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Allison Campbell, 2017 president of the American Chemical Society, to visit Celebrate Science Indiana 2018

Allison Campbell, 2017 president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), has agreed to attend Celebrate Science Indiana on October 6th. As the 2017 president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) she has been passionate about educating both politicians and the public on the importance of the sciences as “potent forces for good in our world”. She is a strong advocate for federal support of science and chemistry research and education.

This opportunity was arranged by Dr. Christina Bodurow, ACS Director of District II, and strong supporter of Celebrate Science Indiana. Dr. Campbell is visiting Indianapolis to meet with the Indiana Section of the ACS executive committee to demonstrate how her “Advocacy in a Box” program works. The executive committee, in turn, will provide feedback on how effective this appears to be at the Local Section level. She will be rolling out this program at the 73rd Northwest Regional Meeting from June 24 – June 27, 2018 in Richland, Washington. Building skill sets to build relationships with public officials to advocate for chemistry and STEM policies is a neglected part of historical STEM education. The tide is turning thanks to efforts from Dr. Campbell and others in the ACS. So much so, that some life-long scientists are now running for public office.

Allison is acting associate laboratory director for the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the Department of Energy in Washington State. She leads over 500 researchers and staff, and oversees the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) and Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) facilities of the Department of Energy. They focus on initiatives in bioenergy, microbiology, biomedical science, environmental recovery, and climate science.

Born in Portland, Oregon, she obtained her BS from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, then received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Allison is renown in the areas of biomineralization, biomimetics and biomaterials. She holds several patents for her innovative work on bioactive coatings for medical implants. She previously served as director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at PNNL

In 2015, Allison said, “Science has become politicized to an unprecedented degree in the U.S ACS has a central role to play in educating policy-makers and the public on the real contributions that chemistry makes every moment of every day to our high quality of life.”

The Indiana Section Executive Committee will be the VERY FIRST ACS Local Section to experience Alison’s Advocacy Workshop. She has a very heavy Presidential travel schedule, so we are very fortunate for this opportunity and to have her participate in Celebrate Science Indiana 2018.

Article by Linda Osborn, Heritage Research Group, Indianapolis

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