Chemistry Professor Elected as Treasurer to National Honor Society

January 9, 2015 - Donna Iannotti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry on the Palm Bay Campus, is now serving a three-year term as National Treasurer for Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women in chemistry.

Dr. IannottiIannotti was elected during the society’s 31st Triennial convention, held in Emeryville, California, June 19–22, 2014. Iota Sigma Pi elects into its society women who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement and high professional competence. Iannotti joined Iota Sigma Pi as a graduate student, and has found the support of her colleagues to be invaluable throughout her career.

“I am proud of the work this organization does to encourage girls and women to not only study chemistry, but to stay in the field and make a difference in science,” said Iannotti.

“Our biggest efforts every year go into granting five different annual scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students, and four professional awards given to recognize dedicated women chemists.

“We grant $6,500 in scholarships and professional awards annually, plus another $2,500 in triennial awards. Iota Sigma Pi makes a difference in women’s lives; and as National Treasurer, I am a part of these efforts,” said Iannotti.

Iota Sigma Pi Past President, Kathryn Louie, Ph.D, says of Dr. Iannotti, “I have known Donna Iannotti since at least 2008 while I was Vice President. She has always been active in Iota Sigma Pi, serving as Treasurer for the Members-at-Large (MAL) and as an MAL delegate to the Triennial Convention.

“Through her past activities with Iota Sigma Pi and her duties as MAL treasurer, I felt she would be very qualified for the position of National Treasurer,” said Louie.

Iannotti began her career at then-BCC as an adjunct in 2009, and became full time in 2010 as an instructor in Chemistry.

Her undergraduate degree is from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and her Ph.D. is in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, where she studied collagen cross linking using solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS).

Iannotti previously taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and did research at The Ohio State University, the Florida Medical Entomology Lab/University of Florida in Vero Beach and Midwest Research Institute in Palm Bay.