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IUPAC Names 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Awardees

Feb. 12, 2019 | By Cynthia Dillon

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science Feb. 11, IUPAC announced the awardees of its Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Among the 12 women chosen from around the world is Vicki Grassian, a distinguished professor in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Vicki GrassianGrassian is joined by female professors from China, South Africa, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Canada, the UK and the US. The 12 awardees were selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The awards committee was particularly interested in nominees with a history of leadership and/or community service during their careers.

An award ceremony will take place in July during the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris, France, coinciding with the special symposium on Women in Chemistry and reception in honor of the recipients. See for details.

The awards program, initiated as part of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry celebrations, was created to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide.