The first women president of the American Oil Chemical Society and the first Canadian elected to the position, Joyce Louise Beare-Rogers is recognized as a pioneer in the chemistry industry. She began her journey as a research associate at the University of Toronto in 1952, and moved to New York to become a physiology instructor at Vassar College in 1954. While with the latter school, Dr. Beare-Rogers attended a biochemistry congress in Brussels and met a man who suggested she may be interested in working in his laboratory in Ottawa. She was thrilled at the opportunity to return to Canada, so she took him up on his offer. Once there, Dr. Beare-Rogers was assigned to study lipids in the lab’s nutrition department, and she continued to advance in that area for the rest of her career. She considers one of her greatest achievements to be her work on the essential role of saturated fatty acids in high fat diets.
To share her findings with others, Dr. Beare-Rogers contributed numerous articles on dietary fats to professional journals, and stepped up as the editor of “Methods for Nutritional Assessment of Fats” and “Fat Requirements for Development and Health.” She also served as a Hilditch Lecturer in the U.K. and as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa.
Growing up with a mother employed at United States Environmental Protection Agency, Maura J. Donohue was introduced to the sciences at a young age. She decided to pursue her interest, first at Elms College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1995, and then at American University, where she earned a PhD in chemistry in 2002. Dr. Donohue found she really enjoys the transition of digging into details and making them practical, usable, and insightful. She joined the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a research chemist in 2003, and continues in that role to this day. Some of her responsibilities include developing methods for Legionella detection and microbacteria detection in drinking water and helping out the microbiologists.
To keep in touch with her peers, Dr. Donohue joined prominent professional organizations like the American Chemical Society and the American Public Health Association. She also presents her work at events like the upcoming Water Microbiology 2018 Conference at RTP in North Carolina. In recognition of her efforts, she was honored with the Stay Award and the Bronze Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Born in Romania in 1933, Carmen Sybile Sabau has pursued her profession all over the world. Her interest in science manifested in childhood, and culminated in a Master of Science in inorganic and analytical chemistry from the University of C.I. Parhon, now the University of Bucharest, in 1955. She used that degree to obtain a job as a chemist with the Institutul de Fizica Atomica in Romania, where she stayed from 1956 to 1974.
During that timeframe, Dr. Sabau held a number of other positions as well. She was a fellow of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria from 1967 to 1968 and of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation in Germany from 1970 to 1972, the same year she received a doctorate in radiochemistry from the University Fridericiana, now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Sabau used her experiences to author "Ion-exchange Theory and Applications in Analytical Chemistry," as well as articles for professional journals.
With nearly 30 years of experience in chemical engineering, Dr. Bridgette Gomillion-Williams has earned a strong reputation in the scientific world. Years of hard work have led her to be an expert in polymer material science and engineering with specialized experience in reactive extrusion and foaming. Her ability to see the “not-so-obvious” solutions to problems and implement them has served her well in the field; she has a proven track record of innovating breakthrough product and process technology. Ms. Gomillion-Williams considers her greatest achievement thus far to be inventing and patenting the Continuous Flow Chaotic Maker. In the future, she intends to use the opportunities that are available to her in research and development to broaden her knowledge in material science.
Dr. Gomillion-Williams initially began her career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in polymer chemistry in 1990. Shortly after that, she began working for the Dow Chemical Company, and in 2000, she furthered her education by earning a PhD in polymer science from the School of Material Science and Engineering at Clemson University. Since then, Dr. Gomillion-Williams has enjoyed a variety of research roles, including one as the technical research specialist at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation. Although she is no longer with the material science and engineering company, she garnered invaluable experience working with soft polymer foams, manufacturing parts for medical devices, conducting on-site research into production problems, supporting research and development teams, supporting manufacturing functions, and writing and executing protocols.
Chemistry | Education
Driven by her passion for science, Marlyn Newhouse has enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a chemistry educator and consultant. She started in her field before she even graduated college, serving as a chemical research technician for the Unidynamics Division of the Universal Match Corporation from 1967 to 1968 and as a graduate teaching assistant, lab assistant, and stockroom clerk for the Department of Chemistry at Northern Arizona University from 1969 to 1971. Dr. Newhouse earned a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in teaching from the school in 1971 and 1976, respectively. Since then, she has thrived in positions like teacher, science fair coordinator and service club sponsor for Page Schools in Arizona, teacher at Florida College, and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of South Florida and in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Middle Tennessee State University. She has also served as a teacher at Dysart Junior High School, chemical analyst of electroplating solutions for Techmatic, Inc., and assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Union University in Tennessee.
With an array of unique experiences behind her, Dr. Newhouse decided to found Newhouse Consulting in 2017. There, she will provide consulting services to area schools and businesses on chemical safety and hygiene training. Further, Dr. Newhouse will continue to lend her talents to Union University, this time as an associate professor of chemistry. In her role, she teaches the fundamentals of chemistry and physical science, which a special interest in the preparation of science education majors.
Chemistry | EDUCATION
Fascinated by science, even as a little girl, Dr. Angela O. Bedenbaugh is proud to have made her dream of becoming a chemist a reality. She began on the path to her career by earning a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of Texas in 1961 and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1967. As an undergrad, Dr. Bedenbaugh immediately jumped into the field, serving her school as an instructor of chemistry laboratory from 1960 to 1961. While in graduate school, she joined the staff of the University of Southern Mississippi as a chemistry research associate, and quickly found a home. She remains with the institution to this day as a research associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, which she has been since 1980. She also held the title of board member of the women’s studies program at the school from 1996 to 1997 and from 2004 to 2007.
Dr. Bedenbaugh’s vast background and experience led her to want to find new ways to advance her field. In addition to her work with the University of Southern Mississippi, she has been a project director of the mathematics and science program at the U.S. Department of Education since 2004. Further, Dr. Bedenbaugh was a co-principal investigator for the Bell South Foundation grant and the director of the NASA website grant, as well as the author of “Nomenplayture” in 1998. She co-authored the “Handbook for High School Chemistry Teachers,” “Teaching First Year Chemistry, 4th Edition,” “Teaching Physical Science, Volumes 1 and 2,” and the program manual for the Mississippi Mathematics and Science Partnership at the University of Southern Mississippi Project, and holds many patents in the industry. Dr. Bedenbaugh also participated in the U.S.-Egypt Education Forum in Cairo in 2007.
A respected figure in the chemistry community, Ann Onton parlays 50 years of professional excellence into her role as a senior scientist at NanoViricides Inc., which she has held since 2006. The development stage company, which she co-founded, uses unique nanomedicine technology to create anti-viral medicines against seasonal and epidemic influenzas, HIV/AIDS, cold sores, viral eye diseases, shingles, and more.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Onton has served as a laboratory manager at TheraCour Pharma, Inc., from 2005 to 2006, laboratory assistant at the University of San Diego from 2003 to 2005, and manager of research development and production at AllExcel, Inc., from 2000 to 2003. She garnered additional experience as a research associate for both Genaissance Pharmaceuticals and Applied Biotech Concepts, Inc., as a chemist for Prototek, Enzyme Systems Products, and as a researcher in Cancer Prevention II Study. Between 1970 and 1972, Ms. Onton lent her expertise as an abstractor to Chemical Abstracts Service, and between 1967 and 1970, she worked as a research assistant at Geigy Chemical Corp. Her first professional job was with Great Lakes Chemical Corp., where she was a laboratory chemist from 1965 to 1967.