After thirty-five years of teaching, research, and service in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. John T. Wood retired in June 2011.
Dr. Wood received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Education from IUP in 1964, a Master of Education in Chemistry Education from IUP in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974.
Dr. Wood held a post-doctoral position at Yale University from 1974 to 1976 before joining the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at IUP, where he was promoted to associate professor and then professor.
During his tenure at IUP, Dr. Wood taught all levels of introductory chemistry courses, undergraduate and graduate organic chemistry courses, and advanced levels of weapons of mass destruction courses. In addition, he served as a thesis advisor and undergraduate research advisors for many students.
Dr. Wood was instrumental in the creation and teaching of the Science of Disaster Response tracks (both undergraduate and graduate) and the National Guard Bureau’s WMD-REALITI program. He was also lead author on scores of publications and presentations at regional and national conferences, and was the principal chemist for projects that were granted more than $3 million. He served as a consultant for chemical safety for numerous schools and organizations in the western Pennsylvania region.
Dr. Wood was the recipient of several awards and honors, including the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, a Mellon Fellow, and a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer by the National Registry in Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Wood is/was a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Organic Division of the ACS, the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association, and the Chemical Corps Regimental Association.