Stories from the Field preserves and celebrates the contributions of women working in chemistry and related sciences. The project captures scientific adventures and career insights in short, conversational audio interviews.
Each week we feature one new story here on CHF's website and through iTunes.
While the number of women in scientific careers has increased steadily over the last few decades, true gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and math professions has yet to be achieved. It’s widely acknowledged that role models are essential in encouraging young women to pursue scientific professions, and Stories from the Field will offer an online bank of reflections from successful working female scientists to serve as a starting point for career exploration.
We at CHF thank all our Stories from the Field participants for sharing their experiences with us—and with generations of scientists to come.
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December 17, 2012
Maria Maccecchini, president and founder of QR Pharma, shares her thoughts about her mentors and the encouragement that helped her go a long way.
December 10, 2012
Zafra Lerman is the president and founder of Methods Integrating Music, Science, Art and Dance. Here she shares some thoughts about her collaborative efforts with scientists around the globe to keep the world clean and efficient.
December 3, 2012
Sarah Widder, a research engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), shares her experience as a young woman in the modern workplace.
November 26, 2012
Marye Anne Fox, recipient of the 2010 National Medal of Science, had her first child while working toward her Ph.D. Here, she shares thoughts about motherhood, science, and the affirming moment that brought the two together.
November 19, 2012
Juana Acrivos, professor emeritus of chemistry at San Jose State University, reminds us that sometimes we must leave our expectations at the door—with chemistry and, more important, with people.
November 8, 2012
Carolyn Ribes, a business analytical leader for the Dow Chemical Company, emphasizes knowing what you want and using that knowledge to create a fulfilling life and career.
November 5, 2012
Cheryl Baldwin Frech, professor of chemistry at the University of Central Oklahoma, talks about her lifelong mentor and the importance of pace when juggling a family and a career in academia.
October 29, 2012
Lesley Yellowlees, the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom, shares her secret to maintaining ambitious, healthy goals, as well as some of her proudest moments.
October 22, 2012
Melanie Szulczewski, assistant professor of environmental science at the University of Mary Washington, shares her decision to take the scenic route to her career in academia.
October 15, 2012
Carmen Drahl, senior editor of Chemical and Engineering News, used her Ph.D. in chemistry as a springboard into the career she envisioned for herself. Here she shares some advice that helped her make the decision.
Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate their life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science.
Kipp's apparatus, ca. 1900
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