ANTHONY W. (TONY) ADDISON, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Drexel University
Education and Professional History: BSc (Hons.) Applied Chemistry, University of New South Wales, 1968; PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1971; postdoctoral fellow Northwestern University, 1970-72; Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, 1972-78; Associate Professor, Drexel University, 1978-91; Professor 1991-2017; Associate Department Head 1987-99; Department Head 2000-03
ACS Membership: 1974: Philadelphia Section: 1978: Inorganic Division (1974) & Bioinorganic Subdivision
Honors and Professional Societies: Elected ACS Fellow, 2012; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (1969, elected a Fellow, 2008, Member, Dalton Division, Inorganic Biochemistry, Electron Spin Resonance, & Macrocycles Subject Groups); Member, Chemical Institute of Canada/Canadian Society for Chemistry (1974); Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (elected a Fellow, 2016); International EPR/ESR Society (2002); The ACS Philadelphia Section Award, 2016; ACS Philadelphia Section Ullyot Award for Meritorious Service, presented at the Section Centennial Gala, April 1999; Le Conférencier, la Convention Intercantonale Romande d’Enseignement du 3e Cycle en Chimie, Switzerland, October 1990; Christian & Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1987; The John van Geuns Fonds Lecturer, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 1985; Elected Honorary Member of Phi Eta Sigma, 1982; Australian Commonwealth Scholar (1964-67); Adjunct Associate Professor, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Memorial Hospital at Camden, 1991-2009
National Participation: Associate/Member, Committee on Meetings & Expositions, & Regional Meetings Subcommittee, 2008-2015; Member, ACS National Award Committee, 2007-09; Associate & Member, ACS Joint Board/Council Committee on Publications, 2016
Regional Participation: Program Chair, 30th Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM), Villanova, PA, 1996; Program Co-Chair, 39th MARM, Collegeville, PA, 2007; Member/Associate Mid-Atlantic Region Board 2005-present; Member, Mid-Atlantic Region Awards Committee, 2010, 2013-2015
Local Section Participation: Section Chair, 1989; Publications/Communications Committee (1979-present, Chair 1981-87); Member, Section Board of Directors, 1987-90; Section Nominations Committee (1990-91); Chairman, ad hoc Committee on Awards for Excellence in Pre-College Teaching, 1991; Alternate Councilor, 1994; Councilor, 2003-2012, 2012-2018; Member, Section Awards Committee, 2006-2008; Section Liaison to Mid-Atlantic Region Board, 2013-present

Statement: I hope you have found my past semiannual “News from Council” articles in the Catalyst to be appropriately reflective of the Philadelphia viewpoint, while offering occasional insight into what’s controversial or significant in the Society that will affect us. I should be pleased to continue to be included in voicing the views of our Section’s members on these matters at Council. It’s important that you exercise your vote in the election of your local ACS Section’s officers, and that you communicate with them and tell them what you want from your local Section and from the national level, and also tell them what you have to offer in turn. Since previously becoming a Councilor some years ago, I have attended nearly all of the ACS National Meetings since then, often in conjunction with a research presentation by myself and/or my students. It’s been my observation, that the ideas and opinions that are voiced at Council really do guide the course of the Society’s activities and development. As a Member of the Society’s Committee on Meetings & Expositions, I was able to propose successfully that Philadelphia be the site of the next Spring meeting (March 22nd, 2020 – perfect weather guaranteed!).


