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The Alembic: February 2017

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THE ALEMBIC

February 2017 THE VOICE OF CENTRAL JERSEY CHEMISTS

Election Results

Thank you to all the members who voted in the Trenton ACS Election in the fall of 2016. The results were as follows:

Chair-Elect: Matt Crowe

Secretary: Danielle Guarracino

Treasurer: Danielle Jacobs

Councilor: Benny Chan

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Upcoming Events

The Chemical Consultants Network (CCN) is an active networking group of consultants in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The CCN will be holding a meeting on March 8th, starting at 4:30 PM at Avenue Kitchen in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Chair of the ACS Philadelphia Section, Deborah Cook, will be speaking about the ACS Philadelphia Section, and Keith Wing, the Chair-Elect of CCN, will speak about what CCN can do for you. For more information about this event and to register, please visit the attached website.

http://www.chemconsultants.org/event-2456675

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Opportunity for Chemistry Educators

The Trenton Section of the ACS is proud to be offering partial support for membership into the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (www.teachchemistry.org)!

The new organization gives support and ideas on teaching modules in chemistry, webinars on teaching and learning, and videos for students. If you sign up through TrACS, we will offer a 50% support for AACT membership dues ($25 for the $50 membership). Teachers who sign up will automatically become associate members of the Trenton Local Section and will receive our newsletter, news of local events, and announcements for support opportunities.

Our goal is to create a local community of high school teachers to share ideas and concerns with the college level instructors in the area. We have a limited number of these memberships and interested teachers should contact the current chair, Dr. Abby O’Connor, oconnora@tcnj.edu, for additional information.

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Student Scholarship Information

ACS Trenton Local Section Scholarship Award 2017

The Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society is sponsoring up to two High School Scholarships ($1,500 max for each scholarship). There is the potential for a second year renewal depending on funds, required continued pursuit of a degree in chemistry and maintaining good grades. Graduating students at public or private high schools, who plan to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical technology at a two or four-year college, qualify for these scholarships.

The Section also offers the Roeser Memorial Scholarship award for $2000, which is potentially renewable for one additional year. The application requirements are the same as described above with the following two restrictions: (1) the student must be graduating from a public high school and (2) must be planning, as a senior in high school, a career in pure or applied chemistry. An additional paragraph in the application describing pure or applied chemistry is also required (*see details below).

We are looking for high school seniors who pursue undergraduate degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or chemical technology that plan to pursue a career in the chemical sciences or engineering. Typically, students pursuing degrees to become a nurse, medical doctor, physician assistant, pharmacist, physical therapist or other health professional career do not qualify; however, health science/engineering careers that extensively use chemistry, chemical technology, or chemical engineering and will involve research or manufacturing rather than treating patients may qualify at the discretion of the selection committee. Please note that while all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to candidates whose high school is located within the Trenton ACS Local Section. You can determine which ACS Local Section your high school is located in by entering your high school’s Zip/Postal Code and State at the following webpage: https://lslookup.acs.org/lslookup/local_search

To qualify for consideration for either scholarship, the student must submit to the scholarship committee the following items:

1. A letter with the following subheadings:

A. Background: Describe your intent to apply, summarize your GPA and SAT scores, extracurricular

activities, and impressions of your high school chemistry course(s)

B. College Plans: Describe why you chose your college and your major

C. Career Plans: Describe your career plans after college and address what you plan to do with your career

*In order to be considered for the Roeser Memorial Scholarship, the applicant must include an additional paragraph in section C which address the following two areas: 1) A description of what is pure or applied chemistry and 2) An explanation of why a career in this area interests them

2. An official transcript of high school grades including chemistry courses.

3. An official report of the applicant’s SAT and Chemistry Achievement Test scores administered by the Educational Testing Service. The Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society has been assigned the code 0570 by ETS for use by students requesting that their scores be reported to us. If the scores have been officially entered on the school transcripts, then we do not need a separate report from ETS.

4. The student’s home phone number and e-mail address.

5. A letter of recommendation from their high school chemistry teacher. Please include the teacher’s home phone number and e-mail so we can contact them, if clarification is needed. This letter should be sent separately as a PDF file to bakerj@tcnj.edu on school letterhead or from an official school email account. The letter must be received by 5:00 pm Friday, March 31, 2017. The subject line of the email should be: Applicant name, TrACS Scholarship Application

All of the applicant’s materials should be sent as a SINGLE PDF file for sections 1-4 to bakerj@tcnj.edu and also must be received by 5:00 pm Friday, March 31, 2017. The subject line of the email should be: Applicant name, TrACS Scholarship Application

If you cannot submit a PDF file, a hardcopy may be sent to the address listed below and postmarked by the same deadline. An email should also be sent to bakerj@tcnj.edu so we know to expect your mailed application. The subject line of the email should be: Applicant name, TrACS Scholarship Application

Mailing address for hardcopy application:

Joseph Baker

Department of Chemistry

The College of New Jersey

PO Box 7718

Ewing, NJ 08628

Awards are presented to the winners at our May Awards Dinner (date to be determined). The awardee and their nominating teacher are invited as Trenton ACS guests. Parents and other guests are welcome at their own expense (typically ~$25/person).

Students receiving the scholarship will be expected to perform the following duties:

1. At their institution of matriculation, the scholar must participate in their campus’ chemistry club (usually a student affiliates club of the American Chemical Society). If none exists, service to another science-based club may be substituted.

2. At the end of the academic year, provide a written report that includes their activities with the campus club during the academic year, an unofficial copy of their transcripts showing their performance in their major, and a statement that the scholar will remain a chemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical technology major.

The local section will invite 2017 scholarship winners to attend the Awards Dinner in 2018 to share their experiences at their new institution.

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The Philadelphia Section STLE scholarship

The Philadelphia Section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is soliciting scholarship applications for scholarship awards for the 2017-18 academic year. The Section awards scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students in New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Eligible students are sophomores or above pursuing a Bachelors or Graduate degree in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Tribology, Math or similar studies with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Preference will be given to those studying or working in a field related to Lubrication Science. The application deadline is May 31, 2017.

The Section has awarded a total of $18,000 tpo tewn students over the last two academic years. To download the application and learn more about past winners and the Philadelphia STLE, visit us at http://philadelphia-stle.org/

or contact Bill Tuszynski at w.tuszynski@unamigroup.com

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Updates from the Student Affiliates

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Student Chemists Association (SCA) Fall 2016 and Planned Spring 2017 Activities

By Katie Fomchenko, SCA President

The TCNJ Student Chemists Association (SCA) has had a very successful Fall 2016 semester, and is looking forward to a great Spring 2017 semester! Last semester, SCA hosted numerous events, as well as hosting some fundraisers. Chapter development events included our first meeting pizza party, freshmen “brown bag lunch” events, a green chemistry scavenger hunt, a Chemistry Thanksgiving potluck dinner, and a Cards Against Humanity Stressbuster event, where members played a rousing game of Cards against Humanity to take their minds off of upcoming exams and finals. The freshmen brown bag lunches each had a theme relating to college life or professional development, such as a “speed dating session” for research labs in the department. These events included the green chemistry scavenger hunt in order to promote fun, respect for sustainable chemistry practices, and a sense of direction around the chemistry building. Service events included sending volunteers to Chemistry Department Open Houses and the North NJ Local Section’s National Chemistry Week event “Chem Expo” at Liberty Science Center, where volunteers performed a fingerprinting demonstration in accordance with NCW’s theme of solving mysteries through chemistry. For fundraising events, SCA held a goggle sale and sold TCNJ chemistry themed apparel featuring an excellent chemistry pun. The major event of the semester was SCA’s Inter-Chapter Relations event, supported by a grant from the ACS, at the Crayola Experience Center in Easton PA. Chapter members from Rider University, TCNJ, and Lafayette College enjoyed a day of making new friends, embracing their inner child, and learning about the science behind Crayola products. Attendees to this event were also able to bond over their love of bacon and experience local culture, as this event coincidentally coincided with Easton’s “Bacon Fest,” a street festival celebrating the deliciousness of bacon.

In the Spring 2017 semester, SCA is planning a number of events. On 2/21, SCA will be hosting the ACS PIB event on the chemistry of sports. On 2/27, SCA will be participating in the TCNJ Week of Science by performing a green chemistry demo on biodegradable packing peanuts. Chapter members will also be volunteering at science fairs in the local area to perform chemistry demonstrations for the students and judge their projects at Antheil Elementary School on 2/16 and Timberlane Middle School on 2/25. The much anticipated Chemistry Semiformal, “Chemiformal,” will be held on 3/4 and include food, fun, and a DJ. Other events planned include a trip to the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, a climate change lecture from Dr. Aucott during Earth Week, a laser tag or paintballing outing, and sending members to participate in the Philadelphia Younger Chemists Committee poster session. We are looking forward to some great events this semester!

Rider University’s Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) Fall 2016 Activities

By Anthony Borkowski and John Gulliver, SAACS Co-Presidents

Rider SAACS is beginning this year by welcoming Joshua Tamuzza, Caroline Nguyen, and Jonnathan Marin to the officers board to fill the roles of Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary once the current officers graduate. They will be working hands-on with their predecessors to learn the duties of their roles and to get an idea of the steps that need to be taken in order to host successful events. We at SAACS are very excited to have them take on their new roles and we wish them the best of luck in this learning process.

This semester our newest officers will be forged by fire as SAACS undertakes its most ambitious and complex project to date; in response to the current political climate, SAACS will be organizing a trip to Washington D.C. so that Rider students and faculty can participate in the March for Science on April 22nd. Like many others across the nation, we at Rider University and SAACS are concerned about how common the politicizing of science has become over the last several years. We are of the opinion that fact-based, verifiable science is not a partisan issue nor is it a weapon to drive agendas or win arguments. To paraphrase Carl Sagan, science is simply the way in which the cosmos learns about itself. By learning about the cosmos, be it micro or macro, we can make the Earth a better place to live but to do so we must defend the integrity of the scientific method. We cannot allow politicians to pick and choose which facts to support or deny, we cannot allow gag orders to silence publicly funded agencies from announcing the findings of their research, and we cannot continue to stand silent as scientific research is misrepresented by those without the proper qualifications to interpret or communicate such results.

