PACS Science CaFe- July 30, 2019
A Matter of Taste: Forces Driving our Eating Preferences and Patterns
Our panel of nutrition, food science and culinary arts experts will enlighten us and spark brainstorming and satiating discussion of this important topic. After all, we are what we eat…and should know why we eat what we eat.
When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
5:30 – 5:45 pm Welcome/Sign-in
5:45 – 8:30 pm Light meal buffet
Fun Quiz, Expert/Audience Discussion
Where: Frick Laboratory, Princeton University
Cost: $15 includes light nutritious meal buffet if prepaid ($10/student)
Professor Karen Schaich, PhD – Rutgers University, IFT Fellow
Professor Beverly Tepper, PhD – Rutgers University, IFT Fellow
Brenda Burgess, PhD – Nutrition Scientist, Elmhurst Milked Direct
Craig Shelton – CEO, Aeon Holistic Agriculture, Princeton University Instructor, Chef and Culinary Expert
Who Should Attend?
Scientists and Non-Scientists; Educators and Students; Bright Future Enthusiasts
Reservations are required. To register go to http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/event/princeton-acs-july-30-science-cafe/. Cost, which includes meal buffet is $15 if prepaid ($10/students) and $18 at the door ($12/student). Space will be limited. (questions? firstname.lastname@example.org).
The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory, Princeton University, Room A057. Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. Parking is available in Lot 21, corner of Faculty Road and Fitzrandolph Road or other lots along Ivy Lane after 5:00 pm. (see http://m.princeton.edu/map/)
Event Coordinators: Randy Weintraub, MS, PhD and Barbara Ameer, PharmD, MBA
Sidney Harris Cartoon for May
“Polymers are fundamental to every part of our society, and they have all kinds of amazing properties. This cartoon depicts a merger of chemicals being discussed by two businessmen (at least they look like businessmen since there are vests and ties; no lab coats) to create a polymer. The timing for this cartoon couldn’t be more appropriate given the recent merger of Dow and DuPont, two of the oldest and largest polymer companies in the world. Hopefully, in business as well as in chemistry, the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts. Polymers are a great example of this — given all they have done for the world.”
— Robert Langer, MIT
High School Students Move Their Ideas Forward in Chemagination Competition
By Barbara Ameer, PACS Chemagination Committee Chair and Coordinator
Enthusiastic teams of chemistry students assembled on June 8th at Princeton University’s Frick Laboratory for a poster display and judging in the 17th Annual Chemagination Competition.
Students pondered how chemistry might be used to improve our lives 25 years in the future in the areas of medicine, new materials, alternate energy sources, environment and protein chemistry. The judging team consisted of 12 scientists, consultants and educators in the Princeton-Trenton area along with several post-doctoral trainees in chemistry at Princeton University. The team included leaders in the American Chemical Society’s Princeton local section, host of this competition. Judges assessed articles and posters for scientific soundness, clarity, creativity and teamwork, among other aspects.
Ninety students from New Jersey high schools tackled the Chemagination challenge. The high participation rate in recent years indicates a strong interest in this annual local section event, known as Chemagination at Princeton. Chemistry teacher-advisors attended from many of the 7 participating high schools, including Hightstown – Kenneth Lisk, Hillsborough – Carmel Meyer, Hopewell Valley – Loreen Holstein, Lawrence – Randy Weintraub and Wallington – Barbara Safira.
First place winners may advance to a regional competition in 2020. The following teams were recognized at the awards ceremony.
Medicine/Health: Revolutionized 3D Fibrin Hydrogel Scaffolds for Multiple Sclerosis, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South students Daphne Hao, Patrick Liang, Ronit Sethi
New Materials: Aerogel Composites: Structural Superinsulators,Hillsborough High School students Yash Parikh, Michael Chen, Aravind Krishnan
Alternate Energy Sources: Turning Over an Artificial Leaf,Wallington High School students Matthew Markulis, Nicholas Zielonka, Neil Patel
Environment: BioClean,A Green Solution to CO2 Emissions,Hopewell Valley High School students Arthur Kim, Kishore Chidambaram, Tejas Sinha
Proteins/Protein Chemistry: The Exciting Field of Epigenetics!,Hillsborough High School students Emily Pan, Grace Zhang
Medicine/Health: Can Bacteria Power Your Heartbeat?,Lawrence High School students Lina Chihoub, Sia Anand, Nallammai Muthukumar
New Materials: The Evolution of Bioprinting, Lawrence High School students Dhakshayini Suresh, Smriti Mumudi, Kirti Menon
Alternate Energy Sources: Using Bacteria to Spark Change,West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South students Aditya Patil, Suraj Daru, Jesse Cheng
Environment: Reducing the Acidity of the World’s Oceans,West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South students Nikhil Nandkumar, Jinal Shah
Proteins/Protein Chemistry (tied for 2nd place): CRISPR versus Cancer: Clash of the Century, Hillsborough High School students Kartik Kher, Nipun Banerjee, Rishabh Patel
Targeting Alpha-Synuclein in Parkinson’s Disease Using Nanobodies, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South students Akanksha Dave, Karina Chow, Megan Kempf
50/60/70 Year Members Recognized in May
The following PACS members attained 50-, 60- or 70- year member status this year. They were recognized for their service during our May 21 meeting. Mr. Richard Bergman was present to receive his certificate of recognition.