MICHAEL J. CASTALDI, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Widener and Temple Universities, 2018-Present; Lead Science and Math Teacher. C-2 Education, 2018-Present
Education: BS Chemistry major, History minor. St. Peters University, 1977, MS Columbia University 2014
Professional Positions: Scientist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, St. Peters University 2010-2019; Associate Professor, Immaculata University, 2015-2018; Lehmann College, 2015-2016; Mount St. Vincent University 2014-2015; Pfizer Medicinal and Process Chemist 1986-2010; Medicinal Chemist Sterling Winthrop Research 1978-1986
Honors and Professional Societies: Technical Achieve Award in Organic Chemistry, 2003; Pfizer Global Research award for Scientific Achievement 2007; ECMT excellence award for Synthetic Support of GABA Partial Agonist Hypnotic Agents 1997
ACS Membership: 1977; Organic, Education and Medicinal Chemistry Divisions
National Participation:  Executive Committee member MARM planning 2016 regional meeting; Chair of MARM Awards Committee, 2015-2016
Local Participation: Corporate Associates Committee ACS 2004-2010, member of the Education subcommittee; Director 2015-2017; Alternate Councilor of Philadelphia ACS 2015-2017; Older Chemist Mini Grant for Philadelphia ACS Section, 2018; Participation in Speed Networking at both Philadelphia and National ACS meetings

Statement: The American Chemistry society has been an important part of my professional life for over forty years. I have participated at both the national and local levels since joining in 1977. During my Industrial career I was a member of the Corporate Associates Committee as one of Pfizer’s representatives and a member of the educational subcommittee which proved fortuitous upon my retirement from industry and my second career in academia. I was active in the New York local section, where I served on the 2016 MARM Local ACS meeting as chair of the awards committee. After accepting a full-time position in the Philadelphia area, I joined our section in 2015. Previously, it has been an honor to serve as both a Director and an Alternate Councilor for the Philadelphia ACS Section. I would like to increase my involvement in the section by asking your support for the following positions: Chair elect, Counselor and Director for the Philadelphia ACS Section. I bring a unique perceptive to the positions as I have had two careers as a chemist in both industry and academia. Further, as a member of the ACS since college graduation I am committed to increasing involvement especially with our younger members. Teaching has increased this desire and now as a member of the “experienced” chemists, I would like to increase the mentorship and involvement of our younger members as they are our future.


DEBORAH H. COOK, Education Consultant, Adjunct Faculty Rider University, Adjunct Faculty Temple University
Education: BS Chemistry, USP, 1971; EdM Science Education, Temple University, 1974; EdD Science Education, Temple University, 1984
Honors and Professional Societies: ACS; NSTA; NSELA; Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Phi Delta Kappa; Fulbright Exchange Teacher (U.K. 1984-85), N.J. Pres. Award for Excellence in Science Teaching; NJSSA Presidential Award; Section Service Award; Ullyot Award, Alumni Award (USP 2000)
ACS Membership: 1972; Philadelphia Section: 1972
Local Section Participation: Secretary, Chemical Education Group, 1979; Secretary, Education Committee, 1980; Chair, Chemical Education Group, 1981, 1986-87, Section Secretary, 1990-91; Alternate Councilor, 1991; Board of Directors, 1992-95, 1997, 1999-2003, 2007-15; Chair-Elect 2004; Chair, 2005; Immediate Past Chair, 2006; Chair-elect 2016, Chair 2017, Immediate Past-Chair 2018, Councilor 2006-08, 2011-16; Alternate Councilor 2009-10

Statement: I have been an active member of the ACS since the late 1970’s and most recently served as Section Chair Succession 2016-18. As noted above, I have held a variety of offices and have served on various committees. As a member of Council, I have become active in ACS at the national level. I was appointed an affiliate member for two one-year terms on the Society Committee on Education (SOCED), 2008 and 2009. Subsequently, I was appointed as a full member of SOCED (2010-2012, 2013-2015, 2016-18) and Chaired the SOCED Task Force to revise the ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for the Teaching of High School Chemistry which was published by ACS in spring 2012. I have served on several additional SOCED Task Forces, and chaired (2016-18) the SOCED Sub Committee A (Pre-college committee), and also chaired the SOCED Task Force to re-revise the ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for the Teaching of Middle and High School Chemistry, completed in 2017-18. I have termed off SOCED and have been appointed as an affiliate to the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA).
If re-elected to Council, I will represent Philadelphia Section by attending Council meetings with the greatest enthusiasm, integrity, and determination. I will continue to be active by serving on National Committee to which I bring many years of experience and knowledge. I respectfully and humbly ask for your vote to represent you and the Section on Council.


