ACS Local Section



THOMAS P. UMILE, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Villanova University

Education: BS, Biochemistry, The University of Scranton (2006); MA, Chemistry, The University of Scranton (2006); PhD, Chemistry, Princeton University (2012); Postdoc, Villanova University, (2012-2014)

ACS Membership: 2002-present (Divisions: Organic, Chemical Education, and Professional Relations); Philadelphia Local Section: 2012-present 

ACS Local Section Participation: Younger Chemists Committee Planning Council (2013 – present); Education & Outreach Committee (Philadelphia Science Carnival Volunteer/Organizer 2015, 2017-2018), Princeton ACS LS YCC Chair (2010-2012)

ACS National Participation: [At National Meetings]: Technical Session Presenter (Fall 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2012), ORGN - Biologically-Related Molecules & Processes Session Presider (Fall 2016), Faculty and Postdoc Afternoon Networking Coffee Break Panelist (Fall 2016), YCC Fun Run Organizer (Fall 2016); [For ACS Green Chemistry Institute]: Green Chemistry Education Roadmapping Workshop invited participant (2016), Ciba Student Travel Award in Green Chemistry application reviewer (2015), Green Chemistry & Engineering Student Workshop Faculty Presenter (2015); [Other]: Starting and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs Webinar Panelist (2015), ACS Leadership Institute attendee (2014)

Honors and Professional Societies: ORGN Division Travel Award (2018 Boston Meeting), ACS Leadership Development Award (2014), 2006 ACS Graduating Senior Award (Susquehanna Valley local section), Phi Lambda Upsilon (National Chemistry Honors Society), Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honors Society), Sigma Zeta (National Science & Mathematics Honor Society), American Association of University Professors, International Society of Chemical Ecology

Statement:  I am honored to be nominated for both a Councilor and a Director position, for the opportunity to serve and represent the Philadelphia Local Section, and to continue to give back to an organization that has given me so much in 16+ years. The American Chemical Society’s large and diverse membership make it unique amongst professional societies, as industrial scientists, academics, students, educators, and more share their collected experiences from all sub disciplines and career paths to strengthen the entire organization. Of course, a diverse membership brings challenges in equally meeting everyone’s needs. Primarily, I will seek out and be attentive to every member’s input and feedback for maintaining a section and society focused on everyone’s needs and interests. Moreover, I hope to foster programming and opportunities that bring the next generation of enthusiastic Philadelphia-area chemists into closer, regular contact with the professional and disciplinary expertise of our local section’s members. Increasing the involvement of students and early career chemists would nurture the region’s chemistry network, grow and sustain our active membership, and ultimately elevate the experience of all.


ANNE S. DeMASI, Manager, Hazard Communications, LANXESS Solutions, US Inc.

Education: BS Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chestnut Hill College, 1986; MS Biochemistry, Villanova University, 1989

Professional Positions: Hazard Communication Manager – LANXESS Solutions, US (2017- 2018); Chemtura Corporation, (2010-2013), Senior Hazard Communication and Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Dow Chemical Company/Rohm and Haas Company (2000- 2009), Senior Research Scientist, Rohm and Haas Company, 1988-2000

Awards: Philadelphia Section Service Award, 1996; Ullyot Award for Meritorious Service, YCC Outstanding Event, (1997).

ACS Membership: (1982-present), Division of Chemical Health and Safety, (2016- 2017) BMGT (2018)

Local Section Participation: Chair-Elect, (2001;Chair, 2002): Nominations Committee Chair, (2003); Secretary, (1993-95, 2005-2007); Board of Directors, (1991-present); Younger Chemists Committee, Chairperson, (1991-97); Program Committee, (1992); National Chemistry Week Committee, (1992-2005) Chair, (2004,2005); Graduate School Forum, Co-Chair, (1992-2010); 100th Anniversary Committee, (1998); Project Labs, (1998), Chair of Philadelphia Councilors, (2007-2011), Publicity chair, MARM, (2007); Councilor, (2004 – 2018)

National Participation: Committee on Corporation Associates (2006-2018) Chair (2007-2012); Chair,  Corporation Associates Strategic Awards and Investments sub-committee (2013-2018), BMGT Program Chair, 2018, Councilor, (2006-present)

Statement: I was greatly honored to have been recognized for serving as a Councilor for the Philadelphia Section for the past 15 years at this week’s national meeting in Boston. It has been my pleasure to serve our section faithfully and represent our interests at the national level. Having participated across a broad range of ACS committees and divisions, I’m certain I can continue to represent the Philadelphia Section well and I respectfully ask for your vote.


