Julie Cristina, a chemistry teacher at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, has received The Drake Award from the Louisiana Section of the American Chemical Society. The award is named after George L. Drake, Jr. , an organic chemist and research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southern Regional Research Center at New Orleans. A research leader for protective finishes in the cotton textile laboratory at Southern Regional and a prominent member of the ACS Louisiana Section, Drake was interested in recognizing high school teachers. “George was very concerned about raising the next generation of young chemists and knew that our high school teachers were one of our greatest resources in doing this,” said Sean Hickey, Instructor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemistry at the University of New Orleans (UNO), Awards Chair and ACS Southwest Regional Board Chair.
Cristina, a Dominican alum, holds a Master of Arts in Science Teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from UNO. Awards include first recipient of Dominican’s St. Albert The Great Award and state winner of the Siemens Foundation Award for Advanced Placement Teachers. This marks the second time she has received The Drake Award. She was nominated by her former student and Dominican alum Stassi DiMaggio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Kellogg Endowed Professor of Teaching at Xavier University.