Trenton ACS Local Section


The Alembic: April 2017

Posted by Crowe, Matthew on October 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM



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


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:


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:


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.


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

Philadelphia Section of the ACS

North Jersey Section of the ACS


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