2012 ACS Fellows

Following is a complete list of 2012 ACS Fellows.

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Addison, Anthony W.

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Drexel University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Generating structural indices, particularly one for pentacoordinate metal centers that has changed the way people describe such structures; structure/redox correlations for copper and nickel compounds.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Philadelphia Section and for several years as Section Councilor; Program Chair/Co-Chair for two Mid-Atlantic Regional Meetings; Associate of the Region Board; member of the Meetings & Expositions Committee and its subcommittee on Regional Meetings.

Amis, Eric J.

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United Technologies Research Center
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Visionary leadership at National Institute of Standards and Technology, establishing multiple new programs and mentoring next generation of leaders in polymer science; pioneering developments in combinatorial methods; and sophisticated experiments on polyelectrolyte solutions.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: As Chair of the Division of Polymer Chemistry, led the conversion to electronic balloting that resulted in a five-fold increase in voter participation.

Armstrong, Richard Neil

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Vanderbilt University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: A leader in the application of multiple disciplines (structural biology, physical organic chemistry, genomics, and informatics) to understand the chemistry of biological processes.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Encouraged collaboration between ACS’ Publications Division and Technical Divisions in sponsored lectureships at ACS National Meetings. This concept has now been embraced by several journals and divisions.

Aubé, Jeffrey

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University of Kansas
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Developing methods for the preparation of heterocycles—in particular, those involving nitrogen ring expansions and; mimetics, and heterocyclic compounds.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Established and led collaborative scientific centers for screening and medicinal chemistry; served on national review panels as an ACS Councilor (Division of Medicinal Chemistry), and in academic administration.

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Baker, David C.

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Worked in the areas of organic and medicinal chemistry, specializing in carbohydrate chemistry. Presently working on cell-surface carbohydrates and carbohydrate-containing nanostructures.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Held almost every office in the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry, serving as its Chair in 1986-87, a time of growth in the membership.

Barrish, Joel C.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Contribution to the science/profession: While at Bristol-Myers Squibb, led teams that have advanced more than 20 compounds into clinical development, including SPRYCEL of which he is also a co-inventor.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Organized and chaired many symposia at ACS-sponsored meetings. Member of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry Executive Committee; Program Chair through Spring 2013.

Barton, Lawrence

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University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Served 18 years as Chair of the Chemistry Department at University of Missouri, St. Louis, recruiting a generation of excellent colleagues while teaching and running a successful and productive research program.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: 40 years of involvement in ACS governance, including serving as Chair and Chair-elect when the St. Louis Section was first honored with the Award for Outstanding Performance by Local Sections.

Bays, J. Philip

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St. Mary's College (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Mentored new faculty members, ACS volunteers (national and local), and students—primarily women—in their exploration of careers in the sciences.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Member of the Project SEED Committee which provides a platform to speak for economically-disadvantaged students and to influence the provision of mentoring opportunities for them.

Bidlingmeyer, Brian A.

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Agilent Technologies, Inc.
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Elucidating the mechanism of ion-pair chromatography and leading the commercialization team that published a new approach to amino acid analysis using PITC (over 1833 citations), which is now commonly used.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Member and supporter of the team that organized the Analytical Division’s Subdivision of Chromatography; served as Chair three times over the years.

Bradley, Cherlynlavaughn

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BP-Amoco (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized by Amoco-BP as a company-wide and petroleum-industry expert in element-selective GC detection of trace heteroatom contaminates in petroleum and petrochemicals.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Co-founder/co-chair of the ACS Illinois Sections’ State Fair outreach project that attracts thousands of visitors annually to experience the fun and importance of chemistry.

Bretz, Stacey Lowery

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Miami University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Advancing the standards of chemistry education research (CER) to develop assessments, diagnose chemistry misconceptions, and stimulate metacognition and reflection in both the teaching and learning of chemistry.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Advocating on behalf of Chemistry Education Research (CER) through the committees, programming of the Division of Chemical Education, and serving the ACS Examinations Institute.

Brine, Charles J.

