Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Event
Thursday, April 19, 2018; our guest speaker will be
Professor Maurie J. Cohen, Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, NJIT
“The Story of Stuff” – A Sustainability Discussion “
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner
In celebration of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, “Diving into Marine Chemistry”, our meeting will focus on the role of the chemist in society today, exploring the need of balancing innovation with environmental stewardship. Following a screening of “The Story of Stuff” and the related short clips on water pollution and plastic recycling, Professor Maurie Cohen, will lead a discussion centered on the concepts presented.
Please bring your Plastic Bags to recycle! Princeton Chemists Act (PCA) is supporting this collection drive in Frick and other locations on campus from April 19 – April 28. We encourage you to BYOB every time you shop!
Maurie J. Cohen is Professor of Sustainability Studies and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also Associate Faculty Member with the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University and the joint Rutgers University/NJIT Urban Systems Program. Cohen is the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy (SSPP), Associate Editor of Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions, co-founder and Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), and co-founder and co-facilitator of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production. His research and networking activities have been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Socio- environmental Synthesis Center, several philanthropic foundations, and others.
In addition to more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, he is the author or co-author of several books including The Future of Consumer Society: Prospects for Sustainability in the New Economy (Oxford University Press, 2017). He received his Ph.D. in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.
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. 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 email@example.com or 215-428-1475 by April 14 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than April 18 to avoid being billed for the dinner.
Meeting of the Princeton ACS, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Emily A. Carter, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner
I believe that scientists and engineers have a responsibility to use our skills to improve life for all Earth’s inhabitants. To this end, for the past decade I’ve used my skills in quantum mechanics to help accelerate discovery, understanding, and optimization of materials for sustainable energy conversion processes, from sunlight to fuels and electricity, to biodiesel combustion for transportation, to fuel cells and nuclear fusion for electricity production, to lightweight alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles. Concomitant with these applied investigations naturally demands the development of theoretical methods best suited to treat the phenomena or material feature of interest. Over the past three decades, my group has contributed to the development of accurate yet fast quantum-based methods for simulating molecules and materials; the choice of techniques to develop is always stimulated by an applied problem for which no suitable theoretical method exists. The cross-talk between application and algorithm is critical to the success of both. Selected recent examples of our methods and applications related to sustainable energy will be given.
Emily A. Carter is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Her research focuses on developing and applying accurate, efficient quantum mechanics methods that enable discovery and design of materials for sustainable energy. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent 16 years at UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later also of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004, where she was the Founding Director of the Andlinger Centerfor Energy and the Environment from 2010-2016. The author of over 350 publications, she has delivered over 500 invited and plenary lectures all over the world and serves on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. Her scholarly work has been recognized by awards from a variety of entities, including the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Italian Chemical Society, the German Chemical Society, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. Professor Carter was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2016 to the National Academy of Engineering. You can learn more about her at http:///carter.princeton.edu.
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. 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 May 10 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than May 14 to avoid being billed for the dinner.
National Chemistry Week 2018 Activities Night Volunteers Needed!
Kitty Wagner, NCW Event Coordinator
National Chemistry Week 2018 Activities Night will be held on Friday, October 26, 6:30-9:30 pm, in Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Community members ages 5 and up are invited to take part in a program of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and auditorium presentations. (Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.) This year’s theme is “Chemistry is Out of This World!” and focuses on the chemistry in and of outer space: What do we know about the chemistry of stars and planets and other celestial bodies? How did we find out? What are we doing to learn more?
We need volunteers! Based on attendance in previous years, we expect 450-650 guests. Volunteers are needed for all stages: program planning and preparation, supervising activities, doing demonstrations, registering and assisting guests, goggles management, and cleaning up. Contact Kitty Wagner, email@example.com, if you are available. Our great volunteers are the key to the success of our programs!
We also need presenters for short (up to 15-min) demonstrations or talks in the auditorium. The presentations should be suitable for 8-11 year olds. Are you, or do you know, an astrochemist or an astronaut? Have you designed an experiment for a space station or worked on satellite construction or researched space travel? Do you have an idea for a really cool space-related demonstration? Please contact Kitty Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible.
New this Spring: PACS Chem/Bio Event for High Schools
-Barbara Ameer,Symposium Chair
Area high schools are invited to attend a new PACS High School Protein Symposium at Princeton University on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Short talks at the intersection of chemistry and biology will be of interest to both students and their science teachers. This symposium will provide them with a unique opportunity to hear directly from Princeton graduate students and post-doctoral trainees about what excites them in protein research.
