FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 07, 2011

Chemists in Love: Strategies and Tactics for a Dual-Career Relationship

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2011 — Managing a dual-career relationship is the topic of the next in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™ for scientists and chemical professionals.

Scheduled for Thursday, Feb.10, from 2 – 3 p.m. EST, the free Webinar features chemists Al and Carolyn Ribes, and Sarah Tolbert and Benjamin Schwartz, who will discuss how to have successful careers and relationships.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand individual and shared values
  • Set and agree on priorities
  • Find an optimal work-life balance
  • Establish boundaries – when to set them and when to let lines blur
  • Create opportunities for the "trailing spouse"

The Ribes met as graduate students at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since earning their Ph.D.s, both have excelled as chemistry professionals in the United States and abroad. They work for Dow Benelux. They enjoy cooking, wine-tasting, travel, and of course, each other.

Tolbert and Schwartz are an academic couple at U.C.L.A. Sarah received a Ph.D. in materials physical chemistry from U.C. Berkeley. Ben received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley. After postdoctoral work at U.C. Santa Barbara, they joined the faculty at U.C.L.A.

ACS Webinars™ feature experts and global thought leaders in the chemical sciences, management and business to address current topics of interest to scientific and engineering professionals. Each webinar includes a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Scientists and others can tune into the conference without charge, but must register in advance.

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