FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 06, 2014

ES&T and ES&T Letters welcome David L. Sedlak as new editor-in-chief

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2014 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that David L. Sedlak, Ph.D., will assume the role of editor-in-chief of the journals Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters, effective 2015. Sedlak currently serves as an associate editor of Environmental Science & Technology. He is also co-director of the Berkeley Water Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the deputy director of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).

Sedlak will succeed Editor-in-Chief Jerald L. Schnoor, Ph.D., who has served in this position since 2003 and will retire from the journal at the end of 2014. Schnoor is the Allen S. Henry Chair and professor of civil & environmental engineering and occupational & environmental health at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

A 2014 recipient of the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research, Sedlak obtained a B.S. in environmental science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. “My vision for the journal is to lead our community and become the authoritative voice for advancing solutions to the environmental challenges facing society.”

“Dr. Sedlak’s leadership on water issues, his editorial experience and his ability to engage leaders across environmental science will strengthen Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters as they continue to broaden the communities surrounding the journals and communicate critical results to policy makers and the public,” said Susan King, senior vice president of the Journals Publishing Group at ACS. “We are grateful for Dr. Schnoor’s distinguished service to Environmental Science & Technology, first as an associate editor for 11 years and then as editor-in-chief  for 12 years, stewarding the successful launch of Environmental Science & Technology Letters,  and we wish him continued successes.”

For more information, watch a video interview with Sedlak at

Environmental Science & Technology has served environmental scientists and engineers since it was first published in 1967. Ranking No.1 in total citations in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science & Technology received 105,646 total citations and an Impact Factor of 5.481 in the 2014 release of the Journal Citations Reports® from Thomson Reuters. In 2013, Environmental Science & Technology Letters was launched to complement the strengths of Environmental Science & Technology and provide an avenue for articles of a more urgent nature. The journal publishes two different article types — letters and brief reviews. Environmental Science & Technology Letters published its first issue in January 2014. 

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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