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Chemical society research officer visits campus

April 4, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. W. Christopher Hollinsed, director of the Office of Research Grants for the American Chemical Society, will visit Western Michigan University to speak about "Preparing for Research and Development Employment in the 21st Century" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Room 1260 of the Chemistry Building.

Hollinsed's visit is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and the Graduate College. Following the free public lecture, a brief reception will be held in the lobby of the Chemistry Building.

As head of ACS' Office of Research Grants, Hollinsed has responsibility for the Herman G. Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research, supporting research in agricultural chemistry; the Irving Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, supporting research at the interface of chemistry and biology; and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, which provides support for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the petroleum field.

With assets of $585 million, the petroleum fund will provide $25 million for grants in fiscal year 2007. Over the lifetime of the fund, more than $460 million has been paid out, supporting new faculty, four-year colleges and senior researchers in the chemical, geological and other energy field related sciences.

Prior to joining the ACS staff, Hollinsed worked at DuPont as manager for academic programs. He has been employed for more than 26 years in a variety of scientific and leadership roles in the chemical industry both at DuPont and Polaroid. His core expertise is in physical organic chemistry, with applications to materials design and chemical process development.

Throughout his career he has worked for the development and recruitment of women and underrepresented minorities to the profession. He has been active with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and he has served ACS in a variety of capacities, including as a member of its Committee on Minority Affairs, chair of the Business Development and Management Division, and chair of the Committee on Science. He also has been an instructor in the ACS Short Course on Business Essentials for Successful Innovation.

Hollinsed attended executive education sessions at the Wharton School and took part in Stanford University's Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he earned a bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a doctoral degree in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, contact the WMU Department of Chemistry at (269) 387-2845.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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