CLAS recognizes Sarah Larsen for contributions to educational outreach

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has recognized Sarah Larsen, professor of chemistry, with the CLAS Outreach and Public Engagement Award.

CLAS Dean Linda Maxson will present this award April 16 at the College's Faculty Honors Celebration. A complete list of the college's 2012 honorees is available at

Larsen, co-director of the UI’s Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, is being honored for her educational outreach and for increasing the public’s understanding of nanoscience and nanotechnology.  Through her presentations at public schools and continuing education programs she has formed important alliances with other Iowa institutions, including the Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College and the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines, that are involved in similar outreach.  In these activities and in her mentoring of individual high-school-aged students she has also promoted careers in science, particularly for young women.  Sharing this enthusiasm with her faculty colleagues, she has developed a “Nano-to-Go” demonstration and activities kit that has helped others become involved in science outreach.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 67 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students study each year in the College’s 39 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.