Obama appoints UO professor to a national post

Obama appoints UO professor to a national post
Photo of Geraldine Richmond from the University of Oregon website.

EUGENE, Ore. -- President Obama appointed a University of Oregon chemistry professor to an administration post in the National Science Foundation on Friday.

White House officials said that the president named eight people to various administration posts, including UO Professor Geraldine Richmond.

Dr. Richmond will be stepping in as a member on the national science board with the National Science Foundation.

Richmond started teaching at UO in 1985 as an associate professor of chemistry. Since that time she has  Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor for the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of Oregon.

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to join this Administration and serve our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.” President Obama said during a press release about the appointment.

The White House Press Secretary said that Dr. Richmond is also the Founder and Chair at the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists, which works to increase the number of professional women working as scientists and engineers.

She has served as a member on countless other boards, including the National Science Foundation's Chemistry and Materials Science advisory boards.

For more information about her career and the appointments, visit the White House website.