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Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 2pm-3pm EST

Boost and Lose Your Memory with Chemistry



What is your earliest memory? What about the happiest? Most painful? What if you could selectively enhance or remove certain memories, even long-term? The day may not be far off. Neuroscientist Todd Sacktor has discovered a way of selectively eliminating certain long-term memories in rats by turning an enzyme, PKMzeta, on and off. Then in 2011 he showed how increasing PKMzeta activity enhances long-term memories.

Speaker: Todd Sacktor, M.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center




Thursday November 10, 2011 | 2pm-3pm EST

Advancing Your Career as a Woman in the Pharmaceutical/Chemical Industry



On average, women represent a larger portion of today’s workforce yet still collect only a portion of their male counterpart’s salary for the same job.  But a change is coming.  The pharmaceutical industry has recognized that hiring women of a diverse culture provides a two-fold advantage – a skilled workforce and an insight into the diverse medical needs of the ethnic groups of its employees.  

Speaker: Dr. Anabella Villalobos, Neuroscience and Antibody Drug Conjugate Medicinal Chemistry, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer 




Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 2pm-3pm EST

The Chemical Keys to Thanksgiving Dinner


  “A good meal must be as harmonious as a symphony and as well-constructed as a Norman cathedral.” Fernand Point, ‘Ma gastronomie’ (1897-1955).  This can be said of Thanksgiving.  Home cooked meals that traditionally took a full day and a host of hands to prepare now take just hours. So what have we lost with these age-old preparations? Chemistry.  It’s in techniques like brining, marinating, basting, and slow cooking. It’s where seasons marry and interact – producing tender, succulent and flavorful dishes. Learn why old-fashioned, time-staking approaches to cooking still provide the best results. Speaker: Dr. Harold McGee, scientist and author of a regular column in the New York Times, The Curious Cook





Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 2pm-3pm EST

How to Secure and Nurture a Vibrant Chemistry Career in the 21st Century



Do you know what it will take to survive and thrive a successful chemistry career in the 21st century? How do you maintain a personal brand while creating value for your employer? There are peaks and valleys in every career.  Knowing how to maintain your passion and stay in the forefront of change will be key to a strong career. Join Brian Fahie of Eli Lilly, to learn how to position yourself as the “go to” person in your organization.

Speaker: Dr. Brian Fahie, Eli Lilly




Thursday December 8, 2011 | 2pm-3pm EST

Welcoming 2012: The Chemistry of Fireworks


New Year and fireworks.  Pop! Bang! Whooo! Boom! We love them. These are the sounds of celebration.  Although the basic recipe and techniques used in preparing the black powder (gun powder) in modern-day fireworks is the same as it was 500 years ago, advances in chemistry have allowed us to create spectacular displays we enjoy today.  Join our speaker, Chris Mocella as he describes the delicate chemistry that brings loud sounds and brilliant colorful images to welcome your new year. Just don’t try this at home!

Speaker: Dr. Chris Mocella, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories and author of ‘The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics




Thursday, December 15, 2011 | 2pm-3pm EST

Chemicals & the Economy Year-end Review and Outlook


One day the market is up, next day the market is down. What should a chemist or a business executive be concerned about:  Lack of jobs?  Inflation?  Unstable tax future?  According to our speaker, Paul Hodges, “It’s the ‘big picture’ issues that we need to watch these days.” Paul Hodges is back to discuss the issues and trends you need to be prepared for in 2012.  

Speaker: Paul Hodges, Chairman of International eChem (IeC) and co-author of the new eBook, ‘Boom, Gloom and the New Normal’

A new $250 nano-grant with a focus on member retention is now available for local sections.  The focus, guidelines and application can be found online.  Please contact with any questions.

The Committee on Corporation Associates is piloting a new funding program for ACS Local Sections to promote industry focused events at the local section level.


Corporation Associates is soliciting grant proposals from ACS Local Sections for industry-related events next year. Events can range from job fairs with local chemical employers, resume writing workshops, networking receptions, hosted panel discussions with industry leaders and other similar forums to benefit those local section members employed in industry.


