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The Stan Israel Award was established to recognize individuals and/or institutions that have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.  Nominees may come from academia, industry, government or independent entities, and may also be organizations, including ACS local Sections and divisions. The nominee must have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of person from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women that participate in the chemical enterprise.


The deadline for the following meetings CERM, MARM, NORM, GLRM, is March 1, 2017.  Please visit n-israel-award.html for requirements and additional information.

The American Chemical Society has issued a statement on the Presidential Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”.

The ACS Council Policy Committee is hosting the 2017 New Councilor Orientation Program & Reception for all newly elected Councilors and Alternate Councilors on Saturday, April 1, in San Francisco, CA starting at 3:30 PM with a reception to follow from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom III.  New Councilors and Alternate Councilors will have an opportunity to meet with other ACS leaders, learn more about the Society and ACS committees, and establish mentoring relationships. If you are a new Councilor or an Alternate Councilor, please mark your calendars for this event and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing in San Francisco!


More details regarding the orientation program will be posted to the Councilor Group on the ACS Network in January 2017 at



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The American Chemical Society (ACS) will host the inaugural ACS Industry Symposium in Hyderabad, India November 11-12, 2016. The event will feature lectures on Recent Advances in Drug Development by the world’s leading researchers and experts in pharma.


The meeting will mark the launch of an annual industry symposium that will be dedicated to covering topics of importance to industry professionals around the world. The Symposium will feature opportunities for discussion during networking sessions and catered meals.


We are seeking attendees from all facets of the pharma industry in India.  Anyone who is interested in attending is invited to register for the event at For those who are not yet ACS members, a membership to the American Chemical Society is included in the registration fee.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award nominees and potentially winners? Join ACS for a short presentation and live Q&A in order to learn the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award. The strategies discussed in this webinar are based on a recent ACS National Meeting session and will help enhance the quantity, quality and diversity of nominations. Attendees will understand how to better prepare for the creation of competitive nomination packages that reflect how they will be reviewed, how to conduct nomination and selections processes with the same professionalism used for publications and other scholarly endeavors, and much more. Discover more details and Register today!


Jointly sponsored by the ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards, the ACS Women Chemists Committee, and ACS Webinars

LSAC is sponsoring two pilot grants with funding available to local section members to support key ACS strategic initiatives:

Virtual Event Participation Grant

Local Sections can be awarded seed funding to plan and implement hardware and/or software infrastructure to facilitate the ability of Section members to participate in events from a remote location. LSAC can fund up to $1,500 per application submitted. Read more about this funding opportunity and apply.


Project MEET

Local Sections can be awarded funding to plan an event that brings together senior chemists with youth ages 3-17 for a mutual exchange of expertise and technological know-how. For example, senior chemists could provide a demonstration of engaging chemistry drawn from their own professional experience, and the children could capture a video on smartphones to share with the senior chemists how to upload the video to a YouTube channel, or share it with a friend on various social media outlets.  Activities and technology would depend on the interests and expertise of the participants. Mini-grants are available up to a maximum of $400 for an activity sponsored by an ACS Local Section. Apply for this funding opportunity.


Important Note:  Monday, October 17th is the deadline to submit applications for both the LSAC Virtual Event Participation Grant and Project MEET.


We are enthusiastic to review the various collaborative ideas put forth in your applications.


Any questions regarding these funding opportunities can be sent to

A U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program proudly announced the success of the Alpha Iota Team at the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded August 1, 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia.


Alex Liu of The Village School, TX, won the eighth highest ranking gold medal;  Kevin Tang of Solon High School, OH, and Joyce Tian of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, earned silver medals, and Zilu Pan from Canyon Crest Academy, CA, won bronze medal.


The USA Team competed against 260 students from 66 countries.


Congratulations Team USA for this great achievement!

ACS recognizes 57 members this year for outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and the ACS community. The new Fellows will be honored in Philadelphia at a ceremony hosted by ACS Immediate Past-President Diane Grob Schmidt. Learn more about the 2016 class of Fellows at

The Chemical Society of Washington and ACS are seeking speakers to discuss emerging developments in the chemical sciences for a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Technology Fair on July 12-13. Speakers can give their presentations at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, (just outside of Washington, D.C.) or via webcast. Presentations should be roughly an hour long and designed for patent examiners working in technologies related to your topic.

