On May 21, the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences honored Western Research Institute (WRI) Principal Scientist John Schabron with its Outstanding Alumni Award. The announcement in the spring 2011 issue of A&S Report magazine said, “Known worldwide for his studies in heavy petroleum, shale oils, and coal liquids, John Schabron’s enthusiasm for research and professional projects is the cornerstone of his success.” John earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Wyoming in 1978.
Dr. Schabron was nominated by Robert J. Hurtubise, Emeritus Professor of the UW Chemistry Department. Writing letters in support of his nomination were Emeritus Professor Gerald Meyer, former dean of the UW Chemistry Department; UW professor Brian Towler; Don Black, Laramie Boomerang publisher; Martin Gorbaty of Fuels Science Consulting, New Jersey; Michael Siskin, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering; Bruce Neuman, ConocoPhillips Research; and Raymond Robertson, retired vice president of the WRI Transportation Technology Business Unit.
The other 2011 Outstanding Alumni are Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, Wyoming Supreme Court; James Nottage, Chief Curator, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; and Donald Olson, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.
Said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Oliver Walter, “All awardees, in different ways, show how their liberal arts education led to interesting, productive, and enriching lives. Nominations of alumni for this award are giving us a better understanding and appreciation of our graduates and increasing our pride in the College of Arts and Sciences.”
All nominations and accompanying materials become part of the permanent archives at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center in Laramie.
John Schabron earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Wyoming in 1978.