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William Mattson

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Bill Mattson has extensive experience and has given numerous lectures on Creative Problem Solving and Creativebill-mattson-randolph-college.jpg Problem Solving in Chemical Research. In each case, the audience response has been positive, reflecting both their improved insights and abilities in problem solving and the entertaining nature of the talk. Some such presentations include:


  • Giving the opening keynote lecture to the 46th Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT)
  • Presenting an ACS WebinarTM on “Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research”. Nearly 1,300 registrants, including more than 650 who signed for live participation. It received an impressive amount of positive feedback, including from the ACS
  • Numerous weeklong ACS Speaker’s Tours
  • Multiple invitations to several local ACS sections
  • Invitation to be the 27th Annual Harold Hammond Garretson Speaker at Lynchburg College
  • Invited dozens of times to talk about problem solving in research to undergraduate students at the University of Virginia

Bill has been a chemistry professor at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Technology of Management from American University. In addition to teaching general, analytical, and instrumental chemistry and to working both on and off campus with students on research projects, Bill offers a popular course in creative and critical problem solving.


Bill has spent 29 of the past 32 summers teaching or conducting research at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Tennessee. He has also served as a senior reviewer charged with helping to audit all Advanced Placement chemistry courses in the nation, a consultant for the South Carolina Course Alignment Project, a question writer for the American Dental Exam, an Educational Testing Service chemistry Advanced Placement reader, a National Science Foundation panel member for grant evaluation, a director of the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair, and a master of ceremonies for a high school Academic Competition for Excellence program.




Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research

Enjoy an interactive presentation while strengthening an important skill--problem solving. In the day-to-day work environments of chemists and others, it is essential to be able to solve problems creatively. Such problems might involve obtaining new research ideas, improving processes and production in industry, or dealing with problems that arise during research. Oftentimes people apply a random process rather than something more directed, and the results are often poor. This presentation will provide insights that will allow you to improve your creative problem-solving abilities. The speaker has been teaching creative problem solving for many years, and has proven that it can be learned! Past audience responses suggest that regardless of whether you are a chemist, this interactive presentation will be worthy of your time for both its value and its thought-provoking and entertaining elements.


Additional Information:

Bill Mattson's profile

The Bulletin of the Virginia Section ACS

Webinar: Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research



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