Steven Corcelli, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of graduate studies, has been appointed as chair of the Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB) in 2015.
In this position, Corcelli will work with the American Chemistry Society (ACS), a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals in chemistry fields. In his new position as chair of the GEAB, Corcelli will be responsible for advancing the development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the chemical sciences.
Currently, Corcelli researches water dynamics at DNA interfaces and examines the role of hydration in the function and stability of biomolecules. As well, he studies the structure and dynamics of biomolecules using infrared probes. Another component of his research involves solvent dynamics in ionic liquids. This area of research has garnered great attention because ionic liquids provide environmentally friendly alternatives to volatile organic solvents.
The ACS is a local, national, and global society with the vision to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.” The Society publishes forty-four journals, holds research conferences, and provides grants for research in petroleum and related fields.