CSR Members


WILLIAM CARROLL, Occidental Chemical Corporation

JENNIFER S. CURTIS, University of Florida



TINA BAHADORI, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

MICHAEL R. BERMAN, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

DAVID BERKOWITZ, National Science Foundation

CAROLE BEWLEY, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

DONNA G. BLACKMOND, Scripps Research Institute

EMILIO BUNEL, Argonne National Laboratory

ALLISON CAMPBELL,WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

RICHARD R. CAVANAGH, National Institute of Standards and Technology

JULIO DE PAULA, Lewis and Clark College

MILES FABIAN, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

MIGUEL GARCIA-GARIBAY, University of California, Los Angeles

JACK KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

JOANN SLAMA LIGHTY, National Science Foundation

KENNETH G. MOLOY, DuPont Company Experimental Station

TANJA PIETRASS, U.S. Department of Energy

KATHLEEN J. STEBE, University of Pennsylvania

PATRICIA A. THIEL, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University




William F. Carroll is Vice President of Chlorovinyl Issues at Occidental Chemical Corporation in Dallas, Texas and an adjunct industrial professor of chemistry at Indiana University. He served as ACS president in 2005 and as a member of the ACS Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006. He is the former chair of International Activities Committee at ACS. He earned a B.A. from DePauw, an M.S. from Tulane University (1975), and a Ph.D. from Indiana University (1978).  Carroll has been an ACS member since 1974 and has served on a number of committees. He holds memberships in 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 National Fire Protection Association; and was the recipient of the Vinyl Institute Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award in 2000.


Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida (UF).  Professor Curtis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989).  She has an internationally-recognized research program in the development and validation of numerical models for the prediction of particle flow phenomena.  She is the co-author of over 100 publications and has given over 160 invited lectures at universities, companies, government laboratories and technical conferences.  Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Engineering Education's (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the Eminent Overseas Lectureship Award by the Institution of Engineers in Australia, the ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the AIChE Fluidization Lectureship Award.  She currently serves on the Governing Board of the Council for Chemical Research and as co-chair of the National Academies' Chemical Science Roundtable. She is also Associate Editor of the AIChE Journal and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Powder Technology and Chemical Engineering Education.  She has served on the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Committee on Engineering Education and has participated in two NAE Frontiers of Research Symposiums (2003 and 2008).  She is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE and ASEE.




Tina Bahadori is the National Program Director for Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CSS research advances sustainable development, use and assessment of existing chemicals and emerging materials by developing and applying computational science, integrated chemical evaluation strategies, and decision-support tools. Before joining EPA in May 2012, she was the Managing Director of the Long-Range Research Initiative at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Dr. Bahadori is a past president of the International Society of Exposure Science and was an associate editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. She has served as a member of several committees of the National Academies, including one that developed a research strategy for environmental, health, and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials. Tina holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the Harvard School of Public Health. From MIT, she holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Technology and Policy, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Humanities.


Michael R. Berman is a program manager for Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Dr. Berman joined AFOSR in 1991. He is a staff member of the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences. He frequently participates in government review panels and advisory boards, and has been active as session chair and presenter at national and international meetings. Dr. Berman has more than two decades of experience in scientific research and management in academia, industry and government. He is the author of 35 published scientific papers and is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society and Sigma Xi.


David Berkowitz is the Acting Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and completed his postdoctoral work at Yale. Dr. Berkowitz's independent academic career has been at the University of Nebraska, where he is Willa Cather Professor of Chemistry and where he recently served as Department Chair.


