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Member Spotlight - William Weiss - CASSS Associate Director and HOS Organizing Committee

Monday, January 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Renee Olson
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This Q&A is part of an ongoing CASSS series where we invite members to meet other members of the CASSS Community. 

This time, we turn our Member Spotlight on William Weiss - CASSS Associate Director and member of the HOS Organizing Committee.

He is currently the Director of Molecular Biology, Fermentation, and Cell Culture at Eil Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN.


Q.  How long have you been with your current organization and/or position? 
A.  I joined Eli Lilly and Company in 2009 and am currently a Principal Research Scientist in Bioproduct Research and Development.  UDPATE:  Will was promoted this month to Director of Molecular Biology, Fermentation, and Cell Culture. Congratulations Will!  

Q.  What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?
A.  I was very fortunate to meet John Dougherty early in my career and he got me connected with CASSS through the Higher Order Structure meeting. CASSS has succeeded in creating something special and it’s a privilege and a pleasure to work alongside the other dedicated volunteers and staff to help make it all happen.    

Q. Where did you grow up?
A.  Clinton, Connecticut – a small town on Long Island Sound about 30 minutes from New Haven.

Q.  What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?
A.  I study martial arts, referee soccer, and occasionally mess around on the drum kit. I am also working on my private pilot certificate.  

Q.  What's your favorite type of food? 
A.  Here are a few of my favorite things to eat in no particular order: crawfish etouffee; lamb gyro; barbecue pulled pork; pho tai; tacos al pastor; bone-in, dry-aged, ribeye

Q.  Do you speak any languages besides English?
A.  A bit of conversational Spanish   

Q.  Do you have any children? Pets? 
A.  I have two amazing kids: Calleigh and Liam.

Q.  What’s your favorite type of music? 
A.  Alternative rock

Q.  What was the last movie you saw in the theater or book you read and loved? 
A.  In the theater, I think it was ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

Q.  What famous person do you admire and why? 
A.  I’m not sure if he is a “famous person”, but I really enjoyed watching Norm Abram complete woodworking projects on “The New Yankee Workshop” on PBS. I have a deep respect for anyone with the dedication required to master a craft.

Q.  What’s your favorite destination to travel to?
A.  I am always happiest on a beach, whether that’s Cape Cod, St. John, or Cozumel.

Q.  What would people be surprised to know about you? 
A.  Despite being born and raised in New England, I’m hopeless at both skiing and ice skating. 

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