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

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-current; Chairman of the Philadelphia Section Legislative Liaison Committee 1992-1997; Member of the Philadelphia Section Program Committee,1994

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-current. Councilor, Division of Chemical Health & Safety, 1993-1996, 2011-2014; Alternate Councilor, CHAS, 1997-1999

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.


KATHRYN A. LYSKO, Immaculata University, retired 2015

Education:  BS, 1970, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Chemistry; MS, 1972, University of Massachusetts Analytical Chemistry; PhD, 1980, University of Massachusetts, Biochemistry

Honors and Professional Societies:  NorthEast Association for the Health Professions;       American Association of University Professors

National offices and Committees:  Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) 2015-2017, Liaison from CEPA to National YCC

ACS Membership: 1997; Philadelphia Section: 1997

Local Section Participation:  Board of Directors 2017-2019, 2014-2016; Councilor 2014-2016; Alternate councilor 2017-2019, 2006; Career Services Committee 2017; Finance Committee 2017

Statement:  I retired in 2015 after teaching chemistry and biochemistry at Immaculata University. I am on the Board of Directors and am applying to be a Councilor from the Philadelphia ACS section. My background gives me insight into areas which the local and national ACS are concerned, especially how to generate new chemists and student ACS members. I was on the ACS National Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs 2015-2016 and liaison from CEPA to the Younger Chemists Committee. We worked on the changing employment and marketing concerns with the national ACS staff. I am a member of the Career Services Committee chaired by Joe Martino. Working to help chemists whether they are just graduating or chemists looking to enhance their marketability or change careers is critical to the ACS as well as our country and economy. Helping all chemists’ transition to full employment is a challenge that we need to facilitate, locally by trying to find internships, and nationally to identify the employment needs of industry and to help academia incorporate those needs into their curricula.

I am also a member of the Sections Finance Committee working to position our ACS investments to best support our program and section needs.


MICHAEL VOGEL, Developmental Chemist, Inolex Chemical Company

Education: BA, Biology (Minor in Chemistry), Widener University, 2011

Honors and Professional Societies: Member, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-present; Vice President, Membership, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2017-2018; Sergeant-at-Arms, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-2017; Leader and Government Representative for Alternative Spring Break, 2006-2011; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 2006-2011; Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, 2008-2011; Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society, 2010-2011

ACS Membership: 2015; Philadelphia Section: 2015

Local Section Participation: Philadelphia ACS Local Philadelphia Section Director, Board of Directors, 2018-present. Philadelphia YCC event volunteer and leader, 2015-present. Philadelphia YCC poster session planning committee volunteer, 2015-2016.
National Participation: August 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia volunteer

Statement:  Since serving the ACS Philadelphia section beginning in 2015, and then more formally this year as a Director of the Board, I am enthusiastic and passionate to continue to serve and add-value for the upcoming term. One of the things I am most proud of during my first term of service as a Director has been the implementation and organization of a career development event with other colleagues that will take place in the Fall 2018. I anticipate the event will be a success and I look forward to expanding on this passion of helping lead folks to the next level of their professional lives. Moreover, I have been proud to be a part of the Board for the Philadelphia local section along with the other members who all have the common ambition of serving our community. One of the things that I believe we can improve on as an organization is to implement a procedure or protocol for how to handle communication outside of official in-person meetings. Furthermore, I’d like to see a committee implemented that will be responsible for procuring monthly meetings and events for that particularly year. Lastly, I’d like to review responsibilities and procedures for the Communications Committee so advertising for events can be as far reaching as possible.   


