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An Evening With Geri Richmond

May 8, 2019 AT 6:30 pm

Dr. Richmond returns to the AEW stage on Wednesday, May 8 at Portland State University

On Wednesday, May 8 the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation will host an intimate evening of conversation and discovery with Geri Richmond at Portland State University where audiences will have a unique opportunity to pull back the curtain on her world-changing scientific accomplishments.

Dr. Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon, an advocate for women in STEM, and a 2013 National Medal of Science Laureate.

A world-renown chemist and a champion for women in STEM, Dr. Richmond is most famous for her landmark discoveries about the molecular characteristics of water’s surface. Her breakthroughs have given researchers across the world a better understanding of how water behaves with its surroundings on a chemical level. This understanding has implications for oil spill clean-ups, environmental remediation, energy production, and so much more.

Her work outside the lab is equally impressive. She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization 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.

Dr. Susan Jeffords, Provost of Portland State University, will moderate the conversation, which will cover Dr. Richmond’s colorful career, her work to support women in science and engineering fields, among other topics. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Richmond following the interview. The program will conclude with a short reception for all.

MAY 8 | 3:30 PM PT, 6:30 PM ET

This event will be webcast live online on Facebook and Youtube, and the full event video will be available on the NSTMF website afterward. Webcast audiences are encouraged to participate in the conversation using #AnEveningWith.

The event is free and open to the public with priority given to PSU students and faculty.

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Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, Ph.D., 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. A native of Kansas, Richmond received her B.S. in Chemistry from Kansas State University in 1976 and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry under the direction of George Pimentel at the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. After her first faculty appointment as an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College, she moved to the University of Oregon where she has been since 1985.

Dr. Richmond received the National Medal of Science in Chemistry from President Obama for her landmark discoveries of the molecular characteristics of water surfaces; for her creative demonstration of how her findings impact many key biological, environmental, chemical, and technological processes; and for her extraordinary efforts in the United States and around the globe to promote women in science.


Susan Jeffords, Ph.D., is the Provost at Portland State University. Before joining Portland State in 2018, Dr. Jeffords served as the chief academic officer at the University of Washington Bothell. During her tenure, she led a host of initiatives at UW Bothell including a strategic plan for the campus’s academic growth; a new science initiative; and new initiatives in sustainability, diversity and educational technologies. Dr. Jeffords received her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania.




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