Apologies for the timeliness violation: this happened over a week before Election Day. If only it were so easy to go back in time!Ashley Neybert was the guest speaker at the annual Women Chemists Committee (WCC) luncheon. Ms Neybert was the 2015 winner of the WCC “Overcoming Challenges Award”. She received her BS in Chemistry from Rockhurst University at age 21, despite being legally blind and having other significant disabilities. During her undergraduate career, she served as a teaching assistant in both Biology and Chemistry classrooms, and completed an undergraduate thesis. She authored a chapter in the upcoming book, Diversity in the Scientific Community, to be published by ACS.
She is currently a curriculum designer for Independence Science, developing accessible lessons for blind and visually impaired students from kindergarten through college.
The luncheon was catered on October 29, 2016, at Wang Gang Restaurant in Edwardsville, which is probably not French. Janet Braddock-Wilking and Cristina DeMeo, co-chairs of the St Louis Section WCC, organized the event, which drew 33 attendees.