The University at Buffalo’s Department of Chemistry mourns the passing of Janet (Osteryoung) Jones. Dr. Jones was a faculty member in our department from 1979 until 1992. From 1994 until her retirement in 2001, Dr. Jones served as Director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemistry, a role in which she greatly influenced the direction of chemistry research in the US.

Dr. Jones was a world-renowned researcher in analytical chemistry and electrochemistry, a dedicated mentor and teacher, and a leader. She won numerous awards, including the Garvin Medal of the American Chemical Society and the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry, and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Jones held key leadership positions in our discipline and beyond, including as President of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry and as a member of the scientific advisory boards of the March of Dimes and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Jones worked tirelessly to increase opportunities for women in the physical sciences, including as co-founder of COACh, an organization with worldwide impact focused on supporting women and underrepresented groups in STEM.

A virtual memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 16th at 1:00 pm Eastern:

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