Dr. Susan Butts - Chair
Dr. Susan Butts is an active member of the science and technology policy community following her 31-year career in the chemical industry and related organizations. Most recently she served as the president of the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). Before joining CCR, she worked for The Dow Chemical Company for three decades in various positions in the Research and Development (R&D) organization. From 2001-2009, she served as Director of External Technology and later as Senior Director of External Science & Technology Programs. In that capacity she was responsible for Dow’s sponsored research programs at over 150 universities, institutes, and national laboratories worldwide and to Dow’s contract research activities with U.S. and European government agencies. She also had responsibility for U.S. recruiting and hiring for R&D. She worked on issues related to science policy and government funding for R&D from Dow’s office in Washington, D.C. She is past president of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, an organization in the National Academies. She is also a member of the Council of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable in the National Academies and a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and the Association of Women in Science.
Dr. Butts holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University. Before joining the External Technology group, Dr. Butts held several other positions at Dow including Senior Resource Leader for Atomic Spectroscopy and Inorganic Analysis within the Analytical Sciences Laboratory, Manager of Ph.D. Hiring and Placement, Safety and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Central Research, and Principal Investigator on various catalysis research projects in Central Research.
Dr. Inara M. Brubaker
Inara M. Brubaker retired in 2002 from the UOP/AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International) Research Center. From 1996-2002 she was a Senior Research Associate with UOP; from 1988 to 1996 she was project leader and research manager at AlliedSignal. Her work was in applied research in analytical chemistry and separations, ranging from feed to effluent treatment and purification, and in materials properties and recycling. She is a co-author of more than two-dozen publications on separations, separation processes and analytical methodologies as well as co-author of three U.S. patents.
In 2003, Inara received the Chicago Section Public Affairs Award “for pioneering the development of programs and activities that established the agenda for a decade of state and local section cooperation on a wide range of public policy issues; for setting the performance standard for the ACS Congressional Fellowship by her significant achievements during her fellowship year of 1977; and for serving your community in various ways.” In 2004 she was appointed to the Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio Northern University (ONU). In 2009, she received an ONU Distinguished Alumni Award.
For about 10 years, she was an invited lecturer at ACS section meetings and, as an ACS Tour Speaker, presented her work with the Congress on the PBB contamination incident in Michigan, materials policy and environmental monitoring. She participated in many career guidance meetings and conferences at universities and colleges. She served on the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and the Task Force on Occupational Health and Safety. In 2001, she received the Mayoral Award at the Northwest Cook County Unity Dinner for her contributions to the City of Des Plaines, including the “renewal” of a WWII memorial.
Dr. Charles P. Casey
Charles P. Casey is Homer B. Adkins Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chuck received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1967. He was Chair of the Wisconsin Chemistry Department from 1998-2001. He served as President of the American Chemical Society in 2004 and is the 2010 Chair of the Chemistry Section of AAAS. Chuck is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1993). He received the ACS Award for Distinguished Service to Inorganic Chemistry (2011). In addition, he chaired the National Research Council Panel that wrote the 2007 report: “The Future of U.S. Chemistry Research: Benchmarks and Challenges.” Chuck’s research focused on mechanistic organometallic chemistry and explored mechanisms of important catalytic processes including hydroformylation, hydrogenation, and alkene polymerization.
Dr. Raymond E. Forslund
Dr. Raymond Forslund has spent his career shaping pharmaceutical development as a leader of chemical and pharmaceutical R&D. He works in tandem with some of the nation’s leading drug and biotechnology companies, most recently appointed as a member of the senior leadership team for Laurus Synthesis Inc. As Senior Director of Project Management, he is building a customer-centric interface for this emerging chemistry provider to the global pharmaceutical community.
