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Appendix CBiographical Information


Emilio Bunel received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. He began his professional career at DuPont Central Research as a member of the Catalysis Group. He was responsible for the discovery and subsequent development of new processes for the synthesis of Nylon intermediates required in the manufacture of Nylon-6,6 and Nylon-6. In 2001, Bunel was hired by Eli Lilly to establish the Catalysis Group within the Discovery Research Organization. This group was responsible for the preparation of organic compounds using transition metal catalyzed reactions. The molecules prepared spanned all the aspects of the pharmaceutical endeavor from early lead optimization to process development. In 2003, he became an associate director at Amgen, Inc. His work included the establishment of the Catalysis Group in support of route selection/process development efforts to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for clinical testing. Most recently, Dr. Bunel was employed as the director of research at Pfizer, Inc., where he directed the Catalysis Group in support of medicinal chemistry and process development. After spending so many years in industry, Dr. Bunel decided to get back to where science is discovered and not just used. At Argonne National Laboratory, with a talented group of scientists and engineers, but with funding shifting to applied science, he is emphasizing the importance of having a strong basic research program as well.

Mark J. Cardillo is the executive director of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Dr. Cardillo received his bachelor of science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1964 and his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Cornell University in 1970. He was a research associate at Brown University, a CNR research scientist at the University of Genoa, and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1975, Dr. Cardillo joined Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff in the Surface Physics Department. He was appointed head of the Chemical Physics Research Department in 1981 and subsequently named head of the Photonics Materials Research Department. Most recently, he held the position of director of Broadband Access Research. Dr. Cardillo is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been the Phillips Lecturer at Haverford College and a Langmuir Lecturer of the American Chemical Society. He received the Medard Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society in 1987, the Innovations in Real Materials Award in 1998, and the Pel Associates Award in Applied Polymer Chemistry in 2000.

Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1992. He came to the University of California, Los Angeles after doing postdoctoral research at Columbia University, which followed his Ph.D. studies at the University of British Columbia, in Canada. The earlier portions of Dr. Garcia-Garibay's education were completed in his native Mexico, at the Universidad Michoacana, where he did research on natural product isolation and characterization. Dr. Garcia-Garibay was promoted to full professor in the year 2000 and he has served as vice chair for education in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2005. Dr. Garcia-Garibay is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry. He has been a member of the CNSI since 2005. His current research efforts are aimed at the development of artificial molecular machinery in highly organized crystalline media, and to the development of green chemistry by taking advantage of organic reactions in molecular nanocrystals.

Patricia A. Thiel is the John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry and a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science & Engineering at Iowa State University. She is also a faculty scientist in the Ames Laboratory. She is active in research, teaching, and administration. In research, she is known for her work in three main areas: nanostructure evolution on surfaces; surface properties and structures of quasi crystals (a complex type of metallic alloy); and the chemistry of water adsorbed on metal surfaces. Dr. Thiel is an enthusiastic teacher of physical chemistry. She has held several administrative posts, including chair of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Thiel earned her B.A. in chemistry from Macalester College and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981. After postdoctoral work at the University of Munich as a von Humboldt Fellow, she joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, and then moved to Iowa State University in 1983. In her early academic career, Dr. Thiel was recognized with awards from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and by a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. Later, she received the American Chemical Society's Arthur W. Adamson Award and the American Physical Society's David J. Adler Lectureship. She was also named fellow of several societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Vacuum Society.


James G. Anderson is Philip S. Weld Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. He was chairman, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 1998-2001. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992, the American Philosophical Society in 1998, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1986, and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1989. He is a member of the Space Studies Board of the National Research Council (NRC). The Anderson Research Group addresses three domains at the interface of chemistry and earth sciences: (1) mechanistic links between chemistry, radiation, and dynamics in the atmosphere that control climate; (2) chemical catalysis sustained by free-radical chain reactions that dictate the macroscopic rate of chemical transformation in Earth's stratosphere and troposphere; and (3) chemical reactivity viewed from the microscopic perspective of electron structure, molecular orbitals, and reactivities of radical–radical and radical–molecule systems. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has testified on numerous occasions for both Senate and House hearings. He was presented the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in the Physical Sciences, the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP/WMO Vienna Convention Award, the Harvard Ledlie Prize for Most Valuable Contribution to Science by a Member of the Harvard Faculty, the ACS National Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, the United Nations Earth Day International Award, the E. O. Lawrence Award in Environmental Science and Technology, the ACS Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest, the University of Washington Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award, the National Academy of Sciences Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship, and the United Nations Environment Programme Ozone Award. He served on the executive committee of the NRC Earth Science Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond, the Space Science Board Task Group on Research and Analysis; the NRC Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry; NRC Committee on Global Change Research; National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Atmospheric Sciences; Board of Directors, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; and Executive Committee and the Pontifical Academy Board for Chemical Events in the Atmosphere and Their Impact on the Environment.

