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November 3, 2003
Volume 81, Number 44
CENEAR 81 44
ISSN 0009-2347


Bethesda, Md.

Paul W. Kincade has started his term as president-elect. He is head of the Immunobiology & Cancer Research Program and William H. & Rita Bell Chair in Biomedical Research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, as well as adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Oklahoma. He represents the American Association of Immunologists on FASEB's board. Kincade received a B.S. in zoology/chemistry and an M.S. in physiology from Mississippi State University, as well as a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Robert D. Wells has become president. He is director of the Center for Genome Research at the Institute of Biosciences & Technology at Texas A&M University. In addition, he is the Robert A. Welch Endowed Professor of Chemistry for that institution and holds an adjunct professorship in the department of biochemistry at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Most recently, Wells was president of the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.



Dublin, Ohio

Luca P. Fontana has left his position as manager of global technology/business development at General Electric Plastics to join Ashland Specialty Chemical as vice president of global technology. Some of Fontana's previous positions with GE were manager of polyester technology for GE Plastics Europe and global technology manager for the crystalline polymer products business. He holds 25 patents; a bachelor's in chemistry from King College, Bristol, Tenn.; and a master's and a doctorate, both in organic chemistry, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

Len R. Gelosa has been named senior vice president and general manager of Ashland Specialty Chemical's Drew Industrial and Drew Marine business groups. He was previously vice president of Ashland Specialty Chemical and general manager of Drew Industrial. Gelosa started at Ashland in 1991 as vice president of marketing and research for Drew Industrial. He has also worked at Rhône-Poulenc, Allied Signal, and Rio Tinto Zinc, as well as Drew Chemical before it was acquired by Ashland. Gelosa holds bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the City College of New York.

Leverkusen, Germany

Jim Chrise has started as president and CEO of Whatley, Mass.-based Deerfield Urethane, a subsidiary of Bayer Polymers. Since joining Bayer Corp. in 1984 as a process engineer in corporate engineering, Chrise has held positions of increasing responsibility in corporate engineering, plant engineering, coatings and raw materials, and plastics manufacturing, both in the U.S. and at Bayer AG in Germany. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

John B. Houston, formerly vice president of Bayer's NAFTA insulation business group, is the new head of Bayer Polymers' regional service center. During his 24 years at Bayer, he was the U.S. project leader of the international Systems Applications Products project for the polymers and chemicals businesses. Houston holds a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Barry A. Phillips has been appointed head of business development at Bayer Polymers. He joined Bayer as a senior chemist in 1977 and has held positions in polyurethanes research, applications and development, and administration and planning. His most recent position was senior vice president of NAFTA region polyurethanes production and technology. Phillips earned a B.S. in chemistry from Frostburg State University, in Maryland, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from West Virginia University, Morgantown.

Peter Vanacker, formerly head of the polymer solutions marketing division, has been named head of Bayer Polymers' Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, along with being appointed to the executive committee of Bayer Polymers. Since joining Bayer's polyurethanes operations in Belgium in 1990 as a technical account manager, Vanacker has held international marketing and technical assignments in the Netherlands, Germany, South America, and the U.S. He received an M.S. in polymers engineering from the University of Gent, Brussels, and an M.B.A. from the European Institute of Higher Education, Brussels.


Other companies

John Burrows has been appointed general manager for NAFTA operations at CyPlus Corp., Allendale, N.J., a subsidiary of CyPlus GmbH, Hanau, Germany, which in turn is a subsidiary of Degussa. Burrows has many years' experience in the chemical and mining industries. Previous positions include territory sales manager for Ashland Chemical's Drew Industrial Division and western regional sales manager for Degussa's bleaching and water chemicals business.

Charles Sweeney has been appointed senior vice president of commercial operations for the Houston-based Southwest operations of Foster Wheeler USA Corp., a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda. A Foster Wheeler employee for 13 years, Sweeney most recently had global responsibility for its chemical business. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Leeds University, in England, and an M.B.A. from Webster University, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Jonathan Weiss has been hired by St. Louis-based Health Education + Research Associates as an associate. Over the past 15 years, he has focused on the programming, planning, and design of public and private R&D and medical facilities. His experience includes extensive work in North Carolina: for both GlaxoSmithKline and BASF in Research Triangle Park; for Osmotica in Wilmington; and for Bayer in Clayton. Weiss received a B.A. in biology from New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota; a master of architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and an M.S. in neurobiology from the University of Chicago.

This section is compiled by Deanna Miller. Announcements of promotions and new hires may be sent to


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