JUDITH N. CURRANO, Head, Chemistry Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, MS (Library and Information Sciences), 1999; University of Rochester, BA (Chemistry, English), 1998
Honors and Professional Societies: Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre Board of Trustees: Chair, 2018-date; Vice Chair, 2016-2018; Member, 2014-date. Special Libraries Association Chemistry Division: Professional Development Chair, 2002-2008, 2019-date; Membership Chair 2007-2010; Liaison to ACS CINF, 2014-date. University of Pennsylvania Women in Chemistry board, 2004-date; Special Libraries Association Rose L. Vormelker Award, 2016
ACS Membership: 1999; Philadelphia Section: 1999
National Participation: Committee on Ethics: Chair 2018-date; Member 2017-2018; Committee Associate 2016. Bylaws Councilor 2015. Committee on Committees: Member 2013-2015 (Liaison to SOCED and CTA); Division of Chemical Information: Past Chair 2015, Chair 2014, Chair-elect 2013, Secretary 2008-2009, Chemical Information Bulletin editor 2011-2012, 2016-date; Education Committee member 2001-2003, 2005-2007, 2009-2012, Communications and Publications Committee member 2010-2012, 2016-date; Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service: Member 2008-13, Committee Associate, 2007
Local Section Participation: Councilor, 2009-2014; 2017-date; Alternate Councilor, 2005-2008, 2015-2016; MARM Abstract/Program Book Chair, 2007

Statement: In my position at the University of Pennsylvania, I work and interact with a broad spectrum of the ACS membership, including research and teaching faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, publishers, information professionals, and industry chemists. Not only am I aware of the strengths and needs of all groups, but I also see potential connections that will allow them to benefit from one another’s experience. I am the current chair of the ACS Committee on Ethics, and this, coupled with my three years of service on the ACS Committee on Committees and my term in the chair’s succession of the Division of Chemical Information, has given me insights into the ACS organization and governance structure. Through participation at Council meetings and on national committees, I hope to use this understanding effectively to represent the needs and viewpoints of our diverse membership on a national level and to bring back useful information on ways in which our local initiatives can dovetail with national happenings.
One reason that I entered the chemical information profession was my strong interest in improving methods of communication between current scientists. Philadelphia is a large local section, and I would like to work with others throughout the section to learn what our members want and need from ACS; to explore new methods of delivering relevant virtual or decentralized programs to our membership, offering greater opportunities for involvement within our diverse community; and to convey our section’s needs to national leadership. As a current Councilor and now as the chair of a national committee, I spend my time at national meetings networking with individuals from across the society, learning about the successes of their sections and divisions, and describing to them the exciting things happening in Philadelphia. I hope to continue to use these connections, as well as my connections within the University of Pennsylvania, to help the directors and officers of the Philadelphia Section brainstorm and develop excellent programs and communicate our successes at a national level.


GRAHAM E. DOBEREINER, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Temple University
Education: BS Chemistry, Brandeis University, 2007; PhD Yale University, 2011; Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2014
ACS Membership: 2014; Division Inorganic
Honors and Professional Societies: William Caldwell Memorial Distinguished Teaching Award, Temple University, 2019; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), 2019-present
Local Section Participation: Inorganic Topical Group (Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium), 2015-present; Organizer, ACS Workshop “Preparing for Life After Graduate School,” 2015; Awards Committee, 2019-present

Statement: I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. The Section supports many worthwhile efforts in our community, and I am committed to working with Section leadership to enhance existing programs and widen participation in Section activities. I am eager to find new ways to strengthen communications between members of the Section beyond periodic meetings, since every member has the potential to be a resource for others. Since our Section is uniquely positioned to develop scientific literacy in our region, I am also interested in exploring innovative approaches to communicate chemistry broadly, and ensure our discipline is inclusive and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.


