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GGC educators win award for Apple software

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A chemistry project created by Georgia Gwinnett College educators took top honors recently at a technology awards ceremony.

The Technology Association of Georgia's Excalibur Awards, which were held Oct. 21, recognized the innovative use of technology in the fields of business and education.

The local institution's educators were among several hundred others who built custom software for an iTouch Chemistry Project.

The initiative used Apple-based technology to provide individualized learning, studying and classroom assistance for the organic chemistry curriculum.

Mai Yin Tsoi, assistant professor of chemistry and one of the project's chief architects, accepted the award on behalf of her colleagues.

"I had every confidence that we would be recognized for the iTouch project," said Lois Richardson, acting vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.

"This project has been making an impact on our students since the day it was launched," she said.

Started in 2010, the iTouch Chemistry Project was created by several GGC faculty members who wanted to improve the retention rate in the college's chemistry discipline.

Organized by Sonal Dekhane, assistant professor of information technology, the iTouch project gave information technology students experience working with software clients.

The project also was supported by staff members David Gabrell and Gautam Saha as well as faculty members David Pursell, Joseph Sloop, Patrick Coppock and Thomas Mundie, dean of the school of science and technology.