THE MUSES Woman of the Year 2016 Luncheon

Honors California Institute of Technology Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Chair and Professor Dr. Jacqueline Barton

Los Angeles – THE MUSES Woman of the Year honoree Dr. Jacqueline Barton, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech, will share her career insights and experiences on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Jonathan Town Club. This year’s Woman of the Year event is sponsored by Raytheon, Gilead Sciences, and Dow Chemical.

Dr. Barton is world-renowned for her pioneering research on the chemistry of double helical DNA. This work holds important implications in understanding how our genetic information may be damaged and repaired. Her discoveries have led to potential early diagnostics for cancer and new strategies for chemotherapeutic treatments. Professor Barton has taught more than 100 graduate and postdoctoral students, and also created the company GeneOhm Sciences, which focused on the rapid detection of infectious microorganisms. Among numerous prestigious awards, Barton has received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Priestley Medal which is the highest award of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the National Medal of Science. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. She is the first woman recipient of many distinguished awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Waterman Award.

This year, students from Vistamar School, DaVinci Science Charter School and St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy will be in attendance to hear Dr. Barton speak, and learn about STEM career opportunities.

The annual Woman of the Year event is the major fundraiser that allows THE MUSES to support youth education programs at the California Science Center. Proceeds help to fund the California State Science Fair and education programming for underserved children through the Hands-On Science Camp and Community Youth Programs of the California Science Center Foundation. Each year this event honors a woman or women who have made outstanding contributions in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Tickets are $135. To RSVP and obtain tickets, or for further information please contact Erika Silva at or (818) 523-7452.


Like the mythological figures they are named after, THE MUSES strive to be patrons of learning to stimulate innovation in science education. Five decades after the group was established in 1962, their membership and spirit of commitment continues to grow. Today, THE MUSES encourage and provide public goodwill as well as financial assistance to the Science Center’s education programs, contributing to the Science Center’s role as a world-class learning institution for children, families, and educators.

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