Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Honors Late Professor
Organization hosts symposium, establishes undergraduate travel award in memory of Melissa Schultz
Melissa Schultz, former associate professor of chemistry and environmental studies at The College of Wooster who was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year, has been honored posthumously by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America.
The organization sponsored a special symposium, titled “Antidepressants and Perfluorochemicals: Divergent Chemistries, Convergent Environmental Persistence and Effects,” in recognition of Schultz’s scholarship, research, and expertise in this area. The symposium included her former advisors, colleagues, and those inspired by her work. The attendees gave technical talks that paid tribute to Schultz’s groundbreaking measurements in environmental chemistry. They also recognized her research, which opened the world’s eyes to the alarming escalation of pharmaceuticals and fluorinated compounds in natural waters.
In addition, Schultz’s colleagues honored her skill as a mentor by establishing the Melissa Schultz Undergraduate Travel Award, an endowment to provide funding for undergraduate students to attend future SETAC conferences. Paul Edmiston, professor of chemistry who represented Wooster at the conference, thanked the SETAC members and expressed how well suited the award would be in remembering his revered colleague. “The SETAC undergraduate travel award is a fitting tribute to Melissa,” said Edmiston. “The symposium attracted the top researchers in the field of environmental monitoring, and it was impressive to see how Melissa inspired scientists outside of Wooster. Everyone agreed that she did groundbreaking work discovering the presence of various pharmaceutical products in water sources. I was honored to be part of the event.”
Donations for the endowment are still being accepted. To contribute online, access the SETAC endowment and click "Donate Online." Simply add “in memory of Melissa Schultz” under “Donor Comments.”