Princeton ACS Section Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
our guest speakers will be
James P. De Noble, M.S. , New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Dennis Kujawski, B.S.,Flavor Chemist, retired (most recently with IFF)
“The Professional Evaluation of Wine, a Chemist’s Perspective”
Frick Chemistry Laboratory Atrium, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:15 pm; Dinner 7:30 pm
An understanding of the chemistry responsible for the development of wine flavor and aroma contributes to the appreciation of wine. An introductory presentation by Dennis Kujawski will facilitate an understanding of the basis of various flavors and bouquets in wines and will help provide us with a common vocabulary for wine descriptors used in wine evaluation.
With this information as background, techniques of wine evaluation will be shown. Using the 20-point wine evaluation scale developed at the University of California at Davis, Jim DeNoble will demonstrate how a wine is objectively evaluated, just as the professionals do in the wine trade and for wine publications. The purpose and types of tastings, and an explanation of the Davis scale attributes will be discussed. All of the evaluation attributes have a point of tangency with chemistry and as we go through each characteristic and address the relevant chemistry. The process will be illustrated by successively evaluating an eclectic selection of four stylistically different wines.
Jim De Noble received a B.S. in chemistry from St. Peter’s College in 1969, and then completed a year of graduate study in organic chemistry at Iowa State University. He received a M.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University in 2000. He has been employed with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the Site Remediation Program for the past 29 years. He currently works in the Bureau of Inspection and Review and is a member of the State Mercury Workgroup. Prior to joining the NJDEP he worked at Hoffman-La Roche Inc. first as a Medicinal Chemist then as a Medical Information Scientist.
Jim has been interested in wine for many years. He is a graduate (with honors) of the Sommelier Institute of New Jersey and has completed advanced education in Italian and Burgundy wines at the Institute. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and former Chapter Director with Les Amis du Vin. He also worked as a wine consultant in a wine shop from 1982 to 1987. Jim was 2013 PACS Chair.
Dennis Kujawski is a retired flavor chemist with years of experience in the world of flavor creation. Using a combination of art and science, he has created or enhanced foods and beverages with juices, essential oils, aroma chemicals (both natural and artificial), and botanical extracts. He has mentored a number of flavorist trainees who have become successful flavorists in their own right today.
The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory Atrium, CaFe area. The mixer will begin at 5:30 pm and presentation at 6:15, followed by the dinner. 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 (see www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/ for other parking options).
Reservations are required for the seminar as well as the dinner (attendees must be at least 21 for wine tasting). The cost for seminar only is $5 and the seminar plus dinner is $25 for professionals and $10 for students. Contact Louise Lawter at email@example.com or 215-428-1475 by December 15 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than December 19 to avoid being billed for the dinner.
Princeton ACS Meeting, Monday, January 22, 2018
our guest speaker will be
Barbara Ameer, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FCP, BC-ADM
“Grapefruit Juice – Drug InteractionsCuriosity or Cause for Concern?”
Frick Laboratory, Princeton University
Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner
Dr. Barbara Ameer is a drug development and pharmacology consultant in Princeton Jct, NJ and is dual board certified in pharmacotherapy and clinical pharmacology. Since 2005 she has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick NJ. Prior to that appointment, she was a Research Associate Professor at Rutgers in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She earned her undergraduate and professional doctorate degrees in pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively, and an MBA at Rutgers.
An honorary regent and fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), Dr. Ameer was the recipient of its distinguished service award in 2010. Notable contributions to ACCP governance were holding elected office as board member and treasurer for 3 terms, and founding/chairing the international development committee. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and has published on clinical therapeutics and drug development. Her professional credentials include board certification for medical publications and for advanced diabetes management.
A 16-year member of ACS, she served in the Princeton section’s governance as section chair in 2015, secretary and associate councilor, a position she currently holds. Barbara supports educational outreach activity and chairs the Princeton and Trenton sections’ Chemagination competition.
The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. The social mixer will begin at 5:30 pm in the CaFe area of Taylor Commons. The lecture will be held in the Auditorium at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in Taylor Commons (CaFe area). 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 (see http://m.princeton.edu/map/). The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for dinner, which is $20 ($10 for students). Please contact Louise Lawter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-428-1475 by January 16 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than January 20 to avoid being billed for the dinner.
2017 “Chemistry Rocks” Activities Night –Report and Thanks!
By Kitty Wagner
NCW “Chemistry Rocks” Activities Night took place on October 27 at Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ. More than 500 guests ages 5 and up enjoyed interesting rocks, minerals, and man-made materials from the collections of the Princeton University Department of Geosciences, Prof. Robert Cava of the Department of Chemistry, and the Monroe family. Kellie Swadba of Geology presented gypsum in many forms and habits, and members of the Princeton University Geology Society presented Rocks and Tech, the minerals needed for cell phones and other applications. Lawrence High School students took guests on a tour of the earth, with its different types of rock and how they form, from crust to mantle to core.
