• Young alum honored for research in chemistry

    Julia ChanIf I asked you to picture a scientist, chances are good that you’d picture a man. In the past, that might have been fair; even in the early 1970s, women made up less than 10% of the science and engineering workforce. In just one generation, however, that number has jumped past 25% — and Baylor graduates are among the leaders in that trend.

    Dr. Julia Chan, a 1993 Baylor grad, recently received the Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award, given by Iota Sigma Pi, an honorary society for women in chemistry, for research achievement in chemistry or biochemistry to a woman under the age of 40.

    Chan, now a chemistry professor at LSU, serves as chair of the Division of Solid State Chemistry for the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. She was honored as an Outstanding Young Alum in 2006 by the Baylor Alumni Association and speaks highly of her time at Baylor. An active researcher who has published more than 65 papers and given 75+ invited talks, Chan spent this past spring as a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Solid State Physics at University of Tokyo.

    Sic ’em, Dr. Chan!