ACS Local Section



JOSEPH A. MARTINO, III, ACS Career Consultant and Presenter

Education:  BS, Comprehensive Program (Minor in Chemistry), Villanova University, 1995; MS, Chemistry, Villanova University, 1998

Honors and Professional Societies:  Induction into Alpha Epsilon Delta, 1995; Induction as Associate Member of Sigma Xi, 1999; ACS Philadelphia Section Local Section Volunteer of the Year, 2014; ACS Career Volunteer Award, 2016; ACS Chemistry Ambassador.  ChemPharma Professional Association; Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club

ACS Membership:  1997; Philadelphia Section:  1997

Local Section Participation:  Networking Subcommittee Chair, Career Services Committee, 2010-2011; Chair, Career Services Committee, 2012-Present; Member, Board of Directors, 2017-Present.

National Participation:  Consultant, ACS Council of Economic and Professional Affairs, 2012-2016; ACS Career Consultant, 2012-Present; Presenter for ACS Career Pathways workshops, 2012-Present

Statement:  Grateful for the opportunities that you, the members of the ACS Philadelphia Section, have given me to assist and advocate for you, I would like to further assist you as a Chair of the ACS Philadelphia Section and as a Councilor and kindly ask for your support.  Locally as a Director, I continue to advocate for the career concerns of our members, work to connect our Local Section to external organizations such as ChemPharma and the AIChE Delaware Valley Section, and work to maintain a strong working relationship between the Section and Temple University.  Nationally, I have served as a Consultant to the Council of Economic and Professional affairs by advocating for the unemployed and by promoting improvements to the ACS Career Consultant program.  Recently, as an ACS Career Consultant, I participated in a national ACS Career Consultant strategy meeting to further improve this outstanding member benefit.  Having this experience, I would now like to assist you, the members of our Section, by voicing your ideas and concerns both on a local and national level and putting these ideas to work for the benefit of our Local Section and the Society as a whole.  Thank you for your kind attention.


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:  Alternate Councilor, 2008-2010, 2017-2019. Councilor 2014-2016.

National Participation:  N/A.

Statement:  As we sit on the threshold of the third decade of the 21st century we must assess the current state of chemistry.  The fruits of research and development are enjoyed by all and need to be sustained.  From experience we also know that the “what if” questions need to be asked much earlier in the development process.  As chemists we need to apply our training to other areas of our chemistry world.  Having a strong, vibrant, and active local section is one place to begin.  There must be an emphasis on what the mission of the local section is and what operational plan will be executed to allow us to achieve mission success.  The world is dynamic and the chemistry profession is facing challenges, some not thought of only a few years ago. Being a member of a diverse team working to communicate our mission, strengthens, and challenges will allow us to achieve mission success.  Communication, by building bridges and partnerships, will allow for the establishment of active dialogue with the vast and diverse areas within ACS and the larger general public that can stimulate the growth of new ideas and plans to convert challenges into successes.


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, 2016-2018; Alternate Councilor, 2017-2018; Director, 2017-2018; Chair-Project SEED, 2017-2018

Statement:  It has been a great honor to serve this section as a director and alternate-councilor position, 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.

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.

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