STEVEN A. FLEMING, Professor of Instruction, Department of Chemistry, Temple University
Education: University of Utah, BS, 1978; University of Wisconsin, PhD, 1984; Colorado State University, Post-doctorate, 1984-1986
Honors and Professional Societies: Sigma Xi (1979-present); Inter-American Photochemical Society (1995-present); POCC (2008-2010); ACS Division: Chemical Education; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1984-86; NSF CCLI/TUES Research Support, 2003-2014; Brigham Young University Maeser Teaching Award, 2001; Temple University Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011; ACS Fellow, 2015; Lindback Teaching Award, 2016; Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2017; Philadelphia Section Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2018
ACS Membership: 1977; Philadelphia Section: 2008
National Participation: Local Sections Activities Committee, 1992-1997; Ad Hoc committee on membership retention, 1995-1996; Meetings and Expositions Committee, 1998-2005; Chair of Meetings and Expositions Committee, 2004-2005; Society Committee on Education (associate member), 2011-2014; Chemical Safety Subcommittee, 2011-2015; First Term Organic Chemistry ACS Exams Committee member, 2004-2014; Committee on Professional Training (associate member), 2015-2016; Project SEED (associate member), 2017-present; Program Committee for Chemical Education Division, 2015-present
Local Section Participation: Central Utah Section: Councilor, 1991-2008; Chair, 1989; NCW Committee, 1989-2008. Philadelphia Section: Director, 2012-2014, 2019-present. Chair-elect, 2013; Chair, 2014; Past-chair, 2015; Alternate Councilor, 2017. Rocky Mountain Region: Chair, 1996; Secretary, 2003-2004; Secretary-Treasurer, 2005-2008. Joint Rocky Mountain and Northwest Regional Meeting: Program Co-chair, 1995; Chair, 2008

Statement: I enjoyed serving as the Chair of the Philadelphia Local Section of the ACS in 2014 and I learned much about the Philadelphia section as a Director for 2 years prior to chairing the section. As a result of those experiences I have gained an appreciation for the many volunteers in the Section. I am very impressed with the service and leadership skills of those who dedicate their time to the local section and I have learned much from them. I am willing to continue serving and learning. I am familiar with the responsibilities and expectations of being a Councilor because I served as the Councilor of the Central Utah Section for 17 years. It is an honor to serve as a Director of the Philadelphia Section again (2019-present). If elected to serve as a Councilor of the Philadelphia Section, I would work closely with the other Councilors of the local section. I understand the need for the representatives of the section to work together on issues related to the needs of the Philly section. I would listen to the needs and concerns of section members for ACS matters that come to the Council for vote. I would solicit section feedback when necessary. I believe that Councilors and Directors should represent their constituents appropriately. As a result of this belief, if elected as a Councilor, I will do my best to represent the members of the section. If I am not elected, I will continue to attend the Board meetings and serve the Philly community as a member of the Board of Directors.


MARK A. FORMAN, Professor and Chair, Saint Joseph’s University
Education: BA Franklin and Marshall College, 1986; PhD University of Pennsylvania, 1991
Honors and Professional Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; ACS; Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary; Sigma Xi, Council on Undergraduate Research; Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club
ACS Membership: 1985; Philadelphia Section: 1985; Divisions: Organic, Chemical Education
National Participation: Member: Society of Chemical Industry Scholars Industrial Summer Internships Review Panel (2010-present); Member: American Chemical Society Chemluminary Awards Outstanding High School Student Program Selection Award Committee (2010); Member: American Chemical Society Chemluminary Awards Outstanding High School Outstanding Kids and Chemistry Selection Award Committee (2010); Member: American Chemical Society Committee on Education (2009-2011)
Local Section Participation: Councilor 2014-2016; Alternate Councilor 2000-2003, 2004-2006, 2009-2011, 2012-2013, 2017-present

