Event Title

Keynote Speaker

Presenter Information

E. Ann Nalley, Cameron University

Presenter Educational Level




Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

Start Date

20-3-2021 2:10 PM


Join us to hear Dr. E. Ann Nalley speak on her career and accomplishments as a woman in chemistry. She'll share her experiences and we'll learn about some of the glass ceilings that she broke through to pave the way for the next generation of female scientists!


Dr. Ann Nalley is a Professor of Chemistry and Clarence Page Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering at Cameron University, a position that she has held since 1969. She taught high school at Muskogee Central High school for one year before returning to college to complete a Ph.D. She has held positions as a visiting scientist or professor in the Chemistry Departments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Polymer Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master's Degree in Analytical Chemistry at Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Radiation Chemistry from Texas Woman's University. Her research includes new product development and solving industrial problems in the area of cosmetic analysis, nanostructural materials, applied research in the petroleum industry and computer molecular modeling.

She is the Vice President of the Malta Conferences Foundation. The Mata Conferences bring scientists together in the Middle East to establish research, to solve environmental and energy related problems which affect countries in the Middle East and to work toward solving political problems in this area. She served as the President of the American Chemical Society (the largest scientific society in the world) in 2006. She was the fifth woman in history to serve in that position and was the first person form Oklahoma. She has a long record of service to the American Chemical Society at the local, state, regional and national level. At the completion of her term in the Presidential succession in 2007 she completed a term of ten years as a member of the ACS Board of Directors including seven years as Director of District V. She was a member of the PACIFICHEM Organizing Committee and was the first woman to be appointed to that position. She has served as a Councilor for more than 25 years. In 1996, she was awarded the Division of Professional Relation's Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism and was named the Oklahoma Chemist in 1992. She was the first woman to receive this award. In 2005, she received the Professional Excellence Award from the National Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the top 50 women in the state of Oklahoma by the Journal Record. In August, 2009, she was inducted as one of the first group of American Chemical Society Fellows and in February of 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Also in 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the DaVinci Institute. She received the 2015 ACS Award for Encouraging Women to Careers in the Chemical Sciences at the ACS National Meeting in Denver in March 2015 and the 2016 Stanley E. Israel SW Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences. She received the Northeastern Oklahoma State University Centurion Award in 2016, the ACS Division of Professional Relations Award for Outstanding Service to the Division, in 2017, the Cameron University Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Student Research in 2018, the IUPAC Distinguished Woman in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Presented In Paris, France, in July 2019, the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, Presented by Texas Woman’s University in 2019 and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Higher Education Mentoring Award in January 2021.

Other honors include: Recipient of The Cameron University Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award (l978), Named to Outstanding Young Women of America (l978), Phi Kappa Phi Meritorious Service Award (1981 and 1989), Cameron University Student Congress Outstanding Professor Award (1986), NSF POLYED NATIONAL SCHOLAR, 1992 and 1993, Cameron University Advisor of the Year (1993), Cameron University Distinguished Service Award (Highest Award given by the University and first Faculty Member to Receive this award) (1995), Cameron University Faculty Hall of Fame Award (1996), Phi Kappa Phi Promotion of Excellence Award (1998), Oklahoma State Science Teacher of the Year, (1999), Southwest Technology Association Distinguished Research Award (2001), Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Economic Development (2001), Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumna Award (2001) and the University of Oklahoma Sigma Xi Distinguished Research Award (2005), Significant Alum at Checotah High School in Checotah, Oklahoma (2010) and in 2010 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

She is listed in Who's Who Among American Women, Who's Who International, Who's Who in International Business and Professional Women, Who's Who Among American Teachers(1994-2000), Listed in American Men and Women in Science, Who's Who in America Who's Who in America in Science & Engineering, Who’s Who in the Southwest ,and Cambridge Who’s Who. She served as adjunct science professor to Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs from 2002 until 2012, as a member of the advisory committee to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) and served on the Grantsmanship Advisory Committee to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. She has served as a mentor for the Oklahoma State Regents Grant Writing Workshops for the past seven years.

She has given more than 500 presentations on chemistry and professionalism. She has directed more than 300 students in undergraduate research. She has spoken in more than 25 foreign countries. She also served as President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi from 1996-98 (the largest and most prestigious multidisciplinary honor society) and as a member of their Board of Directors for 21 years.

In her spare time, she finds time to maintain a pet refuge for over 40 displaced or deserted animals.

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Mar 20th, 2:10 PM

Keynote Speaker

Join us to hear Dr. E. Ann Nalley speak on her career and accomplishments as a woman in chemistry. She'll share her experiences and we'll learn about some of the glass ceilings that she broke through to pave the way for the next generation of female scientists!