Dr. Alexander Schauss is President and CEO of AIBMR Life Sciences, a scientific and FDA regulatory consulting company, with office/staff in six states. He is a Certified Food Scientist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and member of the American College of Toxicology, American College of Nutrition, American Chemical Society, International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, and American Society of Nutrition. He is a Research Associate at both the Bio5 Institute and the Department of Geoscience at the University of Arizona.
His life-long interest on the effects of minerals and trace elements on brain function and behavior began when as a child he volunteered for eight years in the Department of Geology and Mineralogy, American Museum of Natural History in New York under the supervision of the late-Dr. Frederick Pough. Alex’s book, Minerals, Trace Elements and Human Health is one of 23 books, 38 chapters, and 185 papers he has authored in the scientific literature, primarily in the fields of nutrition and botanical medicine. He is known for two review papers on the renal toxicity of an organic germanium compound consumed by humans. He recently co-authored a paper on the morphology of an unusual diamond in Diamond: The Ultimate Gemstone.
Since 1967, when the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® was first held in a Quonset hut south of the airport, he has attended 48 shows through 2019 and for over two decades has served as a quality judge at the show. A noted collector of thumbnail mineral specimens, he is the recipient of numerous awards earned at regional and national American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) shows, and the Richard H. Pearl Trophy at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, as well as, the Ed McDole Trophy and Paul Desautels Trophy for best mineral case exhibited in competition at the TGMS show.
A Trustee of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Alex is a board member and past-President, and current Vice President, of the national non-profit, Friends of Mineralogy, founded in Tucson in 1970, and a Life Member of the Mineralogical Society of Arizona, Fellow of The Mineralogical Record, and member of the: Mineralogical Society of America; Arizona Geological Society; Tucson Gem & Mineral Society; Pinal Gem & Mineral Society: and, Flagg Mineral Foundation.
In 2017, Alex was instrumental in having Wulfenite identified as the official Arizona state mineral.
Alex has been a Board member since 2013.