FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Thu Dec 03 15:42:03 EST 2009

Former Lucent – Bell Labs chemist re-elected to board of world’s largest scientific society

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2009 — Valerie J. Kuck, a chemistry professor and former staff member at Lucent Technologies – AT&T Bell Labs, has been re-elected to the board of directors of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. She will begin her second three-year term in January 2010 as director-at-large.

“These are exciting times for chemical scientists,” Kuck said. “We can play a major role in finding solutions to global challenges, such as alternative energy resources, public health issues, and the availability of safe water and food for all people. Through its capacity to convene and inform the chemical community of the latest advances, ACS is crucial to solving the world’s problems.”

An ACS member since 1965, Kuck has served on or chaired more than a dozen national Society committees and task forces and has been active at the local level, serving as a councilor for the New Jersey Local Section and chairing National Chemistry Week efforts for the section.

Kuck received her B.S. from St. Mary of the Woods College in 1961 and her M.S. from Purdue University in 1965, and has been a visiting professor at Seton Hall University in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. For the past 10 years, she has been an adjunct professor of chemistry at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 154,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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