Listee Features — Science

QINQIN LIU

Backed by more than three decades of professional excellence, Dr. Qinqin Liu continues to pursue her goal of transforming complex science into simplified and informative art. The combination of art and science suits Dr. Liu well, as she was introduced to both at an early age by her father and she finds the thought processes to be much the same. Her work focuses on shared ecosystems and living environments related to changing climates and human health.​Earlier in Dr. Liu’s career, she primarily sought to bolster her scientific knowledge, experience and standing. She did this by obtaining positions as a part-time ecology faculty member at the City College of San Francisco, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Berkeley, and

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Mona Dickson Jensen

MONA DICKSON JENSEN

Recognized as a pioneer for women in the corporate sector, Mona Dickson Jensen, PhD, is proud to have set the bar. She had been interested in mathematics and sciences since childhood and despite the fact that women didn’t frequent those fields at the time, she decided to pursue them anyway. Dr. Jensen proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, a PhD from Cornell University in 1973 and a Master of Business Administration in 1983. Notably, she was one of only 22 women in her undergraduate class. Dr. Jensen then used her knowledge and training to obtain positions such as senior scientist, project manager, manager of reagent systems applications, senior research and development

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Nancy Goodyear

NANCY L. GOODYEAR

Spending her time as a youth picking up snakes and other reptiles in her yard, Nancy L. Goodyear, EdD, was inspired to go into her profession by her high school biology teacher, Ms. Farnbee. Thus, she grew up always loving nature and animals. She began her career as a secondary teacher on the foreign mission board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Richmond, Virginia, in 1969, remaining in this position for two years before serving as a secondary science teacher within Pine Bluff School Systems in Arkansas from 1971 to 1976. She then joined Bainbridge College in Georgia as a biology professor from 1976 to 2001. In addition to this long tenure, Dr. Goodyear taught adjunctively at a number of

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Ellen Averill

ELLEN C. AVERILL

Abreast in the field of biological sciences, Ellen C. Averill, EdS, is a humanitarian who has maintained a lifelong goal to help other people. Working in laboratories throughout her career, she began her career as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1966, remaining in this position for two years before becoming a science teacher within Decatur City Schools from 1971 to 1972. She then transferred to Kendrick High School in Columbus, Georgia, from 1980 until her retirement in 2004, also serving as department chair. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Averill was a research assistant on the Wassau Island Caretta research project with the Savannah Science Museum in 1985 and participated in the

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Diana Beattie

DIANA SCOTT BEATTIE

Interested in biochemistry since college, Diana Beattie dedicated her career to advancing the field. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1956, followed by a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958 and 1961, respectively. Dr. Beattie remained with her graduate alma mater after graduation, serving as a research associate from 1961 to 1967. She subsequently accepted positions such as research associate in the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, faculty and biochemistry professor at the Mount School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), and professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Her last

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Janet Rideout

JANET LITSTER RIDEOUT

Science has been Janet Litster Rideout’s love for as long as she can remember. It intrigued her as a child, and she became determined to contribute to the field. Dr. Rideout moved from analytical chemistry to elementary physical chemistry as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, where she discovered a passion for delving into theory. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the school in 1961 and 1963, respectively, as well as a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, or simply the University at Buffalo, in 1968. Degrees in hand, Dr. Rideout set out to make her mark. She started as a research chemist in the Experimental Therapy Department of Burroughs

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Miriam Iben

MIRIAM GENEVIEVE FETT IBEN

Motivated by the knowledge that not all children have equal academic opportunities, Miriam Genevieve Fett Iben dedicated her career to education. She wanted to help young students and their parents connect with resources that could help them further their success in school and in life. Dr. Iben also understood that children had to be stimulated to want to learn for her teachings to be effective; just pressuring them to do well wasn’t going to yield results. With those ideals in mind, Dr. Iben set out into the field. She started as a teacher in public schools in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Champaign, Illinois, after which she became a secretary and adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a research associate

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VIOLET IMHOF MEEK

As a child, Violet Imhof Meek dreamed of becoming a scientist. She was constantly curious about how things worked, and thought the field presented a great opportunity to learn. Ms. Meek worked hard to achieve her goal, earning a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College in 1960 and a Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1962. She was encouraged by a professor to turn her focus to chemistry, so she obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1964. Degrees in hand, Dr. Meek set out to advance her industry. She started out as an instructor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College, but she left to join Ohio Wesleyan University

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Susan Kelley

SUSAN R. KELLEY

Growing up, Susan R. Kelley always enjoyed science classes. She began to hone in on chemistry in high school, but didn’t have much of a desire to complete labs and lab reports. When a family friend mentioned that engineering was a real-world application of science, she was intrigued. Ms. Kelley proceeded to apply to the Georgia Institute of Technology as a chemical engineering student, and ended up earning a Bachelor of Science in the subject in 1992. While she was there, she worked as a co-op student at Hoechst Celanese in Spartanburg, S.C. The Polymer QA department gave her a chance to gather real world experience, which she highly valued. She also worked 20 hours per week on campus at

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SUSAN WAGGONER

Driven by scientific curiosity, Susan Waggoner dedicated her career to electronics engineering, particularly energy and power in batteries. She started as an engineering technician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indiana in 1978, and was promoted to electronics engineer of test and measurement equipment four years later. Ms. Waggoner rose again within the company in 1991, this time to electronics engineer of energy and power. She remained in the role until her retirement. One of the highlights of Ms. Waggoner’s journey was obtaining patents for methods and systems of detecting leakage of energy storage structure liquids. She was thrilled to make a difference in her field. To further spread her reach, Ms. Waggoner served as a steering committee member

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