Seating is limited. Teachers should contact Dr. Barbara Ameer at email@example.com by April 18th for priority in registering themselves and their students for this event.
Chemagination 2018 Now Underway
The 2018 Local Section Chemagination Competition is underway and will culminate with a poster session and judging at Princeton University on Saturday, June 9th.
If you would like to volunteer in support of this annual science competition for area high school students, please reach out to the Chemagination Committee Chair and Coordinator, Barbara Ameer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights from Council, 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA
The following is a summary of key actions of the ACS Council meetingheld March 21, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A complete summary can be found on our website at http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/news/255th-acs-national-meeting-march-18-22-2018-councilor-talking-points/
Candidates for President-Elect, 2019
- The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2019: Harmon B. Abrahamson, Luis A. Echegoyen, Thomas R. Gilbert, andMary Virginia Orna. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Luis A. Echegoyen and Thomas R. Gilbert as candidates for 2019 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
Candidates for Directors-at-Large
- The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Largefor 2019-2021 terms: Frank D. Blum, Lee H. Latimer, Ingrid Montes, and Angela W. Peters. The election of two Directors-at-Large from among these four candidates and any selected via petition will be conducted in the fall. Ballots will be distributed to the Council on or before October 1, 2018.
Other Council Actions
Amendments to the ACS Bylaws
- The Council approved Petition on the Composition of Society Committees [Bylaw III, Sec. 3, e, (3), (4), and (8)], which will change the requirement for Councilors on Society Committees from at least two thirds (2/3) to a majority, and remove the requirement that the Chair and Vice-Chair of a Society Committee must be Councilors.
- The Petition for Election of Committee Chairs [Bylaw III, Sec. 3, c, (1); d, 3, (3), (8); e, (3), (8); g, (3); i (3)], which would allow the voting members of all ACS committees to select their own Chairs, failed to gain the approval of Council.
2019 Member Dues
- The Council voted on the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance to set the member dues for 2019 at the fully escalated rate of $175. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.
Highlights from Committee Reports
Budget and Finance
In 2017, ACS generated a Net from Operations of $28.6 million, which was $4.8 million higher than 2016. Total revenues were $553.1 million, increasing 5.0% or $26.4 million over 2016. Expenses ended the year at $524.5 million, which was $21.6 million or 4.3% higher than prior year. This was attributable to strong performance from the Society’s Information Service units (CAS and ACS Publications) and a continued emphasis on expense management across the ACS.
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.
The ACS ended 2017 with over 150,000 members. While this means that ACS remains the world’s largest scientific society, this number represents a continuing decline in overall membership for the sixth year in a row. The Committee on Membership Affairs is committed to working with Council, the Board of Directors, the Committee on Budget and Finance, ACS staff, and other stakeholders to halt this trend and return ACS to a growing and engaged membership.
New Orleans Meeting Attendance
As of Monday, March 19:
Expo only 301
Seeking Outstanding Teachers!
The Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society are jointly sponsoring the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award again this year. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding teachers of high school chemistry and to motivate others to emulate them. Up to two winners will be selected and they will each receive a cash award of $250.
We need your help in identifying award candidates. We know there are many talented and dedicated chemistry teachers in our area. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize the work of a chemistry teacher at your high school and we encourage you to nominate a candidate or perhaps resubmit a nomination from a previous year.
Nominations must be received by April 13, 2018. The contest details and instructions can be found on our website at: http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/community-outreach/2016-outstanding-hs-chemistry-teacher-award-information/
PACS Outreach Opportunities
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.
-For the Dutch Neck STEAM Day on April 20, volunteers are needed to help first grade students carry out hands-on experiments to “solve” a mystery. If you can help, please contact Louise Lawter at email@example.com
-For the WW-P Innovation Fair on May 19, volunteers are needed to supervise the six activities planned. If interested you can contact Allen Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJACS Mass Spec Discussion Group Meeting
The North Jersey ACS Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group http://www.njacs.org/topical-groups/mass-spectrometryis pleased to announce our May Monthly Meeting. NJ-ACS MSDG is the second largest mass spectrometry professional association in the nation behind ASMS, with over 1,100 members in the tri-state area.
Date: Wednesday May 9, 2018
Venue: Somerville Elks Lodge 1068 (New venue!)
375 Union Ave Bridgewater, NJ 08807