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WCC Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast, Orlando, FL, April 1st, 2019, 7:30‐9am

 

“30 Years of Eli Lilly Awards: Career paths taken”

 

The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Eli Lilly and Company sponsor a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research. Awards are made based on scientific merit and financial need. Award winners are provided networking opportunities at ACS national meetings where the WCC hosts a poster session and reception for awardees. In addition, awardees are invited to the WCC Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast and WCC Luncheon where they receive recognition. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. At the Women in Chemical Enterprise Breakfast in Orlando, we have invited previous Eli Lilly Award winners to discuss their career paths and answer questions.

 

Agenda

 

7:30 am     Doors open

7:40 am - 7:40 am  Breakfast and introductions

7:50 am - 7:55 am  WCC Chair Welcome

7:55 am - 8:00 am   Past Eli Lilly winners introduction

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Panel members talk about their paths (Anneli Joplin, Mindy Levine, Jana Olson)

8:30 am - 8:40 am   Open discussion

8:40 am - 8:45 am   Tables network

8:45 am     Host’s concluding remarks and door prizes drawing

 

Submitted by Ean Warren and Lorena Tribe

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Will you be attending the National Meeting in Orland, Florida? Please join us for a symposium, Tuesday April 2nd , highlighting the accomplishments of Dr. Ruth Baltus, the 2019 winner of the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. See the flier for the symposium here.

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Will you be attending the National Meeting in Orland, Florida? Please join us for a symposium, Monday April 1st, highlighting the accomplishments of the talented WCC Rising Stars. See the flier for the 2019 Rising Stars Award symposium here.

Gail Webster

From the WCC Chair

Posted by Gail Webster Mar 27, 2019

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Welcome to the Spring 2019 ACS-WCC Newsletter!

 

Just last week, the WCC collaborated with ACS Webinars for the webinar, “Advocating for Yourself: Stop Waiting for Yoda to Advance Your Career”. This webinar, which took place on Thursday March 21st from 2-3pm EDT, featured three panelists: Pushpa Murthy, Dorothy Phillips, and Kathleen Shultz each sharing advice about some of the challenges that may be faced by women and chemists from underrepresented backgrounds. The panelists also discussed approaches used to overcome challenges. We thank everyone who tuned in for the webinar and we will share the website link once the recorded webinar is available online.

 

During 2019 the WCC is very happy to be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the WCC Eli Lilly Travel Award. Due to the generosity of the Eli Lilly Company since the inception of the award in 1989 over 700 young investigators have been able to travel to their first national meeting to present the results of their work. We will have events at both the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 ACS National meeting to celebrate this very important milestone.

 

Women Chemists Committee Breakfast- featuring past winners

Monday, April 1, 7:00 am–9:30 am, Hilton Orlando, Orlando IV

 

Women Chemists of Color Networking Event- focused on awards

Monday, April 1, 9:30 am–11:30 am, Hilton Orlando, Lake Sheen A

 

WCC–Eli Lilly Travel Award Poster Session

Tuesday, April 2, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, Hilton Orlando, Orlando III

 

WCC Eli Lilly Travel Awards 30th Anniversary Symposium

Tuesday, April 2, 1:30 am – 4:25 pm, Orange County Convention Center, Room W330B

 

WCC ‘Just Cocktails’ in Honor of the 30th Anniversary of WCC Eli Lilly Award

Tuesday, April 2, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Hilton Orlando, Lake Nona A

 

The national WCC is very interested in strengthening both our communication and our collaboration with local WCC sections. We have been developing a local WCC officer/contact email list. If you would like to be added to this email list, please contact Kim Woznack (Woznack@calu.edu).

 

Many people reach out to me and ask how they can become more involved with the work of the WCC.

 

  • Get involved with your local section, and find out if they have a local WCC.
  • Start a local WCC if none exists or is not active.
  • Reach out to us at national WCC (wcc@acs.org) if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:
    • Helping us with national meeting programming
    • Helping us with regional meeting programming
    • Helping with one of our advocacy task forces (non-tenure track faculty, awards nominations, sexual harassment prevention/awareness)
    • Helping Highlight the contributions of women (writing newsletter articles, social media or website work)
    • Reading for WCC Awards programs

 

Wishing you a Happy Spring 2019!

 

Kim Woznack


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by Mary Watson

 

The first annual Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry Conference will be on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. This one-day event will include talks from organic chemists in industry and academia, a dynamic poster session, panel discussions, and many opportunities for networking. Professor Geraldine (Geri) Richmond (University of Oregon), past-president of AAAS, National Medal of Science awardee, and co-founder of COACh, will give the keynote lecture. Madeleine Joullie (UPenn), Emma Parmee (Merck), Lisa Jarvis (C&EN), Malika Jeffries-EL (Boston University), and Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes (UDelaware) will also give invited talks. Graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals are invited! See https://ewochem.org for more information and to register.

by Despina Strong

 

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Dr. Geraldine Richmond, Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon, wins the 2018 Linus Pauling Medal Award! The Linus Pauling Medal has been awarded annually since 1966 jointly by the Oregon, Portland and Puget Sound Sections of ACS. Dr Richmond is only the second female to win the award joining Jacqueline Barton, 2007.

 

The Linus Pauling Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in chemistry comparable to that of its namesake and the first winner, Linus Pauling. Dr Richmond’s research focuses on understanding important process that occur at liquid interfaces. Like Pauling, Dr Richmond impacted society beyond chemistry. As the founding member and director of COACh, her organization has been able to help over 20,000 women scientists in the U.S. and around the world since 1998.