Scott Auerbach is professor of chemistry, adjunct professor of chemical engineering, and founding director of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, which focuses on integrating fields of science for training in societal problem areas such as renewable energy and biomedicine, at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst. He graduated with a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 and began his academic position at UMass Amherst in the Chemistry Department in fall 1995. Professor Auerbach won a National Science Foundation Career Award in 1998, a Sloan Fellowship in 1999, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 1999. In 2006, Professor Auerbach won the UMass College of Science Outstanding Teacher Award. The research of Professor Auerbach and coworkers focuses on advanced materials and catalysts of importance to emerging renewable energy technologies including biofuels and fuel cells, leading to two books and 100 peer-reviewed articles. Professor Auerbach's group also models the molecular-level mechanisms of self-assembly of nanostructured materials.

Michael J. Cima is a professor of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an appointment at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1986, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Cima joined the MIT faculty in 1986. He was elected a fellow of the American Ceramics Society in 1997. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He now holds the David H. Koch Chair of Engineering at MIT. He was appointed faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2009, which is a program to inspire youth to be inventive and has a nationwide reach. Professor Cima is author or coauthor of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, has 37 U.S. patents, and is a recognized expert in the field of materials processing. He is actively involved in materials and engineered systems for improvement of human health, such as treatments for cancer, metabolic diseases, trauma, and urological disorders. Professor Cima's research concerns advanced forming technology such as for complex macro and micro devices, colloid science, MEMS, and other micro components for medical devices that are used for drug delivery and diagnostics; and high-throughput development methods for formulations of materials and pharmaceutical formulations. He is a co-inventor of MIT's three-dimensional printing process. His research has led to the development of chemically derived epitaxial oxide films for high-temperature superconductivity–coated conductors. He and collaborators have developed a number of drug delivery and diagnostic technologies. Finally, he has been a major contributor to the development of high-throughput systems for discovery of novel crystal forms and formulations of pharmaceuticals. Professor Cima also has extensive entrepreneurial experience as founder and director of several biomedical companies.

S. James Gates, Jr., is the University System of Maryland Regents Professor, John S. Toll Professor of Physics, and director of the Center for String & Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also serves on the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has B.S. degrees in mathematics and physics and a Ph.D. degree, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis, in 1977, was the first at MIT on the topic of supersymmetry. Dr. Gates has held appointments at MIT, Harvard, the California Institute of Technology, Howard University, and Gustavus Adolphus College. He has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Educational Testing Service and Time-Life Books. Dr. Gates is known for his work in super-symmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to superstring theory, which seeks to describe the fundamental matter of the universe. He authored Superspace or 1001 Lessons in Supersymmetry (1984), the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry. He is a past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and was nominated by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to become a member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He is on the board of trustees of Society for Science and the Public. The National Technical Association bequeathed him the National Technical Achiever of the Year and Physicist of the Year awards (1993). The American Physical Society gave him the Bouchet Award (1993). The Washington Academy of Sciences recognized him as the College Teacher of the Year (1999). The University of Maryland has bestowed upon him its Distinguished Scholar-Teacher (2002). The American Association of Physics Teachers presented him with the Klopsteg Award (2003). The National Science Teachers Association recognized him with their Karplus Award (2007). He has appeared in numerous television science documentaries including “The Elegant Universe,” “Einstein's Big Idea,” “The Fabric of Space,” and the BBC's “Hunt for the Higgs.” In 2012, he also appeared in the History Channel's “Mankind: The Story of All of Us.” Most recently, he has contributed footage for a documentary “The Mystery of Matter,” on the development of chemistry. In the last 2 years, Professor Gates has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and most recently, the National Academy of Sciences. During a White House ceremony in 2013, he was bestowed by President Obama with the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition the United States gives in the sciences. The citation on his medal reads, “For contributions to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.”

