Thursday, May 11, 2017 – The ACS Princeton Section and The ACS Philadelphia Section Presents
“Non-Traditional Careers: A Panel Discussion And Networking Event”
Bowen Hall, Princeton University
Mixer 5:30 pm; Presentation 6:30 pm followed by dinner.
Mr. J. P. Northrop (Edward Jones Investments)
Dr. Kevin Cannon (Penn State Abington)
Dr. Mukund Chorghade (THINQ Pharma)
Dr. Molly Hoke (Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals)
Dr. Allen Jones (ACS Career Consultant, Students 2 Science)
Moderator: Joe Martino (ACS Career Consultant and Presenter)
Cost: Free if attending only the panel discussion but registration is still required. Dinner is $25.00.
To register, https://acsprincetonphillycareerdiscussion.eventbrite.com If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you considering stepping away from a traditional chemistry environment and moving toward an exciting career outside of an industrial laboratory? If this describes your situation, then please join us for this informative panel discussion as Joe Martino moderates a conversation with experienced chemists who have done exactly that. We’ll explore transitioning from the industrial laboratory to roles which support the industrial enterprise, academia, non-profits, and even transitioning away from chemistry. Ample opportunity for networking will be provided along with an enjoyable dinner. Please join us!
Bowen Hall is on the campus of Princeton University near the corner of Prospect Avenue and Olden Street. There will be a social mixer at 5:30 pm in the second floor Atrium, directly outside of the Auditorium (Room 222). The lecture will begin in the Auditorium at 6:15 pm and dinner will follow in the Atrium. Bowen Hall is readily accessible from US 1, US 206, NJ 27, I 95 and I 295. Free parking is available beginning at 5:00 PM in the North Garage, which is adjacent to Bowen Hall.
Princeton ACS Meeting & Awards Night, Thursday, June 15, 2017
our guest speaker will be Michael Bozlar, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
“Graphene: Fundamentals and Applications”
Bowen Hall, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Presentation 6:30 pm followed by dinner.
Graphene is a one-carbon atom thick sheet with a hexagonal lattice. The chemical structure of graphene is dependent on its processing and synthesis methods. Indeed, graphene obtained via mechanical exfoliation of graphite may yield defect-free single layer sheets, whereas chemically produced graphene results in defective graphene that is highly functionalized with different chemical groups. In the first part of my talk, I will review the major techniques employed for the production of graphene sheets in laboratory and industrial scales. Then, I will discuss their resulting physical and chemical characteristics. In the second part of my talk, I will review and discuss the broad applications of graphene and the most recent achievements.
Dr. Michael Bozlar is a Senior Researcher at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2009 jointly from the Ecole Centrale Paris and the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (France), where he worked on the synthesis and applications of carbon nanotubes. In 2010, he was appointed postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University in the group Prof. Ilhan Aksay in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. From 2013 to 2016, Michael held a joint senior researcher appointment with Vorbeck Materials Corp., a global leader in graphene products. Over the last few years, Michael has led various research projects to study the fundamental properties and applications of graphene. His research interests involve mainly the synthesis, processing and analytical study of graphene-based materials and other organic and inorganic nanomaterials for their applications in energy-storage devices, polymer composites for tires, and electronic devices. He is the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Fondation de France (2003) and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of France (2006-2009). He was elected one of The Top 10 Reviewers by the editorial board of the journal Materials Horizons published by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the year 2016.
Awards: Presentation of the 2017 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Awards, the 2017 Princeton Section Volunteer Awards and recognition of our ACS 50 & 60 Year members
The meeting will be held in Bowen Hall, Princeton University. There will be a social mixer from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the second floor Atrium, directly outside of the Auditorium (Room 222). The lecture will begin in the Auditorium at 6:30 pm and dinner will follow in the Atrium. Bowen Hall is located on Prospect Street, adjacent to the North Garage. Parking is available in the North Garage or on Prospect Street (see http://m.princeton.edu/map/). For elevator access to Bowen Hall second floor, enter from the ground floor entrance facing the North Garage. (From the garage, follow the path around the large white tanks to the ground floor building entrance.) 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 email@example.com or 215-428-1475 by June 9 to make dinner reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than June 14 to avoid being billed for the dinner.
