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Dr. Laura Pence (Member through 2016 and Chair)

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In 2012-2013, Laura Pence combined her longtime environmental interest forged from teaching environmental chemistry and non-science majors chemistry with a relatively new interest in policy inspired by her membership on CEI to become an ACS/AAAS Congressional Science Policy Fellow.  During her year in the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), her policy portfolio included natural resources, energy, and environmental issues.  Previously with the support of CEI, she served as the Theme Leader for the extremely successful thematic programming on “Chemistry for a Sustainable World” for the San Francisco ACS meeting in spring 2010.  Dr. Pence’s research is in the areas of synthetic inorganic chemistry and chemical education, and many of her projects have involved undergraduates who have presented their work at local and national ACS meetings.  She was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011.

Laura Pence received her B.S. in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College in May 1987 and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1992.  From 1992-1995 she was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She has been at the University of Hartford since 1995 and has been a full Professor since 2009.  She served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Sustainability Coordinator for the University among many other service roles.  Dr. Pence received the University of Hartford’s Roy E. Larsen award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.

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Dr. Martin Abraham (Member through 2014 and Past Chair)

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Martin A. Abraham, P.E., received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.  Dr. Abraham joined Youngstown State University as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Founding Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in July 2007. Dr. Abraham does research in reaction engineering and catalysis, focused on sustainability and sustainable energy. Recent efforts focus on materials development and analysis of supports and novel materials to be used as adsorbents for CO2 capture. He has over 70 refereed publications, and is the co-author of the newly released textbook Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability.  

He serves as editor for the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s quarterly, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, is past-chair of AIChE’s Sustainable Engineering Forum, and is Counselor and a former chair for the ACS Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division. He was selected as the 2012 Business Advocate of the Year by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Executive Committee of the TechBelt Initiative, and is also a member of the Board for the Youngstown Business Incubator and the Children’s Center for Science and Technology of the Mahoning Valley.  Abraham received the 2006 Dion D. Raftapoulous/Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Award, a Lucent Technologies Fellowship in Industrial Ecology in 1998, and was recognized in 1989 with the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award of the SAE. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a registered Professional Engineer.

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Ms. Georjean Adams (Member through 2014 and Subcommittee Chair)

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Georjean L. Adams is President of the consulting firm EHS Strategies, Inc, which provides management advice on developing environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs.  The firm specializes in product stewardship and life cycle management, as well as regulatory strategies for compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other regulations. Ms. Adams is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Minnesota, and taught a class on environmental regulations for several years.

Ms. Adams started her career at EPA Headquarters as a TSCA rule-writer and briefly worked at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  For 24 years, she was central to building 3M's corporate product stewardship programs, including regulatory compliance, chemical risk management and life cycle management program.  She has been active in various industry trade associations to continually improve industry stewardship practices and to support effective and practical EHS regulations and works with CEI on sustainability.

Ms. Adams received a BA in Biology from the University of California at San Diego and an MS in Environmental Policy from Washington University, St. Louis.  She has written articles and given presentations on life cycle management, product stewardship, environmental marketing claims, and TSCA.

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Dr. Chris Avery (Associate 2014)

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Chris Avery, Ph.D., is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Stakeholder Engagement Office. Chris works with EERE’s ten technology offices to facilitate engagement with non-governmental organizations, renewable energy industries, and the Department of Energy’s National Labs. His portfolio covers renewable energy, water, climate change, environment, environmental justice, education, manufacturing, and energy efficiency. Chris also works with EERE’s Office of Policy & Analysis, the Tech-to-Market Office, and the Legislative Affairs Office.

Prior to his current position, he was a AAAS Congressional Fellow working for Senator Chris Coons on the Senator’s energy and environment legislative team, with additional involvement in federal procurement and scientific integrity issues. Chris has also been a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies, and worked for the Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy. He participated in multiple projects related to intellectual property, energy technology, greenhouse gases, tax codes, standards setting and water rights.

He received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Michigan, where his research focused on the interaction mechanisms of synthetic compounds with lipid bilayer systems. Chris received a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in environmental science from Hope College, where he worked on research related to understanding anthropogenic effects on a closed watershed system. Chris also earned a graduate certificate in science, technology and public policy through the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Jerry Bell (Associate 2014)

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Jerry is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he works with the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL). He taught at the University of California-Riverside (1962-67) and Simmons College (1967-93; awarded Emeritus status 2010), before joining the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (1992-99) and then the American Chemical Society (ACS) as Senior Scientist in the Education Division (1999-2009). During 1984-86 he served as Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation and Enhancement in the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation.

For several decades, his major professional interest has been science (chemical) education at all levels, especially the use of hands-on approaches to teaching and learning. He has been on the instructional staff and/or directed workshops and institutes for science teachers at all levels and continues to enjoy these activities. He was Chief Editor for the ACS textbook, Chemistry and he Chaired the ACS Presidential Climate Science Working Group that developed the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, www.acs.org/climatescience.

