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Dr. Chris Avery, Chair

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Chris Avery, Ph.D., is a Senior Manager for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Chris manages the development, review, and publication of the National Climate Assessment. Prior to his current position, Chris worked as a Senior Advisor and director of communications for the National Council for Science and the Environment. Before that, Chris worked as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Chris worked with DOE’s clean energy technology division to facilitate engagement with state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, renewable energy industries, and the Department of Energy’s National Labs. He advised high-level Administration officials and external stakeholders on strategy, policy, and public engagement opportunities.

Chris was a 2011-2012 ACS Congressional Science Policy Fellow, working in the United States Senate as a science advisor. Chris worked for Senator Chris Coons on the Senator’s energy and environment legislative team, with additional involvement in federal procurement and scientific integrity issues. Chris also served as 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. Chris earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and a second degree in science policy from the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Katherine Aubrecht, Member (2019-2021)

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Katherine Aubrecht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, where she also serves as the Director of the Sustainability Studies Program. Her scholarship focuses on the development and assessment of learning materials connecting chemistry to issues of sustainability. She was one of the 2016 recipients of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education. She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University, and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota.

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Dr. Marie Bourgeois, Member (2018-2020)

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Dr. Marie Bourgeois is a Research Professor and Toxicologist at the University Of South Florida College Of Public Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Chemistry from USF and an MPH and Ph.D. in Toxicology and Risk Assessment from the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at USF COPH in 2010.  Her research includes lactational transfer of pesticides, toxicity assessments of investigational compounds, and the effects of PARP inhibition on pharmacologically mediated hepatotoxicity.

Dr. Bourgeois is a Councilor (2014 – 2018) for the Tampa Bay ACS Chapter. She is currently serving as interim Secretary and has been an active member of ACS since 2006. She holds leadership positions in SOT at a regional and national level. She also is a member of the SETAC Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group and is an active promoter of K12 science education outreach.

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Dr. Edward Brush, Member (2019-2021)

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Ed Brush is professor of chemistry at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts.  Ed received his Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from Penn State University, and B.Sc. in Chemistry from King's College of Pennsylvania.  Ed is faculty coordinator of Project GreenLab, an outreach initiative engaging students and educators in projects that apply the Principles of Green Chemistry to solve real world problems related to the use of chemicals in society.  Ed teaches organic chemistry and introduction to green chemistry at BSU, where he engages students through research, flipped classroom pedagogy, and the development of open education resources with his students. He is currently co-PI on a grant project to integrate and scaffold research through the undergraduate curriculum at BSU. He is on the advisory board for the Green Chemistry Commitment, and served with the ACS Green Chemistry Institute group in developing a Green Chemistry Education Roadmap.  Ed also coordinates symposia on green chemistry, equity and environmental justice, and educational outreach at American Chemical Society national meetings.

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Dr. George P. Cobb III,  Member (2019-2021)

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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 125 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Prof. Cobb has graduated 36 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 is an ACS Fellow, and his current leadership within the American Chemical Society, includes Chair for ENVR.  Prof. Cobb was also part of continued work to strengthen collaboration with the Balkan region and South America.  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. Stephanie H. DeLuca, Associate (2019)

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Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D. has a unique and diverse background in public policy, campaign organizing, communications, project management, data analytics, and scientific research. She is currently the Policy and Messaging Director at Indigo Light, a cutting-edge boutique agency with experienced designers, grassroots organizers, and storytellers. Prior to that, Stephanie worked at MoveOn, the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the American Chemical Society, as well as for several political campaigns, including Governor Ralph Northam and Senator Doug Jones. A Korean American adoptee from rural Alabama, Stephanie studied Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and earned her Ph.D. in Chemical and Physical Biology at Vanderbilt University. She was the ACS Science Policy Fellow from 2014 to 2016 and the Biophysical Society / AAAS Congressional Fellow from 2016 to 2017.

Stephanie strongly believes that all sectors must strive to be more inclusive, equitable, and appreciative of intersectionality to achieve a fairer society. She is a proud advocate for people with disabilities and has a Seeing Eye dog named Karra.