Raymond progressed quickly from a role as Scientist for Ironwood Pharmaceuticals into increasing accountabilities as a Senior Development Scientist I and II and finally as their Senior Manager of Operations. He oversaw CRO and CMO relationships to steer medicinal chemistry and clinical pharmaceutical development. Both at Ironwood and as a Scientist I and II for Vertex Pharmaceutical, he spearheaded a number of pharmaceutical development initiatives. These included orchestrating analytical, formulation, and chemistry activities for a number of IND applications and leading development of a second-generation HCV drug.
Raymond holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a MBA from Babson College and a B.A. in Chemistry from Hamilton College. He is well published in the pharmaceutical arena, a recognized keynote speaker, and currently holds five patents. For his ability to instruct and guide excellence in the field, he has earned a Merit Award for Teaching in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and received a Fellowship from the Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation.
Dr. Cheryl B. Frech
Cheryl Frech is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she has been on the faculty since 1991 and served as department chair from 2004-2012. With the UCO Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, Cheryl manages a cross-campus mentoring program for new faculty.
Cheryl joined ACS in 1981. She served as Chair of the Oklahoma Local Section in 1994 and as Councilor from 2002-2007. She currently serves on the section Executive Committee as Public Relations Chair and is the Alternate Councilor for the ACS Division of Chemical Education. From 2004-2012, she served on the ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC), and as chair from 2010-2012. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) and serves on the JCE editorial advisory board.
Cheryl’s research interests in chemical education include mentoring and faculty development, team-based learning, women in chemistry, communicating science and chemistry to the public, and the scholarship of the periodic table. She received her B.S. in biochemistry in 1981 from Oklahoma State University and her M. S. (1984) and Ph.D. (1987) in analytical chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. In 1988-1989, Cheryl was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.
Dr. Janan Hayes
Janan (Jan) Hayes retired in 2005, after 35 years in the California Community College system. She has been based in Sacramento, California, since 1971. She is now doing the activities she always wanted to do, including extensive travel for chemical history and family history investigations. In other words, she is working to fulfill a large “bucket list” of experiences.
After Jan earned her B.S. and M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University, she taught high school chemistry in Northern California. Upon obtaining a Ph.D. in inorganic-analytical chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1971, she taught at American River College. After teaching primarily quantitative analysis for 10 years, she began a 12-year tour as an administrator. She served as SMART (Science, Math, Agriculture and Related Technologies) Dean at Cosumnes River College, and later as Dean of Instruction and Vice President of Instruction of Merced College, where she returned to teaching until retiring as Professor Emeritus.
The latter part of Jan’s career has been devoted to chemical history and the development of Project Inclusion. This project aims to enhance student interest and academic success by relating the application of chemistry - and science in general – to a variety of peoples, places and times. This project has allowed Jan to travel extensively, from Russia to Peru to Israel to Iceland.
Jan’s ACS service includes 40 years as an ACS Councilor, three years on the ACS Board of Directors as a director-at-large, and service on all three elected Council committees (including Chair of Meetings and Expositions and Vice Chair of the Council Policy Committee). She has chaired the Division of History of Chemistry and continues to work with the HIST Past ACS Presidents Project, which highlights the legacies of ACS leaders through the web and symposia. Jan also remains active with the Sacramento Section and the California Coordinating Committee.
Dr. Russell W. Johnson
Russell Johnson is a Corporate Fellow at Honeywell. He has worked for the company since 1974, mostly in the Specialty Materials and Aerospace businesses. He currently leads the Honeywell Aerospace Air Management Council, which functions across the company to develop air management products for aircraft, spacecraft, and surface vehicles. Product areas include cabin air quality, protection against chemical/biological threats, environmental control systems, sensors, and fuel tank inerting. Russ and Honeywell’s six other Corporate Fellows also help the corporation to develop mentoring and innovation strategy and tools for the company’s 27,000 technical staff.
Russ earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado. Previous to his current assignment, Russ worked on development of automotive catalytic converters, new fluorine-containing chemicals, and systems for advanced thermal management systems for high-speed aircraft. Russ has also been recognized for his work in the application of advanced technology for conversion of hazardous and reactive materials. For example, he served as Chief Scientist for the Parsons-Honeywell team that developed technology for destroying nerve agent and assembled chemical weapons.
