Geraldine L. Richmond, the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon, has been appointed to the National Science Board by President Barack Obama. The prestigious 25-member board serves as an independent body of advisors to the President and Congress on policy and education matters related to science and engineering. It also oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) and establishes the policies of the NSF, approves new programs and awards.
Richmond’s appointment to the board reflects her distinguished career in the sciences. Inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2011, Richmond was recently awarded the American Physical Society’s 2013 Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface or Atomic Physics, and she received the American Chemical Society’s 2013 Charles Lathrop Parsons Award for her advocacy on behalf of higher education, science policy and women scientists.
Richmond co-founded the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh), an organization that provides mentoring and support to women scientists around the globe, and she’s been a long-time advocate for women in science. With financial support from the U.S. Department of State, she is currently working on several projects with women scientists in developing countries.
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