Jerry received his A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962, working with George Kistiakowsky on gas-phase, free radical reactions. He did postdoctoral study on fast photochemical reactions in solution with Henry Linschitz.

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Dr. George P. Cobb III (Member through 2015 and Subcommittee Chair)

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Dr. George P. Cobb is a Professor at Baylor University, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Environmental Science. Prof. Cobb received a BS in Chemistry from the College of Charleston (1982) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of South Florida (1989). Thereafter, Prof. Cobb was a charter member of two Departments of Environmental Toxicology.  Throughout his career, Prof. Cobb has used novel sampling and analysis techniques to evaluate toxicant transport, transformation, and biological exposure processes. He has applied these techniques to the rapid and cost effective assessment of risks at hazardous waste sites, in industrial settings, within agricultural monocultures, and near concentrated animal feeding operations. He has published over 115 peered reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Prof. Cobb has graduated 35 Masters and Ph.D. students with degrees that encompass mathematics, engineering, chemistry and environmental toxicology.  These alumni have established impactful careers in academic, industry and government settings.

Prof. Cobb's current leadership within the American Chemical Society, includes alternate Councilor and Chair Elect for ENVR.  Prof. Cobb was also part of continued work to strengthen collaboration with the Balkan region.  Prof. Cobb has participated in many United States Environmental Protection Agency panels to evaluate risks of pesticides and genetically modified organisms.

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Dr. John "Jack" Driscoll (Associate through 2014)

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Jack is a founder and President of PID Analyzers, LLC, in Sandwich, MA that manufactures instrumentation for the analysis of VOC’s in air, water and processes. Jack developed the first commercial photoionization detector (PID) for gas chromatography and the first handheld photoionization analyzer for industrial hygiene more than 40 years ago. More than 50,000 of these PID’s have been sold worldwide. Jack has been working in the environmental area developing methods and instrumentation for pollution monitoring since the mid 1960’s. The PID has been specified in more than a dozen EPA methods for water, soil and solid waste. He has published more than 80 papers on photoionization.

He was the ASTM representative in the Intersociety Committee (sponsored by EPA) which developed methods for analysis of metals in the environment. Jack was a founder and President/Chairmen of the Environmental Business Council of New England from 1991-95. His current position is Chairman Emeritus.

Jack is the Public Relations Chair for the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, the largest of the 187 sections in the ACS.

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Dr. Alan Elzerman (Associate through 2016)

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Alan W. Elzerman is Professor and Chair emeritus in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University, where he also served as Director of the School of the Environment.  He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Williams College in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.  Elzerman has taught for over 35 years in the areas of environmental chemistry, engineering, science and policy, and continues to teach online courses in sustainability.  He was the Clemson leader for a multi-institutional Sustainable Universities Initiative, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.  Funded research projects have included fate and transformation of pollutants, analytical techniques, sorption/desorption kinetics, hazardous wastes, radionuclide contamination of soils and groundwater, and acid rain geochemistry.

Elzerman served as advisor for many PhD and MS students, authored numerous reviewed publications, book chapters, and reports, and made presentations at many universities and diverse professional societies.  He has served as a consultant, with government groups and in professional societies, especially the American Chemical Society.  Positions in the Division of Environmental Chemistry have included being Treasurer, Chairman, and now a Councilor.  Other ACS service has included the ACS Books Advisory Committee, the Committee on Publications, the National Award Committee, the Graduate Education Advisory Board, and the Committee on Education as a member and Vice-Chair.  He now serves on the Committee for Environmental Improvement and on the Advisory Board for Environmental Science and Technology.

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Dr. Jurgen Exner (Consultant through 2014)

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Jurgen H. Exner is a principal and president of JHE Technology Systems, Inc., a consulting company specializing in waste management, technology commercializa­tion and application, and legal support services. He was chair of the East Tennessee Section of ACS in 1981, has been on the executive committee of the Division of Environmental Chemistry since 1985, was the Division Treasurer from 1990-1993, chair-elect 1994-1995, and chair from 1996-1997.  He was chair-elect from 2006-2007, chair from 2008-2009. He was American Chemical Society Tour Speaker in 1992, 1986, and 1985 on “The Role of Technology in Hazardous Waste Remediation.”  He has been a Division councilor since 1999, and has been an associate and member of the ACS Board Committee for Environmental Improvement from 1999-2009, and a Consultant 2010-12.  He was CEI’s chair from 2003-2005. ACS Fellow 2011. Associate member of the IAC (2013).

He has been involved in assessing, developing solutions, and cleaning up many contaminated sites in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has special expertise in treatment of POP’s, persistent organic pollutants such as dioxins, PCB, and halogenated pesticides and in waste formation during chemical processing. He obtained a Ph. D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Washington in 1968 and a B. S. with highest distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1963.  His recent industrial positions were as Senior Vice President, Technical Development, OHM Corpora­tion, and Vice President, Technology, International Technology Corporation.

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Dr. John "Jack" Fowle (Associate through 2014)

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Dr. John R. “Jack” Fowle III is the principal of Science to Inform, LLC where he is an independent consultant advising clients about the use of science to inform decisions regarding environmental risk and in the development and use of alternatives for animal testing. 

