Stories From the Field

Series produced by Distillations

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Stories from the Field preserves and celebrates the contributions of women working in chemistry and related sciences. The project captures scientific adventures and career insights in short, conversational audio interviews.

While the number of women in scientific careers has increased steadily over the last few decades, true gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and math professions has yet to be achieved. It’s widely acknowledged that role models are essential in encouraging young women to pursue scientific professions, and Stories from the Field will offer an online bank of reflections from successful working female scientists to serve as a starting point for career exploration.

We at CHF thank all our Stories from the Field participants for sharing their experiences with us—and with generations of scientists to come.


49 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: June Wispelwey
June Wispelwey, executive director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), shares what she's learned from a challenging career.

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:47
Caption: Madeleine Jacobs
Madeleine Jacobs, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society, tells the story of how she got her first job at Chemical & Engineeri...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:18
Caption: Carmen Drahl
Carmen Drahl, senior editor of Chemical and Engineering News, used her Ph.D. in chemistry as a springboard into the career she envisioned for herse...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:39
Caption: Melanie Szulczewski
Melanie Szulczewski, assistant professor of environmental science at the University of Mary Washington, shares her decision to take the scenic rout...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:16
Caption: Lesley Yellowlees
Lesley Yellowlees, the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom, shares her secret to maintaining ambitious, h...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:51
Caption: Cheryl Baldwin Frech
Cheryl Baldwin Frech, professor of chemistry at the University of Central Oklahoma, talks about her lifelong mentor and the importance of pace when...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:15
Caption: Carolyn Ribes
Carolyn Ribes, a business analytical leader for the Dow Chemical Company, emphasizes knowing what you want and using that knowledge to create a ful...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:26
Caption: Juana Acrivos
Juana Acrivos, professor emeritus of chemistry at San Jose State University, reminds us that sometimes we must leave our expectations at the door—w...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 02:37
Caption: Marye Anne Fox
Marye Anne Fox, recipient of the 2010 National Medal of Science, had her first child while working toward her Ph.D. Here, she shares thoughts about...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:06
Caption: Sarah Widder
Sarah Widder, a research engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), shares her experience as a young...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Zafra Lerman
Zafra Lerman is the president and founder of Methods Integrating Music, Science, Art and Dance. Here she shares some thoughts about her collaborati...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:09
Caption: Maria Maccecchini
Maria Maccecchini, president and founder of QR Pharma, shares her thoughts about her mentors and the encouragement that helped her go a long way.

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:15
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Lisa Houston, director of applications engineering at PAC, LP, started her career when she least expected to. She shares her journey to remind youn...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:47
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Patti Parziale
Patti Parziale, manager of the Fungicide Discovery chemistry group at DuPont, shares her secret to building a strong reputation and successful care...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 03:37
Caption: Maureen Rouhi
Maureen Rouhi, editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News, shares the worldview that guided her journey toward a career in chemistry as well as...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 04:32
Caption: Sarah Mullins
Sarah Mullins, a researcher in the chemistry of inorganic materials for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, talks about her love for science and how...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 05:03
Caption: Sharon Haynie
Sharon Haynie, principal investigator at DuPont, shares the advice that helped her get savvy and make the most of her experience at MIT.

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:50
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Maria Burka
When Maria K. Burka began looking for jobs in chemistry, she was told not to use her first name on applications because “if the interviewer saw you...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:11
Caption: Linda Wang
Linda Wang, senior editor at Chemical and Engineering News, talks about how she incrementally turned a beloved hobby into a vital and exciting part...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 03:04
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lucy Eubanks
Lucy Eubanks, retired professor at Clemson University, discusses the importance of flexibility and recalls how telling men she was a chemist elicit...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:06