WASHINGTON — Valerie J. Kuck, a retired chemist from Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies, was re-elected to a third three-year term as director-at-large of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
During the past six years on the board, Kuck has worked to keep the Society at the forefront of providing chemistry-related information to the scientific community, helped improve laboratory safety, advocated on Capitol Hill for science funding and helped create programs to help scientists find jobs. As a career counselor, she has assisted hundreds of people in rewriting resumes, developing interviewing skills and improving their job searches.
“The economic upheaval in 2008 impacted all of us,” says Kuck. “This new environment requires the ACS to adapt its many programs, services and products. I will continue to make this the focus of my efforts on the board.”
Kuck has served the Society in numerous roles for nearly four decades, at both the national and local levels, as a member or chair of committees on grants and awards, public affairs, meetings and expositions, local section activities, education and professional relations.
She received her B.S. in 1961 from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and her M.S. in 1965 from Purdue University. Kuck has received many awards and honors for volunteer service, encouraging women into careers in the chemical sciences, excellence in mentoring, supporting high school chemistry teachers and service to the North Jersey Section of ACS. She also received Lucent’s Gold Medal Team Award and their Affirmative Action Award.
Since retiring from Lucent, Kuck has served as adjunct professor at the College of Saint Elizabeth and visiting professor at Seton Hall University. She resides in Upper Montclair with her husband, Mark.