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Blinn professor named to American Chemical Society Exams Institute board of trustees

Thomas José selected as outstanding leader, manager to guide world’s largest scientific nonprofit

Chemistry Professor Thomas José Blinn College- Bryan campus Chemistry Professor Thomas José was recently selected to the board of trustees for the American Chemical Society (ACS) Exams Institute, a division of the world’s largest scientific society.

An 11-year Blinn veteran, José served as a volunteer member of the ACS 2008 general chemistry conceptual exam committee and will serve on the 2015 committee. He has been involved with test item development for teacher certification tests for the Educational Testing Service since 2007.

During his time as chemistry program coordinator on the College’s Bryan campus from 2008-13, José implemented the use of ACS general chemistry exams as summative assessments of student performance.  These nationally-normed exams range from high school through the entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum in the United States, and many graduate programs use ACS exams to measure the knowledge of students beginning graduate school.

“I really wouldn’t have been in this position if I hadn’t have been able to serve as coordinator,” José said. “Without that experience, I would not have been able to show evidence of my leadership and management skills. I’m thankful for the opportunities Blinn has offered me and I’m proud to represent the College on a national scale.”

José was asked by a veteran board member to apply for the open position and was one of two applicants selected. During his three-year term, which begins Jan. 1, 2015, the board will select a new Exams Institute director and continue to guide the operations of the 161,000-member nonprofit.

José earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Indiana University in 1994. After a six-year career as a biochemist, Jose enrolled at Texas A&M University, where he would earn his master’s degree in chemical education in 2002. Several of José’s publications appear in biochemistry and chemical education journals. His areas of interest include molecular visualization and assessment of group learning.

“We’re proud of Thom for this prestigious appointment and extend him warm congratulations,” said Dr. Robert Brick, Interim Dean of the Division of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. “We appreciate his dedication to the College and his students.”