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January 29, 2014
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Professor Elected Incoming President of Chemistry Society of Washington

A Bowie State University professor was elected incoming president for the Chemical Society of Washington, a local section representing about 4,000 members of the world’s leading scientific organization, the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Dr. Alan Anderson, assistant professor of chemistry, will serve as president-elect in 2014, president in 2015 and immediate past president in 2016 for one of the ACS’s largest local sections. He was secretary of the Chemical Society of Washington from 2011-2013. As president, he will act as the section’s spokesperson and oversee committees. The ACS publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, as well as hosts research conferences and science policy programs.

At Bowie State, Dr. Anderson has worked to strengthen the chemistry curriculum using a $267,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop additional laboratory courses and acquire new lab equipment. He was also one of two BSU professors awarded a NASA fellowship to conduct research in the emerging field of astrobiology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. in summer 2013.

Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Howard University. He also completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in synthetic chemistry at Harvard University.

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