The PROF program in San Diego highlights the contributions of LGBT chemists, “LGBT Chemists' Symposium on Chemical Biology”, provides career development advice for young and mid-career chemists, “Enough to be Dangerous: A Chemist's Handbook to Cross-Functional Development”; and examples of ethics in education, “Ethics 101. We also continue symposia series on REU programs for undergraduate chemists, “Successful REU Programs; the contributions of women, ―Women in Innovation: Science & Technology; and support for industrial and entrepreneurial chemists, ―Chemical Angel Network: Chemists Investing in Chemical Companies.
Balboa, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Enough to be Dangerous: A Chemist's Handbook to Cross-Functional Development
Rancho Santa Fe 1&2 Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Women in Innovation: Science & Technology
Marina Salon E, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
LGBT Chemists' Symposium on Chemical Biology
Marina Salon E, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Successful REU Programs
Chemical Angel Network
Tuesday 3:00 -5:00 PM
Division of Professional Relations Executive Committee and Open Meeting
Miramar Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Tuesday 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Henry Hill Reception and Award Program
Tom retired in May 2009 from Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI where he had
been employed in many positions since 1974, including Senior Research Scientist,
Vice President Dow Corning Foundation, and Director, Global Science and Technol-
ogy Outreach. He was the ranking scientist responsible for leading the Corporation
into new technology areas to help ensure the Corporation‟s continued success and
growth. He managed large R&D groups and multinational teams, as well as globally sponsored research programs, which included over sixty universities. He served as the Corporation‟s chief chemist during the breast implants controversy. He achieved the highest scientific rank within the Corporation for technical contributions in the areas of interfacial science, scientific computing, and in the biology and biotechnology of silicon. These accomplishments have been internationally recognized and documented.
Tom served in the ACS Presidential Succession (2008-2010) . As ACS President, one of the most significant challenges Tom experienced was to communicate seamlessly with members and global colleagues who represented approximately five generations. Tom recognized the importance of communicating in the medium of choice of each individual versus his preferred style. He learned to „tweet‟ on Twitter with the Millennials while corresponding with the Greatest Generation with a fountain pen and stationary. He is an active listener who applies an open mind and critical thinking skills to make thoughtful decisions.
One of his seconders noted: “The opportunity to work with Tom was simply outstanding (not to mention challenging). His research activities created new opportunities with value and significant growth potential for Dow Corning. He has a tremendous awareness of internal and external scientific activities in interdisciplinary fields. Tom represented Dow Corning as the scientific leader in strategic alliance with Genencor International, Inc. in the emerging field of Silicon BiotechnologyTM. The mission was to explore and develop nature‟s biological pathways for the creation, production, and sale of novel silicon-based products. He understood and managed the risks necessary to evaluate these sustainable technologies, as well as numerous sponsored research projects with academic institutions and national laboratories located in the US, UK, & Europe.”
As a teacher, Tom has demonstrated a life-long commitment and passion for education. In the January 5, 2009 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, Tom stated that one should “keep education and science literacy at the forefront of our thinking and pivotal in our actions.” Furthermore, “Our children cannot be expected to compete in our global society on just burgers and fries. We must find new ways to serve up our discipline in ways that encourage our children and our communities to experiment, to try just one bite. Who knows, some might even go back for seconds!” Tom has been heavily involved in educational initiatives on local, regional, national, and international levels. He leads by example and creates opportunities for all ages through his actions. In July 2010 he accepted the position as Chief Academic Officer and Vice-president of Instruction and Learning Services, at Delta College, University Center, MI. Tom‟s educational leadership in organizations including the ACS, Delta College, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Dow Corning further illustrate these behaviors. Tom has mentored and coached numerous global employees at Dow Corning who were inspired to care, engage in educational outreach, and make a difference. In his Presidential C&EN article in 2009, he stated that “We, as a society, are all in this together! Plainly put, we are the stewards of chemistry, past, present, and future.” His service and professional relationships exemplify this statement.
I hope you will attend the Division‟s Henry Hill Award Reception on March 15 at 5 pm in the Bayside Pavilion, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina to help us honor Thomas H. Lane as we present him with the Henry Hill Award and recognize his contributions to the promotion of the Professional Status Of Chemists.
- Ann Nalley
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