Dr. Berkowitz's research is at the interface of synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology, where he and his research team have developed new enzyme-based tools to facilitate the discovery of new reaction modalities and new catalytic combinations for targeted reactions of interest. Highlights here include the discovery of the first Ni(0)-based asymmetric allylic amination chemistry, and the recent identification of formal thiopalladation/carbocyclization transformation of considerable utility. This side of his research group also develops new chiral ligands for asymmetric catalysis and new approaches to interfacing enzymatic and organic chemical methods in asymmetric synthesis. The chemical biology side of his group is engaged in the design, synthesis and study of unnatural amino acids, including as mechanism-based inhibitors for pyridoxal phosphate-dependent enzymes. His research team is also actively engaged in the synthesis and study of fluorinated phosphonate analogues of biologically important phosphate esters as tools for chemical biology, and in the total synthesis of lignan natural product congeners as potential anti-proliferative agents.


Dr. Berkowitz's honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1997-2001), Visiting Professorships at the Universite de Rouen in France (2005) and at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund (2006), a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (2008). He was a Featured Speaker at the Visions in Chemistry Symposium (Sanofi-Aventis-NJ, 2009) and Kickoff Plenary Lecturer at the first annual WCCAS (Beijing, China, 2010). Dr. Berkowitz is Co-Chair-Elect for the Gordon Research Conference on Biocatalysis (2016/2018 cycle).


Carole Bewley is a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health, and Chief of the Natural Products Chemistry Section in the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, NIDDK. She received her Ph.D. in Oceanography and Marine Natural Products Chemistry from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and was a Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in protein NMR. Her current research program focuses on bioactive marine natural products, protein-carbohydrate recognition and HIV entry. Dr. Bewley has received the National Institutes of Health Director's Award, is an editorial board member of Current Medicinal Chemistry–Anti-Infectives, and is a chartered member of Synthetic and Biological Chemistry (CSR/NIH) and Molecular Libraries (NIH Roadmap) study sections. She has been an active member of the American Chemical Society for 15 years, serves on Editorial Advisory Boards and as an expert reviewer for multiple ACS journals, and is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, Division of MedChem for the ACS.


Donna G. Blackmond (NAE) received a PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1984. She was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1984-1992. In 1992, she left academia for industrial research, becoming an associate director at Merck & Co., Inc., where she was responsible for the setting up of a new laboratory for research and development in the kinetics and catalysis of organic reactions. From 1996-99, Professor Blackmond was a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 to take up the position of professor and chair of physical chemistry at the University of Hull. She joined the faculty at Imperial College London in 2004, where she held joint professorial appointments in the departments of chemistry and chemical engineering & chemical technology as well as the chair in catalysis. Professor Blackmond holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. She received an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the Organic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2005) and The Royal Society of Chemistry Physical Organic Chemistry Award (2009). She is currently a professor of chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.


Emilio Bunel received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. He began his professional career at DuPont Central Research as a member of the Catalysis Group. He was responsible for the discovery and subsequent development of new processes for the synthesis of Nylon intermediates required in the manufacture of Nylon-6,6 and Nylon-6. In 2001, Bunel was hired by Eli Lilly to establish the Catalysis Group within the Discovery Research Organization. This group was responsible for the preparation of organic compounds using transition metal catalyzed reactions. The molecules prepared spanned all the aspects of the pharmaceutical endeavor from early lead optimization to process development. In 2003, he became an associate director at Amgen, Inc. His work included the establishment of the Catalysis Group in support of route selection/process development efforts to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for clinical testing. Most recently, Emilio was employed as the director of research at Pfizer, Inc., where he directed the Catalysis Group in support of medicinal chemistry and process development. After spending so many years in industry, Bunel decided to get back to where science is discovered and not just used. Argonne has a talented group of scientists and engineers, but with funding shifting to applied science, the division must tailor itself to that atmosphere. He also emphasized the importance of having a strong basic research program as well.


Allison Campbell is nationally recognized for her contributions toward materials development through her research in the field of biomaterials, and she is credited with co-inventing a bio-inspired process to "grow" a bioactive calcium phosphate layer, from the molecular level, onto the surfaces of artificial joint implants (total hip and knee) to extend implant life and reduce rejection. She is also recognized for her work in understanding the role of proteins in biomineralization. Dr. Campbell has authored numerous peer reviewed technical papers, been an invited speaker at national and international meetings, and has several patents based upon her research. Additionally, she is an avid promoter of science education, sharing her enthusiasm for science with young students through a number of hands-on education programs.


