Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry exists because scientists recognized a need for a place where researchers could share expertise across sectors and disciplines, and then acted to create such a space. SETAC thrives because dedicated members work tirelessly to improve its offerings and support its mission. William E. Bishop has been working to advance that vision since the very beginning and is being acknowledged with the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award. From charter member, he has gone on to serve on the SETAC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, served on no less than a dozen committees, and planned two annual meetings and two world congresses. Bill established the Foundation for Environmental Education and what became the Ohio Valley Regional chapter. He secured financial and in-kind support from his employer, Procter & Gamble, which has resulted in a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.
Bill earned his A.B. at Earlham College, where he also got a start as a TA and later an instructor. He continued his studies and his teaching responsibilities at Ball State University and then Perdue, where he earned his Ph.D. He took government positions following his time in academia, but soon found a home and career at Procter & Gamble. Before his recent retirement, Bill served as Principal Scientist in P&G’s Global Technical Policy Department, working to influence the development of corporate, regulatory and public policy based on sound science, risk assessment and free market principles. Throughout his 25 years with P&G, he encouraged his colleagues to support and benefit from membership in SETAC – mentoring a number of currently active members, and not a few presidents.