Baylor Faculty Member Named Fellow of American Chemical Society

July 20, 2015
George Cobb

George Cobb, courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (July 20, 2015) – George Cobb, Ph.D., chair of the Baylor University’s environmental science department in the College of Arts & Sciences, was named a 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. Cobb was one of 78 people selected and will be honored in August, at the society’s fall national meeting in Boston.
“Being designated an ACS fellow is humbling and very gratifying,” Cobb said. “This is one of the highest honors awarded by ACS and only about two percent of its members receive this honor. The Baylor University administration allowed me the time I needed to engage in professional society governance and leadership, which are important considerations in the selection process.”
The fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and ACS.
Cobb was recognized for his contribution to the science and profession through his group development and implementation of sensitive analytical techniques for exposure assessment, focusing on pesticides, explosives, nanomaterials and waste site assessment.
He was also recognized for his contribution to the ACS community by helping the Division of Environmental Chemistry establish a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian Chemical Society and working to bring early career professionals into ACS leadership.
Cobb holds multiple leadership positions in the ACS, including alternate councilor and chair elect for the division of environmental chemistry. He has also participated in many Environmental Protection Agency panels to evaluate risks of pesticides and genetically modified organisms.
by Spencer Cutright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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