Upon review of a well detailed event, Corporation Associates will fund local sections up to $1,000 to help subsidize the costs associated with producing and hosting these events.


Please note that the deadline for these Local Section grants is December 12, 2011.


Apply online

ncw_health_2011.jpgFrom October 16-22, ACS will celebrate National Chemistry Week.  This year’s theme is, “Chemistry – Our Health, Our Future!” and will explore how chemistry is vital to our good health. Whether it’s the medicines that make us well, to the hygiene products that keep us clean and even the vitamins and minerals that supplement our diets, chemistry is directly involved in maintaining our good health and future. This theme will also give us the opportunity to highlight many achievements in the health field that involve the transforming power of chemistry.

As you probably know, every year an event is chosen to unite ACS members across the country in a common outreach effort.  For this year’s NCW celebration we are encouraging members to organize a Health and Hygiene Drive centered on the theme “Chemistry - Our Health, Our Future!” Collected items may be donated to homeless shelters, schools, or organizations that help those in need. This is a good opportunity for ACS local sections to partner with their community groups to fulfill a need.

CCA is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade.  The challenge is to write and illustrate a poem using the NCW theme.  The poem can be in any style as long as it is no more than 40 words. Each local section is encouraged to host a contest for the school children in their area.

Celebrating Chemistry, a National Science Education Standards-aligned newspaper for elementary school students in the 4th through 6th grade, will illustrate the NCW theme with hands-on activities that demonstrate the importance of healthy eating and staying active, an overview of medicines and how they are developed and the importance of handwashing and proper handwashing technique. ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students, will devote its October issue to National Chemistry Week.

In support of the health theme, ACS members are encouraged to continue to raise funds for the PUR initiative. All funds should be sent to ACS headquarters by the end of December so that one check can be presented to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. If you need more information about this initiative, email

We hope you will help raise awareness about this year’s NCW theme.  For complete information please visit

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This is your chance to tell the ACS community your story.  Get noticed and connect with over 200,000 chemists worldwide in the ACS Network.

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Were you unable to attend the ACS national meeting a few weeks ago? Were you in Denver but couldn’t make it to all of the technical sessions you wanted? Want to share some of the meeting’s cutting-edge scientific research with colleagues, friends, or students?


Now you can watch any of approximately 425 presentations recorded during the 242nd ACS National Meeting in Denver, Colorado at Featuring PowerPoint slides synched with audio, these presentations permit you to jump directly from slide to slide to find the specific information you need.


Reflecting the breadth of science available at ACS national meetings — including this meeting's thematic program of "Chemistry of Air, Space & Water" — the recorded sessions include:

  • Chemistry of Air, Space, and Water Plenary
  • Chemistry as a Tool for Space Exploration and Discovery at Mars
  • Empowering Tomorrow's Science Super Heroes
  • Getting Your First Industrial Job
  • Fifty Years of Inorganic Chemistry: A Celebration of Past, Present, and Future
  • MEDI Drug Discovery Research Centers
  • Arthur C. Cope and Arthur C. Cope Scholars Award Symposium
  • Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Visit to see the full list of available presentations and to access this valuable content free of charge.

Oct. 6: Dr. Bruce J. Nelson ’74 Speaker Series- Madeleine Jacobs, American Chemical Society

Event Type: Lecture

Location: Harvey Mudd College, Galileo Hall

Thursday, October 06, 2011 7:30 PM


To commemorate the vital role of chemistry in our world, the Nelson Speakers will share exciting new chemical developments and describe current and future opportunities for scientists to preserve the environment, utilize energy, develop new materials and promote health.

Madeleine Jacobs is executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society. As the first female CEO of the world’s largest scientific society, with 163,000 members worldwide, this much-honored science journalist brings an extensive familiarity and understanding of the chemistry enterprise.

All lectures are followed by a Q&A session and dessert reception. Live streaming broadcast of the lectures may be available as well as videos of past lectures.