In Conjunction with NJACS NMR Topical Group
NJACS NMR Symposium, Princeton ACS Meeting & Student Career Forum
Monday, September 24, 2018, Noon to 9:00 PM
Frick Laboratory, Princeton University
— AGENDA —
- Afternoon NMR Symposia
- Student Career Forum: “Marketing Your Brand” course, networking & more!
- Evening Keynote Speaker and PACS Meeting
More information will be coming next month. Check our website for updates
National Chemistry Week 2018 Activities Night Volunteers Needed!!
by 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?
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you can help. Our great volunteers are the key to the success of our programs!
2018 Outstanding HS Chemistry Teachers!
Each year, the Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society jointly sponsor the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding teachers of high school chemistry and to motivate others to emulate them.
This year our winners areRupa Bhattacharya, Trenton Public Schools and Anjana Iyers, Hillsborough High School. The awards were presented to them at the May meeting of the Princeton ACS Section.
Rupa Bhattacharyaholds a PhD in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and aNJDOE Educator Certification, K-12 in Biology and Chemistry. She has been a Science educator with the Trenton Board of Education since 2013 where she has worked on the development of new chemistry curriculum in addition to teaching of chemistry.
After spending more than a decade as a researcher, she chose to teach science in insufficiently served communities because of her belief that science opens the door of reasoning and inspires innovation. As an educator she strives to make chemistry and science learning a dynamic experience where students acknowledge and appreciate the impact of chemistry beyond the walls of the classroom and value its understanding beyond credits for graduation.
Anjana Iyers received a BS in Chemistry & Computer Science from University of Madras, India in 1999 and a MA in Special Education from the College of New Jersey in 2011.She started her career working in computer programming and then migrated to teaching.She has been a Special Education Science Teacher at Hillsborough High School since 2011.
She teaches Resource Chemistry to a portion of the special education population, and she co-teaches College Prep Chemistry Classes. Anjana is an advocate for the struggling learner and strongly believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience the importance of chemistry, how it affects their daily lives and to make them scientifically educated citizens.”
Congratulations to these two Outstanding Chemistry Teachers!
2018 Hubert Alyea Awards
The 2018 Hubert Alyea Awards were presented to the winners at the Princeton University Chemistry Department’s Alyea Memorial Demonstration Lecture on Saturday, June 2.
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 was established for Princeton area high school chemistry students 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 for this award.
This year the winners are:
- Amalia Cappuccino, Princeton Day School
- Sydney Gibbard, The Pennington School
- Timothy Granzow, Hopewell Valley High School
- Beth Keenan, Robbinsville High School
- Samantha Johnson, Stuart Country Day School
- Diane Li, Princeton High School
- Bradford Lin, The Lawrenceville School
- Ruby Min,West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South
- Eliza Wirkijowski, Lawrence High School
- Morgan Rhodes, Nottingham High School
- Shubha Vasisht, The Hun School
High School Students’ Ideas for the Future
By Barbara Ameer, PACS Chemagination Chair and Coordinator
Teams of chemistry students came together at Princeton University’s Frick Laboratory for a poster display and judging of the Chemagination Competition on June 9th. Mentally tackling real world problems, high school students considered how chemistry might be used to improve our lives 25 years in the future in the areas of medicine/medicinal chemistry, new materials, alternate energy sources, environment and protein chemistry.
Taking on the Chemagination challenge were 85 students from 5 New Jersey schools. The participation rate in recent years indicates a strong interest in this annual local section event, known as Chemagination at Princeton.
