Two Black Scholars Named Fellows of the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society has named its 2012 class of ACS Fellows, a prestigious honor bestowed upon 96 distinguished scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. It appear that only two of the 96 new fellows are African Americans.

Joseph S. Francisco is the William E. Moore Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Francisco is the former president of the American Chemical Society and former head of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Professor Francisco is a graduate of the University of Texas. He earned a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

James W. Mitchell is the David and Lucille Packard Professor of Materials Science and professor of chemical engineering at Howard University. He also serves as dean of engineering at the university.

Professor Mitchell is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Iowa State University.

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