Michael Cann earned his BA in chemistry in 1969 from Marist College, and his MA (1972) and PhD (1973) in organic chemistry from Stony Brook University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado, joined the faculty of the University of Scranton in 1975, and retired as a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 2017.
Throughout his tenure at Scranton he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry. In the last 25 years of his career, Mike’s interests and expertise morphed to include environmental chemistry, green chemistry and the broader issues of sustainability. Mike developed the Environmental Science Major at Scranton and served as Co-Director of this program for 22 years. He is the co-author of several books and book chapters on these topics, an editor of the international journal Green Processing and Synthesis and he lectures nationally and internationally. He is the series editor for the book series Sustainability: Contributions through Science and Technology and serves as a consultant to industry.
Mike led a team of six Scranton faculty in the infusion of green chemistry across the chemistry curriculum at Scranton, a first for any university. In 2005 he initiated and for 10 years co-directed a faculty workshop to infuse sustainability across the curriculum at Scranton. He is the recipient of several awards including the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and the American Chemical Society National Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education.
Armed with his knowledge and passion for the environment, Mike hopes he can contribute in a meaningful way to the ever-increasing importance embodied in the mission of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.