Trenton ACS Local Section


The Alembic: November 2015

Posted on February 13, 2016 at 2:55 PM




Trenton ACS Elections Are This Month!

Check out the ballot below


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.



Ballot Information

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

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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

Princeton ACS Seminars

Philadelphia Section of the ACS

Philadelphia ACS Meetings and Events

North Jersey Section of the ACS




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