UO chemistry professor recognized for research, advocacy

Geri Richmond

UO chemistry professor Geraldine Richmond was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award for her significant contributions in the field of applied spectroscopy. The award is handed out by the non-profit educational corporation Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP).

Richmond is one of nine award recipients who will be recognized at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, March 2-6 in Chicago. The conference attracts more than 18,000 attendees from industry, academia and government and is dubbed “the world’s largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science.”

Congratulate Geri Richmond on her award.

Richmond serves as the UO’s presidential chair in science. In 2012, she was appointed to the National Science Board by President Obama. Her research explores molecular interactions along complex surfaces and interfaces. Her team is involved in several research projects investigating the physical and chemical reactions that occur between molecules interacting on or across boundaries between substances—and in particular, the interactions that occur along boundaries between water and other liquids and gases. The research has broad implications for important problems in energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry. Last May, Richmond delivered the UO's Presidential Research Lecture.

In addition to her work in the field of chemistry and applied spectroscopy, Richmond founded the Committee on the Advancement of Woman Chemists (COACh), an organization now broadly assisting in the advancement of women faculty in the sciences. More than 6,000 science faculty, students, postdocs and administrators have benefitted from professional training and networking workshops developed by COACh.

“This well-deserved award is further validation of Dr. Richmond’s significant contributions to the sciences,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, vice president of research and innovation and dean of the UO Graduate School. “She is among our best known and most widely respected faculty members both among students and among other faculty, and her passion for scientific research, teaching and international engagement is a source of inspiration to scientists around the world.”

Before joining the faculty of the UO in 1985, Richmond was professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College. She received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

- from the UO office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education