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Early Years 1
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Father electrical engineer, mother housewife. Older brother. Liked school; good student. Outdoor activities with father. Move to Boulder, Colorado. Making beer in high-school chemistry class. Dislike of women’s three traditional work options.
College and Graduate School 7
Attended University of Colorado. Lived in dorm. Junior year at University of Edinburgh. Evelyn A.V. Ebsworth. Senior year research with Stanley Cristol. Stern-Volmer plots. Few women in chemistry. Four months at Ascension Island. Balloon technician for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Another year in Cristol’s lab. Entered Cornell University’s PhD program. Jerry Meinwald. Liked logic of physical organic chemistry. Barry Carpenter and reaction mechanisms. Made five molecules for thesis.
Postdoctoral Years 23
Liked Baker Lectures at Cornell given by Jean-Marie Lehn. Entered his lab in Strasbourg, France. NSF-CNRS grant and Bourses Chateaubriand Scientifiques grant for two-year postdoc. Combination of fields.
First Faculty Position 27
Offer letter mix-up; eventually marries man who got her letter. Chose State University of New York at Stony Brook. First tenure-track woman in chemistry department. Teaching. Giving birth to triplets. Lab management while at home. Steven Rokita her collaborator and friend. Logistics of child care.
Move to Utah 44
Reasons for leaving Stony Brook, choosing University of Utah. Only woman again in chemistry departent. Maternity leave policy. Importance of “climate” for women. Tenure and family planning. Sabbatical in Japan in Eiichi Kimura’s lab. Instrumentation in Okazaki for husband. Lab differences between United States and Japan. Language difficulties. Mitzuhiko Shionoya. No women in tenured positions there. Next sabbatical in Europe.
Further Thoughts about Women in Chemistry 59
Involvement in COACh. Sharing tips for teaching, dealing with students and male faculty. John Osborn her mentor in France. Mentoring her students. More science earlier in school. Hormonal influences on success in chemistry. Importance of collaborators, especially Steven Rokita.