Women in Science - MHACS


Thursday, March 2, 2017


7:00 pm


Rockefeller Hall 200-Auditorium

Light refreshments and social time 6:30 PM
This talk will highlight the contributions of women chemists and other women scientists who are Nobel laureates and have done spectacular chemistry, including discovering some elements. Many are "firsts," like the first woman scientist on the Harvard faculty and the first woman to actually "invent" environmental science. The difficulties these women had while doing their science will also be documented.

Sister Mary Virginia Orna, O.S.U. (Order of Saint Ursula) is professor of chemistry at the College of New Rochelle and Editor-at-Large, Chemical Heritage magazine. Among her many professional activities, she has presented plenary lectures and named lectureships on more than a dozen different occasions. She is a tour speaker on the roster of the American Chemical Society and has been an invited lecturer to every part of the United States and many countries in Europe, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. Her many publications have appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education, Color Research and Application, Studies in Conservation, Analytical Chemistry, Microchemical Journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Chemical Society monographs, and various other journals. She has also authored numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles, nine books and edited eight others. Among them are “The Chemical History of Color,” “Science History: A Traveler’s Guide,” and “Sputnik to Smartphones: A Half-Century of Chemistry Education.” Her ACS activities include serving on all elected Council committees and on other committees, i.e. the Society Committee on Education, Divisional Activities Committee and the Local Sections Activities Committee. She is active in several divisions of the American Chemical Society, having served as Chair, Program Chair and Treasurer of the Division of the History of Chemistry. She is currently serving as ACS Councilor and as a member of the ACS Council Policy Committee. She is a recipient of the following major awards: the 1984 CMA Catalyst Award for excellence in college chemistry teaching, the 1989 New York State Professor of the Year and National Gold Medalist, the 1989 Merck Innovation Award, the 1996 ACS Visiting Scientist Award, the 1996 James Flack Norris Award, the 1999 ACS George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the 2001 New England Association of Chemistry Teachers J. A. Timm Award for excellence in chemistry teaching, the 2008 Henry Hill Award, and the 2009 ACS Volunteer Service Award. She is presently president of ChemSource,Inc., a major effort in chemistry teacher preparation and enhancement funded by the National Science Foundation. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Israel (1994-95), where she lectured at The Hebrew University, The Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

Janice Perez

Chemistry Department