The judging team consisted of 12 PhD- and MD-level scientists, consultants and educators in the Princeton-Trenton area and post-doctoral trainees in chemistry at Princeton University. Many of them are members of the American Chemical Society’s Princeton and Trenton local sections, hosts of the 16th annual competition. Entries were assessed for scientific soundness, clarity, creativity, teamwork and other aspects. First place winners may advance to a regional competition in 2019. Winning teams were:
Medicine: MR-Why? Early Cancer Detection with Genetically Modified Fluorescence, Lawrence High School students Gabriell Gutierrez, Ian Wang, Olivia Rojek
New Materials: Thermoelectric Generators with Topological Materials, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South students Tianyi Peng, Vishal Raman
Alternate Energy Sources: Hydrogen Power: Fuel Cells Replacing Oil Wells, Hillsborough High School students Alan Ji, Christopher Ji
Environment:Beat Blaze with Bass, Wallington High School students Mohamed Alghondakly, Michelle Kosinska
Proteins/Protein Chemistry: Traumatic Memory Manipulation, Lawrence High School students Neil Chipra, Harshil Bhullar
Medicine: A Better Bandage, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South students Kevin Guo, Elena Li, Vishal Shankar
New Materials: Carbon: Our Nation’s Best Defender,Hillsborough High School students Akindu Dasanayake, Shashank Amarnath, Akash Sureshkumar
Alternate Energy Sources: The Power of Piezoelectricity: Powering the Globe One Step at a Time, Hightstown High School students Rishab Solanki, Anitej Biradar
Environment:Algal Mechanisms, Hillsborough High School students Rahul Ravula, Preet Patel, Alyaan Hussain
Proteins/Protein Chemistry: Pseudo Silk in Modern Day Medical Implantation Systems, West Windsor- Plainsboro High School-South students Haijia Wang, Rohit Tiwari
Teacher-advisors from participating schools who attended the poster event and awards ceremony at Frick were Matt Davis, Lawrence High School; Kenneth Lisk, Hightstown High School; Carmel Meyer, Hillsborough High School; and Barbara Safira, Wallington High School.
50/60 Year Members Recognized in June
The following PACS members attained 50 or 60 year member status this year. They were recognized for their service during our May 15 meeting.
Dr. William Baron
Dr. Denis Hruza
Dr. Pradip Mookerjee
Dr. Thomas Nowlin
Dr. Peter Wepplo
Dr. John Wise
Dr. Klaus Florey
Each year we invite recognizedmembers to contribute an article about their career. Below is the submission from our 50-Year member, Denis Hruza:
My Life as a Chemist
by Denis Hruza, 2018 50-Year ACS member
I worked for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) for 40.5 years. I started out as a Chemist in Research and Development and became a Senior Synthetic Research Chemist, synthesizing new flavor and fragrance chemicals. I eventually moved to the Production Facility in Union Beach as Assistant Department Manager then Manager of the Analytical Department and finally Technical Director. Upon the closing of the facility, I was transferred to Corporate Safety Assurance (Corporate Legal) where I was the Transport Regulatory Specialist. I am a Certified Hazmat Instructor, certified in 49 CFR DOT (US road regulations), ICAO/IATA (International Air Transport Regulations), IMO (International Maritime Regulations), ADR (European Road & Rail Regulations), TDG (Canadian Transport Regulations), MOMA (Mexican Road Regulations). Part of my job function was to train IFF shipping personnel throughout the world.
After leaving IFF, I joined Global Essence, Inc., as an Analytical and Regulatory Chemist. There, I expanded the laboratory, hired three chemists and was promoted to QA and Regulatory Manager. In charge of MSDS and regulatory, my job expanded to meet the growing regulatory requirements and product related documents such as NSF/BRC (Food Safety Management), Organic Compliance, Kosher and Halal Compliance, FDA Compliance, employee training and Hazmat Compliance. Wearing many hats, I was certified in HACCP, Preventive Controls for Human Food Safety, and FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food. I just recently retired from Global Essence after 9 years.
My educational background is St. Peter’s Prep, Spring Hill College (B.S. Biology/Premed), Monmouth College (B.S. Chemistry), Stevens Institute (M.S. Chemistry) Monmouth University (M.B.A.) and Western Missouri (PhD Science/Management).
I have co-authored 52 patents on flavor and fragrance ingredients and have written several articles and presented papers before the ACS and Association of Hazmat Shippers.
I started out as a chemist but my career brought me to places I would not have planned initially as I took advantage of opportunities presented to me. My advice to those beginning their careers is to look at the world of chemistry and not focus on only research. The complexity and volume of regulatory chemistry is ever increasing and offering a vast opportunity to expand your interests and career.