- Dr. Maurice Harding
- Mr. Mohamed Hashem
- Dr. Yashavanth Kamath
- Dr. David Jacobus
- Mr. Richard Bergman
- Dr. Arthur Lyding
Hunterdon Teacher is 2019 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher
By Louise Lawter, Award Coordinator
We are pleased to announce that Sharon Cooper is the winner of the 2019 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award, jointly sponsored by the Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society. The award was presented to her at the May 21 meeting of the Princeton ACS Section.
The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding teachers of high school chemistry and to motivate others to emulate them.
The Evaluation Criteria for this award are:
Sharon received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1989 and MS from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991. She started her career as an analytical chemist at Merck & Co. and then transitioned to teaching after several years. She has been at Hunterdon Central High School since 2007
Her aim is to use her industrial scientific knowledge in the classroom to enhance the students’ educational experience and to ignite an excitement about chemistry. It has been her goal to introduce something fun and exciting as part of her lessons as a means of reinforcing the material covered in the classroom.
Sharon also contributes to the teaching profession by serving as a mentor for newly hired chemistry teachers at Hunterdon.
A quote from one of her nominators exemplifies why she was selected as this year’s awardee:
“Her knowledge with regard to curriculum, instruction, technology and classroom design has helped to guide the science program at Hunterdon Central for the past 12 years…. But more importantly she has been an inspiration to all of her students”
ACS has numerous resources focused on Career Development. Take some time to explore the Career Navigator’s complimentary online courses that can be found at:https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/virtual-classrooms.html?sc=190327_cpa_news_cnnews_virtualclassrooms
Sidney Harris Cartoon for June
“Many of the select few who receive that call from Stockholm are, by that time in our lives, little more than spokesmen and women. We start off on our life’s journey as research scientists striving to catch hold of the coattails of the great and good, only to come to the realization, before too long, that we have reached our sell-by-date. In this Sidney Harris cartoon, the likes of me finds oneself at the podium, acting as the mouthpiece for a long line of accomplished young whippersnappers who have sustained and promoted my reputation – to the point where I am left holding a hot potato, thanks to all of them.”
— Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, Shared Nobel Prize with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa]
PACS Program on “Protein Chemistry for Life”
By Barbara Ameer
Lecture presentations from 12 enthusiastic graduate students in the Department of Chemistry of Princeton University were featured at Princeton ACS community outreach programs for high school students and educators this Spring at Frick Chemistry Laboratory. This year’s focus was “Proteins and Other Macromolecules.”
The May 18th symposium was attended by a select group of high school students and educators, while a broader audience enjoyed an encore session on June 8th. Over 70 attendees between the two programs indicated a keen interest in the science of proteins and other macromolecules.
National ACS recently designated Princeton ACS as a ChemLuminary finalist for new, innovative programming for the inaugural programs, held in the Spring of 2018. They were supported by an ACS Local Section Innovative Project Grant along with a Small Meeting Grant from The Company of Biologists www.biologists.com (Dr. Barbara Ameer, grant applicant). Links to protein resources are posted at the community outreach section of the Princeton ACS website: http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/outreach-activities/high-school-protein-symposium/
Recognized Graduate Student Speaker Awards
The winners of the 2019 Princeton ACS Recognized Graduate Student Speaker Award were announced at the June 20 PACS meeting. They are Mia Borden and Zhaoyue Zhang.
In May of each year, at the request of the Princeton Section, the Princeton University Graduate Student Organization (GSO) coordinates the call for nominations from post-third year seminar graduate students and the selection of the winners.
Mia is a fourth-year graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Abigail Doyle in the area of Catalysis. Her research topic is “Enantioselective Reductive Coupling of Benzylic Acetals”
Zhaoyue is a fourth-year graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Joshua Rabinowitz in the area of Biochemistry. Her research topic is “Different Metabolic Pathways Support Lipogenesis in Fat Versus Liver”.
Certificates of Recognition were presented to them at the June 20 PACS meeting by ACS Executive Director, Tom Connelly and PACS Past-Chair Susan VanderKam. Mia and Zhaoyue will be presenting seminars on their research at the September meeting of the Section.
2019 Hubert Alyea Awards
The 2019 Hubert Alyea Awards were presented to the winners at the Princeton University Chemistry Department’s Alyea Memorial Demonstration Lecture on Saturday, June 1.
