Neil Garg, the Kenneth N. Trueblood Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the UCLA College, has been awarded the 2019 James Flack Norris Teaching Award by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

Established in 1950, this Norris award recognizes individuals for their contributions to the teaching of chemistry. The award’s sponsor, the ACS, has been around since 1876 and serves to advance the field of chemistry, doing so by publishing and promoting research as well as improving networks between researchers. 

Garg’s previous recognitions include the California Professor of the Year Award and the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

One of Garg’s teaching initiatives is a set of interactive online tutorials he has developed combining real-life examples of organic chemistry, human health and popular culture — making organic chemistry relevant and important to students. Garg calls it BACON — Biology And Chemistry Online Notes — and he has made it available to professors and educators worldwide.

Garg has been a part of UCLA’s faculty since 2007, and he is known for his innovative teaching techniques, his breakthroughs in methods development synthesis and his transformative chemical educational initiatives.