Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Massey Scientist To Head National Chemistry Body

Contributor:
Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Dr Mark Waterland
Dr Mark Waterland

Dr Mark Waterland, a senior lecturer in the University's Institute of Fundamental Sciences, has been elected president of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry for 2010.

The institute is the professional body for chemistry and has more than 900 members involved in practice, teaching, study, promotion and management. It recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Dr Waterland has a PhD from the University of Otago, did postdoctorate studies at the University of Rochester, New York, and Kansas State University, taught at Southwest Missouri State University and has been at Massey since 2003.

He has served as branch chair, student liaison and council delegate for the institute's Manawatu branch, was second vice-president last year and first vice-president this year.

"One of my major goals for my presidency is to plan for the International Year of Chemistry in 2011," Dr Waterland says. "Among other things, we will be devising a classroom test for all school children to test water quality in their areas and develop a national database to contain that information. What we're aiming to do is demonstrate the importance of chemistry and how the study and practice of it has direct environmental benefits for our communities."

All articles and comments on Voxy.co.nz have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.