Listee Features — Chemistry

Saundra McGuire


An experienced chemist and educator with 50 years of experience, Saundra Y. McGuire, PhD, serves as the founder and the owner of SYM Educational Consulting LLC. She has further flourished as an assistant vice chancellor, a professor of chemistry and the director emerita for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, where she formerly worked as a chemistry professor, an adjunct professor and the director of the Center for Academic Success. Additionally, Dr. McGuire has found success with the National College Learning Center Association, the University of Michigan, Howard University and Grambling State University in numerous executive roles. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Dr. McGuire was active with Cornell University in a variety of positions, including the acting

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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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Janet 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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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


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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A pharmaceutical pioneer, Ilse Piippo is renowned for her expertise in drug and molecule development. She has experience with every step of the process, from the beginning to market distribution, and she understands what should and should not be done in terms of regulatory requirements. This made her an invaluable addition to any team, spurring her growth through the industry. Over the years, Dr. Piippo rose from positions like project manager at Orion Yhtyma Oy to head of analytical and pharmaceutical development and head of regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and pharmacovigilance at Orion Yhtyma Oy, vice president of regulatory affairs at BioTie Therapies Ltd, and vice president of vaccine safety and clinical development at FIT Biotech. She then became the

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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

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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

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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

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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

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