Celebrating Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, 2020 Recipient of the Priestley Medal

We’re celebrating Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, the 2020 recipient of the Priestley Medal, the highest honor conferred by the ACS, and the fifth woman to receive the honor. Watch Dr. Stubbe’s inspiring keynote from the 2020 ACS National Awards Ceremony where she shares personal stories of resilience and wit as a female chemist in a male-dominated field, and of course, her award-winning research.


Thursday March 25 at 2pm ET: ACS Webinar on “The Resilience of Women in Chemistry”

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2-3:30pm ET, join us to listen to speakers Patricia Silveyra, Indiana University Bloomington; Sara Mason, University of Iowa; and Allison Aldridge, U.S. Food and Drug Administration discuss:

  • What are some of the common challenges women chemists experienced in 2020
  • How did professionals in the chemical enterprise define success with the unprecedented conditions of the pandemic
  • What are some of the sources of the resilience of successful women chemists
Moderated by Lorena Tribe, Penn State Berks
Co-produced with: ACS Women Chemists Committee, ACS Department of Diversity Programs, and ACS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect Advisory Board.

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WCC Welcomes Dr. Amy Balija as Committee Chair

Balija, Amy
Assistant Professor 
Department of Chemistry

It is our great pleasure to welcome our new WCC Committee Chair, Dr. Amy Balija. Amy has served on the WCC for over eight years. During this time, Amy has been and continues to be actively involved in many different WCC activities, with an overarching goal of advocating and promoting career advancement for women chemists. These activities include: managing the selection of ACS nationally recognized awards, writing about and publicizing the WCC’s activities, organizing and presiding over symposia and technical sessions at ACS national meetings, and developing webinars for the ACS, to name only a few. Amy was also instrumental in formulating the WCC’s 5-year strategic plan and continues to foster collaboration across the ACS, in order to fulfill the WCC’s missions.

Amy is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Radford University, where she leads a research program to develop novel green chemistry methods to synthesize small molecules, polymers, and dendrimers. Amy is also committed to undergraduate education: she has developed and teaches an undergraduate organic curriculum here. She has won local and national teaching and mentoring awards through her academic career. Amy is a co-author with undergraduates on publications ranging from dendrimer synthesis to chemical education. Before joining Radford University, Amy was an Assistant Professor at Fordham University for 9 years, and an ACS councilor for the North Jersey ACS Section. Amy also enjoys volunteering for the New River Valley Region of the Blue Ridge Council Scouts as the SuperNova mentor, and in her free time, she enjoys hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with her son.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Amy Balija as our new WCC Committee Chair.




Farewell from Outgoing WCC Chair: Kim Woznack

Dr. Kimberly Woznack

It has been my great pleasure to serve the ACS on the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) since 2011.  After chairing the WCC for the past three years my time on the WCC has ended.  The ACS volunteers I have met have been fascinating, creative and talented people.  The WCC vision and mission are still as important in 2021 as in 1927 when the WCC was first founded. While I will always cherish my years spent on WCC, I am excited for some new ACS volunteer adventures ahead. I look forward to meeting and networking with additional passionate ACS volunteers, while also contributing in new ways to ACS.

Best Wishes,

Kim Woznack