Carlyle B. Storm
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Abstract of Interview
Carlyle B. Storm begins the interview describing his family background and chosen academic path. After obtaining his PhD , Storm became a professor of chemistry at Howard University and worked to secure funding for research. In the early 1980s, he accepted a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he researched conventional high explosives as chief scientist, becoming program manager in 1989. Storm first attended Gordon conferences in the early 1970s, and in 1988, he founded and chaired the Energetic Materials Conference. Storm's experiences managing scientists at Los Alamos and working with non-profit boards uniquely qualified him to become the director of the Gordon Research Conferences in 1993. As director, Storm traveled to many conferences, improved administrative processes, and evaluated the economic, participation dynamics, and governance of the organization. Under his leadership, the conferences expanded across the country and the globe. Storm has worked hard to ensure that each conference follows the Gordon format and brand image, no matter where in the world it is. Storm feels strongly that graduate students should participate in the conferences, and has encouraged their participation through programs such as the Gordon-Kenan Summer Schools and Graduate Research Seminars. Additionally, he has considered developing a permanent facility for the Gordon Research Conferences. Storm concludes the interview by recalling scientific advances that have been realized as a result of the interaction among leading scientists at the Gordon Research Conferences.
|1961||Johns Hopkins University||BS||Chemistry|
|1963||Johns Hopkins University||MS||Chemistry|
|1965||Johns Hopkins University||PhD||Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry|
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
University of Oxford
National Institutes of Health
University of Trondheim
Los Alamos National Laboratory
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Gordon Research Conferences
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Phi Lambda Upsilon
|1961 to 1962||
Gilman Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
|1962 to 1965||
NIH Predoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
|1965 to 1966||
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
|1966 to 1968||
Staff Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health
|1973 to 1978||
Research Career Development Award, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Presidents Award, Maryland Association for Retarded Citizens
Senior Fulbright-Hays Fellow, University of Trondheim, Norway
Washington Chemical Society Community Service Award
Chair (Founding), Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry of Energetic Materials
Sigma Xi Lecturer, Army Research and Development Command, Dover, NJ
Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry of Energetic Materials
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Table of Contents
Family background and early interest in chemistry. Academic and career related choices. Efforts to secure funding for research at Howard University. Experiences and development of management style at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Introduction to GRC. Dynamics of participation and economy of GRC. Founding Energetic Materials Conference. Proposing and chairing a conference.
Directing GRC. Modifying administration and management. Governance structure. Starting, evaluating, and terminating conferences. Relationship between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and GRC. Activity of the board of trustees. GRC staff. Marketing GRC.
National and international expansion. GRC as a model for other conferences. Institutional and international representation at conferences. Prepping conference chairs and evaluating conferences. GRC brand image.
The Gordan-Kenan Summer Schools and Graduate Research Seminars. Participation of graduate students. Growth of GRC. Current and prospective conference facilities and locations. Scope of science at GRC. Flagship conferences and moments of innovation. Endeavoring to understand the history of innovation at GRC.
About the Interviewer
Arthur Daemmrich is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School and a senior research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. His research examines science, medicine, and the state, with a focus on advancing theories of risk and regulation through empirical research on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical sectors. At HBS he also plays an active role in an interdisciplinary Healthcare Initiative, advancing scholarship and developing applied lessons for the business of creating and delivering health services and health-related technologies. Daemmrich was previously the director of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He earned a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2002 and has held fellowships at the Social Science Research Council/Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He has published widely on pharmaceutical and chemical regulation, biotechnology business and policy, innovation, and history of science.