FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 03, 2016

Dorothy J. Phillips of Natick, Massachusetts re-elected to board of world’s largest scientific society

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — Dorothy J. Phillips, Ph.D., a retiree from the Waters Corporation in Milford, Massachusetts, was re-elected to serve a three-year term as director-at-large of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Phillips received her B.A. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She was the first African-American woman to receive a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt’s School of Arts & Sciences.

In 2015, Vanderbilt established the Dr. Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Endowed Chair to advance research, education and diversity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

“My first term as a director-at-large was rewarding, enabling me to gain more insight about ACS as a society while I strived to advance the broader chemistry enterprise,” says Phillips. “Among my priorities for a second term are enabling ACS to reach its potential in both globalization and diversity.”

Phillips lives in Natick, Massachusetts, with her husband, James.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 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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