Women Chemist Committee

The WCC represents the women chemist in the local section.  Generally we have several meeting each year and sponsor several events including a career symposium and a monthy meeting speaker.

WCC Networking Luncheon

Can You Do it All? – WCC Networking Lunch – Friday June 10, 2011

The Women Chemists Committee of the Virginia Section will be holding a networking lunch on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12 noon at City Dogs in the Fan, 1309 West Main Street, Richmond, VA. The topic for discussion will be “The Superwoman Myth – Can You Do It All?” Also, plans will be made for the WCC luncheon at SERMACS 2011. Please RSVP by Wednesday June 8 to Helene Haczynski at helene.haczynski@aftonchemical.com  or by phone at 804-788-5353. For more information, visit the WCC webpage at http://membership.acs.org/V/VA/WCC/.

2011 Career Panel

LaTrease Garrison  speaks about her career as Assistant Director of the Member Communities and Department of Volunteer Support group within the ACS Division of Membership and Scientific Advancement at the career panel at VSU.

Marilyn T. Miller, from Virginia Commonwealth University, captivated the audience with her war stories in forensic science and crime scene investigation.

Sally Hunnicutt, Stephanie Mabry, and Ming Waters  with Colleen Taylor at the career panel at VSU.

2011 Chemist Career Panel

The WCC of the Virginia Section will sponsor the third annual chemistry career discussion panel for students interested in careers in the chemical sciences. The panel will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm in the L. Douglas Wilder (Cooperative Extension) Building on Carter G. Woodson Avenue at Virginia State University. Directions are provided using the following link: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/woodybioenergy/documents/VSUCooperativeDirections.pdf.

Speakers representing chemistry careers in teaching/forensics, research and government jobs will share their career stories and answer questions. All interested students are invited, and light refreshments will be served beginning at 12:00 pm. Parking in the visitors lot, Lot 7, is recommended and efforts will be made to reserve as many spaces as possible. However, should this lot become filled visitors should proceed on along Carter G. Woodson Avenue to the police station on the left for a temporary parking pass in any available lot. http://www.vsu.edu/PDFFiles/DPPS/2010-2011%20campus%20map.pdf

For more information, further directions or information regarding parking, contact Colleen Taylor, cmtaylor@vsu.edu or 804-524-5481.

This year’s panelists are:

Marilyn T. Miller, Ed.D. 
Marilyn Miller is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She earned a master’s degree in forensic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education from Johnson & Wales University in post-secondary educational leadership. Miller is an associate professor in Forensic Science at VirginiaCommonwealth University. As a post-secondary educator, she teaches a wide variety of forensic science and crime scene investigation classes to both forensic science and criminal justice majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has presented and taught as part of hundreds of forensic seminars across the United States.

Before coming to VCU, she worked as a supervisor and forensic scientist for law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. She has testified over 400 times in county, state and federal courts of law as an expert witness in the field of forensic sciences and crime scene reconstruction. She has participated in hundreds of crime scene investigations, both as an active investigator and recently as a consultant for both state and defense attorneys. Miller designed, opened and operated forensic laboratories on the West Coast of Florida.

 LaTrease E. Garrison
LaTrease Garrison received her B.S. in chemistry from Howard University and completed her M.B.A degree at Strayer University where her research focused on succession planning for the non-profit organization.

LaTrease joined the staff of the American Chemical Society staff in1992 as a Program Assistant for Chemical & Engineering News magazine.  In 1996 she moved to the Education Division where she held several positions including Senior Program Manager of Undergraduate Programs (where she managed the Student Affiliates Program). In 2005 she was appointed to the position of Special Assistant to the Acting Director of the Education Division. Presently, LaTrease is the Assistant Director of the Member Communities/Department of Volunteer Support group within the ACS Division of Membership and Scientific Advancement where her responsibilities include overseeing local section and technical division activities as well programs for industrial members and National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. She is also a trained facilitator for courses within the ACS Leadership Development System: Extraordinary Leader, Engaging and Motivating Volunteers and Leading Without Authority.

Ming Waters
Ming Waters is currently the Tyvek(R) Quality Manager for DuPont Protection
Technologies Business. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation, she worked several years at Altria as a research chemist in their product testing and flavor quality labs. For the last 10 years, Ming has worked for DuPont’s Protection Technology Business Unit holding several positions in technical, Six Sigma Black Belt Group, Supply Chain, and Quality.

