Meet your Candidates for Service to the Division of Professional Relations!
The Division of Professional Relations hosts annual elections for a number of positions on our Executive Board.
You will receive an email directly from the Division via Survey Monkey in the coming weeks asking you to cast your ballot on October 16. Voting will close on November 16, so cast your anonymous ballots before then!
Please note – you will receive multiple ballots if you belong to more than one subdivision!
COHEN, JUDITH H. Philadelphia Section. Lubrizol Life Science – Health, CDMO Division Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Academic Record: University of Delaware, B.S., 1990.
Honors: Johnson & Johnson Volunteer Grant Recipient 2012; ACS Fellow, 2010; Technical Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award, Organic Division, ACS, 1998; Cordis Team Excellence, Award CYPHER Select + 2006; Cordis Team Excellence Award, Drug Content Loss Investigation, 2005; Cordis Team Excellence, Award WLI Event 2005; Johnson & Johnson Achievement Award – RWJ-270201 Synthesis Team, 1999; Johnson & Johnson Achievement Award, Azaline B Team 1997; Johnson & Johnson Vice-President Research Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, 1994.
Professional Positions (for past ten years): Lubrizol Life Science Health, Vice President Quality & Regulatory 2013-present; Cordis Corporation, Research Fellow 2011-13; Principle Scientist, 2006-10, Staff Scientist R&D, 2004-06; Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, LLC Drug Evaluation Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Development, 2002-04; R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Senior Associate, Scientist, New Product Research, 2000-02; Associate Scientist, Chemical Development Worldwide, 1997-99.
Service in ACS National Offices: Associate Budget & Finance Committee, 2015-2018, Associate Committee on Public Relations and Communications, 2019-present, Council Policy Committee, 2014; Women Chemists Committee, 2009-14, Chair, 2011-13, 2006-2011 Organic Division, Technical Achievement Award Organic Chemistry Selection Committee, 2010-2011 Committee Chair
Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 1990. Philadelphia Section: Councilor, 2008-13; Director, 2014; Alternate Councilor 2014.
Member: IUPAC; AWIS, ASQ
BANNOCHIE, CHRISTOPHER J. Savannah River Section. Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina.
Academic Record: St. John’s University, B.A. Cum Laude, 1984; Texas A&M University, Ph.D., 1989.
Honors: ACS Fellow, 2009; ACS, Division of Professional Relations Louis J. Sacco Award, 2014; ACS, E. Ann Nalley Southeastern Regional Award for Volunteer Service, 2012; ACS, Savannah River Section Salute to Excellence Award, 2006; ACS, Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Promoting Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, 2005; National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Walt Westman Award, 2007; George Westinghouse Signature Award, 1992; Sigma Xi; Phi Lambda Upsilon.
Professional Positions (for the past ten years): Savannah River National Laboratory (operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC), Senior Fellow, 1991 to date; Training and Procedures Manager, 2019; R&D Execution Manager, Energy & Biotechnology Projects, 2020 to date.
Service in ACS National Offices: Committee on Nominations & Elections, 2019-21; Committee on Committees, 2013-18; Committee on Science, 2008–13, Committee Associate, 2007; Awards Committee, 2012–14; Diversity & Inclusion [Diversity, Inclusion & Respect] Advisory Board, 2011, ConC Liaison, 2016–18, NOGLSTP Liaison, 2019-21; Committee on Meetings and Expositions, Consultant, 2008–10; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2001–06, 1996–99.
Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 1984. Savannah River Section: Councilor, 1996–22, Chair, 1993–94, Chair-Elect, 1993; Archivist, 2001–present; Government Affairs Committee Chair, 2007–09; Newsletter Editor, 1995–98; Public Outreach Officer, 1992. Southeastern Regional Meeting, Inc: Executive Committee, 2017–19, 2013–15, 2005–10; Chair, 2020, 2014, 2009; Chair-Elect, 2019, 2013, 2008. 70th Southeastern Regional Meeting: General Co-Chair, 2017–18; 58th Southeastern Regional Meeting: General Chair, 2005–06. Division of Professional Relations: Chair, 2011; Chair-Elect, 2010; Secretary, 2009; Treasurer, 2003–08; Program Chair, 2007–08; Member-At-Large, 2013–20, 2002. PACIFICHEM 2015, 2010, ACS Topical Program Advisor.
Member: National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Board of Directors, 2009–21, Out to Innovate 2014, Co-Chair; Leadership Augusta, Class of 2004, Board of Directors, 2005; Savannah River Site Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees and Allies Association, President, 2009–20, 2003; American Association for the Advancement of Science. ACS Divisions: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry; Nuclear Chemistry; and Professional Relations.
