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Mr. Anthony "Tony" Noce, Chair and Member (2018)

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Anthony (Tony) Noce, ACSF has more than 28 years of experience in environmental chemistry and consulting, with a focus on global environment health and safety compliance and due diligence and integration services.  Mr. Noce recently joined Tetra Tech as Vice President, EH&S Management Services, to help expand the EHS compliance services they provide to a wide variety of clients. He routinely works with his clients on EH&S management systems that provide a framework ensuring that they meet — and often exceed — applicable regulatory requirements. This systematic approach also provides common ground for best practice exchange and allows him to work with his clients to better understand and mitigate business risk. He also leads and coordinates the EHS compliance contracts for a number of clients, and is responsible for coordinating a team of scientists and engineers providing a myriad of services. In the end, he is responsible for delivering best talent and ensuring the consistent delivery of value-added services on time and on budget.

Mr. Noce has been an active member of the Society since 1994.   He currently serves as Chair of the Northeast Region of the ACS (NERACS), Member at Large for the Division on Environmental Chemistry (ENVR), and as an Alternate Councilor for the Eastern New York Section.  He has served in a variety of local, regional and national positions within the Society, including Chair of NERM ’97 and NERM ’03, Program Chair for the Environmental Division, and as a member of CEI (1999 to 2006 and 2011 to present).

Mr. Noce holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.

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Dr. Katherine Aubrecht, Associate (2017)

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Katherine Aubrecht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University. Her scholarship focuses on the development 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, where she worked with Bill Tolman and Marc Hillmyer on the development of catalysts to make biodegradable polymers.

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Dr. Chris Avery, Member (2017)

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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. Jerry Bell, Associate (2017)

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Jerry is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he works with the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL). He taught at the University of California-Riverside (1962-67) and Simmons College (1967-93; awarded Emeritus status 2010), before joining the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (1992-99) and then the American Chemical Society (ACS) as Senior Scientist in the Education Division (1999-2009). During 1984-86 he served as Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation and Enhancement in the Directorate for Science and Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation.

For several decades, his major professional interest has been science (chemical) education at all levels, especially the use of hands-on approaches to teaching and learning. He has been on the instructional staff and/or directed workshops and institutes for science teachers at all levels and continues to enjoy these activities. He was Chief Editor for the ACS textbook, Chemistry and he Chaired the ACS Presidential Climate Science Working Group that developed the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, www.acs.org/climatescience.

Jerry received his A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962, working with George Kistiakowsky on gas-phase, free radical reactions. He did postdoctoral study on fast photochemical reactions in solution with Henry Linschitz.

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Dr. Marie Bourgeois, Associate (2017)

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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. George P. Cobb III,  Member (2018)

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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. Jurgen Exner, Consultant (2017)

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From 1993 to the present, Jurgen H. Exner has been principal and president of JHE Technology Systems, Inc., a consulting company specializing in waste management, technology commercialization and application, and legal support services. He was chair of the East Tennessee Section of ACS in 1981, has been on the executive committee of the Division of Environmental Chemistry since 1985, was the Division Treasurer from 1990-1993, chair-elect 1994-1995, and chair from 1996-1997.  He was chair-elect from 2006-2007, chair from 2008-2009. He was American Chemical Society Tour Speaker in 1992, 1986, and 1985 on “The Role of Technology in Hazardous Waste Remediation.”  He has been a Division councilor since 1999, an associate and member of the ACS Board Committee for Environmental Improvement from 1999-2009, and a consultant from 2010-2012.  He was CEI’s chair from 2003-2005. ACS Fellow (2011). Associate member of the IAC (2013).

He has been involved in assessing, developing solutions, and cleaning up many contaminated sites in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has special expertise in treatment of POP’s, persistent organic pollutants such as dioxins, PCB, and halogenated pesticides and in waste formation during chemical processing. He obtained a Ph. D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Washington in 1968 and a B. S. with highest distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1963.  From 1984 to 1993, he was Senior Vice President, Technical Development, OHM Corporation, and Vice President, Technology, International Technology Corporation.

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Dr. Rick Fehir, Associate (2017)

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Dr. Rick Fehir is an inorganic chemist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.  He is an expert in the regulation of new and existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Current projects include the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, physical-chemical characterization of nanomaterials, the environmental chemistry of inorganic and organometallic compounds, and the new TSCA 21 asbestos chemical risk evaluation.

Rick received his PhD in physical-inorganic chemistry from Michigan State University in 2009.  His doctoral research investigated the magnetic interactions of transition metal compounds with coordinated organic radicals using both experimental and theoretical techniques.  His work enabled better understanding of how to predictably control the electron interactions that are crucial to the development of new magnetic materials and catalysts.

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Dr. John "Jack" Fowle, Member (2018)

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Dr. John R. “Jack” Fowle III is the principal of Science to Inform, LLC, an independent consultant advising clients about the use of science to inform decisions regarding environmental risk and in the development and use of alternatives for animal testing.

Prior to 2012 he was the Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Health Effects Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in Washington, DC and was responsible for directing the health risk assessment activities supporting the re-registration of existing pesticides. He helped manage the integration of new toxicological approaches into OPP’s human health risk assessments.  Before OPP, he was Director of EPA’s Neurotoxicology Division, as well as Assistant Laboratory Director, at the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL) in Research Triangle Park, NC, helping to develop alternatives to animal approaches and to establish the Agency’s computational toxicology program. He has served as Deputy Director of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and as the Science Advisor to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Since retiring from EPA he serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of In Vitro Sciences in Gaithersburg, MD, is elected President of the Board of Trustees for the Evidence Based Toxicology Consortium and is an AltTox Editor.  He is Councilor for the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology and Past President for the Society of Toxicology’s In Vitro and Alternative Methods Specialty section. He received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in genetics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Elise Fox, Member (2019)

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Dr. Elise B. Fox is the Solar Energy Program Manager and a Principal 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 is a Councilor for the ACS Division on Energy and Fuels (2015-2017) 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 Biomass Council.

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.

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Mr. Robert Giraud, Associate (2017)

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Mr. Robert Giraud is the Principal Consultant, Environmental Engineering at The Chemours Company. He is a versatile environmental engineering consultant with 25+ years' experience developing innovative, integrated solutions that meet environmental, community, and business needs in the chemical manufacturing sector. Mr. Giraud has been recognized for fostering collaborations with government agencies, universities, research institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and trade associations to craft protective yet cost-effective, interdisciplinary approaches across a wide range of air, water, and waste challenges. He has a consistent track record of defining and creatively solving problems faced by businesses in North America, Asia, and Europe. His focus is on advancing sustainability through mentoring and holistic application of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in manufacturing and higher education. Robert is co-chair of the ACS GCI Roundtable on Chemical Manufacturing and a regular participant in the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council.

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Dr. Emily R. Grumbling, Associate (2017)

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Emily Grumbling is a Program Officer at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She previously served as an ACS Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Diana DeGette from 2011-2012, with a focus on hydraulic fracturing and toxic substances policy. She went on to serve as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation from 2012-2014.

Emily received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Arizona in 2010. Her doctoral research in negative-ion photoelectron imaging spectroscopy, for which she was awarded the Department of Chemistry’s 2008 Marvel Fellowship, experimentally elucidated chemical structure and interactions at the electronic level. Her work helped lead to new approaches for modeling photoelectron angular distributions for hybrid parent orbitals. As an undergraduate at Bard College, Emily double-majored in chemistry and film, completing two theses: a study on the stability of aqueous arenediazonium ions, and a hand-processed, 16-mm moving-image film of landscapes. She is driven by curiosity and an appreciation for the natural world.

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Dr. Carol J. Henry, Member (2017)

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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 (2018)

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Katie Hunt is the 2017 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 (2017)

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Dr. Keisuke Ikehata is Advanced Water R&D Manager at Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc. in Fountain Valley, California.  Dr. Ikehata received his B.Eng. in Applied Chemistry, M.Eng. in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, McGill University, Montreal, QC and University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, respectively.  Before he moved to Southern California in 2009, Dr. Ikehata 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 sessional 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 include aquatic chemistry and biology, xenobiotics toxicology and risk assessment, water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, desalination, and environmental microbiology and biotechnology.  Dr. Ikehata has published more than 120 technical publications, including peer-reviewed research articles, review papers, and invited book chapters.

