Chemist Alison Williams will discuss "Lessons from the Lab: An African-American Woman's Journey from Manure to DNA," at Purchase College on October 11 at 5 PM in Room 1001 of the Natural Sciences Building. Dr. Williams will speak as part of the Natural and Social Sciences Fall Lecture Series at Purchase. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. For more information, call 914-251-6601.
Alison Williams is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Frick Labs, at Princeton University. She began her scientific career while in high school, working at the Ohio State Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University and her master's degree and Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of Rochester, where she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellow.
She taught at Swarthmore College and Wesleyan University before joining the faculty of the chemistry department at Princeton University in 2003. Her research focuses on thermodynamic and kinetic properties of nucleic acids. Her most recent work examines the role of ions in shaping the physical properties of oligonucleotides.
Dr. Williams is currently an NSF ADVANCE Fellow. She has received numerous recognitions for her teaching, outreach and mentoring activities for scientists of all ages.