International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Dr. Penny j. Gilmer Ideas Activities
  • Professor Emerita, ACS, AAAS, NARST, ASTE, AWIS
    Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Email
    Tel 850-644-4026
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    Zonta International, Capital Women's Network
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I just retired six months ago as The Nancy Marcus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University (FSU) after 33 years on the faculty. I taught courses in chemistry, biochemistry, and STS (Science, Technology and Society).

I have been involved with women in science, especially in chemistry and biochemistry, for years. I also taught a "Women and Science" course three times during my last decade of teaching.

I organized a Marie Curie symposium to be held on February18, 2011 at 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the annual meeting of the AAAS in Washington, DC. We have three excellent speakers, so I will use your forum to get the word out to others. This symposium and others on chemistry are part of the IYC 2011.

Also I am co-editing a book on Marie Curie with two other science educators, Mei-Hung Chiu of Taiwan and David Treagust of Australia, to come out this year. This book, to be published by SENSE Publishers,is part of the IYC 2011.

I am PI at FSU part of a collaborative grant from the NSF on advancing the status of academic women in chemistry and engineering. We are five universities in FL, working together on this grant. Here is our URL: University of South Florida is the lead institution, with the other four universities being University of Florida, Florida A&M University, Florida International University, and Florida State University