Dr. Ikehata has been a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1999. Dr. Ikehata is an alternate councilor (2016-2017) and chair-elect (2017-2018) for the Orange County Section of the ACS (OC ACS).  He is 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 2015. 

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Dr. John Jayne, Member (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 (2017)

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Mike Matthews is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean in 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 65 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. Laura McConnell, Member (2019)

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Dr. Laura McConnell is a Senior Scientist at Bayer in Research Triangle Park, NC where she serves as an environmental fate expert supporting development and registration of agrochemicals.  She was previously a Research Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland.  At USDA she specialized in the investigation of processes controlling the movement of pesticides, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants from agricultural operations into the atmosphere or surface waters with the ultimate goal of designing more sustainable farming systems that will minimize negative impacts on surrounding ecosystems. She was Lead Scientist on an ARS project entitled, “Discerning the Fate of Atmospheric Agricultural Emissions in the Chesapeake Bay Region”, and she has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.  She received the ARS, Herbert L. Rothbart, Outstanding Early Career Scientist of the Year for her work on the Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. McConnell has provided leadership on a large number of initiatives within the AGRO division. In 2005 she assumed a leadership role when elected Vice Chair, and since then she has served as Program Chair, as Chair, and as Strategic Planning Chair.  She is also Past President of the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment.  In 2014 she was honored as an ACS Fellow.

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Dr. V. Faye McNeill, Associate (2017)

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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 an Associate member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.

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Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Middlecamp, Member (2018), 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. In 2015, she was appointed the Interim Co-Director of the Office of Sustainability.

Her scholarship focuses on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to real-world issues such as air quality, climate change, and radioactivity.  For her work, she has received teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels.

Middlecamp served as the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society.  This undergraduate textbook engages students in learning chemistry in the context of real-world issues. She was the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. Cathy also has served as a senior scholar for SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities).  In 2011, she received the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science from SENCER.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), AAAS (2004), 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. Eileen Nottoli, Member (2017)

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Eileen M. Nottoli is Of Counsel at Allen Matkin's San Francisco office and practices in the area of environmental law with a focus on advising clients on compliance and transactions.  Ms. Nottoli has extensive expertise in state and federal regulatory programs governing exposures to toxins including Proposition 65, and managing hazardous materials (including emergency release reporting), hazardous wastes, toxic air emissions, mold, wastewater, storm water, asbestos, lead, wastewater recycling, and worker exposure.  She has managed numerous environmental investigations and remediations for site contamination and mold and indoor air quality of buildings.  She has managed corporate and real estate environmental due diligence in purchases, mergers, and acquisitions for developers, sellers, buyers and lenders.  In addition, Ms. Nottoli has prepared environmental compliance handbooks and compliance programs for clients.  She has also managed human health risk assessments and developed compliance strategies.  Representative clients include heavy industry, high tech industry, food producers, ice cream manufacturers, mines, consumer product manufacturers, commercial office building owners and managers, sellers and purchasers of real property, developers, lenders, retailers, and landfill owners.

Prior to obtaining her law degree, she was a research chemist with Chevron Chemical and Chevron Research Companies where she managed the commercialization, fuel and lubricating oil additives, developed a commercial steam and gas turbine oil and formulated diesel fuel additives.

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Dr. Sherine O. Obare, Associate (2019)

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Dr. Sherine Obare is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University. 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 thereafter, was appointed as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University.

In 2004, Dr. Obare joined the faculty at Western Michigan University. She has served as Graduate Advisor and as the Department Associate Chair since 2011. Her research interests lie in the area of designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, environmental remediation, improved healthcare, and alternative energy. Dr. Obare’s research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She has served as Director of the NIH-sponsored Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at Western Michigan University, a program that recruits underrepresented minority students from community colleges in Michigan and supports them to pursue advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Obare is the recipient of the 2009 George Washington Carver Teaching Excellence Award, the 2009 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2010 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. Her research work has been published widely in scientific journals and in books. She has mentored a large number of graduate, undergraduate and high school students in research. She has been highly active promoting science to elementary and middle school students in the locally and nationally. She is the co-Editor of ‘Green Technologies for the Environment’. Dr. Obare serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanomaterials.

