Vol. 21, No. 6
and Notices from Other Societies and Unions
International Hires New Executive Director
AOACÕs Board of Directors has selected E. James Bradford as AOAC InternationalÕs
new Executive Director. He assumed his responsibilities on 6 July 1999.
Dr. Bradford brings to AOAC International a combination of association
management, academic, and chemistry experience. Dr. Bradford is former
Director of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Programs
at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in
Washington, DC, USA. Prior to that, he was employed for nearly 15 years
at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, DC, USA.
At AAAS, Dr. Bradford directed six science, mathematics, and technology
education programs; an NSF-sponsored core competencies project; science
books and films; and senior scientists and engineers.
At the ACS, he served as the administrator for Grants and Awards of
the Membership Division in 1998 and as assistant director of the Membership
Division from 1995 to 1997. Over the years, he was also the ACS special
assistant to the executive director, program man-ager of National Chemistry
Week, and manager of the Office of College Chemistry. He established
National Chemistry Week as an annual event involving more than 1 000
volunteers reaching out to the public, and he has even appeared on Nickelodeon
with Linda Ellerbee in an antismoking program for kids.
As the ACS administrator for Grants and Awards of the Membership Division,
he directed a staff of 20 and a budget of USD 20 million to administer
62 national awards in the chemical sciences and a USD 16.3 million grants
program. He also served as staff liaison for the Board Committee on
Grants and Awards, and for the Joint Board-Council Committee on Science.
Before his ACS experience, Dr. Bradford was a member of the adjunct
chemistry faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, a lecturer
in engineering chemistry and organic chemistry at the University of
Missouri, and division chair and chemistry teacher at Lincoln Trail
College in Robinson, Illinois, USA.
A 1975 graduate of Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA,
Dr. Bradford also holds an M.S. degree in environmental chemistry from
Western Illinois University, USA, and a Ph.D. degree from the University
of Missouri-Columbia, USA, in higher and adult chemistry education with
concentration in the support areas of descriptive inorganic chemistry,
research design statistics, administration, and educational psychology.
His professional affiliations include the American Chemical Society,
the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, the Nature Conservancy,
the International Congress of Distinguished Awards (for which he recently
served on the Board of Directors), and the Council of Engineering and
Scientific Society Executives.
AOAC International is a professional scientific association whose
primary purpose is to promote chemical and biological analytical methods
validation and quality measurements in the analytical sciences. In addition
to its method validation programs, AOAC International produces a variety
of publications; conducts meetings, workshops, training courses, and
topical conferences; and offers technical divisions, local sections,