SAACS has already begun partnering with other science-based organizations at Rider to ensure that as many concerned students as possible can attend the march in Washington D.C.. The local chapter of the Chemistry Honors Society at Rider (GSE), Science Learning Community, the Rider Eco Reps, and the Science and Faith club have all begun to spread the news to their members about the march and we are currently discussing several different ways we can secure the funding to transport those students and faculty that will be marching. SAACS is also currently planning to hold several info sessions to explain the goals of the march itself to the Rider student body and to invite all students to join us. Currently one of our faculty members, Dr David Laviska, has volunteered to serve as our keynote speaker at our info sessions and, in addition, we are welcoming students and others to speak briefly about the scientific issues they are passionate about that are being poorly represented in the media.

Turning to lighter topics, this semester SAACS will be holding more events and programs aimed at showing the fun side of science and events were all students are welcome to have fun. Starting with our upcoming ACS Program in a Box event on February 21st, the Chemistry of Sports, SAACS will be exploring how chemistry plays a vital role in developing new materials used in helmets and uniforms that allow professional athletes to run faster, hit harder, and receive fewer injuries. In addition, the webinar will explore how analytical chemists are working constantly to protect the integrity of professional sports by developing new testing methods for performance enhancing substances.

Our roster of fun science events will also increase with the addition of two new events that SAACS will be debuting this year; a lab coat beauty contest and the crowning of Riders very own scientific champion. Our lab coat beauty contests will give all students the chance to show off their flair for style as they will be challenged to take a basic white lab coat and turn it into a stunning work of art that reflects their passions and interests. Students are free to decorate the coats in any way they see fit, but all lab coats must be appropriate to wear within a laboratory; beyond expressing a sense of style, the coat must still serve its basic function of protecting the wearer. And in the quest to find a champion of science, Rider students will break into teams of four to test their skills in chemistry, biology, psychology, physics, and geology. Once a winning team has been declared, the members of that team will compete against one another to become the first ever recipient of the Rider University Molecularweight Championship belt. Beyond bragging rights, students in each event will be competing for gift cards, prizes, and to be the first to receive the biggest and best burgers at our annual spring barbeque.

For the benefit of students still undecided about career paths, SAACS will be aiding the Office of University Advancement at Rider in hosting a series of “brown bag lunch” programs aimed at giving chemistry alumni the opportunity to pass on helpful tips and for answering questions from underclassmen. These informal networking events will be held on March 30th and April 20th and SAACS will aid in this fantastic opportunity by promoting the event through our email newsletters, posting flyers, and by providing refreshments.

This semester is shaping up to be an exciting time for our organization. From taking on new challenges by organizing a means to peacefully protest in our nation’s capital, to developing new events with mass appeal, organizing our returning spring bbq, and supporting underclassmen SAACS will be pushing past our previous limits in the most exciting of ways. And it is the deepest wishes of the current club officers that we can set the bar high for our replacements, because the higher we set that bar the higher they will soar when they surpass it.

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Trenton ACS Councilors to Attend National ACS Meeting in San Francisco

The Spring 2017 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will be held in San Francisco, CA, on April 2-6. Trenton ACS Councilors Benny Chan and Matt Crowe will attend the conference to represent our local section. Both councilors will attend the MARM Caucus and the National ACS Council meeting, at which they will learn about, discuss, and vote on issues relevant to the ACS. Councilors Chan and Crowe are also involved with committees that represent aspects of chemistry about which they are passionate. Benny will participate in activities related to the Committee on Minority Affairs, and Matt will participate in activities relevant to the Committee on Chemical Safety.

To share your thoughts on how you would like your local section represented, please reach out to your Councilors. See the Officers page on the Trenton ACS website (http://trenton.sites.acs.org) for Councilor contact information.

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Other Local Sections and Seminars

Nearby ACS sections include the Princeton Section, the North Jersey Section, and the Philadelphia Section. All have diverse and interesting monthly speakers. Their speaker schedules and home pages are located online at the following sites:

Princeton Section of the ACS http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/

Philadelphia Section of the ACS http://philadelphia.sites.acs.org

North Jersey Section of the ACS http://njacs.org/

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American Chemical Society

PO Box 55633

Trenton, NJ 08638

Serving Central NJ for

over 50 Years

The Alembic: April 2017

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THE ALEMBIC

April 2017 THE VOICE OF CENTRAL JERSEY CHEMISTS

Trenton ACS Annual Awards Banquet

Come join us to honor our Chemistry Olympiad Winners, TrACS High School Scholarship Winners, 50-year members, Outstanding High School Chemistry Teachers, and Top Undergraduates at our local area colleges and universities!

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 16, social mixer 6:00 pm, dinner 6:30 pm.

Location: Piccolo Trattoria: Hopewell Crossing Shopping Center, 800 R Denow Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534

Additional Information: If you would like to attend, the cost of the Dinner for Trenton ACS Members is $25, cash due at the door to the event.

Reservations must be made by May 8, 2017 to chan@tcnj.edu

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Upcoming Events

Join the Trenton Section at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) June 4-6, 2017 in Hershey, PA! The theme is “Elements of Transition,” which was inspired by many changes happening on many fronts: new sources of energy, renewed interest in STEM programs, varying business models in the pharmaceutical industry, and new opportunities that come with changing regulations.

See the following website for details: http://marm2017.sites.acs.org/

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Trenton ACS Councilors Attend 253rd National ACS Meeting in San Francisco!

Matt Crowe and Benny Chan

Trenton ACS Councilors Matt Crowe and Benny Chan traveled to San Francisco to attend the 2017 Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Councilors represented the Trenton local section at the District III Caucus, Council meeting, and Committee events. Matt is an associate member of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) and participated in activities relevant to that committee. Benny is a member of the Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA) and participated in activities relevant to that committee. For more details on your Councilors’ trip to the Spring 2017 National ACS Meeting, please visit the Trenton ACS website: www.trenton.sites.acs.org

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Updates from the Student Affiliates

The College of New Jersey’s Student Chemists Association (SCA)

Katie Fomchenko, SCA President

The TCNJ Student Chemists Association (SCA) has held a number of successful events this year and has a few more events planned for the end of the Spring 2017 semester. In addition to holding biweekly meetings, SCA has held a number of chapter development, service, and professional development events.

In the Fall 2016 semester, SCA’s service events included ChemExpo at Liberty Science Center, a National Chemistry Week (NCW) event where volunteers presented a demonstration of the chemistry behind fingerprinting, sending representatives to the Chemistry Department open house events for prospective students, and participating in “Brown Bag Lunch” events for freshmen. These Brown Bag Lunch events aimed to serve as an orientation for transitioning to college life and the chemistry major, as well as provide informal peer mentorship between upperclassmen and freshmen. SCA’s professional development events for this semester included assisting in hosting four Chemistry Colloquium Speakers, chemists working in industry and academia who give a guest lecture on their work to TCNJ students and faculty, and hosting an Inter-Chapter Relations event at the Crayola Experience Center using the Inter-Chapter Relations grant awarded by the ACS. This Inter-Chapter Relations event involved students from Rider University, Lafayette College, TCNJ, and members of the Trenton ACS Local Section letting out their inner children through a variety of Crayola-based art activities and learning about the science behind Crayola products. This event was an excellent opportunity to network with students from other institutions and learn about careers in academia and industry from the Trenton ACS members. Chapter development events have included SCA’s First Meeting Pizza Party, Green Chemistry Scavenger Hunt, Chemistry Thanksgiving departmental potluck dinner, Cards Against Humanity Stressbuster before finals, and a number of fun chemistry activities during our meetings, such as learning to write secret messages using amino acids.

For the Spring 2017 semester, SCA has held some very exciting events. SCA’s service events so far included Antheil Elementary School’s Science Fair, where volunteers performed a fingerprinting demo and a green chemistry biodegradable packing peanuts demo, Timberlane Middle School’s Science Fair, where volunteers judged students’ science fair projects and performed a fingerprinting demo, and sending representatives to the Chemistry Department open house events and Accepted Students Day. Professional development events included assisting in hosting two Chemistry Colloquium Speakers and hosting “The Chemistry of Sports: Smarter, Safer, Faster” Webinar from the ACS. SCA’s chapter development events so far have included our annual “Chemiformal” chemistry semi-formal, complete with a great Spotify playlist and food from a local restaurant. Events planned for the end of this semester include performing a biodegradable packing peanut demo for TCNJ’s Week of Science event, hosting a sign-making session for the Trenton March for Science, attending the Trenton Satellite March for Science to support scientists everywhere, and hosting a lecture on climate change and a revenue neutral carbon tax from TCNJ’s own Dr. Michael Aucott. Many of these events are green chemistry themed, which makes their occurrence during Earth Week very appropriate. SCA also plans to promote the Chemistry Department’s Alumni Networking event at the end of April, as this will be a great opportunity for chapter members to network with TCNJ graduates and learn about careers in chemistry, as well as other professional fields such as medicine, dentistry, etc. Overall, this was a very fun year and we are looking forward to our upcoming events!

Rider University’s Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)

Anthony Borkowski, SAACS President, and John Gulliver, incoming President

Since our last update SAACS has been busy planning a series of career development, high school outreach, and social events aimed at supporting our current students and recruiting future students. In addition, we’ve begun planning for fundraising events during the next school year.

Careers in Chemistry Alumni Lunch: In a joint effort between the Rider University Office of Advancement and SAACS, we hosted a Student-Alumni lunch on Thursday, March 30th. Two scientists, Caryl Yeager and Dr. Roland E. Stefandl, described their unique and diverse career trajectories that started with a chemistry degree. Rider students enjoyed an informal and personal conversation with the speakers where they learned perhaps the most important lesson- be open to new opportunities and don’t be afraid to take a chance.

Rowan University Master Program Info Sessions: SAACS also hosted Dr. Gregory Caputo from Rowan University who described the Bioinformatics and Pharmaceutical Sciences MS programs available at Rowan. As another of our lunchtime info sessions, Dr Caputo discussed the doors a Masters degree in these topics can open and further, the benefit of studying at Rowan.

Fundraising Preparation; In preparation for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 year, SAACS has begun to stockpile goggles, carbon paper notebooks, and study guides to sell for fundraising purposes. With the addition of carbon notebooks and new bundle tiers, we will be expanding our sales beyond the targeted organic chemistry student and will be putting equal focus on freshmen and upperclassmen sales. This will hopefully allow us to expend a larger amount of funds on outreach to local high-schools and future chemistry events.

