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Visiting Speaker Program – October 30, 2008.

Dr. Susan Butts is Senior Director of External Science and Technology Programs at The Dow Chemical Company. In this capacity she is responsible for Dow's contract research activities with US and European government agencies and sponsored research programs at over 100 universities, institutes, and national laboratories worldwide. She has also held the role of Global Staffing Leader in which she managed recruiting and hiring activities for the R&D function. Dr. Butts is active in a number of organizations that address issues pertaining to relationships between industry, universities, and government research laboratories. She was a co-founder and member of the Steering Team for the University-Industry Partnership Project, an effort sponsored by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) of the National Academies, NCURA and IRI with the goal of lowering the barriers to industry sponsored research at universities. This project led to the creation of a new organization, the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), which operates within GUIRR. Dr. Butts is currently the President of the UIDP. She also serves on the governing boards for the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) and the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA). She is the Dow representative to the American Chemical Society's Committee on Corporation Associates, and the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). She is also a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the Association of University Technology Managers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi. Dr. Butts holds the degrees of B.S. in Chemistry the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in chemistry Northwestern University. Before joining the External Technology Dr. Butts held several other positions at Dow including Senior Resource Leader for Atomic Spectroscopy and Inorganic Analysis within the Analytical Sciences Laboratory, Manager of Ph.D. Hiring and Placement, Safety and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Central Research, and Principal Investigator on various catalysis research projects in Central Research. 

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