Susan H. Hixson served as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1992 to 2012. Her major responsibilities included serving as the program lead for chemistry within DUE, and as the program lead for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program, the Higher Education Centers for Learning and Teaching, the Adaptation and Implementation Track of the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program, the Systemic Changes in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum Initiative, and the Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Program. Prior to moving to the NSF, Dr. Hixson was a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Holyoke College from 1973 to 1992, and she also served as chair of the Program in Biochemistry for 6 years during that period. She was a visiting professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (1980) and a visiting scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (1986-1987). Her research program at Mount Holyoke focused on the photoaffinity labeling of enzymes with aryl azide reagents. She received her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1970) and her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (1965), and served as an instructor at Boston University (1969-1970), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1970-1973).

Thomas Holme is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1987 and was a postdoctoral associate at Hebrew University and the University of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1989. He began his academic career at the University of South Dakota, coming there from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He maintains two research groups, one in Chemical Education Research and the other in Computational Chemistry. In Chemical Education, Dr. Holme's research focuses on measurement and assessment of student learning. He serves as director of the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society, and his research generally seeks to improve the quality of information that can be obtained from exams and other forms of assessment. The work is carried out within the context of theories of cognition that help organize our understanding of how students approach the tasks they undertake while taking an exam. His group is developing methods to assess the cognitive complexity of test items, considering both the objective complexity inherent in the content covered by the assessment and the subjective complexity as determined by a student taking an exam. The combination of these types of complexity provides an estimation of the cognitive load the student experiences while testing, and this information can help explain the validity and reliability of the measurement of that student's knowledge. In computational chemistry his research group carries out a combination of approaches to look at biologically important chemical processes—in both human and plant applications—that involve chemicals that include main-group inorganic elements such as boron or silicon. Because molecules in this category often contain bonding motifs that have not been extensively studied in biochemical systems, the research begins with small-molecule quantum chemistry studies that inform the development of force-field parameterizations for molecular mechanics calculations.

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald is an assistant professor of sociology. She received her Ph.D. in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan in 2011. Her research takes a demographic approach to the study of social stratification. She is coauthor of Is American Science in Decline? (2012), which documents trends in the size of the American scientific workforce, public attitudes toward science, youth interest in science, the production of scientific degrees, and transitions to scientific employment.

Clark Landis is professor of inorganic and organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Born in 1956, he received the B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois–Urbana and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago for his work with Jack Halpern on the mechanism of enantioselective hydrogenation. Clark's current research interests center on catalysis and include mechanisms of metal-catalyzed alkene polymerization and enantioselective hydroformylation, development of new nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometric methods for measurement of rapid kinetics, synthesis and applications of modular chiral diazaphospholane ligands, computational modeling of catalytic processes, bonding theory, and chemical education. With Frank Weinhold, he is coauthor of two books, Valency and Bonding (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Exploring Chemistry with NBOs (Wiley, 2011). He was the recipient of the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 2010 and the University of Wisconsin Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Anne McCoy received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Haverford College in 1987 and her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1992 and was a Golda Meir postdoctoral fellow with Benny Gerber at the Hebrew University and University of California, Irvine. She joined faculty at The Ohio State University in 1994. She has been a member of the ACS Committee on Professional Training since 2008, served as vice chair of the committee in 2011, and has been the chair since January 2012. She has served as a senior editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2005, and is the deputy editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Professor McCoy has received a number of honors including being named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher/Scholar, giving the Crano Memorial Lecture for the Akron Section of the ACS in 2011, and the Distinguished Scholar Award (Ohio State) in 2013. Professor McCoy is a fellow of the American Physical Society, ACS, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jeffrey S. Moore received his B.S. in chemistry (1984) and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with Samuel Stupp (1989), both from the University of Illinois. He then went to Caltech as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow working with Robert Grubbs. In 1990, he joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then in 1993 returned to the University of Illinois where he is currently professor of materials science and engineering, as well as the Murchison-Mallory Chair in the Department of Chemistry. In 1995, he became a part-time Beckman Institute faculty member under the molecular and electronic nanostructures research theme. He currently serves as lead principal investigator (PI) on four grants including federal (one Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative) and corporate grants. He is also co-PI on four additional grants, working with colleagues across many disciplines. His awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. He has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Chemical Society. Professor Moore has also received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has been recognized as a “Faculty Ranked Excellent by Their Students” for his instruction of Chemistry 332. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society since July 1999 and advisor of the University of Illinois' Society of Postdoctoral Scholars since January 2011. He has pioneered the development of online organic chemistry courses and is preparing to offer a two-semester organic chemistry sequence as a massive open online course through Coursera. He has over 300 published journal articles covering topics from technology in the classroom to self-healing polymers, mechanoresponsive materials and shape-persistent macrocycles, including publications in Macromolecules, the Journal of Chemical Education, Advanced Materials, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

