WASHINGTON — John E. Adams, Ph.D., Curators’ Teaching Professor of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, was elected director of District V of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. District V includes parts of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Adams began a three-year term on January 1, 2013.
Concerned that many students lose interest in the critical STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math sometime during the K-12 years, Adams says that ACS is uniquely positioned to help turn that around by providing solid science and expertise to educators at all levels.
He also emphasizes a need to provide the best information possible to Congress and the Executive branch to help shape legislation, regulations and policies that affect the conduct of science and the welfare of scientists in this country.
Adams is an ACS Fellow and holds numerous awards for excellence in teaching and for volunteer service. They include the E. Ann Nalley Midwest Region Award for Volunteer Service to ACS, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University of Missouri President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) with a B.S. in 1974 and earned his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1981.
Adams resides in Columbia, Missouri, with his spouse, Carol A. Deakyne, Ph.D., also a member of the MU chemistry faculty.