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Free ACS Webinars for November & December 2011

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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’