Joel Shulman is an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. After obtaining a B.S. degree from George Washington University in 1965, he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1970 from Harvard University. In 1970, he joined the research staff of the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). During his 31-year career at P&G, he managed projects ranging from drug discovery to the manufacture and commercialization of decaffeinated instant coffee brands to developing ingredients for the first 2-in-1 shampoo. From 1996 to 2001, he was manager of external relations and associate director of corporate research at P&G, with responsibility for bringing new technical capabilities into the company. Included in his department were doctoral recruiting, university relations, external research programs, interactions with government laboratories, and technology acquisition from Russia and China. Upon retiring from P&G in 2001, Dr. Shulman joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches undergraduate organic chemistry and a course called “Life After Graduate School.” He developed this latter course into a 2-day workshop entitled “Preparing for Life After Graduate School,” which is presented by the ACS on campuses throughout the country. Dr. Shulman serves the ACS as a career consultant, a consultant to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Office, chair of the Graduate Education Advisory Board and of the Task Force on the Association of American Colleges and Howard Hughes Medical Institute report, Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, and a member of the Committee on Professional Training. He is a fellow of the ACS.

Angelica Stacy is professor of chemistry and associate vice provost for faculty equity at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. Professor Stacy received her B.A. from LaSalle College in physics and chemistry in 1977 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1981. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, she began her career at UC Berkeley in 1983. She has published over 120 refereed journal articles, many in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Solid State Chemistry. She has been a distinguished lecturer at Florida State University (2003), the University of Pittsburgh (2002), and Grinnell College (1999). She received the Catalyst Award from the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the Frances P. Garvin–John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society. In 1984, she received the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Presidential Young Investigator Award and, in 1991, the Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers. She was cochair of the NSF's Presidential Young Investigators Workshop on U.S. Engineering, Mathematics and Science Education for the Year 2010 and Beyond (1990) and the Gordon Conference on Innovations in the Teaching of College Chemistry (1994). She was an essayist for the Carnegie Project and served on the National Research Council's Chemical Sciences Research Roundtable on Graduate Education. Stacy has received such awards as UC Berkeley's Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and the American Chemical Society's James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Teaching of Chemistry (1998). She also received UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991 and was named to the Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education by UC's Office of the President from 1993 until 1997.


Shannon Bullard is a human resources and program manager for the DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts Technical organization. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in food science and later continued her education obtaining her M.B.A. from Drexel University. Throughout her career at DuPont, she has been involved in leading science and engineering recruiting initiatives for both new college graduates and experienced hires.

Michael P. Doyle received his B.S. degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. Following a postdoctoral engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, he joined the faculty at Hope College in 1968 where he rose to full professor in 6 years and was appointed the first Kenneth Herrick Professor in 1982. In 1984, he moved to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, as the Dr. D. R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and in 1997 he came to Tucson, Arizona, as vice president, and then president, of Research Corporation and professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona. In 2003, he moved to the University of Maryland, College Park, as professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He has received the Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award (1982), the American Chemical Society Award for Research at Undergraduate Institutions (1988), Doctor Honoris Causa from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1994), Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1995), the James Flack Norris Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (1995), the Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award (2001), the George C. Pimentel Award for Chemical Education (2002), the Harry and Carol Moser Award (2005), and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2006). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the editorial boards of five journals, and associate editor of ChemComm, and an active member of the American Chemical Society. He has written or coauthored 10 books, including Basic Organic Stereochemistry, and 20 book chapters, and he is the coauthor of more than 270 journal publications. With 29 years in undergraduate institutions, more than 130 undergraduate students are coauthors of his publications, many with more than two citations, and more than 50 of these coauthors have obtained their Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Sarah A. Green is department chair and professor of chemistry at Michigan Technical University. She received her B.A. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Green's research focuses on the origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments; methods for detection of free radicals; photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment; oxidative degradation reactions; response of aquatic systems to climate change; effects of electrostatic charge and ionic strength on fast reaction kinetics; behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin; fluorescence-based analytical methods; and integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles. She is a 2013 Jefferson Science Fellow.

David Harwell is the assistant director for Career Management and Development at the ACS. In this role he develops employment and professional development strategies for ACS members and chemical professionals as well as supporting the ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. Additionally, he provided support to the ACS Presidential Task Force on Innovation and the Chemical Enterprise, and he is the project lead for the Society's new Entrepreneurial Initiatives including the Entrepreneurial Training Program and the Entrepreneurial Resources Center. Before joining the ACS staff, Dr. Harwell obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at Texas Tech University, worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles, and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii. In summary, he is a chemist by training and a career counselor by profession.

