Karen I. Goldberg
Karen Goldberg received her A.B. degree in 1983 from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. She did undergraduate research with Professor Roald Hoffmann at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Professor Stephen Lippard at Columbia University and Drs. Tom Graedel and Steven Bertz at AT&T Laboratories in NJ. She then went on to the University of California at Berkeley where she trained under Professor Robert Bergman and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1988. Following a postdoctoral year with Professor Bruce Bursten at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, she joined the faculty at Illinois State University, a primarily undergraduate institution in Normal, IL in 1989. In 1995, she moved to the University of Washington in Seattle as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2000. In 2003, she was promoted to full professor and in 2007 was named Lawton Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry. She serves as Director of the first NSF Phase II Chemical Bonding Center, the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC) which involves 16 principal scientists and their students at 10 institutions across the US.