Allison Calhoun is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Georgia in 1996. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked at Imerys Pigments and Additives in their Performance Minerals division. During her five year tenure at Imerys, she managed their application laboratory, provided technical service and support to both internal and external customers, was the Application Development Leader for the polymers group and participated in, as a team member and group leader, both fundamental and applied research and development projects. She has five patents in various stages of prosecution as well as several publications in peer reviewed journals. She co-edited the SPE's Plastics Technicians' Toolbox Fundamental Books released in May 2002 and is currently co-writing a polymer science book to be published by Hanser-Gardner Publishing in early 2005. She served as the House Chair for the 2004 Flexible Packaging Conference jointly hosted by the SPE and IOPP. Her research interests include surface interactions in filled polymer systems and the role of oxidation on surface properties of polyolefins specifically as these processes relate to thin polymeric films.