253rd ACS National Meeting San Francisco, California
Highlights of Governance Issues and Actions at ACS Council Meeting, April 5, 2017
Actions of the Council
Candidates for President-Elect, 2018
The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2018: Bonnie A. Charpentier, Mark D. Frishberg, Anne M. Gaffney, and Willie E. May. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Bonnie A. Charpentier and Willie E. May as candidates for 2018 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
Candidates for Districts III and VI
The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the results of the election held prior to the San Francisco meeting to select candidates from the list of nominees for Directors from District III and District VI on the Board of Directors for the term 2018-2020. By internet ballot, the Councilors from these districts selected Alan B. Cooper and Teri Quinn Gray as District III candidates; and Rita R. Boggs and Paul W. Jagodzinski as District VI candidates. Ballots will be distributed on or before October 1 to all ACS members in District III and District VI for election of a Director from each District.
Candidates for Directors-at-Large
The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for 2018-2020 terms: Kenneth P. Fivizzani, Wayne E. Jones, Bonnie A. Lawlor, and Barbara A. Sawrey. The election of two Directors-at-Large from among those candidates and any selected via petition will be conducted in the fall. Ballots will be distributed to the Council on or before October 1, 2017.
Amendments to the ACS Bylaws
– A recommendation by the Council Policy Committee to approve the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors (Bylaw III, Sec. 1, i; Bylaw VII, Sec. 1, c; Bylaw VIII, Sec. 4, d) failed.
– The Council approved the Petition on the Rights of Affiliates (Bylaw II, Sec. 1, a, 2, a, 3, b, (3) and (4)).
Procedures for Removal of a Councilor or Alternate Councilor
The Council voted to approve the Procedures for Removal of a Councilor or Alternate Councilor, contingent upon approval of the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors. As the petition subsequently failed, given the interdependence of the petition and related procedures, the procedures will not take effect.
2018 Member Dues
The Council voted on the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance to set the member dues for 2018 at the fully escalated rate of $171. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.
Distribution Formula for Division Funding
On the recommendation of the Committee on Divisional Activities, the Council approved a formula for allocating dues funds to divisions, effective with allocations for 2017 division performance.
Change in Local Section Name
On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the Santa Clara Valley Local Section in California to change the name of the section to the Silicon Valley Local Section.
The Council conducted a special discussion, “ACS Yesterday and Today: Paving the Way to Tomorrow,” to gather input for the Joint Board-CPC (Council Policy Committee) Task Force on Governance Design. Forty Councilors approached the floor microphones to share observations, comments, and suggestions to assist the task force in identifying opportunities and issues for governance improvement. The task force offered three questions to guide the discussion: What should the Society and its governance do differently to achieve its objects? If you could change one thing about ACS governance, what would it be? What should the task force leave “as is”? A poll conducted at the conclusion of the discussion revealed that 57% (222) of the Councilors disagreed that the current governance structure, processes and procedures are already optimal to achieving the objects of ACS in the 21st century, 16% (54) agreed, and 27% (104) needed more information. Three-hundred and six (84%) said they would be willing to provide additional input and feedback to the task force. They will be contacted by the task force in the coming weeks.
Highlights from Committee Reports
Nominations and Elections
The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget and Finance
In 2016, ACS generated a Net from Operations of $23.8 million, which was $7.2 million higher than 2015. Total revenues were $526.8 million, increasing 2.9% or $15 million over 2015. Expenses ended the year at $503 million, which was $7.8 million or 1.6% higher than prior year. This was attributable to a continued emphasis on expense management across the organization. The Society’s financial position strengthened in 2016, with Unrestricted Net Assets, or reserves, increasing from $163.3 million at December 31, 2015 to $206.5 million at year-end 2016.
Additional information can be found at www.acs.org. At bottom, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘ACS Financial Information’. There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.