Susan Olesik is Dow Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. from DePauw University in 1977 and her Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, working with James Taylor. She was also a postdoctoral fellow for Milos Novotny at Indiana University from 1982 to 1984 and for Tomas Baer at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill from 1984 to 1986. She has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1986, being promoted to associate professor in 1992 and professor in 1997. In 1987, she received the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award; in 1990 she received the Eli Lilly Research Award; in 1998 she received a commendation from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for work on Cassini-Huygen's Probe; and in 2000 she received the AWISCO Woman in Science Award.

Francine Palmer, Ph.D., is the Solvay Research & Innovation director for North America, responsible for the company's R&I Center in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Research at the Bristol laboratory is focused on nanotechnology and advanced materials, organic electronics, and consumer chemicals. Solvay is a Brussels-based international chemical group, strongly committed to sustainable development with a clear focus on innovation and operational excellence. Francine earned a Ph.D. in organic synthesis at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and started her career as a postdoctoral research fellow under Professor Christopher J. Moody at the University of Exeter. In her current role, she is responsible for key competency and talent management and recruitment, as well as being a regional ambassador for academic and government lab institutions and collaborations.

Robert Peoples is the Executive Director and founder of Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). In addition, he is also President of the consulting company Environmental Impact Group, Inc. Until August 2012, he was the Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. In this capacity, he drove the implementation of the principles of green chemistry across the global chemical enterprise. Peoples has been a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) for 35 years, giving him valuable experience and insight into the chemical industry. Immediately prior to becoming Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, he served as Sustainability Director for the Carpet & Rug Institute. Preceding this position, Bob was Director of Carpet Sustainability and Market Development at Solutia, Inc., where he was actively involved in carpet recycling and negotiations that led to the formation of CARE and carpet-related health and indoor air quality issues. While there, he helped found the Board of Directors of CARE. Peoples holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Purdue University. He serves on several local and national boards including the Carpet America Recovery Effort, Georgia Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, and Green He is a member of several organizations including the National Recycling Coalition, Society of Plastics Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.

Jeffrey A. Reimer is the C. Judson King Endowed Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in chemistry from UC Santa Barbara (1976) and his Ph.D. (1980, chemistry) from Caltech. After 2 years at IBM's Watson Research Laboratory in New York, he joined Berkeley's faculty in 1982. From 2000 to 2005, Reimer was an associate dean in the UC Berkeley Graduate Division where he was responsible for campuswide reviews of doctoral programs; from 2006 until 2011 he was the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and chair of Berkeley's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. In 1998, Professor Reimer won the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences and was given the AIChE Northern California Section Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence in Academic Teaching. He was awarded the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching. Professor Reimer is author or coauthor of over 160 technical papers and reviews, and coauthor (with T. M. Duncan) of the introductory text, Chemical Engineering Design and Analysis. Professor Reimer was a Mercator Professor of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at RWTH Aachen University in 2006. Since that time he has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, and won the 2012 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for outstanding contributions to magnetic resonance.

William B. Tolman is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. He received a B.S. degree from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, in 1983, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. After a postdoctoral period, 1987-1990, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Centers for Metals in Biocatalysis and Sustainable Polymers and currently is serving as chair of the Department of Chemistry (since 2009). Among the honors he has received are the Searle Scholars, National Science Foundation National Young Investigator, Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Awards, the Buck-Whitney Medal from the ACS, a research award from the Humboldt Foundation, and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the ACS. He was associate editor (2007-2012) and is now editor-in-chief of the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry. He served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences from 2009 to 2011, is a member of the Advisory Board of the ACS Petroleum Research Fund and the governing board of the Council for Chemical Research, and served as chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms (2005) and Metals in Biology (2011). Current research in the Tolman group encompasses synthetic bioinorganic and organometallic/polymer chemistry. In the bioinorganic area, the objective is to gain a fundamental structural, spectroscopic, and mechanistic understanding of metalloprotein active sites of biological and environmental importance via the synthesis, characterization, and examination of the reactivity of model complexes. The goal of the Tolman group's research in the organometallic/polymer area is to synthesize and characterize a variety of metal complexes for use as catalysts for the polymerization of cyclic esters. In this collaborative project with Professor M. Hillmyer, particular emphasis is being placed on developing and understanding the mechanism(s) of processes for the controlled synthesis of polymers derived from renewable resources. His work has appeared in more than 175 publications that have been cited more than 10,000 times.

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