South Carolina Section

2016 Elections

Electronic ballots will be delivered by November 1, 2016. Ballots must be cast by 5 p.m. Monday November 14, 2016.  



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Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of South Carolina

B.A. Wellesley College

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Linda Shimizu received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the guidance of Prof. Daniel Kemp.  She was a NIH post-doctoral fellow with Prof. John Essigmann also at MIT.  She joined the University of South Carolina (USC) as a research assistant professor and adjunct lecturer in 1998, was appointed to a tenure-track assistant professor position in 2005, promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and to Full Professor in 2016. She held a visiting professorship at the Center for Nanosystems Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry & Pharmacy, University of Würzburg in Germany in the summer 2015.  Prof. Shimizu research interests include organic photochemistry, supramolecular assembly, materials chemistry and crystal engineering. Her research focuses on designing molecules that can assemble themselves with a high degree of predictability and efficiency to give functional porous materials containing molecule-sized channels.  Her group probes applications of these materials as molecular-scale reaction vessels.  The goal is to understand, predict and ultimately control chemical reactions in these unique confined environments. She received an American Chemical Society, Women Chemists Committee Rising Star 2013 Award and was named a 2011 Breakthrough Rising Star by the USC Office of Research. She was an elected member of the Advisory Board for the Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) and a Co-organizer of the 23rd Winter I-APS meeting January 2014.

Prof. Shimizu received the Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2016 and is also known for her ability to convey her enthusiasm for scientific research in the classroom and for engaging undergraduates in research.  To date, she has had 30 undergraduates and 19 high school students gain their first research experiences in her laboratories.  Shimizu received the 2014 South Carolina American Chemical Society Volunteer of the Year Award for establishing and directing a Chemistry Outreach Program that since 2001 brings chemists and chemistry experiments to South Carolina K-12 schools each spring to raise awareness of scientific careers and to showcase the scientific method. This program has reached over 17,000 K-12 students and had nearly 120 USC undergraduate and graduate student participants. 




Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, Francis Marion University

BS, University of South Carolina; Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Scott has served as councilor since 1985 and prior to that served as alternate councilor 1977-1984.  1975 he served as chair of the section. In 2009 he received the section's Distinguished Service Award in 1992.  Currently he is the treasurer  for SERMACS 2016 which the South Carolina Section hosted in Columbia.

His other honors include being named an ACS Fellow in 2010, receiving the 2013 Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemistry Society, and most recently the 2016 E. Ann Nalley Southeast Regional Award Service Award.


Alternate Councilor




Chemistry Teacher, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

BS Western Connecticut State University, MS Ball State University


Laura has served as a volunteer at various levels in other sections before moving to South Carolina.  She served as a Treasurer and High School Education Chair in the Western Connecticut Section.   While in the Indiana Section, she served as Education Co-Chair(2002-2003), Section Chair in 2004, and Alternate Councilor (2006-2009).


Within DivCHED, she served on my first exam committee for the ACS Examination Institute in 1995.  Since that time, she have chaired two First Year High School exams and now is the  chair of the committee that is writing the High School Conceptual Exam that will be available in 2016. From 2006-2008 she served as an Alternate Councilor to the Division until she became the Assistant Precollege Editor for the Journal of Chemical Education, from 2007-20011.  Laura served on the Board of Trustees for the Examinations Institute from 2004-2012 and currently serves on the Division of Chemical Education as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and the High School Committee. 

Laura will receive the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award as the outstanding high school chemistry teacher in eth united Sates.  She is currently serving as an alternate councilor for the section.  For SERMACS 2016 she served on the High School program Committee. 



Professor, College of Charleston, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ph.D. University of South Carolina; MS, Mercer University

Jim has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the South Carolina Section since January 1, 2010, handling finances as well as producing the newsletter and maintaining the website.  He is the associate dean for the School of Sciences & Mathematics and teaches general and analytical chemistry.    For SERMACS 2016 he served as the webmaster, awards chair, and assistant treasurer.

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