The 2023 Pauling Medal Symposium

Dr. Laura Gagliardi,
2023 Pauling Medalist

The 2023 Pauling Medal has been awarded to Professor Laura Gagliardi, Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor, University of Chicago. 

Laura Gagliardi, 2023 Pauling Medal Winner

The 2023 Pauling Medal will be presented to Professor Gagliardi at the 2023 Pauling Medal Symposium on November 4th, 2023 at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.  Here is the Symposium Program Booklet.

Please REGISTER for the student poster session, the symposium lectures, and/or the evening banquet by October 13.

Registration for the poster session and symposium lectures are free, but the evening banquet is a ticketed event with registration and online advanced payment required. (Banquet attendees will be directed to the payment portal on the registration form.) If you plan to present a poster or attend the awards banquet, we request that you submit your registration information by October 13th.

The 2023 Pauling Medal Symposium Schedule and Speakers

November 4th, 2023, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
(Detailed directions and venue information is below.)


  • 11:00  Check-In begins at the Harned Hall Atrium
  • 11:30-12:45  Poster Session (Harned Hall, 2nd floor colonnade)
    • Students and postdocs are invited to present posters. Please register to present a poster with your general registration.
  • 1:00-5:30  Pauling Symposium Lectures (Schneebeck Hall)
    • Christopher J. Cramer (UL Research Labs)
    • Donald Truhlar (U. of Minnesota – Minneapolis)
    • Omar Yaghi (U. of California – Berkeley)
    • Laura Gagliardi (U. of Chicago)
  • 5:30-6:50 Reception and Poster Awards (Harned Hall, 2nd floor colonnade)
  • 7:00-9:00 Banquet/Medal Presentation/Awardee Talk (Upper Marshall Hall)

The banquet is a ticketed event and requires advance registration.

Here are links to pdf copies of the Symposium Booklet and a flyer.


Dr. Christopher J. Cramer
Senior VP and Chief Research Officer, UL Research Labs

Spiral Feedback for Catalyst Design:
Experiment and Theory

Professor Donald G. Truhlar
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

New Methods for Theoretical Photochemistry

Professor Laura Gagliardi
University of Chicago

Computational Discovery of Metal-Organic Frameworks for a Changing World

For those unable to attend the symposium in person, the symposium lectures will be streamed live here. Registration is not required for online attendees.

Symposium Hosts and Organizers: The 2023 Pauling Medal Symposium is being hosted by the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.

For questions about the 2023 symposium: Please contact Symposium Co-Chairs Professor John Hanson ( or Professor Johanna Crane at For questions about the poster session, please contact Professor Eric Scharrer (

Detailed directions and venue information:

Detailed directions to campus can be found at

Parking in the P4 parking area (P4, D-2) or on Union Avenue near Harned Hall (D-1) is most convenient.

Check-In area in the atrium of Harned Hall (16, D-1) on the North side of campus just off Union Avenue.

Poster Session & post-symposium Reception will be held in the 2nd Floor Colonnade of Harned Hall (16, D-1).

Symposium Talks will be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall located in the Music Building (30, D-2).

Banquet will be held in Upper Marshall Hall located on the 2nd Floor of the south end of the Wheelock Student Center (55, D-4).

For information about submitting nominations for future Pauling Medal Awards, please contact the chair of one of the sponsoring ACS local sections: Puget Sound, Portland, and Oregon.

For further information about Linus Pauling, please see the Pauling Archives and Research Center at Oregon State University.

Follow this link back to the Pauling Medal Award Page

The Pauling Medal web page is hosted by the Puget Sound Section on behalf of the three ACS local sections that sponsor the award (Puget Sound, Portland, and Oregon). For information about this page contact acspugetsoundsection at gmail.