Gina Malczewski

Image credit: The Midland Chemist November 2021, Vol. 58, No. 11, p7.

Dr. Regina Malczewski worked for 29 years at Dow Corning in the fields of medical materials biotesting, personal care research, and biotechnology investigations. More precisely, as stated in a profile in the November 2021 volume of The Midland Chemist, she “…evaluated the biocompatibility of silicones for medical use, developed Si-based substrate binders using biotechnology, characterized the performance of silicones in personal care, tested materials for antimicrobial use and drug delivery, and investigated applications of nano-structured Si materials.”

Born in Dayton, OH, Gina earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Dayton (OH) in 1976 and her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1982. She completed postdoctoral studies in biological transformation at the Michigan Molecular Institute in Midland, MI, from 1982-3. In 2007, she attained secondary teaching certification in Michigan for Biology, Chemistry and General Science from Saginaw Valley State University.

The profile which follows may also be found in The Midland Chemist, Nov. 2021, Vol. 58, No.11, under the article “The Fifth Quarter: A Fulfilling Retirement Benefits from Staying Connected to the Young” by Steve Keinath, portions of which are reprinted from the October 7, 2021 issue of ACS Industry Matters Newsletter from the American Chemical Society. The full article, which begins on page 7, may be accessed at the bottom of this page.

“Gina has served the Midland Section ACS in numerous ways and elected roles, always with high energy. She served as the local section Chair in 2012, and again in 2015, plus fulfilling the associated roles of Chair-Elect, Past Chair, and Program Chair before and after each of the Chair officer years. She also served in the elected roles of Secretary in 2014, and Director in 2017-2019, and is currently serving as Director for the 2021-2023 term. During her terms of office as local section Chair, she led the effort to rework and update the Midland Section Handbook. Over the years, Gina has also led or been actively involved with a number of local section committees, including Long-Range Planning, Outreach/Kids and Chemistry, Teacher Support, Scholarship, and the 100th Anniversary celebration which culminated in the construction and display of the local section’s centennial exhibit for much of 2019 along with additional, special programs that year. She is also active in National ACS committee work.”

“Gina has been recognized with a number of awards, including the National ACS Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award, 2014; Midland Section ACS Science Education Volunteer of the Year Award, 2015; National ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach, 2015; Midland Section ACS Outstanding Service to the American Chemical Society Award, 2018; and Michigan Governor’s Senior Volunteer Service Award, 2019. In addition, she was selected as an ACS Fellow in 2019.”

Gina “…has made six HELPS International trips to rural Guatemala, helping to install stoves and water filters, and providing science training to teachers there. Gina and her husband, Frank, volunteer for the local Red Cross. She is very proud of her family, including her three sons.”

Explore the full article and a Q&A with Gina in the attached issue of The Midland Chemist!