Richard R. Cavanagh is the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He directly supports the NIST Director and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs by (1) coordinating and providing oversight of high-profile programs that span the mission and expertise of two or more NIST laboratories: (2) helping ensure that research supporting forensics, homeland and national security projects/programs is congruent with NIST's research capabilities and overall programmatic priorities,  (3) overseeing and enforcing NIST policy on Human and Animal Subjects Research, and (4) overseeing the development and implementation of NIST's policies regarding Scientific Integrity and Research Misconduct.

Dr. Cavanagh has held several leadership responsibilities in addition to those at NIST. He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and of the American Physical Society. He has served on the General Committee of the Physical Electronic Conference, Chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Dynamics at Surfaces, served on the Executive committee of the AVS Surface Science Division, and was a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the Council for Chemical Research.  He was the chairman of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) from 2011 to 2014.


Julio de Paula came to Lewis & Clark College as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry in May 2005. From 2010 to 2013 he was an Associate Vice President and Director of Special Projects, and Professor of Chemistry. From 2011 to 2012 he was a Program Director in the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at Lewis & Clark and a member of its Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program. Born in Brazil, de Paula came with his family to the United States in 1976. He earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and his doctorate in Chemistry from Yale University. He was awarded a National Institutes of Health Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral work at Michigan State University. Before joining Lewis & Clark, de Paula was a professor of chemistry at Haverford College. Professor de Paula is the recipient of a Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. In 2005, he was the Knapp Visiting Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego.  


Miles Fabian is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. Fabian manages research grants in the areas of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, as well as institutional training grants in chemical biology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Fabian was a founding scientist at Ambit Biosciences in San Diego. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Fabian conducted postdoctoral research at Yale University.


Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been a Faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1992. He came to UCLA after doing Postdoctoral research at Columbia University, which followed his PhD studies at the University of British Columbia, in Canada. The earlier portions of Dr. Garcia-Garibay education were completed in his native, Mexico, at the Universidad Michoacana, where he did research on natural product isolation and characterization. Dr. Garcia-Garibay was promoted to full professor in the year 2000 and he has served as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2005. Dr. Garcia-Garibay is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry. He has been a member of the CNSI since 2005. His current research efforts are aimed to the development of artificial molecular machinery in highly organized crystalline media, and to the development of green chemistry by taking advantage of organic reactions in molecular nanocrystals.


Jack Kaye currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD).  He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA's Earth Science Research Program.  Earlier positions in his more than 28-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ.  In addition, he has held temporary acting positions as Deputy Director of ESD and Deputy Chief Scientist for Earth Science within SMD.  His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). He also held a post-doctoral research associateship at the US Naval Research Laboratory.   As Associate Director for Research, Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. He represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (from Jan., 2009 through May, 2010 he served as the Acting Chair for these activities).  He also serves as NASA's representative to the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology.  He recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System and currently serves an ex officio member of the National Research Council's Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.  He has received numerous NASA awards (most recently, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009), as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004 and 2010, and named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society in 2010. He was elected to serve as co-secretary of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for 1998-2000 and earlier served on the AGU Publications Committee.  The AGU has recognized him on two occasions with a Citation for Excellence in Refereeing.  He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society. In addition, he has attended the Leadership for Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute and the Harvard Senior Managers in Government Program a the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


JoAnn Slama Lighty, Director of the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), is also professor and former chair of the department of chemical engineering at the University of Utah.  She joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in October 2013. 


At the University of Utah, Lighty served in a variety of leadership capacities.  She led the department of chemical engineering from 2007 to 2013 and served as associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Engineering from 1997 to 2004. During the intervening years, Lighty directed the Institute for Combustion and Energy Studies (now the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy).


