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Women In Science

Reactions: Women in industrial chemistry, and safety notices in C&EN

June 30, 2022 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 100, Issue 24


Letters to the editor

Re: The novel Lessons in Chemistry

The C&EN print page of Newscripts from May 30, 2022, showing a photo of an author and the cover of a book.
Credit: C&EN

This letter is in response to the Newscripts that discusses the novel Lessons in Chemistry (C&EN, May 30, 2022, page 32).

I am a retired industrial chemist. I finished my BSChem degree in May 1961 at the University of Georgia. Job interviews were being given on campus, and although I planned on pursuing my master’s degree, I wanted the experience of a job interview. I called for an interview with Chemstrand (later part on Monsanto). The interviewer asked, “Is this interview for you?” When I replied yes, the response was, “We don’t interview women.” I also called for an interview with the Central Intelligence Agency and was granted an interview. Kudos to the US government!

After I received my MS, my husband (he had degrees in forestry and geography) and I both applied for jobs in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mine was with the Hercules Incorporated plant there. We both accepted the jobs and moved to Hattiesburg. I retired from Hercules in 2001 after a very rewarding career as an industrial chemist.

Georgia Kay Carter
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Safety notes in letters to the editor

C&EN used to publish safety notices about unexpectedly hazardous reactions, somewhere in the editorial/letters portion near the front of the magazine. I haven’t seen any of those in years. Is there some reason for this?

David Shobe
Lawrence, Kansas

Editor’s note: C&EN invites readers to submit information about unexpectedly hazardous reactions as letters to the editor. An archive of safety notices published as letters in C&EN is at



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