 and spent the next 15 years involved with a variety of industry and research related positions in which he spent some of that time working the synthesis of steroids and developed a method for the analysis of cholesterol. It was shortly after he joined the research staff at the Jewish Hospitals of Brooklyn that he discovered a passion for clinical chemistry. In 1949 he accepted a position at Rockford (IL) Memorial Hospital as the clinical chemist that his service career really blossomed.  Samuel returned to New York in 1958 at St. Vincent’s Hospital as head of the Department of Biochemistry. Finally, in 1965 he accepted the position as senior research biochemist and director of the Department of Biochemistry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. His contributions to the field of clinical chemistry are too numerous that to provide a brief synopsis would not do justice to his accomplishments. Instead I direct you to new complimentary articles published in Clinical Chemistry that details his love of clinical chemistry. Among a large part of his legacy to clinical chemistry included chemists he trained. These include Drs. Norbert Tietz, Amedeo Pesce, John Sherwin and Robert Murray among many other notable scientists. The Samuel R. Natelson Award is the oldest award given by the Chicago Section of AACC.

Criteria: This award consists of an engraved plaque and honorarium. The criteria are as follows:

  • Nominees must be nominated by a member of the Chicago Section of AACC.  (AACC members with home or work addresses located within the Chicago section territory are automatically Chicago Section members.  To become an AACC member, visit the website.
  • Nominees must be or have been a member of the Chicago Section of AACC.
  • Nominees must have contributed a significant body of work throughout their career that has had a scientific impact on the profession.

Lemuel J. Bowie Young Investigator Award

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The Chicago Section’s Young Investigator Award is named in honor of Lemuel J. Bowie, Ph.D.  Dr. Bowie was a long time active member of AACC and the Chicago Section.  He served many positions within the Chicago section including Chair and went on to actively participate in AACC at a national and international level culminating in his election as President of AACC in 1993.  Dr. Bowie was a native of Mississippi who received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University.  He moved on to California and became an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Pathology at the University of California, San Diego and Assistant Chief of Clinical Chemistry at the VA Medical Center.  He started participation in AACC in the Southern California section and went on to be one of the founding members of the San Diego section of AACC.  In the late 70’s Dr. Bowie moved to the Chicago area to become Director of the Division of Clinical Biochemistry at Evanston Hospital.  He progressed in his endeavors to become a Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University, a Faculty Advisor in the Biotechnology Graduate Program, Associate Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Clinical Laboratories and Director of the Division of Clinical Pathology at Evanston Hospital.  Dr. Bowie also served on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, was a member of the FDA’s Clinical Chemistry Advisory Panel and a member of CDC’s CLIAC.  Those who were fortunate enough to know Dr. Bowie found him to be a gentle and giving individual who had great interest in clinical chemistry and pathology as well as advising and mentoring students and those entering the field.

Criteria: This award consists of an engraved plaque and honorarium. The criteria are as follows:

  • Nominees must be nominated by a member of the Chicago Section of AACC. 
  • Nominees must be a member of the Chicago Section of AACC who is 40 years old or less.
  • Nominees must have made significant contributions to the field documented by publications of their body of work.

Alfred H. Free Lectureship Award

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The Alfred H. Free Lectureship Award is given to the keynote speaker for the Annual Chicago Section of the AACC Fall Program. The winner receives a plaque to commemorate the honor.

Criteria: This award consists of a plaque to commemorate the honor. The criteria are as follows:

  • Nominees must be the keynote speakers for the Annual Chicago Section of the AACC Fall Program.

Albert A. Dietz Service Award

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The Chicago Section’s Service Award is named in honor of Albert A. Dietz, Ph.D.  Dr. Dietz was a long-time very active member of both AACC and the Chicago Section of AACC.  He served many positions in the Chicago section including Chair in 1969.  He went on to actively participate in AACC at a national level culminating in his election as President of AACC in 1979.  Dr. Dietz received his Ph.D. from Purdue University.  He was a Biochemist at the Toledo Hospital Institute of Medical Research prior to coming to Chicago.  In Chicago, he had been an Assistant Professor at the Chicago Medical School and Professor of Biochemistry at Loyola University Chicago.  He was also Principal Scientist, Research Service at the VA Hospital in Hines, IL.  Dr. Dietz had almost 100 scientific publications and over 50 abstracts.  Despite his research and academic work, he devoted much time to many different scientific and professional societies.  He was very active within AACC and the Chicago Section serving in a large variety of capacities to assist both the section and national organization.  Dr. Dietz was known for his direct and straightforward approach, which was valued by those with whom he interacted and served. 

Criteria: This award consists of an engraved plaque and a personal memento (sponsored by the Chicago Section of AACC). The criteria are as follows:

  • Nominees must be nominated by a member of the Chicago Section of AACC. 
  • Nominees must be a member of the Chicago Section of AACC.
  • Nominees must have contributed a significant number of cumulative years of service to the Chicago Section of AACC. 

Educational Award

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The Chicago Section of AACC sponsors two Educational Awards for students and fellows in the amount of $500 to attend the AACC Annual Meeting.

Criteria: This award consists of two awards in the amount of $500 to attend the AACC Annual Meeting. The criteria are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a member of the Chicago Section of AACC
  • Applicant must be a student member of AACC  OR within one year of completing a training program
  • Applicant must submit a statement of purpose explaining why they would like to attend the AACC Annual meeting and how it will positively impact their career
  • If applicable, applicant must include a copy of a submitted abstract
  • Applicant must submit one letter of support from a colleague or mentor
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