2015 Hillebrand Award to Dr. Stephen A. Wise

Dr. Stephen A. Wise, Senior Analytical Chemist and Program Coordinator for Food and Nutrition within the Chemical Sciences Division of NIST, was presented the 2015 Hillebrand Prize by CSW past president, Alan Anderson.

The selection of the recipient of the Hillebrnd prize, the highest award given by CSW, is difficult due to the fact that all nominees have an extensive record of publications and other research accomplishments in wide-ranging are as of the chemical sciences. This year’s recipient, Dr. Stephen A. Wise, of NIST has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and over 80 book chapters. Eight of his papers have been cited over 200 times and 18 over 100 times. This is a record not matched by many well-known analytical chemists. In addition to his outstanding publication record, Dr. Wise has helped shape his field as Chair of the Analytical Division of ACS, President of the International Society for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Editor for Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Topical Editor for Analytical Separation Techniques for Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, and service on the Editorial Board of Accreditation and Quality Assurance. Dr. Wise has received numerous awards in recognition of his scientific contribution. These include the 2001 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Research Award of the International Society of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC), the 2006 Harvey W. Wiley Award from AOAC International, and the 2014 Reference Material Achievement Award from the Technical Division on Reference Materials of AOAC International. In 2013, he was selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. For his achievements at NIST, he was recognized with the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award (1989) and Silver Medal Award (2008). Dr. Wise has made significant contributions to many aspects of analytical chemistry, including a landmark publication relating that the retention of polyaromatic hydrocarbons on reversed phase LC columns was correlated with the shape of the molecules.

Dr. Stephen A. Wise recently retired from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland after 40 years of government service. He is currently a scientific consultant for the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH-ODS) in Bethesda, Maryland. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Weber State University and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Arizona State University. He began his career at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), now NIST, in 1976 as a research chemist involved in the development of liquid chromatographic methods for determination of trace organic constituents. Dr. Wise’s research efforts have focused on (1) development of chromato-graphic methods for the determination of organic contaminants (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls, and chlorinated pesticides) in environmental matrices such as sediment, tissue, and air particulate matter; (2) development of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for trace organic constituents in environmental, clinical, food, and dietary supplement matrices; (3) investigations of chromatographic separation mechanisms and chromatographic selectivity for PAHs and related compounds; and (4) development and implementation environmental specimen banking procedures. Throughout his career at NIST, Dr. Wise interacted extensively with other federal government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through interagency agreements to develop SRMs to support the regulatory needs of these government agencies. From 2002 until his retirement, he was responsible for managing a significant collaboration between NIST and NIH-ODS to develop analytical methods and reference materials for nutrients and/or active constituents in dietary supplements and for nutritional assessment markers in human serum and food.