AHPA's Merle Zimmerman earns chemistry doctorate from University of Maryland

AHPA's Merle Zimmerman earns chemistry doctorate from University of Maryland

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has announced that Merle Zimmermann, the organization's information analyst, was granted a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland on May 19, 2011.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has announced that Merle Zimmermann, the organization's information analyst, was granted a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland on May 19, 2011.

Dr. Zimmermann's field of expertise is in applied computational chemistry. Computational chemistry is a cross-disciplinary field between physical chemistry and applied quantum physics.

His dissertation, "A Physical Chemist's Guide to Applied Computational Chemistry," discussed calculations conducted on a series of environmentally important inorganic compounds, moving from small, easily modeled complexes to larger, more elaborate systems. The computational results presented allow for both species identification and explanation of previously mystifying experimental data.

"I enjoy studying difficult, interconnected topics and systems to put together an overall picture of how things work. Learning new skills and taking on novel challenges is something I especially enjoy," said Dr. Zimmermann. "I feel that my position as AHPA's information analyst is an excellent fit for my style of problem-solving."

"Merle has already shown his value to AHPA and the membership through his ability to compile and analyze highly detailed data on a variety of topics," said Michael McGuffin, AHPA president. "His analysis of adverse event reports and review of records related to FDA's cGMP inspections have provided the organization with insights that we would have otherwise not been able to access. We're thrilled to have a second Ph.D. on the staff, joining Dr. Steven Dentali, our chief science officer, and congratulate Dr. Zimmermann on his accomplishment."

Among many accolades that he received throughout his academic career, Dr. Zimmermann was awarded an Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) Foundation fellowship recognizing his excellence as a student in 2008 and was considered as a finalist for a Ford Diversity Scholarship in 2005.

As a graduate student, Dr. Zimmermann maintained an interest in democracy, devoting time to volunteering for university governance. He served both the Chemistry Department and the graduate student body at large, participating in campus-wide activities with the graduate student government, the University Senate and a variety of advisory committees as an elected representative throughout his academic career.

About the American Herbal Products Association

The American Herbal Products Association is the national trade association for the voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs, and botanical and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. ahpa.org

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