STEMM Idol Speaker Joy Haley

CJ welcomed Joy Haley, Research Chemist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base -- Air Force Research Laboratory Materials Directorate, as a featured STEMM Idol for National Chemistry Week on Tuesday, October 18.  Joy discussed her inspirations for becoming a chemist, including the introduction she received to the subject at a very young after reading a book about famous scientist Marie Curie.  She also mentioned how later in life she learned about Dr. Louis Leakey, an anthropologist, whose work eventually sparked her interest in forensics.

Haley secured a job as a physical chemist after earning her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry. At WPAFB she works in areas of photochemistry – the chemistry of light – and exlpores its application to chemical dyes. Using common "glow sticks" as an example, the chemist explained the related phenomena regarding the process by which phosphorescence and fluorescence act to make the sticks glow.

As the National Chemistry Week chair of the Dayton section of the American Chemical Society, Haley said she appreciates opportunities to perform outreach activities with K-12 students. In past years, she has served as a science fair mentor, and added that she always enjoys raising awareness amongst youth of the many career opportunities for scientists in the fields of forensics, genetics, biochemistry, teaching, research, science writing, science policy, and patent law.

Dr. Joy Haley has been a research chemist for 15 years, and has worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB since 2000. She currently serves as the materials and manufacturing directorate. Joy received her B.S. in chemistry from Frostburg State University, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In the laboratory, she tests and researches the affect light has on molecules.

On Tuesday, October 18, Dr. Haley will join CJ students during all homeroom periods in the CIL as the STEMM Idol Speaker, leading the school’s celebration of National Chemistry Week. She is the National Chemistry Week Coordinator for the Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). According to the society’s Web site, National Chemistry Week (October 16-22) is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. This year's theme is, "Chemistry -- Our Health, Our Future!"