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September 25, 2009 Meeting
Joint with the Chemistry Department of Loyola University
and the Chicago Chemists' Club
Education Night and Public Affairs Award Presentation


Public Affairs Award Lecture:
Dr. Mary L. Good
Mary L. Good

Dean of Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology,
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

“Science and Innovation in the Global Economy -- Why It Matters and Who Needs to be Concerned”

Date:  September 25, 2009
Location:    Loyola University
Flanner Hall
6525 N. Sheridan Road
Chemistry Dept/Flanner Hall
Chicago, IL

Cost:  $12 per person, flat charge.  Dinner served cafeteria style at nearby Simpson Living Center.

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Wednesday, September 23.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


4:30 - 5:30 PM Loyola Chemistry Student Poster Session, Flanner Hall lobby
4:30 - 5:30 PM  Social Hour, Flanner Hall
5:00 - 6:00 PM Job Club
5:30 - 6:15 PM Pre-dinner Lecture
6:30 PM Dinner at the Simpson Living Center
8:00 PM High School Scholarship Exam Awards Presentation
8:15 PM Public Affairs Award Lecture

Note: All activities except for dinner will be in Flanner Hall at Loyola

Pre-Dinner Topic: “Science in Chicago”


Dr. Schriesheim plans to give a short talk about the importance of raising the visibility of science and technology in the Chicagoland area. He will highlight the activities for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology and its efforts to accomplish that goal.


Alan Schriesheim is the founding president of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) and Director Emeritus, Argonne National Laboratory.   C2ST, is an organization devoted to raising the awareness of science and technology in the Chicagoland area.

Schriesheim served as director of Argonne from 1983 to 1996. He joined Argonne after a long career with Exxon Corporation and was the first national laboratory director to be recruited from industry.

Schriesheim is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a past chairman of the National Conference on the Advancement of Research.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in New York and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

After Dinner Topic: “Science and Innovation in the Global Economy -- Why It Matters and Who Needs to be Concerned”

Abstract:  In the global economy, the race is on for technological advantage. The United States is used to leading these activities with the past competition with Western Europe and Japan. These competitors still exist but they are now joined by formidable new players from China and India. This competition has now caused an ever-increasing deficit in US trade in advanced technical goods and a steep decline in the US trade balance in advanced technology trade with China.

These are not indications of a robust future for the United States. This situation should be a “wake up call” to all of us from our education leaders to our government leaders and folks in the private sector.

The questions to be asked are: how do we incentivise innovation; how do we develop a work force focused on innovation and technological advancement; and, how do we get US leadership to realize where we are and begin to devise policy to address the issues?


Dr. Good received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arkansas in 1955 and then went on to have a very distinguished education and research career at the University of New Orleans, becoming Boyd Professor of Chemistry. She left UNO to join Allied Signal as VP and Director of Research in 1980. She became Sr.-VP for Technology in 1988. She remained with AlliedSignal until she retired in 1993 and became undersecretary for technology in the Dept of Commerce of the Clinton Administration.

Dr. Good is presently, the founding Dean and Donaghey University Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Engineering & Information Technology. Over the years, she has held many high level positions in academia, industry, and government. She has served as board chair and president of the American Chemical Society, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Board Member of the National Science Foundation, 1980-91; Board chair, 1988-91.

She has received many awards from the American Chemical Society, for her accomplishments including the ACS Priestley Medal, the Parsons Award, the Barnes Award for Leadership, and the Garvin – Olin Medal. In addition, she has received the NSF’s highest honor, the Vannevar Bush Award, the AAAS Philip Abelson Award for outstanding achievements and public service, and the Heinz Award for technical achievements to name just a few of the many recognitions she has received in a very distinguished career. She has also received more than twenty honorary doctoral degrees. She was honored by appointment to the National Academy of Engineering.

In 2001, Dr. Good led a group of scientists, entrepreneurs and educators in founding ASTRA, “The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America;” an organization which is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the physical and mathematical sciences and engineering, especially to the congress and executive branches of our government.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Enter the campus at the intersection of Kenmore and Sheridan Road and bear to the left. Parking is available at the parking deck next to Flanner Hall for $6.00. Enter the garage at the entrance marked “Faculty, Students, Guests, Visitors.” When leaving the garage, first purchase an exit parking ticket at the pay station machine located near the garage stairs and elevators.


An excellent dinner will be in the nearby Simpson Living Center and is served cafeteria style. The cafeteria provides a large variety of items on an all-you-can-eat basis. A portion of the cafeteria will be reserved for ACS attendees. Dinner admission tickets are obtained at the ACS registration table in Flanner Hall for a flat charge of $12.00 per person. No discounted dinners for students, retirees or unemployed.


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