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Newsletter 30 (November 1983)
Niederhauser serves as ACS president-elect, p. 
BADGER CHEMIST A Newsletter from the Department of Chemistry-University of Wisconsin-Madison Newsletter 30 November 1983 NIEDERHAUSER SERVES AS ACS PRESIDENT-ELECT Warren D. Niederhauser, PhD '43, was successful last year in his candidacy for the position of President-Elect of the ACS. He will take over the presidency on January 1, 1984 after completing a year in his present position. The election last fall was unique in ACS history since Warren's opponent, F. Albert Cotton, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M, sent a letter to a selected list of ACS members seeking their support. According to CEN for 11-22-82, "...the letter described Niederhauser in less than complimentary terms, questioning his leadership capability and belittling the grassroots group allegedly supporting him." According to Science, 11-29-83, "Part of Cotton's strategy was to play upon differences between academic and industrial members of ACS, suggesting that Niederhauser was more interested in parochial concerns such as chemists' work- ing conditions than in substantial scien- tific issues." Cotton later apologized to Niederhauser, retracting his earlier state- ments. When the ballots were counted, Niederhauser tallied 21,993 votes or 59f70, 6,438 more than Cotton. It is unknown how much effect the Cotton letter had on the election results. The ACS failed to comment on it until the election was over. Niederhauser has long been known as a chemist with a strong position on profes- sionalism, that the ACS "must be con- cerned with the professional interests and economic status of chemists." In his offi- cial campaign statement he declared, "ACS is well known for its scientific and educational activities. It must establish the same reputation for professional prog- ress," (CEN, 11-22-82, p. 4). We have a copy of his "Report of the President- Elect" in which he makes apparent his deep concern for the professional welfare of chemists, a concern reflected during his entire career. Warren Dexter Niederhauser was born in Akron on January 2, 1918. He attended Oberlin College, taking his AB in chemis- try in 1939. Thereupon he entered grad- uate school at Wisconsin where he was a student of Homer Adkins and served as a Research Assistant. He ultimately became involved in defense research and when he received his PhD in '43 the Commence- ment Register failed to report the title of his thesis, merely stating that the title is withheld for national security reasons. Upon graduation, Dr. Niederhauser joined Rohm & Haas as head of the sur- factant group. In '51 he joined the chem- istry section of the Redstone Division in Huntsville, AL, in '55 he became research supervisor, and in '59 was named Asst. Director of Research, and in '73 became Director of Pioneering Research. The list of ACS offices he has held is lengthy, including councilor positions in the North Alabama and Philadelphia Sections as well as in the Fluorine Divi- sion; Director of Region III (Northeastern); Executive Committee; Comm. on Profes- sional and Member Relations; Publica- tions; History of Chemistry Task Force; Task Force on Chemistry and Public Affairs; Task Force on Agricultural Re- search, Congressional Science Counselor, Committee on Professional Relations, Employment Aids, and Patent Matters and Related Legislation. He now serves as President-Elect, will become President on January 1, 1984, and will serve another year as Immediate Past President. Warren Niederhauser comes of a scien- tific family. His name in American Men of Science (II th ed., 1965) is surrounded by those of Wendall S., Donald 0. and John S. Wendall S. is an uncle who took a PhD in chemistry at Princeton in '28 who entered industry after 8 years of teaching at Brown and Williams College. He retired from Rohm & Haas in '66. Donald O., an older brother, has a Michigan PhD in chemistry, '47. He has been with Du Pont CHEMICAL DEMONSTRATIONS: FIRST APPEARANCE Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is general author of the first volume of a set of books dealing with lecture demon- strations in chemistry. The publication of volume one was observed by a christen- ing held in the Alumni Lounge last May. (Scenes taken at the party appear else- where in this newsletter.) Work on the set continues and it is hoped that successive volumes will appear annually. Present plans look toward a total of five or six volumes when the project is completed. A review of volume I follows. Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, Volume 1, University of Wisconsin Press, Madi- son, 1983, xiv + 343 pp., $25.00. Since the Chemistry Department at Wisconsin has been noted since the nine- teenth century for the use of lecture demonstrations as an aid in clarifying chemical principles (as well as scaring hell out of inattentive students), it is not sur- prising that the UW Press should be the publisher of the projected set of books on chemical demonstrations, and that Shak- hashiri-Director of the General Chemis- try Program since 1970, should be prin- cipal author. However, this is a collabora- tive venture and the list of contributors for volume one includes the following Badger Chemists (degree holders as well (Continued on page 6, col. 1) since then, holding a series of responsible research positions in the area of polymer problems. John S., a cousin, shunned the chemistry field, taking a PhD at Cornell in plant pathology in '43. He taught briefly at Cornell, then held a succession of pro- fessional positions with the Rockefeller Foundation where he became director of the International Potato Program in '61. Wendell, Warren, and Donald all were undergrads at Oberlin College during the period when Harry N. Holmes was head of the chemistry department. As Badger Chemists we join in wishing Warren a harmonious and successful presidency as he deals with the numerous professional problems facing the profes- sion.
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