The “Guy” that Invented Kevlar and Other Stories: Women Chemists to the Forefront

The “Guy” that Invented Kevlar and Other Stories:Women Chemists to the Forefront

Professor Mary Virginia Orna
College of New Rochelle

Tuesday, Februrary 5, 2019

7:00 PM

Indian Joe Brewing, 2123 Industrial Court, Vista, CA 92081
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mary Virginia Orna is Professor of Chemistry at The College of New Rochelle. She is an ACS Fellow (2010) and a 1984 recipient of the Chemical Manufacturing Association’s Catalyst Award for excellence in college chemistry teaching, the 1989 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) New York State Professor of the Year and National Gold Medalist Award, a recipient of the 1989 Merck Innovation Award, the 1996 Western Connecticut ACS Section’s Visiting Scientist Award and the 1996 recipient of the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry. She received the American Chemical Society’s 1999 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the 2008 Henry Hill Award, and the 2009 ACS Award for Volunteer Service. She has presented over a dozen plenary lectures and named lectureships. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Israel (1994-95) where she lectured at The Hebrew University. Orna was a major contributor to the ACS symposium series on The Posthumous Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Volume 2. Ladies in Waiting for the Nobel Prize (2018).

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: This talk will highlight the extraordinary contributions that women chemists have made to our health and well-being through such inventions as chemotherapeutic agents, Kevlar, Scotchgard, Permanent Press fabrics, and easy self-diagnosis for diabetes. All of these women have been inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame, an institution that celebrates the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of great inventors by showcasing exhibits and presentations that allow the public to experience the excitement of discovery, creativity and imagination.

PRIOR TO THE LECTURE:  At 6:00PM there will be an inaugural meeting of the SD Mentor Group. All women chemists and chemical engineers interested in mentoring junior and senior chemistry/biochemistry majors are urged to attend this meeting.  Those women individuals interested in joining this effort who are unable to attend the meeting should contact Jackie Trischman (