Chemistry professor and Dow Chemical Co. director, Jacqueline Barton, awarded National Medal of Science

Jacqueline K. Barton, a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and member of The Dow Chemical Company’s Board of Directors, was one of seven individuals awarded the National Medal of Science on Tuesday. Many consider the award, presented this year by President Obama, to be the U.S. government’s highest scientific honor.

A specialist in the field of DNA research, Dr. Barton received the award for discovering “a new property of the DNA helix” and “long-range electron transfer.”

According to the LA Times, she has built electrical sensors so adept that they can detect DNA mutations and DNA-distorting proteins in humans, which may help to advance colon and breast cancer research.

When announcing the award winners, President Obama added:

Each of these extraordinary scientists, engineers, and inventors is guided by a passion for innovation, a fearlessness even as they explore the very frontiers of human knowledge, and a desire to make the world a better place. Their ingenuity inspires us all to reach higher and try harder, no matter how difficult the challenges we face.

Last December, in another highlight of chemical industry ingenuity, Dr. Harry Coover, inventor of cyanoacrylates, or super glues, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation during a White House ceremony.

ACC and our members take pride in the great minds propelling our industry to the forefront of innovation. Recruiting, training and promoting high-skilled workers and future industry leaders like Dr. Barton and Dr. Coover remains a paramount concern to our organization and to our nation.

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