RICK EWING, Group Director and Head, External Partnerships Discovery Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Education: University of Pennsylvania, PhD 1988, advisor Professor Madeline Joullie, West Chester University, BS 1983

Honors: ACS Philadelphia Section Award for Scholastic Achievement, 1983; University of Pennsylvania Teaching Award, 1984; Phi Lambda Upsilon; Ondetti-Cushman Award 2018

ACS Membership: 1988 (National and Local Section; ACS Divisions: Medicinal and Organic

Local Section Participation: Councilor, 2013-18; Chair, 2016, 2012; Immediate Past Chair, 2017, Chair-Elect, 2015, 2011. Director 2009-11, 2017-present

National Participation:  Committee on Corporation Associates, 2008-18; Committee on Meetings and Expositions, 2018, Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, 2014-17, Chair, 2015-17; Meeting and Expositions, 2018, Council Policy Committee, (Nonvoting), 2015-17; Presidential Task Force on Employment,  2015-16; Presidential Task Force on STEM Supply and Demand, 2013-14; Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Advisory Board, 2014-16. Miranda Wu's Presidential Task Force on STEM Supply and Demand, Member, 2013-2014; Donna Nelson's Presidential Task Force on Employment, Member, 2015-2016.; Reviewer for J. Med. Chem. (1993-present).

Statement: Thank you for considering me for the position of Councilor for the Philadelphia section.  As a Councilor, my interest has been in playing an active role for the section in national forums.  One of my passions is in the area of careers for ACS members.  This passion led me to join the committee on Economic and Professional Affairs leading to chairing the committee from 2015-2017 and to be involved in two presidential task forces on careers. More recently, I represent the Philadelphia section on the Committee of Meetings and Expositions. On this committee, I have the privilege of leading a task force focused on improving the meeting experience for members, especially in the programming of poster sessions.  I am also involved with improving the National meeting experience for Industrial members.  I am running for reelection so that I can continue to serve in enhancing the value of ACS membership and represent the Philadelphia Local section’s interests at the National Level.


ANTHONY W. (TONY) ADDISON, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Drexel University

Education & Professional History:  BSc(Hons.), Applied Chemistry, University of New South Wales, 1968; Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1971; postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University, 1970-72; Assistant Prof., University of British Columbia, 1972-78; Associate Prof., Drexel University, 1978-91; Professor 1991-2017; Associate Dept. Head, 1987-99; Dept. 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 (1968-, 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-); International EPR/ESR Society (2002-); Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 1967, 2016-. elected Fellow  & designated CChem, 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

Local Section Participation: Section Chairman, 1989; Publications/Communications Committee (1979-, 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; Section Alternate Councilor, 1994-; Section Councilor, 2003-2012, 2012-2015, 2016-2018; Member, Section Awards Committee, 2006-2008; Section Liaison to Mid-Atlantic Region Board, 2013–

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–; Member, Mid-Atlantic Region Awards Committee, 2010, 2013-2015

National Participation: Member, ACS National Award Committee, 2007-09; Associate/Member, Committee on Meetings & Expositions, & Regional Meetings Subcommittee, 2008-2015;  Associate, Joint Board/Council Committee on Publications, 2016–

Statement:  I hope you have found my semiannual "News from Council" articles in the Catalyst to be appropriately reflective of the Philadelphia viewpoint, while offering the occasional insight into what’s controversial or at least 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 gratifying that our conversion from paper to electronic balloting in the Section has increased member participation in our election process.  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 becoming a Councilor some years ago, I have combined my scientific activities with this governance responsibility and attended nearly all of the ACS National Meetings since then, usually in conjunction with a research presentation by myself and/or my students.  I have been impressed and stimulated by the dedication and energy demonstrated by our regional Councilors and Directors at the meetings.  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.  Sometimes the debate warms up, but all viewpoints are respected.  As a Member of the Society's Committee on Meetings & Expositions, I was able to propose successfully that Philadelphia be the site of the 2020 Spring meeting, March 22nd-, when cultural activities that may draw more attendees are in full swing in Philly. Perfect Spring weather guaranteed for visitors, right?


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.


