WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 — Larry K. Krannich, Ph.D., executive director of the Alabama Academy of Science and professor emeritus of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. He will begin the three-year term as District IV Director to the board on Jan. 1, concurrent with the start of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.
Krannich received his B.S. in 1963 and his M.S. in 1965 from Illinois State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1968. An ACS member since 1964, Krannich has served on numerous national committees and as chair and councilor of the ACS Alabama Local Section and as secretary-treasurer of the ACS Southeast Regional Meeting.
His honors include the E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to ACS, 2009, and being named a fellow to the Alabama Academy of Science, 2007. He is a member of the honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
Krannich notes the importance of all students being scientifically literate, regardless of what profession they might ultimately pursue, and of advocacy with elected officials to ensure adequate support for basic and industrial research. “Chemistry is often not recognized for the hundreds of benefits it contributes to our everyday lives or for the central role it plays in providing clean water, abundant food, and disease-fighting drugs. 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry. We should be fully involved in publicizing the achievements of chemistry and its positive impact on our lives, our society, and our environment,” he said.