Prof. Jay Bardole '66 to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Vincennes U
April 29, 2015
Jay Bardole, professor emeritus of chemistry at Vincennes University, will be awarded an honorary doctorate at the institution's commencement ceremonies on May 2. Bardole earned a master's degree from DePauw University in 1966.
In that same year Bardole began teaching organic chemistry at Vincennes and became chair of the chemistry department in 1968. He also served as interim dean of science and mathematics in 2012.
Bardole has been recognized with the Vincennes University President’s Award in 2012, its Peer Recognition Award (2005), and its Award for Exemplary Service (1998). He's also received a Lifetime Service Award from the Two-Year College Chemistry Conference, a division of the American Chemical Society, in 2008. Bardole was also named the Two-Year College Chemistry Teacher by the Chemical Manufacturers Association in 1992. He has served in numerous capacities for state and national chemistry organizations.
Working for Restorco, the professor has developed paint removers and finishes that are sold under the Kwick-Kleen name. He has written the chapter on “Paint and Finish Removers” for publication in Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia. Bardole has also completed research projects for Commercial Solvents Company; Good Samaritan Hospital with research on uremia and the kidney dialysis machine; and research on methane production from livestock waste for Alternate Energy Systems, Inc. He also conducted research with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop disease-resistant strains of cantaloupe.
The professor earned his A.B. in chemistry from Grinnell College and was awarded a travel service scholarship to teach chemistry and biology at Cuttington College in Liberia during 1963-64. After completing his M.S. in chemistry at DePauw, Bardole did post-graduate work at Oregon State University and Indiana State University.
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