University of Oregon chemistry Geraldine "Geri" Richmond was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on April 28, putting her into membership with some 2,000 active members who provide scientific advice to the U.S. government.
The event also capped off a pretty good 2011 for Richmond, who joined the UO faculty in 1985 and is the UO's Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor.
Richmond has pioneered the use of lasers and theoretical molecular modeling in the study of liquid surfaces. She explores the chemical and physical processes in environmental, biological and materials science. She's also co-founder and chair of Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists.
In May 2011, Richmond was elected as to the NAS, which formally inducts new members during its subsequent national meeting in Washington, D.C. Later in 2011, Richmond received the 2011 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award In The Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry Of Liquids from the American Chemical Society (ACS). In August, the ACS put her into its 2011 class of ACS Fellows.
Read more about Richmond in a story written by Lisa Raleigh in the spring issue of CASCADE, the magazine produced by the College of Arts and Sciences.