Related Activities: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (operated by the University of California), Visiting Scientist, 1998–01; Malta Conference Foundation Board of Directors, 2018–21; Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE) Advisory Board, 2014–21; ConC Subcommittee on Diversity, Chair, 2015-18; CEPA Subcommittee on Public Policy, Chair, 2001–06, CEPA Subcommittee on Professional Services and Programs, Chair, 1998–99; Washington University, School of Medicine, Research Associate, 1989–91; Morris Museum of Art, Board of Directors, 2010; Augusta Pride, Inc., Board of Directors, 2010–13.
First, let me thank the Division for the confidence they have shown me through this nomination for Member-at-Large. I have held numerous positions within the Division: Member-at-Large, Program Chair, Treasurer, and Acting Secretary. Additionally, I co-chaired the strategic planning effort which created the first five new subdivisions for Younger Chemists, Women Chemists, Minority Chemists, Chemists with Disabilities, and those interested in Ethics. I participated in the 2017 division strategic planning effort and led the creation of subdivision lapel pins for the six subdivisions that did not have them. These pins have been a huge benefit as we market the division and its subdivisions to new members. An effort which continued in November 2018 when the division hosted a networking reception at SERMACS 2018 in my local section (Savannah River) for 1550 meeting registrants.
As with most successful ACS groups, including Committees and Local Sections, much Division business needs to occur between National Meetings. Volunteers need to be prepared to spend many more hours between official meetings conducting the business of the Society if any meaningful progress is to be achieved. As Member-at-Large of the Division of Professional Relations, I will work tirelessly to strengthen our efforts at programming and service to our members throughout the calendar year. I will work to enhance communications between subdivision chairs and their members. The subdivisions are a great resource for the future health and vitality of PROF, but they need to feel they are a part of the Division as demonstrated by our programming, newsletter, and decision making processes.
Again, let me thank you for this nomination and ask for your vote if you feel I can successfully contribute to the future of the Division as part of the governing Executive Committee.
Michael A. Morris is a PhD candidate in chemistry at UC Irvine. Michael has been extensively involved in PROF programming, where he served as GTCA chair in 2017-2018.
As GTCA chair, Michael organized four GTCA symposia at ACS National Meetings and fundraised over $54,000 to support these events. Michael currently serves as the PROF liaison to the Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society. As Michael transitions into his postdoc in 2021, he wants to serve as PROF member at large to facilitate and organize upcoming PROF programming and logistics.
STARK, IAN S. South Plains Section. Texas Tech University and Independent Consultant, Lubbock, TX.
Academic Record: PhD Technical Communication (in progress); MBA Healthcare Management; MA Communication; BA Communication
Honors: 95th percentile MBA graduate in national competition testing management, marketing, finance, and accounting.
Professional Positions (for past 10 years): 2020-Present: Teaching technical/scientific communication at Texas Tech University; 2017-Present: Working as independent consultant for various biomedical/biochemical organizations (ShannonMedical, Immunotrex Biologics, Texas Department of State Health Services, etc.); 2013-2016: Worked as producer for Cherry Creek Media creating advertising and public relations materials.
Service to ACS: Active in event planning and outreach for the Business Development and Management (BMGT) division.
My engagement with chemistry has been anything but typical, as I first came to this field from a foundation in the humanities (communication studies). In that space, I specialized in cultural engagement research and raising up the voices of oppressed groups – particularly LGBTQ+ scholars and scholars with disabilities. Along the way, Idirected dozens of outreach projects and community events, in both academic and non-academic contexts, and I believe that those experiences would be transferable to the objectives of our division. Thus, if elected as Member-At-Large, I want to bring this explicit humanitarian perspective to the Division of Professional Relations. At the end of the day, when you’re talking about people, you don’t need a “chemist” per se – you need a “communicator.”
GRANDBOIS, MATTHEW. Central Mass Section. DuPont Electronics and Imaging, Marlborough, MA.
Academic Record: Harvard Business School, Program for Leadership Development (PLD) Certificate, 2019; University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2010; Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), B.A. Chemistry (ACS Approved), 2004; Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), B.A. Music Performance, 2004.
Honors: ACS Young Chemist Committee Leadership Development Award, 2014; Transition in Action Award Nominee for Innovation (The Dow Chemical Company), 2012; United States Fulbright Scholar to Norway, 2008; Covenant Award for Liberal Arts (Augustana College), 2002.
