BS, University of Connecticut, Chemistry (Honors), 2015, summa cum laude
Academic Excellence Scholarship, University of Connecticut (2011 - 2015)
As Assistant Regulatory Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®), Molly R. Blessing provides global chemical regulatory compliance services with an emphasis on chemical data analysis, chemical nomenclature, and the determination of chemical identity for Substances of Unknown or Variable Composition, Complex Reaction Products, or Biological Materials (UVCB) and other complex chemical intermediates and products. An Honors Scholar and summa cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut's Honors program, Ms. Blessing pairs her well-honed chemical knowledge with a nuanced understanding of the intricacies of chemical nomenclature and identity as required for compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other global chemical regulatory programs, skills she deploys to ensure that clients efficiently meet regulatory objectives and successfully commercialize their innovative chemistries.
Prior to joining Acta, Ms. Blessing was an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow. Her chemical industry work experience includes an internship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Chemistry Program, where Ms. Blessing analyzed applications of U.S. chemical legislation to companies performing chemistry involving biomass or biotechnology, and prepared summaries of new technologies submitted under the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge; and research conducted with the Chemical Innovations Institute of the State of Connecticut to identify hazardous chemicals being used in Connecticut through analysis of chemical legislation from other U.S. states and the European Union. Ms. Blessing drafted a report presented to the Connecticut General Assembly in Fall 2012.
Blessing, Molly R., "Green Chemistry as a Tool for Understanding the Toxic Substances Control Act: A Lecture Module for Undergraduate Students," Honors Scholar Theses. Paper 449, 2015.
Blessing, M.R., "Responses to Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of the Actions of the Muslim Brotherhood Branches in Egypt and Syria in the Wake of the Arab Spring." Al Nakhlah, journal of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, June 2014.