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Dr. Chris Avery, Chair | Email Dr. Avery
Chris Avery, Ph.D., is the Chief of Staff for the National Climate Assessment at the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). In this role, Chris oversees staff and manages the development, review, and publication of the National Climate Assessment. Prior to his current position, Chris worked as a Senior Advisor for the National Council for Science and the Environment. Before that, Chris was 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 degree in science policy from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Katherine Aubrecht, Member (2019-2021)
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.
Ms. Jenelle Ball, Associate (2021)
Jenelle Ball is a high school chemistry teacher in Chico, California. As a 30+ year teacher of chemistry, she still has a true enthusiasm for her profession. She currently teachs college prep chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry, and serves as the science department chair.
Ms. Ball received her BS in chemistry from California State University, Chico. Her MS in chemistry is from UC Santa Cruz and her MA in education is from UC Santa Barbara.
In 1982, Ms. Ball became a full member the ACS after having been a member and president of the Student Affiliates at CSU Chico. She is a long-time member of the California Section. In 2010, the California Section recognized her teaching efforts and selected her as the Lloyd Ryland Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher. Many opportunities came from that recognition. In 2015, she received the James Bryant Conant Award from the ACS. In 2016, she served as a member of the Recommendations Task Force for the American Chemical Society Guidelines for Teaching High School and Middle School Chemistry. In 2017, Ms. Ball served as President of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, and was recognized as the Outstanding Alumni from the College of Natural Sciences at CSU Chico. She has been the program organizer and co-organizer for many Teacher Day programs during the ACS Spring National Meeting. She is very excited to now be a new councilor for the California Section.
Dr. Mark Benvenuto, Associate (2021)
Mark Benvenuto is a professor of chemistry at the University of Detroit Mercy, and recently stepped aside as department chair, a position he held 18 years. He maintains research interests in X-ray fluorescence of ancient and medieval artifacts, as well as of supplement materials not covered by the FDA. He also maintains a research thrust into the synthesis of ligand-metal complexes for water remediation. Between his undergraduate and graduate school years, he spent several years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, mostly stationed in West Germany.
Dr. Marie Bourgeois, Member (2021-2023)
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 was 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.
Dr. Edward Brush, Member (2019-2021)
Ed Brush is professor of chemistry at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts where he teaches organic chemistry and introduction to green chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from Penn State University, and B.Sc. in Chemistry from King's College in Wilkes-Barre PA. He is co-PI on two curriculum projects at BSU: to integrate and scaffold research through the chemistry curriculum; and integrate interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning (PBL) across the curriculum via connections to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He serves on the advisory board for the Green Chemistry Commitment and is a member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement. He has contributed to the ACS CPT Green Chemistry Supplement, and was a guest editor for the Journal of Chemical Education special issue on “Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry”. Ed has co-organized numerous symposia and workshops on green & sustainable chemistry at ACS national meetings.
Dr. George P. Cobb III, Member (2019-2021)
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.
Dr. Jurgen Exner, Consultant (2021)
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 and interim chair of CEI from August to December of 2018. 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.
Dr. Elise Fox, Member (2020-2022)
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.
Dr. Naomi Gevaerd de Souza, Associate (2021)
Naomi Gevaerd de Souza completed her Ph.D. studies with focus in water remediation at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2020. Dr. Gevaerd de Souza’s research regards sorption combined with advanced oxidation technologies for the degradation of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (the notorious “forever chemicals”, or PFAS). She also participated as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UTA teaching Principles of Environmental Engineering to graduate and undergraduate students. 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. She 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. Dr. Gevaerd de Souza is very enthusiastic about Science, teaching and environmental issues.
Dr. Jillian Goldfarb, Member (2020-2022)
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 Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. She currently serves the Division of Environmental Chemistry as the Fall National Meeting Program Chair and Alternate Councilor and is a member of the Committee on Environmental Improvement. 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 USDA. 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, a 2017 Fulbright Fellowship in Italy and was a 2019 IUPAC Young Observer. She is co-leading the Fall 2022 ACS National Meeting theme on behalf of CEI and ENVR.
Dr. Carol J. Henry, Consultant (2021)
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. She was elected an ACS Fellow in 2019.
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.
Dr. Brett E. Howard, Associate (2021)
Dr. Howard is a Director at the American Chemistry Council in the Regulatory and Technical Affairs division. His recent work involves buttressing exposure data and models within chemical risk assessments. He also focuses his efforts on advancing analytical instrumentation for microplastics—particularly in regards to standards development—and chemical nomenclature issues. Prior to his involvement at ACC, Brett obtained a JD from the University of Maryland and spent several years as a pharmaceutical patent litigator. His scientific background stems from graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, where he received his PhD for work on small molecule synthesis and chemical method development.
Dr. Catherine “Katie” Hunt, Member (2019-2021)
Katie Hunt was the 2017/2018 Brenton S. Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor in Engineering 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 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 is the current chair of the NSF MPS (Math and Physical Sciences) Advisory Committee. Katie is especially proud of her work with the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the RetroFIT PHILLY: Coolest Block Contest and the GCCA (Global Cool Cities Alliance). (www.globalcoolcities.org)
Dr. Keisuke Ikehata, Member (2021-2023)
Dr. Keisuke Ikehata is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. He joined Texas State as one of four founding members of the new Civil Engineering Program in July 2019. Dr. Ikehata received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2003. Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. Ikehata worked as a technical consultant/R&D manager at a water resources engineering firm in Orange County, California for more than eight years. 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 160 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 was the Chair (2019) and an Alternate Councilor (2016-2019) for the Orange County Section of the ACS (OC ACS). He was 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, California in 2015.
