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Local Chemist Elected to Lead World's Largest Scientific Society

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RICHLAND, WA. -- Scientists right here in our region are doing some very cool work. One example is a local chemist who will be the next president of the world's largest scientific society. 

Allison Campbell isn't your normal chemist, first off she's a woman. Many people seem to think of a stiff man in a white lab coat when they think of chemistry or scientist.

Well Campbell was far from that when we met her in her office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Tuesday afternoon. She had quite the sense of humor too. 

Now Campbell will lead the National Chemical Society next year. More than 158,000 members of the ACS elected her to be their president. Campbell will be making a lot of trips to Washington D.C. to talk with members of Congress to push scientific initiatives. Campbell says her main goal is to make people more aware of how science plays a huge role in their everyday life. 

"I'm just honored," Allison Campbell said. "I mean I'm really excited about the possibility. I'm humbled, and I just feel like there's a lot to be done and I'm pretty happy that I'm the one chosen to be the one to do it."

Campbell says she's just one of hundreds of amazing scientists doing work not only at PNNL. but all over the Tri-Cities. 

She says she never thought she'd head an organization that she joined back in college. Her presidency begins in January.