April Dinner Meeting: ACS Executive Director Tom Connelly

Please join the CSW on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 for a dinner meeting featuring Dr. Thomas Connelly, the new Executive Director of the American Chemical Society. The meeting will also feature the presentation of the 2015 Local Section Volunteer of the Year Award to Professor Nevart N. Tahmazian of Montgomery College.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 pm social hour and check-in; 7:00 pm dinner; 7:45 pm award presentation; 8:00 pm speaker
  • Cost: $20 (Members and Guests); $10 (Students)
  • Location: Marvel Hall, ACS Hach Building, 1155 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • RSVP by noon on Thursday, April 23, 2015 to [email protected] or by phone at 202-659-2650. Please provide the names in your party when you RSVP. The public is invited to attend.
  • Menu: Catering will be provided by Panera Bread, with an assortment of sandwiches, chips, salad, and cookies. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please provide those with your reservation, and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Speaker Biography: Dr. Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Executive Director and CEO, ACS

Tom ConnellyThomas M. Connelly, Jr. is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Connelly retired from DuPont in December 2014, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer. At DuPont, Dr. Connelly led businesses and R&D organizations, while based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Connelly graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has served in advisory roles to the U.S. Government and the Republic of Singapore.



Speaker Biography: Professor Nevart N. Tahmazian, 2015 Local Section Volunteer of the Year

Nevart TahmazianProf. Tahmazian, Professor of Chemistry, Montgomery College, has been involved in several chemistry related outreach activities for over 20 years.  Most notably are her participation in National Chemistry Week activities with the local elementary schools and girl scout troops for many years.  Nevart has worked with Rockville Science Day for more than twenty years. She is the coordinator for “Chemistry in Action” Demonstrations and hands-on activities and has been the liaison for the Chemistry Department and chemistry students.  She has partnered with the Chemical Society of Washington for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day as part of the Rockville Science Day activities.  She has encouraged students to consider chemistry as a profession and as a co-advisor for the STEM Education Community Club, she has encouraged and involved student members in several outreach opportunities.  Nevart has been involved with the Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day at John’s Hopkins Shady Grove Campus for the past several years since the program’s inception.  This program reaches over 600 students annually chosen from two different public schools each year, to encourage careers in science. She has also volunteered with the Sonya Kovalevsky program that targets around 60 middle school (7th or 8th grade) female students each year by coordinating chemistry workshops and demos.  The program tries to attract female students towards math and sciences.  In October 2012, she was featured in the ACS video production for her activities during National Chemistry Week.  Through the ACS Science Coach and Ambassador programs, she was the science coach for St. Mary’s middle school in Rockville and coordinated lesson plans and hands-on activities with the science teachers for the curriculum.

Featured image photo credit: Kate Hughes
Speaker images supplies by Tom Connelly and Nevart Tahmazian.