May 27-30, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI

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Social Events

You will be able to register for social events when you register for the meeting. If you have already registered, please contact Brianne Blevins at

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Thursday 28 May 2015

Friday 29 May 2015

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Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt

Women Chemists Committee Luncheon – 12:00pm – Thursday 28 May 2015

Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt is the President of the American Chemical Society. She holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She received a M.S. from the University of Tennessee, and a B. A. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. Immediately after finishing her Ph.D., she joined the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), where she served as Section Head with responsibility for safety and regulatory affairs before retiring earlier this year. She is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati.

Diane has been a member of ACS since her first days in graduate school. She is a past Chair of the Cincinnati local section, and has held leadership positions at the regional and national level as well. She is a past Chair of the Division of Professional Relations and the Division of Chemical Health and Safety. Diane served three consecutive terms on the ACS Board of Directors as the Director from District II from 2002 to 2010. While on the Board her services included Chair of the Board Committee on Professional & Member Relations, Chair of the Board Committee on Public Affairs & Public Relations, member of the Board Executive Committee, and Chair of several task forces and working groups.

Diane's honors include selection as an ACS Fellow, the Henry Hill Award sponsored by the national ACS Division of Professional Relations, Distinguished Scientist of Cincinnati by Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati (the first woman ever selected for this honor), Distinguished Alum of the University of Cincinnati – McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, Distinguished Alum of the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and many other honors.

Diane’s research interests include carbohydrate chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, polymers, separations technology, controlled release/delivery systems and chemistry as applied to consumer products. At P&G she developed and evaluated technologies for a variety of consumer products, and became a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer. She holds multiple U.S. patents and corresponding applications and filings internationally. She has authored scientific publications and technical presentations.


Dr. Bill Carroll

Bill Carroll headshot

Younger Chemists Committee Luncheon – 12:00pm – Thursday 28 May 2015

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He received an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He is currently Vice President, Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana.

Bill is currently a Director-at-Large, Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, and served as Chair (2012-14), and also a Past President (2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the advisory board for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering. In 2009 he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

On behalf of OxyChem he has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, and served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states – most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.

Bill has received the Harry and Carol Mosher Award from the ACS Santa Clara Valley Section, The Public Affairs Award from the Chicago Section, the Henry Hill Award, sponsored by the ACS Division of Professional Relations, the Michael Shea Award from the Division of Chemical Technicians and Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Indiana and DePauw.

He holds two patents, and has over sixty-five publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration and plastics recycling.

Dr. Thomas H. Lane

Awards Banquet – 7:00pm – Friday 29 May 2015

Tom received his undergraduate education in chemistry at Purdue University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from The Open University in England. Both Purdue and CMU have recognized Tom with their Distinguished Alumni Award for his contributions to science, education, and his community. Tom also received The Open University's highest recognition for his contributions to Education, the Arts, and the Sciences with an honorary doctorate degree, which was presented at a special ceremony in Versailles, France.

He worked at the Dow Corning Corporation for 35 years where he achieved the highest scientific rank within the Corporation for his technical and leadership contributions. In addition, he holds academic positions in both the US and the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, an American Chemical Society Fellow, a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science and a number of other professional organizations. Tom was the elected president of the American Chemical Society (2009), and later joined the staff of Delta College as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Instruction and Learning Services. In retirement, Tom continues to focus his energies on STEM education and student success.

For fun, Tom enjoys photography. He specializes in black & white film photography using large wooden field cameras (8x10 inch negatives). He maintains a professional level darkroom in his home to develop and print his images using techniques and formulas that date back to the mid-1800.

Headshot of Tom Lane

CMU Alumni Reception

A CMU Alumni reception will be held on Wednesday 27 May at the Hopcat, Grand Rapids (25 Ionia SW) in the upstairs lounge. It will begin at 6:00. CMU will provide appetizers. Guests are responsible for their own alcoholic beverages. Contact Geoffrey Bartlett at or 989-774-3773 to indicate your attendance.