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2016-2017 Commencement Speaker

Geraldine “Geri” Richmond

Geraldine “Geri” RichmondGeraldine “Geri” 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. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & 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 her current membership on the National Science Board and most recently as U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River countries and President of the AAAS. She 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 Richmond’s scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the ACS Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, the ACS Joel Henry Hildebrand Award, and the APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics. Awards for 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 into Careers in the Chemical Sciences; and the ACS Charles Lathrop Parsons Award.