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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee

Zafra Lerman

President

Zafra Lerman is an American chemist, educator, and humanitarian. She conducted research on isotope effects at Cornell and Northwestern Universities in the US, and the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. From 1986 to 2010, she chaired the American Chemical Society's Subcommittee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights. She has been successful in preventing executions, releasing prisoners of conscience from jail and bringing dissidents to freedom. She has received over 40 awards for her work in education, human rights, and science diplomacy, including the 1999 Presidential Award from U.S. President Clinton, the 2005 Nyholm Prize for Education from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the 2015 Science Diplomacy Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the 2016 Andrei Sakharov prize for human rights from the American Physical Society (APS), and the 2016 Peace and Justice award from the UN NOVUS Summit. She was honored three times by the U.S. Congress with speeches about her work in 2002, 2004 and 2013. Her work has been featured on many national and international television and media outlets.

Ann Nalley

Vice President

Ann Nalley is a Professor of Chemistry and Clarence Page Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering at Cameron University, a position which she has held since 1969.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry at Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Radiation Chemistry from Texas Woman's University. She served as the President of the American Chemical Society (the largest scientific society in the world) in 2006.   She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among her many awards are the 2015 ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences and induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

Russell Johnson

Vice President

​Russell Johnson retired in 2016 from Honeywell International as an executive-level Corporate Fellow after a 42-year company career in the petroleum, chemicals, environmental, and aerospace industries.  He was granted more than 60 U.S. patents and was awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) Heroes of Chemistry Award for his work as Chief Scientist for demilitarization of chemical and strategic weapons. Johnson, an ACS Fellow, has served this professional society for over 40 years in local, national, and governance functions, with a special focus in areas of public and government affairs.

Iona Black

Secretary

Iona Black is an educator and researcher. She received Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and education. Dr. Black is a member of various national and international committees and a reviewer and editor for various refereed journals. She has received the highest award given by Rotary International to an individual, the “Service Above Self Award”. She has also received the Stakeholder Award for her work on the Fractured Rock Team for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council. 

Morton Hoffman

Treasurer

Morton Hoffman has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry of Boston University since 1961.  His Ph.D. was from the University of Michigan; he did postdoctoral research at Sheffield University in England with Professor George Porter (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1967).  He has published nearly 200 articles and book chapters in the peer-reviewed chemical literature in the areas of physical-inorganic chemistry, free radical and electron transfer reactions, photochemical conversion and storage of solar energy, and radiation chemical processes.  He served as the Chair of the Northeastern Local ACS Section (2002) and the ACS Division of Chemical Education (2005).  He is the recipient of the ACS Volunteer Service Award (2007) and numerous awards for his contributions to chemical education.  He has served as the Treasurer of the Malta Conferences Foundation since its incorporation in 2011.

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Members of the Board

Chris Bannochie

Chris Bannochie holds a Ph.D. chemistry from Texas A&M University and a B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. John’s University. Dr Bannochie is a Senior Fellow at the Savannah River National Laboratory has also served as a Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research involves process development and analytical characterization for nuclear waste streams. A fellow of the American Chemical Society, Dr Bannochie has received many awards, including the ACS Division of Professional Relations Louis J. Sacco Award and the NOGSLTP Walt Westman Award. He has served on several boards including: Leadership Augusta, NOGLSTP, SERMACS, NSF OXIDE, and Georgia Equality.

Catherine Costello

Catherine E. Costello, a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston Univ., holds appointments in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Chemistry. Her research, centered on development and application of mass spectrometry-based methods to study protein post-translational modifications and folding disorders, cardiovascular and infectious diseases, glycobiology and bioactive lipids, has resulted in ~335 scientific papers. She is President of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation, a member of the US-Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Board and several editorial and advisory boards and has served as President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the International HUPO. 

R. Michael DeSalle

Michael DeSalle holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and is President of NFP Financial Consulting, LLC, an Illinois company providing strategic planning initiatives as well as financial and accounting solutions to the not-for-profit sector.  He was the Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia College Chicago for twenty-two years. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Asian Human Services Family Health Centers, Inc., a not-for-profit agency providing medical, dental and mental health services to the immigrant population of the greater Chicago area. 

Choon Ho Do

Choon H. Do is a retired Professor from Sunchon National University, Korea where he taught polymer chemistry. He served as the President of the Korean Chemical Society in 2010. Dr Choon Do has been a member of the Committee on Chemical Education and IUPAC for many years. He is currently the Director of Korean Chemical Industry Specialists Association.

