FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 30, 2020

American Chemical Society names Julie B. Zimmerman as new editor-in-chief of Environmental Science & Technology

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2020 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) today named Julie B. Zimmerman, Ph.D., of Yale University as editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Zimmerman has published widely on a range of environmental science and technology topics, including water treatment and the environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology. She is also a co-author of the textbook “Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, and Design.” Zimmerman has been involved in numerous workshops, including the National Academy of Engineering panel on grand challenges for environmental engineering. In addition, she has recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology on the “Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019.”

Zimmerman has been an associate editor of Environmental Science & Technology since 2012 and has previously served as an editorial advisory board member for the journal. Since 2007, she has been on the faculty at Yale University as professor in the department of chemical and environmental engineering, and as professor in the school of forestry and environmental studies. Zimmerman also serves as the senior associate dean for academic affairs, school of forestry and environmental studies, and deputy director, center for green chemistry and green engineering. Zimmerman obtained a B.S. in civil environmental engineering at the University of Virginia, an M.S. in environmental and water resources, and a dual Ph.D. in environmental and water resources engineering and resource policy and behavior from the University of Michigan. As editor-in-chief, Zimmerman will succeed David Sedlak, Ph.D., who has served in this position since 2015.

“My vision for the journal is for Environmental Science & Technology to lead, enable and empower the improvement of the environment upon which we all depend through scientific insights and technological discovery,” says Zimmerman. “The same dedicated insights that Environmental Science & Technology has supplied since its founding will be even more necessary today and into the future if we are to deal with emerging environmental concerns.”

Environmental Science & Technology has played a historic role in the development of the environmental movement globally since it was first published in 1967. It has served environmental scientists and engineers as the international leader in environmental research and has provided the foundations by which environmental decision-making is made globally. With an impact factor of 7.149, over 187,000 citations and nearly 6 million article downloads in 2019, Environmental Science & Technology ranks No. 1 in total citations in the field of environmental engineering.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Zimmerman as editor-in-chief of Environmental Science & Technology,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “Environmental science is more important now than ever before, and this decade will be critical for our environment. Professor Zimmerman is the right person to lead the journal’s work in advancing the science that encompasses and touches all of our lives.”

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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