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“You can’t relax for a second but it’s worth it!” Brian Colon-Rodriguez describes his schedule at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he is earning a chemical engineering degree and on the baseball team. In a brief interview Brian shares the similarities between baseball and chemical engineering, the best advice he’s received, and how the ACS Scholars Program has influenced his life.

The ACS Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) is pleased to offer a limited number of grants to local sections that wish to sponsor an event or activity that will increase the engagement of senior members and encourage innovative activities that will benefit the local community, schools, or legislative government.


Grant Details:


•A limited number of grants (up to $500) are available to local sections that wish to host an event/activity that meets the above criteria;

•Local sections must submit a grant application by July 15, 2016.  Grant funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; 

•A summary report must be submitted within 30 days of the conclusion of the event/activity.


For more information, please email Thank you.

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, May 31-June 15, 2016, at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. The students will compete for a spot on the team representing the United States at the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 23-August 1, 2016.


U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, May 31-June 15, 2016, at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. The students will compete for a spot on the team representing the United States at the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 23-August 1, 2016.


The 20 finalists: thirteen boys and seven girls, representing fifteen ACS local sections and ten states are:

1. Miles Dai*, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section

2. Brian Daniels, Beavercreek High School, OH, Dayton Local Section

3. Lily Ireton, Brighton High School, MI, Detroit Local Section

4. Alex Liu, The Village School, TX, Greater Houston Local Section

5. Steven Liu, Monta Vista High School, CA, Santa Clara Valley Local Section

6. Benjamin Nguyen, Valencia High School, CA, Orange County Local Section

7. Zilu Pan, Canyon Crest Academy, CA, San Diego Local Section

8. Eric Qian, Stevenson High School, IL, Chicago Local Section

9. Jeffrey Shi, Marcellus High School, NY, Central New York Local Section

10. Yusha Sun, A&M Consolidated High School, TX, Texas A&M Local Section

11. Kevin Tang*, Solon High School, OH, Cleveland Local Section

12. Joyce Tian, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, Chemical Society of Washington Local Section

13. Anjali Walia, Irvington High School, CA, California Local Section

14. Anushka Walia*, Irvington High School, CA, California Local Section

15. Harrison Wang, Hinsdale Central High School, IL, Chicago Local Section

16. Shannon Weng, West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, NJ, Princeton Local Section

17. Junyu Yang**, Troy High School, CA, Orange County Local Section

18. Brendan Yap, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section

19. Allen Zhang, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section

20. Lillian Zhu, Buchholz High School, FL, Florida Local Section


* Students who participated in 2015 USNCO Study Camp

** Students who participated in 2014 USNCO Study Camp


At the Study Camp the students will be mentored by faculty of the Department of Chemistry of the UMW and the following mentors:

Dr. Kelli Slunt, University of Mary Washington, VA, Head Mentor

Dr. Patrick Chan, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, NY, High School Mentor

Dr. Christine Saber, Gannon University, PA, College Mentor

Dr. Jacob Sanders, Harvard University, MA, Peer Mentor

Mr. Sidharth Chand, Harvard University, MA, Peer Mentor

As a retired professor of chemistry and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming, Dr. E. Gerald Meyer has dedicated his life to promoting education in the sciences. Still active in this pursuit at the age of 95, Gerry knows that passing the torch to a new generation of scientists requires professional and financial support from current members of the American Chemical Society. "You've got a responsibility to see to it that there are capable people who study chemistry to take your place when you're no longer able to do the work," he says. Read more about Gerry


If you’ve put off writing your will or making plans for your estate, you’re not alone. However, now is a great opportunity to establish your legacy. Don’t wait to take the first step—you may actually feel relieved as you get things in order. Follow five straightforward steps provided in the Personal Planning Road Map. For a complimentary copy, email with your name and address. Or visit the ACS Legacy Planning website for financial and estate planning information.

Angela Morris

The Power of a Mentor

Posted by Angela Morris May 5, 2016

For someone who has encouraged countless students to pursue their dreams, it is no surprise Zaida defines her life by her mentors and lives by the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” From a small town in Puerto Rico to the only woman in her class at Penn State to keeping tabs on hundreds of ACS Scholars, learn how “Mama Z” came to be.


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