The President-elect of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be speaking at West Virginia State University at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the auditorium of Hamblin Hall.

Dr. Allison A. Campbell will discuss her upcoming term as president of the ACS as well as talk about her duties as the associate laboratory director for earth and biological sciences at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

The lecture is free and open to the public.

At the PNNL, Campbell sets the vision and strategy for research in support of the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and National Institutes of Health. She leads a research directorate of more than 530 staff members.

Campbell’s appearance at WVSU is part of a visit to the Kanawha Valley in which she will also meet with representatives of the Chemical Alliance Zone, MATRIC and Dow Chemical. She will also meet with local science teachers to discuss how ACS can help them in the classroom.

Campbell will become the president of ACS in 2017.

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