Georgia Southwestern chemistry professor named university’s 2013 - WRBL

Text Description

Georgia Southwestern chemistry professor named university’s 2013-2014 Featured Scholar

Posted: Updated:
AMERICUS, Ga. -

Nedialka Iordanova, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, was announced as Georgia Southwestern State University's 2013-14 Featured Scholar today by President Kendall A. Blanchard, Ph.D.

The public is invited to join the GSW community at a reception honoring Iordanova Monday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Wheatley Administration Building.

"Dr. Iordanova is a wonderful chemistry professor," said Blanchard. "She is actively engaged in her own research, but at the same time, she involves her undergraduate students in that research.  Students who take her chemistry courses not only learn about chemistry, they actually do chemistry, and at levels usually reserved for graduate students.  She is one of the reasons that our graduates fare so well when applying for medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy school."

On a campus that focuses on teaching, Iordanova is pleased to be recognized for additional scholarly work.

"It means a lot to me because it recognizes the scholarly work that I am doing," said Iordanova. "We are teaching students here, but we also do research. To be recognized for my research efforts on top of a pretty heavy teaching load makes me really happy and really proud of what I do."

With a background in physical chemistry, Iordanova's current research focuses on theoretical modeling of reaction pathways involving low energy particle deposition on polymer surfaces. As a postdoctoral research assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., she worked on theoretical characterization of reactions involving charge transfer.

"Research is definitely important in the upper division classes that I teach because the students are more interested and can actually understand the work," she said. "I always mention my research in lower division classes and classes for non-science majors as well because the students in these classes need to know that discoveries don't come only from textbooks. The students can be the ones finding new things."

Having earned bachelor's and master's level degrees in chemistry at Sofia University in her native Bulgaria, Iordanova began working on her doctorate at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. She later transferred to The Pennsylvania State University, finishing her Ph.D. in physical chemistry. From there, she moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research scientist.

Iordanova has co-authored 12 peer reviewed journal articles and is working on her thirteenth. She has given 24 presentations at universities, chemistry conferences and symposiums and international workshops. Much of her recent work has been completed with the help of undergraduate research assistants she has mentored at Georgia Southwestern.

"All of the students that did research with me publishing papers were really excited to do the work," Iordanova added. "They saw not only the benefits of doing the research but how much fun it can be. At conferences they met people they otherwise would not, like Nobel Prize winning scientists, and this additionally motivated and inspired them."

Primarily teaching upper level physical chemistry lecture classes and labs, Iordanova also teaches chemistry seminar courses, general chemistry, and she has led study abroad GSW courses. She believes that what Southwestern has to offer in the sciences is second to none.

"I would like to see more students coming to GSW because of our great chemistry program and because we do so much more than would be done elsewhere, allowing students to have experiences that they might not be able to have at other schools of our caliber," she said.

A member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for more than a decade, Iordanova has a long list of affiliations with various professional organizations. She is also member of numerous university committees, currently serving as chair of the GSW Faculty Affairs Committee and a treasurer of the Southwest ACS local section. During her tenure at GSW, she has participated in 16 grants and fellowships totaling nearly $100,000.

In 2012, she received the Wiley-International Journal of Quantum Chemistry Young Investigator Award, and she was given GSW's Vice President for Academic Affairs Award for Scholarship. She has twice been invited to participate in the Cherry L. Emerson Center Visiting Fellowship program at Emory University.

President Blanchard initiated the Featured Scholar Award in 2008 to recognize, once a year, a GSW faculty member who has made significant contributions to his or her discipline in the form of artistic accomplishment, basic research, writing, publishing, editing, presenting and grant awards. The award recipient is chosen by a committee of faculty members representing each school selected by the Faculty Senate chaired by the past recipient of the award. It carries a stipend of $500.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • WRBL Poll: Georgia governor, senate races remain tight

    WRBL Poll: Georgia governor, senate races remain tight

    Sep 02, 2014 04:41 PM2014-09-02 21:47:57 GMT
    New WRBL News 3 / Ledger-Enquirer / PMB Broadcasting poll carried out by GaPundit.com show Georgia governor and senate race remains neck and neck ahead of November election.New WRBL News 3 / Ledger-Enquirer / PMB Broadcasting poll carried out by GaPundit.com show Georgia governor and senate race remains neck and neck ahead of November election.
    New statewide Georgia poll finds the race between Nathan Deal and Jason Carter for governor - and the race between David Perdue and Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate - remain highly competitive.
    New statewide Georgia poll finds the race between Nathan Deal and Jason Carter for governor - and the race between David Perdue and Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate - remain highly competitive.
  • PHOTOS: Phenix City gas station robbed at gunpoint

    PHOTOS: Phenix City gas station robbed at gunpoint

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:23:31 GMT
    Surveillance image show an armed man robbing a Phenix City gas station early Monday morning.Surveillance image show an armed man robbing a Phenix City gas station early Monday morning.
    Phenix City police release images of a man robbing a gas station at gunpoint early Monday morning.
    Phenix City police release images of a man robbing a gas station at gunpoint early Monday morning.
  • PHOTOS: August 2014 Mugshots

    PHOTOS: August 2014 Mugshots

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-15 19:29:55 GMT
    Mugshots from across central Alabama from August 2014.
    Mugshots from across central Alabama from August 2014.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Update: MCSD Tribunal upholds teacher layoff

    Update: MCSD Tribunal upholds teacher layoff

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:53:22 GMT
    A laid off Muscogee County school teacher is trying to get her job back during a tribunal hearing. LaQuita Buckner was let go on July 11th after serving the school district for 18 years.
    A laid off Muscogee County school teacher is trying to get her job back during a tribunal hearing. LaQuita Buckner was let go on July 11th after serving the school district for 18 years.
  • Cool School: Glenwood

    Cool School: Glenwood

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:22:54 GMT
    Glenwood is teaching kids the importance of a "hand written letter" through a student-run post office.11 students meet twice a week after school to sort and deliver the mail that any student, parent, or teacher can write and drop off in a mailbox in the front of the school. The mail is then delivered to the classrooms 3 times a week. Last year, students were sworn in by the Smiths Station Post Master- but not before they could prove they could handle the job.“Those who scored 80% on the onlin...
    Glenwood is teaching kids the importance of a "hand written letter" through a student-run post office.11 students meet twice a week after school to sort and deliver the mail that any student, parent, or teacher can write and drop off in a mailbox in the front of the school. The mail is then delivered to the classrooms 3 times a week. Last year, students were sworn in by the Smiths Station Post Master- but not before they could prove they could handle the job.“Those who scored 80% on the onlin...
  • Columbus State posts fundraising record

    Columbus State posts fundraising record

    Officials say Columbus State University has raised a record $12.7 million in private donations.
    Officials say Columbus State University has raised a record $12.7 million in private donations.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.