Chemists in LOVE: Strategies and Tactics for a Dual Career Relationship

Chemists in LOVE: Strategies and Tactics for a Dual Career Relationship

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Chemists in LOVE: Strategies and Tactics for a Dual Career Relationship.” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speakers Al & Carolyn Ribes and Benjamin Schwartz & Sarah Tolbert.


Does your relationship (or will your future relationship) exemplify the properties of a covalent or ionic bond? To succeed in the laboratory of love, it may take more than the chemistry that brought you together. Lucky for you, the love chemists are in! They may not be able to explain the exact compounds behind Love Potion No. 9, but they can provide valuable insight into balancing your many commitments and maximizing the success of your relationship. Whether you and your companion have been together for decades or were recently struck by Cupid’s arrow, our speakers will provide personal reflections, advice and tips to help you succeed in work and play.  Join us with special guest speakers, Al and Carolyn Ribes and Sarah Tolbert and Ben Schwartz, and you may discover the secret behind Love Potion No. 9 afterall!

(Single? Join us and pick up valuable tips as well).

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What You Will Learn

  • Understanding individual and shared values
  • Setting and agreeing on priorities
  • Finding that work-life balance
  • Boundaries – when to set them and when to let lines blur
  • Creating opportunities for the “trailing spouse”
  • And much more…

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free

Meet Your Speakers

Al and Carolyn met as graduate students in 1984 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. While at the University, Carolyn was a member Iota Sigma Pi and earned her PhD in 1989. Al earned his PhD from Buffalo in 1991. Since then, both Al and Carolyn have excelled as chemistry professionals in the United States and abroad.  A native of Lancaster, New York Carolyn now serves as a member of the Analytical Technology Center of Dow Chemical Company in Terneuzen, Netherlands where she is the Business Analytical Leader for Performance Plastics. She is also a member of the US National Committee for IUPAC and is excited about 2011 being the International Year of Chemistry. Al grew up in Spain and also works for Dow as a Master Black Belt in the Diamond Value Chain Consultants Service Group. Al and Carolyn are both active members of ACS and have held various leadership roles and positions at the local and national levels of the society. They enjoy cooking, wine-tasting, travel, and of course, each other.

Sarah Tolbert and Ben Schwartz are an academic couple at UCLA. Sarah received her B.S. Summa cum Laude in chemistry from Yale University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in materials physical chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 1995.  After graduating, she went to U.C. Santa Barbara as an NSF Postdoctoral.  She came to UCLA in 1997, was promoted to associate professor in 2003, full professor in 2006, and received a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2010.  She is one of the founding members of the California NanoSystems Institute. Ben received his B.S. degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley. After postdoctoral work at both the University of Texas at Austin and UC Santa Barbara, he joined the faculty at UCLA in 1997.

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2 Responses to “Chemists in LOVE: Strategies and Tactics for a Dual Career Relationship”

  1. Laurie says:

    I am glad to see this topic, since I am the “trailing spouse” in a chemical relationship. I feel more like the dragging anchor and would love to hear how other couple navigate the ups and down that can come with balancing dual chemical careers and family life.

  2. Dave Dunstan says:

    Dear Chemists in Love, Goethe explored issues relating to the chemical nature of romance in his novel “Elective Affinities”. The scientific advances of the time led him to explore the nature of “love” in terms of a “chemical Affinity” type approach. Worth a read. D

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