Russ’s effort has resulted in 60 U.S. patents, numerous technical papers, and participation in outside professional activities. He is a 2010 Fellow of the American Chemical Society. His role in development of demilitarization technology led to an American Chemical Society Heroes of Chemistry Award in 1997. A councilor from the Chicago Section, he previously served on the ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC).
Dr. Kristen Kulinowski
Kristen Kulinowski is a Research Staff Member in the IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute (STPI). STPI is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) chartered by Congress that provides rigorous and objective analysis of science and technology (S&T) policy issues for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other offices and councils within the executive branch of the U.S. government and federal agencies. Kristen has expertise in chemical and materials sciences, risk policy, education, and research administration.
Prior to joining STPI, she was at Rice University as Senior Faculty Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, Executive Director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, and director of the International Council on Nanotechnology. Her work focused on engaging government, industry, and civil society stakeholders in exploring and managing the environmental and health risks of engineered nanomaterials. She was also OSA-SPIE Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001-2002, where she worked on legislation involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and domestic nuclear power security. Kristen holds a B.S. in chemistry from Canisius College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Rochester.
Kristen has been a member of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs since 2012. She chaired the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society in 2006 and has served as its Government Affairs Committee chair from 2007-2011. In January 2015, Kristen was nominated by President Obama to a position on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and awaits Senate confirmation to the five-year term.
Dr. Zafra Lerman
Zafra Lerman is the President of MIMSAD (Methods Integrating Music, Science, Art and Dance). Her Ph.D. is from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and she conducted research at Cornell and Northwestern Universities, and the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. For 25 years, Zafra has chaired the Sub-Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights for the American Chemical Society (ACS). At great risk to her safety, Zafra was successful in preventing executions, releasing prisoners of conscience from jail and bringing dissidents to freedom.
Since 2001, she has been using chemistry as a bridge to peace in the Middle East. She is the president of the “Malta Conferences Foundation,” which brings together scientists from 15 Middle East countries with six Nobel laureates to work on solving regional problems, establishing cross-border collaborations, and forging relationships that bridge chasms of distrust and intolerance.
Zafra has received 38 national and international awards for her work, such as the Presidential Award from President Clinton (1999); the World Cultural Council's World Award for Education in Johannesburg, South Africa (2000); the first international award in the new democratic South Africa; the ACS Parsons Award for outstanding public service to society through chemistry (2003); The Royal Society of Chemistry, England, Nyholm Education Award (2005); New York Academy of Sciences Pagels Human Rights Award (2005); George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation from CRDF Global (2007); the ACS Pimentel Award for excellence in chemical education (2010); and the Peace Award from the International Center for Innovation in Education (2010). In 2011, Zafra received an award for Stimulating Collaborations and Ensuring Human Rights by the International Conference on Chemistry for Mankind in India, and in 2015, she received the Science Diplomacy Award from AAAS.
Dr. Jyoti Malhotra
Dr. Jyoti Dalvi-Malhotra earned her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 2002 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). Her Ph.D. research studies were partly conducted at the University of Hull, United Kingdom (1998-2000), and mainly dealt with synthesis of complex organic compounds that can be used for biomedical applications. She then joined Argonne National Laboratory, in Argonne, Illinois, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2002-2004). Her postdoctoral research emphasized design and development of polymeric platforms for advanced biosensor applications. She joined Brewer Science in 2004 and has worked in a wide range of R&D projects and multi-year government research contracts since then. She was one of the few senior scientists in the company and was asked to take a new role as a director of technology funding at Brewer Science in 2014.
Dr. Malhotra is a councilor for the ACS South Central Missouri local section and an associate of the ACS’s Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs. She formed a government affairs committee for her local ACS section in 2009. She also chaired this local section in 2009 during which she successfully secured an Innovation Project Grant from ACS. She, along with the local section, hosted a workshop named “From a tree to forest: Teaching teachers how to inspire students.” Teachers and students from 10+ high schools participated in the workshop. During her tenure as a local section chair, the local section was selected as one of the final two nominees for the ChemLuminary award by the ACS for the first time ever.
