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An Insider/Outsider Journey: Life Reflections with Nobel Laureate Carolyn Bertozzi

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is a remarkable honor bestowed upon 191 distinguished laureates that has been awarded 114 times throughout its history spanning from 1901 to 2022. Startlingly, a mere eight female chemists have been recognized, with half of them winning within less than a decade.

Against this traditional backdrop, the groundbreaking achievement of Carolyn Bertozzi, esteemed Professor at Stanford University, cannot be overstated. With her pioneering work in click chemistry and bioorthogonal reactions, she has revolutionized the field by demonstrating that molecular building blocks can seamlessly snap together inside a living organism without disrupting the delicate cell biology.

Join 2022 Nobel Laureate Carolyn Bertozzi for her thought-provoking speech about her journey from privileged beginnings as the daughter of a MIT professor to overcoming systemic roadblocks in chemistry education on her road to becoming a world renowned chemist, the surprising ways her life changed during the days of the announcement, and what she hopes can be accomplished to bring more people to chemistry after the award. Register now to discover the person behind the Nobel Prize, the different ways she has lived life as an insider and outsider, and enjoy a unique opportunity to ask her your questions following the keynote presentation!

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Senior Vice President Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) at the American Chemical Society and is co-produced by the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect at ACS.

  • How finding and seizing upon serendipitous opportunities create moments of exponential growth
  • How single individuals with conviction were a monumental influence for change
  • How inclusivity and diversity in a lab created an open environment that promoted creative innovation


Carolyn R. Bertozzi

Baker Family Director, Sarafan ChEM-H and Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor (by courtesy) of Chemical & Systems Biology, Department of Chemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University

Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay

Senior Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect, American Chemical Society

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