FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 05, 2015

PNNL chemist Allison Campbell elected 2017 president of world’s largest scientific society

WASHINGTON — Allison A. Campbell, Ph.D.,  a chemist and director of a large research directorate at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected the 2017 president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. She will be president-elect in 2016.

“I’m incredibly honored to have been elected, and I will work passionately for our members to advocate for chemistry and science,” Campbell said. “Chemistry is central to the prosperity of our nation, and increasing our country’s understanding of how science improves lives is critical if we are to remain at the forefront of innovation. I welcome the opportunity to help ACS lead a national conversation about the important role of science in our society.”

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and a doctorate in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was an invited researcher at the Max-Planck Society in Dresden, Germany, in 1994.

Currently, she resides in Kennewick, Washington, with her family.

With more than 158,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

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