JAMES K. MURRAY, JR., Professor of Organic Chemistry, Immaculata University

Education:  BS, Chemistry, Drexel University, 1996; M.S., 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.


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 Div: 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

Service in ACS Local Sections: Central Utah Section:  Councilor, 1991-2008; Chair, 1989; NCW Committee, 1989-2008. Philadelphia Section: Member, 2008-present; Director, 2012-2014; 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

Service in National ACS Positions:  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 (assoc member), 2011-2014; Chemical Safety Subcommittee, 2011-2015; First Term Organic Chemistry ACS Exams Committee member, 2004-2014; Committee on Professional Training (assoc member), 2015-2016; Project SEED (assoc member), 2017-present; Program Committee for Chemical Education Division, 2015-present

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. If elected to serve as a councilor of the Philadelphia Section, I would work closely with the other councilors of the local section. If elected as a Director, then I would work closely with the Board to help bring new programs and new ideas to the Philadelphia 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 or to the Board 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 or Director, 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 as often as possible and serve the Philly community in whatever capacity I am able.


MICHAEL J. CASTALDI, Associate Faculty of Chemistry Immaculata, University 2015-Present

Education:  BS, St. Peters University, 1977, MS Columbia University 2014

Professional Positions:  Pfizer Medicinal and Process Chemist 1986-2010, Medicinal Chemist Sterling Winthrop Research 1978-1986, St. Peters University 2010-2016, Lehmann College, 2015-2016, Mount St. Vincent University 2014-2015
Honors and Professional Societies:  Technical Achieve Award in Organic Chemistry, 2003, Pfizer Global Research award for Scientific Achievement 2007

ACS Membership:  1977; Organic, Education and Medicinal Chemistry Divisions

National Participation:  Executive Committee member MARM planning 2016 regional meeting, Chair of Awards Committee, 2015-2016; Corporate Associates Committee ACS 2004-2010

Statement:  The American Chemistry society has been an important part of my career for close to forty years.  I have attended many of the national and local meetings of the ACS since joining in 1977.  This organization has served as an excellent professional development tool.  As I was initially from Industry and served on the Corporate Associates Committee as Pfizer’s representative.  I worked on 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 and have moved to the Philadelphia area I would like to serve the local chapter as a Counselor and Director.  As I have taken students to the ACS meetings over the years I feel that I would like to foster closet ties with the area’s colleges and universities and the society.  Finally, I would like to bring the importance of chemistry and science to the non-scientist through the local sections.


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.


ALAN R. HELDON, Retired, Biochemist

Education:  BSc Chemistry, 1970, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia

ACS Membership:  1970; Philadelphia Section:  1970

ACS Participation:  Secretary, Philadelphia Section, 2008 to present; Chair, Philadelphia Section Government Affairs Committee, 2004 to present; Chair, Philadelphia Section Member Affairs Committee, 2014 to present; Chair. Philadelphia Section Public Relations Committee, 2014 to present; Chair, ACS Pa. Government and Legis. Affairs Committee, 2005 to present

Statement:  With over ten years as Secretary of the Philadelphia Section I recognize that many of the challenges facing our Section and its members reflect challenges facing our Society as a whole.

Our understanding of chemistry is increasing at a rate scarcely imaginable half a century ago.  That miracle is not reflected in chemistry the job, where little has improved in half a century.

Challenges that I believe are important to our future include:

  1. Career planning must navigating business and employment landscapes defined in important ways by downsizing, restructuring and mergers.  Our Society’s commitment to career counseling and job search assistance has never been more important.
  2. U.S. high school students’ scientific literacy places in the mediocre middle among developed nations.  The ability to use the fruits of the of scientific discovery requires a scientifically literate work force.  Swift and far reaching changes to K through 12th grade science education are required if the United States is to maintain its scientific preeminence. 
  3. Extreme political ideologies and the power of big campaign donations to corrupt are increasingly part of government and overshadow government’s influence on the practice of chemistry.  (C&EN Vol.94 Issue 42, pp 20-21, Oct 24, ‘16.)  Our Society must respond quickly and decisively to all issues that affect chemistry in the venues of government and politics.

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