J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series: "The Importance of Global Scientific Engagement"
Venue: Graduate Life Center Auditorium, Blacksburg
Organizations: Virginia Tech Department of Physics
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
The Virginia Tech College of Science continues the J. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series with Professor Geraldine Richmond presenting "The Importance of Global Scientific Engagement" on Thursday, October 24, 2019 inside the Graduate Life Center Auditorium on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Professor Geraldine Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at liquid surfaces.

Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy ofArts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), theAmerican Physical Society (APS), the Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science. She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards. She is currently serving as a member of the National Science Board, as the U.S. Science Envoy to the Lower Mekong River Countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand and Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Richmond is the founding and current director of COACh a grass-roots organization formed in 1998 that has helped over 20,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the 2018 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Medal of Science (2013), the Davisson Germer Prize for Atomic and Surface Physics from the American Physical Society(2013), the Joel H. Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Liquids from the ACS (2011), the Bomen-Michaelson Award (2008) the Speirs Medalfrom the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004) and the Olin-Garvan Medal from the ACSin 1996. Awards for her education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award for Outstanding Public Service (2013), theACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences (2005), and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (1997).

All talks are free and open to the public.

The series is funded by J. Mark Sowers, a Richmond, Virginia-based businessman and longtime supporter of the College of Science. The lecture series is designed to serve as a forum to exchange new and innovative ideas in scientific fields, including physics, nanotechnology, and neuroscience. Of the lecture series, Sowers previously has said, “I hope that people will be inspired by the lecture series and to bring attention to Virginia Tech and its brilliant researchers for the advancement of fundamental physics.”

For more information, visit: https://www.science.vt.edu/sowers.html or call 540-231-8706.
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