Prior to 2012 he was the Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Health Effects Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in Washington, DC. There he was responsible for directing the health risk assessment activities supporting the re-registration of existing pesticides and helping to manage the integration of new toxicological approaches into OPP’s human health risk assessments.  Before coming to OPP he was Director of EPA’s Neurotoxicology Division, as well as Assistant Laboratory Director, at the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL) in Research Triangle Park, NC.  There he implemented programs to develop alternatives to animal approaches and helped establish the Agency’s computational toxicology program. He has served as Deputy Director of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and as the Science Advisor to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Since retiring from EPA he has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Institute of In Vitro Sciences in Gaithersburg, MD and on the Steering Committee for the Evidence Based Toxicology Consortium at Johns Hopkins University.  He was elected to serve as a Councilor for the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology and as incoming Vice President for the Society of Toxicology’s In Vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty section. He received both his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in genetics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Michael A. Gonzalez (Associate through 2014)

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Michael is Chief of the Systems Analysis Branch in the Sustainable Technology Division at EPA. His branch performs research in the areas of Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, Industry Ecology and Sustainable Chemistry. Michael has also served as Senior Advisor of Green Chemistry to the Office of Research and Development (ORD) and was responsible for integrating Green Chemistry into the ORD research portfolio.

Trained as a catalyst and synthetic inorganic chemist, Michael’s research interests have transitioned into the design of green chemical synthesis routes. More recently his interests have moved into the intersection of chemistry and chemical engineering. This includes the development of process intensified chemical pathways and using novel chemical reactor systems to influence chemical route design. Michael is also a co-developer of EPA’s GREENSCOPE tool which can evaluate a chemical synthesis or process for its sustainability value in the areas of environment, efficiency, energy and economics. Michael has published articles, reports and book chapters in the subject area of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering and sustainability indicators for chemical processes.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Texas – El Paso in 1992. He then went on to pursue his Doctorate in the area of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Florida, under the direction of Professor Russell S. Drago.

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Dr. Carol J. Henry (Associate through 2014)

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Carol J. Henry is a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). She also serves as an advisor and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology, public and environmental health, risk assessment and risk management, research management strategies, and green chemistry and engineering technology and sustainable practices. 

She currently serves as Environmental Health Advisor to Cummins, Inc., and as Consultant to the Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE). She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology. She is a member of the Joint Committee on the ANSI NSF Green Chemistry Institute Greener Chemical Products and Processes Standard Initiative and the National Research Council’s Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. She is a member of two current National Research Council Committees: Strengthening the US Environmental Protection Agency Laboratory Enterprise and Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutes.

She is a Past President of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Chemical Society of Washington and serves as a reviewer for Environmental Health Perspectives, Critical Reviews in Toxicology and Environmental Science and Technology.

Dr. Henry received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; and the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York, NY. .

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Dr. John Jayne (Associate through 2014)

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Dr. Jayne is a Principal Research Scientist with over 20 years experience in the field of atmospheric chemistry. He works at Aerodyne Research, where he is the Co-Director for the Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry and Vice President of Instrument Systems Development and Production.

Dr. Jayne received his PhD from Boston College in physical chemistry in 1991 studying heterogeneous chemistry of cloud and fog water droplets with trace gas pollutants. Following his PhD work, he continued his studies in atmospheric chemistry as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at MIT. Dr. Jayne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Hofstra University in 1984.

His research interests and experience include studies of gas phase kinetics, heterogeneous gas-particle kinetics and the chemistry related to atmospheric aerosol formation and processing utilizing mass spectrometric techniques. He is the co-inventor and developer of the Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) system designed to measure size and composition of submicron particles.  In 2004 he jointly received the Benjamin Liu Award for “Outstanding achievements for aerosol instrumentation and techniques” from the American Association for Aerosol Research. Over the past 12 years Dr. Jayne has been responsible for delivering and supporting nearly 200 AMS systems, many of which have been custom built for deployment on specialized platforms such as research aircrafts, mobile laboratories and ships. 

Today, his work at ARI continues with the further development and application of mass spectrometric techniques for gas and particle measurement relating to the study of atmospheric organic aerosol. Dr. Jayne has coauthored over 110 archival articles in leading physical chemistry and atmospheric science journals.

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Dr. Richard Lomneth (Member through 2015, Subcommittee Chair, and Program Chair)

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Rich Lomneth received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1978 from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1988.  After graduation from Virginia Tech he was a research chemical engineer for Procter & Gamble, working in the Foods Division (1978-82) before starting graduate school.  After receiving his Ph.D. he did postdoctoral research (1988-1992) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW) and worked part-time as a Faculty Assistant in the Dept. of Chemistry at UW for one year (1991-1992).  He is chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) where he has been a member since 1992 and is currently a full professor.

Dr. Lomneth has received the UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award in the Division of Natural Science (2002).  He is the Councilor for Omaha Section of the ACS and served on the ACS Committee on Ethics from its founding to 2009.