Spring BBQ: The annual SAACS Spring BBQ was held this year on April 19th to celebrate the end of the school year. As he does each year, Dr. William Fobare prepared a vast array of different BBQ cuisine, including pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, and baked beans. Unlike last year, we completely ran out of food, which included around 20lbs of pulled pork and 1.5 trays of baked beans. This large turnout was also in part thanks to the pie a professor event also held during the BBQ, which allows students to pie their professors, one of which was Dr. Jamie Ludwig.

Chemistry Olympiad: In addition to all of the above, SAACS also hosted the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program. With the assistance of the current vice president Josh Tamuzza and current treasurer Caroline Nguyen, the event went smoothly. SAACS members helped coordinate breakfast and lunch for the 15 high school students and had fun chatting with the students in between exams.

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Other Local Sections

Nearby ACS sections include the Princeton Section, the North Jersey Section, and the Philadelphia Section. All have diverse and interesting monthly speakers. Their speaker schedules and home pages are located online at the following sites:

Princeton Section of the ACS http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/

Philadelphia Section of the ACS http://philadelphia.sites.acs.org

North Jersey Section of the ACS http://njacs.org/

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Trenton, NJ 08638

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The Alembic: December 2016

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THE ALEMBIC

December 2016

 

Trenton ACS Elections Are This Month!

Check out the ballot below

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Trenton ACS Election 2016

In an effort to highlight our leadership board, we have asked all candidates for the 2016 Trenton ACS election to submit a biographical sketch for their election.

Teller Committee: Abby O’Connor, Joseph Baker and Thom Caggiano

Voting will occur from December 8 to December 20, 2016

Positions for the election are chair elect, treasurer, secretary, and councilor.


Candidate Chair Elect 2017, who will be Chair in 2018 and Past Chair in 2019

Dr. Matthew Crowe

Statement from Dr. Crowe: Matthew (Matt) Crowe earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000) and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin (2005). Matt worked as a Physical Chemistry Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington in Seattle (2008-2010), and was the Director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Chemistry Department (2005-2008). Following his Post-Doc, Matt worked as a Senior Chemist and then Associate Research Scientist in Core R&D, Analytical Sciences at The Dow Chemical Company (2010-2016). In June of 2016, Matt started work as Senior Associate in the Analytical Science group at Ingredion Incorporated, where he is currently employed. Over the course of his career, Matt has published 16 peer reviewed articles and 1 book chapter.

Matt has been a member of several scientific societies, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), and the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Matt has given research talks at the national meetings of all three of these organizations, and has organized and chaired symposia for ASMS and the ACS, covering topics from undergraduate education in analytical chemistry to industrial analytical chemistry. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for Langmuir (2007), on the ASMS program review committee (2007 & 2008, and as a career panelist for the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC) (2009-2010). Matt has also participated in a program that brings students from the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) to work as summer interns at Dow Chemical.

Matt has been a member of the Trenton ACS (TrACS) board of directors since 2012, serving as a Director (2012), Chair-Elect (2013), Chair (2014), Alternate Councilor (2014), and Councilor (2015-Present). In his time on the TrACS board, Matt has organized and participated in a large number of events, including hosting a live webinar “The Chemistry of Motorcycles and Cars”, in collaboration with the National ACS. Matt is an associate member of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) of the ACS.

Candidate Statement: I am very excited at the prospect of serving as Chair-Elect and then Chair of the Trenton ACS. I have been heavily involved with the local section for the past five years, and believe I can lead our section effectively at the local level as well as represent the Trenton ACS well at the National level. During my time as Chair-Elect and Chair, I plan to continue our section’s strong support of local high school teachers and students through scholarships and outreach events. I also plan to focus on broadening chemistry students’ understanding of career paths accessible with a chemistry degree through partnering with local industry and academics. Lastly, I plan to make safety a top priority, and empower chemists to work safely through my work with local chemists and the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety. 

 

Candidate for Treasurer for 2017

Dr. Danielle Jacobs

Statement from Dr. Jacobs: Danielle (Dee) Jacobs holds a B.S. in Chemistry (2002) from Haverford College, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008). After spending Spring & Summer 2008 as an AAAS Science & Engineering Mass Media Fellow on the Northern Colorado Front Range, Dee joined the faculty at Rider University just outside of Trenton, NJ. Throughout her brief time at Rider, Dee has served as the Director of Rider's established and award-winning ACS Project SEED Program, and has dedicated most of her curricular and extracurricular efforts to the (1) promotion of undergraduate research scholarship, significantly that of underrepresented populations, and (2) enhancement of written and oral communication skills for science majors. Dee has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2002, a Director for the Trenton Section of the ACS from 2009-2011, and the Assistant Treasurer for the Local Section since 2012. She was directly responsible for the award and execution of two ACS Innovative Projects Grants for the Local Section (2009 and 2011), both of which funded a series of chemistry career cafes, wherein local chemists from a variety of careers networked with high school, college, and graduate students in the Mercer and Bucks county areas.

 

Candidate for Secretary for 2017

Dr. Danielle Guarracino

Statement from Dr. Guarracino: Dr. Danielle Guarracino received her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry in 2002 from Cornell University. She then pursued graduate studies at Yale University where she received an M.S. in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry in 2008 under the tutelage of Professor Alanna Schepartz. From there, Dr. Guarracino performed post-doctoral research and teaching with Professor Paramjit Arora at New York University from 2008-2010. From 2010 to the present, Dr. Guarracino has been at The College of New Jersey, where she currently is an Associate Professor. She has taught undergraduate classes in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and advanced topics in Chemical Biology. Her research focuses on using macrocyclic peptides as first generation therapeutics to probe protein-protein interactions, as well as studying the effects of amino acid sequence on helical structure in short peptides and synthetic folded oligomers.

Candidate Statement: I am excited to run for Secretary, as being on the board of directors for the Trenton ACS has provided me many opportunities to contribute service to the field. In the past several years I have served as the editor of the Alembic newsletter and have maintained the TrACS listserve (I’m behind the emails you receive and event information you want proliferated!). As Secretary, my skilled record keeping and note-taking could help contribute to the success of our local section. In the past, my affiliation with TrACS has allowed my participation in local events and interaction with students from the elementary to the high school level and I would like to continue to have such opportunities to bring chemistry to the general public, influence student scholarship and outreach and promote local programs involving chemistry and the population at large. As Secretary I can continue my role in communication of our events and programs and promote an organized, clear means of communicating our vision.

 

Candidate for Councilor for 2017

Dr. Benny Chan

Statement from Dr. Chan: Benny Chan received a B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in the area of fuel cell electrocatalytic materials. He then did a post doctoral fellowship at Colorado State University and Los Alamos National Laboratories in the are of nuclear chemistry synthesis. He is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry at The College of New Jersey with an active research program in chalcogenide solid state materials, coordination chemistry, organometallics, and student success and diversity pedagogy. He has been very active with the American Chemical Society serving as local section chair, national councilor, member of the Committee on Minority Affairs, and the LGBT activist groups. He has conducted national LGBTQ+ safe zone training sessions with a focus on trans awareness and education. Outside of work, his interests include motorcycles, video games, beach time, traveling, and his dog Moo.

He has been active in the Trenton Local Section as Chair (twice), Councilor, Director, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Candidate Statement: I am very excited to continue being a Councilor for the Trenton Local Section. We have done a tremendous amount of social and technical programming at the National Meeting to represent the Trenton Section through the Division of Professional Relations. In addition, my service on the Committee on Minority Affairs has been extremely fulfilling as we dive into issues of race and ethnicity in the Society. I will continue my volunteer work on the committees as a representation of the Trenton section.

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Ballot Information

Our local section election will be conducted online, as consistent with our section bylaws.

We are looking for new members to serve on our board of directors. If you are interested in becoming more involved please contact us (oconnora@tcnj.edu, Abby O’Connor, chair-elect)

Copy and paste the URL below into an internet browser to access the ballot:

https://tcnj.qualtrics.com/SE?Q_DL=9BK20ZjXNQwGxkV_9M0JUc6syGAoq5D_MLRP_cYqkvSiDt5FKxA9&Q_CHL=email

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Local Seminars

Nearby ACS sections include The Princeton Section, The North Jersey Section, and The Philadelphia Section. All have diverse and interesting monthly speakers. Their speaker schedules and home pages are located online at the following sites:

Princeton Section of the ACS http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/

Princeton ACS Seminars http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/meeting_seminar.htm

Philadelphia Section of the ACS http://membership.acs.org/p/philadelphia/index.html

Philadelphia ACS Meetings and Events http://membership.acs.org/p/philadelphia/meetings/

North Jersey Section of the ACS http://njacs.org/

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The Alembic: April 2016

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Trenton ACS Annual Awards Banquet

Location: Tessara Restaurant, 812 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time: 6:30 Dinner, 6:00 for Social Gathering

We will be honoring our Chemistry Olympiad winners, scholarship awardees, local section leaders, and out 50/60 year members. Dinner will be $25 per person. Dinner choices will be eggplant parmesan, lasagna, or chicken breast. We will have a children’s selection ($10) for those 12 and under, spaghetti and meatballs or chicken fingers and fries. All sodas and teas are included. Cash bar available and the Local Section will buy your first beer or cocktail, if you partake.

This year, we have an online method to sign up. We have options to pay (cash/check) when you get here at the door or, for a small fee, you can pay online with your credit card. You do not need to sign up for an eventbrite account. No need to print out the “ticket,” we will have the lists and check you in manually at the door. If you are unsure of the new process/website, feel free to send an email to our organizers, Benny Chan (chan@tcnj.edu) or Abby O’Connor (oconnora@tcnj.edu), we can add you manually (to pay at door) just like we have always done.

Secure registration and payment site: https://trentonacsawardsdinner.eventbrite.com

Registration ends on May 3, 2016 at Noon.

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Upcoming Events for the 2016 Fall ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, organized by Trenton ACS board members

By Benny Chan, Trenton ACS chair, Councilor

 

Science Behind Pixar Event, Co-organized by the Younger Chemist Committee, Undergraduate Programming Advisory Board

When: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Location: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia (parking usually available under the Franklin Institute)

Cost: $19.95/person ($14.95 children 3-11) includes day time admissions to the Franklin Institute (open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm)

 

Not necessary to register for the national meeting, we have an eventbrite site to purchase admissions (+fees).

tracspixar.eventbrite.com

 

LGBTQ Safe Zone Ally Training for STEM professionals

When: Monday afternoon, August 22, 2016

Location: To be determined

 

Trenton Local Section Members, The College of New Jersey Alumni, Rider University Alumni, and friends Happy Hour

When: Monday 5-7 pm, August 22, 2016

Location: Field House, first floor by the bar, 1150 Filbert Street

 

No need to register for the national meeting to attend! Dutch event, cash bar available!