 

Dr. Richmond has received several awards during her career including the 2018 Priestley Medal, the National Medal of Science in 2013 and the Olin Garvan Medal from the ACS in 1996 among others. In addition to these and other technical awards, Dr Richmond has been recognized with multiple awards for her education and outreach and for encouraging and mentoring women in chemistry.

 

The Medal was presented at ceremonies held at the University of Washington Bothell (UW - Bothell) Campus on November 17, 2018. The ceremonies included an afternoon symposium with three guest speakers invited by Dr Richmond, a student poster session and open reception and a Pauling Award Banquet. The title of her symposium talk “The Mysterious Tale of Nanoemulsions: A Story of Suspense, Suspects and Intrigue” captivated the audience. Both the symposium and the banquet were well attended by an enthusiastic audience of over 150 people. The WCC committee helped sponsor the event with a generous donation.

 

Despina Strong attended the event and congratulated Dr. Richmond on behalf of the committee.

By Malika Jeffries-EL

 

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Professor Jodie Lutkenhaus, a 2018 recipient of the WCC Rising Stars Award, is the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Jodie received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a postdoctoral position with Thomas Russell at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she joined the faculty at Yale University in. In 2010, she moved to Texas A&M University and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015.

 

Jodie’s research interests focus on developing polymer thin films, coatings, electroactive polymers, polyelectrolytes, and materials for energy storage. Specific applications include stimuli-responsive smart-coatings, corrosion, dielectrics, batteries, and capacitors. Dr. Lutkenhaus also specializes in several analytical characterization techniques including differential scanning calorimetry, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and electrochemistry. Besides the WCC Rising Star Award, Jodie has was received several honors including: World Economic Forum Young Scientist, Kavli Fellow, NSF CAREER, AFSOR YIP, 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award. She served as the Polymers Programming Chair for AICHE (Area 8a) and currently serves as an ACS PMSE Member at Large. She is also an Editorial Advisory Board Member for ACS Macro Letters and Macromolecules and an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports.

 

Jodie says that since an early age she has enjoyed problem solving, and saw engineering as a way to keep doing that. Her family was also a major influence as her mom and dad studied chemistry and physics, respectively. Her older sister, Jessica Winter (WCC Rising Star 2014) also studied chemical engineering. Growing up, science and engineering were always part of the conversation among family. As a child, my hobbies were crossword and logic puzzles, video games, board games, and music which prepared her well for her career path. One challenge she has faced and overcome is that of criticism. In science and engineering, criticism is a part of everyday life, from receiving grades as a student to receiving feedback on your latest project. You just have to remember that the criticism is usually well-intended and the goal is to always improve. It is usually about the work and not about you, so it is important to take it in and forge ahead.

The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) has named the recipients of its 2019 Rising Star Awards, which recognize exceptional early- to midcareer women chemists across all areas of chemistry on a national level. The award was established in 2011 to help promote retention of women in science.

 

The 2019 winners are:

Annmarie Carlton, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California Irvine

 

Antonella Converso, Ph.D.  Director, Discovery Chemistry, MRL Discovery Chemistry, West Point, Merck Research Laboratories

 

Negar Garizi, Ph.D.  Natural Products Chemistry Leader, Discovery Chemistry, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™

 

Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University

 

Marilyne Stains, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

The winners will receive a stipend to cover travel expenses to an award symposium to highlight their work at the 257rd National Meeting of the ACS in Orlando, FL taking place March 31-April 4, 2019.  The WCC Rising Stars symposium will take place on Monday, April 1st. 

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By Ann Weber

 

Rising Star Dr. Michelle Machacek acknowledges that not only does it “take a village” to put smiles on children’s faces, hers included, it also takes a village to do drug discovery.  Dr. Machacek, who received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from MIT and her PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford, should know.  She is currently Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck and co-inventor of 28 patents covering potential therapeutic agents.  Michelle credits her mother, an experimental astrophysicist, with encouraging her to pursue a career in science by teaching her the importance of doing something she loved.  From her mother she also learned that nurturing relationships was central to success, something she has effectively applied in the highly collaborative environment at Merck.  Michelle’s research has focused on the identification of inhibitors of the enzyme spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) for the treatment of asthma.  Starting with an oral SYK inhibitor, Michelle and her team designed molecules with the requisite properties to enable inhaled delivery.  Their strategy to reduce systemic exposure was expected to give fewer side-effects, resulting in a safer drug.  This work culminated in the invention of MK-8351, which advanced into clinical development.  Michelle thanked her team, her village, recognizing that they did better science because of the way they worked together.  She also stressed the importance of mentoring and championing your colleagues to help them discover and display their true potential.  She recognized the role mentors played in her career development and the importance of giving back.  “Having a strong network supports you,” she concluded, “and is a powerful tool you can use to support others.” 

 

by Eugenia Narh

 

The Women Chemists of Color (WCoC) Networking Event took place on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. There were six tables with various topics that attendees could choose to join depending on their interest. The topics were Career Development, Grant Writing, Mentor/Mentee Relationships, Being more assertive in negotiations and how to say no, Managing my Career - how do I get to the next step/promotion? and I'm a PH.D. - What do I do now? There were approximately fifty attendees from various backgrounds including undergraduate and graduate students, young and experienced professionals from many cultures. After simultaneous discussions at the tables, each group had the opportunity to share their discussion points with the rest of the audience. This was followed by Q&A and networking among the attendees.

 

For the Fall 2018 meeting, the program will take place on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Commonwealth room. This event will consist of a panel discussion for the first hour, then an open networking session in the second hour among the panelists and attendees. The discussion topic is “How to balance career and family” and the panelists include professional women with diverse backgrounds who will share their experience and advice on pursuing a successful career and balancing relationships, motherhood, caring for aging parents and loved ones and other related topics.