Title and Description Page
Family Background and Situation 1
Parents' background and father's career. Early life and education in Brazil. Brazilian educational system. Brazilian culture during youth vs. today.
Decision to come to the United States to study at Simmons College. First impressions of the United States and Boston. Decision to move to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue master's and doctoral degrees. Roots of interest in science. Marriage to Richard E. Prange. Mentor relationship with Allan R. Day. Views on education, particularly in science. Influential teachers.
Early Career at Penn 20
Decision to teach at Penn. Overhaul of the laboratory and stockroom. Encouragement from Charles C. Price. Photochemistry of heterocyclic ketones. Ketenes. Synthesis of organic compounds using carbohydrates. Muscarine and muscarine stereoisomers. Furanomycin. Amino acids. Development of fingerprint reagents for U. S. Secret Service. Cyclic peptides. Views on research support, teaching, and contemporary students. Early students.
Committee Activities at Penn and Outside 32
Safety committee. Committee on Open Expression and Demonstration on Campus. Collaboration with Mildred Cohn on Committee on the Status of Women; its influence at Penn. Effects of affirmative action at Penn. Colleagues at Penn. Development of professional guidelines for the American Chemical Society. General effects of affirmative action for women and minorities in academia. Mentoring. Promotion to full professor.
Research and Publications 43
Fulbright scholarship and book on heterocyclic chemistry. Views on research funding. Consulting and outside work. Collaboration on angiogenesis research with Paul B. Weisz. Current research on cholinesterase inhibitor for Alzheimer's disease. Organic Chemistry. Views on current chemistry textbooks.