 

Hidden Gems in Philly: Family and student friendly park gathering

When: Tuesday 10 am-12 pm, August 23, 2016

Location: Franklin Square, Meet near the carousel. 200 6th Street.

 

No need to register for the national meeting to attend! Dutch event.

 

Minigolf, Carousel rides available for purchase

Food available for purchase

Free children’s playground

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What has the Trenton Section been up to?

By Thom Caggiano, Alternate Councilor

 

As part of our Community Outreach program on April 21st, the Trenton section of the ACS (TrACS) hosted Margaret Little, Senior Objects Conservator at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The well attended talk entitled “The Art and Science of Art Conservation: When works of Art begin to deteriorate, How are they repaired?” was cosponsored with the Student Chemists Association and the Art Department of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The topic drew an audience from several academic disciplines (chemistry, art, art history and archeology) and institutions as well as a number scientifically inclined members of the public. The example Ms Little chose to discuss was the restoration of a Greek pyxis which dates from 750 BCE. She began by giving an overview of the “process” she goes through when planning and executing a conservation project, including a discussion of very real practical concerns (age, fragility, availability of funding and useful technology) as well as concerns for the cultural heritage of the piece. Ms Little took us through the conservation of the pyxis including “before, during and after” photos.

During a lively post lecture period question ranged from the details of the analytical techniques used in conservation to how one becomes an art conservator (education, experience, curricula). At the end of the question and answer period Dylan Nguyen, from the Student Chemists Association of TCNJ, presented Ms Little with a Thank You gift of a beaker coffee mug (which she said she had REALLY wanted to get for herself), TCNJ engraved pen set and SCA magnet.

 

 

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251st ACS National Meeting Councilor Report

By Matt Crowe, Councilor, and Benny Chan, Councilor and Trenton ACS chair

Councilors Matt Crowe and Benny Chan traveled to San Diego to attend the 2016 Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Both Councilors attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional (District III) Caucus and the Council Meeting. Matt attended committee meetings relevant to his involvement with the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS). Benny attended committee events relevant to his involvement with the Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA).

At the Mid-Atlantic Regional Caucus, a presentation was given highlighting The Society’s focus on increasing the diversity of backgrounds represented on Committees of The Society. Interestingly, “industrial chemists” were included in the list of under-represented groups. So, why are so few industrial chemists involved in ACS governance? Perhaps a question that is of more interest to the industrial chemists reading this: What are the benefits, to industrial chemists, of being involved in ACS governance? Here are some answers, but please reach out to your Councilors if you think of others:

• Leadership experience

• Visibility in the field of chemistry

• Outreach opportunities

• Networking

• Freedom & opportunity to create events and opportunities for others

• External presentations (practice & visibility)

• Learn about new science

• Interact with scientists from diverse backgrounds, including career paths (academic, industrial,

government, EH&S)

• Sense of accomplishment

• Represent and positively impact select groups of chemists: women chemists (WCC), technicians (CTA),

chemists with disabilities (CWD), chemists from under-represented ethnic and racial groups (CMA),

senior chemists (SCC), international chemists (IAC)

If you are an industrial chemist and you want to get involved in ACS governance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Councilors to find out how.

Benny attended several meetings as a member of the Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA).

CMA has been very active. The ACS Scholars program is running strong and just closed their current round of funding for the fall semester. The ACS Scholars program aims to give funding to underrepresented minority students who wish to pursue a degree in chemistry. In addition, CMA is working to recognize local sections and professionals who have had a major impact on diversity issues for chemists. They choose ChemLuminary and Stanley Israel awards every year.

Information about the ACS Scholars program can be found at:

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars.html

Information on the Stanley Israel Award can be found at: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/other/diversity/stan-israel-award.html

A variety of diversity and inclusion programming will be occurring at the Philadelphia and San Francisco meetings. Check out the program for the specific programming topics.

Benny is working actively on the Membership Engagement and Professional Development subcommittee. The purpose of the committee is much clearer now that ACS is beginning to develop diversity training for our volunteers. We will actively engage the Society to give input on the training program Benny’s expertise in the social science of diversity will be critically important to the design and implementation of the modules.

Matt attended several meetings as an associate member of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS).

At the Solutions subcommittee meeting, several new efforts were presented by subcommittee chair Harry Elston. First, the subcommittee will review the existing CCS safety documents and decide: 1) if they should be kept or discarded, 2) if kept, if they need revision, and 3) if they need revision, what is the priority? Second, the committee will take, evaluate, and provide feedback on a Pilot Safety Data Usability Survey. Once finalized, this survey will be used to determine advantages and disadvantages of various methods of storing, accessing, and maintaining chemical safety data sheets (SDSs).

At the CCS Executive meeting, speakers from the ACS Planning Committee, the Chemical Safety Board, and the Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) presented, and each subcommittee shared an update.

Barbara Sawrey from the ACS Planning Committee led a discussion about the Environmental Scan (EScan) that the Society is undertaking. The EScan is an effort to address major Economic/Social/Technology/Political external influences on the ACS and its members, to help the society to respond constructively.

Representatives of the Chemical Safety Board led a discussion with the CCS about what each group could do to assist the other in achieving their goals. The main discussion points were: 1) that the ACS could help broaden the reach of the CSB and provide additional expertise in chemical safety, 2) that the CSB could help publicize chemical safety findings of the ACS more broadly using news media. Kristen Kulinowski spoke about her experience with the Board and how her career led up to and prepared her for serving on the CSB. She and Mary Beth Mulcahy spoke about the role of the CSB, benefits and challenges, and described the CSB’s general approach to incident root cause evaluation. Two high profile incidents that the CSB has investigated in recent years were Deepwater Horizon and the West Fertilizer plant explosion. The CSB is a non-regulatory organization that performs root cause investigations and makes recommendations. The benefits of this approach are realized when what is learned from one incident is used to prevent future incidents.

Representatives from the Division of Chemical Health & Safety (CHAS) spoke to the CCS about its current effort to have safety included as a core value of the ACS. At the Fall National Meeting of the ACS in Philadelphia, there will be a Town Hall meeting about Safety, Ethics, and Diversity. All ACS members are encouraged to attend this Town Hall meeting, planned for Thursday morning in Philadelphia, and to voice their opinions about whether safety should be included as a core value of the ACS.

Benny and Matt both attend the Council Meeting, held Wednesday morning from 8 am to noon. Follow the link to access Councilor talking points:

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/about/governance/councilors/councilor-talking-points.html

 

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Updates from the Student Affiliates

 

The College of New Jersey’s Student Chemists Association (SCA)

by Katie Fomchenko, SCA President

 

With the end of the semester drawing near, the SCA has participated in many events over the past few months and still has a few events left on our schedule. SCA is still holding biweekly meetings in order to inform our members of upcoming events, as well as contribute to their professional development by hosting short presentations on various sub-disciplines of chemistry and research opportunities in the Chemistry Department. In March, a few SCA members participated in Yardley Elementary School's science fair, where they judged student's projects and encouraged their interest in science, as well as presenting 2 demos: one involved cleaning old pennies with vinegar to visually illustrate acid chemistry, and the second involved placing vinegar and baking soda into an Erlenmeyer flask with a balloon over the top of it to illustrate the properties of a gas-producing reaction. Also in March, SCA participated in the NJ State Police Museum and Learning Center trip and enjoyed the museum. A new Inter-Chapter relations event is being planned between TCNJ and Rider students to be in April at TCNJ, where attendees will be able to network with students from Rider's ACS student chapter as well as enjoy an archived ACS Webinar and pizza. This past month, SCA members attended the Chemical Heritage Foundation's First Friday event "Scholarfest," where fellows of the museum gave presentations on their research into chemical and art history and engaged the audience with an interactive version of the game "two truths and a lie" with facts regarding their research. After this event, attendees enjoyed the social event of going out to dinner in Philly, with SCA paying for appetizers to catalyze the fun. Upcoming SCA events include an Earth Day lecture from TCNJ's own Dr. Aucott on renewable energy titled "Climate Change and Renewable Energy - More Must be Done, and Soon" discussing how chemistry can be used to make energy greener. SCA is hosting a green chemistry demo in conjunction with the TCNJ Environmental Club's Earth Day Celebration, where students will be able to enjoy a demonstration about green chemistry in action through biodegradable packing peanuts, relating the fun of watching them melt into nothing when placed in water to important concepts in chemistry such as the structure of sugars and polymer chemistry, as the peanuts are made out of starch. SCA will be holding its annual Chemistry Semi-Formal, “Chemiformal,” which will be a fun, relaxing night featuring a DJ and catering from Mama Flora's; a nice break from all the studying we usually do on Fridays! We also had our elections for our new Executive board and I will be returning as president next year.

 

Rider University’s Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)

by Anthony Borkowski, SAACS President

Since our last update, the Rider Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society have been busy preparing for our end of the semester events. Our most important event, the 2016 Chemistry Olympiad, will be taking place at Rider University in April. This year SAACS will welcome 21 high schools students to our campus and then test their metal with a laboratory experiment. SAACS executive members Elizabeth Urban, Grace Ogungbile, and Anthony Borkowski will be taking the responsibility for setting up the experiments and organizing breakfast and lunch for the students.

Also in April, SAACS will also be hosting its annual Spring BBQ, which will once again feature the culinary skills of Dr William Fobare as he masterfully prepares pulled pork, hot dogs, and hamburgers for our guests. As a sign of tolerance towards our vegetable loving students, SAACS will proudly serve vegan-friendly foods for the first time in the history of our BBQ. Anthony Borkowski (SAACS President) will put his own culinary skills to the test by preparing a tofu-chili and organizing a fruit platter for our animal-concerned students and faculty. When reached for comment, Anthony assured us that “this is not a plan to round up all the vegans and be rid of them”. In addition to the tofu-chili, Anthony will also be preparing a meat-creation in the shape of a 5-coordinate metal complex.

During the end of the 2016 Spring semester, the Rider Student Affiliates of the ACS welcomed John Patrick Gulliver (Freshmen) to our executive board for the 2016-2017 school year. After a strong performance in both semesters of General Chemistry, and high recommendations by Dr David Laviska, he was quickly welcomed into the position of Vice President.