My hobbies include traveling, boating, fishing and duck decoy carving. I am especially proud of winning 36 World Carving Competition Ribbons for my carved decoys. I live with my wife Anne on Barnegat Bay.
Science Café at Princeton 2018
By Randy Weintraub
On Giants’ Shoulders: Science Needs to March On, Despite Science Denialism
Our 4thAnnual Science Café June 28that the Frick Chemistry Laboratory, waded into the important and complex topic, science denialism. Guest expert, Princeton University Professor Angela Creager, Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science, helped the students, educators, scientists and community member participants work through the issue. The lively, probing and stimulating exchange of ideas and perspectives created a unique and fruitful experience for all. The most common examples of science denialism, denying evidence and anthropogenic impacts on climate change, and parents resisting immunizations for children, were starting points for discussion:
- How has the scientific process moved from individual efforts of “giants” like Galileo, Newton, Curie to modern team-based science?
- What conditions favor scientific discoveries and advances?
- How does the general public acquire knowledge of science advances? What shapes the public’s view of the value of science?
- How might science best persevere in the face of forces like science denialism?
Some of the salient points made were (1) Science is social. It must maintain its disciplined mechanisms of critique, verification, and communication, but accept as potent contributors, people’s emotions including fear of the realities when presented with science. (2) Widespread misunderstanding of statistics and prioritizing of risk make scientific communication difficult. (3) Selective attention and biased information affects outcomes. (4) Scientists and journalists will continue to play key roles in effective communication of science and its implications and predictions, realizing that good science is a process that needs to be defended and trusted.
Planning for 2019 PACS Elections
by Khalid Mahmood, Chair, Nomination Committee
The election for Princeton ACS Section Executive Committee Members will be taking place in October 2019.
Princeton ACS needs experienced and energetic individuals to help guide the Princeton ACS local section and its activities. We invite you to nominate a colleague or yourself and have a voice in the future of the section. We are seeking candidates for 2019 Chair-Elect (from Academia), Secretary, Treasurer and Member-at-Large position.
The Princeton ACS is governed by the Executive Committee comprised of Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, Secretary, Treasure, two Councilors and Alternate Councilors (three-year term) and a newly established Member-at-Large position (two year term). Traditionally, the candidate for Chair-elect alternates between Industry or Government, and Academia.
For more information about the Section and responsibility and duties of the various positions, please see our website under “About the Section” http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/
Why get involved with Princeton ACS Executive Committee?
Executive committee members are the leaders shaping and guiding the future of the section as well as member activities throughout the year. This work can also help you to improve your leadership qualities and to shape the future course of your professional career. Additionally, it enables you to:
- seek and invite speakers ofinterest to you
- strengthen local network of professionals from similar areas of interest
- develop programs and activities of interest to local graduate / undergraduate / high school students / general public and professionals involved in your interest area
Training is provided to the newly elected chair-elects from all ACS local sections at the ACS Leadership Institute held in January each year. Skills learned can also be applied to a candidate’s professional career.
How to submit Nominations
Please go to our website at http://chemists.princeton.eduand complete the Nomination Form for 2019 PACS Officers, or click this link: http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/pacs-events/pacs-other-events/nominations-for-2019-pacs-elections/to submit the names of potential candidates by September 28, 2018. Self-nominations are also welcome. Candidates are required to be a member of the Princeton ACS Section.
Questions?Email to Khalid Mahmood, email@example.com
By Barbara Ameer
With lecture presentations from 11 enthusiastic PhD candidates in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology of Princeton University and 2 outside faculty speakers, Princeton ACS launched a new community outreach program this Spring at Frick Chemistry Laboratory on protein science. The goal was to inform high school students, educators and others about some of the exciting developments in the study of proteins and new techniques being applied to advance our understanding of chemical biology.
Attendees ranged from high school students to post-doctoral trainees, plus educators and interested community members. They had an opportunity to learn about protein structure and function relationships, modern techniques in quantitative proteomics, the role of metals in protein biology, to name a few of the topics addressed by graduate student speakers.