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Charles J. Brine & Assoc., LLC
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized expert in chitin chemistry and utilization, with multiple patents in this area. (Patents for process, production, application of chitin in biodegradable sutures, wound/burn dressings have been commercialized.) Co-founded the American ChitoScience Society. Instrumental in multiple International Triennial Chitin Conferences.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served essential roles for the Division of Agricultural & Food Chemistry (AGFD) for 38 years, including Vice-Chair, Program Chair, Finance, and National Chair; Alternate ACS Councilor, Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) representative, Publications Committee representative, Journal of Agricultural and Food Science Review Board; organizer of over 50 symposia; founder of AGFD Undergraduate, Graduate and Young Scientist Annual Research Symposia/Awards. Awardee of five DAC/IPG Grants. Received the AGDF Distinguished Service Award.

Bullock, R. Morris

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis. Molecular electrocatalysts for oxidation and production of hydrogen. Research into the reactivity of transition-metal hydrides as proton, hydride, and hydrogen atom donors, and ionic hydrogenation catalysis.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served two terms on the Advisory Board for the Petroleum Research Fund. Served on the Editorial boards of Organometallics and Inorganic Chemistry. Served as member of the Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service.

Butler, Alison

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University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Revealing the bioinorganic chemistry of the marine environment, including the reactivity of vanadium haloperoxidases in biosyntheses of natural products and discovery of new self-assembling amphiphilic and photoreactive siderophores.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Service on the ACS Younger Chemists Committee, Division of Inorganic Chemistry (Executive Committee; Chair, Bioinorganic subdivision); Advisory Board, Chemical & Engineering News; and Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganic Chemistry.

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Calo, Joseph M.

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Brown University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Research contributions in chemical kinetics and transport phenomena as applied to carbon materials, environmental characterization/remediation, and energy conversion. A founder of the Chemical Engineering Program at Brown University.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Treasurer, Councilor, Technical Program Secretary, and representative of the Fuel Chemistry (now Energy and Fuels, ENFL) Division to the Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG), and Divisional Activities Committee (DAC) member.

Cao, Guang

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ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Initiated and co-organized the first Beijing International Chemical and Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property (IP) Forum in 2006, partnering with the Division of Chemistry & the Law. Two succeeding IP conferences followed in 2009 and 2012.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Held leadership roles in the Chinese American Chemical Society, the ACS International Activities Committee, and the Advisory Board on Diversity and Involvement. A member of the US National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Carter, Emily Ann

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Princeton University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Rigorous development and application of first principles quantum mechanical theories for predicting properties of molecules and complex materials that have produced deep insights and important materials design principles.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Co-initiated the Energy Subdivision of the Physical Chemistry Division, serving on numerous committees and boards for awards, divisions, and journals; organized multiple ACS symposia.

Casey, Martha L.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Developed academic planning and institutional research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to facilitate decision-making based on policy and budgetary analysis, emphasizing establishment of meaningful comparisons with peer universities.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Helped transform the mission of the Wisconsin Section toward student-oriented activities. As Councilor for 27 years, served on the Council Policy, Nominations and Elections, Budget & Finance, and Women Chemists Committees.

Cesa, Mark C.

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INEOS Nitriles
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Industrial research and manufacturing support scientist with 30 U.S. Patents; current Vice President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served ACS at local and national levels, including elected offices in the Cleveland and Chicago Local Sections, as Councilor and as member of the Committee on Chemical Safety and the Committee on Science.

Chapman, Sally

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Barnard College

  • Contribution to the science/profession: Activist and advocate for women in chemistry; dedicated professor to Barnard students; computational dynamics studies of collisional energy transfer of high-energy species and molecules.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served on the ACS Committee on Professional Training, 1991-2001; Chair, 1994-1996; ACS Petroleum Research Fund Advisory Board, 1991-2001; Chair, 1997-2001; Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh), founding and active member until her death.


Cramer, Steven M.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Contribution to the science/profession: The development of the SMA model of ion exchange chromatography, low molecular weight displacer technology, multi-scale models of protein chromatography, and fundamental investigations into the molecular nature of selectivity.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Co-Chair, Biotechnology Secretariat Programming; ACS executive committees; keynote addresses at ACS National Meetings; Chair, ACS Recovery of Biological Products Meeting; and Editor, Separation Science and Technology.

Crumrine, David S.

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Loyola University Chicago
  • Contribution to the science/profession: In addition to a number of rewarding research successes, has mentored students who have gone on to careers in chemistry, education, and medicine.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Worked with the Committee on Chemical Safety on various projects, including The Safety Culture Document and worked for many years on National Chemistry Week celebrations.

Culbertson, Billy M.

