This Month's Meeting

November 2017 Monthly Meeting

Presentation of the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry
The Henry Hill Award
Recognition of the 2017 Chemistry Olympiad Team

Current Events
November NESACS Monthly Meeting (Norris Award, Hill Award, Chemistry Olympiad Team) - 11/9/17 ...
Invitation to New Members
You are cordially invited to attend one of our upcoming Section meetings as a guest of the Section at the Social hour and dinner preceding the meeting.
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ACS v. Leadscope Settlement


17th Annual Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium - 12/1/17 ...
Volunteer Opportunity - The Nucleus ...
2017 NESACS/GDCh Exchange Trip to Mainz, Germany ...
Chemist Answers 400-Year Old Question ...
Lecture by Professor Jean-Marie Lehn at Northeastern University ...
NESACS Receives a ChemLuminary Award ...
ACS Announces 2018 Awards ...
ACS National Election - Deadline 10/27/17 ...
21st Andrew H. Weinberg Symposium - 11/1/17 (updated 9/18/17) ...
Report from the 20th Annual Weinberg Symposium ...
Approved Oncologic Drugs for Pediatric Use 2015 - 2017 ...
2017 ACS Fellows Named (inlcudes 4 NESACS members) ...
Master of Science in BioTechnology at Northeastern ...
Reem Telmesani (PhD Candidate, Boston University) wins Best Oral Presentation as part of the NESACS/NSYCC Delegation to the 20th JCF Frühjahrssymposium in Mainz, Germany–April 1, 2017
January 2017 Monthly Meeting Report ---
Highlights from Board Meeting Minutes - Jan & Feb 2017
Hot Science at the 2016 NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium ...
ACS Press Release: American Chemical Society Statement on the Presidential Executive Order: "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" ...
BAGIM Events: Meetups & Job Opportunities ...
Professor Friend and Professor Walt to Receive ACS Awards ...
National Recognition for NESACS Student Chapters ...
UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS for Web Streaming (1/1/2017) ...
NERACS Board Meeting Report ...
Report from Binghamton: NERM 2016 ...
NESACS Members and Organizations Receive Awards at NERM ...
Vivian Walworth (In Memoriam - 1922-2016) - by Mary McCann & John McCann ...
NESACS has been named as a finalist for six ACS ChemLuminary Awards ...
The Committee on Chemical Abstracts (CCAS) Wants Your Feedback ...
New Act4Chemistry Energy Legislation Alert ..
THANK YOU to the 2015 NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium Sponsors ...
Listing of ACS Short Courses Through December 14, 2017 ...
ACS Webinars - September 2017 ...

Chemist Answers 400- Year Old Question

We are all familiar with the hexagonal shape of snowflakes. Over 400 years ago, Kepler speculated about the microscopic buildings blocks that lead to that shape. Using a combination of electron backscatter (similar to x-rays) and large single crystal ice, chemist Mary Shultz (Tufts University) and collaborators (Dartmouth College and Max Plank, Mainz, Germany) have compellingly shown the connection illustrated below. The six points of the snowflake grow from the flat sides of the chair-form hexagon of the basal face. The snowflake points align with the crystallographic a axes shown as hot spots in the electron backscatter data. The graphic below reflects three scales: the macroscopic snowflake (blue line), the molecular structure (red tube model), and the electron scattering diffraction (density plot).
This work was presented as an invited talk by Mary Shultz at the Spring ACS Meeting in San Francisco and is in press in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Single-crystal Ih ice surfaces unveil connection between macroscopic and molecular structure,” PNAS, 2017 114= (21) 5349-5354.

ACS National Election

Ballots for the 2017 ACS fall national election will be distributed on September 29, with a voting deadline four weeks later, on October 27. In a change of procedures, all members with an email address on file and eligible to vote will receive an electronic ballot with the option to request a paper ballot. Those members with no email address on file will be sent a paper ballot with the option to still vote electronically. The ACS election vendor, Survey & Ballot Systems, will send three email reminders during the voting period to those who have not voted as of the reminder date.