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Dr. Michael Matthews (Associate through 2014)

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Mike Matthews is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. He attended Texas A&M University, receiving his PhD in 1986. Professor Matthews began his service to ACS in 1994 as the founding chair of the Green Chemistry & Engineering Subdivision of the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (1999-2004). He served as IEC Division Chair in 2007.  He was named an ACS Fellow in 2011.

Matthews has published over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and mentored 11 PhD and 14 MS students, along with approximately 70 undergraduate students. His research has been sponsored by NSF, NIH, EPA, DoD, and several companies. He won the 2008 William H Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education, sponsored by Eastman Chemical and the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Professor Matthews’ research is focused on fundamentals and applications of thermodynamics and diffusional mass transfer, with applications in biomedical engineering, green chemistry, and hydrogen energy.

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Dr. Laura McConnell (Associate through 2014)

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Dr. Laura McConnell is an Environmental Fate Scientist at Bayer CropScience in Research Triangle Park, NC where she serves as an environmental fate expert for new and existing products.  She was previously a Research Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland.  At USDA she specialized in the investigation of processes controlling the movement of pesticides, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants from agricultural operations into the atmosphere or surface waters with the ultimate goal of designing more sustainable farming systems that will minimize negative impacts on surrounding ecosystems. She was Lead Scientist on an ARS project entitled, “Discerning the Fate of Atmospheric Agricultural Emissions in the Chesapeake Bay Region”, and she has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.  She received the ARS, Herbert L. Rothbart, Outstanding Early Career Scientist of the Year for her work on the Chesapeake Bay. 

Dr. McConnell has provided leadership on a large number of initiatives within the AGRO division. As an active member she was elected to the Executive Committee in 2000 and became editor of the PICOGRAM.  In 2005 she assumed a leadership role when elected Vice Chair, and since then she has served as Program Chair, as Chair, and as Strategic Planning Chair.  She is a co-chair for the upcoming 13th IUPAC International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry to be hosted by AGRO at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco in 2014.  Most recently Dr. McConnell is serving as a Special Symposium Organizer at the 43rd IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in San Juan Puerto Rico entitled “Advanced physico-chemical techniques to solve environmental science challenges”.  In 2011 she was honored as a fellow of the AGRO Division.

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Dr. Cathy Middlecamp (Associate through 2014)

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Cathy Middlecamp is a professor of Environmental Studies and an affiliate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her scholarship focuses on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to real-world issues such as air quality, climate change, and radioactivity.  For her work, she has received teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels.

Middlecamp is the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society.  This undergraduate textbook engages students in learning chemistry in the context of real-world issues. She has served as the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. Cathy also has served as a senior scholar for SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) and developed a SENCER Model Course Chemistry and Ethnicity:  Uranium and American Indians.  From SENCER in 2011, she received the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), AAAS (2004), and the American Chemical Society (2009). Cathy did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University (1968-72), graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship for graduate study and earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

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Dr. Martin J. Mulvihill (Associate through 2014)

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Marty Mulvihill is committed to meeting the challenges of global sustainability by pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to research and education—and especially the subsequent integration of this newly expanded understanding in social, political and business practices.

Since 2010 Marty has been the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC) while continuing as a researcher in both Public Health and Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemistry and Nanoscience. Subsequently, Marty completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories doing research in the Materials Science and Earth Science Divisions.

Marty’s current work focuses on developing technologies that help provide access to clean drinking water and the creation of safer chemicals and materials based on biological feedstocks. He has a number of publications and patents related to the detection of arsenic in drinking water and he is currently partnering with students in Environmental Engineering to develop composite roofing material that could be used in the developing world. He also works with professors in toxicology to design and produce safer chemicals including oil dispersants, catalysts, and bio-based platform chemicals. 

At Berkeley Marty has developed new green chemistry curricula for introductory chemistry as well as interdisciplinary graduate classes. The undergraduate curriculum incorporates the principles of green chemistry and sustainability by grounding them in the context of broader social challenges like access to energy or clean water. He also coordinates a new NSF fellowship program which uses green chemistry to guide a Systems Approach to Green Energy development.

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Mr. Anthony Noce (Member through 2015 and Secretary)

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Anthony (Tony) Noce is currently an Associate Vice President with ARCADIS, an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in the fields of infrastructure, water, environment and buildings.  Mr. Noce has more than 25 years of experience in environmental chemistry and consulting, with a focus on global environment health and safety compliance and due diligence and integration services.

Mr. Noce currently leads and coordinates the EHS compliance contracts for several large multinational corporations.  In this role, he is responsible for coordinating a team of scientists and engineers providing global environment, health and safety compliance, due diligence, global product stewardship, and sustainability management services in accordance with various Master Services Agreements.  As such, he is responsible for delivering “best talent” and ensuring the consistent delivery of value-added services on time and on budget.