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The Ohio State University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Directed graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows in obtaining their advanced degrees or advancing their chosen career in the synthesis of new or improved high performance materials.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Serving as ACS Local Section and Technical Division officers; helping to start the Columbus Section and Polymer Division Awards; 15 years of service as Editor of Polymer Preprints.

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DeSimone, Joseph M.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Cultivating a research culture that values diversity in all of its forms – race, culture, background, education, experience, expertise – to accelerate the process of discovery and scientific innovation.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Communicates research and the importance of the chemical sciences to the public (e.g., via radio interviews, talks at local Rotary clubs and schools).

Dickie, Ray A.

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Ford Motor Company (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Led a team using modern analytical tools to elucidate chemical mechanisms of corrosion performance and durability of automotive coatings, contributing to improved test protocols and materials.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: As Chair of the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, worked with the Membership Affairs Committee to develop comprehensive bylaw revisions clarifying and broadening ACS membership categories.

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Economy, James

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University of Illinois
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Discovery, development, and commercialization of aromatic polyesters (Ekonol, Xydar, ATSP), Kynol, a new family of ion exchange and chelating fibers, and activated carbon fibers; publication of approximately 100 U.S. patents and 250 papers.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair, ACS Western New York Polymer Section, 1972; Chair Elect, ACS Western New York Section, 1975; Chair, Division of Polymer Chemistry of the ACS, 1985; and President, IUPAC Macromolecular Division, 1994-97.

Eubanks, I. Dwaine

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Clemson University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: While serving as Director of the ACS Examinations Institute, the Institute broadened its focus to include additional aspects of chemistry knowledge assessment, delivering high quality, pedagogically-sound instruments in several formats.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Contributed to a variety of ACS education initiatives through Council and Society committees, the Division of Chemical Education, and the Education Division.

Evanseck, Jeffrey D.

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Duquesne University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Impacted a range of sciences, such as pericyclic reaction mechanisms, visualization of complex biomolecular structure, spectroscopic states of ligand-bound myoglobin, and the intermediacy of carboxyphosphate in ATP-grasp carboxylases.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Volunteered as South Florida Section Chair, Computers in Chemistry Division Chair, and Secretary of Duquesne's Student Member Chapter Faculty Mentor; currently works with Undergraduate Programming.

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Francisco, Joseph S.

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Purdue University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Creative and significant contributions to understanding chemical processes in the atmosphere at a fundamental molecular level; a visible and visionary leader in the chemical sciences.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as 2010 President of the American Chemical Society.

Friedman, Donna G.

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St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley
  • Contribution to the science/profession: As an educator in the fields of chemistry and chemical technology, weaves ACS functions into courses. Students join ACS with a sense of professionalism and pride.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Actively involved in a broad range of ACS activities for 30 years at Local Section, Technical Division, and national levels; served as Councilor since 1994.

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Gerbi, Diana J.

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3M Company
  • Contribution to the science/profession: While at 3M, contributed to many significant projects, including research of nonlinear optical materials, a 3M mixing and crystallization experiment onboard a NASA Space Shuttle flight, and development of adhesives and coatings for the electronics market.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Co-chairs the Division of Polymer Chemistry Industrial Advisory Board, which promotes networking opportunities, educational outreach, award recognition, and technical programming for its members and the division.

Gordon, Bernard, III

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Polymer Chemistry Innovations, Inc
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Initial research at Penn State and Development at Polymer Chemistry Innovations (PCI) which led to a new class of compostable polyesters. This work created two advanced degrees and PCI as a new company. PCI is currently scaling up for production.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Has been involved with the Polymer division for over 33 years and Business Development and Management for over 10 years, holding positions in both. For Polymer, helped start the successful National Graduate Research Polymer Conference in 1996.

Gottfried, David S.

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Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Contribution to the science/profession: More than 20 years of project management, research, student training, and public outreach, most recently at the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Sustained service to the Georgia Local Section and ACS in a variety of roles including SERMACS Associate Chair, Section Chair, Councilor, and member of the Committee on Public Relations and Communications.

Gregar, Kathleen Carrado

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Argonne National Laboratory
  • Contribution to the science/profession: With 20 years of experience as a productive research chemist in nanocatalysis and nanocomposites, became an effective manager of user and outreach programs at a Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair and Program Chair for the Division of Fuel Chemistry (now ENFL), and also as an ACS national Councilor and member of the Divisional Activities Committee.