 

 

The Alembic: February 2016

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February 2016

Election Results

 

Thank you to all the members who voted in the Trenton ACS Election in the fall of 2015. The results were as follows:

 

Chair-Elect: Abby O'Connor

Secretary: Danielle Guarracino

Treasurer: Danielle Jacobs

Director-at-Large (2015-2017): Joe Baker, Jaime Ludwig, William McCarroll, Allen Pulchalski

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A look back at notable Trenton Section events in 2015

 

National Chemistry Week, which occurs annually the fourth week of October, was another greatly successful event sponsored by the Trenton section of the American Chemical Society. The theme, “Chemistry Colors Our World,” focused on the chemistry of food colors and fireworks, rainbows, natural dyes and pigments. Approximately 700 students from 39 different schools from Fort Dix, Roosevelt, Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrence, East Windsor, West Windsor, Bordentown, Allentown, Cranbury, Princeton, Lambertville and Trenton were amused and inspired by about 30 volunteers from the Trenton section, including faculty and students from Mercer County Community College (MCCC), Rider University, TCNJ, Princeton as well as collaborators from the local ACS section. Students participated in interactive chemistry demonstration including the crowd favorite – making slime! A special thanks to Helen Tanzini from MCCC for planning and preparing for the event, designing the experiments, and organizing the volunteers.

 

Super Science Saturday (SSS) at the N.J. State Museum. This event featured chemistry demonstrations sponsored by the local Trenton section of the ACS. More than 30 MCCC faculty, staff and students worked long hours beside Rider University students, Trenton section volunteers and the Doyle group from Princeton University to make this event a success! Led by Helen Tanzini from MCCC, SSS provided an educational experience to over 4000 event visitors and has boasted over 40,000 visitors to this educational experience for over the 16 years of her leadership. This year, participants received hands-on experience with slime-making, polyacrylate polymerization, melting blocks, chromatography, magic sands, “bubble fantasia,” dry ice, extraction, “glo germ,” liquid nitrogen, gigantic spheres, nitinol wire, energy sticks, and thermal squares. Each experience drew a huge crowd and the successful event was both enlightening and fun!

 

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Upcoming Events, Opportunities and Scholarship Information

 

2016 TrACS College Scholarship

The Trenton Local Section of the ACS proudly announces their 2016 Scholarship Competition. We will be offering several scholarships to current high school seniors that will be going to college in an area of chemistry. Applications are due April 4, 2016. Award winners will be honored at our annual dinner in early May. Application information can be found here: http://trenton.sites.acs.org/awardsandscholarships.htm

 

Support for K-12 Teachers

The Trenton Local Section will be sponsoring teachers in our local section to join the newly formed American Association of Chemistry Teachers (www.teachchemistry.org). We will offer a 50% supplement to the membership fee ($25 for the $50 membership). Teachers who join in this fashion will also become associate members of the local section. Please contact Benny Chan, chan@tcnj.edu, for additional information.

Mentoring Opportunities

We are seeking members who are interested in mentoring local high school students to pursue college degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Through many of our programs at TCNJ and Rider, we have discovered the importance of mentoring, particularly for underrepresented minorities. We are hoping the active mentoring will assist students to enter local and regional science competitions. Students from Rider and TCNJ will assist in the mentoring. We will offer a short training session before the mentoring activities. Interested members should contact Benny Chan, chan@tcnj.edu.

 

Alternative Warm weather Activities

The Trenton Local Section has been exploring different ways of interacting with the professionals in the area. We have had successful networking sessions at the wonderful Vault Brewing Company. To create a more inclusive environment, we will be hosting a family friendly picnic at a local park this summer. Look for these activities when the weather gets better.

 

From the Chemical Heritage Museum: It Pays to Be Tacky: Lessons Learned in Growing a Small Specialty Chemical Company

This month’s Joseph Priestley Society program features a keynote address by David DeVore. Since 2004 DeVore has been an owner and the president of Functional Products Inc.

In his talk DeVore will share his successes and challenges in running a small chemical company over the past 12 years with the hope that others may be emboldened or cautioned in launching their own enterprise. It will be a whirlwind talk, touching on many different aspects of leadership in small-business enterprise, such as how to find companies to acquire, how to finance companies, hiring good people, firing underperformers, setting objectives, competing against multibillion-dollar firms, and selling both to the world’s largest firms and to “two-man shops.” The message is simple: lead technically, kill for customers, and do it every day.

Details: March 10, 2016, 11:30am – 2pm

Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19106

Networking & Lunch with talk at 1pm

Please register using this link:

https://www.chemheritage.org/secure/register-for-an-event.aspx?eventid=89485

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Updates from the Student Affiliates

 

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Student Chemists Association (SCA) Fall 2015 Activities

By Katie Fomchenko, SCA President

 

SCA had a very successful semester. We held biweekly meetings throughout the course of the semester where members were informed of the organization’s upcoming events. Our first meeting pizza party was a resounding success, with over 45 people in attendance. We sustained significant involvement from freshmen chemistry majors over the course of the semester, leading us to add segments of our meetings to inform younger students of career options. At each meeting, a member of TCNJ’s Chemical Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon (GSE) presented about a potential career path that one can pursue with an undergraduate degree in chemistry. Fundraising events for the semester included our annual goggle sale and a TCNJ chemistry apparel sale featuring a design created by one of our members.

 

SCA participated in many events throughout the course of the semester. On September 12th, members of SCA volunteered to help with the Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium (PIC), hosted at TCNJ by Dr. Abby O’Connor and Dr. Graham Dobereiner. Volunteers attended the presentations and poster session for this event, which was an excellent opportunity to network and learn about the field of inorganic chemistry. On October 17th, nine members volunteered to participate in Chem Expo, a National Chemistry Week (NCW) event held at Liberty Science Center; members presented a demonstration about spectroscopes and the colors of emission spectra of various light sources. Volunteers had fun presenting the demo, exploring the museum, watching various demonstrations, and meeting members of other ACS affiliated student chapters. Another NCW event that members volunteered to participate in was Princeton University’s Color Activities Night on October 23rd. Members guided children and adult attendees through a marker chromatography experiment and enjoyed networking with chemists and chemistry majors from many organizations and universities. Members attended the Tales of Lab Safety ACS Webinar on October 20th, hosted in the TCNJ Chemistry building, where they learned about the importance of safe lab practices and how to address various safety concerns.

 

In addition to these events, members participated in a number of chapter development events. Members participated in “stress busters,” such as rock climbing and a night of playing Cards Against Humanity. SCA members also planned and participated in freshmen “Happy Hours,” where freshmen were able to bond with each other and meet upperclassmen. Freshmen also participated in events such as a “meet your general chemistry professor” social, a panel on research in the department from current research students, and discussions on transitions into college life and success in college. On October 23rd, upperclassmen led chemistry major freshmen through SCA’s Green Chemistry Scavenger Hunt for the last Happy Hour of the semester. Some tasks from the scavenger hunt included “Take a picture with your group on the steps of a hall whose name could indicate that that they minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances” (Green Hall) and to create a skit based on one of the principle of green chemistry. A prize of a trip to a local frozen yogurt store was awarded to the winning team. The last major event of the semester was the Chemistry Thanksgiving Departmental Potluck, which was well attended by students and faculty. This was a busy and fun semester for the Student Chemists Association!

 

Rider University’s Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) Fall 2015 Activities

By Anthony Borkowski, SAACS President

 

During the course of the 2015 Fall semester, the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society at Rider University focused primarily on community service and rebuilding our member base after graduation and lack of leadership reduced our numbers. For the benefit of the community, in coordination with the chemistry department at Mercer County Community College, during National Chemistry Week three of our members traveled to two different elementary schools to perform demonstrations and explain the science of colors to children of different grade levels. We were able to make discussions of color changing pH- and temperature-sensitive systems both entertaining and easy to understand for their grade levels while also introducing to them fun and scientifically accurate vocabulary words through fun demonstrations of fake snow.

Rebuilding our member base was accomplished primarily through hosting ACS webinars from the “Program in a Box” series of videos, in addition to their other ongoing series which discuss medicine, pharmacokinetics, and the role chemistry plays ensuring compliance with state and federal laws with respect to the legal marijuana industry. On November 11th we replayed the Chemistry of the Silver Screen webinar from February 2015 to demonstrate how producers and scientists can come together to tell stories that are both entertaining and scientifically more robust than those Sci-Fi films of previous eras of film. On November the 19th, webinars on fragment based drug design and the chemical analysis of marijuana products were shown after a vote on the interests of the students. As many of the students had expressed interest in medical careers, the webinar Fragment Based Drug Design Strategies was shown to give students an idea of the types of research going on, and methods used, to create and test new medications. The video Cannabis Chemistry 201 was selected to demonstrate to students the serious scientific processes that go into designing and testing legal marijuana products for sale in states where recreational consumption has been recently legalized. Altogether, between both events, a total of twenty-six students attended the events.

 

 

The Alembic: November 2015

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THE ALEMBIC

November 2015 THE VOICE OF CENTRAL JERSEY CHEMISTS

 

Trenton ACS Elections Are This Month!

Check out the ballot below

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Trenton ACS Election 2015

 

In an effort to highlight our leadership board, we have asked all candidates for the 2015 Trenton ACS election to submit a biographical sketch for their election.

 

Teller Committee: Robert Billmers, Michelle Bunagan, Matt Crowe, Abby O'Connor

 

Voting will occur from November 1 to November 21, 2015

 

Positions for the election are chair elect, treasurer, secretary, and director (4 positions).

Candidates Chair Elect 2016, who will be Chair in 2017 and Past Chair in 2018 N/A

 

Candidate for Treasurer for 2016

Dr. Danielle Jacobs

 

Statement from Dr. Jacobs: Danielle (Dee) Jacobs holds a B.S. in Chemistry (2002) from Haverford College, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008). After spending Spring & Summer 2008 as an AAAS Science & Engineering Mass Media Fellow on the Northern Colorado Front Range, Dee joined the faculty at Rider University just outside of Trenton, NJ. Throughout her brief time at Rider, Dee has served as the Director of Rider's established and award-winning ACS Project SEED Program, and has dedicated most of her curricular and extracurricular efforts to the (1) promotion of undergraduate research scholarship, significantly that of underrepresented populations, and (2) enhancement of written and oral communication skills for science majors. Dee has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2002, a Director for the Trenton Section of the ACS from 2009-2011, and the Assistant Treasurer for the Local Section since 2012. She was directly responsible for the award and execution of two ACS Innovative Projects Grants for the Local Section (2009 and 2011), both of which funded a series of chemistry career cafes, wherein local chemists from a variety of careers networked with high school, college, and graduate students in the Mercer and Bucks county areas.

