Chemistry Professor Appointed to Professional Society Committees

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dr. Peter Smith, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, was recently appointed to two committees for the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Smith was appointed to the committee charged with creating the 2014 Second Term General Chemistry Examination, a test that can be administered by any undergraduate institution that wants to use it.  This is the third time Smith has served on an exam committee.

He was also appointed to the Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service.  Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of ACS, publishes the largest databases of chemistry-related literature and patents and produces innovative search services.  More than 400 scientists analyze and index publicly available chemical information to lead fellow scientists to the relevant findings of their peers.

Smith has been a member of ACS for 15 years and previously served as an associate member of the Younger Chemists Committee and chair and secretary of the Penn Ohio Border Local Section.  He currently serves as treasurer of the Division of Professional Relations and alternate councilor for the Penn Ohio Local Border Section.

Smith, who has been with Westminster since 2002, earned an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Contact Smith at (724) 946-7299 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Peter Smith