Trenton ACS Local Section


The Alembic: January 2018

Posted by Crowe, Matthew on February 3, 2018 at 4:05 PM



Election Results

Thank you to all the members who voted in the Trenton ACS Election in the fall of 2017. Congratulations to our leadership board. The results were as follows:

Chair-Elect: Joe Baker

Secretary: Danielle Guarracino

Treasurer: Danielle Jacobs

Councilor: Matt Crowe

Alternate Councilor: Abby O’Connor (3 year term), and Jamie Ludwig (2 year term)

Director-at-large: Thom Caggiano


Upcoming Events for 2018

Matt Crowe, chair

Chemistry Safety Video Contest

Trenton ACS members, be on the lookout for an upcoming event which will give you a chance to express your creativity, network with your peers, share and enhance your knowledge of Chemical Safety, and win great prizes!

In 2018, the Trenton local section is planning to hold a Chemical Safety Video Contest. There will be a call for submissions, the opportunity to interact with top chemical safety experts from the ACS, and chances to win awards! Outstanding videos will be recognized at an awards ceremony in multiple categories including "best picture".

Look out for more information on this event later this Spring!

Food Chemistry Careers Event

Are you getting your degree in chemistry and want to know more about your career options? Are you interested in food chemistry and the possibility of exploring a career in the food industry?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then an event planned for the Fall of 2018 is right up your alley! The Trenton ACS is planning a Food Chemistry Careers Event, in which experts from the food industry will speak about their careers, what they do day-to-day, and how they got to their current positions, sharing tips for success they learned along the way. Event attendees will have the opportunity to network with area food scientists, interact with the food chemistry career panel, and of course enjoy tasty treats throughout the event!

Look out for more information on this event as the year progresses!


Outreach volunteer of the year!

The Trenton local section congratulates Helen Tanzini as local outreach volunteer of the year.

For more information see:


Student Scholarship Information

Joe Baker, chair-elect

The Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society will be offering several scholarships this year, including a $3000 High School Scholarship and a $5000 Roeser Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships are for Trenton Local Section high school students to pursue studies related to chemistry as undergraduates in college. In addition, TrACS will be offering $250 Associates Graduate Scholarships, and $1500 Organic Chemistry Scholarships to students at Raritan Valley Community College and Mercer County Community College.

More information about each opportunity will be available on the TrACS website ( ) by early February, with an anticipated due date for applications in late March.

Please check the website for more information soon!


Successful Outcomes from Project SEED 2017

Jamie Ludwig, alternate councilor

In the summer of 2017, Rider University hosted three high school students through the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED. These students were supported jointly by the national ACS and our local section, Trenton ACS. Ameka Yawson is a current senior at Trenton High School. She spent her summer working with Dr. Jamie Ludwig on developing a series of videos and posters that help Organic Chemistry Lab students to prepare for and complete their experiments. Those tools were implemented in the fall semester and Ameka has surveyed the students to understand if her tools were successful for helping the undergraduates gain confidence in the lab. Geordelle Maxwell is also a senior at Trenton High School and she spent her summer working with Dr. Daniel Druckenbrod. Geordelle’s project focused on understanding the cause of gum spots on black cherry trees from a forest in Fernow, West Virginia. Geordelle used tree rings to date the cherry trees and analyzed the historical climate of the region to see if she could make correlations to climate and disease. Geordelle’s project was part of a larger analysis of the Fernow Forest, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. Finally, Gbaweah Sandy is also a senior at Trenton High School and he worked with Dr. Danielle Jacobs last summer. Gbaweah worked on improving a synthesis of pyridine sulfonamides. These important molecules show potential as pharmaceutical compounds, and the Jacobs’ lab has been working to develop an efficient coupling reaction. Gbaweah’s work on this synthesis involved synthesizing a pyridine N-oxide for use in this coupling reaction to improve the yield and flexibility of this synthesis.

Ameka Yawson and Geordelle Maxwell have decided to carry their projects forward and prepare them for the Mercer County Science Fair. They will prepare their presentations and compete for scholarships this March.


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

Philadelphia Section of the ACS

North Jersey Section of the ACS


Trenton Section

American Chemical Society

PO Box 55633

Trenton, NJ 08638

Serving Central NJ for over 50 Years 

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