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Dr. Harry Elston, Associate (2019)

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Dr. Elston is a physical chemist and a former US Naval Nuclear Engineer.  While in the navy, he specialized in chemical and radiological safety.  Post navy and graduate school, he specialized in reactive chemical safety, chemical and radiological exposure control and general industrial hygiene.  He’s owned and operated Midwest Chemical Safety since 1996.  He has many professional publications and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety since 1999.  He has won the Howard Fawcett Chemical Health and Safety Award from the Division of Chemical Health and Safety of the American Chemical Society and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

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Dr. Elise Fox, Member (2017-2019)

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Dr. Elise B. Fox is a Fellow Engineer at Savannah River National Laboratory.  Dr. Fox’s research specialty is renewable energy policy.  Current projects include the reduction of soft costs of photovoltaics in the Southeastern US and expanding access to renewable energy for low to middle income communities. She served on the Subcommittee on Energy Use and Resources and the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy for the development of the South Carolina (SC) State Energy Plan in 2016. She received her B.S in Chemistry from the College of Charleston in 2001 and 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.

She is a Councilor for the ACS Division on Energy and Fuels (2015-2020) and previous Chair (2014).  She served as an Alternate Councilor (2014-2016) for Savannah River Local Section, served in the three-year chair succession (Chair in 2009).  Dr. Fox served on the Younger Chemist Committee [Member (2013-2014), Associate (2011-2012)] and has been a member of ACS since 1997.  She joined CEI in 2015 as an Associate and currently serves as a Member of the Executive Committee.  Dr. Fox is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Solar Council Dr. Fox was recognized as an ACS Fellow in 2017. 

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Ms. Naomi Gevaerd de Souza, Associate (2019)

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Naomi Gevaerd de Souza is currently conducting her Ph.D. studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, with focus in water remediation. Naomi is part of a research team trying to develop strategies to remove and decompose per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS) in drinking water. Her academic path started in Brazil where she earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Santa Catarina while conducting research related to marine animals. Her interests eventually led her to work offshore in the oil prospection industry as a Marine Mammal Observer, Passive Acoustic Monitoring operator, and Environmental Technician in several countries. Naomi also had the opportunity to teach Biology and Sciences in Middle and High Schools in Brazil, and to participate in programs to continue education for school-deprived students such as hospitalized children, expelled students, and adults that did not conclude their basics. Presently, she works as a Teaching Assistant at UTA where she conducts laboratory classes for undergraduate and graduate Civil Engineering students. Naomi is very enthusiastic about Science, teaching and environmental issues.

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Mr. Robert Giraud, Member (2017-2019)

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Robert Giraud is an Engineering Technology Principal Consultant at the Chemours Company.  Following six years of manufacturing technical support and process research in Louisiana, he joined the environmental section of DuPont’s company-wide engineering consulting organization in Delaware in 1987.  Since co-authoring the corporate Waste Minimization Guidance Manual later that year, he has collaborated with business R&D and plant technical staff across the company to craft integrated solutions for meeting evolving environmental requirements largely using what has come to be known as Green Chemistry and Engineering.  Robert has led or served on interdisciplinary teams recognized with an R&D 100 award, two USEPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Achievement Awards, and three DuPont Engineering Excellence awards.  In 2015, he was part of a small group honored by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) as a GC3 champion in recognition of leadership in advancing safer chemistry and a healthier planet.  He co-leads the AltSep sustainable separations initiative on behalf of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  Robert serves on the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, the Wilmington University Environmental Science and Policy Program Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.  At the University of Delaware, he teaches the Green Engineering course and advises chemical engineering student groups through the conduct of their senior design projects.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Tulane University.

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Dr. Jillian Goldfarb, Member (2019)

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Jillian Goldfarb received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2004 and Ph.D. from Brown University in 2008, and is now an Assistant Professor in Energy Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves the Division of Environmental Chemistry as the Fall National Meeting Program Chair and Alternate Councilor, and previously served ENVR as Chair of Publicity and Editor of the Division’s Newsletter. Her research tackles issues surrounding energy generation and its impact on the environment, and is funded by the National Science Foundation, The Eppley Foundation and by the Proctor & Gamble Corporate Sustainability Program. Her laboratory transforms carbonaceous waste into renewable fuels while simultaneously producing materials for environmental remediation, water treatment and fuel upgrading. She has developed new concepts for solid waste to energy and adsorbent conversion, proposed new byproduct conversion pathways for oil shale waste, and demonstrated the potential for multiple energy and product recovery pathways in a re-envisioned integrated biorefinery. She is the recipient of an American Chemical Society Younger Chemists Committee Leadership Development Award, an ACS Project SEED Grant to mentor high school students, an NIEHS Superfund Research Program Fellowship, an ACS Green Chemistry Institute Rising Star award, and was recently a Fulbright Fellow in Italy where she studied at the University of Trento.

