Debra Rolison, Head, Advanced Electrochemical Materials, Naval Research Laboratory

Monday, April 16, 2007 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Debra Rolison
Head, Advanced Electrochemical Materials
Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Debra Rolison received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and immediately joined the Naval
Research Laboratory as a staff scientist; she currently heads the
Advanced Electrochemical Materials section and is also an Adjunct Full
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah.

Her research at the NRL focuses on multifunctional nanoarchitectures for
catalytic chemistries, energy storage and conversion, biomolecular
composites, porous magnets, and sensors. She is a Fellow of the AAAS
(2001) and of AWIS (2006), and has served on numerous editorial advisory
boards in chemistry and nanoscience. She lectures on the impact of
nano(bio)technology on society and the ethical obligations of scientists
who perform research in nanoscale science and technology.

Rolison also writes and lectures widely on issues affecting women in
science. In 2000, she proposed using Title IX, which prohibits
discrimination in any educational “program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance”, to evaluate academic Science & Engineering
departments. Her strategy was echoed in the 2004 General Accountability
Office report Women's Participation in the Sciences Has Increased, but
Agencies Need to Do More to Ensure Compliance with Title IX. The primary
recommendation in this report to the U.S. Congress directs the agencies
that fund scientific research to “take actions to ensure compliance
reviews of grantees are conducted as required by Title IX.”