Mr. Noce has been an active member of the Society since 1994.   He currently serves as an Alternate Councilor for the Eastern New York Section and has served in a variety of local, regional and national positions within the Society, including Chair of NERM ’97 and NERM ’03, Program Chair for the Environmental Division, and as a member of CEI (1999 to 2006 and 2011 to present).

Mr. Noce holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York.

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Dr. Eileen Nottoli (Member through 2015 and Vice Chair)

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Eileen M. Nottoli is Of Counsel at Allen Matkin's San Francisco office and practices in the area of environmental law with a focus on advising clients on compliance and transactions.  Ms. Nottoli has extensive expertise in state and federal regulatory programs governing exposures to toxins including Proposition 65, and managing hazardous materials (including emergency release reporting), hazardous wastes, toxic air emissions, mold, wastewater, storm water, asbestos, lead, wastewater recycling, and worker exposure.  She has managed numerous environmental investigations and remediations for site contamination and mold and indoor air quality of buildings.  She has managed corporate and real estate environmental due diligence in purchases, mergers, and acquisitions for developers, sellers, buyers and lenders.  In addition, Ms. Nottoli has prepared environmental compliance handbooks and compliance programs for clients.  She has also managed human health risk assessments and developed compliance strategies.  Representative clients include heavy industry, high tech industry, food producers, ice cream manufacturers, mines, consumer product manufacturers, commercial office building owners and managers, sellers and purchasers of real property, developers, lenders, retailers, and landfill owners.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, she was a research chemist with Chevron Chemical and Chevron Research Companies where she managed the commercialization, fuel and lubricating oil additives, developed a commercial steam and gas turbine oil and formulated diesel fuel additives.

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Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli (Associate through 2014)

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Dr. Pasquinelli works as an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in the Fiber and Polymer Science and Textile Engineering Programs. Her research expertise is in the design and application of computational approaches that predict and modulate the properties of systems at the nanoscale, including polymers, proteins, fibers, and nanoparticles. Particular research emphasis areas are environmental sustainability and toxicology.  She also incorporates environmental topics into the courses that she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as computer modeling, engineering thermodynamics, and the sustainability of soft materials.  Through the NC-ACS Project SEED and EnvironMentors programs, she has also mentored research projects for over 10 high school students who have won awards on this work in numerous science competitions.

Prior to joining NC State, she completed two postdoctoral positions; she worked for two years as a Computational Chemist with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the National Center for Computational Toxicology, and she also worked as a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002, and her B.S. in Chemistry with honors in 1996 from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.  She is also actively involved in the North Carolina Section of the ACS, where she is currently serving as Past Chair and Councilor.  She also served as Secretary from 2007-2011, and Alternate Councilor 2011-2013.

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Dr. Keith E. Peterman (Associate through 2016)

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Keith Peterman is a Professor of Chemistry at York College of Pennsylvania.  He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Idaho (1975) and both the M.Ed. (1972) and B.S. (1969) in chemistry from Shippensburg University.  He has served the ACS as a Chair of the local SEPSACS section and as a Program Chair of the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting.

He has served as a Fulbright Scholar at Ruhr Universität-Bochum in Germany and at Volgograd State Pedagogical University in Russia.  He has also served as an NAS Research Scholar at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, a Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, a visiting professor at the Guangxi University for Nationalities in China, and a visiting professor at Christchurch Polytechnic in New Zealand.

His current pedagogical activities, research, and writing focus on issues related to climate change and sustainability.  He teaches interdisciplinary courses as well as courses for chemistry majors.  He takes a student group to Costa Rica each year on a climate change and sustainability field study. 

He participates in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change annual Conference of Parties as a member of the press and as a faculty mentor for an ACS CEI sponsored student-focused climate science literacy project.  He is a member of the Huffington Post blog team and writes a local blog hosted by the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

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Dr. Robin D. Rogers (Member through 2014)

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Dr. Robin D. Rogers obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama and currently serves as Distinguished Research Professor, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing at UA.  He is an Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing, China and from 2007-2009 was Chair of Green Chemistry and Co-Director of QUILL at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland (UK).

Rogers is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design.  He is also an editorial board member of Separation Science & Technology, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, and Chemistry Letters, as well as a member of the international advisory boards for Green Chemistry, Chemical Communications, and ChemSusChem.

Rogers holds 16 issued patents and has published over 725 papers on a diverse array of topics.  His research interests cover the use of ionic liquids and Green Chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation.  In 2005, he was awarded the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic Division) for work related to the use of ionic liquids in sustainable technology.  This technology was licensed later that year to BASF.

Rogers has co-organized a variety of meetings and symposia on Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids and he has started a company (525 Solutions) to enhance the commercial viability of new technologies.  The breadth of educational, research, editorial, and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development, and technology transfer. 

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Dr. Barclay Satterfield (Member through 2016)

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Barclay Satterfield is a Senior Chemical Engineer for Eastman Chemical Co. There, she performs environmental life cycle assessment of Eastman's products and contributes to a multi-year research partnership with NC State University.

