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Zoom Guide available

Posted by Arlene Garrison Jun 23, 2020

Senior Chemists Committee members have enjoyed using Zoom to stay connected during COVID-19.

The Senior Chemists Zoom guide posted here  is designed for novices and avoids the use of computer jargon. The illustrations are screenshots at the time the guide was written and may change as Zoom is updated. There are many on-line videos demonstrating Zoom and the many optional features that are also useful.

Please send us a note to with suggestions for additional guides that would be helpful to senior chemists. Posts are also invited!

Stay safe and stay connected.

We normally talk about the Senior Chemists on the Move! on this site. With the current normal, we find that senior chemists staying safer at home. One thing we are doing is lots of Zoom meetings! This is so easy, that we want to encourage local sections senior chemist groups to continue to meet on a virtual platform. Let us know if you need help - we are developing guides for Zoom to make it easier.

Here's one of our subcommittees meeting by Zoom:

We had planned an ice cream social for networking for the spring national meeting and that will now be held in the fall at San Francisco. Our symposium on retirement# is also moving to the fall.

Stay safe!

The following images were captured at the most recent Senior Chemists Breakfast held on Tuesday, August 27 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Dr. Ralph Keeling presented a very interesting talk focused on the merit of framing the climate discussion around the buildup of CO2 and its control. Do you see some family faces? Enjoy and if you know of any hot topics and speakers that would be of interest, please send an email to







The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties, including Loudoun and Howard Counties, during the 2019-20 school year. The details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day orientation session before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the video clips at If you care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please send a note to with your home address, or call Betty Calinger, 202-326-6629.

Chemistry Expertise Wanted

Posted by klmoran Dec 8, 2017

Hello fellow Senior Chemists!  I work at GFS Chemicals, managing Customer Service and Sales teams in our Call Center.  We're a small, family-owned chemical manufacturer based in central Ohio.  As a chemist, I provide technical support for our products, discussing subjects like purity, particle size, solubility and concentrations, etc.


But some customers want more than that. They want to know, "will this work for my application?"  I can't advise them on their processes or applications.  Even if it's an application that I happen to know about, I can only discuss our products and their features, because we can't accept the liability of "she told me to do it!"


I'm curious: how many Senior Chemists work as Consultants in one way or another?  How many of you share your expertise for fun or profit?


There are many unschooled amateur chemists afoot.  For example, we get requests for conc HNO3 regularly from gold miners.  Some of them live in Colorado or Alaska, but most are right next door in Everytown, America.  The new gold mines are PC boards and they are everywhere.  I always ask, "how did you hear about GFS?" and they say either Google or YouTube.  There are very many YouTube videos on extracting and purifying gold from PC boards.


Another recent question: how does KMnO4 work to detect the presence of H2S in our field operations?  What?  I have no idea.  Sorry, I can't advise you on that.


I would love to be able to send customers to a website for help.  Not YouTube or Google or Wikipedia, but a forum of experienced chemists.


What is Your Opinion?

thank you!


If you worked on the Montreal Protocol, the next generation of chemists needs you to help them implement the Paris Agreement as successfully!

Please, come join us!!  For information, visit: climate-risk-facing-challenges-global-climate

Currently, the Senior Chemists Newsletter is sent to every ACS member by email online if they are over 50+, unless they let us know they would rather not receive it.

It was discussed that perhaps raising it to 55 would be a bit better since that has for a long time been the defacto age that many private corporations extend early retirement benefits to their workers... ie pensions.  However, some federal and some state and local governments begin pensions earlier... ie 50.


Is there a benefit of making it smaller, since at age 50 it is over half of the membership in the society and projections are that in the very near future it will only get worse... What if it included 70%?


On the other hand, why should there be any age restriction?