Dr. Anastasia Ilgen, Associate (2021)
Anastasia G. Ilgen is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Geochemistry Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Anastasia is an experimental geochemist, specializing in molecular-level processes at mineral-water interfaces, with an emphasis on nano-scale confinement, surface-mediated redox reactions, ion adsorption-desorption rates and mechanisms, and chemical effects on fracture. She joined Sandia in 2012. She has a B.S./M.S. in Water Quality and Engineering from Kamchatka State Technical University, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia (2001), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA (2010). She worked as a research staff at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Russia, 2001-2005.
Anastasia has been a member of ACS since 2008, joining as a graduate student. She started volunteering for the Geochemistry (GEOC) Division in 2014 and served as a Membership Committee Chair. Anastasia was elected as the Chair-Elect for the GEOC Division in 2015, and organized the Division’s Program for the ACS National Meetings: Fall 2016 meeting in Philadelphia, PA, and Spring 2017 meeting in San Francisco, CA. She also organized and chaired numerous symposia at National and International conferences, including ACS National meetings 2015-2018.
Dr. John Jayne, Member (2020-2022)
Dr. Jayne is a Principal Research Scientist with over 27 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 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 characterization of secondary organic aerosol formation processes.
Dr. Michael Matthews, Member (2021-2023)
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.
Dr. V. Faye McNeill, Member (2021-2023)
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.
Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Middlecamp, Member (2019-2021), Program Chair
Cathy Middlecamp is professor emerita in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an affiliate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the UW-Madison Director for Education and Research at the Office of Sustainability from 2013-2020. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of people, science, and the planet, focusing on teaching and learning that connects chemistry to global challenges. 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, plastics, 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.
Dr. Steven Moss, Associate (2021)
Dr. Steven Moss is a Program Officer for the Board on Life Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Moss joined the National Academies in 2019 and has worked on a number of projects, including a study on safeguarding the bioeconomy, a study on the future of the field of biological physics, and a study on infrastructure needs for the genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2. Additionally he led a workshop on the future of functional genomics research, and has twice led a proposal review related to molecular dynamics simulations on the Anton supercomputer. He is currently working on a number of projects related to the convergence of scientific disciplines, as well as projects on environmental sustainability in the chemical economy, synthetic biology, and the future of biotechnology. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Moss received his Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology from the University of California, San Francisco. Before starting his PhD, he received a B.S. in biochemistry from American University, and then worked as a laboratory technician for 2 years at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Sherine O. Obare, Member (2020-2022)
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. She is also Chair-Elect for the ACS Division of Environmnetal Chemistry (2020-2022)
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, and was named ACS Fellow in 2019.
Dr. Sara V. Orski, Associate (2021)
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.
Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, Member (2019-2021)
Dr. Pasquinelli is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, where she also works as a Professor in Forest Biomaterials and the Fiber and Polymer Science 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 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 in a variety of science competitions. She is a Councilor of the North Carolina Section and a 2018 ACS Fellow.
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.
Dr. Brittany Rauzan, Associate (2021)
Brittany Rauzan is a Research Investigator at Corteva Agriscience™ focusing on formulation product development and leads the rheology expertise center. She received her BS in Chemistry from Allegheny College in 2013 and her PhD in Chemistry (Materials) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Brittany has authored 7 external publications and 8 conference presentations spanning a diverse range of topics from kinetics, 3D/4D printing, and agrochemical formulations. She is actively involved with the Indiana American Chemical Society (ACS) Local Section and serves as a coordinator for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW). In 2019, she was elected as Alternate Councilor for the ACS AGRO Division.
Dr. Keith E. Peterman, Member (2020-2022), SOCED Liaison
Keith Peterman served as a Professor of Chemistry at York College of Pennsylvania for more than four decades, retiring in May 2020. 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 research and writing focus on issues related to climate change and sustainability. His current book with coauthor Matt Codes - “The Overstory of Climate Change in the Anthropocene” - is scheduled for publication by ACS Books online in early 2021.
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 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 three published ACS Symposium Series books. He is a recipient of the 2020 ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemical Education.
Dr. Brian A. Salvatore, Associate (2021)
Professor Brian Salvatore received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University. He is a Professor of Chemistry and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at LSU Shreveport.
Professor Salvatore is an organic chemist with expertise in medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). His research is focused on the synthesis of small molecules with cancer cell signaling properties.
Professor Salvatore is an avid proponent of project-based learning, both at LSUS and in the after-school programs that he conducts with middle school and high school students throughout the community. He has also taken on an environmental advocacy role in the state of Louisiana, helping citizens communicate their concerns about the effects of pollution on their daily lives, including residents who live near Camp Minden, in Colfax, and Reserve, LA, and he was appointed to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission by Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2017.
Dr. Peter Smith, Member (2021-2023)
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, 2020), 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 – 2020). 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 the sustainable synthesis of rare-earth-containing porous solid materials. He and his students are currently developing new methods for recovery of rare earth elements from scrap and end-of-life high tech products and incorporating the recovered elements into solid-state catalysts. As a complement to his research, Pete created and has been the primary professor for the green chemistry course offered at Westminster College.
Dr. Jane Wissinger, Member (2021-2023)
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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