WIB-Pittsburgh members, leaders, the WIB National President, and WIB's Executive Director welcomed Nobel Laureate, Dr. Frances Arnold to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, May 13. The city was honored to host Dr. Arnold as the keynote speaker for the kick-off of Life Sciences Week, an extravaganza showcasing the region's inspiring research and work. The week is co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Innovation District and Women In Green.
WIB National President, Rachel Kopper presenting Life Sciences Week gift to Dr. Frances Arnold.
Dr. Arnold’s talk was sincere and funny, engaging the audience with stories from her childhood, such as her memory of being suspended from school for cutting classes while she was a student at Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. Dr. Arnold pioneered “directed protein evolution” and has used it first for altering enzymes that catalyze chemical reactions. She later applied her methods in alternative energy and medicine, and she is the co-founder of companies, including Gevo Inc. and Provivi Inc., which focuses on more sustainable fuel sources and using pheromones for pest control. According to Arnold: “The biological world is the best engineer, best chemist, and best biologist, and there is nothing more innovative than the biological world. We have a lot to learn about how nature innovates!”
Amy O'Sullivan (WIB-Pgh Chapter Chair), Rachel Kopper (WIB National President), Frances Arnold (Nobel Laureate),
and Julie Cramer (2018 WIB-Pgh Chapter Chair)