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American Chemical Society president to speak Nov. 2 at UT

Dr. Diane Schmidt, national president of the American Chemical Society and adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, will speak Monday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in Wolfe Hall Room 1205 on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

The free, public lecture is titled “American Chemical Society Advocacy Seeks to Drive Innovation” and is part of the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s 2015-2016 Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture series.

Schmidt

Schmidt

“The American Chemical Society is the largest professional organization in the world, and we are really fortune to have Diane come to our campus and speak during her busy schedule,” said Dr. Nina McClelland, dean emerita of the former UT College of Arts and Sciences and Fellow and former board chair of the American Chemical Society. “During her three years in the presidential succession, Diane has a virtual continuum of speaking engagements and global travel on behalf of the American Chemical Society and its members.”

Schmidt received her bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and her master of science degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee.

After receiving her doctor of philosophy degree in organic chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, she joined the Procter & Gamble Co. as section head and was responsible for safety and regulatory affairs before retiring in 2014.

“Leadership, education and collaboration have been important to Diane throughout her career,” McClelland said.

The event is co-sponsored by the UT Student American Chemical Society Chapter, the Toledo Local Section of the American Chemical Society, and the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

For more information, contact Dr. Ajith Karunarathne, UT assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, by emailing ajith.karunarathne@utoledo.edu.