Ms. Valerie McDevitt
Valerie Landrio McDevitt is a U.S-registered patent attorney and Assistant Vice President for Patents and Licensing at the University of South Florida Technology Transfer Office, which acts as the main university contact for industry partners and start-up companies interested in technology transfer. In 2010, USF was ranked 20th among technology transfer offices in licensing revenue and 9th among universities for US patents issued. During her more than 10-year tenure at USF there has been significant improvement and advancement in licensing, revenue, and commercialization of early stage technology. Valerie was appointed by then Governor Crist and served on the Task Force for the study of Biotech Competitiveness and currently sits on the USPTO’s Patents Public Advisory Committee.
Prior to USF, Valerie served as assistant patent counsel and a research chemist for Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals. As the 1996-1997 ACS Congressional Fellow, Valerie worked as a science advisor in the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Valerie received her B.S. in chemistry from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, M.S.T. in chemistry at the University of Florida, and a J.D. at Emory University School of Law. Prior to serving on CCPA, Valerie was a member of the ACS Committee on Patents & Related Matters.
Dr. Sarah Mullins
Sarah Mullins is an inorganic chemist and works at 3M. She has contributed to technology development in polymer curing, nanotechnology and process chemistry. More recently, she has been working in the Abrasive Systems Division developing the technologies needed to support manufacturing's most "cutting edge" needs. She moved to Minnesota for her job over 10 years ago and has been an avid promoter of Post-it Notes, Scotch Tapes, and NexCare Bandages ever since!
Sarah earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Northwestern University. In 2001, she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work was on the synthesis and reactivity of early transition metal complexes.
Ms. Connie J. Murphy
Connie Murphy retired in 2008 after working for more than 28 years at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. She spent the first 25 years of her career in research and development in roles including research technologist, team leader, group leader and project portfolio manager. She holds five patents in monomer/polymer synthesis and processing. The last three years of her career at Dow she was a supervisor of IT professionals in information systems.
Connie has been a member of the ACS since 1992. Since joining ACS, she served as a member of the Committee on Committees, the Committee on Membership Affairs, the Committee on Technician Affairs and the Chemical Technology Program Approval Service. She was the 2011-13 CCPA chair, and is currently the past chair of the Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. She served in the leadership of the Division of Chemical Technicians for several years, serving as chair-elect, chair, past chair, councilor, webmaster, membership chair and member-at-large. In the Midland Section of the ACS, she served as a director and membership chair for several years and is currently the government affairs committee chair and alternate councilor. She facilitates workshops in both the ACS Leadership Development System and in the ACS Career Pathways series. She is also an ACS career consultant.
Connie was selected as ACS Fellow in 2011. She received the Outstanding Service to the American Chemical Society Award from the Midland Section of the ACS in 2008, Distinguished Service Award from the ACS Division of Chemical Technicians in 2006, Outstanding Chemical Technician Award from the Midland Section of the ACS in 1997, and Outstanding Technologist Achievement Award from the Dow Central R&D Scientists Organization in 1994. She received seven Special Recognition Awards from The Dow Chemical Company between 1988 and 2002 for technical and professional contributions.
Dr. E. Ann Nalley
Ann Nalley has been professor of Chemistry in the Physical Science Department at Cameron University since 1969. Ann was a visiting scientist or professor in the Chemistry Departments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Polymer Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a B.S. at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in analytical chemistry at Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in radiation chemistry from Texas Woman's University. Her research includes new product development and solving industrial problems in the area of cosmetic analysis, nanostructural materials, applied research in the petroleum industry and computer molecular modeling.
