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

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Caption: Kathryn Lysko
When Kathryn Lysko began her undergraduate work, there were 15,000 men and 100 women in her entire college. She talks about the camaraderie that em...

  • Added: May 01, 2013
  • Length: 04:15
Caption: Bonnie Charpentier
The obstacles facing women today have not disappeared—they’ve just become more subtle, says Bonnie Charpentier. In this week’s episode, she discuss...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:54
Caption: Joan Brennecke
Joan Brennecke talks about how spending Saturdays with her dad pulling apart cars and old calculators led to a lifetime of curiosity.

  • Added: Apr 16, 2013
  • Length: 04:06
Caption: Rachael Brady
In her job as a technical writer Rachael Brady is an artist surrounded by scientists. She talks about the challenges, joys, and importance of using...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2013
  • Length: 04:07
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ruth Woodall
Ruth Woodall, director of Tennessee Scholars at the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nashville, Tennessee, talks about the rewards of ...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 03:19
Caption: Nancy Jackson
In her role with the Chemical Security Engagement program of the U.S. Department of State, Nancy Jackson travels throughout Asia and the Middle Eas...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rebecca Guenard
Chemists can be narrowly focused, says Rebecca Guenard. In a field that encourages scientists to follow a pre-defined path, she encourages young wo...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:43
Caption: Amanda Field
Amanda Field, senior administrative assistant of the Chemical Engineering Program for Texas A&M University at Qatar, believes that careers aren’t s...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 03:44
Caption: Mary Shultz
After being told she wasn’t particularly smart, Mary Shultz, a professor of chemistry at Tufts University, set out to prove otherwise. She talks ab...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 05:09
  • 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
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
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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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
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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
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: 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