JSU names section of Just Hall of Science in honor of chemistry professor


JSU presidential distinguished fellow and professor of chemistry Jerzy Leszczynski (photo courtesy of The Clarion-Ledger)

(JACKSON, Miss.) – In honor of the contributions of Jackson State University presidential distinguished fellow and professor of chemistry Jerzy Leszczynski, JSU has named the ground floor of the E.E. Just Hall of Science the “Jerzy Leszczynski Center for Computational Chemistry.”

The honor recognizes Leszczynski’s contributions to scientific advancements, student training and outstanding services to JSU and the global community. Most of his current research, education and activities take place on the building’s ground floor.

 Since joining Jackson State in 1990, Leszczynski has made a tremendous impact on all aspects of the institution. He organized the first international Conference of Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, and has led the annual meeting for the past 20 years. With his leadership, the Department of Chemistry’s peer-reviewed publication rate increased since 1991 from an average of 18-20 per year to 95-120 a year.

Leszczynski also has been instrumental in helping establish JSU’s chemistry Ph.D. program and in revitalizing the master’s program in chemistry. The programs now have 50 students compared to only a half dozen in 1996.

Leszczynski’s professional accomplishments remain unmatched. They include producing 700 peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters; raising more than $20 million in external funding, serving as editor and editorial board member of several scientific journals; serving as organizer of several annual international conferences; and receiving personal recognition from two world leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.

For more information about Leszczynski’s work, visit http://ccmsi.us/leszczynski.

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