Statement: It would be an honor for me to serve the ACS as a Councilor representing the Philadelphia section. I am in my 28th year as a faculty member at Saint Joseph’s University, and I have been on numerous departments, college, and university task forces, boards, and committees; I have served as department chair for the past nine years.
The backbone of the ACS is its local sections. I will continue to work to keep our section healthy and active and represent us at the national level. As a Councilor, a priority of mine will be science education, particularly K-12 and education/outreach to the public. As a member of the SOCED (Subcommittee A) I was able to learn about and contribute to discussions on K-12 chemistry education. I am pleased that our local section has a wide variety of activities and programs directed toward K-12 science education. As Councilor, I will continue to work to support these programs as well as help develop new programs to support this and other initiatives. It has been my pleasure to serve our section faithfully and represent our interests at the national level. If elected as a Councilor, I would bring leadership, experience, and a commitment to continue to represent the interests of chemists in the society, particularly the Philadelphia section. I respectfully ask for your vote.


LEE W. HOFFMAN, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University
Education: BS University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1992; MS Michigan State University, 1996; PhD Flinders University, 2010; Postdoc, South Dakota State University, 2011-2014
Honors and Professional Societies: Recipient of Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS), Flinders University, 2006; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry 2013-present
ACS Membership: 1991; Philadelphia Section: 2014
National Participation: Committee on Chemists With Disabilities, Associate member 2003-2006, Member 2011-present; Chair – Chemists With Disabilities subdivision to PROF, 2016-2018; symposium co-organizer and session chair – Building Opportunities in the Chemical Profession: Exploiting the Power of Diversity and Inclusion, Philadelphia, 2016; symposium organizer and chair – The Bond Between Science and Disability, Forging New Capabilities for Inclusion, New Orleans, 2018; symposium organizer and chair – Exploring the Nano – Leveraging Unique Abilities.
Local Section Participation: Member – Education and Community Outreach Committee, 2016-2019; Alternate Councilor, 2017-2019; Director, 2017-2019; Chair Project SEED, 2017-2018; Chair Communications Committee, 2019

Statement: It has been a great honor to serve this section as a director and alternate-councilor position for the past two years and seek your vote to continue in these roles. I have been involved with the ACS for more than 25 years starting with my undergraduate studies. Since my BS, I have been involved in educating others at various capacities ranging from high school to university to industry.
Serving on the Chemists with Disabilities committee has increased my knowledge of persons with disabilities, the various types of disability, and (most importantly) that disability should be viewed as a unique ability. Rather than disability closing doors, I believe (utilizing open mindedness) new doors can be opened. I will be utilizing the experience gained through working with this committee in expanding opportunities for all members of our local section, most specifically in the newly revived Local Section Committee on Minority Affairs.
While at SDSU, I also became involved in Project SEED. I brought that experience with me and I am now involved with the Philly section of Project SEED. ACS membership has been declining over recent years. While the causes are complex and many, one impact we can have is exposure.  To that end, the greater Philadelphia area has a significantly large population in which Project SEED can serve. The program brings exposure to higher education and possibilities in fields associated with chemistry.
I look forward to this new appointment as Chair of the Communications Committee. The Local Philadelphia Section is large, and thus our numbers can bring us strength. To that end, we need to ensure our members are getting information in a timely manner and a format they find appealing.