Ann served as ACS President in 2006. At the completion of her term in the Presidential succession in 2007, she served a 10-year term on the ACS Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be appointed as a member of the PACIFICHEM Organizing Committee. She also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Malta Conferences and has been a councilor for more than 25 years. In 1996, she was awarded the Division of Professional Relation's Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism and was the first and only woman named the Oklahoma Chemist in 1992. She received the 2005 Professional Excellence Award from the National Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the top 50 women in the state of Oklahoma by the Journal Record, and in 2009, was inducted as one of the first group of ACS Fellows. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2010. In addition, Ann served as President of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society from 1996-1998 and as a member of their Board of Directors for 21 years.
Dr. Carl A. Picconatto
Carl Picconatto is the Department Head of Emerging Technologies at The MITRE Corporation. This department is responsible for the development of cutting-edge technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational imaging and sensing, quantum information sciences, and neurotechnology. Prior to this position, Dr. Picconatto was the Deputy Director of the MITRE Department responsible for supporting science and technology programs across the intelligence community. In addition, he founded and served as MITRE's first Director of the Nanotechnology Experimental Laboratory. His research efforts include nanotechnology for energy and power systems, carbon nanotube separation, and theoretical investigations of the electronic characteristics of single molecules. In addition, he led MITRE's development of methodologies for the design and simulation of novel nanoelectronic memories and processors, which were critical to the physical realization of the world's first prototype nanelectronic computer systems.
Prior to joining MITRE, Carl served in the United States Congress under fellowships with the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society. During that time, he served as the Chief Science Advisor to Congresswoman Constance A. Morella, a senior member of the House Committee on Science. He also has worked for the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy at the National Academy of Sciences. Carl holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Hui Cai
Hui Cai is Vice President of Corporate Alliances at WuXi AppTec, a NYSE listed premier provider of comprehensive and integrated services across pharmaceutical R&D value chain with over 5,600 employees globally. She brought to WuXi broad expertise in strategic planning, business development, along with 10 years of drug discovery experience at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. She is a co-author and co-inventor to over 40 scientific publications and issued or pending patents.
Hui is an ACS Councilor and has served as an ACS San Diego local section board member and past local section chair. She served for five years as a Commissioner at The City of San Diego Science and Technology Commission, an advisory board to the Mayor of San Diego and San Diego City Council. She was also Chairwoman of Board at Sino-American Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SABPA) and a member of Bayhelix, an organization of leaders of Chinese heritage in the global life sciences and healthcare community.
Hui received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Peking University, Ph.D. from The Scripps Research Institute, and M.B.A. from UCSD Rady School of Management as a DLA Piper - Athena FlexMBA Scholar.
Dr. Eun-Woo Chang
Eun-Woo Chang was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs for Mercer County Community College in August, 2014. Prior to his appointment at MCCC, Chang served as Dean of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at Montgomery College from 2011-2014, and a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation from 2008-2011. He also served as a chemistry professor at Truckee Meadows Community College for 17 years, where he was chair of the Physical Science Department, Faculty Senate chair, and member of several college-wide and statewide leadership committees.
In 2004, Chang spent a year at College of Southern Nevada as a member of the 2004-2005 class of ACE Fellows, a prestigious leadership cohort selected by the American Council on Education. In addition, he served as Interim Dean of Mathematics and Sciences during the 2005-2006 academic year.
Chang earned a B.S. in chemistry in South Korea, an M.A. in chemistry from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. After receiving his doctorate, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University. In 2010, he was named an American Chemical Society Fellow.
Dr. A. Jay Dias
Anthony "Jay" Dias received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Kean College in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. Since then he has worked for the ExxonMobil Chemical Company holding a number of positions in both research and management. Jay currently holds the position of Chief Scientist. His research has focused on polymer blends, networks, simulation, nanocomposites, polymer surfaces and interfaces, the control of polymer topology, and the application of this research to develop new polymer products. His research has resulted in over 20 publications and 40 US patents.