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Dr. Carol J. Henry, Member (2018-2020)

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Carol J. Henry is an adviser and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology, public and environmental health, risk assessment and risk management, research-management strategies, green chemistry and engineering technology and sustainable practices. She serves as the Environmental Health Advisor to Cummins, Inc., where she monitors developments in environmental health sciences and toxicology that relate to air pollution, focusing on topics which may have an impact on heavy-duty engine emission regulations.

Dr. Henry holds an appointment as professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology, a past President of the American College of Toxicology and the Chemical Society of Washington.

Dr. Henry received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; and Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York City, NY.

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Dr. Catherine “Katie” Hunt, Member (2019-2021)

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Katie Hunt is the former 2017/2018 Brenton S. Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and 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 nearly 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) DeafTEC (NSF Center for Deaf Technologies, www.deaftec.org) and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (www.ansp.org).   Katie is especially proud of her work with the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the RetroFIT PHILLY: Coolest Block Contest.  (www.ecasavesenergy.org).

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Dr. Keisuke Ikehata, Associate (2019)

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Dr. Keisuke Ikehata is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside) and a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Fullerton (CSU Fullerton).  Prior to joining UC Riverside and CSU Fullerton in 2018, Dr. Ikehata worked as a technical consultant and R&D manager at a water resources engineering firm in Orange County, California for more than eight years (2009-2018).  Dr. Ikehata also worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2004-2005) and as a research associate and lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta (2005-2009).  Dr. Ikehata is a registered professional environmental engineer in Alberta and Arizona.  His research interests and expertise include aquatic chemistry and biology, xenobiotics toxicology and risk assessment, water and wastewater treatment, disinfection and disinfection by-products, water reuse, desalination, and environmental microbiology and biotechnology.  Dr. Ikehata has published more than 140 technical publications, including peer-reviewed research articles, review papers, and invited book chapters.  Dr. Ikehata has been an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1999. Dr. Ikehata is the Chair (2019-2020) and an Alternate Councilor (2016-2021) for the Orange County Section of the ACS (OC ACS).  He has been also an active member of the Environmental Committee of the OC ACS and severed as a program co-chair for the ACS Western Regional Meeting in San Marcos, CA in 2015. 

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Dr. John Jayne, Member (2017-2019)

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Dr. Jayne is a Principal Research Scientist with over 25 years’ experience in the field of atmospheric chemistry. He works at Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI), 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 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.

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. He has been involved in numerous field measurement programs focused on the chemical characterization and emission rates of gas and particulate pollutants 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 chemistry with a particular focus on the characterization of organic aerosol composition.

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Dr. Michael Matthews, Member (2018-2020)

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Mike Matthews is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for research and graduate programs, and Vice Dean of 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, and became an AIChE Fellow in 2014.

Matthews has published over 70 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. He holds four patents, and is co-founder of university-based small business, CarboNix LLC.

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Dr. V. Faye McNeill, Member (2018-2020)

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V. Faye McNeill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She joined Columbia in 2007 and received tenure in 2014.  She received her B.S. in Ch.E. from Caltech in 1999 and in 2005 she received her PhD in Ch.E. from MIT, where she was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow. From 2005-2007 she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences. She received the NSF CAREER and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator awards in 2009.  She was the recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award of AAAR in 2015. She was a Co-Editor for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from 2007-2017, and she is a founding Associate Editor for ACS Earth and Space Chemistry.  She has served in elected officer positions at AAAR, AIChE Environmental Division, and AGU.  She is a Member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.

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Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Middlecamp, Member (2019-2021), Program Chair

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Cathy Middlecamp is a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an affiliate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also is the Interim Director for Education and Research at the Office of Sustainability.

Her scholarship focuses on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to global challenges such as air quality, climate change, plastics in the environment, and nuclear waste.  In 2019, she received the George C. Pimentel Award in chemical education, her third national ACS award.

Middlecamp served as the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society.  She was the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. For more than a decade, she led workshops for faculty development with the author team.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), AAAS (2003), 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. Sherine O. Obare, Member (2017-2019)

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Dr. Sherine Obare is the Dean of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is also a Full Professor of Nanoscience at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia State University, obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and was a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. As a member of the Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI), Obare chairs the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into the Curriculum, and also chairs the CEI Environmental Film Competition. She serves as Program Chair for the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry’s Spring National Meeting.

