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AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards Honor 5 Leading Female Scientists

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26, 2016 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2017 Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences. First awarded in 2015 and funded by the Marion Milligan Mason Fund, the Awards are designed to kick start the research efforts of early-career professional women in the chemical sciences.

The Marion Milligan Mason Fund provides grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. In addition to research funding, the program provides leadership development and mentoring opportunities. Applications for the 2019 Awards will open in Fall 2017. For more information regarding the award, please see

Marion Milligan Mason Awardees

Emily Derbyshire, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at Duke University with a secondary appointment in the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Department. Her research group develops chemical tools and biological methods to uncover novel aspects of malaria parasite biology. The Derbyshire lab is motivated to address global health issues by working at the interface of chemistry and biology. 

Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University under the mentorship of R. Graham Cooks, and pursued her postdoctoral research at Stanford University in Richard N. Zare laboratory. Eberlin is passionate about research at the interface of chemistry and medicine. Her research group is focused on developing innovative mass spectrometry technologies to address critical problems in health-related research. In particular, the Eberlin lab applies refined mass spectrometry imaging and statistical tools to discover novel metabolic signatures of cancer with the goal of translating this technology to the clinic for rapid and accurate cancer diagnosis. 

Yan-Yan Hu, PhD, is an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University and an affiliated faculty at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). Hu’s current research focuses on employing advanced solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance techniques with unique capabilities available at the NHMFL to investigate fundamental chemistry associated with energy materials.  She is particularly interested in interface chemistry and ion dynamics of organic-inorganic composite materials for energy harvesting, conversion, and storage.

Rebekka Klausen, PhD, is an assistant professor of chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. Her research group applies the principles of strategic organic synthesis to nontraditional targets including well-defined silicon nanomaterials and doped molecular semiconductors. The novel structures and insights arising from this work suggest opportunities for next generation electronic materials.

Elizabeth Sattely, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford, began her appointment in January 2011 after completing a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Christopher T. Walsh. Sattely’s postdoctoral research focused on elucidating microbial pathways for making complex natural products. She earned her PhD in synthetic chemistry in 2007 from Boston College with Amir H. Hoveyda, where she developed new methods for small molecule synthesis using molybdenum-catalyzed olefin metathesis. The Sattely lab focuses on the discovery and engineering of plant metabolic pathways. 

About AAAS

The AAAS seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." To fulfill this mission, the AAAS Board has set the following broad goals:

  • Enhance communication among scientists, engineers, and the public;
  • Promote and defend the integrity of science and its use;
  • Strengthen support for the science and technology enterprise;
  • Provide a voice for science on societal issues;
  • Promote the responsible use of science in public policy;
  • Strengthen and diversify the science and technology workforce;
  • Foster education in science and technology for everyone;
  • Increase public engagement with science and technology; and
  • Advance international cooperation in science.

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