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Warwick's Women in Chemistry

Collaborating to advocate workforce diversity

Technical Services Manager, Thea Mangels is representing the University of Warwick on the recently established MI TALENT National Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network for Technicians. Thea is passionate about helping to shape local and national initiatives to improve inclusion and diversity, and share good practice and ideas with other HE institutions. The group is working collaboratively to advocate and deliver a change in culture that will raise the profile of a diverse workforce, their roles and contributions, enhancing career pathways and opportunities.

Congratulations to Zoë on her new Collection!

#AcademicMentalHealth advocate Dr Zoe Ayres recently teamed up with Science on a Postcard (an independent science-communication business) to make mental health awareness products for scientists. £1 from the sale of each product will be donated to Dragonfly Mental Health, who are committed to cultivating excellent academic mental health.

Young Chemist wins award in House of Commons

Fabienne Bachtiger, a Computational Chemistry Postgraduate, won a silver award for her poster at a STEM poster competition in the House of Commons; she wins a £1250 prize and a medal. Congratulations Fabienne!.

RSC Energy Sector prize win for Jessica Pereira

Dr. Jessica Pereira has been awarded a PhD thesis prize: it is the Royal Society of Chemistry Energy Sector PhD Award for 2019.

Jessica’s thesis was entitled 'Nanostructured Copper Window & Reflective Electrodes for Organic Photovoltaics’, and the RSC prize for her thesis comes with an award of £500. See the full article on Jessica's award here.

Dr. Diana Palacio Lozano sets a world record

Dr. Diana Palacio Lozano is the Department's winner of the 2020 Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize for her paper 'Pushing the analytical limits: new insights into complex mixtures using mass spectra segments of constant ultrahigh resolving power’ published late last year in Chemical Science. This paper reported a world record for the number of components that could be identified in a crude petroleum sample – nearly a quarter of a million! – using mass spectrometry. For full details, click here.

National award for chemistry schools project

Dr Nicola Rogers from the Department of Chemistry has been presented with the 2020 Inspiration and Industry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The project she developed, entitled ChemBAM, links subjects from the national curriculum to online experiment toolkits to help students use chemistry to understand topics such as water treatment, cancer prevention, DNA mutation or nuclear waste treatment. It helps bring chemistry to life for school children. Read more...

RSC Geoffrey Barker Medal goes to Julie Macpherson

The Geoffrey Barker medal is currently awarded on a roughly biennial basis by the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Group to an electrochemist working in the UK or Ireland in recognition of their contributions to any field of electrochemistry. These contributions should be recognized internationally, and should strengthen the standing of UK and Irish electrochemistry. Read more.Link opens in a new window

Zeldovich Medal awarded to Dr. Katharina Brinkert

Dr Katharina Brinkert from the Department of Chemistry has been awarded the Zeldovich Medal by COSPAR, the International Committee on Space Research. The Zeldovich Medals are conferred by the Russian Academy of Sciences and COSPAR to young scientists for excellence and achievements. Hear moreLink opens in a new window.

Congratulations Rhiannon on double RSC Award!

Rhiannon Brooks was featured in an article in RSC Voice Magazine for winning both a prize for her talk and the popular vote for the best poster at the RSC Analytical Biosciences Group (ABG) Early Career Researcher Meeting. The work she presented was published in 2020 in BBA Biomembranes and has just published a follow on study in Scientific Reports.

Outreach success for Christine, Elise and Ann

Christine Lockey, Elise Bennett and Ann Dixon brought Slime to the masses at Slice of Science 2020, where they (with some young helpers) showcased the Chemistry Department at a very popular event. This event formed part of Chemistry's extensive outreach programme for young people and families.

Maria Kariuki establishes Black Students Society

As well as doing fantastic research towards her PhD, postgraduate student Maria Kariuki has established Chemistry's first Black Student Society and has become a key member of the University-wide Network for Ethnic Minority Postgrads. Congratulations on making such a difference Maria!

Christine wins prize for Best Research Output 2021

Congratulations to Dr Christine Lockey, who has been announced as a Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize winner for “Best Warwick affiliated research output in 2020”. Her paper, The Extracellular Domain of Two-component System Sensor Kinase VanS from Streptomyces coelicolor Binds Vancomycin at a Newly Identified Binding SiteLink opens in a new window published in Nature - Scientific Reports addresses the issue of emergence of resistance in clinically important pathogens. Congrats Christine!

Maria wins award for Outstanding Leadership

PhD student Maria Kariuki has won the Warwick SU award for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ in setting up the Warwick Black Chemistry Society. She also won funding from Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Fund to support initiatives led by this society. Amazing work Maria!

Congratulations to Lucy for winning bursary!

Lucy Johnson (Teaching & Learning Services Manager) was awarded a competitive international bursary by the Association of University Administrators (AUA) to attend the 2019 annual conference of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference covered topics including AI and digital transformation, innovation, supporting student mental health, and balancing freedom of expression with physical safety on campus.

Dr Dani Pearson makes a difference

Dani Pearson

Three times we congratulate and thank Dani for her WATE award-winning teaching, leading an all-women 'Light Up!' team to bring a Making the Difference project to life for girls aged 10-14, and, winning a WIHEA Fellowship to collaborate with colleagues across the university on the topic of well-being in undergraduate labs. That's quite a haul for the first half of 2021!

Leanne gives an OSCA-winning performance

Leanne Loveitt

ChemSoc Outreach Officer and Welfare Officer. A Phab and all-round community collaborator. STEM Diversity champion. Warwick Sprint Programme student. Team Global position-holder on the TeamWork Virtual International Internship Programme. Is it any wonder Leanne Loveitt won an OSCA for not only excelling academically, but engaging to the max? Congratulations Leanne and heartfelt thanks!

Promotion Congratulations to Jo Collingwood

Chemistry Women's Network member and Academic in the Department of Engineering Joanna Collingwood promoted to Professor.