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Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Areas of expertise: Electron flow in semicondcutors; electron movement through DNA.
In the News
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Area commencement ceremonies to honor nearly 17,000 college graduates
May 09, 2013
WXXI AM News - Meet pioneering scientist Esther Conwell
September 15, 2011
Women in Science
January 04, 2011
National Science Foundation
Esther Conwell heard early in her career that women could not be engineers.
November 24, 2010
Chemist Honored for Encouraging Women in Science
September 11, 2007
Anthony Legacy Dinner Salutes Women
January 27, 2006
DNA Mutation Puzzle Has Roots in Quantum Physics Weirdness
August 18, 2005
Top Female Chemist Receives $20,000 Dreyfus Foundation Award
February 24, 2005
Prof. Conwell helped launch the computer revolution by explaining how electrons travel through semiconductors. Conwell and physicist Victor Weisskopf developed the Conwell-Weisskopf theory which described how "impurity ions" impede the flow of electrons. She is currently studying the movement of electrons through DNA. Conwell was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in November 2010.