I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the Women in Chemistry documentary (trailer shown above) by local NPR affiliate WHYY in Philadelphia. This amazing documentary profiles eight women that have changed the course of chemistry and science in general. Afterwards, we were treated to a Q&A moderated by Maiken Scott with two of the women profiled in the video - Uma Chowdry and Mary Good. I asked a question a;bout getting kids engaged that don't have a support system that pushes science. Both Mary and Uma told me to start with the problems that students are facing, and design solutions while focusing on the math and science aspects. This is a winning idea!
The full list of profiled women is below:
- Nancy Chang, cofounder and former CEO of the biopharmaceutical firm Tanox;
- Uma Chowdhry, retired senior vice president and chief science and technology officer of DuPont;
- Mildred Cohn, first female president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
- Mary L. Good, former president of the American Chemical Society, undersecretary for technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bill Clinton, and recipient of the Priestley Medal;
- Kathryn Hach-Darrow, cofounder of the Hach Chemical Company and the only woman to receive CHF’s Pittcon Heritage Award;
- Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
- Stephanie Kwolek, former research associate at DuPont and inventor of Kevlar; and
- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder, chairman, and managing director of Biocon Limited.
The full hour-long documentary is embedded below - checked it out.