As of December 31, 2016, the ACS membership was 156,129, which is 0.5% less than on the same date in 2015. The number of new members who joined in 2016 is 23,700. The Society’s overall retention rate is 83.5%. The Committee on Membership Affairs also reported that the number of international members has increased to 27,388, exceeding the committee’s target by 5%. Retention of graduate students increased by 2% to 76.2%.
San Francisco Meeting Attendance
As of Tuesday, April 4:
Expo only 475
Actions of the Board of Directors
The ACS Board of Directors met March 31 – April 1, 2017, and considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.
The Board’s Committees
The Board of Directors received and discussed reports from its committees on Executive Compensation, Strategic Planning, Corporation Associates, Professional and Member Relations, and the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications.
The Board received an extensive briefing and approved several recommendations from its Committee on Executive Compensation. The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board.
- The Board received an extensive briefing and approved several recommendations from its Committee on Executive Compensation. The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board.
- On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, the Board voted to approve the reappointments of Editors-in-Chief for several ACS journals.
- On the recommendation of the Committee on Professional and Member Relations, the Board approved screened lists for the 2018 Priestley Medal and the ACS Award for Volunteer Service. From these lists, the Board will select the recipients of these awards.
The Board is developing a statement based on the Society’s Core Value of diversity and inclusion in response to the repeal of the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2 (‘bathroom bill’) and similar proposed legislation in Texas, and is assembling a representative group of stakeholders to advise it on actions relating to the location of Society meetings.
Contact the Board
Your Board of Directors is elected by and acts in the best interests of the members of our Society. Please contact them with your comments, concerns, ideas, and suggestions at email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed for West Windsor-Plainsboro Science Innovation Fair on May 13!
The Princeton section of the American Chemical Society will be participating in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Science Innovation Fair on May 13, providing demonstrations. This is an all-day event – If you would like to help out, even for a few hours, please contact Allen Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
The activities we will provide are:
- Burrito Battery –build a battery that will run a motor
- What Color is my Color? chromatography activity
- Will it glow? Fluorescence/phosphorescence of minerals and items, including invisible writing
- Cold Light – chemiluminescence using the components of glow sticks
For more information about the event please also visit the Innovation Fair website at: http://innovationfair.wwpeducationfoundation.org/
PACS at Dutch Neck School
Princeton Section of the ACS participated in the Dutch Neck School Science Day on Friday, March 31.
Elizabeth Wolff and Laura Briceno co-chaired the event this year and were supported by volunteers Nicole Adams, Ted Schaaf, Brandon Newman, Josh Hoff and Bryan Kudisch and Latonya Kilpatrick.
They taught five first grade classes about the importance of chemistry in our lives and the work that chemists do. The students were thrilled by demonstrations of chemical reactions that resulted in color changes and “fog”. They then had a chance to practice chemistry themselves as they worked in small groups supervised by the volunteers. They “analyzed” unknown white powders in order to solve a chemical mystery. A good time was had by all!
A special thank you goes out to FMC Corporation for supporting the event by donating supplies and volunteers, and Princeton University for supplying reagents as they have done for the past several years.
|Thursday, May 11||Joint Princeton and Philadelphia Sections’ Meeting – Career Panel|
|Saturday, May 13||PACS Participates in West Windsor-Plainsboro Science Innovation Fair
|Saturday, June 10||The Princeton and Trenton ACS Local Sections’ Chemagination Competition|
|Thursday, June 15||PACS June Meeting & Awards; Speaker Michael Bozlar, Ph.D., Princeton U.
|June 4-7||MARM 2017, Hershey, PA|
|August 20-24||254th ACS National Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Welcome to MARM 2017
2017 Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting
June 4-6, 2017 in beautiful Hershey Pennsylvania!
The theme is “Elements of Transition,” which was inspired by the many changes happening on different fronts. New sources of energy, renewed interest in STEM programs, the varying business models in the pharmaceutical industry, and the new opportunities that come with changing regulations are just some of the transitions we feel will provide discussion topics for a wide swath of businesses and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region.
For more information on the technical see http://marm2017.sites.acs.org/technical.htm