National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry



Iota Sigma Pi promotes professional development and personal growth of women in chemistry and related fields through recognition, public outreach, and the formation of supportive networks. The Iota Sigma Pi Speakers' Bureau was set up to promote professional interactions between women in chemistry. The participants in the Speakers' Bureau have expressed an interest in giving talks on various aspects of chemistry. Please contact the speaker directly for more information.

The National Iota Sigma Pi is not responsible for any costs incurred by an individual while participating as a speaker for the Speakers Bureau. All financial reimbursements are handled with the host institution or group.

If you would like to be a speaker or if your information below is wrong, please contact Lily Ng at [email protected]

Jennifer K. Bachman

The University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
931-598-3237 (office)
931-598-1145 (fax)
[email protected]

Topics: Drugs of Abuse, A Day in the Life of a Forensic Drug Chemist, What Does a Chemist Actually Do?, Fun chemistry Demonstrations YOU can do.

Linda Brazdil

Northwestern University
School of Education and Social Policy
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2615
[email protected]

Topics: Careers in Chemistry and Science Education.

Jeanne Buccigross

College of Mount St. Joseph
Department of Chemistry
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670
513-244-4718 (office)
513-244-4222 (fax)
[email protected]

Topics: The Science of Rock Art; Teaching Chemistry with Natural Dyes

Mary K. Carroll

Department of Chemistry
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308
518-388-6336 (office)
518-388-6795 (fax)
[email protected]

Topics: Aerogels: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications; Establishing and Maintaining a Collaborative Research Program at a PUI; Mentoring Undergraduates

Kathleen Cox

Merck Research Laboratories
2015 Galloping Hill Road, K-15-3-2745
Kenilworth, NJ 07033-0539
908-740-5179 (office)
908-740-2916 (fax)
[email protected]

Topics: The Role of LC/MS/MS in Drug Metabolism in the Pharmaceutical Industry; Development of Drugs in the Pharmaceutical Industry: From Molecules to Medicine

Angela Hoffman

University of Portland
Department of Chemistry and Physics
5000 N. Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203
503-943-7173 (office)
[email protected]

Topics: Mentoring research students and colleagues; Taxol, research, activity, etc.; Natural products with antibiotic, anticancer or antimalarial activity

Allyn C. Howlett

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
One Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
336-716-8545 (phone)
336-716-8501 (fax)
[email protected]

Topics: Drugs of Abuse--the Cannabinoid Receptor, Pharmacology: the Biology underlying Drug Design

Donna A. Iannotti

6461 55th Square
Vero Beach, FL 32967
772-480-1207 (phone)
[email protected]

Topics: Biochemistry; Agricultural chemistry; Green methods of insect and plant pathogen control, bioremediation, science and the public; Scientific urban myths; Women in chemistry

Judith Faye Rubinson

Department of Chemistry
Georgetown University
Box 571227
Washington, DC 20057-1227
202-687-2066 (office)
202-687-6209 (fax)
[email protected]

Topics: Biochemical and Biomedical Applications of Conducting Polymer Electrodes

Barbara Sawrey

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Associate Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0001
858-822-4358 (office)
[email protected]

Topics: Mixing and Matching Paradigms from Science and Education Research

Anne T. Sherren

North Central College
555 Foxworth Blvd
Lombard, IL 60148
[email protected]

Topics: Items Related to Chemical Education--especially Use of Real Life Samples for Student Experiments

Edlyn S. Simmons

Managing Member
Simmons Patent Information Service, LLC
5528 Brewer Rd, Mason, OH 45040
513 398-3660 (fax)
513 315-2751 (phone)
[email protected]

Topics: patent information; patent law; careers for chemists in information science and patent law

Melissa Strait

614 W. Superior
Alma College
Alma, MI 48801
989-463-7223 (office)
[email protected]

Topics: Porosity in meteorites, Meteorites in Antarctica, Service learning in the chemistry research lab, Environmental problems in Central Michigan

Claire Tessier

Department of Chemistry
University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3601
330-972-5304 (office)
[email protected]

Topics: Inorganic Backbone Polymers (especially phosphazenes); Super Acids, Green Chemistry (for general audience); Project SEED (sponsored by the ACS)

Kathryn Thomasson

University of North Dakota
Chemistry Department
Abbott Hall Room 236
151 Cornell Street Stop 9024
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024
701-777-3199 (office)
[email protected]

Topics: Computer Simulations of Protein Interactions; Ligand Channeling in Glycolysis; Glycolytic Enzyme/Actin Interactions; Calculations of Peptide and Protein UV Circular Dichroism

Catherine Woytowicz

The George Washington University
Department of Chemistry
725 - 21st St., NW Room 107A
Washington, DC 20052
202-994-5637 (office)
[email protected]

Topics: science and public policy; Congress, the White House, and the Interagency Community; organic synthetic chemistry; forensic science, innovation in teaching; science in decision making; chemical weapons (anything from history to medical issues); conventional armed forces issues; science in fiction/fiction in science (can include film)