2017 ACS Fellows Named
The ACS has named 65 members as ACS Fellows in the Class of 2017, who will be celebrated at the National Meeting in Washington, DC, in August.  Among them are four from NESACS.
Rick Danheiser
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contribution to the science/profession: Developed numerous innovative and elegant methodologies, including the Danheiser Annulation, the Danheiser Benzannulation, and cycloadditions of highly unsaturated conjugated molecules for the synthesis of complex carbocyclic and heterocyclic organic compounds.
Contribution to the ACS community: Through for his sustained tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Organic Syntheses, he championed reproducible, independently validated, and practical procedures for useful synthetic transformations. Advocated compellingly for increased reproducibility in chemical research.
Arthur Greenberg
University of New Hampshire
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for service as journal founder/editor and college administrator and for contributions to the fields of polycyclic aromatics, focusing on analysis, hazards and metabolism, and structural chemistry, especially strained molecules and amides.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized as an author of books on the history and image of chemistry. Other contributions include public presentations, volunteer service on professional committees and boards, and educator and Project SEED mentor.
Katherine Lee
Pfizer, Inc.
Contribution to the science/profession: As an outstanding medicinal chemist, she has discovered four compounds that have reached Phase II clinical trials. At Pfizer, she led the chemistry team that discovered a first-in-class IRAK4 inhibitor.
Contribution to the ACS community: A leader in the Northeastern Local Section and the Division of Organic Chemistry, she introduced innovative programs to engage younger chemists and help all chemists advance their careers.
Irvin Levy
Gordon College
Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for significant contributions in advancing the field of green chemistry education, including expanding the community of green chemists, contributing scientific communications, and increasing student engagement.
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for excellence in service to the Division of Chemical Education (CHED), bringing in new, cross-Divisional programming to the CHED program and introducing relevant, green chemistry programming to the Division.

They join the more than 1,050 ACS members who have been named as Fellows since 2009 when the program began, including a total of 44 members of NESACS.

For a complete list of ACS Fellows, see <>

Approved Oncologic Drugs for Pediatric Use 2015-2017
By James S. Weinberg, Ph.D., Biophysics Assay Laboratory

The good news - the FDA has approved 4 new drugs with indications for pediatric oncological use and added them to the original list of 25 drugs published in October 2015 NESACS The Nucleus.
(See) 2015.pdf
Regulatory Approved Oncologic Drugs for Pediatric Use with Pediatric Dosing 2015-2017
Drug Oncology Drugs Approved - Indication
(tradename Unituxin)
Neuroblastoma in combination with GM-CSF and IL-2 and 13-cis retinoic acid
(tradename Blincyto)
Relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia
(tradename Kaytruda)
Microsatellite instability-high solid tumors
(tradename Bavencio)
Children 12 years of age and older with Merkle cell carcinoma
Source: Gregory H. Reaman, M.D., Associate Director, On- cology Sciences, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
This brings the total in the last 64 years (since 1953) to 29 drugs approved (about one every two years). In the last two years the rate has improved to two drugs a year. All four new drugs are monoclonal antibodies: Dinutuximab is a monoclonal antibody that targets glycolipid disialoganglioside (GD2), expressed on neuroblastoma cells. Blinatumomab specifically targets the CD19 antigen present on B cells. Pembrolizumab targets the programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) receptor. Avelumab targets the protein programmed deathligand 1 (PD-L1).
Our 2016 Weinberg Symposium speaker Mignon Loh was deeply involved in the successful pediatric clinical trials of Blinatumomab.

Steven DuBois (back center) receiving $2,000 from the Tufts’Physician Assistants Class
Photo by Sam Ogden

Thanks to major support from Members, contributors to Team Andrew Weinberg Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, and two major donations from Epizyme®, Inc., and Tufts’ Physician Assistants Class of 2018, we are proud to announce: James E. Bradner, MD, President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research will give the 21st Andrew H. Weinberg Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm which will be simultaneously web streamed at:
Final information will be in the October issue of The Nucleus, online at MassBio’s event page and online in Whitehead Institute’s Biology Week.
Donations are gratefully accepted at: http:/


