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Vol. 34 No. 6
November-December 2012

IUPAC Wire | News and information on IUPAC, its fellows, and members organizations
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John D. Petersen Appointed IUPAC Executive Director

Effective 1 August 2012, Dr. John D. Petersen is the new IUPAC Executive Director. Petersen succeeds Dr. Terrence A. Renner who has elected to retire at the end of this year.

Petersen comes to IUPAC from the neighboring Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, where he was vice president of University Collaborations, Development, and Outreach. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. Thereafter, he completed his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a student of Prof. Peter C. Ford.

Petersen’s distinguished career includes positions as executive director of the RTP Solar Fuels Project, president of the University of Tennessee System, and academic appointments at the University of Connecticut, Wayne State University, Kansas State University, and Clemson University.

John Petersen (left), IUPAC Executive Director, Fabienne Meyers (center), IUPAC Associate Director, and Morton Hoffman, IUPAC member and U.S. representative on the Committee on Chemistry Education, at the ACS Northeastern Section event held on 11 October 2012 at Nova Biomedical Corp. in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

Petersen commented that “our world is facing some critical issues: developing renewable energy sources, maximizing sustainability, minimizing environmental issues such as global warming, as well as expanding the workforce of the future. The six long-range goals of IUPAC’s strategic plan set the framework to meet these issues directly. It is exciting when one has the opportunity to interact with creative individuals and groups while assisting in the formulation of the strategies to implement goals. I believe that the breadth of my experience in all sectors of chemistry, my international connections, my ability to work with local and central governments, and my skill in assisting others in translating their visions into practice are assets for the job of executive director.”


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