Lighty's research has focused on the formation of fine particulate matter from combustion systems; the fate of mercury in fossil fuel combustion; carbon capture technologies; and on the formation and oxidation of soot. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah.  Lighty has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications and 6 book chapters based on her research and expertise. While serving on committees for the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Research Council, she contributed to reports on important national issues including air quality, hazardous waste management, and water quality. Lighty has received numerous honors and recognitions, including educator awards from the Society of Women Engineers and the Utah Engineering Council, and election to Fellow by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Kenneth Moloy is a Research Fellow at Dupont Central Research and Development.  He received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in 1984 and a B.S. (Chemistry) from Indiana University in 1980.  Following graduate school he joined Union Carbide's Technical Center in South Charleston, WV, working in long range R&D.  In 1995 he moved to the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE.  Dr. Moloy's expertise lies in the areas of organometallic chemistry, catalysis, organic chemistry, and process chemistry.  Dr. Moloy has chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry and also the Organometallic Subdivision of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry.  Dr. Moloy recently participated on a NAS committee to revise “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory”, due for publication in 2011.


Tanja Pietrass is the Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.  She previously served as the Deputy Division Director and Acting Director of the Chemistry Division at the National Science Foundation, and as Program Director in the Experimental Physical Chemistry, Chemical Structure and Dynamics, and Chemical Measurement and Imaging programs in the same Division.


Prior to her service at the National Science Foundation, she was a faculty member and Chair in the Chemistry Department at New Mexico Tech, where she rose through the ranks to Full Professor. Her research interests centered on solid-state nuclear magnetic (NMR) resonance spectroscopy and optical techniques to enhance the nuclear spin polarization with applications to gas sorption in porous materials, surface characterization, optical pumping in semiconductors, heterogeneous catalysis, and ion mobility in batteries. She was a NATO DAAD postdoctoral fellow and received the New Mexico Tech Distinguished Research Award. Dr. Pietrass is the author of approximately 55 peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the American Chemical Society.


Kathleen J. Stebe is the Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor and Chair, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Penn State University. Her research expertise is in nanostructured materials and surface and colloidal science. Stebe's primary research interests are in non-equilibrium interfaces, with applications ranging from microfluidics to nanotechnology. One aspect of her research program focuses on interfaces between fluids and how surfactants can be used to influence interfacial flows. Other aspects address tailoring of solid-liquid interfaces with applications ranging from patterned electrodeposition to capillary-driven assembly and ordering of nanomaterials. Her honors and awards include:  Fellow - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study - Harvard University - 2002, Robert S. Pond Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award - Whiting School of Engineering - Johns Hopkins University - 1993, American Physical Society Francois N. Frenkiel Award for Significant Contributions in Fluid Mechanics by Young Investigators - 1992, Stanley Katz Memorial Award for Excellence in Research - Department of Chemical Engineering - City University of New York – 1989. Stebe received a PhD and MSE in chemical engineering in 1989 from The City University of New York, and a BA in economics from the City University of New York in 1984. 


Patricia A. Thiel is the John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry, and a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science & Engineering at Iowa State University. She is also a Faculty Scientist in the Ames Laboratory. She is active in research, teaching, and administration. In research, she is known for her work in three main areas: nanostructure evolution on surfaces; surface properties and structures of quasicrystals (a complex type of metallic alloy); and the chemistry of water adsorbed on metal surfaces. Thiel is an enthusiastic teacher of physical chemistry. She has held several administrative posts, including chair of the Department of Chemistry. Thiel earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981. After postdoctoral work at the University of Munich as a von Humboldt Fellow, she joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, then moved to Iowa State University in 1983. In her early academic career, Thiel was recognized with awards from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and by a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. Later, she received the American Chemical Society's Arthur W. Adamson Award, and the American Physical Society's David J. Adler Lectureship. She was also named Fellow of several societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Vacuum Society.