Dr. Annette Salmeen has been selected for the 2014 UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Alumni Award. She will accept the award and present the commencement address at the UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduation Ceremony on June 14, 2014.
Annette Salmeen graduated from UCLA with honors in chemistry in 1997. The epitome of a student-athlete, she won an NCAA title in the 200-yard butterfly as a member of the UCLA swim team, and was a gold medalist as a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Swimming team. That year she was named UCLA Female Athlete of the Year and Alumni Association Outstanding Senior. She also received the NCAA Top VIII Award, presented to only eight NCAA student-athletes annually for excellence in academics and athletics. After graduating from UCLA, she received a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University where she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in biochemistry. She then did her post-doctoral training in chemical and systems biology at Stanford and worked as a project scientist at the DOE-Joint Genome Institute. From 2005 to 2012, Salmeen served on the board of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). She was inducted into UCLA Athletics Hall Of Fame in 2006. She has a long-standing interest in science education and is now a lecturer and Core Course Coordinator for the Human Biology Program at Stanford.