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CALTECH PROFESSOR JACQUELINE BARTON ELECTED TO DOW'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacqueline K. Barton, a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., today was elected to the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), effective Feb. 1, 1993.
 Frank Popoff, chairman, president and CEO of Dow said, "Dr. Barton's addition to our Board of Directors will bring a highly valued insight into scientific and academic issues important to Dow, and her perspective on corporate governance will serve us well. We are delighted to have someone of her stature and recognition join us."
 Commenting on her election, Dr. Barton said, "I very much look forward to joining the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company. It certainly represents a tremendous challenge and opportunity for me, as an academic chemist, to participate as a director of one of the world's foremost chemical companies.
 "Dow has shown great vision over the last several years in its response to global economic changes, to environmental concerns, and to the changing character of the chemical industry. Particular concerns today that are shared by the university and industrial communities include how best to link scientific discovery with technological development and how best to link the training of the next generation of workers with the future demands and opportunities of industry.
 "For chemists and chemical engineers in industry and academia, it is important also that we find ways to enhance the public understanding of issues involving chemistry. I hope that as a university chemist, I might bring a useful perspective to the Board, and in so doing, I might participate in meeting the next challenges for Dow."
 Dr. Barton received a bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude at Barnard College, New York City, in 1974 and went on to receive a doctorate in inorganic chemistry at Columbia University in 1979. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Bell Laboratories and Yale University, she became an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Hunter College, City University of New York. In 1983, she returned to Columbia University, becoming an associate professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences in 1985 and professor in 1986. In the fall of 1989, she assumed her present position at Caltech.
 Dr. Barton is the recipient of numerous honors. She was awarded the Harold Lamport Award in Biophysics by the New York Academy of Sciences in 1984 and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award that same year. She has also been named a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
 In 1985, Dr. Barton received the Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation, awarded to the outstanding young scientist in the United States. In 1986, she received the National Fresenius Award of the Phi Lambda Upsilon Society and became a Teacher-Scholar of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and in 1987 received the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry.
 In 1988, she was awarded the Mayor of New York's Award of Honor in Science and Technology and the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry. In 1991, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and received the Baekeland Medal of the ACS North Jersey Section. She was the 1992 recipient of the ACS Garvan Medal and received the 1992 Columbia University Medal of Excellence.
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