29 November 2017


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29 November 2017

The Society of Chemical Industry, America Section (SCI America), has announced that the 2018 SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Cal Dooley, former Member of Congress and current President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. He will receive the medal at a dinner in his honour on 6 March 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honours an individual whose leadership, commitment and contributions have been responsible for substantial progress and performance of the chemical industry. In addition to being an active guiding force in the leadership of their organisation during periods of expansion, challenging conditions, or new directions, recipients are known for service rendered to the industry as a whole.

‘Cal Dooley is celebrated for his role in strengthening the competitive position of US chemical manufacturers by advocating for a business and regulatory climate that drives innovation, supports job growth and enhances safety,’ said Chris Pappas, President and CEO of Trinseo and chair of SCI America. ‘Under Cal's leadership, ACC has achieved some of its greatest successes in recent memory, including the modernization of chemicals management regulation. His leadership and vision have helped enact policies that enable the growth of the Business of Chemistry, while protecting health, safety and the environment in our nation.’

Dooley's leadership has been critical to ensuring that policymakers understand the link between the chemical industry and growth in America's manufacturing sector that will drive US competitiveness, boost exports, and create new, high-paying jobs. These achievements have created a more favourable environment for the business of chemistry in the US – contributing to the industry's historic growth during his tenure, which currently stands at US$180 billion in new capital investment and 300 new industry projects including new manufacturing facilities, expansions and restarts of sites that had been shuttered during the economic downturn.  

In 2016, Dooley was recognised as one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington by The Hill magazine. His effectiveness stems from the relationships he built during his 12 years in the US House of Representatives. As a moderate Democrat representing Central California from 1991 to 2004, he served on the House Agriculture Committee, as well as the House Resources Committee. 

‘During his time in Congress and in his current role, Cal has built a reputation as a pragmatic, pro-business moderate, whose personal integrity commands the respect of federal regulators and legislators on both sides of the aisle,’ said Pappas.

A fourth generation farmer, Dooley holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and, as a Sloan Fellow, earned a master's degree in management from Stanford University.   

About the Chemical Industry Medal

The Chemical Industry Medal has been awarded by SCI America for more than 85 years. Presentation is made annually to a recipient selected by the Executive Committee of the America Section of the SCI. The Chemical Industry Medal is a testimonial to men and women whose leadership, foresight and contributions to applied chemistry have been, to a considerable degree, responsible for the growth of that industry. The medal has attained distinction by reason of the outstanding achievements and calibre of those who have been honoured. Past recipients include Sunil Kumar, Andrew N. Liveris, David N. Weidman, J. Brian Ferguson, Michael E. Campbell, and Jeffrey M. Lipton.

About SCI America

SCI America, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry's international organisation. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers.

SCI America section also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialized conferences, e-events, and publications, it helps foster best practices in fields as diverse as fine and commodity chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental protection. For more information, visit SCI America's website: www.sci-america.org.

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