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John Hartwig, head of the Catalysis and Chemical Transformations Program in the Chemical Sciences Division and professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, has been awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry for the development of efficient transition-metal catalysts that have revolutionized drug manufacturing. More>

Francesca M. Toma included in Royal Society of Chemistry's "100 Women of Materials Science".

As a response to a report on the Diversity landscape of the chemical sciences that was published earlier this year, RSC recognizes the need for initiatives aimed at actively overcoming barriers, to aid the retention of women in academia and encourage their progression to leadership positions.

This collection aims to contribute towards this goal by showcasing high-quality work by female scientists, both to celebrate their own achievements in the field and to act as an inspiration for early career researchers within the community.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) was founded in 1841 and is the UK’s largest professional body for chemical scientists with 54,000 members and an international publishing and knowledge business.

Link to RSC Celebrating Excellence in Research: Women of Materials Science

Link to the RSC report on Diversity

Frances Houle, CSD Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, has been elected to a three year term as member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (2019-2021). The MRS is an interdisciplinary society focused on all aspects of materials science from chemical, biological, physics and engineering perspectives with a goal of improving quality of life. It has approximately 14,000 members from 90 countries, representing numerous academic, industrial, nonprofit and government institutions. Members of the BOD are responsible for the Society’s technical and organization governance, and work to formulate policy and strategy to advance the Society’s mission. More>

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