American Chemical Society President Speaks At Baylor

Feb. 8, 2005

by Judy Long

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr, president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), spoke Feb. 7 at Baylor University. Carroll, vice president of Occidental Chemical Corporation in Dallas and adjunct professor of chemistry at Indiana University, is serving as ACS president in 2005 and as a member of the ACS board of directors from 2004-06.

He spoke about ACS's 2005 theme, "opportunity," and the agenda during his year as president. Recognizing that the "chemistry enterprise" has changed significantly over the last several years, Carroll plans to develop positive messages about chemistry and improve chemistry's image as a career choice.

He also expressed concern about chemistry education. "I believe that those who love chemistry make better teachers; as a result, I would like to see more chemists teaching," he said.

Carroll received his bachelor's degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., his master's from Tulane University and his doctorate from Indiana University. He is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers; and the National Fire Protection Association. He was the recipient of the Vinyl Institute's Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award in 2000.

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