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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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