 

Candidate for Secretary for 2016

Dr. Danielle Guarracino

 

Statement from Dr. Guarracino: Dr. Danielle Guarracino received her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry in 2002 from Cornell University. She then pursued graduate studies at Yale University where she received an M.S. in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry in 2008 under the tutelage of Professor Alanna Schepartz. From there, Dr. Guarracino performed post-doctoral research and teaching with Professor Paramjit Arora at New York University from 2008-2010. From 2010 to the present, Dr. Guarracino has been an Assistant Professor at The College of New Jersey, where she has taught undergraduate classes in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and upper-level Chemical Biology. Her research focuses on using macrocyclic peptides as first generation therapeutics to probe protein-protein interactions, as well as studying the effects of amino acid sequence on helical structure in short peptides and synthetic folded oligomers. Candidate Statement: I would be excited to extend my role on the Board of Directors of Trenton ACS by running for Secretary, as being on the board has provided me many opportunities to contribute service to the field. In the past several years I have served as the editor of the Alembic newsletter and have maintained the TrACS listserve (I’m behind the emails you receive and event information you want proliferated!). As secretary, my skilled record keeping and note-taking could help contribute to the success of our local section. In the past, my affiliation with TrACS has allowed my participation in local events and interaction with students from the elementary to the high school level and I would like to continue to have such opportunities to bring chemistry to the general public, influence student scholarship and outreach and promote local programs involving chemistry and the population at large. As Secretary I can continue my role in communication of our events and programs and promote an organized, clear means of communicating our vision.

 

Candidates for Director-at-large for 2016-2018. There are 4 open positions on the board of directors.

 

Dr. Joe Baker

Dr. Jaime Ludwig

Dr. William McCarroll

Dr. Allen Pulchalski

 

Statement from Dr. Baker: Joseph Baker earned his B.S. in Physics in 2003 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He then studied at the University of Arizona, where he earned his Ph.D. in Physics in 2011. While at the University of Arizona, Dr. Baker studied theoretical neutrino astrophysics with Prof. Ina Sarcevic, before working in the area of computational biochemistry in the research group of Prof. Florence Tama. In Prof. Tama’s group, his interests included the dynamics of multidrug transporters and bacterial type IV pili, in addition to the development of network analysis methods for molecular dynamics data sets. Dr. Baker joined Prof. Greg Voth’s group in the Department of Chemistry and Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation at the University of Chicago in January 2012 as a postdoctoral scholar, where he studied the dynamics of large protein complexes. While at U. Chicago he also engaged in public outreach activities including career days at local Chicago high schools, public science demos at the Museum of Science and Industry, science pubs at local bars, and developing a summer course for Chicago Public Schools middle school teachers to count towards their science certification. Most recently, Dr. Baker joined the Chemistry faculty at The College of New Jersey in August 2014, and is beginning his second year as an Assistant Professor.

 

Statement from Dr. Ludwig: My name is Jamie Ludwig and I recently started as an assistant professor at Rider University teaching biochemistry and organic chemistry. Before Rider, I worked as a visiting professor at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. I obtained my PhD at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where I worked with John MacMillan on natural product isolation and new biocatalysis development. I also worked as a postdoc with Jeff Johnson at UNC-Chapel Hill where I worked on a dynamic kinetic resolution using transaminase enzymes. I was the Younger Chemists Committee chair for the NC-ACS chapter in the Research Triangle in North Carolina before moving to this area. In that role I worked to organize events bringing chemists across the area together for networking and career services. Since arriving at Rider I have worked with Project SEED. My student, Haniyyah Sardar worked on a project with me over the summer looking at methods to discover new biocatalyzed transformations by utilizing isotope labeling strategies, and she presented that work at the National ACS meeting in Boston. I have also been working with Every Child Valued to develop a tutoring program in which Rider students tutor middle school and high school students in STEM subjects. I look forward to becoming involved here with the local section of the ACS.

 

Statement from Dr. McCarroll: Bill McCarroll received his Ph. D. from the University of Connecticut where he specialized in inorganic solid state chemistry under the mentorship of Roland Ward. He joined the RCA Laboratories in Princeton in 1956 where he worked on the development of luminescent and photoelectric materials for use in color television and other applications. In 1967 he joined the Chemistry Department at Rider College. While there he actively encouraged students to join him in research on the synthesis and properties of transition metal oxides with unusual structural and electronic behaviors. Although retired from full-time teaching for several years he remained active in the laboratory until recently. He is author or co-author of approximately 100 scientific publications and served for many years as an Associate Editor of the Materials Research Bulletin. While at Rider he regularly mentored students in the ACS sponsored program Project SEED for disadvantaged high school students. Active in the Trenton Section for over forty years, he has served as a Director, Councilor, Chair Elect (Program Chair), Chair and, for 14 years, as Treasurer. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2011. He currently serves on the Section’s Board of Directors where he is responsible for the management of the Scholarship Fund.

 

 

Statement from Dr. Puchalski: Employed by Colgate-Palmolive Company since 2000, Senior Technical Associate in fragrance R&D in Piscataway, New Jersey. Responsible for quality and performance aspects of fragrances. Previous employment: 18 years with Union Camp R&D in Lawrenceville New Jersey, research on aroma chemicals. Education: B.S. in chemistry from Penn State University, Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University. American Chemical Society member since 1974, member of the Trenton Section of the ACS since 1980. Current (2015) secretary of the Trenton Section, previous Trenton Section board positions as director and chair.

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Ballot Information

Our local section election will be conducted online, as consistent with our section bylaws.

Please use this link to access the ballot: https://tcnj.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_38iGyl1Z3FNUjjf

 

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Local Seminars

Nearby ACS sections include The Princeton Section, The North Jersey Section, and The Philadelphia Section. All have diverse and interesting monthly speakers. Their speaker schedules and home pages are located online at the following sites:

Princeton Section of the ACS http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/

Princeton ACS Seminars http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/meeting_seminar.htm

Philadelphia Section of the ACS http://membership.acs.org/p/philadelphia/index.html

Philadelphia ACS Meetings and Events http://membership.acs.org/p/philadelphia/meetings/

North Jersey Section of the ACS http://njacs.org/

 

 

 

The Alembic: September 2015

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THE ALEMBIC

September 2015 THE VOICE OF CENTRAL JERSEY CHEMISTS

 

Call For Service!

Seeking Nominations for the Trenton Section ACS Board of Directors

Next month, the Trenton Local Section will hold officer elections. Check out next month’s Alembic for nominations and voting information. Online ballots will be available, and members are encouraged to vote online. The following positions are up for election. Please nominate yourself or another section member and participate in the governance of your local section. The Trenton ACS is especially excited to solicit new members to serve as director on the executive board!

Chairperson Elect – With the board, helps to acquire speakers for general meetings, helps run meetings, participates in decision making and planning, after one year becomes Chairperson. (Chairperson –Directs board meetings, introduces speakers at general meetings, with the help of the board plans section activities.)

Directors – Participate in decision making and planning, help to find speakers, help to operate section activities.

Treasurer – A Director who is also responsible for recording and reporting section finances.

Secretary – A Director who is also responsible for keeping minutes of Trenton Section board meetings.

Contact Section Chair Abby O’Connor (oconnora@tcnj.edu) or Section Secretary Allen Pulchalski (Aepski@aol.com) with nominations for any position on the board by Friday October 9, 2015.

 

Next month, the Trenton Local Section will hold officer elections. Check out next month’s Alembic for nominations and voting information. Please nominate yourself or another section member and participate in the governance of your local section.

 

The Trenton Section ACS is involved in many activities. Events such as National Chemistry Week and the Chemistry Olympiad require the help of many volunteers. The local section runs only by the efforts of volunteers who sit on and chair the Local Section Board. At every meeting we talk, laugh, and facilitate the goals of the section. The Board has a few positions that need to be filled, if you are interested, (or know someone who is interested) please let us know.

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Upcoming Event!

Volunteers needed for National Chemistry Week 2015 Color Activities Night

Where & When: Frick Chemistry Laboratory on Friday, October 23, 6:30-9:30 pm.

Supervised hands-on activities will be provided in Taylor Commons and the General Chemistry labs and a program of demonstrations will be repeated 4-5 times in Taylor Auditorium.

Volunteers supervise activities and present demonstrations in the auditorium shows. Volunteers are also needed for set-up, clean-up, registration, and crowd control, and for event preparation. See details below. If you would like to help, or if you have program suggestions, email Dr. Kathryn Wagner (kmwagner@princeton.edu) as soon as possible for more information.

Note for those who plan to attend: Advanced online registration is required. We are limiting this year's guest list to 750 and giving guests a choice of two start times, 6:30 or 7:30. To be admitted guests must present a copy of their email confirmation with their start time and the number of guests in their party.

Avoid disappointment by registering early at http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/?p=1463.

 

Volunteer needs (Times periods indicate when coverage is needed. Schedules will be worked out based on the availability of individual volunteers):

On Friday, October 23:

• Help with set-up (between 3:30 and 6:15 pm) and clean-up (9:30-10:30 pm).

• Supervise and facilitate hands-on activities. (6:00-9:30pm) May require training. Since a large number of guests are expected and the time has been extended to 3 hours, we need multiple volunteers for each activity. We would like to provide every guest the opportunity to do every major activity. For one 15-minute activity we need continuous coverage of 10-12 stations, enough for 60+ guests. For a 10-minute activity we need to cover 7-8 stations for 40+ guests. For a 5-minute activity we need to cover 4 stations for 20+ guests. Ideally we'll have more volunteers than stations for each activity to give more personal attention to guests, to wrangle materials efficiently, and (very important) to allow breaks for volunteers.

• Present demonstrations in the auditorium show. (6:00-9:30pm) Requires training and rehearsal.

• Act as gatekeepers. (6:00-8:30pm) Collect confirmation tickets, make sure the number of people in the party matches the number on the confirmation, and keep others from entering.

• Distribute and collect goggles and other protective gear (6:30-9:30pm). Clean goggles (9:30-10pm).

• Distribute programs and materials (6:30-8:30pm)

• Direct traffic flow. (6:30-9:30pm) We will start incoming guests at different stations throughout the atrium, gen chem labs and auditorium and encourage them to move from activity to activity in ways that make best use of their time. We will also need people to make sure that guests find the auditorium, restrooms, and water refill station and that guests do not enter research or administrative areas of the building.