Christina Vizcarra, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Barnard College, New York City, introduced the topic of protein science and the study of computation design of proteins at the May 19thsymposium attended by a select group of high school students and educators.
Helen M. Berman, PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers, shared her unique view of how knowledge has been collected globally about the structural biology of protein molecules. That keynote presentation at the June 9thsymposium was based on Professor Berman’s experience as co-founder of the Protein Data Bank.
Princeton ACS leadership recognizes the importance of attracting students and the challenge of training experienced scientists seeking knowledge about chemistry at the intersection of the life sciences. The Spring protein science symposia took a step toward addressing that need.
The new programming was appreciated, based on surveys and verbal feedback from the 98 attendees, and indicated a strong interest in the topic and in further exploration of this frontier of chemistry.Resources on protein science, including links to lectures, and photos are posted at the community outreach section of the Princeton ACS website: http://chemists.princeton.edu/pacs/outreach-activities/high-school-protein-symposium/
The protein science programming was initiated with a Local Section Innovative Project Grant from the American Chemical Society and was augmented by a Small Meeting Grant from The Company of Biologistswww.biologists.com(Dr. Barbara Ameer, grant applicant).
Hillsborough HS Scores at 2018 MARM Chemagination!
by Louise Lawter
The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chemagination competition was held on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm at Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University Mountain Top Campus, Bethlehem PA during the NanoMARM 2018 “An Iron Past; an Unlimited Future” hosted by the Lehigh Valley ACS Section.
Fifteen high school student teams from the New York, North Jersey, Philadelphia, and Princeton and Trenton ACS Sections participated. The teams presented, in article and poster formats, innovative and creative discoveries that improved people’s lives in the “current” year of 2043! These discoveries were in the categories of Alternative Energy, Environment, Medicine/Health, or New Materials, as well as a new trial category of Protein & Protein Engineering.
Following the judging, the students attending a video presentation from the Science History Institute titled “The Instrumental Chemist: The Incredible Imagination of Arnold Beckman.
Our judges, Becky Klimas and Kelcie Kramer from Intertek Allentown, Pamela Wright from ExxonMobil and Deborah Cook from Rider University had the difficult task of selecting the winners.
Several teams from the 2017 Princeton and Trenton ACS Chemagination competed.
Ishita Agarwal, Gabrielle Bogut and Melissa Sun from Hillsborough High School won Second Place in Medicine/Health with their entry, “The Captivating Chemistry Behind CRISPR”.
Roman Trevino, Curtis Chen, and Elias Winters, also from Hillsborough High School, won Second Place in New Materials with their entry, “TheGrasp of Graphene”,
Other winners were:
Medicine/Health:“Out of the Blue: Battling Alzheimer’s Disease with Methylene Blue”, Joseph Bisulca, Chidera Ejikeme and Omar Khan, Half Hollow Hills High School West
New Material: “Humanitent: The Tent that Does it All”, Casey Chan, Yerin Kim and Yena Woo, Bergen County Academies
Environment: “Waste to Watts”, Regina Campion and Allison Lowell, Saint Basil Academy
Alternate Energy: “Energy Generator Through Thermoregulation”, Nahyeon (Lisa) Kim and Lauren Szeto, Bergen County Academies
Environment: “Algae to the Rescue!”, Ayobami Adeola, Miles Kim and Poojan Pandya, Half Hollow Hills High School West
Alternate Energy: “Pressure Building Up”, Ashley Clark and Josephine Nguyen, Nazareth Academy High School
Proteins & Protein Chemistry Special Award
“Memory Loading…”, Luke Botta and Samantha Ying, South Side High School
Thank you to teachers Sookying Chang, Saint Basil Academy, Katherine Gallen, Nazareth Academy High School, Steven Gordon, Garden City High School, Susanne Iobst, Passaic Valley Regional High School, Deok-Yang Kim, Bergen County Academies, Carmel Meyers, Hillsborough High School, Christine Tjersland, Half Hollow Hills High School West and Herb Weiss, South Side High School for supporting their students and to the MARM Executive Board and 2018 MARM organizers, our judges and other volunteers who made this event possible.