Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section and
Celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table
Tuesday, February 4, 2019
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University
our guest speaker will be
Professor Michael Gordin,
Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History; Professor of History; Director, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University
“Dmitrii I. Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table”
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner
Michael Gordin specializes in the history of the modern physical sciences and Russian, European, and American history. He came to Princeton in 2003 after earning his A.B. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) from Harvard University, and serving a term at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He has published articles on a variety of topics, such as the introduction of science into Russia in the early 18th century, the history of biological warfare in the late Soviet period, the relations between Russian literature and science, as well as a series of studies on the life and chemistry of Dmitrii I. Mendeleev, formulator of the periodic system of chemical elements. His first book is a cultural history of Mendeleev in the context of Imperial St. Petersburg, A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table
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) at 7:30 pm. Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. After 5:00 pm 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 encouraged for the seminar but required for dinner, which is $25 ($10 for students) and $22.50 if prepaid using PayPal. By February 14, please register and prepay at: http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/event/princeton-acs-february-19-meeting/. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings from the Chair
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome all of you, as Chair designate of the Princeton ACS section 2019. My distinguished colleagues and I are delighted and honored to present you with an exciting series of events during the coming year.
Our team invites you to join us in progressing the cause of Chemistry and Technology via camaraderie collaboration, entrepreneurship and mentorship. Your professional expertise and interests would help further the aims and goals of our group. You could contribute materially to our discussions, deliberations, organization of seminars, workshops and webinars: promises to be an exciting year ahead.
The Group has now been broadened to affiliate with Rutgers University and the Princeton Fall Organic Symposium. We are committed to enhancing participation from our universities, the pharmaceutical industry and the agrochemical, cosmeceutical, and polymer industries as well.
Our team has been successful in winning several ACS grants and we are pushing forward with plans for an exciting lineup of activities to engage membership across a wide range of sectors and industries. We anticipate having several programs, events and professional seminars by distinguished practitioners of science in our field.
We will gain refreshingly new insights and perspectives from the collective wisdom of the assembled network of collaborators. Our teamwork will offer a vision, perchance to dream and the motivation to explore new vistas and ventures. In the immortal words from the MIKADO, “Rejoiced such tidings good to hear; the poor folk flocked from far and near; for “young and old and shy and bold” will be equally affected. My colleagues and I look forward to an intellectually stimulating collaboration and partnership with all of you.
Kindest regards and best wishes,
Mukund S. Chorghade, PACS Chair 2019
PLACES OF THE PERIODIC TABLE
Brought to you by Carmen Giunta and James Marshall, with the encouragement of the ACS Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST), to mark the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT).
This is an interactive searchable map of places associated with the developers of the periodic table and with the chemical elements with links to further information. Examples include places where elements were discovered or synthesized, mineral sources of elements, places where discoverers of chemical periodicity worked, and places for which elements were named. Each entry contains links to further information about the person, place, or event described. The type of site is indicated (for example, lab, residence, mineral source, etc.), as well as whether (to the best of our knowledge) the historical site still exists at the location. For more information on the type of site, please consult this key to the map’s fields. The map is intended for educational and informational purposes only, and is not meant as a travel guide. If you wish to visit a site on this map, please consult other resources to confirm access, and use common sense.
Enjoy this month’s Sidney Harris’s cartoons along with comments from Roald Hoffmann and Chad Mirkin:
The incongruity of the reviewers’ comments with the criteria that one thinks should govern the evaluation of a paper or proposal is what makes the cartoon funny. But, as is always true in Sidney Harris’s cartoons, there is another message under the surface: Perhaps scientists should embrace the “broader audience” of their papers, or the “outreach” criteria of the granting agencies more openheartedly. Nothing in the nature of the world or the understanding of scientists would be damaged if humor and suspense were allowed to enter scientific papers. Gatekeepers relax!
— Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University
Sidney Harris Chemistry Cartoons
Win your own Sidney Harris original cartoon! A contest will be held in which ACS members can submit “one original cartoon caption” of 35 words or less. Cartoonist Sidney Harris will draw a cartoon based on the winning caption. The grand prize winner will receive the original cartoon based on his/her winning caption. The runner-up will receive a personally autographed copy of one of Harris’s most famous cartoons chosen by Harris. For more information and the official entry form, go to: http://acshist.scs.illinois.edu/index.php. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT IS NO LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2019.
There is a healthy debate among scientists about which discipline can provide the best tools for solving key societal problems. This cartoon pokes fun at the sometimes—contentious relationship between chemists and biologists. Chemists are often the inventors and early developers of materials and techniques that drive biotechnology. Is this area (arguably biology’s most useful side) then really just chemistry in disguise? Can chemists lay claim to the most impactful discoveries within it? Whether you’d argue yes or no to these questions, it could be the biology community that gets the last laugh. Another clue in the man’s crossword puzzle: “A biologist who has made seminal discoveries in his or her field, perhaps (4 words).” The answer: N-O-B-E-L-L-A-U-R-E-A-T-E-I-N-C-H-E-M-I-S-T-R-Y.
Spring into Science with PACS Events for High Schools
Area high school chemistry students are encouraged to enter the Chemagination at Princeton science competition. It’s not too soon for them to team up with a fellow student or two and brainstorm an idea that uses chemistry to improve lives 25 years into the future. Students who like science, creative thinking, and team work can read the rules at the PACS website and talk about it with their chemistry teacher.
Teachers of advanced-level chemistry or biology along with their selected HS students are invited to register for a symposium on exciting topics about proteins and other macromolecules. The half-day event will be held at Princeton University on Saturday, May 18th. Space is limited. For more information, contact Dr. Ameer at email@example.com.
If you would like to assist with either of these activities, please respond to the call for volunteers, to be posted in the April/May newsletter.
Princeton ACS & You!
Are you interested in communicating chemistry in the community, networking with other professionals, meeting new people or perhaps learning new skills? You can do any of these, and more by increasing your involvement with the Princeton ACS Section. This year, the Section will be exploring new programs to serve local teachers, to increase our membership and to collaborate with other local sections, among other things. Help is always needed with our ongoing programs including, Chemagination, National Chemistry Week Activities Night and Poem Contest, Science Café, AliQuotes and our monthly meetings. Come to one of our monthly meetings to learn more, visit our website at http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/, and/or contact Louise Lawter at firstname.lastname@example.org any of our Officers and Committee Chairs listed on page 1.
We will also be continuing our outreach to the community:
Outreach Opportunities: Volunteers Needed!
– Dutch Neck STEAM Dayon Friday, March 29, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm volunteers are needed to help first grade students, in teams of 4 to, carry out hands-on experiments to “solve” a mystery. No experience needed! If you can help or want to learn more, please contact Louise Lawter at email@example.com.
– WW-P Innovation Fair on May 18, volunteers are needed to supervise the four activities planned. If interested you can contact Allen Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maryland Section of the ACS will be hosting the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM), 2019 from May 30, 2019 to June 1, 2019 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Abstract submission for MARM 2019 is now open will close on February 25th. To submit an abstract, go to https://callforpapers.acs.org/marm2019. Registration will be opening soon. More Information on the meeting can be found on the website at marm2019.org.