Spellbound, a video series produced for the 2011 observance of the International Year of Chemistry, tells the story of scientists whose childhood curiosity about everyday things helped them launch careers in the lab, win Nobel Prizes, and make other achievements. Their curiosity, mentors, role models, and other early childhood experiences may point to approaches that can be used today, and tomorrow, in encouraging young people into careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
- A Sign on the Door: Ahmed Zewail, Ph.D.
- Finding Her Way: Kristala L. Jones Prather, Ph.D.
- A Yellow Sweater: Bassam Shakhashiri, Ph.D.
- When Girls Didn’t “Do” Science: Mamie Moy
- A Born Chemist: Isiah Warner, Ph.D.
- Mentors Made the Difference: Nancy Jackson, Ph.D.
- Heroes Made the Difference: Peter Agre, M.D
- The Winds of War: Helen Free, Ph.D.
Episode 1—A Sign on the Door: Ahmed Zewail, Ph.D.
- 1999 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
- Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry &
Professor of Physics, California Institute of
Episode 2—Finding Her Way: Kristala L. Jones Prather, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Department of
Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
New Faculty Award
- Office of Naval Research Young Investigator
- Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
- Technology Review “TR35” Young Innovator
Episode 3—A Yellow Sweater: Bassam Shakhashiri, Ph.D.
- Professor of Chemistry, University of
- 1986 ACS George Pimentel Award in
- 2005 ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public
- 2011 President-Elect, American Chemical
Episode 4—When Girls Didn’t “Do” Science: Mamie Moy
- Professor, Department of Chemistry,
University of Houston
- 2004 Helen M. Free Awardee for Public
Outreach from the ACS
- 2011 ACS Award for Encouraging Women
into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
Episode 5— A Born Chemist: Isiah Warner, Ph.D.
- Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State
- 2003 ACS Award for Encouraging
Disadvantaged Students into Careers
in the Chemical Sciences
- 2006 Southern Chemist Award, ACS
- 2008 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry
Award in Spectrochemical Analysis
Episode 6—Mentors Made the Difference: Nancy Jackson, Ph.D.
- 2009 Howard Fawcett Chemical Health &
Safety Award, ACS Division of Chemical
Health & Safety
- Manager, International Chemical Threat
Reduction Department, Global Security
Center, Sandia National Laboratories
- 2011 ACS President
Episode 7—Heroes Made the Difference: Peter Agre, M.D.
- Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research
- Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health
- 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Episode 8—The Winds of War: Helen M. Free: Helen Free, Ph.D.
- Retired, Miles Laboratories, Bayer AG,
- 1993 ACS President
- 1995 ACS Award for Public Outreach (now
the ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public
- 2000 National Inventors Hall of Fame
- 2010 National Medal of Technology and
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