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Randolph College Chemistry Professor Chosen to Speak at ACS Meeting

Bill Mattson will give talk on creative problem solving in chemical research.

4/7/2011 3:13:42 PM


LYNCHBURG—Bill Mattson, a Randolph College chemistry professor, was selected to speak at the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) April 8 meeting. Mattson presented “Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research” at the meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mattson earned a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.S. from American University. In addition to teaching general, analytical, and instrumental chemistry and to working both on and off campus with students on research projects, Mattson offers a popular course in creative and critical problem solving at Randolph.

Mattson has participated in six ACS speaker’s weeklong tours and has been invited to speak for several local sections of the group. He also has been a frequent speaker on problem solving in research to undergraduate students at the University of Virginia. He has spent 20 of the past 22 summers teaching or conducting research at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Tennessee. His work outside of Randolph College has included serving several organizations including as a senior reviewer charged with helping to audit all Advanced Placement chemistry courses in the nation, a consultant for the South Carolina Course Alignment Project, a question writer for the American Dental Exam, an Educational Testing Service chemistry Advanced Placement reader, a National Science Foundation panel member for grant evaluation, director of the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair, and a master of ceremonies for a high school Academic Competition for Excellence program.

Mattson will also conduct a webinar for the ACS on May 5. The webinar will focus on “Creative Problem Solving in Chemical Research.” The ACS weekly webinar series is designed to connect ACS members and scientific professionals with subject matter experts and global thought leaders in chemical sciences, management, and business on relevant professional issues.

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