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Friday, March 15, 2013 Meeting
- Public Affairs Award Meeting -


William F. Carroll, Jr. Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr.
  • 2013 Public Affairs Awardee
  • Vice President, Industry Issues, Occidental Chemical Corporation;
  • Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University;
  • Chair of the ACS Board of Directors;
  • ACS President, 2005

“The Chemistry Enterprise: Do We Have a Future, or What?”

Date:  March 15, 2013  
Location:    Café La Cave
2777 Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Café La Cave has had part of it's roof collapse from the storm, but NOT THE PART WE WILL BE IN.  The Café WILL BE OPEN for us.

Cost:  $35.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $37.00 for non-members,
     $20 for students, retired, or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Wednesday, March 13.   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.


5:30 - 6:30 PM · Job Club
5:30 - 6:30 PM · Pre-Dinner Talk
6:00 - 7:00 PM · Social Hour:  Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres served butler style. Cash Bar
7:00 - 8:00 PM · Dinner
8:00 PM · Public Affairs Program

“The Chemistry Enterprise: Do We Have a Future, or What?”

Abstract: Issues for chemists and the chemistry enterprise. They might be driven by legislation, regulation or simply policy changes in DC. They might be driven by changes in the business model or geographic location of our industries and resources. They might be driven by cost pressures and reduced funding for universities and professors.

This presentation will tee up a number of interesting current pressure points and generate discussion on where we are, where we’re going, and what’s there when we arrive.

Biography:  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 University.

Bill is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, and also a Past President (2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies. He is 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, including the American Chemistry Council and the Vinyl Institute. He has 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 Henry Hill Award sponsored by the ACS Division of Professional Relations, the Michael Shea Award from the Division of Chemical Technicians, Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Indiana and DePauw and the Vinyl Institute’s Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award. He is the 2012 recipient of the Harry and Carol Mosher Award from the ACS Santa Clara Valley Section.

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

Pre-Dinner Talk:

“An American Abroad: IUPAC and a Chemist’s Experience of a Lifetime”

Speaker:  Mark C. Cesa, Vice President of IUPAC for 2012-2013; Process Chemistry Consultant for INEOS Nitriles, Naperville, IL.

Mark CesaAbstract:  The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) advances the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and contributes to the application of chemistry in the service of humankind. Organizations from more than sixty countries including the United States are members of the Union. IUPAC may be best known as the global authority regarding chemical nomenclature and the periodic table, but IUPAC’s technical divisions and committees carry out hundreds of projects covering a wide range of activities. Among these, the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 was a landmark achievement for IUPAC. More than 1500 individual scientists from all around the world are involved in IUPAC projects and governance activities. Participating in IUPAC gives scientists from industry, academia and government exposure to the world of chemistry that is uniquely rewarding and unparalleled in value. In this talk I’ll describe how I got involved in IUPAC, what I do in the Union today, and how chemists in all fields and levels of experience can participate.

The Speaker:  Mark Cesa is the 2012-2013 Vice President of IUPAC. In IUPAC, he is a past chair of the Committee on Chemistry and Industry and is an associate member of the Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. He is also a past chair of the U.S. National Committee for IUPAC. Dr. Cesa is employed as Process Chemistry Consultant for INEOS Nitriles in suburban Chicago, where he is responsible for process chemistry research and support for Nitriles’ manufacturing plants. His research interests include homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions, and molecular modeling for the design of new catalysts. Dr. Cesa is also a member of the American Chemical Society Committee on Science and has held elective and appointed positions in the Cleveland and Chicago local sections. He has an A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Go directly to the parking lot for self-parking.  Valet parking is also available.




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