Hard chemistry wins award

Binyomin Abrams of Boston University is known for his energy and dynamism in lab and lecture, he's also a rare breed in that he's an under-35 winner of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. Abrams is also a Chabad Chassid who proudly sports a long, thick beard, as well as the distinguishable dress code of black hat and black coat. "Some students go to a university to get an education; some go to observe the world around them,” Abrams says. “Just walking around with my beard, jacket and hat has a tremendous impact. Some people think I’m Amish, at first, until they realize I’m teaching chemistry."