Guests investigated properties of some of the rocks they saw, including density, hardness, color and streak, fluorescence, and reaction to acid, and they compared the properties of the rocks they saw to the properties of a rock they adopted as they entered the event. Guests watched Princeton U. grad and undergrad students make instant coal from sugar and sulfuric acid. Guests made and dissolved limestone two ways, saw aragonite crystals grown from dolomite, made fossils (or caves) by dissolving sugar cubes covered with clay, used candy to model how different types of rock are formed, dug for fossil shark teeth, mined for beads, watched silicate crystals grow, made slime with borax, learned how to grow a salt crystal garden, and took home instructions for growing their own crystal garden.
Many thanks to more than 115 volunteers who made it all possible! The activities and exhibits were supervised by ACS members, FMC scientists, Princeton Chemistry Department faculty, staff, graduate students and undergrads, Geosciences staff and students, Lawrence High School students, Princeton High School students, and community members.
Special thanks to Princeton University geochemists Dr. Eleanor Barryman, Dr. Clara Blättler, and Dr. Oliver Baars for their well-received series of short auditorium presentations on how rocks form, chemical sediments, and the chemistry of the ocean. Special thanks to Prof. Thomas Duffy for allowing us to use specimens from the Department of Geosciences collection. Special thanks to Prof. Robert Cava for presenting his collection in person, to Tom Monroe for sharing his lapidary and rock collecting expertise as well as his collection, and to Pat and Christin Monroe for assisting him. Special thanks to Lawrence High School Chem Club for creating and presenting the tour of the earth.
Very special thanks to Allen Jones for his contributions to the program and for his photographic record of the event. Very special thanks to Ginny Sari and her assistants for doing all that is necessary to share general chemistry laboratory space with guests. (An experience in a real chemistry laboratory is always a highlight of the evening!) Very special thanks to co-coordinator Louise Lawter for her work on publicity and registration while she was organizing a very successful Illustrated Poem contest. Finally, special thanks to everyone—chemist and non-chemist—who helped with set-up, clean-up, check-in, goggles management, traffic control and all the other general tasks that made the program work.
Hope to see you in October, 2018, for “Chemistry is Out of This World!”
Protein Symposium for Students to Launch in Spring 2018
A new PACS event in 2018 will be a series of talks related to proteins, given by graduate students, post-docs and other guest scientists. The intent is to interest high school students in taking on projects about proteins in their course work or as extracurricular activities. In fact, “Proteins/Protein Engineering” is now in the Chemagination at Princeton competition as a 5th category.
The protein symposium will be at Princeton University on Saturday, May 19th. Preference will be given to high school science departments in the Princeton vicinity and other areas provided they communicate their intent to participate to Dr. Barbara Ameer via email at email@example.com by April 15th. Space is limited.
PACS 2018 Election Results
The Princeton ACS Section Election was open from October 18 to November 15. The election was conducted electronically but paper ballots were provided if requested. On the ballot were candidates for 2018 Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer as well as Councilor and Alternate Councilor (2018-2020).
This year the Executive Committee drafted a revision of the Section Bylaws to allow the Section to affiliate with other technical organizations, to add two Members-at-Large to the Executive Committee and to incorporate new content recommended by the ACS Committee on Constitutions & Bylaws. The revised BYLAWS were reviewed by the ACS Committee on Constitution & Bylaws and approved by the Executive Committee of the Princeton ACS Section. They were included on the 2018 ballot for membership approval.
Eighty-five ballots were cast for a response rate of 15.7%. The newly elected 2018 officers and councilors are:Chair-Elect – Mukund Chorghade
Secretary – Randy Weintraub
Treasurer – David Carrick
Councilor (2018-2020) -Allen Jones
Alt Councilor (2018-2020) – Barbara Ameer
The revised Section Bylaws were approved. To be certified, they will now be forwarded to ACS Committee on Constitution & Bylaws Committee along with documentation of membership approval.
Getting Involved with PACS
Are you interested in communicating chemistry in the community, networking with other professionals, or perhaps learning new skills? You can do any of these things, among others, by becoming more involved with the Princeton ACS Section. We are always in need of volunteers for our community outreach activities such as National Chemistry Week Activities Night, Chemagination (a competition for high school students), chemistry demonstrations at local schools and libraries, and for other activities such as our AliQuotes newsletter, Publicity, Membership, Science Cafe or Meeting and Event Programing.
If you wish to volunteer for any of these or are interested in exploring how you might contribute to the Section, please contact Louise Lawter at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the other Officers and Committee Chairs listed on page 1. We look forward to hearing from you!
2017/2018 Calendar of Events
|Wednesday, December 20, 2017||Princeton ACS Section Meeting and Celebration of Its 90th Anniversary, Frick Chemistry Laboratory Atrium, Princeton University. Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:15 pm; Dinner 7:30 pm. Contact Louise Lawter at email@example.com or 215-428-1475 by December 15 to make reservations.
|Monday, January 22, 2018||Princeton ACS Meeting, Barbara Ameer, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FCP, BC-ADM will speak on “Grapefruit Juice – Drug Interactions: Curiosity or Cause for Concern?” Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner. Contact Louise Lawter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-428-1475 by January 16 to make reservations.
|Saturday, May 19, 2018||Princeton ACS Section Protein Symposium, Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. Contact Dr. Barbara Ameer via email at email@example.com by April 15th