Professor Sheila Smith, of the Department of Natural Sciences, was recently elected to the position of Alternate Councilor in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. The Inorganic Division is the largest division of the world's largest scientific organization. During her three year term, Professor Smith will work to represent the voice of faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions (including UM-Dearborn) in the governance of the Division.
Her election follows many years of national service to the Inorganic Discipline, including service on the Leadership Council of IONiC (www.ionicviper.com), an NSF funded community of scholars. Her work with this group has included the development of materials used to improve teaching and learning of inorganic chemistry, through both authorship of materials and through serving as a leader/organizer at NSF funded workshops for faculty at various institutions over the last four years. She has also served as chair and organizer of several national symposia focused on undergraduate research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry, including one in March 2014 at the Dallas National Meeting of the ACS.