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Hayes, Janan M.

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Merced College (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: My entire career has been devoted to helping others find the need and ability to understand the place of science in our modern technological world.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: I am proud to have been a part from the beginning in the development of the ACS Learning Development System. Service in that area has had and will continue to have the greatest impact on chemists both current and future and on the ACS volunteer system.

Head-Gordon, Martin

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University of California, Berkeley
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Main research achievements have significantly advanced the state of the art in electronic structure calculations, as a result of new developments in quantum chemical theory, algorithms, and analysis.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Volunteered as Program Chair (2009) and Chair (2010) of the Division of Physical Chemistry, Chair of the Theory Subdivision (2003); symposium organization, and service on ACS journal editorial boards.

Heppert, Joseph A.

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University of Kansas
  • Contribution to the science/profession: As founding director of the University of Kansas Center for Science Education, helped to create UKanTeach, a new secondary STEM teacher education partnership involving STEM and education departments.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Member of the Society Committee on Education between 2002 and 2010, serving three years as committee Chair. Member of the ACS Chemistry Teacher Education Coalition advisory board.

Hermens, Richard A.

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Eastern Oregon University (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: During the 39 years of teaching at the university level, organized summer science camps for 12 years for a total of 1340 children in 4th through 7th grades.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Councilor for 12 years for the Richland Section; member of several national committees.

Hinkle, Amber S.

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Bayer MaterialScience, LLC
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Led major segment of a two-year safety, reliability and efficiency initiative that yielded millions in sustainable savings through professional change management and accountability among a chemical manufacturing site’s entire workforce.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Provided leadership in attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences as Chair of the Women Chemists Committee; supports leadership development as Leadership Advisory Board Co-Chair.

Hoffman, Angela A. M.

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University of Portland
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Taught undergraduate general and biochemistry for 23 years, in addition to mentoring 60 high school and over 150 undergraduate projects related to paclitaxel and other natural products.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Member of the Portland Section executive committee since 1998; involvement with many local committees; general co-chair of the 2011 Northwest Regional Meeting.

Houston, Lisa J.

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PAC, LP
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Leadership and strong management skills have accelerated PAC’s elemental analysis business growth, market leadership, and global recognition. Serves as an excellent role model and mentor for young professionals.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Serves in many ACS local and national leadership roles; contributed to the successful merger of the Divisions of Petroleum and Fuel Chemistry.

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Jaffe, Michael

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New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Integration of polymer science, materials science, and physical chemistry leading to successful commercialization and increased understanding of polyester tire cord, liquid crystalline polymers, and renewable resource chemistries.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Provides balanced industrial and academic input to the Committee on Professional Training, Committee on Science and the Budget & Finance Committee.

Johnson, M. Ross

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Parion Sciences , Inc.
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Widely known for discovery and medicinal chemical conceptualization of novel cannabinoids, which led to the identification of the cannabinoid receptor in rodent, primate, and human brains.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Many services to the Society, including serving on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Organic Chemistry Division.

Jones, Roger F.

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Franklin International, LLC
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Served as CEO in four successful companies in the industry; has authored four books and over 100 papers on chemicals and polymers.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Participation in the ACS Speaker program offered a wonderful opportunity to interact with members across the country in varied fields of chemistry.

Jorgensen, Andy

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University of Toledo
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Directed the University of Toledo general chemistry program for the past twenty years, and is currently focused on developing curriculum materials on climate change and presenting community outreach programs on this topic.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Chaired the Committee on Community Activities’ Chemists Celebrate Earth Day during the program's formative years (2006-2009); initiated Project SEED at the University of Toledo and served as its coordinator for eight years.

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Kennedy, Joseph P.

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University of Akron
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Invented living carbocationic polymerization that became the fountainhead of numerous industrial processes, including the key polymer component of drug-eluting stents implanted in millions of cardiac patients.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Chaired the Polymer Division, organized and chaired numerous ACS and international symposia, ACS short courses, an ACS Interactive TV satellite course, and IUPAC's MacroAkron.

Korlipara, Vijaya L.

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St. John’s University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Served as Director of the Institute for Biotechnology; organized symposia; chaired committees related to accreditation visits; curriculum design; and mentored graduate and undergraduate research.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as New York Section chair; ACS Councilor; introduced Chemagination—a high school science essay and poster contest—to the New York Section and coordinated the event for eight years.