Jay has been a member of ACS since 1982 and an active member in three divisions including PMSE, POLY and RUBBER where he often organized and chaired symposia. Jay has served the PMSE division in several capacities; ranging from Technical Program Committee in 1998 through division Chair in 2004. Since that time Jay has served as the Chair of Symposium Funding and is currently an Alternate Councilor.
Jay first participated in ACS government affairs activities back in 2004. Jay participated in a number of Congressional Visit Days, Local District Days and ACS-sponsored ‘fly-ins’ to encourage then-Congressman Tom Delay (R-TX) to support our goal to invest in America’s future by funding science. Since that time, Jay has remained an advocate for increased federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Dr. Steve Feldgus
Dr. Feldgus received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He started working in Congress on an American Chemical Society / American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellowship in the Fall of 2003 in the office of then-Senator Jon S. Corzine. Subsequently, he has served in several Congressional and Executive Branch positions, including as Senior Advisor to the Directors of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Bureau of Land Management, both at the Department of the Interior, and as legislative staff on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee for then-Chairman Nick J. Rahall. His policy expertise is in energy development on America’s public lands, including on the Outer Continental Shell.
Dr. Kevin Kuhn
Kevin Kuhn is a Senior Advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development (ORD). He manages ORD’s challenge and prize portfolio and the Pathfinder Innovation Projects—an annual competition for EPA scientists to stretch beyond their existing research and take a chance on their most creative, transformative ideas. Kevin’s interests in innovation management are broad and include green chemistry, diffusing transformational research into practice, and how research organizations encourage, and benefit from, smart risk taking.
Before starting in his current position, Kevin was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow hosted by the EPA, and a visiting scientist in the Office of Public Affairs at the American Chemical Society. Kevin earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, where his research centered on green chemistry and process efficiency. Kevin and his wife live in Northern Virginia with their two children and a giant dog. In his spare time, he loves home renovation, drinking coffee, and talking politics.
Dr. Joseph E. Sabol
Joe Sabol is a consultant to the chemical, semiconductor, polymer, and related industries, specializing in technical and business development services. Sabol grew up on an apple farm in Racine County, Wisconsin, and received a B.S. in chemistry from Carroll College (Wisconsin) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Oklahoma State University. After a postdoc in chemical engineering at University of Minnesota, he taught analytical, physical, and environmental chemistry and contributed to the literature of transport, magnetic, and crystallographic properties of transition metal oxides. Sabol joined ACS in 1976 and currently is SCHB Program Chair (since 2008) and Alternate Councilor (since 2014), Upper Peninsula Local Section Treasurer and Webmaster (since 2008), and Great Lakes Region Board Member (since 2011). In 2003, Sabol was appointed to the Marquette County [MI] Local Emergency Planning Committee, has served as its Secretary, and currently is Vice-Chair. Sabol grows heirloom vine crops and vegetables on his Wisconsin farm-homestead.
Dr. John M. Schwab
John Schwab received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from Brandeis and followed this with a postdoc in enzymology at Harvard. He spent the first half of his independent career in academics, first at The Catholic University of America, and then at Purdue. This was a time when it was far easier to secure and maintain R01 funding than it is now, and John’s research was supported continuously by several NIH R01 grants.
In 1994, John joined the FDA in Rockville, Maryland, and in 1996 he moved to the NIH. As a program director in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), John managed grants in organic chemistry, chemical biology, bioorganic chemistry, natural products chemistry, and high-throughput chemistry. He was responsible for the Chemical Methodologies and Library Development (CMLD) center grant program. John saw himself as the human interface between the academic chemistry community and the NIH funding system. John initiated a vibrant seminar program at the NIH (Chemistry: A Life Science) to show the NIH biomedical community the power of modern chemistry for elucidating challenging problems in biomedical science.
John has a longstanding interest in nurturing the careers of young academic chemists. He and Prof. Michael Doyle developed an annual mentoring workshop for young faculty in organic chemistry and chemical biology. With support from NIGMS, this workshop has been running continuously since 2005 and has reached about 400 junior faculty and about 50 senior faculty mentors.
