In 2012-2013 Dr. Pence spent a year as an ACS/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), where her policy portfolio featured natural resources, energy, and environmental issues, with a particular emphasis in the areas of water and forestry. Since then she has continued to explore the nexus of science and public policy. Dr. Laura Pence then went back to her day job as a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hartford with expertise in environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and chemical education. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Dr. Pence is an outstanding educator, winning the University of Hartford’s Roy E. Larsen award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and twice ranking among the top 25 professors nationally on RateMyProfessor.com in both 2014 and 2017. Prof. Pence received her B.S. in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Subsequently, she was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011 for her programming and leadership on environmental and sustainability issues.