Kubiak, Clifford P.

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University of California, San Diego
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Scientific contributions that have enhanced our understanding of inorganic mixed valence systems, the fixation of carbon dioxide, and nanoscience.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Chair of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2005), moved the Division to Internet elections and electronic newsletters to allow greater funding of technical symposia at ACS meetings.

Kwiram, Alvin L.

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University of Washington
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Pioneering studies in electron-nuclear double resonance, optical detection of magnetic resonance, and matrix isolation studies. Creative leadership in academic and professional administration at local, national, and international levels.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Actively engaged in rejuvenating the Division of Physical Chemistry starting in 1976 and within a decade, helped to transform it (and JPhysChem) into one of ACS' most active and dynamic programs.

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Lambert, Joseph B.

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Trinity University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Synthesis of the first silyl cation (trimesitylsilylium tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate), the silicon analogue of the carbocation, in which positive charge resides primarily on silicon.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Division of the History of Chemistry and supporter of its activities, including its annual Award in the History of Chemistry.

Landis, Clark R.

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Mechanistic investigations of catalytic reactions, new instrumentation development, localized bonding theory applied across the periodic table, and innovations in Chemical Education.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Currently serving on the ACS Committee on Professional Training and the Graduate Education Advisory Board; previous service includes two terms as Chair of the local ACS section and organizer of numerous symposia and conferences.

Larsen, Sarah C.

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University of Iowa
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized research program for advancing fundamental understanding of the synthesis, characterization by magnetic resonance techniques, and applications of zeolites.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Serves as faculty advisor for the University of Iowa ACS Undergraduate Student chapter; organized symposia for ACS meetings, and is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Latimer, Lee H.

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Independent Consultant
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Leading medicinal, process, and analytical chemistry teams for Alzheimer's Disease program at Elan Pharmaceuticals; contributions at other companies to chemistry for emphysema and cardiovascular therapy programs.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Service at the Local Section level as Chair of the Rochester and California Sections; national-level service as Chair of the Committee on Local Section Activities and developing joint activities among sections.

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Mainz, Vera V.

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Directed one of the nation’s largest nuclear magnetic resonance laboratories for over 25 years; educating and assisting the research of over 3,000 graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Service as Secretary/Treasurer for the Division of the History of Chemistry (18 years); created the Division’s website and online access for the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry.

Martin, Cheryl A.

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Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy (ARPA-E)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Leveraged skills as a chemist in various business roles ranging from marketing, finance, and senior business management to successfully move technologies from the lab to market; role model for women in science.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Volunteered in the Philadelphia section, including Section President for the 100th anniversary, which raised awareness of contributions of chemists, mentored young women, and celebrated chemistry in our daily lives. Contributes industry/business skills to committees, such as Budget & Finance and Corporation Associates; provides perspectives on careers outside of more traditional laboratory roles.

Mitchell, James W.

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Howard University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for pioneering development and application of novel methods for characterizing ultrapure photonic materials to support the advancement of optical fiber technology.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Service to the ACS which is personally most valued included working with Project SEED and the Committee on Minorities.

Murray, Royce W.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Fundamental research on chemically modified electrodes, nanoparticles, and other basic issues.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Chemistry journal for 21 years.

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Nagarajan, Ramanathan

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U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Constructed predictive molecular theories for a wide range of self-assembly phenomena, including micelles, vesicles, mixed micelles, solubilization, microemulsions, polymer-surfactant interactions, surface aggregation, block copolymer self-assembly, and carbon nanotubes solubilization.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Unique distinction as Program Chair for 21 National Meetings for Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry and as Chair of 1988, 1998, and 2002 Colloid and Surface Science Symposia of the Division.

Newman, Pauline

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court
  • Contribution to the science/profession: The totality of judicial contributions to the combination of science and law in support of industrial innovation for human betterment.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Service on the Board of Directors, Chair of the Committee on Budget and Finance, Vice-Chair of the Council Policy Committee, and Chair of other committees.

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O’Brien, Leah C.

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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Research program that focuses on high-resolution spectroscopy of gas-phase, metal-containing diatomic radicals. Has achieved the first spectral identification and analysis of two novel molecules, AuO and PtF.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Was General Chair of the 2011 Joint Great Lakes/Midwest Regional Meeting, which included 19 symposia, posters, workshops, and a full vendor exhibition.