Professional Positions: DuPont: Electronics & Imaging Lead Market Manager, 2019-current; The Dow Chemical Company: Electronic Materials Strategic Market Manager, 2016-2019; Corporate Account Market Manager, 2015-2016; Core R&D Associate Research Scientist, 2012-205; Core R&D Senior Chemist, 2010-2012.
ACS Service: Division of Professional Relations: Communications Task Force, Chair, 2020; Member-At-Large, 2018-2020; Younger Chemists Subdivision, Chair, 2016-2018. Division of Business Development & Management: Chair-Elect, 2019; Communications Chair, 2018-2019. Professional & Leadership Development Portfolio: Highly Effective Professional Implementation Team, 2020; Managing Self Working Group, Co-Chair, 2020. Committee on Professional Training: Associate Member, 2020. Central Massachusetts Local Section: Member-At-Large, 2018-2020. Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board: Member, 2019. Younger Chemists Committee: Chair, 2019; Secretary, 2018, Member, 2017-2019; Associate Members, 2015-2016. Midland Local Section: Chair-Elect, 2014; Secretary, 2013. Society Committee on Education: Task Force on Undergraduate Programming, Undergraduate Liaison, 2002. ACS Webinars Series: Presenter, July 2020; Presenter, June 2020; Host, May 2019; Presenter, January 2019; Presenter, February 2018; Presenter, October 2017; Presenter, March 2017.
I am running for the position of Councilor for the ACS Division on Professional Relations. After serving in numerous roles in the Division, I am eager to bring a fresh voice to speak for the professional development of chemists to the ACS Council and subsequent ACS Council Committees. I am an experienced leader within the Division, and Society, with a track record of delivering innovative and effective solutions for the professional development of all Members. If elected as Councilor, I would use the position to elevate the level of discourse and understanding of professional development within subsequent Council and Committee functions, while simultaneously increasing dialogue amongst PROF members in preparation for Council meetings so that we can properly reflect our collective voices as a Division devoted to creating diverse and inclusive communities across the Society. We may be a relatively small Division, but our focus and charge is arguably the largest and most important. I wish to represent our Division on the Society’s largest forum and amplify our community’s voice, so please support me in this effort by voting for me to ACS Division of Professional Relations Councilor.
LIBBY, R. DANIEL Division of Professional Relations (Maine Section). Retired, Moravian College, York, Maine.
Academic Record: Colby College, B.A., Chemistry 1968; Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry 1974; University of Illinois Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biochemistry 1980-1982.
Honors: ACS Fellow, 2015.
Professional Positions (for past 10 years): Retired, Moravian College (8/31/2016), Professor, Department of Chemistry, 2007-16, 2000-07; Chair of Chemistry, 2000-06; Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry, 1992-2000.
Service in ACS National Offices: Committee on Meetings and Expositions, 2015-20; Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, 2014, Committee Associate, 2012-13; Women Chemists Committee, 2003-11, Committee Associate, 2001-02, Subcommittee chair 2009-11, Program Chair, 2002-09.
Service in ACS Offices: Professional Relations Division: Councilor, 2014-20, Alternate Councilor, 2010-13; Program Chair, 2008-20. Maine Section: Secretary, 1989.
Member (current): Member ACS since 1970. Council on Undergraduate Research
ELKINS, KELLY M. Maryland Section, Towson University, Towson, MD.
Academic Record: Ph.D. Chemistry (Biochemistry), Clark University, Worcester, MA, January 2003; Fulbright Scholar, Universität Heidelberg and European Media Lab, Heidelberg, Germany, 2001-2002; B.A. Chemistry, B.S. Biology, French minor, Secondary Education coursework, Keene State College, Keene, NH, May 1997; Study abroad, French, Université de Rennes, St. Malo, France, 1996
Honors: 1st Awardee of the Forensic Sciences Foundation International Association of Forensic Science (IAFS) Travel Scholarship, South Korea, 2014.
Professional Positions: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Towson University, Towson, MD, 2018 – present; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Towson University, Towson, MD, 2012 – 2018; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO, 2007-2012, Director of Forensic Science, 2010-2012; Temporary Assistant Professor, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA, 2005-2007; Adjunct Professor, Keene State College, Keene, NH 2005-2007 (summers); Adjunct Professor, Cloud County Community College and Highland Community College, KS, 2005; Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2003-2004
Service in ACS National Offices: Division of Professional Relations, Secretary, 2018-2020; Division of Professional Relations, Chair, Ethics Subdivision, 2020; Committee on Ethics (ETHX), Associate Member, 2016, Member, 2017-present; ACS Exams Institute Diagnostic of Undergraduate Chemical Knowledge (DUCK) Exam Committee, 2015-2018.
