Monthly Meeting Report
February 2013 Monthly Meeting Report
Report by Jack Driscoll, Public Relations Chair-NESACS
Photos by James Phillips
The February monthly meeting of NESACS was held at Northeastern University at 140 The Fenway across from the Museum of Fine Arts. The building was formerly the site of the Forsythe Institute. Parking was difficult as a result of the recent blizzard in Boston’s very snowy February. Our guest speaker was Jeanette Brown, for- merly an organic chemist for Ciba-Geigy and Merck, where she (http://www.thehistorymakers.com/bio graphy/jeannette-brown-42) developed drugs for diseases such as tuberculosis and coccidiosis. The location of the meeting was arranged by Prof. Pam Mabrouk of Northeastern University.
After her industrial career, Jeanette was appointed chairperson of the Project SEED Committee for the American Chemical Society. She also served on the faculty of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) as a visiting professor of chemistry and a faculty associate. She was interested in science education and biographies of African American chemists. She went on to publish her own book in 2011, entitled, “African American Women Chemists,” which was her topic for our February meeting of NESACS. This book was published by Oxford University Press and is readily available at retailers such as Amazon.
The monthly meetings typically involve a board meeting from 4:30- 5:30pm followed by an hour of networking with hor d’oeuvres and beverages, followed by dinner and capped with a talk by an interesting speaker. I am always amazed at what can get accomplished during the networking session. If you want to get involved, why not come to a monthly meeting. Meetings are most often held the second Thursday of each month. You can find the time, date and location in The Nucleus or on the NESACS website (nesacs.org). We have some very interesting industrial and academic people at these meetings. We also have many active committees and need more volunteers.