Westerling receives recognition for achievement in chemistry


SUNY Potsdam Chemistry Instructional Support Associate Janice A. Westerling has been recognized as a certified scientific materials manager by the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers (NAOSMM).

Westerling received the acknowledgment at the NAOSMM National Conference held in Boise, ID. The certification is very prestigious; fewer than 25 individuals nationwide have achieved NAOSMM certification.

The certification is good for a five-year period, and this is the second time she has achieved it.

“I have learned so much going through the process of certification from talented professionals at big and small universities.  It feels great to be one of their colleagues,” said Westerling.

Certification requires specific education and competence levels in both general management and specifics of materials management, including management personnel, inventory control, purchasing and chemical safety.

Also required is a record of contribution to the profession. Among her activities with the NAOSMM, Westerling has served on the board of directors and as secretary. She has also been a columnist for the “NAOSMM Newsletter Journal,” contributing 18 articles.

“Through the training I have gained specific knowledge about safety issues, new regulations and options for inventory control and purchasing,” Westerling said.  “Most important, I can tap into the knowledge of peers across the country who have different areas of specialized knowledge. We often turn to each other for help via e-mail, chat groups and phone calls.  Their ideas and suggestions are invaluable.”

The National Association of Scientific Materials Managers is a group of approximately 500 individuals involved in purchasing, receiving, warehousing, distribution and inventory control of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, glassware and plastic ware, instruments and special services in teaching and research and development fields.

Janice Westerling
(315) 267-2275 | westerja@potsdam.edu