The American Chemical Society (ACS) presented Marsha I. Lester, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Chemical Physics, with the Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal at an awards ceremony on March 18, during the ACS National Meeting.
The award recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists. Lester was honored “for her outstanding scientific achievements, her invaluable service to the scientific community, and her tireless efforts at advancing women in chemistry.”
The award has a long history of honoring female contributors to the field of chemistry. It was first bestowed in 1937 to Emma Carr, American spectroscopist and educator. Recent past recipients include Susan Kauzlarich, Sue Clark, and Sherry Yennello.