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Award for Polish Scientist
September 16, 2009   
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Prof. Jerzy Leszczyński, a graduate of the Wroc³aw University of Technology in southwestern Poland, has won the prestigious U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Leszczyński works at Jackson State University in the United States where he heads the Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity. He has authored 604 publications which have been cited more than 8,700 times.

Since 1999, Leszczyński has worked closely with the Chair of Molecular Modeling and Quantum Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry at the Wroc³aw University of Technology, a collaboration that has yielded 112 joint publications in science magazines.

Leszczyński takes credit for an initiative that has resulted in an exchange agreement between the Wroc³aw University of Technology and Jackson State University. Under the agreement, 10 American graduate and postgraduate students from Jackson State University have obtained traineeships at the Wroc³aw University of Technology and over a dozen students and academic staff from the Polish university have spent time in the United States. Staff members and postgraduate students from the Wroc³aw University of Technology went twice to Jackson State University, in 2006 and 2007, to train professors from different American schools in the molecular modeling of biomolecules. The training program was commissioned by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

In 2001, Leszczyński received the Millennium Award for Teaching and Research Excellence in Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology from the U.S. president. Two years later, Leszczyński received an honorary degree from the State University in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Since 2003, Leszczyński has been one of the organizers of a series of annual conferences entitled Modeling & Design of Molecular Materials and Biomolecular Interactions that are alternately held in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The PAESMEM program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups-women, minorities, and persons with disabilities-that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Award winners serve as leaders in a national effort to develop U.S. human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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