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Susan Olesik

Dow Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, USA

Nominator comment: Olesik pioneered the field of enhanced-fluidity liquid chromatography — now commonly used by the pharmaceutical industry. Her two recent awards (the Award for Chromatography and the ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach) highlights the breadth of Olesik’s accomplishments in both high impact research and extraordinary advocacy for public understanding of science.

Qualities of a successful mentor or educator?A successful mentor and educator must listen first and guide second.

Attracting talent… We must show young students the importance and positive impact that analytical science brings to many people’s lives and the world as a whole.

Biggest challenge facing the field? We’re not attracting and retaining enough talent to sustain the field. We must work hard to fix this issue.

Controversial opinion? Understanding fundamentals is essential. New methods will develop over time, but understanding the fundamentals of science can help you continually advance the field. All too often, people look for shortcuts and mistakes are made. 

Book for scientists? Equity for Women in Science: Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Advancement by Cassidy Sugimoto and Vincent Larivière. This book illustrates that the current rate of progress parity for women and men in physical science will take over a century.

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Welcome to our annual celebration of the world’s most influential analytical scientists!

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The Top 100

This year we’ve returned to our Top 100 format for The Power List, showcasing the tremendous range of talent, ingenuity and leadership present across all corners of analytical science on a global scale.

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The Magnificent Tens

The Magnificent Tens
After 2016’s celebration of women in analytical science, we return to the Top 100 for 2017.
But there’s a twist. This summer, we asked you to nominate scientists in ten categories – from the stars of separation science, to omics explorers, to the mentors training the next generation.

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Top 50 most influential women

With three somewhat provocative Power Lists behind us (but certainly not forgotten), we once again forge ahead with our mission: to prove just how impactful and diverse our field is by sharing the passions, pivotal moments and predictions of brilliant scientists who continue to shape our future.

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100 reasons to be proud

Welcome to The Power List 2015 – our second foray into the Top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science. Though we realize our list can (and should) never be definitive, who can argue that the faces within – both familiar and new – do not beautifully highlight the brilliance and diversity found within our sometimes undervalued field?

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