• Record the event. (6:30-9:30pm) Take pictures of those who have given prior written permission (i.e.-are not wearing "no photos" stickers) and who are wearing safety glasses and other appropriate safety gear for possible publication, with attribution, online or in magazines.

Before the event:

• Make signs and/or informational posters for the activities

• Make additional informational posters about the chemistry of color and color-related chemistry

• Organize materials for the event

 

This year's theme is "Chemistry Colors Our World." Community members are invited to use chemistry to dye cloth, marble paper, change colors, separate colors, and more. They can also see some fireworks colors and learn about how we see colors. A flyer is attached. Feel free to circulate it. The event is free and open to the public. Recommended for ages 5 and up. (Under 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)

 

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Councilor’s Report from the Fall 2015 National ACS Meeting

By Benny Chan and Matt Crowe

 

Councilor’s short report; full report can be found on our website.

 

The 250th meeting of the American Chemical Society commenced during the meeting from August 16 to the 20th.

 

Dr. Crowe is an Associate Member of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) chaired by Betty Ann Towson. Highlights of the meeting were thought-provoking discussions around how to get safety & hazard information included in peer-reviewed publications, and how to improve safety culture in academic research institutions. The CCS completed a report on Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories, which received very positive reviews from the Chemical Safety Board (CSB). Lastly, the CCS plans to introduce a Chemluminary award in the near future recognizing ACS-sponsored events and initiatives that highlight chemical safety.

 

Dr. Chan is an Associate Member of the Committee on Minority Affairs chaired by Madelaine Jacobs. The highlight of the meeting was the successful 20th anniversary of the ACS Scholars Program. If local section members know of a chemistry/chemical engineering major that would qualify (an African American, Hispanic, or Native American student) we encourage them to apply on the ACS website through the ACS Scholars. Dr. Chan will also be active in the development of programming to enhance diversity and inclusion to achieve the ACS strategic plan to increase diversity in the chemical society.

 

The council meeting was conducted and the councilors voted to approve the Petition on Preferential Voting and the Procedure for the Expulsion of a Member.

 

The Nominations and Elections Committee presented the two candidates for the 2016 ACS President-elect, G. Bryan Balaz and Allison A. Campbell. Both candidates are strong and we encourage our local section members to participate in the voting process. Electronic voting options should be received by members shortly.

 

Reports were given by standing and other committees that may be of interest by local section members.

 

CEPA: Unemployment for chemists is currently at 3.1%, lower than the national average

 

CME: The Boston Meeting drew 13,888 registered attendees to present 9,271 papers.

 

CCA: The Illustrated Poem Contest was a huge success. The Trenton Section is considering launching a local version.

 

Ethics: Video modules are being developed to help chemists identify ethical issues.

 

Project SEED: Participation is at 411 high school students, including many at Rider University. Dr. Jacob’s work on Project SEED (see below) and the Chemistry Olympiad should be nominated for awards.

 

The 251st Meeting of the ACS will be in San Diego, California from March 13 to 17, 2016.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Benny Chan

Matt Crowe

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What has the Trenton Section been up to?

1. Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium

By Abby O’Connor

 

The Trenton ACS helped sponsor and coordinate the second Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium (PIC) which was held on Saturday September 12, 2015 at The College of New Jersey. Over 80 people were registered to attend the daylong colloquium, which consisted of lectures and a poster session. Professor Brad Carrow, Princeton University, Annalese Maddox, Gelest, Dr. Anders Laursen, Rutgers, and Professor Kate Plass, Franklin and Marshall gave keynote lectures. The colloquium was organized by Professors Graham Dobereiner and Abby O’Connor (chair Trenton ACS). The next PIC will be at the University of Delaware in January or February. Members of the area local section, along with students, faculty and postdocs from the area were in attendance. This was a very successful event that the Trenton section will continue to help sponsor.

 

Active discussion during poster session.

 

 

2. Project SEED

By Danielle Jacobs

 

This summer marked another successful summer of ACS Project SEED at Rider University. The Project SEED program at Rider, coordinated by Dr. Danielle Jacobs since 2009, provides a $2,500 fellowship to 3-4 economically disadvantaged high school students to participate in seven weeks of summer research in one of their faculty's academic laboratories. The 2015 Project SEED fellows were:

Mideum (Abraham) Park, a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, who worked with Dr. Jacobs on the development of an efficient and robust protocol for the microwave-promoted acidic dehydration of phenylethanol and other alcohols.

Haniyyah Sardar, a freshman at New York University (formerly of Council Rock High School), who worked with Dr. Jamie Ludwig to design new biocatalytic strategies, as well as to develop new labs for Dr. Ludwig's upcoming Biochemistry I Lab at Rider.

Khari Butler-Samuels, a senior at Foundation Collegiate Academy in Trenton, who worked with Dr. John Bochanski on the development of new, reliable computational tools to distinguish distant M Giants in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

 

Another important feature of the Project SEED program is its emphasis on career development and its motivation of students to pursue higher education in the natural sciences. To that end, Project SEED fellows and their faculty mentors visited various chemical and chemistry-related industries, including Church & Dwight (Princeton), Pflaumer Brothers (Ewing), Agilent Technologies (Wilmington, DE), Ocean County Forensics Lab (Toms River), ChemGlass (Vineland), and Wheaton Arts (Millville). Every Thursday, the SEED fellows, undergraduate lab peers, and faculty mentors collaborated over a "working lunch" together, wherein each student researcher would present their research, receive feedback and suggestions, and overall hone their skills in scientific literacy and oral communication. Project SEED fellows also received counseling on applying to and paying for college.

At the end of the summer, the three Project SEED fellows joined Dr. Jacobs at the 250th National ACS Conference in Boston, MA to present their research at the Sci-Mix poster session.

Rider’s involvement in Project SEED was initiated in 1976 by Dr. Bill McCarroll and Dr. John Sheats, Professors Emeritus. They realized that the community encompassing Rider demonstrates a necessity for the ACS program. Lack of monetary and educational resources within many areas of Mercer and Bucks county impede exposure of under-serviced high school students to science as a profession. Rider’s SEED program addresses this gap, with opportunities for mentorship within the department and local industry. Over the past 40 years, the national Project SEED program has grown to become one of the most significant educational programs nationwide. Most of Project SEED’s 8,000+ alumni have attended college, and often graduate or professional school, to pursue the sciences. No matter what path they later travel, all SEED participants are armed with the confidence and drive to pursue their desired career.

Rider University's Project SEED program would not be possible without the generous funding of the National ACS, the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Corporation.

 

3. Annual Awards Dinner

By Abby O’Connor

 

The Trenton ACS held the annual awards dinner and banquet on May 13, 2015, at Tessara restaurant in Hamilton, NJ. About 50 people were in attendance at the dinner, in which the local section gave out a number of awards. Fifty-year members of the ACS were recognized with awards. We thanks Carlo Alfare, Larry Davis, Joesph Dziedzic, Michael Falkiewicz, Waldemar Palaitis, Robert Robertson, Richard Saferstein, and Donald Schulz for years of service to ACS. In addition, local section high school student Nisita Dutta, from Hightstown High School, was awarded a scholarship and Arvinth Sethuraman, from West Windsor-Plainsboro North, was awarded the Roeser Scholarship. Sebastian Cwalina was recognized as a second year scholar. Susan Knox, from TCNJ, Andrew Jemas, from Rider, Michael Vetick from Mercer County, Alyssa Rina, from Raritan Valley, and Cesar Clarke, from Raritan Valley, were recognized as outstanding area college students and received monetary awards. The Olympiad finalists were also recognized by Danielle Jacobs, who coordinated the competition for the Princeton and Trenton Sections. Abraham Park was chosen as a finalist to attend the UNSCO study camp. Each year the Trenton and Princeton Section recognize outstanding area high school teachers. Awards were given to Jane Spencer who teaches at Princeton Day School, and to Raman Nadadhur, who teaches at Trenton Central. The final award recognized an outstanding outreach volunteer. Benny Chan, local section councilor and member of the committee of minority affairs, received this award.

High school student award scholarship recipients.

Fifty-year ACS members.

 

 

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Goals for the Upcoming Year from the Student Affiliates

 

TCNJ’s Student Chemists Association (SCA) by Katherine Fomchenko

 

This year, the SCA has numerous events planned. Our organization participates in many service events throughout the year, such as performing informative chemistry demonstrations, as well as participating in local science fairs such as the Lawrence Science and Engineering Fair and the Timberlane Middle School Science Fair. In addition to this, we will continue participating in the Connect Program, which promotes interest in the sciences at the high school level. TCNJ chemistry students present their research at local high schools to show the students what pursuing a college career in science entails. We also plan to explore additional service opportunities, such as volunteering at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and partnering with TCNJ’s Environmental Club to raise awareness about green chemistry during Earth Week. In order to prepare students at TCNJ for careers outside of college, our chapter will also participate in many career development events. We will to continue to host ACS webinars and colloquium speakers at TCNJ, as well as sending representatives to the 251st ACS National Conference in 2016 to present a poster on our chapter activities and increase awareness of TCNJ in the national chemistry community. This year, we have also partnered with TCNJ’s chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society to have short presentations on various sub-disciplines of chemistry and research opportunities in the Chemistry Department at the beginning of SCA's biweekly meetings. Other events that SCA plans to participate in this year are the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s First Friday event in Philadelphia and the Chemistry Department’s Thanksgiving Potluck, as well as holding chapter development events such as rock climbing, laser tag, and our chemistry semi-formal. We will also be participating in the Chemistry Department’s “Happy Hours” for freshmen chemistry majors, where freshmen can get to know each other and upperclassmen in the department as well as participate in chemistry-themed social events, such as our liquid nitrogen ice cream social and green chemistry scavenger hunt. In the past, we have had inter-chapter relations at the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s First Friday event, and we would like to reach out to other chapters to participate in other events with us.

 

Rider University’s Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) by John Lisowski

 

Rider University SAACS will be focusing on three major events this fall semester. We will be performing demonstrations and making rainbow slime with PVA powder for National Chemistry week in October. We will be explaining the chemistry of color in a way everyone can understand. For our next project, in order to build a stronger sense of community between our faculty and students, we will be hosting a peanut butter and jelly mixer for all who are interested. This mixer will include peanut butter, jelly and some entertaining team building exercises as students and faculty just relax and get to know each other. Last but not least, we are planning a professional networking event for professionals and students. This will include a question and answer section for professionals, followed by a networking mingle session.

