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Pittcon 2012: Science, Sun, Societies

Mar. 11, 2012
Jon Peace, President Pittcon 2012, Manager Product Safety, Alcoa, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Jon Peace, President Pittcon 2012, Manager Product Safety, Alcoa, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA more

Charles N. Reilley Award (SEAC)
Debra Rolison,Naval Research Laboratory, will receive the 2012 Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry, sponsored and presented by the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC).

Young Investigator Award (SEAC)
Lane Baker, Indiana University, will receive the 2012 Young Investigator Award, presented annually by the Society for Electronanalytical Chemistry (SEAC).

Ralph N. Adams Award
Jonathan V. Sweedler, University of Illinois, will receive the 2012 Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry sponsored by the Pittsburgh Conference and the Friends of Ralph N. Adams. The award was established to honor an outstanding scientist who has advanced the field of Bioanalytical chemistry through research, innovation and/or education.

Williams Wright Award - The Coblentz Society
Richard Crocombe, Thermo Fisher Scientific, will receive the 2012 Williams Wright Award from the Coblentz Society. The award is presented annually at Pittcon to an industrial spectroscopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in industry.

Pittsburgh was one of the most important areas of the US heavy industry. This industry needs analytical laboratories. What are thedevelopments inthe economic landscape of the Pittsburgh area in the past two decades?

J. Peace: With the collapse of the steel industry, the city population decreased by half with residents either leaving to go to another city or relocating in the suburbs. In the past 20 years, Pittsburgh has made a transition from one of heavy industry to services, high technology, science, and biomedical sectors.This change has led to a need for bio-analytical capabilities - in essence a change from small molecule analyses to large molecule analyses.

What are your research interests?

J. Peace: My interests have been focused in the area of industrial hygiene since joining the Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability group at Alcoa. A current area of interest is in the detection and analysis of airborne engineered nanoparticles.

Standardized methods are not currently available and background levels of naturally occurring ultrafine particles make measurements extremely difficult.

Please give us an overview over your career.

J. Peace: I graduated with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and received a Master in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1979 to 1981, I worked at the Frederick Cancer Research Center on Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, in the Biological Markers Division. My work involved developing methods for the analysis of chemotherapy drugs undergoing human testing in the blood and urine of patients. In 1981, I started at Alcoa Inc., in the Environmental Health Laboratory analyzing of industrial hygiene samples. In 1995, I moved into a regulatory position and am currently Manager Product Safety. I have been an active member of the Pittcon organizing committee since 1986 serving as chairman for committees such as Exposition, Registration, Transportation, Publicity, Activities, Security, and Communications Technology.

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