Events and Programs

An Evening With Geraldine Richmond

Join us on May 10, 2018, for a conversation with Geraldine Richmond, a pioneering chemist, and advocate for women in STEM fields.

On May 10, 2018, the NSTMF will host Geraldine Richmond at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Dr. Richmond is the recipient of the National Medal of Science in Chemistry and is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Richmond lead our understanding of how molecules interact with the surface of water. Her work provides fundamental insights into molecular processes for issues including oil spill remediation, water and soil interaction, and much more.

Dr. Richmond’s passion for science doesn’t stop in the laboratory; she serves as an inspiration and devoted advocate for women in STEM fields. In 1997, Richmond co-founded COACh, a grassroots organization working to increase the success of women in science and engineering fields through career-building workshops and mentoring.

Jo Handelsman, the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, will interview Dr. Richmond about her life and work as one of the nation's leading chemists.

This event is free and open to the public. We recommend attendees register in advance to guarantee admittance. Save your seat!
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. 

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 | 6:00-8:00 PM CT



Geraldine (Geri) Richmond 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 assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College she moved to the University of Oregon where she has been since 1985.

Geraldine Richmond is the 2018 recipient of the Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society's highest honor. And in 2013, she 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.


Jo Handelsman is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Before her appointment at WID, Dr. Handelsman served as the associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama. Prior to her work at OSTP, Dr. Handelsman was the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. She previously served on the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty as a Professor in Plant Pathology and as Professor and Chair of the Department of Bacteriology. 

Dr. Handelsman earned her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in molecular biology