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Katie Hunt Elected ACS President

Published on 2005-12-01. Author : SpecialChem

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Catherine T. ("Katie") Hunt, Ph.D., Leader, Technology Partnerships for Rohm and Haas Company, is the American Chemical Society's (ACS) President-elect for 2006. She will serve as ACS president in 2007 and as a member of the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008.

Hunt received 18,637 of the 26,013 votes cast, making it the most decisive ACS presidential election in 25 years. Hunt conducted a rigorous campaign promoting a three-part platform of education, collaboration and innovation.

"The chemical industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. The day I started at Rohm and Haas, so did 10 other Ph.Ds. This is not the norm today," Hunt said in her candidate's statement. "In our increasingly competitive world, jobs are being automated, outsourced or off-shored. Globalization is upon us, and there is no turning back. I believe that it's time for America to reignite its commitment to science and technology - and ACS can lead the way!"

Hunt joined Rohm and Haas in 1984 as a Scientist in Analytical Research. She has held a number of research positions within several business units at the company's manufacturing facilities in Northeast Philadelphia and Bristol, Pennsylvania; she currently works at the Spring House Technical Center in Montgomery County. In 2002, Hunt was named Leader, Technology Partnerships - a program she helped launch to seek external research grants from government agencies and private foundations. In three years, she has helped secure approximately $30 million in grants from entities including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, and has established research collaborations with leading academic institutions, industry partners and national laboratories.

"The office of ACS President and its responsibilities are demanding, high-profile and influential," said Gary S. Calabrese, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Rohm and Haas. "In addition to the tremendous professional credential this position will afford Katie personally, Rohm and Haas stands to gain significant visibility among its peers, its customers, academia and consumers thanks to Katie's commitment and dedication to serve this office. I am extremely proud to have her among our industry's top leaders."

The office of ACS President has been filled only once before by a Rohm and Haas employee - the late Warren D. Niederhauser, who filled the post in 1984. Niederhauser, who passed away this year, was credited for using a series of radio and television messages to publicize the field of chemistry and its contributions to daily lives.

A resident of Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, Hunt graduated cum laude with honors in chemistry from Smith College, earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and completed her postdoctoral study at Yale University. Among her many professional honors, she was named in 2001 to the Women in Science Delegation to Cuba and earned a S. J. Talucci Quality Award in 1996. Hunt currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Council for Chemical Research and its Financial Oversight Committee, and the Upper Dublin Library Board, where she serves as Treasurer. She has been a member of the ACS since 1977, and also holds membership with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Vision 2020, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and other professional organizations.

Founded in 1876, the ACS is a self-governed individual membership organization that consists of approximately 160,000 members - including 18,000 outside the U.S. - at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry. It is the world's largest scientific society, and provides its members with information, educational, financial, technical and professional opportunities.

About Rohm and Haas Company

Rohm and Haas is a Philadelphia-based specialty materials company which makes products for the personal care, grocery, home and construction markets, and the electronics industry. The company had annual sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2004 with operations in 27 countries.

Source: Rohm and Haas

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