Oliver, William R.

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Northern Kentucky University (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Served on the faculty of Northern Kentucky University for 35 years, retiring in 2007. Chaired the Department of Chemistry for 16 years.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: In addition to being elected to all the major offices of the Cincinnati section, served 10 years as Councilor and chaired three national committees: Meetings & Expositions, Science, and Public Relations & Communications.

Omberg, Kristin M.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Technical leader in detecting and mitigating biological threats; has been recognized multiple times by the Department of Homeland Security for contributions to national security.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Member of the Committee on Budget & Finance; member and past Chair of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs; and former ACS Congressional Fellow.

Oyama, Shigeo Ted

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The University of Tokyo
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Contributed to the understanding of heterogeneous catalysts and the elucidation of catalytic reaction mechanisms using in situ spectroscopic techniques.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry (now the Division of Energy and Fuels) and organized numerous symposia in the energy and membrane fields.

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Palmer, Richard A.

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Duke University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Leader in development of modern step-scan FTIR and its applications to photo-acoustic/photothermal-, to other dynamic- and nano-second time-resolved-IR spectroscopy. Director, Chemistry for Executives (1992-2008), Chemistry Faculty, Duke University (1966-2008).
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as North Carolina Section Chair (1978); Councilor (1992-present); Council, International Activities Committee (2000-2005); Meetings & Expositions Committee (2005-present); Site Selection Subcommittee Chair, Meetings & Expositions (2011-present).

Peden, Charles H. F.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Has made numerous contributions towards the fundamental understanding and practical application of catalysts for vehicle exhaust emission control.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Catalysis Secretariat; founding Chair of the new ACS Catalysis Science and Technology (CATL) Division.

Pochan, John

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The Avout Group, LLC
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Studies of gas phase derivitization and sorption characteristics of polymer surfaces; fundamental structure property relations in liquid crystals; chemical stability studies in polyacetylene.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: First chair of Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group thematic programming at National Meetings; Divisional Activities Committee Chair.

Potenza, Joseph A.

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Rutgers University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Through teaching, help thousands of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students to appreciate chemistry; through research, creating new knowledge for the health and benefit of all.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Program Co-chair for the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, MARM 2005; with the help of many, MARM 2005 was a success for the general public and for the profession.

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Ramachandran, P. V.

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Purdue University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Outstanding contributions in the area of organoborane reagents and methodologies for stereoselective syntheses and their applications in drug development.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Organized numerous symposia at National Meetings, served as Chair of Fluorine Division and Winter Fluorine Conference, and has edited two ACS Symposium Series.

Register, Richard A.

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Princeton University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Co-inventor of block copolymer lithography; elucidated morphology and structure-property relationships in copolymers with crystallizable blocks; Chair, Princeton University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Technical Program Co-Chair, and two-term Member-at-Large of the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division.

Risch, Sara J.

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Popz Europe
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Developing new and unique microwavable foods that meet consumers’ expectations; researching microwave packaging to ensure that it is safe for all applications.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Participating in the Cooking with Chemistry series and doing presentations for science writers to help them understand how chemistry is important in forming flavors, textures, and colors in the food that we eat.

Ritter, James A.

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University of South Carolina
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Multiple contributions to Chemical Engineering, including adsorptive separations, electrochemical capacitors, and magnetic drug targeting.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served on the National Programming Committee, organized symposia, and chaired the Separations Sub-Division of the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division during a seven year period (1994 to 2002).

Rocke, Alan J.

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Case Western Reserve University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Authored six books and dozens of refereed journal articles; one of the world's leading historians of chemistry.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Productive involvement includes signal contributions to the Division of History’s journal, and to the National Historic Chemical Landmark program.

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Savage, Phillip E.

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University of Michigan
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Improved understanding of the science and engineering related to the use of hot compressed water as a reaction medium for greener organic synthesis and for biomass valorization.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Contributed to the leadership and operation of the Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry and served as Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member for several applied chemistry/chemical engineering journals.

Schreck, James

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University of Northern Colorado (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Helped compile, develop, and co-edit SourceBook, a widely-distributed, national resource for novice high school chemistry teachers, supporting chemistry instruction through laboratory activities, classroom strategies, and demonstrations.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served with the Colorado Local Section by chairing committees, serving as Alternate Councilor and Councilor, and editing/distributing a Section-sponsored newsletter for all Colorado chemistry teachers.

