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ACS press conference Dec. 10, to release report: Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences

WASHINGTON — The American Chemical Society (ACS) Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences will hold a press conference on December 10 to release a report that details key steps for transforming graduate education in the chemical sciences.

Media are invited to attend the press conference, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, December 10, 2012, in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Refreshments served at 9:15 a.m.

Embargoed, advance copies of Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences are available to credentialed media. Email Joan Coyle at On December 10, reporters can view the press conference and download the report at Reporters viewing online may submit questions by email to Joan Coyle at: Commission leaders will provide remarks during the press conference, with Q&A to follow.

Welcome: Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO, American Chemical Society

Moderator: Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., President, American Chemical Society


  • Larry R. Faulkner, Ph.D., Commission Chair, President Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin, and a former Professor of chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Gary Calabrese, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Director, Photovoltaic Glass Technologies, Corning, Inc.
  • Peter J. Stang, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah
  • Paul Houston, Ph.D., Commission Executive Director, Dean, College of Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hunter R. Rawlings III, Ph.D., President, Association of American Universities
  • Pat Confalone, Ph.D., Vice President, Global R&D, DuPont Crop Protection

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