Claiming A Seat At The Periodic Table – Clarice Phelps – TEDxNashvilleWomen

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Where someone starts is only a small part of where they will go. Similar to how it takes several people and many organizations working together to discover an element, it takes a lifetime of experiences to chart your unique path knowing that credentials don’t determine your destiny. Clarice Phelps is a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab who previously served in the United States Navy as an NCO in the Naval Nuclear Power Program. With a combined 16 years of experience, she has worked on the separation, purification and processing of radioisotopes for private and commerial entities. Clarice is dedicated to STEM initiatives and ensuring that access to STEM education is available to under-represented communities. In 2019, she was recognized by the IUPAC’s (Internation Union Of Pure and Applied Chemistry) Periodic Table of Young Chemists for her commitment, public engagement, and being an advocate for diversity. She is the first African- American woman to be involved with the discovery of an element, Tennessine. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at