American Chemical Society
Central Ohio Valley Section

April Meeting

Awards Night

Thursday, April 28

6:00 Dinner
         John Marshall Dining Room
         Memorial Student Center
            Marshall University
Cost for dinner is $17.00 for Chicken Marsala, $16.75 for Maple Bourbon Pork Loin or$15.25 for Tortellini with Alfredo Pesto-vegetarian) per person, RSVP required by Monday April 25, 2016.
RSVP to Josh Botkin at or by phone at 304-696-2430. Please indicate meal choice of Maple Bourbon Pork Loin, Chicken Marsala, or baked Cheese Tortellini Primavera.

7:00 Awards Ceremony
         Shawkey Room
Memorial Student Center
Marshall University

7:30 Presentation
         Dr. John L Hubbard
         Marshall University  

A Lifetime of Learning:  Serendipity and Forks in the Road”               



  Serendipity is fairly common in life.  Encounters with people, or other events, happen that were unplanned and lead to worthwhile circumstances or results.  Which way one chooses to proceed at a fork in the road is likely to have serendipitous consequences if one is alert to them.  This account highlights some of the decisions made and unforeseen experiences that have positively affected the life and career of one chemist.

Speaker Information


    Dr. Hubbard received a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1969 and then a Ph.D. in 1976 from Purdue University, working in the lab of Herbert C. Brown on organoborane chemistry. John remained at Purdue as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry and research associate for two years before joining the Department of
Chemistry at Marshall in 1978. John was tenured in 1984 and promoted to full professor in 1990. He served as associate chair for the last 12 years. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

    John continued working in the area of organoboranes in the early part of his career and spent two summers at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Chemical Research and Development Center at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. In about 1987, John began a productive collaboration with Gary Rankin of the Department of Pharmacology at the MU School of Medicine. This research explored the nephrotoxic effects of a variety of succinimide derivatives. John and his research group prepared some of these compounds and Dr. Rankin’s
group did animal testing to better understand the effects certain succinimides have on the kidneys.


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