Prior to joining Eastman, Barclay performed life cycle assessment studies as a consultant and was the 2007-2009 Science Policy Fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs. During her fellowship, she supported a number of efforts, including the congressional briefing series, the ACS.org policy website, and CEI and the Society’s discussion of sustainability in the chemical enterprise. 

Barclay earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University. As a graduate student, she researched polymer membrane fuel cells, helped run the student organization Greening Princeton, and also completed a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy through the Princeton Environmental Institute and Woodrow Wilson School. While an undergraduate, Barclay performed research at Idaho National Lab, worked in environmental compliance for DuPont, and completed projects related to watershed health for the State of Delaware.

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Dr. Darlene Schuster (Member through 2015)

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Darlene Schuster presently serves as the Director of the Institute for Sustainability, an AIChE Technological Community.  Previously she served in the non-profit technology/society sector as the Senior Director of Institute Alliances and Director of Government Relations for AIChE and as a Science Policy Fellow for ACS, where she worked to educate congressional staff and Congress on technical policy issues.  Dr. Schuster was awarded the 2004 Technical Achievement Award from the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Council in part for contributions to novel technology product development and commercialization by her company, DP Group, Inc. and is on the advisory board of Greener Package.

Previously, Dr. Schuster was the Clare Boothe Luce Chair of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, and an Engineer, Senior Engineer, and Research Engineer with Gulf Oil Production Research, which subsequently became Chevron Oil Field Research Company.  As a professor, Dr. Schuster integrated design methodology and systems analysis into chemical kinetics, process control, the freshman engineering program, statistics, transport phenomena courses and introduced new courses on fluidization, particle technology, waste minimization, and pollution prevention and incorporating societal ethics with engineering design.

She has served as the Technical Program Chair for the 2004 Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference: Building the Business Case for Sustainability, and has been on the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference steering committee since 2002. She serves as a Peer reviewer for the EPA P3 (pollution, prevention, and people) program and chaired the review committee for the TSE (Towards a Sustainable Environment) program.   Dr. Schuster holds a BSChE (WVU), MSChE (University of Pittsburgh),and PhD. (West Virginia University).

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Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri (Consultant through 2014)

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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is the first holder of the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at UW-Madison. He is well known internationally for his effective leadership in promoting excellence in science education at all levels, and for his development and use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry in classrooms and in less formal settings, such as museums, convention centers, shopping malls and retirement homes. He is a former NSF assistant director and an advocate for effective policies to advance knowledge and to use science and technology for the benefit of Earth and its people. Professor Shakhashiri served as 2012 President of the American Chemical Society, formed the ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Climate Science Working Group, and in late 2013 the ACS Global Water Initiative Working Group. He believes that the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement can guide and exhort ACS and its members to make significant contributions in advancing science and communicating science to benefit the human condition and to protect the Planet. Chemists must help sustain Earth and its people in the face of population growth, finite resources, malnutrition, spreading disease, deadly violence, war, climate change, and the denial of basic human rights, especially the right to benefit from scientific and technological progress.

Bassam and his wife June live in Madison. Their daughter Elizabeth is a 2007 alumna of UW-Madison, and a 2010 alumna of the University of Michigan Law School. His website is at www.scifun.org.

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Dr. Jennifer Young Tanir (Associate through 2014)

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Jennifer Young Tanir is currently a Scientific Program Manager at the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI).  In 2011, Jennifer joined HESI, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage scientists from academia, government and industry to identify and resolve global health and environmental issues.  At HESI, Jennifer manages multi-stakeholder collaborative projects on a variety of topics related to chemistry and toxicology. Her projects include developing guidance on alternative chemical assessments for sustainability, applying advances in exposure science to risk assessment for the 21sts century, and advancing genetic toxicology.

Prior to joining HESI, Jennifer managed technical programs for the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute during 2004-2011.  There her work focused on green chemistry information databases and standard development, awards and grants programs, educational materials, publications, communications, and training. 

Jennifer also held an industrial polymer research position at DuPont in the Ink Jet business, 2000-2004, where her research involved synthesizing and studying new waterborne polymeric dispersant and binder technologies for ink jet inks. Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in polymer/organic chemistry in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by investigating polymerizations in supercritical carbon dioxide under the direction of Dr. Joseph DeSimone. She graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond in 1995.

She has been active in the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) of the American Chemical Society for several years, serving as Manager 2010-2011, Councilor 2012-2014, and Secretary 2014-2015.

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Mr. Ean Warren (Member through 2014 and IAC Liaison)

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Ean Warren graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and from Stanford with a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and Science. He has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a subsurface microbiologist since 2001, investigating how microbial populations affect the fate of anthropogenic contaminants in the environment.

Mr. Warren’s current research interests include how nutrients and organic carbon affect microbial populations and activity and how these populations, in turn, affect degradation rates and aquifer temperatures. His lab uses various classic microbiological methods like microbial number determinations in growth media and in situ and laboratory microcosms, molecular biology techniques, and analytical chemistry to determine microbial numbers and degradation rates.

