FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 01, 2008

Palo Alto, Calif., chemist re-elected to board of world’s largest scientific society

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2008 — Chemist Bonnie A. Charpentier, Ph.D., a vice president at Metabolex, Inc., in Hayward, Calif., has been elected to a second three-year term on the board of directors of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. Her new term begins Jan. 1, 2009.

Charpentier is a representative from District VI, which generally covers the Pacific Northwest, parts of Canada and California, and several other western and southwestern states. She was first elected to the board in 2005.

As a board member, she has supported public outreach and education, including National Chemistry Week, a chemistry workshop for teachers, and workshops to train university students for job interviews. She has endorsed ACS programs that focus on expanding ACS's legislative outreach, including expanding the ACS advocacy programs at the state level that focus on supporting science education.

“This is truly an exciting time to be a chemist. New areas of chemistry are being explored and new disciplines are emerging,” Charpentier said. “This great seismic shift in our science offers great promise to solve many of the emerging global challenges we face and to help create a sustainable future. To fulfill this vision, ACS and its members will continue working to improve science education and increase public awareness of chemistry and its transforming power to improve people’s lives.”

Charpentier received a B.S. degree in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 1981. She resides in Palo Alto, Calif.

An ACS member since 1982, she has served on and chaired a variety of Society committees and task forces at the local and national levels, including those dealing with policy, nominations, local sections, governance and program review, and communications. She also has been active in the Cincinnati and Santa Clara Local Sections.

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