Central PA Local Section

About Us

The Central PA Local Section of the ACS extends from about Altoona in the west, through Huntingdon and State College, to Lock Haven in the east.

The section comprises about 600 members, about 60% of whom are associated with one of the four-year colleges or universities in our area.  Here is a complete demographic scan from 2007 of our section. 

Our Bylaws (doc or pdf), approved in 2010, are the rules we go by.  These may be changed at any time by vote of the members.

The Central PA Local Section Administration Forms (Yearly Summary Reports) can be viewed here:

Administration Form 2010

Administration Form 2011

Review Form 2011

Administration Form 2012

Review Form 2012

Administration Form 2013

Review Form 2013

Administration Form 2014

Review Form 2014

Administration Form 2015

Review Form 2015

Administration Form 2016

Review Form 2016

Administration Form 2017

Review Form 2017

The Central PA Local Section Financial Forms (Yearly Financial Reports) can be viewed here:

Financial Form 2010

Financial Form 2011

Financial Form 2012

Financial Form 2013

Financial Form 2014

Financial Form 2015

Financial Form 2016

Financial Form 2017


ACS Fellows in the Central Pennsylvania Local Section

Peter C. Jurs, Penn State University, Chemistry,  2009

Barbara J. Garrison, Penn State University, Chemistry, 2010

Harold Schobert, Penn State University, Fuel Science and EMS Energy Institute, 2010

Chunshan Song, Penn State University, Fuel Science and Chemical Engineering, 2010

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Penn State University, Chemistry, 2011

Steven M. Weinreb, Penn State University, Chemistry, 2011

Thomas E. Mallouk, Penn State University, Chemistry, 2013

Semih Eser, Penn State University, Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, 2014

Roy A. Olofson, Penn State University, Chemistry, 2014

About the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.


We honor member Dr. David A. Kurtz,
for his 60 years of service to the American Chemical Society!

Dr. David A. Kurtz is a research pesticide analytical chemist who has spent the bulk of his career at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Agriculture, Department of Entomology.  He received his AB degree from Knox College, Galesburg, IL, and his MS and PhD degrees from Penn State’s Department of Chemistry. 

Dr. Kurtz’s research specialization has been entirely in the trace residue analysis of pesticide and environmental contaminants in food and environmental samples.  He is a long-term member of the American Chemical Society with active participation in the Agrochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Analytical Divisions.   

Congratulations to Local Section member Steve Benkovic, one of 10 people honored by President Barack Obama as winners of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology & Innovation for 2010. The medals are the highest honor given to scientists and engineers by the US government. He will receive his medal at a White House ceremony later this year. See a C&EN story about the awards.



We are saddened to inform our membership of the passing of Dr. Joseph A. Dixon, after whom our Local Section Joseph A. Dixon Travel Award is named (see awards on the left sidebar).

Dr. Joe Dixon was a member of the American Chemical Society from 1942, and active in the Central Pennsylvania Section from 1956. He was a member of the ACS Council for 27 years. Included in his activities during this period were memberships in 14 committees, including the ACS committees on Chemical Abstracts, budget and finance, and publications. At one time or another, he served three-year terms as chair of each of these society committees. From 1987 to 1995, he was a member of the ACS Board of Directors and from 1990 to 1992, Chair of the Board.

As Chair of the ACS Committee on Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), then Chair of the Board, and subsequently Chair of the Committee on Publications, Dixon was a driving force in a major reorganization of the governance of these two Divisions - the keystones of the ACS legacy to science.   Since 1997 Dixon was Chair of the Pension and Investment Committee of the Board which oversees the total liquid assets of the ACS, which amounted to just over a billion dollars in 1998.  

Dr. Dixon accomplished numerous things during his career as a student and later a Professor at Penn State University, a research chemist at Standard Oil Company,  and a leader in the American Chemical Society.  Please read more about his many accomplishments here, and find a link to his obituary here.  The obituary describes where condolences can be sent, and where donations can be made in his memory.