Anne S. DeMasi was elected as an ACS Fellow on the basis of her dedication to science and long term dedication to serving the American Chemical Society, particularly in the Philadelphia Local Section. A Philadelphia native, Anne received a BS in chemistry/biochemistry from Chestnut Hill College (1986) and pursued graduate studies at Villanova University, receiving a MS in biochemistry (1989).
Anne’s career began at Rohm and Haas (now Dow Chemical) as a senior research scientist (1988-2000). She was then senior hazard communication and regulatory affairs specialist (2000-2009), subsequently moving to Chemtura in 2010 to her current position as hazard communication manager.
In ACS national offices Anne is currently on the Committee on Corporation Associates (2007-present), Chair (2007-2012 and Awards Chair); Finance and Budget subcommittee (2013-present). Most of Anne’s volunteer work for ACS has been on the local level for the Philadelphia Section. She joined ACS in 1991 and immediately became an active member of the Section. Anne has been on the board of directors since 1991. Some of her other positions are: councilor (2004-present); Council Committee Chair (2007-2011); secretary (2006-2007, 2000, 1994-1995); past-chair (2003), chair (2002), and chair-elect (2001); National Chemistry Week Committee (1992-present) and chair (2004-2005); Graduate School Forum co-chair (1992-2010); Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting publicity chair (2007); 100th Anniversary Committee (1998); Project Labs (1998); and Younger Chemists Committee chair (1991-1997). She is also a member of the Division of Chemical Health & Safety.
Some of the other awards Anne has received are: ACS YCC Outstanding Event (1997); ACS Philadelphia Section Service Award (1996); and Ullyot Award for Meritorious Service.
On the ACS website for the 2014 list of ACS Fellows Anne has stated her contribution to the science profession: “Implemented sustainable processes and developed employees to assure safety and compliance with the global requirements for Safety Data Sheets and Labels across consumer, agricultural, and industrial businesses.” Her comment about contribution to the ACS community is “Initiated and co-chaired the Philadelphia Local Section Graduate School Forum; for more than 18 years, hundreds of undergraduate chemistry students were afforded the opportunity to interact in person with representatives from the top graduate chemistry departments throughout the US.”
The above is just a sampling of various awards and dedicated service to ACS and indicates why Anne was chosen as one of the 2014 ACS Fellows.