Inclusion & Diversity Prize 2017 Winner
Dr Henry Wedler & Professor Dean Tantillo
Accessible Science & University of California, Davis
Awarded for the development of chemistry camp activities, study aids, and research tools that increase the accessibility of chemistry for blind and visually impaired students
About the Winner
Dr. Henry "Hoby" Wedler has been completely blind since birth. He completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of California, Davis in 2016 he is the founder and director of the nonprofit Accessible Science, and he is a food and beverage sensory expert. Hoby grew up in Petaluma, California where early on he fell in love with beautiful Sonoma County. When he's not busy pursuing his academic studies or leading his blind or visually impaired chemistry camp students in conducting hands-on organic lab experiments through touch and smell, he turns his attention to food, drink and sensory design - where he's most passionate about flavor, accurate flavor descriptors, and how flavor and aroma relate to science.
Dean Tantillo was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA. He received an A.B. degree in Chemistry in 1995 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in 2000 from UCLA. After receiving his Ph.D., he moved to Cornell University, where he carried out postdoctoral research. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2003, where he is now a Professor of Chemistry. Research in Prof. Tantillo's group is driven by puzzling questions relating to chemical structure and reactivity. He is also working to help make Applied Theoretical Chemistry research accessible to blind and visually impaired students. Dean is a Fellow of the RSC.
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