Service in ACS Offices (Local Section): Councilor, Maryland Section, 2020-present; Executive Committee Member, Co-Chair Women Chemists Events, Maryland Section, 2013-2020; Alternate Councilor, Maryland Section, 2013-2019; Planning Committee and Co-Organizer Women Chemists Luncheon and Panel Event, MARM 2019; Alternate Councilor, Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of Student Grants Committee, Colorado Section, 2010-2012; Planning Committee and Forensic Session Organizer, Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, 2010-2012; ACS Project SEED Mentor, 2008, 2009 (summers).
It will be an honor to continue to serve The Division of Professional Relations as Secretary. I have been an active member of the Division for the past several years. I co-organized ethics-focused symposia, networking events, and presentations at the Philadelphia and San Francisco virtual ACS national meetings. With fellow members of the Division, I won an IPG in support of programming “Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum.” I look forward to continue to serve the Division as Secretary and work with other Division leaders on programming and events.
No Biography or Statement Provided.
- For Ethics Subdivision Chair Elect: Theresa deAngelo
No Biography or Statement Provided.
- For Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Subdivision Chair Elect:
HOWITZ, WILLIAM. California Section. University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA.
Academic Record: Hamline University, B.S. Chemistry, Biology (2015); University of California, Irvine Ph.D. Chemistry (expected 2021)
Honors and Awards: Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) Summer Fellow Coordinator (2020); DTEI Pedagogical Fellow (2019); Outstanding Contributions to the Chemistry Department Teaching Program Award (2018); Vertex Fellowship (2016)
As a graduate student at UCI, I have served as a founding member of the Chemistry Teaching Assistant Mentoring Program and taught six courses as an instructor of record where I have incorporated inclusive teaching practices to support not only my students’ academic success, but also their overall well-being. With my substantial investments in the teaching and mentorship of both graduate and undergraduate students, I believe I can bring an invigorating perspective if elected Chair of the Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies subdivision of the ACS Division of Professional Relations. My immediate priorities would be to increase the subdivision’s engagement with LGBT chemists and allies through programming and mentorship in an online format. I am especially motivated to lead such an endeavor now that we are all operating in a socially distanced world where there are serious concerns about the impacts of the pandemic on the diversity of the next generation of scientists.
MORRIS, AMANDA. Virginia Blue Ridge Section.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
Academic Record: Johns Hopkins University, M.S. (2007) Ph.D. (2009); Pennsylvania State University, B.S. (2005)
Honors: Patricia Caldwell Faculty Fellow; Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow; Inter-American Photochemical Society Young Investigator Award; John C. Schug Research Award; Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow; NSF CAREER Award; Alan F. Clifford Faculty Service Award; American Chemical Society Expert in Sustainable Energy; Diversity Development Institute – Ally Certificate, Advocate Certificate, Ambassador Certificate; College of Science Diversity Award; Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week; Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
Professional Positions (for the past ten years): Professor: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (August 2020 – present); Virginia Tech: Patricia Caldwell Faculty Fellow (August 2019 – present); Office of Vice President for Research and Innovation Faculty Fellow (March 2019 – June 2020); Associate Chair (August 2018 – present); Associate Professor (July 2017 – August 2020); Assistant Professor (August 2011 – June 2017); Princeton University: Postdoctoral Research Associate (September 2009 – July 2011)
Service to ACS: Energy Subdivision Chair – Physical Division; Solid State Subdivision Chair – Inorganic Division
I have a recognized record in exemplary service, including the recruitment and retention of minority chemists. As co-chair of the Virginia Tech LGBT Faculty and Staff Caucus, I led efforts that resulted in an expansion of the University’s non-discrimination clause to include gender diversity, retrofitting of building spaces for gender inclusive restrooms, the ability to provide preferred name on University records, and the creation of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center. I was the plenary speaker at the LGBTQ+ Chemist and Allies subdivision’s sponsored symposium at the National Meeting in Orlando, FL.
