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The Nexus Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter designed to connect the global green chemistry community, share information, and support the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® in its mission: to catalyze and enable the implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise and across the Society.

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By David A. Laviska, Ph.D., ACS Green Chemistry Institute

 

I have been strongly committed to quality education, the environment, diversity, and improving our world throughout my career. Therefore, it is with profound gratitude (and excitement!) that I step into the role of Portfolio Manager for Green Chemistry and Sustainability in Education here at the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. I started my career as an Environmental Scientist at the U.S. EPA (Region II), working for a bit more than a decade with a team of chemists, biologists, atmospheric scientists, geologists, and engineers to address polluted ecosystems that resulted from what we might call “poor decisions” made throughout the history of the chemical enterprise. Cleaning up after a mess has already been made can be tricky and sometimes, impossible. I then made a big change, returning to graduate school and earning my Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry and catalysis. Along the way, I developed a passion for teaching and green chemistry and decided to direct my energy toward carving out a niche in academia. Now, after a decade of teaching, researching, and innovating in higher education while advocating for green chemistry throughout, I have the privilege of focusing my energy on the development and propagation of educational initiatives at the ACSGCI.

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Remembering Ken Zarker

The green chemistry community lost a leader in the Pacific Northwest last month with the sudden passing of Ken Zarker—manager of Washington State Department of Ecology’s pollution prevention and toxic reduction activities. Ken was a champion of green chem

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For many readers, the name Nina McClelland will not be familiar. Nina passed away at the age of 90 on August 16.  She had been an American Chemical Society activist for about 50 years prior to her passing, holding numerous committee and chair positions, including nine years on the ACS Board of Directors, of which three were spent as Chair of the Board.  Nina recruited me into ACS governance, leading to my time on the Board of Directors, my term as Chair and my term as ACS President.  I owe her a great personal debt.

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Remembering Ken Seddon

Contributed by Mary M. Kirchhoff, Ph.D., Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®; Executive Vice President of Scientific Advancement, ACS

The green chemistry community lost a friend with the passing of Ken Seddon on January 21.  Ken's stellar science, cou

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John Warner on Green Chemistry's Golden Opportunity for S&T Students

This article was originally published on VentureWell's blog.

Green chemistry is evolving to respond to a host of health and environmental challenges. Like most complex social issues, future science and technology professionals and entrepreneurs will be cha

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Featured GC&E Organizers: Saskia van Bergen, Washington State Dept. of Ecology & Jeffrey Whitford, MilliporeSigma

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Saskia van Bergen, Green Chemistry Scie

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Featured GC&E Organizers: Leo T. Kenny, Ph.D., Planet Singular & Michael Kirschner, Design Chain Associates, LLC

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Leo T. Kenny, Ph.D., Planet Singular

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Featured GC&E Organizer: Sharon Papke, Covestro

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Sharon Papke, Head of CAS NAFTA Advocac

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Featured GC&E Organizers: Ed Brush, Ph.D., Bridgewater State University & Grace Lasker, Ph.D., University of Washington

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Ed Brush, Ph.D., Bridgewater State Univ

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Featured GC&E Organizers: Stephen DeVito, U.S. EPA & Stanley Kolis, Eli Lilly and Company

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Stephen C. DeVito, Chief, Data Quality

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Featured GC&E Organizer: Jim Lalonde, Ph.D., Codexis

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Jim Lalonde, Ph.D., Codexis
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Featured GC&E Organizer: Richard Blackburn, Ph.D., University of Leeds

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Richard Blackburn, Ph.D., Head of Susta

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Featured GC&E Organizer: Ingrid Mergelsberg, Ph.D., Merck

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Ingrid Mergelsberg, Ph.D., Merck
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Featured GC&E Organizer: Paul Thornton, GreenCentre Canada

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Paul Thornton, Ph.D., GreenCentre Canad

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Featured GC&E Organizer: Hans Plugge, 3E Company; Longzhu Shen, Yale University; and Alexandra Maertens, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!

Hans Plugge, 3E Company; Longzhu Shen,

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