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C. Mei-Ling HAMILTON, Lecturer
Cal State Bakersfield, Department of Geology and Physics, Bakersfield, CA

Program Overview

Christopher J. Chang, PhD

Senior Editor, ACS Central Science Christopher J. Chang is the Class of 1942 Chair Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology and HHMI Investigator at UC Berkeley, as well as a Faculty Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was born in Ames, IA and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Caltech in 1997, working with Prof. Harry Gray on spectroscopy of high-valent metal-nitrido and metal-oxo complexes. After spending a year as a Fulbright scholar in Strasbourg, France with Nobel Laureate Dr. Jean-Pierre Sauvage on chemical topology and molecular machines, Chris received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Dan Nocera, where his graduate work focused on proton-electron transfer and oxygen catalysis. He stayed at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Steve Lippard, working on zinc biology and then began his independent career at UC Berkeley in 2004. Research in the Chang lab is focused on chemical biology and inorganic chemistry, with particular interests in molecular imaging and catalysis applied to neuroscience, metabolic and infectious diseases, and sustainable energy.

A. Douglas Kinghorn, Ph.D.

Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair; Editor, Journal of Natural Products

Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn has been Professor and Jack L. Beal Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University since 2004. He received doctoral degrees from the University of London [Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy, 1975; D.Sc. in Pharmacy, 1990]. Dr. Kinghorn performed postdoctoral work at the University of Mississippi and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests are on the isolation, characterization, and biological evaluation of natural products from higher plants, particularly with potential anticancer, anti-infective, and taste-modifying activities.

Dr. Kinghorn is a Fellow of five scientific and professional societies and of The School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL). Dr. Kinghorn was designated as the 1993 B. Kenneth West University Scholar (Senior University Scholar) by the University of Illinois Foundation and was awarded the 2002-2003 University of Illinois at Chicago Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received the 2010 Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award of the American Society of Pharmacognosy for lifetime contributions to natural products research. In December 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored about 475 peer-reviewed research articles, review articles, and book chapters. Dr. Kinghorn has been Major and/or Thesis Advisor/Committee Member Chair to ca. 45 graduate students and has supervised over 60 postdoctorals and visiting scholars.

Adam Dylewski

Manager, ACS Productions, External Affairs & Communications, Office of the Secretary and General Counsel, American Chemical Society Adam Dylewski is manager of ACS Productions, the American Chemical Society’s video and multimedia team, and is the creator of Reactions — a weekly series from the ACS and PBS Digital Studios highlighting the chemistry of everyday life. Since launching in 2014, the series has received more than 30 million views and more than 500,000 combined followers on YouTube, Facebook and other social platforms.

Albena Ivanisevic, PhD

Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University Albena Ivanisevic earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Drake University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2000. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University from 200-2002 and began her independent faculty career at the Purdue University in 2002 where she earned tenure.  Ivanisevic moved to North Carolina State University in the summer of 2011 where she is currently a professor in the Materials Science Department.  Ivanisevic is a University Faculty Scholar.  Since 2013 Ivanisevic is an Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the ACS journal focused on chemistry and engineering of applications-focused research in materials and interfaces. Since 1999 she has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on surface functionalization, patterning and characterization with a focus on biomedical applications.

Alfred Stern, PhD

Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology, Borealis

Alfred Stern was appointed Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins and joined the Executive Board of Borealis AG in July 2012. He joined Borealis as Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology in 2008, where he lead the creation of a Borealis Group R&D headquarter and the implementation of several proprietary Borealis technologies. Prior to Borealis, Alfred worked for E.I. Du Pont de Nemours where he held several leadership positions in the areas of research and development, sales and marketing, and quality and business management in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. In his last assignment, he was Global Business Manager of a business unit in Engineering Polymers in the United States. He holds a PhD in material science and a Master's Degree in polymer engineering and science, both from the University of Leoben in Austria. Alfred is also a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt for Marketing. He has been awarded, among others, DuPont Awards for new product patents and outstanding customer relationship management and a Prize of Honour from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. Alfred is a member of the board of directors (supervisory board) of Borough PTE in Singapore and Engel Injection Moulding Machines in Schwertberg, Austria. He is also a member of the steering board auf Plastics Europe and President of the Society for the Advancement of Polymer Technologies in Austria.