Obare is an Environmental Chemist whose research focuses on the detection and remediation of environmental contaminants as well as understanding the fate, transport and toxicity of anthropogenic nanomaterials. Her research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education, among others. She also serves as a task group chair for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) project titled ‘Chemical speciation of anthropogenic nanoparticles’. She is the co-editor of two new books titled “Green Technologies for the Environment” and the “Power and promise of Early Research”. She has trained over 100 students in her laboratory and is the recipient of the 2009 IUPAC Young Observer Award, the NSF CAREER award, and the NSF Division of Materials Research American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship. In 2013, Obare was named as one of the top 25 Women Professors in Michigan.

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Dr. Sara V. Orski, Associate (2019)

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Dr. Sara Orski is a research chemist in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD.  Her research expertise is in synthesis and characterization of polymers and polymer thin films.  Current projects involve characterization of well-controlled branched polyolefins for next-generation standard reference materials as well as improving identification and measurement methods for plastics found in marine environments, with the goal of quantifying the degradation rates and mechanisms of different commercial polymers.

Sara Orski completed a postdoc in the NIST Sustainable Polymers Group as a National Research Council fellow in 2013.  She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2011 in Athens, GA, and her B.S. in Chemistry with honors in 2006 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  She is actively involved with her local ACS section, the Chemical Society of Washington, where she serves as chair of the Younger Chemists Committee and as a councilor.  She is also active in ACS POLY where she serves as the Student Chapter liaison.

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Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, Member (2019-2021)

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Dr. Pasquinelli is Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at North Carolina State University, where she also works as a Professor 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 has also been actively serving in sustainability-focused roles throughout NC State. 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 20 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, and with the POLY Division, where she is serving on the PolyEd subcommittee.

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Dr. Keith E. Peterman, Member (2017-2019), SOCED Liaison

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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 (COP) as a member of the press and as a faculty mentor for an ACS CEI sponsored student-focused climate science literacy project.  The ACS COP student participants present outcomes of their observations at a “Perspectives on Climate Change Literacy and Education” symposium at the spring ACS National Meetings. These symposia serve as the foundation for the chapters in two published ACS Symposium Series books and a third book in press.

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Dr. Peter Smith, Associate (2019)

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Pete Smith is a Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Chemistry at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where he has worked since 2002. He earned his B.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) in chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before beginning his career at Westminster College, Pete was a Franklin Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia. Pete began his service to the ACS and its members in his local section (Penn Ohio Border Section) where he has served as chair (2006), secretary (2007 – 2009), member-at-large (2003, 2018 – present), and alternate councilor (2005 – 2012). In 2007, he began his national service as an Associate on the Younger Chemists Committee (2007 – 2009). From there, Pete has served the Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry as chair of the Green Chemistry & Engineering subdivision (2009), program chair (2014 – 2015), and councilor (2018 – present). He has also served as treasurer (2008 – 2014) and chair (2017) of the Division of Professional Relations. Additionally, Pete has served on the Committee for Chemical Abstracts Service (2012 – 2017) and as a member of three General Chemistry Exam Committees for the ACS Examinations Institute (2005, 2010, 2014).

Pete’s research focuses on creating new methods for the recovery of valuable materials from scrap and end-of-life high tech products. He and his students are currently developing more sustainable and benign methods for separating the rare earth components from the transition metals in scrap permanent magnets. As a complement to his research, Pete created and has been the primary professor for the green chemistry course offered at Westminster College.

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Dr. Jennifer Y. Tanir, Member (2018-2020), MPPG Liaison

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Jennifer Young Tanir is the founder of Toward Safer LLC, a consultancy focused on moving activities forward toward safer, more sustainable chemicals and products. Jennifer provides technical expertise, consults on scientific projects, leads collaborations, and convenes experts, for clients ranging from companies to NGOs.

Jennifer was a Scientific Program Manager at the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) during 2011-2017, where she managed multi-stakeholder collaborative projects on a variety of topics related to chemistry and toxicology. Her projects included developing guidance on chemical alternatives assessment, applying advances in exposure science to risk assessment, and advancing genetic toxicology.

Prior to joining HESI, Jennifer managed technical programs for the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute during 2004-2011.  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 2018-, and Secretary 2014-2017.