Scott, Lawrence T.

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Boston College
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Developed chemical methods for synthesizing geodesic polyarenes, including C60 and short, isomerically-pure carbon nanotubes; uncovered numerous thermal isomerizations and transformations of aromatic hydrocarbons; supervised 175+ research and post-doctoral students.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Division of Organic Chemistry (2013); co-organized about 20 national and international scientific symposia and early career NSF workshops; member of several advisory boards for journals and conference series.

Serianni, Anthony S.

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University of Notre Dame
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Development and commercialization of synthetic methods to prepare isotopically-labeled saccharides; development of NMR methods for structure determination of saccharides; use of stable isotopes to investigate complex saccharide reaction mechanisms.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Multiple leadership posts (e.g., Chairman) in the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry at the national level; financial sponsorship of ACS symposia from Omicron Biochemicals, Inc.

Shulman, Joel I.

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University of Cincinnati
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Management of broad areas of industrial research and product development; educational initiatives in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for careers in chemistry.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Dedicated committee service to further undergraduate and graduate education, as well as career development, including the design and implementation of the Preparing for Life After Graduate School (PfLAGS) workshop.

Sikdar, Subhas K.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Contribution to the science/profession: First to start a quantitative assessment of environmental impacts and sustainability of process systems, which stimulated efforts by others in further developing the field of treating sustainability quantitatively.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Contributed three years to the Green Chemistry Institute as a member of the Governing Board, participating in strategic planning and program evaluation, and providing technical advice.

Simpson, Ernie

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California Poly Pomona
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Director of Cooperative Education/Internship program (1978-2001), chemistry professor (1968-2008), and chief advisor/architect of the Industrial Chemistry option (1988-2001) at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: ACS Tour Speaker on the "Chemistry of Wine" (1988 - present) in 46 states; Past Chair of the San Gorgonio Section and Councilor (2007 - present); Local Section Activities Committee member (2008-present).

Singleton, David M.

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Shell Chemical Company (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Conceiving, demonstrating, and carrying the large-scale synthesis of a key ingredient in a major household detergent; enabling it to be soluble, effective, and biodegradable at low temperatures.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: 34 years of service on the Greater Houston Section Board in various positions, including Chair; served for over nine years on the Committee on Technician Affairs.

Skinner, James

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University of Wisconsin
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Developed theoretical approaches to condensed phase spectroscopy, with applications to crystals, glasses, liquids, supercritical fluids, interfaces, clusters, and proteins.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Theoretical Sub-division on the Division of Physical Chemistry, and then Chair of the Division itself.

Sobolev, Igor

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Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Serving initially as Kaiser Aluminum's science representative, contributions to international research programs on stratospheric ozone depletion by fluorocarbons ranged from testimony before government committees (1974 – 1975) to a published study on ozone and Antarctic phytoplankton (2000).
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the California Section twice, then as Treasurer (1998 – 2011), and as Trustee (1996 – present).

Stang, Peter J.

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University of Utah
  • Contribution to the science/profession: For his preeminence in organic chemistry and invention of abiological self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry using the directional bonding approach. Served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organic Chemistry and serves as Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served on a number of ACS Committees, including ACS Council on Nominations & Elections and ACS Board Council Committee on Chemical Abstracts. Also played a key role in promoting the presence and prestige of ACS internationally, especially in Asia (particularly in China) as well as in Europe.

Steinfeld, Jeffrey I.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Worked in the areas of spectroscopy and chemical kinetics; now focused on incorporating the concepts and practice of sustainability into the chemical enterprise.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as member and Chair of the Committee on Environmental Improvement, helping to make green chemistry and sustainability a priority for ACS programs.

Suits, William H.

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AIDSfreeAfrica
  • Contribution to the science/profession: As a Chromatography Application Chemist, introduced new Capillary GC, Chiral Separations and Capillary Electrophoresis to hundreds of chemists to help them solve analytical challenges and advance the analytical science.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as first Board Chair for the Middle Atlantic Region and helped over 2000 chemists advance their career as an ACS Career Consultant.

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Taylor, Edward C.