Mr. Warren’s interests in the ACS and CEI include encouraging the ACS to take a more active role as a public advisor. He is especially interested in the role of the ACS as an intermediary between the government, chemical industry, and environmental groups. He would like to see the ACS incorporate environmental improvement into its own corporate culture as an example to other large organizations. Mr. Warren is active in his local section as well. In addition to being a long-time councilor, this year, he is serving as the Chair for his local section.

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Dr. Jennifer Wilcox (Associate through 2014)

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Jennifer Wilcox is an Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth Sciences and an affiliate faculty member in the Emmet Interdisciplinary Program for the Environment and Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University. With a background in kinetics, catalysis, and chemical modeling, she investigates technologies associated with making energy production from fossil fuels cleaner. Investigations include understanding the transport and fate of heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, and selenium) released from coal combustion or gasification processes using quantum mechanical-based modeling coupled with direct experimental measurements using a custom-built electron ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer. Additional research efforts include sorbent testing for carbon capture, adsorption studies of CO2 on coal and gas shales, and membrane design for N2 and Hseparations.

 She also heads the Clean Conversion Laboratory in the School of Earth Sciences. She received the NSF Career award (2005) and the Army Research Office Young Investigator award (2009). Wilcox earned a BA in mathematics from Wellesley College, and an MA in physical chemistry and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. She recently authored the first textbook on Carbon Capture. In addition, she has served on several study groups including the American Physical Society to the National Academy of Sciences to investigate CO2 mitigation and adaptation strategies.

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Dr. Joseph R. Zoeller (Member through 2014)

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Joe received his B.S. (Chemistry) 1975) from Hofstra University. He conducted his graduate research under Bob Holton at both Purdue and Virginia Tech (MS Chemistry, 1978, Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Feb. 1981.) He joined Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN in February, 1981 and has remained with Eastman Chemical Company throughout his career. Since joining Eastman Chemical Company, Joe has been granted 62 patents, published 30 papers and book chapters, and co-edited several special journal issues and a book (Acetic Acid and its Derivatives). He has broad experience in both fine and bulk chemical production, although most of his work has focused on catalytic processes and synthesis gas based chemistries.  He is regarded as the leading expert in product chemistries related to Eastman’s chemicals from coal program and has received Eastman’s coveted Perley Wilcox Award in 2008 (awarded for technical excellence with business impact to Eastman Chemical Company) and the 1990 TN Eastman President’s Award for Waste Reduction and Process Improvements in Acetyls.

Outside of Eastman Chemical Company, Joe has served on a number of editorial, national science policy, and academic (department or consortia) advisory boards.  Joe has been very active in ACS, particularly within the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry where he has organized or co-organized eight symposia at national ACS or catalysis events, founded the Novel Chemistry with Industrial Applications subdivision, and served as the division chair in 2009. Joe is currently a Research Fellow in the Eastman Division Research Laboratories of Eastman Chemical Company.

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Dr. Bryan Balazs (Committee on Committees)

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Bryan received his Ph.D. in Electroanalytical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1992, followed by a post-doctoral appointment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  Since then, he has worked on numerous scientific projects including electrochemical sensors, waste treatment technologies, and material lifetime predictions.  He is currently the Associate Program Leader for Budgets and Planning within the Primary Nuclear Design Directorate and is responsible for overseeing and integrating a large program involving dynamic material properties, high energy density physics, high performance computing, and hydrodynamic testing.

Since the early 1990s, Bryan has been active at the local, national, and international level in the American Chemical Society, serving on numerous committees including participation in many activities targeted towards education and outreach.  He has been a Councilor or Alternate Councilor for the California Section since 1994 and served as Section Chair in 1998 and 2011.  He has chaired several committees in the section, served on the Board of Directors, and is the recipient of the California Section’s Petersen Award in 2004 and the Shirley Radding Award of the Santa Clara Valley Section in 2009, both in recognition of his volunteer service.

Currently, Bryan serves on the ACS Committee on Committees, as a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Chemistry Olympiad, and as a member of the Organizing Committee for PacifiChem 2015.  Most recently, he was one of the candidates on the election ballot for ACS President-Elect for 2014.

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Dr. Elise Fox (Younger Chemists Committee)

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Dr. Elise Bickford Fox has been an employee of the Savannah River National Laboratory since graduation, where she is the Solar Program Manager.  Dr. Fox’s research specialty is materials chemistry with an emphasis in ionic liquids and catalytic materials for energy production.  Current projects include the development of nanoparticle-enhanced ionic liquid heat transfer fluids for more efficient solar energy production, the radiation stability of polymers, and the catalytic reforming and purification of natural gas.  She has received over $3.6M in funding from the DOE-EERE SunShot Initiative, NNSA, and LDRD over the past seven years as PI, has four submitted patents, and over fifty technical publications.