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Dr. Jane Wissinger, Associate (2019)

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Jane Wissinger is a Professor of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory Director at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Susquehanna University (PA) and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University (IL). She was employed as a research scientist at Rohm & Haas Co. for five years before beginning her academic career at the University of Minnesota. Wissinger’s teaching and research interests focus on the development of curriculum materials for the college and high school levels that exemplify modern green chemistry methodology, advances in sustainable polymers, and guided-inquiry pedagogy. She is a Senior Principle Investigator in the Center for Sustainable Polymers and active in promoting green chemistry education locally and on a national level through funded projects, publications, and conferences. Her contributions to education were recognized with a U of MN Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor award (2014) and most recently (2018) with an ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability in Chemistry Education. Jane has served on a Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) committee for developing a Green Chemistry Education Roadmap and is currently working with her department and various ACS groups to connect green chemistry with ACS safety initiatives. Jane is a symposia organizer at national ACS meetings and the Green Chemistry & Engineering conferences.

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Ms. Michelle Brann, Younger Chemists Committee

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Michelle Brann is a PhD Candidate in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Her research currently investigates the accretion, release, and aggregation of gases within cometary ices at the molecular level by employing ultra-high vacuum and Reflection Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy.

She received her B.A in Chemistry with honors from Wellesley College in 2015. Her senior honors thesis characterized how the alga C. reinhardtii responded to stress as a continuation of her two summers spent at NASA Ames Research Center. Aside from research, Michelle was a varsity golfer earning All-Academic Conference Awards.

After graduating, she spent one year as a research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the National Security Directorate. She balanced tasks relating to five distinct projects ranging from biofouling to explosive detection, biofilm growth, trace metal collection, and nuclear safeguards. During that year, she coauthored several patents and publications.

Michelle is a member of the ACS Younger Chemist Committee (YCC) and excited to be a liaison to CEI. Within YCC she is part of the Membership Engagement Subcommittee and the National Planning Working Group where she brainstorms innovative panelists, organize social events, and advocates for her fellow chemistry graduate peers and professionals.

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Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Committee on Committees

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Dr. Duffy-Matzner is a Professor in the Chemistry Department at Augustana University (1999-present).  Her research expertise is in of heterocyclic organic methodology and chemical education. She is an author of 11 journal publications, 1 patent, 2 book chapters, 71 published research abstracts, and Editor for ACS Symposium Text (1108).  She has also taught at Binghamton University, State University of New York; State University of New York, Cortland; University of California, Davis; and served as a Research Chemist at GenCorp/Aerojet, Sacramento.  She also worked as a research associate for the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Forensic Section and the Boise State University; Department of Idaho, U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  She is a recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, Augustana College, 2011; Salutes to Excellence Award, ACS, 2004; GenCorp/Aero-jet Blue-sky Technical Achievement Award, 1993; University of California, Davis, Chancellor’s Teacher Fellow, 1991-92; American Institute of Chemists Student Research and Recognition Foundation Awardee, 1986.

She has been a member of the ACS since 1992.  She has served on ACS national committees: Committee on Meetings and Expositions, Committee on Local Section Activities (Chair Local Section Assistance and Development Subcommittee), Speaker Advisory Board for Speaker Service, and as Chair of Speaker Service Advisory Board for Speaker Service.  She also has been a member of the Midwest Regional Executive Board and serves as the Awards Coordinator for the Midwest Region.  She has served the Sioux Valley Local Section as NCW & CCED Coordinator, Webmaster, Chair and Councilor.

Dr. Duffy-Matzner has also been a member of the MAPS (Meetings Abstracts Programming Systems) Advisory Group ACS, 2014. Steering Committee for ACS Regional & National Meeting Registration & Planning, 2013-14.  Working Group, ACS Policies Affecting Streaming & Recording of National Meetings 2012-13. Organic Chemistry Examination Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2017. Diagnostic Undergraduate Chemical Knowledge. Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2013 & 2011.  First Term Organic Chemistry Examination Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2010 & 2006. General Chemistry Examination Committee for the Examinations Institute, Division of Chemical Education, 2006.

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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 chaired 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 (2007-2017, 2019-2021), 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 served as the Secretary for the Great Lakes Region Board. She currently is the Awards Chair for the GLRM. In 2015 she received the E. Ann Nalley Volunteer award for the Great Lakes region. In addition to serving as the SOCED liaison to CEI for many years, she is also SOCED’s liaison to CCS.

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Mr. Ray Garant, CEI Staff Liaison; ACS External Affairs & Communications, Public Policy

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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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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 External Affairs & Communications, 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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