Chemistry

Donna Nelson, PhD

When I was a child my parents taught me to believe that I could do anything I wanted to. But when I arrived at the University of Oklahoma to be a professor of chemistry, I began to have my doubts. I was a young scientist, a mother, and the only woman...
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Jani Ingram, PhD

I was born in 1962 in Kingman, Arizona. Kingman is a very multi-cultural community, and has a large mix of Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos. I am a mix myself; my mother is Navajo and my father is Caucasian. During the time I was raised, Kingman...
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Nancy Jackson, PhD

We all experience moments that can change the course of our lives. These catalysts can be collective; changing hundreds or thousands of lives in an instant and others can be intensely personal and significant events that nobody but you will ever understand....
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Elvia Niebla, PhD

I always had an interest in outdoor life and improving the world around me. I was the youngest of four siblings growing up in Nogales, Arizona. When I started school, science became my favorite subject. In junior high and high school, I had to make an...
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Eloy Rodriguez, PhD

My birthplace is Edinburgh, Texas. My mother’s family goes back many generations in Texas, and my father is from Mexico. I have one brother and two sisters, who are all younger than I. I grew up Chicano and bilingual within a strong matriarchal system,...
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Frank A. Gomez, PhD

I always wanted to be the best, be it in mathematics, English, or the sciences. My father taught us the value of being competitive from his sports background, which I transformed into a motivation to excel in school. I am Mexican-American and grew up...
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Joaquin Ruiz, PhD

I was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1951, and I have one brother who is ten years younger than me. My father is from Spain. My mother is from New York City, but her parents were from Austria. Neither of my parents ever finished high school, but there...
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Jesus Moralez, PhD

Transition has influenced where I am today, and it defines the work I do. The major transitions in my life were difficult at the time, yet they fostered my success and ability to learn, to adapt, and to be resilient in any situation. And here I am today,...
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George Negrete, PhD

If someone told me as a kid that I would grow up to become a professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at San Antonio, I would have thought that they were nuts. In fact, a junior high school teacher advised me, like he did the other Mexican American...
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Luis Echegoyen, PhD

Some say chemistry is a mature science, that it is passé, and everything that could be done in the field has been done. But based on all the beautiful chemical discoveries I’ve seen in my life and the ones my research group continues to make in the...
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