Honors and Awards
2014 Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting
Texas Distinguished Scientist: Dr. Michelle Bushey
Michelle Bushey obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Oberlin College in 1982. She then spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching high school in rural Kenya. On her return to the US she entered the chemistry graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joining the lab of Jim Jorgenson, and received her Ph. D. in 1990. She then joined the Trinity University Chemistry Department and is now in her 24th year at that institution. Her current primary research interests are in two very different areas. One area of research is elucidating the behavior of organic porous polymer monoliths as stationary phases for use in capillary separations, especially capillary chromatography. Her group examines the fundamental relationship between retention and diffusion of analytes in an effort to understand why these novel materials behave differently from more traditional phases. Her other area of research is in the application of analytical chemistry tools to the analysis of objects of artistic and historical interest. Current projects involve the analysis of frescoes at the Alamo in an attempt to identify the pigments used, and an examination of remaining polychrome on a second century marble sculpture at the San Antonio Museum of Art. To date, 98 undergraduates and high school students have participated in her research program. Many have been coauthors on peer-reviewed papers, or have given presentations at national meetings, most often in regular sessions, not student sessions. Bushey is active in service activities, across campus and in the profession. She was chair of the chemistry department for six years, served on the institutional Commission on Promotion and Tenure, and she is currently the coordinator for Trinity’s FAST grant program that provides need based financial aid for science and technology students with an emphasis on first generation college students. She is serving a second term as a Chemistry Division Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society.
Distinguished Educator: Mr. Mark Misage
Mark Misage earned his B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Arlington. He currently teaches AP Physics C at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas working with his wife Nancy who teaches AP Physics B. Over the last 24 years, Mr. Misage has taught physical science, physics, and AP Physics B and C. He co-authored Guerrilla Physical Science for the Real World in 1993, and is active as a consultant, mentoring both teachers and students. Mr. Misage was named in 2004 as having the most successful AP Physics B program in the world, earned the Siemens Award for Math and Science Teachers in 2007, was named most influential teacher by a Presidential Scholar in 2008 and a Coca-Cola Scholar in 2011, and is a Texas state finalist for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. He is proud that his students perform exceptionally well on the AP Physics C exams, regularly earning a considerable percentage of the passing scores in the state. This success on the exam illustrates how prepared they are to transition into STEM careers becoming the innovators and leaders of the future. More than this, he is fulfilled in the knowledge that students leave his class “haunted” by physics and are never again able to experience the world around them without thinking of the fundamental laws that govern the universe.