Noted chemist to lecture on global science May 7


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Award-winning chemist Geraldine Richmond, a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will talk about work to build scientific involvement around the world in a May 7 lecture at the University of Louisville.

    Richmond’s free, public, general-interest talk about “Empowering Global Scientific Engagement” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on the Belknap Campus.

    UofL’s Chemistry Graduate Student Association in the College of Arts and Sciences sponsors the annual distinguished lecturer series with Clariant, a Switzerland-based chemical company with operations in Louisville.

    Richmond is a chemistry professor and presidential chair in science at the University of Oregon, where she has taught since 1985 and gained recognition for research on the molecular processes of liquid surfaces. She is founder and director of COACh Global, a grassroots organization that has worked on career advancement for more than 20,000 female scientists and engineers worldwide.

    In addition to her AAAS presidency and her impending presidency of the scientific honor society Sigma Xi, Richmond serves as a presidential appointee to the National Science Foundation’s National Science Board. Her awards include the American Chemical Society’s highest honor, the 2018 Priestley Medal, and the 2013 National Medal of Science. She is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Association for Women in Science and AAAS; she also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Her more technical talk, “Mulling over Emulsions: Molecular Assembly at Complex Liquid Surfaces,” will begin at 10 a.m. May 4, also in the planetarium.

    For more information, contact Austin Gibbs at 502-852-7536 or



    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.