ACS Celebrates the IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast

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IUPAC 2022

The IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast is an event that happens on a single day in February of each year in conjunction with the U.N Day of Women and Girls in Science. In celebration of 2022’s central theme “Empowering Diversity in Science”, the ACS hosted a virtual panel event and networking sessions with prominent female chemists. 

Watch the Recording of the Panel Discussion

The panel discussion focused on "Women's contributions to combating COVID-19" and featured three prominent female scientists (see list below). The panel discussion was recorded live on February 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, followed by networking sessions. 

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Our 2022 Panel

Moderator: Dr. Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, ACS Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect

Dr. Mukhopadhyay was promoted to Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect (DEIR) in March 2021. The Office of DEIR serves as a hub to ensure that the ACS core value of DEIR permeates all ACS actions, and also helps coordinate efforts toward the new ACS Strategic Plan Goal, “Embrace and Advance Inclusion in Chemistry.”

Mukhopadhyay received her B.Sc. (honors) in biochemistry from McGill University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a graduate of the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

Kathleen Farley - Senior Principal Scientist, Discovery Sciences, Pfizer

Kathleen Farley is a Senior Principal Scientist in the R&D division at Pfizer Inc with over 30 years of experience in applying NMR spectroscopy to Drug Discovery.  She has taught the American Chemical Society (ACS)  NMR course, “1D and 2D NMR Spectroscopy: Structure Determination of Small Molecule Organic Compounds” with Greg Walker for the last 10 years.  Kathleen’s current research includes the NMR structural characterization of small molecules and peptides using residual dipolar couplings.

Melanie Marota - Principal Scientist, Merck

Melanie Marota is a principal scientist at Merck and has 15 years of experience in oral drug product development. She has made substantial contributions to Merck’s pipeline culminating in multiple commercial products including Belsomra, Zepatier, and Welireg. Melanie has successfully led the formulation or project teams on pipeline assets spanning Merck’s HCV portfolio, CoV programs, and oral peptide delivery. Her experience in enabled formulation development includes spray drying, downstream processing, and commercial scale-up. She has authored and contributed to numerous publications, presentations, and patent applications.

Dr. Kimberly Prather - Atmospheric Chemist, Scripps

Kimberly Prather is an Atmospheric Chemist, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, and a Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego. Her work focuses on how human emissions are influencing the atmosphere, climate, and human health. In April 2020, she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in honor of outstanding contributions to aerosol chemistry. In 2019, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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