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Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, Member (2018)

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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 an Associate 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 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.  She also served as Secretary from 2007-2011, and Alternate Councilor 2011-2013.

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Dr. Keith E. Peterman, Member (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 as a member of the press and as a faculty mentor for an ACS CEI sponsored student-focused climate science literacy project.  He is a member of the Huffington Post blog team and writes a local blog hosted by the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

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Dr. Robin D. Rogers, Member (2017)

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Dr. Robin D. Rogers obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama and currently serves as Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University. He is a Fellow of the ACS, RSC, and AAAS, and is an Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering. From 1996-2014 he was Professor of Chemistry at The University of Alabama, including positions as Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, Distinguished Research Professor, and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing. From 2007-2009 he was also Chair of Green Chemistry and Co-Director of QUILL at The Queen’s University of Belfast.

Rogers is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design. He is also an editorial board member of Separation Science & Technology, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, and Chemistry Letters, as well as a member of the international advisory boards for Green Chemistry, Chemical Communications, and ChemSusChem.

Rogers holds 21 issued patents and has published over 760 papers with current research interests in translation to practice of Green Chemistry for a sustainable Society. In 2005, he was awarded the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and in 2011 the ACS Separations Science & Technology Award.  He holds over 25 issued patents, has published over 760 papers, and was named in the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Lists ranking among the top 1% most cited in chemistry.

Rogers has started companies (525 Solutions, Chitinality, Iolitec, Inc.) to enhance the commercial viability of new sustainable technologies.  The breadth of educational, research, editorial, and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development, and technology transfer. 

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Dr. M. Barclay Satterfield, Member (2019)

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Barclay Satterfield is a Senior Chemical Engineer for Eastman Chemical Co. There, she supports a multi-year research partnership with NC State University and contributes to Eastman’s life cycle assessment team.

Prior to joining Eastman in 2013, Barclay performed life cycle assessment studies as a consultant and was a Science Policy Fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs. During her fellowship, she supported efforts including the congressional briefing series, the www.acs.org/policy website, and CEI and the Society’s discussion of sustainability in the chemical enterprise. 

Barclay earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University. As a graduate student, she researched polymer membrane fuel cells, helped run the student organization Greening Princeton, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy through the Princeton Environmental Institute and Woodrow Wilson School.

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Dr. Jennifer Y. Tanir, Associate (2019), MPPG Liaison

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Jennifer Young Tanir is currently a Scientific Program Manager at the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI).  In 2011, Jennifer joined HESI, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage scientists from academia, government and industry to identify and resolve global health and environmental issues.  At HESI, Jennifer manages multi-stakeholder collaborative projects on a variety of topics related to chemistry and toxicology. Her projects include developing guidance on chemical alternatives assessment for sustainability, applying advances in exposure science to risk assessment for the 21sts century, and advancing genetic toxicology.

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

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Dr. Kate Weber, Member (2017)

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Kate Weber is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Kate works on international chemicals and air quality management issues, in particular the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, bilateral cooperation on air pollution issues, UN Environment Programme activities, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, and the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.

Dr. Weber came to Washington as the Science Policy Fellow in the ACS Office of Public Affairs, where she covered the federal budget, chemistry activities at federal agencies, and forensic science; served as a liaison to the policy subcommittee of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs; and organized two Congressional briefings.

Prior to her science policy career, Kate earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Fellow, and her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Richmond.

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Dr. Jane Wissinger, Associate (2017)

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Jane Wissinger received her B.A. from Susquehanna University (PA), M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University (IL).  She was employed as a research scientist at Rohm & Haas for five years where she coauthored several patents.  Wissinger began her academic career at the University of Minnesota (1998) as the organic chemistry laboratory director and lecturer and has received multiple promotions; most recently to contract full professor (2016).  Her contributions to education were recognized with a U of MN Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor award (2014).  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.

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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 9 journal publications, 1 patent, 2 book chapters, 41 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 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. 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 chairs 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), 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 serves as the Secretary for the Great Lakes Region Board. In 2015 she received the E. Ann Nalley Volunteer award for the Great Lakes region.

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Mr. Ray Garant, CEI Staff Liaison; ACS Office of Public Affairs, 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 Office of Public Affairs, 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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