Valerie Kuck

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Valerie has been active in the American Chemical Society for over forty years. She has served as a Councilor from the North Jersey and San Diego Sections for a total of thirty-four years. In addition, she was a member of the ACS Board of Directors for nine years.

While living in New Jersey, she chaired the NJ Local Section and lead several activities, including co-chairing the Section’s National Chemistry Week activities; leading the Section’s outreach efforts to K-12 students; presenting career workshops and talks for the unemployed and college students; overseeing the Section’s General Interest talks, and establishing one of the first Local Section Women Chemists Committees in the ACS.

Since joining the San Diego Section in 2015, she has become a member of the Executive Committee and has led efforts to reach out to the Section’s K-12 students, organized career talks to support college students, presented General Interest talks to increase member involvement, worked successfully to increase the number of Section members nominated for ACS national and Section awards, and significantly grown the number of economically disadvantaged high school students participating in the Section’s Project SEED efforts. She also is continuing her efforts to help the unemployed improve their resumes and interviewing skills.

On the national level, Valerie has chaired six national Council Committees and one Board Committee. Currently, she is the Secretary for the national Senior Chemist Committee.

In 2000, Valerie retired from Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, where she conducted basic research on ground state triplets and did applied research on the stabilization of polyolefin coatings for copper wire and the development of high temperature coatings for optical fibers and electronic devices. She holds 24 U.S. patents.

For her contributions to the ACS and to chemistry, she was awarded the ACS Garvan-Olin Medal. Previously, she had received the ACS Award for Volunteer Service to the Society and The ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. In 2000, the Santa Clara Section awarded Valerie the Shirley Radding Award based on her leadership in the ACS. Valerie has received four awards from Bell Laboratories and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Purdue University Chemistry Department and from her undergraduate institution, St. Mary-of-the Woods College.