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.
, 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:
The Central PA Local Section Financial Forms (Yearly Financial Reports) can be viewed here:
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
Institutions of higher learning
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.
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.
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.