She is the chair (2014) and Alternate Councilor (2013-2015) of the ACS Division on Energy and Fuels.  Since 2011, Elise also has been on the Younger Chemist Committee where she is the Awards Lead.  In the Divisions, Elise also has been a member of the PETR Awards Committee and served as a Preprint/Managing Editor for PETR and ENFL.  She served in the three year chair succession for the Savannah River Local Section (Chair in 2009) and was also the NCW coordinator and WCC Chair.  Elise has been a member of ACS for over ten years. 

Elise graduated from the College of Charleston in 2001 with a B.S in Chemistry.  She has graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University (M.S (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) in Materials with a minor in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering) Her graduate work, under Professor Chunshan Song, involved catalytic hydrogen purification and production by the oxygen-assisted water-gas shift reaction and the absorptive desulfurization of fuels.

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Dr. Catherine “Katie” Hunt (Committee on Corporation Associates)

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Katie Hunt is the former R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company.  Her chemistry degrees include a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. She began her 30-year career in industry at Rohm and Haas (now Dow) after completing an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale in MB&B.  A strong and vocal champion of STEM education, technology collaboration and scientific innovation, Dr. Hunt is a past president of the American Chemical Society and a current ACS Expert.  She serves on numerous advisory boards, including RIT NTID (Rochester Institute of Technology /National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.   Katie is especially proud of her work with the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the RetroFIT PHILLY: Coolest Block Contest.  (www.retrofitphilly.com)

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Ms. Susan Shih (Society Committee on Education)

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Ms. Susan Shih was an Adjunct Instructor (1981-1986), Professor (1986-2008) and Department Coordinator (1992-2008) at the College of DuPage where she received the Divisional Outstanding Faculty award (2002-2003). Previously she was an Instructor at Joliet Junior College (1971-1973), and Roosevelt University (1968-1971). Ms. Shih has been an ACS member since 1964 and is currently a full Member of the Society Committee on Education (2009- 2012 Associate). She currently serves on the Two Year College Advisory Board  and chairs the SOCED Task Force on Revising the ACS Guidelines for Two Year Chemistry Programs. An active member of the Chicago Local Section, Ms. Shih has served as Councilor (2007-2014), Alternate Councilor (2004-2006), Chair (2002-2003), and Chair-Elect (2001-2002), resulting in the Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Section, ACS (2009). Additionally she co-Chaired the 2009 GLRM and serves as the Secretary for the Great Lakes Region Board. She serves on the DivCHED Long Range Planning committee.

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Staff

Mr. Ray Garant (Staff Liaison)

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Ray Garant is assistant director for public policy at the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs.  His responsibilities include oversight of the ACS Science & the Congress Project, a program of congressional staff briefings to improve decision maker’s understanding of the relationship between science and public policy, and development of the Society’s public policy positions and messages. Ray was a congressional science fellow in 1993 and a senior legislative assistant in 1994 to former Representative Phil Sharp (D-IN).  He followed environmental, judicial, and health-care issues. 

Ray began his Washington career as a Science Policy Fellow at ACS headquarters in 1990.  Prior to that, he worked as a materials researcher at the Ames Laboratory of the Department of Energy, a student assistant for acoustics and oceanographic sciences at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center, and manager of an Iowa State University project to communicate science to the public.

He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University under the direction of John Verkade.

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Dr. Darcy Gentleman (ACS Office of Public Affairs, Science & the Congress Project)

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Darcy administers the briefing activities of the ACS Science & the Congress Project as part of the ACS’s Office of Public Affairs. Darcy came to the Office of Public Affairs in July 2011 from ACS Publications, having been the Managing Editor for Environmental Science & Technology since August 2008 and the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry since February 2010. Prior to his ACS tenure, he wrote on nanotechnology and environmental science, taught undergraduate and secondary level chemistry, and supervised undergraduate chemistry research students. Darcy has a Ph.D. in analytical Chemistry from Arizona State University and a Hon. B.Sc. in Planetary Science and also Chemistry from the University of Toronto.

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Ms. Jennifer MacKellar (ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Program Manager)

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Jennifer MacKellar joined ACS in early 2013 as the Program Manager in the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. She is responsible for coordinating technical programing for the annual ACS GCI Green Chemistry & Engineering conference, developing project initiatives for the ASC GCI and serving as a resource for the green chemistry stakeholder community.

Jennifer brings over seven years of government experience to ACS. She has worked at NIH as both an intramural research fellow and as a contractor in the NIH Office of Extramural research focusing on science policy and communications.  Additionally, she spent nearly two years at NSF working in the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences division.  Jennifer has a M.Sc. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Molecular Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from the University of Denver.

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Mr. Carl Maxwell (ACS Office of Public Affairs, Environmental Policy)

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J. Carl Maxwell is responsible for advocacy on energy and environment policy, both in authorization of government regulation and policy, and the year-to-year funding of government programs of priority interest to ACS members regarding energy and the environment.

Carl served in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Bob Smith (R-NH), and Congressman Jim Turner (D-TX) where he handled science, energy, telecommunications, judiciary, and social security issues.  He also served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), overseeing tax, trade, energy, and science policy.  A native of Austin, Texas, Carl is a political science graduate of Bates College (B.A) in Lewiston, ME.

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