Women Chemist Committee Meeting
The Fall 2010 meeting of the Richmond area Women’s Chemist Committee will be held at Dora’s Brazilian Grill on Friday October 22nd starting at 5:00 pm. Appetizers will be served and cocktails will be available for purchase. Dora’s is located in Shockoe Slip at 131 E. Cary Street (www.dorasbraziliangrillcom). Parking is available across the street and in the parking deck located on Virginia Street. Please RSVP by Tuesday October 19th to Helene Haczynski at Helene.haczynski@aftonchemical.com or phone 804.788.5353.

WCC Networking Lunch – June 11, 2010
On Friday June 11, 2010, the Virginia Section’s Women Chemists’ Committee will hold a luncheon meeting at the Jade Chinese restaurant near Ashland, Virginia, just off the I-95 exit. There is ample parking in the parking lot. Phone (804)-1088. We all women chemists (and men) to attend. The speaker will be discussing financial planning for the future.

Jade Chinese Restaurant is located at 10180 Lakeridge Pkwy, Ashland, VA 23005. The Home depot store is a landmark nearby. The decor is not fancy but the lettuce wraps are yummy.  After the meeting, shopaholics can stop by Virginia Center Commons, located just south on Route 1. We hope to see you there.

2010 Career Panel
The WCC of the Virginia Section will again sponsor a chemistry career discussion panel for students interested in careers in the chemical sciences. The panel will be held on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm in The Gallery in Georgiadis Hall at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College, Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA. Speakers representing chemistry careers in teaching, research, business, and the law will share their career stories and answer questions. All interested students are invited, and light refreshments will be served. For more information or directions, contact Ann Sullivan, asullivan @ reynolds.edu or 804-523-5777.  A pdf flyer is downloadable.

Directions to the Parham Road Campus are http://www.reynolds.edu/_locations/parham.htm  Georgianous Hall, The Gallery is in the building directly in front of you as you drive into the second entrance for the college off of Parham Road. The Gallery is in the basement of Georgianous Hall.

This year’s panelists are:
Emma Goldman, Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of Richmond

Cheyanne Hunter, Chemistry Laboratory Technician
Cheyanne Hunter currently works at Afton Chemical Corp. as a Chemical Lab Technician in the engine oils New Component Group. Cheyanne retired from the U.S. Army where she was a Petroleum Lab Specialist. Her duties included providing technical guidance and assistance in the Army’s Petroleum Products Quality Surveillance program in Germany. Cheyanne was also responsible for QPL testing of paint samples and conducted test on experimental coatings for compliance to air pollution and toxic and hazardous substances regulations while assigned to the Belvoir R&D Center, Fort Belvoir, VA.

Nancy Jensen, Patent Attorney
Nancy Jensen began her career as a science teacher (grades 7-12) in rural Missouri. After becoming very involved in sponsoring student research projects, she returned to graduate school at the University of Nebraska and obtained a PhD in Chemistry specializing in tandem mass spectrometry. A post doc at the University of Pittsburgh followed. Nancy then went to Philip Morris where she set a tandem mass spectrometry facility. Under the sponsorship of Philip Morris, she attended University of Richmond law school and subsequently pursued a patent law career as first a firm attorney and later an in-house counsel in a consumer health company.

Jamie Lee, Recruiter with Aerotek Scientific
Jamie Lee is an Account Recruiting Manager for Aerotek Professional Services.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  After graduation, Jamie worked for two years as a Chemist at Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals in Petersburg, VA in the Quality Control Lab. Since May of 2008, she has been a recruiter for Aerotek, the largest privately held recruiting firm in the United States, and was promoted to Account Recruiting Manager in August of 2009 for the WellPoint, Bank of America, and Citigroup accounts.

Stephanie Shield, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Stephanie Shield is currently the Associate Director of Quality Control at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  She has a Ph.D. in Physical/Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Dayton.  Prior to Pfizer, Stephanie was the R&D analytical lab manager for a synthetic polymer company in southeast TX.  She then switched to the pharmaceutical industry where she was responsible for Analytical and Formulation development of over-the-counter respiratory products at the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare R&D facility in Richmond, VA and is now the head of the QC analytical laboratories at the consumer healthcare manufacturing site.

Anna Shore, Science Instructor at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government & International Studies
Anna Shore is currently a Science Instructor at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government & International Studies. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry and followed by medical school research involving electron microscopy. Anna then obtained a M.S. in Environmental Health & Science. She worked as a power plant environment & safety compliance manager which included water chemistry oversight. She began a high school teacher and taught first at a specialty center for Science & Math before joining the governor’s school.

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