 

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Trenton Section

American Chemical Society

PO Box 55633

Trenton, NJ 08638

 

Serving Central NJ for over 50 Years

 

 

April 2015

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THE ALEMBIC: THE VOICE OF CENTRAL JERSEY CHEMISTS

April 2015

Trenton ACS Annual Awards Banquet

Come join us to honor our Chemistry Olympiad Winners, TrACS High School Scholarship Winners, 50-year members, Outstanding High School Chemistry Teachers, and Top Undergraduates at our local area colleges and universities!

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 13, social mixer 6:00 pm, dinner 6:30 pm.

Location: Tessara Restaurant: 812 Route 33 Hamilton, NJ 08619

Additional Information: If you would like to attend, the cost of Dinner for ACS Trenton members is $25, cash due at the door to the event. Dinner includes a house salad, main entrée with sides, soft drinks, followed by ice cream and coffee/tea. Choice of entrees includes Eggplant Parmigiana, Charcoal Broiled Chicken, or Homemade lasagna. Cash bar available.

Reservations must be made by May 5, 2015 to oconnora@tcnj.edu

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12 Local Students Win Chance to Qualify for 2015 International Chemistry Olympiad; 1 Advances to Next Round

By Danielle L. Jacobs (USNCO Coordinator, Trenton & Princeton ACS)

The Trenton and Princeton sections of the American Chemical Society held their annual US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition between January and April.

Throughout the month of March, 250 students across 12 local high schools participated in the preliminary round of the competition, an exam consisting of 60 multiple-choice questions spanning challenging concepts in physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry. The qualifying top scorers from each high school were then invited to participate in the second round at Rider University on Sunday, April 19, 2015. This full-day exam consisted of three parts: (a) 60 multiple-choice questions (b) 8 critical thinking questions; and (c) a lab practical portion requiring students to first compose, and then execute, safe and efficient procedures for solving laboratory problems in both chromatography and titration.

The Trenton & Princeton sections are proud of our 12 local nominees, who were among approximately 1,000 nationwide who participated in the full-day exam, and represent the top 5% of the over 10,000 high school students who competed in the preliminary round across the United States. Furthermore, we are ecstatic to have just learned that Abraham Park, a junior from West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, has been chosen as one of only 20 finalists nationwide to proceed to the USNCO Study Camp, which will be held at US Air Force Academy in Colorado from June 2-17. The top four students from the two-week intensive training camp will have the honor of representing the United States in the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-29, 2015. The US has participated in the IChO since 1984. In 2014, the US team won one gold and three silver medals, competing against a total of 291 students from 77 countries around the globe. Last year, Andrew Chen of West Windsor Plainsboro High School South represented the United States at the IChO, and we wish Abraham the best of luck as he competes for a coveted slot on this year’s team.

 All 12 finalists will be recognized at the Trenton Section Awards Banquet to be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Tessara Restaurant in Hamilton, NJ:

Trenton Section:

Dennis Duan and David Xin (The Lawrenceville School) sponsored by Mary Calvert and David Laws

Nick Pittman (North Hunterdon High School) sponsored by Carolyn Wilhelm

Robert Frascella and Timothy Low-Beer (Notre Dame High School) sponsored by Robert Carroll

Princeton Section:

Stephanie Ren, Leon Wu, and Harvey Liu (Princeton High School) sponsored by Robert Corell

Viswajit Kandula and Shannon McNaul (Hillsborough High School) sponsored by Carmel Meyer

Kevin Li and Abraham Park (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South) sponsored by Cindy Jaworsky

All of the students seemed to enjoy and value their experience participating in the National USNCO competition. We look forward to having our best high school chemistry students continue to represent our sections in the USNCO for many years to come.

Thank you to all of the high school teachers who continue to be committed to teaching chemistry in engaging and inspiring ways, while recognizing and cultivating the scientific aptitude and aspirations of their students. We thus wish to recognize the schools and teachers who participated in the 2015 USNCO local competition who were not listed above:

Dan Allen Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Madeline Cozine The Peddie School

Brian Cullen Steinert High School

Matthew Davis Lawrence High School

Karolina Fraczkowska The Hun School

Tom Horsley The Pennington School

Roxanne Spencer PRISMS of Princeton

Jason Sullivan Montgomery High School

The 2016 US National Chemistry Olympiad preparations will begin in January 2016. I will again serve as the Olympiad Coordinator for both the Trenton and Princeton Sections. The program announcement letter will be sent out to local high school chemistry teachers in early January. If you have a child in high school who is interested in taking the exam, but are unsure if your school participates, please contact me, or your child’s chemistry teacher, to ensure he or she does not get left out of next year’s competition!

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Volunteer Opportunities and Virtual Scavenger Hunt

By Abby O’Connor, Trenton ACS Chair

Trenton ACS looking for volunteers to help out with Super Science Saturday

Super Science Saturday is Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the NJ State museum from 9-4pm. We need volunteers! We will have some awesome demos!

Helen Tanzini is seeking volunteers for 2 hour shifts. Please email her at tanzinih@mccc.edu by 5/3/2015 to volunteer. The following link has some information about the event in addition to directions to the NJ State Museum

http://www.nj.gov/state/museum/dos_museum_2015-super-science.html

The 2-hour shift times will be:

Setup: 8:30 am

9 - 11

10 - noon

11 -1pm

noon - 2

2-4pm plus cleanup

Shark Tank Program!

The Trenton ACS is seeking volunteers to help out with a new program; our version of the popular television show Shark Tank! We hope to engage students in a small business plan competition related to chemistry! Contact Abby O’Connor (oconnora@tcnj.edu) for more information by May 30th.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Check out our newly updated website at http://trenton.sites.acs.org.

Like us on Facebook at Trenton Local Section of The American Chemical Society. We will be hosting a virtual chemistry scavenger hunt starting in June to encourage membership to our page. Check our Facebook page for volunteer opportunities and photos from our events.

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What has the Trenton Section been up to?

By Abby O’Connor, Trenton ACS Chair

Trenton ACS volunteers at Dutch Neck Elementary School

The Trenton ACS volunteered at the Dutch Neck Elementary School Science Day on Friday April 17th, 2015. The section demonstrated the principles of acids and bases, polymers, and carbon dioxide. We performed a number of demos for each of the first grade classes and students even got to make slime! The program was very interactive and really showed how fun, and hands-on, chemistry can be! All of the volunteers had a great time and the kids had a blast! Future chemists? Only time will tell…

Trenton ACS and TCNJ Student Affiliates Take on the Riverhorse Brewery Tour

On Sunday April 19th, 2015, members of the Trenton ACS local section and ACS student affiliates from TCNJ went on a tour of the Riverhorse Brewery. The tour included 4 beer samples and an informative talk about how beer is brewed. The students and local section members had a great time! We look forward to hosting this event again in the future.

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Trenton ACS Councilor’s Report, Spring 2015

Our full councilor’s report can be found on our website. For the alembic we present the highlights from our report.

Trenton ACS (TrACS) Councilors Benny Chan and Matt Crowe attended the 249th American Chemical Society National meeting in Denver, Colorado from March 21st to March 25th, 2015, along with 13,937 other attendees. The Councilors attended the National ACS Council meeting, Committee meetings, and technical symposia.

The Dr. Crowe and Alternate Councilor Dr. Abby O’Connor participated in the new councilor orientation, while Dr. Chan and other existing councilors were recruited by to help with the orientation session.

Dr. Crowe was appointed to the Committee on Chemical Safety.

Dr. Chan was appointed to the Committee on Minority Affairs.

Dr. Crowe co-chaired a symposium with Jani Ingram (Professor, Northern Arizona University), entitled "Environmental Analytical Chemistry: A Tool for Introducing Research."

Dr. Chan chaired a symposium for Undergraduate Programs Office, “Networking 101: An Introvert’s Guide to Networking.”

At the Council Meeting: Allison A. Campbell and G. Bryan Balazs were selected be the two candidates for President-Elect to be voted upon by the members of the ACS.

The Committee on Meetings and Expositions announced that National ACS meetings have been losing money in recent years, and that meeting registration costs will be increased to reach a break-even point. The announcements resulted in a number of comments regarding the cost of technical programming versus exposition, the possible negative impact of increasing registration costs on conference attendance, the usefulness of the mobile app versus paper programs, and other approaches to increasing conference revenue in lieu of raising registration fees.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Benny Chan

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Scholarship Awards

By Benny Chan, Chair of the Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate our scholarship award winners for 2015!

Arvinth Sethuraman will be receiving the Roeser Scholarship. He is currently a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and will be attending the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as a Chemical Engineering Major.

Nisita Dutta will be receiving a Board Scholarship. She is currently a student at Hightstown High School and plans to major in chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Last year’s winner of the Roeser Scholarship, Sebastian Cwalina is doing very well and is anticipated to be awarded a second year of the scholarship.

We congratulate Sebastian, Arvinth, and Nisita for their fantastic work.

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Updates from the Student Affiliates

by Taylor Maney, TCNJ Student Chemists Association President

The TCNJ Student Chemists Association (SCA) had a very busy semester. Students were actively involved in the community - volunteering at Antheil Elementary Hands on Science Night, Timberlane Middle School Science Fair, and Lawrence Science Fair. “Spectroscopes and Cupcakes” and “Biodegradable Packing Peanut” demonstrations were conducted on campus for Week of Science and Earth Day, respectively. A variety of different speakers were hosted throughout the semester, along with the “Chemistry on the Silver Screen” ACS Webinar. Students attended the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s “First Friday: The Alchemist’s Cookbook” event in Philadelphia and joined Trenton local section members in touring the River Horse Brewery in a trip graciously funded by Trenton ACS. Finally, club members enjoyed a variety of different “stressbuster” activities including rock climbing, a video game night cohosted by TCNJ’s Chemistry Honor Society Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chapter, and the second annual Chemistry Semiformal, which was catered by Momma Floras. Club President Taylor Maney accepted “Outstanding Student Chapter” and “Green Chemistry” Awards on behalf of SCA at the 249th ACS National Meeting& Exposition in Denver.

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Other Local Sections

Nearby ACS sections include the Princeton Section, the North Jersey Section, and the Philadelphia Section. All have diverse and interesting monthly speakers. Their speaker schedules and home pages are located online at the following sites:

Princeton Section of the ACS http://www.princeton.edu/~pacs/

Philadelphia Section of the ACS http://philadelphia.sites.acs.org

North Jersey Section of the ACS http://njacs.org/

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