MARGE MATTHEWS, retired from Thomson Reuters
Education: St. Joseph’s University, MS in Chemistry, Chestnut Hill College, BS in Chemistry
Professional Positions: Thomson Reuters, Senior Chemical Specialist, 2007-2014; University of Pennsylvania, Editorial Assistant for Organic Letters, 2005-2007; Senior Quality Assurance Editor, Netbridge Technologies, 2003-present; Thomson Reuters (formally ISI® – Institute for Scientific Information®), Senior Software developer for the electronic (Web of ScienceTM) and print (Current Contents®) products, 1981-2003; Manager, Chemical Documentation, 1976-1981
Honors and Professional Societies: Philadelphia Local Section Salute to Excellence Award 2018; Philadelphia Local Section Service Section Award 2006; Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award 2005
ACS Membership: 1972; Philadelphia Section: 1972
National Participation: Divisional Activities Committee, Member and Co-Chair of Annual Reports sub-committee 2019, 2013 and Associate Member 2018, 2012; CINF: Treasurer 1995-2004, 2007-2008; Awards Committee 2005-present; Member of Membership Committee; Liaison between Membership and Publications Committees; Chemical Information Bulletin (newsletter for CINF), Editor, 1982-1994, assistant to the Editor, 1977-1981
Local Section Participation: Councilor, 2017-2019, 2011-2013; Alternate Councilor, 2014-2016, 2008-2010; Board of Directors, 2009-2011; Chair of Communications Committee, 2008-2016; Editor-in-Chief of section newsletter, the Catalyst, 2003-2005; proof editor of the Catalyst, 1981-2003, 2005-present

Statement: A critical objective for any officer of the local section is to support activities and the local section position on any issues that arise. It is essential to get young people starting out in their chemical careers to become involved in the local section. Getting people involved early in their career will ensure continued leadership for the Philadelphia Local Section. Once people become involved in the local section, they will be exposed to different career opportunities in chemistry and/or the chemical field that have been chosen by other chemistry majors. It will help them realize there are many opportunities open to them and sometimes making a change is not too difficult and will broaden their horizons.


CHRISTINE E. McINNIS, Principle Investigator, Nutrition and Biosciences, DuPont. Previously with The Dow Chemical Company from 2011-2019
Education: BS Chemistry and Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2006; PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2011
ACS Membership: 2006; Wisconsin Local Section Younger Chemists Committee, founder: 2009; Philadelphia Section: 2011
National Participation: National Younger Chemists Committee (YCC): 2010 (Local and Regional Affairs working group chairman, 2011-2018); Career Consultant, 2016-present. Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2019. Chair Elect of Multidisciplinary Programs Planning Group, 2019
Local Section Participation: YCC Chair, 2012-2018; Board of Directors, 2016-2021; Councilor, 2017-2019

Statement: I am excited to run for the position of Councilor for the Philadelphia Local Section. I have come to learn that the Philadelphia Local Section of the ACS is steeped in a rich history and that we are blessed to have many experienced members of the section with us today. I have also had the privilege of working with several very talented younger chemists to develop the YCC leadership council. These younger chemists have planned some amazing events for our section including the yearly student poster session. I am truly honored to represent such a dynamic section as a national Councilor.
My current participation as a Councilor has allowed me to serve on the Committee of Economic and Professional Affairs. This has enhanced my efforts at the local section level with the Career Services Committee. I am hopeful that I can continue to serve the ACS on a national level by being a Councilor for the Philadelphia Section while ensuring that the local section benefits from all that the National ACS has to offer.


JAMES K. MURRAY, Jr., Professor of Organic Chemistry, Immaculata University
Education: BS Chemistry, Drexel University, 1996; MS Organic Chemistry, Drexel University, 1997, PhD Organic Chemistry, Drexel University, 2003
ACS Membership: 1993; Philadelphia Section: 1993
Honors and Professional Societies: American Chemical Society, Philadelphia Section, Division of Organic Chemistry, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Chemical Education, Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club (POCC). Philadelphia Section, ACS, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science, 2011
Local Section Participation: Chair 2019, Alternate Councilor, 2008-2010, 2017-2019; Councilor 2014-2016. Board of Directors 2017-2019

Statement: I have had the great privilege to serve the Philadelphia Section ACS as the Chair for 2019. During this time, I talked with many of our members from all areas of the Section and gathered their comments and thoughts on how to make the Section, and ACS, more meaningful. I have worked hard to try and bring change, momentum, and a renewed spirit to the Section. I know that in one calendar year I cannot hope to address every issue facing the Section, but any corrective measures are forward progress. For the 2019 election, I stand as a candidate for Councilor. These are the Section’s elected representatives on the national stage that volunteer their time, talents, and skills for the betterment of ACS for all of us. I would like to take the knowledge and experience that I have gained serving the Section as Chair to the National level.


