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Blades new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Spectroscopy

Chemistry Professor Michael Blades was recently selected as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Spectroscopy. His term will begin in the summer of 2012.

The Society for Applied Spectroscopy published the following article on Dr. Blades' appointment:

After a 6 month search process, the SAS Publications Committee, Executive Committee, and Governing Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Blades of the University of British Columbia has been selected to succeed Dr. Peter Griffiths as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Spectroscopy beginning July of 2012.  Griffiths will continue to work with the journal switching roles from Editor-in-Chief to Editor in July.

Professor Michael Blades received PhD at the University of Alberta in 1980 under the supervision of Dr. Gary Horlick working in the area of plasma spectrochemistry. He subsequently went to Indiana University to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gary Hieftje (1980-81). He has been in the Department of Chemistry at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver since 1981.

Mike’s current research interests are in the areas of atmospheric pressure photoionization mass spectrometry (APPI), and, in collaboration with Professor Robin Turner, the exploitation of ultraviolet resonance Raman spectroscopy (UVRRS), Raman micro-spectroscopy, and non-linear methods such as Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectrometry for biophysical and bio-analytical measurements.

An active researcher and teacher, he and his colleagues have published over 145 scientific papers in refereed journals in the areas of analytical and bioanalytical chemistry.

Mike has served as the General Chair (Vancouver 1999) and Governing Board Chair (Portland 2004) for the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societues and he has served on the editorial advisory boards of Spectrochimica Acta-B, Applied Spectroscopy, the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, and is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analytical Chemistry.

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