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Princeton University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Inventor of the anticancer drug Alimta (pemetrexed), developed by Lilly; author or co-editor of 92 volumes on organic synthesis and heterocyclic chemistry, author of 460 scientific papers and 52 U.S. patents.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Organic Division (1976 – 1977), lecturer for ACS audio and 24-hour film course on Principles of Heterocyclic Chemistry; extensive lecture course for industrial research laboratories on Utilization of Heterocycles in Organic Synthesis.

Thackray, Arnold

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Chemical Heritage Foundation
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Had a distinguished academic career at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania as a scholar and teacher of the history of science.  His numerous seminal publications and books reflect a deep understanding of science, its organizational structure and people who have made important contributions to improvement of society through scientific endeavors.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Created the History of Science Department and the Center for the History of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Through his vision and leadership, helped create the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and lead CHF as President for 25 years. CHF is today the only organization whose mission it is to preserve and share the heritage of the chemical enterprise.

Towns, Marcy

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Purdue University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Research has contributed to understanding of students' ability to apply mathematics in physical chemistry, discourse analysis, faculty goals for laboratory, and fragmentation of knowledge in biochemistry.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served for nine years on the ACS Examination Institute Board of Trustees; contributed to the Division of Chemical Education as the Chair of the Committee for Personnel and Nominations and as an Alternate Councilor.

Trost, Barry M.

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Stanford University
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Enabling the synthesis of complex molecules for function, especially using catalysis and making synthesis "greener." Such research became the educational basis of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students passing through his laboratory and classes. Served on numerous panels, such as advisory panels for National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Research Council.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Participated in the ACS Continuing Education Program, including presenting a short course on Modern Synthetic Methods, organizing two satellite TV Seminars, and serving as course director and lecturer in the ACS short course Frontiers in Organic Chemistry. Served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and on numerous committees for ACS awards.

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Van Emon, Jeanette M.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Developed and applied some of the first immunoassay methods for environmental contaminants and fostered acceptance of the technology by building partnerships and facilitating information exchanges within and outside the EPA.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Chair of the Western Regional Board, Councilor for the Agrochemicals Division, Editorial Advisory Board member for JAFC. Co-chair of the 2008 Western Regional ACS meeting. Past chair of the Southern Nevada Local Section and the Agrochemicals Division.

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Walters, Douglas B.

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KCP, Inc.
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Internationally respected authority on chemical and laboratory health and safety; retired Director of Chemical Health and Safety for the National Toxicology Program; and wrote 18 books and 200 journal articles on the subject.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Past Chair of the Division of Chemical Health and Safety and NE Georgia Section, past ACS Liaison to the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Serves on the International Affairs and Chemical Safety Committees.

Wasan, Darsh

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Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Introduced a novel colloidal stabilization mechanism by discovering the existence of long-range oscillatory structural forces based on studies using the thin colloidal films formed from concentrated nanoparticles dispersion.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Chair of the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (2001-2002).

Wasserman, Ed

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DuPont (Retired)
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Seminal contributions to chemical topology. Development of techniques for detection and examination of triplets and higher multiplets by EPR, including determination of the structure of the triplet ground state of methylene (CH2).
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Service in the ACS Presidential Succession (1998-2000). Use of Landmarks to strengthen relationships with foreign chemical societies.

White, Henry S.

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University of Utah
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Contributions to the development of electrochemical science, including fundamental studies of the influence of interfacial fields on the electrochemistry of surface-confined redox molecules, and molecular transport within electrical double layers.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Organization of professional symposia and workshops, and editorial service to the ACS.

Williams, Richard Vaughan

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University of Idaho
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Designs, synthesizes, and studies theoretically-interesting compounds. Recent experimental gas-phase characterization of a semibullvalene bisanhydride as the first neutral homoaromatic cabocycle.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Continuing efforts to promote chemistry to the general-public—especially K-12 students—as his Local Section’s Activities Chair for the first ACS National Chemistry Day held in 1987.

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Zhou, Bing

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Headwaters Nanokinetics
  • Contribution to the science/profession: Dr. Zhou initiated and authored a book series entitled “Nanotechnology in Catalysis”. He received the highest award given in the USA, The Presidential Green Chemistry Award for his NxCatTM technology.
  • Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair and Program Chair of the ACS Catalysis and Surface Science Secretariat. Thrice appointed by ACS to organize and chair symposia on Nanotechnology in Catalysis.

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