The namesake of this award, Hubert Alyea, was a Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University who was world renowned for his scientific demonstrations, his enthusiasm, and his love of scientific discovery.
In his honor, an award for Princeton area high school chemistry students was established by Princeton University and the Princeton Section of the American Chemical Society. Each year high schools in the Princeton area are invited to nominate a 3rd or 4th year student who demonstrates enthusiasm and excellence in the study of chemistry.
This year’s awardees are:
Mariel Abano, The Pennington School
Andre Balian, The Hun School
Sarah Girgis, Stuart Country Day School
Raina Kasera, Princeton Day School
Songtao Li, PRISM
Ethan Liu, Montgomery High School
Rishi Mago, The Lawrenceville School
Manasvi Medam, W Windsor-Plainsboro HS South
Darrell Rodriguez-Chaves, Trenton Central HS
Jean Steele, Lawrence High School
Sunny Wang, Hopewell Valley High School
Daniel White, Robbinsville High School
Yiyu Wu, Peddie School
Stephen Xia, Princeton High School
2019 Chemistry Olympiad
Danielle Jacobs, Trenton Section member, once again coordinated the Chemistry Olympiad program for both the Trenton and Princeton Sections. The National Exam took place on April 23-29.Nationally, 1000 students total qualify for the test which is comprised of multiple choice and problem-solving questions, and a lab practical. The top 50 test takers are designated “with High Honors” and the next 100 “with Honors”.
Qualified to sit for the national USNCO competition from Princeton Section were:
Qiyang (Young) Zhou, PRISMS, with High Honors; teacher, Steven Chen
Alexander Han, PRISMS; teacher, Steven Chen
Stephen Xia, Princeton High School; teacher, Robert Corell
Kimberley Cheng, Princeton High School; teacher, Robert Corell
Aditya Rao, West Windsor Plainsboro HS South, with Honors; teacher, Cindy Jaworsky
Chunge Li, West Windsor Plainsboro HS South, with Honors; teacher, Cindy Jaworsky
The students were recognized for their achievement at the May 21 Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section.
Princeton & Trenton Teams Score at Regional Chemagination!
The regional MARM Chemagination competition took place on Saturday, June 1 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in conjunction with the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting 2019 sponsored by the ACS Maryland Section.
Thirteen teams, representing six ACS Local Sections competed. The teams presented, in article and poster formats, innovations and scientific breakthroughs that improved people’s lives in the “current” year of 2044. These discoveries were in one of four categories: alternative energy, the environment, medicine and health, or new materials.
Each team was interviewed by three judges from academia and industry. While the judges deliberated, graduate students Alex Sestok (a bioinorganic chemist), Christoper Cooper (a physical chemist), and Denise Williams (a materials chemist) shared their research with the Chemagination students.
From the Princeton and Trenton Sections:
Tie for First Place in New Materials Category were Shashank Amarnath, Akindu Dasanayake and Akash Sureshkumar from Hillsborough High School with their entry “Carbon – Our Nation’s Best Defender”. Teacher advisor was Mrs. Carmel Meyers.
Placing Second in the Alternative Energy Category were Alan Ji and Christopher Ji from Hillsborough High School with their entry “Hydrogen Power: Fuel Cells Replacing Oil Wells’. Teacher advisor was Mrs. Carmel Meyers.
Other winners were:
First Place – “Bridging the Gap – Combating Retinal Detachment”, Betul Duzgun and Raima A. Islam, Passaic Valley High School (North Jersey ACS Section)
Second Place – “Ending Alzheimer’s”, Andreas Kaimis, Kyra Ramonetti and McKenzie Young, Half Hollow Hills High School West (New York ACS Section)
First Place – “The Lean, Green Olivine Machine”, Nicole DeOrzio and Tatyana Lozada, Cardinal O’Hara High School (Philadelphia ACS Section)
Second Place – “Can Bacteria Save the Sea?”, Felicia Filippini and Rachael Miller, Muhlenberg High School (Lehigh Valley ACS Section)
Tie, First Place – “The Better Bandage”, Marly Fass and Hannah Stein, Half Hollow Hills High School West, (New York ACS Section)
First Place – “Revolutionizing Solar Energy”, Eduardo Torres-Garcia and Brooke Weister, Muhlenberg High School, (Lehigh Valley ACS Section)
PACS is Finalist for Two Chemuminary’s!
The Princeton Section has recently been informed by the ChemLuminary Awards Planning Committee that it has been selected as a finalist for the following ChemLuminary Award(s):
Outstanding On-going NCW Event for the National Chemistry Week 2018 “Chemistry is Out of this World” Activities Night, and the Most Innovative New Activity or Program for the Princeton ACS Protein Symposium.
Winners will be announced and the presentation of awards will occur at the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, August 27, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.