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4 Posts authored by: Anna Sromek

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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 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.