- For International Chemists Subdivision Chair Elect: Lee Hoffmann
Dr. Lee Hoffman is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Chemistry Department at Drexel University. He heavily involved with the general chemistry course sequence for both chemistry and non-chemistry science majors, including students from the honors school as well as coordination and instruction of CHEM 425 (inorganic chem lab for graduating chemistry majors). He has also taught CHEM 241 (intro to organic chemistry) and CHEM 244 (organic chem lab). Prior to joining faculty at Drexel University, Dr. Hoffman was on the faculty at South Dakota State University, where he participated in the instruction of chemistry for non-science, medical profession, and nursing majors
In addition to his involvement with education, Dr. Hoffman advocates for diversity and inclusion. To that end, he serves on a committee promoting inclusion of chemists with disabilities (CWD), which reports to the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). As part of this committee, he acts as a liaison between CWD and the the ACS committee on Ethics and committee on Meetings and Expositions. Dr. Hoffman has also served as chair of the CWD subcommittee for the Division of Professional Relations (PROF), during which time he chaired the symposia “Building Opportunities in the Chemical Profession: Exploiting the Power of Diversity and Inclusion” at the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, along with organization and chairing symposia at the 254th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, “The Bond Between Science and Disability, Forging New Capabilities for Inclusion” and at the 255th ACS National Meeting in Boston, “Exploring the Nano: Leveraging Unique Abilities”. Dr. Hoffman is the chair-elect for the International Chemists subdivision of PROF. At the local Level, Dr. Hoffman chairs the Communications Committee and Committee on Chemists with Disabilities for the Philadelphia ACS Section, along with serving on the Board of Directors, is an Alternate Councilor, serves on the local section Committee on Minority Affairs, and has assisted with the Education and Outreach Committee focusing on Project SEED.
Dr. Hoffman holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, an MS in chemistry from Michigan State University, and a PhD from Flinders University, South Australia, where his research focused on development of dendrimer-encapsulated gold nanoparticle nano composites for medical applications such as cancer treatment.
- For Chemists with Disabilities Subdivision Chair Elect: Cary Supalo
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- For Younger Chemists Subdivision Chair Elect: Katherine Johnson
JOHNSON, KATHERINE. Reno Section.University of Nevada, Reno, NV.
Academic Record: The University of Tampa, B.S. Cum Laude, 2015; University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D., 2020.
Honors: University of Nevada, Reno – Graduate Researcher of the Year, 2020; ACS Salute to Excellence, 2018; Outstanding Chemistry Student – Senior Class, 2015; The University of Tampa – Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics Student Research Fellowship, 2014.
Professional Positions: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Nevada, Reno 2020
ACS Service: Division of Professional Relations: Younger Chemists Sub-chair, 2019–20; Younger Chemists Committee: Governance Interface and Outreach Subcommittee Chair: 2020, Member 2018–20, Associate 2016–18; Sierra Nevada Local Section: Member, 2015–20; Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society of Tampa Bay: President 2014–15, Member 2012–14; Tampa Bay Local Section: Member, 2012–15
Other Memberships: Alpha Chi Sigma: Member 2014–15; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Member 2014–20.
I am running for Younger Chemists subdivision chair to help support other early-career chemists, like myself, navigate through the beginning stages of their careers. As the Younger Chemists sub-chair for the last two years, I have developed targeted programming for this interest group, which includes “Mental Health in Graduate School” (ACS Webinar, May 2020), “Learn to Lead” (ACS Fall Virtual Meeting 2020), and the increasingly popular “How to Get Your 1st Industrial Job” (ACS Fall Virtual Meeting, 2020; ACS San Diego, 2019). I hope to continue to provide relevant programming for chemists 35 and younger if re-elected in 2021 and I look forward to continuing my service on the Division of Professional Relations.
- For Women Chemists Subdivision Chair Elect: Judith Iriarte-Gross
No Biography or Statement Provided.
- For Minority Chemists Subdivision Chair Elect: Leyte Winfield
Leyte L. Winfield serves an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Spelman College where she serves as Division Chair for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. A medicinal chemist, she has designed and synthesized compounds intended to address problems posed by existing cancer therapies. She has received six patents for compositions of mater covering more than 800 unique structural entities. Complementing her lab-based success, Dr. Winfield is leading NSF funds research related to the participation and success of underrepresented groups in STEM. Specifically, her work deals with characterizing how students of color demonstrate agency in pursuit of STEM careers and the ecosystems that nuture such agency. For these collaborative efforts, she has received more than $6.9 million. Dr. Winfield is chairing the leadership board for the newly established Center of Excellence for Women of Color in STEM at Spelman College. Funded by the Department of Defense, the Center buildings upon Spelman legacy for preparing women of African descent to excel in STEM careers. She is the lead editor of a book through ACS Publications entitled, Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence. Dr. Winfield is a coach and facilitator for the AAC&U PKAL STEM Leadership Institute and holds a post-graduate certificate in academic leadership from the Chicago School of Clinical Psychology. In addition, she chair the Minority Chemist Subdivision of the ACS Division of Professional Relations, is a member of the ACS Committee on Professional Training, and serves on the leadership board OrganicERs, a learning community for the development and dissemination of organic chemistry pedagogies and learning resources. Dr. Winfield is a scholar, mentor, and leader currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Chemical Education.