Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Paul Anastas to Present 2012 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture

November 13, 2012 - Philadelphia

Neil Gussman

Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Paul T. Anastas to Present 2012 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture

Paul T. Anastas speaks at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 15.  Reception follows at 7 p.m. Event will be held in CHF’s Ullyot Meeting Hall.

PHILADELPHIA—November 13— Paul T. Anastas, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University, will present the 2012 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) on Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m. Anastas, known widely as the “Father of Green Chemistry” will present a talk titled "The Future of Green Chemistry." 

Anastas will describe the field's history and its future directions, challenges, and opportunities. Recent market research projects that the green-chemistry sector will grow to a $100 billion market by 2020, and this lecture will examine the scientific and commercial developments that are happening now and that need to happen in the future to make that projection a reality. 

About Paul T. Anastas

Anastas  has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale University. In addition he serves as the director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

From 2009 to 2012 Anastas took public-service leave from Yale to serve as the assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the agency science advisor. From 2004 to 2006 he served as director of the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the assistant director for the environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he worked from 1999 to 2004.

Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Anastas received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability, including 11 books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with coauthor John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. Anastas has spoken at CHF on three previous occasions in the last decade, twice addressing the Joseph Priestley Society and also speaking at Innovation Day. 

About the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture

The Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture was established in 1990 to emphasize to the general public the positive role that chemistry and related sciences, industries, and technologies play in our lives. Ullyot lectures are held annually and are open to the public. Ullyot lecturers are distinguished in their fields, nationally recognized, and able to communicate to a nonscientific audience.

The Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of the Sciences, and the Philadelphia Section and Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society.

About Glenn Edgar Ullyot

Glenn Edgar Ullyot earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. During a successful 38-year career with SmithKline & French Laboratories (now GlaxoSmithKline), Ullyot progressed through several stages of responsibility, from bench chemist to director of scientific liaison.

Ullyot’s primary scientific interests were with medicinal chemistry, therapeutic agents, and their biological activity. He published many papers, received patents on numerous compounds, and played a significant role in the development of several products, including Benzidrex, a nonstimulating analog of the inhaler Benzidrine, and Diazide, a diuretic agent for the treatment of high blood pressure.

Ullyot was an active member of and leader in the American Chemical Society for more than 60 years and served on several important U.S. governmental committees. Owing to his deep commitment to education, he established the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture in 1990, stating, “Chemistry, biology, and physics are the basic sciences that are keys to understanding the world around us. It is my hope that each Ullyot lecturer will increasingly stimulate more people to appreciate the positive impact these sciences and the people who pursue them have on our daily lives.”

Ullyot lecturers are distinguished in their fields, nationally recognized, and able to communicate to a wide audience.

Past Ullyot Lecturers

• 2011 Michael Christman
• 2010 Susan Solomon
• 2009 Joseph M. DeSimone
• 2008 Bernard Bigot
• 2007 Shirley M. Tilghman
• 2006 Ralph J. Cicerone
• 2005 Marye Anne Fox
• 2004 Phillip A. Sharp
• 2003 Alfred Bader
• 2002 Jacqueline K. Barton
• 2001 Robert S. Langer
• 2000 Mark S. Wrighton
• 1999 George B. Rathmann
• 1998 Earnest W. Deavenport
• 1997 P. Roy Vagelos
• 1996 Harold E. Varmus
• 1995 Carl Djerassi
• 1994 Orlando A. Battista
• 1993 Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
• 1992 Maxine F. Singer
• 1991 Harry B. Gray
• 1990 Mary L. Good

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, CHF strives to:
• Inspire a passion for chemistry;
• Highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and
• Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.

CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. The Foundation hosts conferences and lectures, supports research, offers fellowships, and produces educational materials. Its museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.

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