ASB 2020 R.H. Martin Plenary Speaker
About the R.H. Martin Plenary
Robert H. Martin, founder and owner of Martin Microscope Company from 1946 until his death in 2006, was an avid supporter of ASB and of the sciences in general. He supported ASB for decades as a Patron member and sponsor of the ASB Student Research Award, and, with his passing, his family established what has become the Robert H. Martin Plenary Address fund to help cover the costs of bringing in highly qualified speakers for the ASB annual meeting.
Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire
Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the LSU Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 46 states and ten countries. Prior to joining LSU in 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released in October 2015 and is a Stylus Publishing best seller. The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, was released in January 2018.
McGuire’s most recent accolades include the 2019 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), the 2019 Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support Award from the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education, the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences, and induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She also received the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). She is an elected Fellow of the ACS and the AAAS. In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.
McGuire received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, a Master’s degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.