Skip Kingston '73 M '75, professor of analytical chemistry at Duquesne University, originally from Harrisburg, a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, was featured on KDKA-TV on February 20 and February 21 for his research on biomarkers linked to autism.

Kingston is an internationally renowned analytical chemist, environmental scientist, and innovator whose work has revolutionized the way toxins are regulated in the United States. Coming to IUP after Vietnam-era military service, he went on to receive a PhD from American University. He is founder and codirector of the Center of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, founder and director of the Center for Microwave and Analytical Chemistry, and founder of the Environmental Science and Management Program. He holds some 50 patents worldwide and has received many awards.