Oakland chemist Bonnie Charpentier receives prestigious award

SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2014 — For going above and beyond to mentor other women in science and for serving as a role model for all women, Bonnie Charpentier, Ph.D., received the Sherrie Wilkins Award from the Northern California Chapters of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

The award was presented on May 5 at the 20th AWIS Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet, hosted by four Northern California chapters at the Holiday Inn on Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco. The event celebrated three distinguished women scientists and several outstanding students.

Charpentier serves on the American Chemical Society’s Board of Directors as Director, District VI. She is senior vice president, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, at Cytokinetics, Inc., in South San Francisco.

The awards were established to recognize that assisting others in career development is an important aspect of professional life. The Sherrie Wilkins Award is in honor of Sherrie Wilkins, Ph.D., 1942-2010, past president of the Palo Alto Chapter and co-founder of the Northern California Chapters of the Association for Women in Science. The award recognizes a woman using her science away from the research bench who is committed to mentoring.

Charpentier received a B.S. degree in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 1981, both from the University of Houston. She resides with her husband, Lee Latimer, in Oakland, California.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Bonnie Charpentier, Ph.D.
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