Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Youngstown State University
Location: Warren, Ohio, United States
Janet Del Bene, Professor Emerita at Youngstown State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry and science education.
Dr. Del Bene earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Youngstown State University (YSU) in 1963, and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from YSU in 1965. She went on to earn a PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 1968, and became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1969, she became a postdoctoral fellow at the Mellon Institute under Sir John A. Pople, where she remained until 1970, when she started her career as a science educator. In 1970, Dr. Del Bene became an assistant professor at YSU, her alma mater, and rose to the rank of associate professor in 1973. In 1976, she became a full professor of chemistry, a position she held until 1999, when she became a professor emeritus. Dr. Del Bene’s excellence as a chemist and science educator have been recognized with several awards, including the Heritage Award in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree in 2009 from YSU, and the Morley Medal of the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society in 2008.
In addition to her career at YSU, Dr. Del Bene worked as a consultant for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. from 1995 to 1997, and as a consultant for basic medical sciences at the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine from 1976 to 1980. She has contributed 300 research articles to professional journals, was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney in 1999, 2004, and 2008, and a BBVA Foundation fellow at the University of Madrid in 2002. Dr. Del Bene was a visiting professor at the Quantum Theory Project at the University of Florida from 1999 to 2002, and was the recipient of many research grants, including a grant for special creativity from the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the American Chemical Society where she has filled many roles, including being a member of the executive board for the establishment of the Division of Computers in Chemistry. As a testament to her success and expertise, Dr. Del Bene has been featured in the 29th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, and the 64th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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