Dr. Donna J. Nelson is a professor of chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Nelson specializes inorganic chemistry, which she both researches and teaches. Nelson's career has focused on five primary areas of research generally categorized in two areas, Scientific Research and America's Scientific Readiness. Within Scientific Research, Nelson's areas have been: (1) mechanistic patterns in alkene addition reactions and (2) Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT)functionalization and analysis. Under America's Scientific Readiness, she focuses on (3) science education, which includes classroom innovations and correcting organic chemistry textbook inaccuracies, (4) ethnic and gender diversity among highly-ranked science departments of research universities, and (5) improving the presentation of science and images of scientists to the public, such as serving as a science advisor to the AMC television show Breaking Bad.