The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) serves the membership of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to be leaders in attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession. There are four goals designed to fulfill the mission statement:
2015 Rising Star Award Winners Announced
The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) has named the recipients of its 2015 Rising Star Awards, which recognize exceptional early- to midcareer women chemists across all areas of chemistry on a national level. The awards were established in 2011 to help promote retention of women in science. More information on the award criteria can be found here.
The 2015 winners are:
The winners received a $1,000 stipend to cover travel expenses to the Spring 2015 ACS national meeting in Denver, where they presented their research at the WCC Rising Star Symposium on Monday, March 23rd.
The ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards (G&A) formed AEIT in 2014 to develop an implementation plan and implement policies and activities that address equity issues of access, opportunity, and selection within the ACS National Awards Program.
An extensive review of that national awards database indicated a critical need to address access and opportunity issues in the national awards program that will increase gender equity and industrial member representation in the awards‘ nominee pools. Of the 64 national awards, 16 (25%) have no female nominees with 12 of these being technical awards. In the 2015 nominee pool, 83% are male and 17% are female compared to ACS membership demographics of 71% male and 29% female. In the same nominee pool, 91% are from academia and 8% are from industry/government compared to ACS membership demographics of 36% academia and 62% industry/government. Furthermore, 20 (30%) of the national awards have 10 or fewer nominees.
To address these gender and employment nominee pool inequities, a distributed approach was viewed as the best chance for achieving success. This involves the collaborative engagement of the ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards (G&A), awards staff, AEIT, and ACS governance and members to increase quality and diversity in all areas of the awards process.
|Mom the Chemistry Professor was recently published by Springer and edited by WCC members Renee Cole, Cecilia Marzabadi, Gail Webster and Kimberly Woznack. The book:|
The authors are all women at different stages of their career and from a range of colleges, in tenure and non-tenure track positions. Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, these contributions serve as examples for women considering a career in academia but worry about how this can be balanced with other important aspects of life.
Amber is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received her B.S. Degree from Syracuse University, her PhD from the University of Buffalo, and continued as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has been teaching organic and biochemistry at the undergraduate level for the past eleven years where she has developed her research programs where she investigates stercobilln as a potential biomarker for childhood autism and studies the interaction of cresyl violet with nucleic acid molecules. Amber has mentored more than 50 students in research projects which has led to numerous student presentations at local, regional and national chemistry meetings.
Amber is also active in the community and is known as Dr. Demo because she does hands on demonstrations at local day care centers, camps and primary schools.
Amber has been active with ACS since 2001 serving in the North Jersey Section as Alternate Councilor, Chair and now as Councilor. She has been active with both the local and National WCC since 2006. She has been involved in two different Subcommittees for WCC prior to being named as the 2014 Chair.
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