Moh El-Naggar

Moh El-Naggar is the Robert D. Beyer Early Career Chair in Natural Sciences at the University of Southern California. He received his B.S. degree from Lehigh University, followed by a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2007. In 2010, El-Naggar received a Department of Defense Young Investigator Award, from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. In 2012, he was named one of Popular Science's ‘Brilliant 10’. El-Naggar was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama in 2014. His research focuses on biotic-abiotic interfaces with relevance to bioelectronics and renewable energy.

Omar K. Farha

Omar K. Farha is an associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, president of NuMat Technologies, and Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His accomplishments have been recognized by several awards including the RSC “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award; the ACS “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science; and an award established by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University: the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership. Published 300 peer-reviewed publications and was named a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Jonathan Forman

Jonathan Forman holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from California State University San Bernardino. After graduate school, Dr Forman worked for a series of biotechnology companies developing technologies for genomic, immunoassay, and cell capture applications; eventually becoming a process and product development consultant for chip-based platforms. In 2013 he joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as Science Policy Adviser, where he also serves as Secretary to the Orgnisations Scientific Advisory Board. His professional interests include assessment of emerging technologies, science advice for policy, and science diplomacy.

Kimberly Gray

Kimberly Gray is the Kay Davis Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. She is also a member in Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Transportation Center and the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth in the Pritzker School of Law. Gray received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Her areas of expertise are environmental catalysis and physicochemical processes in natural and engineered systems with particular focus on sustainability applications. She is the author of over 130 scientific papers and lectures widely on energy, climate and environmental issues.

Lynn Hogue

Lynn Hogue has more than 40 years of experience in chemistry education. She is retired after 17 years as the Associate Director of Miami University’s Center for Chemistry Education. While at the Center, she also was the director of its teacher and student programs and was a lead instructor for more than 50 funded National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Petrochemical Refiners Association, and Ohio Board of Regents programs.  She is co-author of 14 teacher resource books. Lynn is a widely traveled guest lecturer and workshop presenter at the national and international levels.

Charles Kolb

Charles Kolb is president and chief executive officer of Aerodyne Research, Inc.  His research is focused on atmospheric chemistry and its impact on stratospheric ozone depletion, acid deposition, ambient air quality and climate changes.  He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Thisbe Lindhorst

Thisbe Lindhorst is a Full Professor at Christiana Albertina University of Kiel. She studied chemistry at the Universities of München and Münster, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, and completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of British Columbia. Her scientific interest is centered in the glycosciences, where her work is focused at understanding the biological meaning of the glycocalyx. Professor Lindhorst served as president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2016 and in 2017. She is also engaged in ethics in chemistry, which she approaches using what she calls "Wertedenken" ("Values Thinking in Chemistry").

Cathy Middlecamp

Cathy Middlecamp teaches environmental science in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her scholarship lies at the intersection of science, people, and the planet. In 2017, Middlecamp serves as the Past Chair of the Division of Chemical Education in the American Chemical Society and the Chair of Section Q (Education) in AAAS.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Juan Carlos Rodriguez received his BA in geology from the University of Oviedo in Spain and continued for a Masters of Arts of teaching science. He combined his expertise in technology with his educational background and produces FreeKids, a project which promotes educational games in the classroom and encourages students to be proficient in “digital literacy.” He is an advisor to several startups and collaborates with TEDx Gijón, TEDx Youth Gijón and StartUpGrind Asturias.

Leiv Sydnes

Dr. Sydnes was educated in Norway and Canada and is currently Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Bergen. He has been published extensively, has received many awards, and has been elected as a member to several Academy of Sciences. Most notably, Dr Sydnes, is a past President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Since 2002, he has been heavily engaged in work with chemical weapons issues and developed documents used by OPCW in the review of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Olli Vuola

Olli Vuola is an entrepreneur, corporate director, researcher, and technology transfer officer Dr. Vuola has been involved in multiple spin-off, corporate venture and growth companies to start new businesses and commercialize new technologies. He is Member of Board in a number of companies, venture funds, and associations, and Executive Director of Aalto Ventures Program, a strategic university-wide entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University.

Ed Wasserman

Ed Wasserman received his education at Cornell and Harvard, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Research, Rutgers University, Professor, Joint with Bell, Allied Corporation, Director of Research, DuPont, Research and Management, President, American Chemical Society, 1999, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, Chair 2001

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