John retired from the NIH in 2011. Since then he’s been playing, teaching, and writing books about old-time backup guitar, and he’s been running himself ragged on behalf of a nonprofit cultural and educational organization, The Field Recorders’ Collective.
Dr. Kate E. Stoll
Kate Stoll joined the MIT Washington Office in September of 2014 as Senior Policy Advisor. She focuses on health and space research including NIH, NASA, FDA, and relevantcongressional committees. Kate also engages with the MIT student and alumni communities, as well as higher education and government affairs coalitions, including the American Association of Universities and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Kate is a biochemist by training, with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, where she studied protein structure and function as it relates to the breast cancer protein, BRCA1. She comes to MIT after a year as an American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, working under Ranking Member Henry Waxman.
Previously, she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science S&T Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation where she worked on STEM graduate education and higher education issues. She created the NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge and is the co-executive editor of the publication The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program. Kate has long been interested in the role of students in the research and innovation enterprise and is the co-founder of the AAAS program, Emerging Leaders In Science & Society, or ELISS, which prepares graduate and professional students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex challenges in society.
Dr. Jonathan Wilker
Jonathan is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University and by courtesy, a Professor in the Purdue University School of Materials Engineering. He grew up in the Boston area and was often taken to the beach by his parents. Now at Purdue, his research program focuses on materials produced by marine organisms. A particular focus is the adhesives and cements produced by mussels and oysters for sticking to rocks. Ongoing efforts include characterization of these marine biological materials, developing synthetic polymer mimics, and designing applications for these new materials. Projects are often inspired by what is seen while out scuba diving.
Dr. Matthew Windsor
Matt Windsor is the Senior Manager of Science Communications at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He is responsible for activities that help vision researchers communicate their science to anyone who will listen. Matt discovered his passion for science advocacy as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University when he joined the ACS Tennessee Government Affairs Committee (TNGAC) in 2011. He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from U. Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University in 2005.
Dr. Ruth Ann Woodall
Ruth serves as Associate Vice President for Education and Workforce Development for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently leads the Tennessee Scholars for the Chamber.
Ruth attended Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, where she received a degree in Chemistry in 1977. She was named Chemistry Alumni of the Year in 2004 at Union. Ruth earned a Master’s degree in Science Education and Curriculum Design in 1984 from the University of Memphis. She is a certified Volunteer Manager and Fund Developer. She was given the honor of E. Ann Nalley Volunteer of the year in 2007, ACS Fellow class of 2011, Nashville Section Volunteer of the Year for 2013, and in 2013 was awarded the ACS Helen Free Award for Public Outreach.
Prior to joining the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ruth taught Chemistry in Metro Nashville Public Schools, in Shelby County Schools, and math in Dyer County Schools. She has led groups of students to study chemistry in Russia and Siberia and Marine Biology and Zoology in New Zealand and Australia through the People to People Youth Science Exchange.
Ruth is currently serving on the Nashville Section of the ACS as councilor, National Chemistry Week (NCW) and Earth Day Chair. She serves as chair of the ACS Tennessee Government Affairs Committee. She served the ACS for 19 years on Committee on Community Activities. She serves on the Tennessee Science Teachers Board of directors as past president and Exhibits chair, on the State ACT policy council as secretary, on the Women in Science and Industry Champions Board at MTSU, on the Advisory Board of Nashville Singers and Tennessee United Way board. She is an ACS Chemistry Ambassador and spends numerous hours advocating for STEM education.
Mr. Stephen Benn
Stephen Benn is a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds and spent his first birthday in Hyde Park, Cincinnati. He currently works with the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the Government in London for the Royal Academy of Chemistry on behalf of science. In this capacity, he has successfully persuaded the United Kingdom’s House of Commons to allow live chemistry experiments in honor of the International Year of Chemistry, 2011. Mr. Benn also has experience lobbying the United States Congress, and once worked as an assistant to a United States senator.