Amos B. Smith, III

Editor-in-Chief, Organic Letters

Amos B. Smith, III, is the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry as well as Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and Associate Director of the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, he is both an Honorary Member and Visiting Director of the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo.  Dr. Smith's research is dedicated to natural product synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and materials science. More than 75 architecturally complex natural products have been prepared in his laboratory. Moreover, Dr. Smith, in collaboration with Ralph Hirschmann, pioneered the design and synthesis of non-peptide peptidomimetics of neuropeptideic hormone/transmitters and protease enzyme inhibitors. In collaboration with Peter Jurs, Dr. Smith developed groundbreaking computerized pattern recognition techniques that make it possible to analyze primate chemical communication.

Dr. Smith received his PhD from Rockefeller University.  To date, he has co-authored over 575 publications and delivered over 600 invited lectures, including plenary lectures at the National Organic Chemistry Symposium and numerous Gordon Research Conferences. His recent honors and awards include Honorary Membership in the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Medal, Yamada Prize, Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and Inaugural Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

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Kolkata, India

Andrea Raninger, PhD

Deputy Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service, Austria Dr. Andrea Raninger earned her Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Vienna. She also holds a Master of Natural Science from the Faculty of Natural Sciences for Chemistry at the University of Vienna.

Andrew Holmes, PhD

Associate Editor, Organic Letters Andrew Holmes held an ARC Federation Fellowship and Inaugural veski Innovation Fellowship at the Bio21 Institute in the University of Melbourne from 2004.  He was a CSIRO Fellow, a University of Melbourne Laureate Professor, Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College and was the Newton Abraham Visiting Professor, University of Oxford in 2011-12. His research interests involve applications of synthesis to materials science and biology.  He has made extensive contributions in the area of light emitting and photovoltaic devices, and co-founded Cambridge Display Technology to exploit the technology.  In May, 2000 he was elected FRS.  He was elected FAA in March 2006 and FTSE in November 2006. He is President of the Australian Academy of Science.  From 2000-2003 he was Chairman of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications and he has been an Associate Editor of Organic Letters since April 2006.

Andrew Wee, PhD

Associate Editor, ACS Nano Professor Andrew Wee is Professor of Physics, and Vice President (University and Global Relations) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is President and Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), Fellow of the Institute of Physics UK (IoP), Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS), and an academician of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM). His research interests include scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and synchrotron radiation studies of the molecule-substrate interface, graphene and 2D materials, and related device studies. He is an Associate Editor of ACS Nano, and on the Editorial Boards of several other journals. Prof Wee was a visiting scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in the US, a Commonwealth Fellow as well as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He holds a BA (Honours) and MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Anirban Mahapatra, PhD

Assistant Director, Editorial Development, Biological Chemistry, ACS Publications Dr. Anirban Mahapatra joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2007. His key accomplishments include the successful launch of ACS Chemical NeuroscienceACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, ACS Synthetic Biology, and ACS Infectious Diseases.  Under his direction, his team launched ACS Sensors and ACS Energy Letters. He was also involved in the editorial launch of ACS Omega. He is currently responsible for the strategic development and management of ACS journals spanning physical, materials, and biological chemistry. Dr. Mahapatra and his team oversee half of the peer-reviewed journals published by the ACS. Dr. Mahapatra is also the leader of the Global Operations Team tasked with implementing a cohesive ACS-wide strategy in India. He is particularly fascinated by the changing landscape of how scientific information is disseminated globally. Dr. Mahapatra holds BSc (Honours) and MSc degrees from Midnapore College and Vidyasagar University, respectively. He earned his PhD at The Ohio State University where his scientific contribution on the genetic encoding of the unnatural amino acid, pyrrolysine, resulted in authorships in research articles in Nature, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA., Mol. Microbiol., and J. Mol. Biol.