RUSSELL PHIFER, National Registry of Certified Chemists; WC Environmental, LLC
Education: BA, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 1974
Honors and Professional Societies: ACS Fellow, 2010; CHAS Fellow, 2005; Tillmanns-Skolnik Award, 2005; Chester County Entrepreneur of the Year, 1993
National Participation: Chair, Committee on Chemical Safety, 2008; Chair, Division of Chemical Health & Safety, 2005, 2009; Member of the American Chemical Society’s Task Force on Laboratory Chemical and Waste Management since 1982, and chairman from 1986-1994, 2002, 2003, 2009; Member of the Committee on Environmental Improvement, 1995-1997; Member of the Committee on Chemical Safety, 1995-2006, 2013-current; Chair, Subcommittee on Safe Practices Solutions, CCS, 2002-2007, 2017-2018. Councilor, Division of Chemical Health & Safety, 1993-1996, 2011-2014; Alternate Councilor, CHAS, 1997-1999
Local Section Participation: Chairman of the ACS Philadelphia Section’s Chemical Health and Safety Committee, 1991-93, 98; Member of the Board of Directors, 1993; Alternate Councilor, 2008-2018; Chairman of the Philadelphia Section Legislative Liaison Committee 1992-1997; Member of the Philadelphia Section Program Committee,1994

Statement: As the chemical enterprise has rapidly evolved into a global entity with nearly instant communication among colleagues a reality, the Philadelphia Section should be working to facilitate collaboration among local chemists and those doing similar work both within the Society and internationally. While there will always be a place for face to face interaction, the Section should leverage its membership, office, and leadership abilities to help its members advance in their careers and enhance communication. Thank you for your kind consideration.


DAVID SALAS-de la CRUZ, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University – Camden
Education: BS Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez; MS Chemical Engineering, Villanova University; PhD Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Professional Experiences: More than 15 years of industrial and academic research experience at Kimberly-Clark, LifeScan (a Johnson and Johnson Company), Rohm and Haas (Dow Chemicals), and Holtec International; Consultant for Local Motors and Shell Oil Company;
Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Dela Kappa
Board of Director Experiences: Vice President of Thermal Analysis Forum of the Delaware Valley (2018-present); Leap Academy University Charter School Board Member (2013-2014); American Institute of Chemical Engineer Board of Director Members (2004-2009)
ACS Membership: 2013; Philadelphia Section: 2014
National Participation: Cellulose Division Poster Judge (Orlando, FL 2019) and Cellulose Session Chair (Washington, 2017); ASC SEED Mentor in 2015, 2016, 2017

Statement: It is indeed a great pleasure to be nominated for both the Counselor and Board of Director Member, for the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemistry Society, one of the oldest local sections. I am excited about this opportunity to represent my colleague and my local scientific community and to be one of the spokesmen to the general public community. Our local section has a unique scientific history with representation from highly esteemed scholars and Nobel laurels. I am humbled with this great opportunity.

If elected, I will seek to:

  • Encourage the participation of more chemical professionals by supporting career growth and networking. With more than 20 colleges and universities in the region we can easily provide an avenue to connect them with career training, continued education and networking.
  • Encourage the participation of more local K-12 Chemistry teachers. Teachers are the first voice of our field. The more excited they are, the more students will apply to our programs. I will try to help increase their participation in our organization, in grant and events.
  • Provide support for minority students, scientists and professions. As a minority, I know the struggles one faces with language and cultural barriers. I hope to help in creating the network of professionals that could assist with writing and communication skills.
  • Represent our local organization at the ACS National Conferences
  • Increasing the participation of chemical professional and teachers and by increasing the network with faculty members, we will close the loop by providing a continue path from cradle to professional life.

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