Baylor Professor Appointed to American Chemical Society's Committee on Environmental Improvement

Jan. 23, 2012
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Dr. George Cobb, professor and chair of the department of environmental science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University, has been selected to serve on the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI).

CEI promotes awareness and concern for protecting and improving the quality of human health and the environment. Responsibilities of the committee include: monitoring environmental legislation and regulations for possible ACS comments or recommendations, keeping up with current and emerging environmental problems and researching environmental chemistry issues.

Cobb, who joined the Baylor faculty in August 2011, has been a member of ACS since 1981. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., in 1982, and his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida in 1989. His research interests include forensic analytical techniques to assess contaminant presence and movement. His research group has emphasized nanomaterial alteration of amphibian movement, interactions of toxicants and light to induce stress and airborne movement of steroids from concentrated animal feeding operations.

About Baylor Environmental Science

The department of environmental science is dedicated to training students in both the social and scientific dimensions of environmental issues. The goal is to provide an educational opportunity where students learn to be stewards of the earth's soil, air and water, and protectors of biodiversity.

Since 2000, the department has added three new undergraduate majors' options, and expanded its course offerings, particularly in toxicology, wildlife conservation and environmental health. The department's faculty has raised publication and meeting attendance rates for graduate students and is recruiting doctoral students for degree programs in the ecological, earth and environmental Sciences, and for biomedical studies.

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University's oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 27 academic departments and 13academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College span topics from art and theatre to religion, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences. Faculty conduct research around the world, and research on the undergraduate and graduate level is prevalent throughout all disciplines.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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