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Iona Welcomes National Medal of Science Laureate As Scholars Day Speaker

Scholars Day Keynote Speaker Geraldine Richmond, Ph.D.The eighth annual Iona Scholars Day takes place Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Hynes Center and Spellman Hall.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Geraldine Richmond, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon, will deliver a keynote address titled "Empowering Global Scientific Engagement" at the Eighth Annual Iona Scholars Day on Tuesday, April 11, from noon - 1 p.m. in the Christopher Murphy Auditorium. 

Iona Scholars Day (ISD) is an annual event to celebrate the scholarship and creative activities of Iona students. The event showcases faculty-mentored student work and allows students in all disciplines to recognize and appreciate each other's work, through oral presentations, panel sessions, performances and poster presentations. 

Dr. Richmond's visit to Iona is part of a prestigious award, the 2016 Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions Award, from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, received this year by the Iona Chemistry Department. Richmond will be honored as the Jean Dreyfus Lecturer at Iona College. During her two-day residence, she will interact with students and faculty in the Chemistry Department. In addition to the ISD address, she will deliver a technical talk, "Understanding the Love-Hate Relationship between Oil and Water," on Wednesday, April 12, from noon-1 p.m. in Romita Auditorium. The award also supports two undergraduate chemistry students in 2017 by facilitating summer research with stipend and conference support.

In her talk "Empowering Global Scientific Engagement," Richmond will discuss the importance of food security, one of the major challenges in ensuring a sustainable world in the face of climate change as Earth approaches a population of nine billion. Such challenges demand innovative ways to co-exist with ever-expanding needs for energy, food, and water and maintaining a healthy environment. The presentation will highlight some of the global challenges in coming years and why international collaborations are essential for progress on a global scale.

Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focuses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at water, semiconductor and mineral surfaces.She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science. She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards, including serving as president of AAAS, a current member of the National Science Board and most recently as U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River countries.

Dr. Richmond is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the advancement of women scientists around the globe since 1997. Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Olin-Garvan Medal, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award and the American Physical Society Davisson-Germer Prize. Awards for these education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 40,000 around the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service.