WCC Biographies

    Introduction

    Members of the Chicago Section have initiated a committee to serve the local members. In their kick-off meeting in November, they developed outreach plans for Chicago area members and the community. These plans include a column in the Chicago Bulletin by our members. Topics will include networking, ...

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    WCC Index of Biographies

    People featured in WCC articles - alphabetical order Introduction January 2004 Kristin Bowman-James September 2006 Linda Brazdil June 2004 Jeanette Gecsy Grasselli Brown October 2008 Kathleen Carrado April 2004 Margaret (Marge) Cavanaugh November 2006 Lin ...

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    Rong Wang

    An Interview with Professor Wang Dr. Rong Wang is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago. She teaches physical chemistry and runs a biophysical chemistry research group. Apart from her research and...

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    Astrid Phillips

    May, 2011: A Chemistry Degree in Post-War Germany There are some lucky students whose education is paid for by their fathers. I planned to be one of them. My father had put my older sister through medical school and was ready for me. Unfortunately Herr Hitler aggravated the Russians, and they o...

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    Agnes Pockels

    November, 2005: 1862 — 1935: an Unusual Career There are some people who achieve great things with very limited means, purely through their own genius, hard work, and in the face of great obstacles. Such a person was Agnes Pockels. Ms. Pockels was born in 1862 in Venice at the time when V...

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    Sr. Alberic Runde

    April, 2010: Chemistry Educator (1903 - 1960) Mabel Runde was born in 1903 in rural southwestern Wisconsin, the fourth of ten children of August and Louisa Runde, who farmed at Sinsinawa (near Galena). Her grandparents had settled in “the western wilds” during the mid-1800s. Mabel obta...

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    Kristine S. Salmen

    October, 2005: In her own words, Kris Salmen is an environmental chemist who is "passionate about implementing strategies for a sustainable planet, including green buildings, products, and technologies." She considers her forte to be the ability to solve problems and think on her feet. Her developm...

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    Fran Seabright

    May, 2006: Frances Krausz Seabright, a long time member of the Chicago Section ACS was known for her many enthusiasms — travel, flowers, butterflies, volunteering, and especially friendliness. Fran was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where her father was a machinist for a copper min...

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    Anne T. Sherren

    June, 2007: Anne Sherren states “Chemistry is the Central Science, and the current interesting research is at the interfaces –chemistry and biology, chemistry and physics, chemistry and foods, chemistry and material science, and chemistry and other disciplines in science.” She als...

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    Jean'ne M. Shreeve

    April, 2006: Dr. Jean'ne M. Shreeve is currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Jean'ne has been at the University of Idaho for 45 years and still enjoys working 80 plus hour weeks. Currently, she is only doing chemical research. Each day she enjoys finding out ...

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    Susan Solomon

    March, 2006: Susan Solomon, a Chicago native widely recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, is a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Aeronomy Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, which she joined in 1981, upon graduation from University of California,...

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    Sharon Vergez Vercellotti

    January, 2007: Sharon Vergez Vercellotti is President of V-LABS, INC., Covington, LA, a consulting, manufacturing, and analytical laboratory, specializing in carbohydrates and polysaccharides. This chemist works to solve problems for her clients in many ways including using carbohydrate chemistry. ...

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    Catherine Wojtowicz

    December, 2004: I was quite a bit nervous as I walked into the classroom of the Cudahy Science Building at the Loyola University Lakeshore campus. It was the first day of the Summer Semester, and I was bracing myself for an epic, three months long battle with the archenemy of my undergraduate caree...

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    Ms. Stephanie Kwolek, a Lady to Remember

    “I seem to see things that other people do not see.” These are the words of Ms. Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist, who recently passed away on June 18, 2014 at the age of 90. Ms. Kwolek’s pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for science, and in particular, chemistry, made her a cham...

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    Dr. Kristin Bowman-James

    September 2006: Dr. Kristin Bowman-James is currently the Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and is Project Director of Kansas NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Kristin has been at the University of Kansas for 31 years and is cu...

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    Jeanette Gecsy Grasselli Brown

    October 2008: Jeanette Gecsy Grasselli Brown, prominent analytical chemist, successful infrared and Raman spectroscopist, world renowned authority on its applications, and excellent laboratory manager, was inspired by her high school chemistry teacher to secure an education in chemistry. She &ldquo...

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    Margaret (Marge) Cavanaugh

    November 2006: Dr. Margaret (Marge) Cavanaugh is currently the Deputy Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia. Marge has been at NSF for 17 years. She enjoys interacting with the many people who work and visit NSF and especially mentoring t...

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    Dr. Lin X. Chen

    March 2005: Dr. Lin X. Chen and I have worked in the same corridor for more than 15 years. While not in the same research group, we are well aware of each other's projects and have even co-organized a symposium at Argonne together (on in situ methods). Her research is fascinating and her work ethic...

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    Dr. Gerty Cori

    September 2004: The implications for the work of Gerty and Carl Cori on carbohydrate metabolism are so well known in our culture that any normal jock can tell you the importance of carbohydrates in the generation of energy in the mammalian body. The names Gerty and Carl Cori and the term Glucose-1...

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    Dr. Edith Marie Flanigen

    May 2005: The month of May is when the Chicago Section presents the Gibbs medal for achievements in chemistry. As many of you already know, a jury of 12 highly qualified scientists chooses the award winner. A number of years ago, one of the jury members was Edith Flanigen. I thought it would be app...

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