2017 NESACS/GDCh Exchange Trip to Mainz, Germany
by Tom Gilbert

The 2017 edition of the German Exchange Program (GEX) included twelve student−delegates from nine colleges and universities in the Northeastern Section. Among them were 8 graduate students:
  • Zhehui Li, Boston College
  • Alfred Burney-Allen, Boston University
  • Gina Kim, Boston University
  • Brendan Mattingly, Boston University
  • Reem Telmesani, Boston University
  • Li Zha, Harvard University
  • Sita Gurung, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Min Song, University of New Hampshire
and four undergraduates:
  • Amelia McCue, Saint Anselm College
  • Jordan Mattheisen, Simmons College
  • Jasper Du, Tufts University
  • Margaret, Klureza, Wellesley College
The delegates were selected from among 25 applicants based on the quality of their research presentations and interviews conducted in late November, 2016. They were accompanied on the trip to Germany by two former participants in the GEX program, Emel Adaligil and Andrew Scholte, and by GEX Co-chair Tom Gilbert. Also joining the delegation was Brendan Mattingly’s father, Daniel Mattingly from Jacksonville, FL, who served as a guide for his sight-impaired son.
The group began its journey on Saturday, March 25, with an overnight flight from Boston to Zurich and a connecting flight to Frankfurt – at least that was the plan. Unfortunately, a short connection time coupled with a late departure from Boston and slow passport control in Zurich Airport led to the group missing its connecting flight. Fortunately, enough seats were available on the next flight to Frankfurt, and our group (and luggage) reached Frankfurt airport in mid-afternoon on Sunday. There they were greeted by Dr. Elisabeth Kapatsina, head of the Education Department of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). Elisabeth served as principal host and guide for the group during their time in Germany.
A half-hour train ride brought the group to Mainz, a city of 200,000 located west of Frankfurt at the confluence of the Main and Rhine Rivers. Mainz is the home of Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (JGU), which was the site of the principal activity of the trip: participation in a research symposium organized by the Young Chemists Committee of the GDCh (Jungchemikerforum or JCF).
After checking into their hotel the group headed to a welcoming dinner hosted by members of the JCF, who were responsible for organizing and running the research symposium and who did a marvelous job of hosting the delegates during their time in Mainz. Among them were Valentina Breising, John Haupt and Benjamin Breitenbach. At dinner the NESACS contingent also met delegates from Russia, Brazil, Nigeria, and Vietnam who were attending the JCF symposium through the International Young Chemists Network (IYCN). These students traveled with our group during the remainder of time in Germany.


On Monday our delegates were up early for a trip to Darmstadt and the world headquarters of Merck KGaA. There they learned about the history of this pharmaceutical and chemical company and about its scientists’ recent advances in developing anti-cancer drugs, innovative photovoltaic technology, and organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for ultra-thin TV displays. Our tour included a presentation about OLED technology from Prof. Dr. Herwig Buchholz, Merck’s Global Head of Chemistry R&D.
On Tuesday morning the group traveled to the enormous (over 7,000 people work there) Sanofi research and manufacturing center at Frankfurt-Höchst. A bus tour of the sprawling facility included stops at several R&D and manufacturing facilities. Among them: the plant that produces the world’s supply of fexofenadine hydrochloride, the active ingredient in the allergy medicine Allegra.


In the afternoon, the group toured downtown Frankfurt, and took in the view from the top of one of the city’s tallest buildings. Later they visited the historic buildings and public spaces near the Römer, which has served as Frankfurt’s city hall since the early 1400s. That evening the group dined at ApfelweinwirtschaftWagner, a famous restaurant in Frankfurt that is noted for its homemade apple wine.
On Wednesday the group stayed in Mainz, touring the chemistry research and teaching facilities of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, which has more chemistry students (over 1100) than any other German university. The tour included the JGU’s extensive NMR, polymer chemistry and physical chemistry research facilities. It was followed by a tour of the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, which is located on the campus of JGU . That tour featured a presentation on the institute’s research activity on the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere. After-lunch activities included a tour of the university’s TRIGA nuclear reactor and a presentation on the research it supports. That evening the JCF conference began with a welcome reception where the group had its first opportunity to connect with the more than 300 young chemists attending the conference from Germany and many other countries.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning were filled with a blend of plenary lectures from well-known senior chemists and oral and poster presentations from student participants. Two of our delegates, Reem Telmesani and Li Zha, were invited to give oral presentations. All presentations were delivered in English, although Li gave his acknowledgment and thanks to our JCF hosts in German, and received an enthusiastic round of applause for doing so. The official conference dinner was held on campus Friday night followed by a late night/early morning celebration at a club near ancient Roman baths on the east side of Mainz. Many of our delegates had little sleep that night.
On Saturday morning six of our delegates presented their research during the final poster session, which was followed by the symposium’s closing ceremony. During this event Reem received the Best Oral Presentation award. Saturday afternoon was a time for souvenir shopping for many delegates, followed by a farewell dinner for them and the IYCN delegates hosted by GDCh. Gifts were exchanged as our delegates thanked our JCF and GDCh colleagues for their gracious hospitality and for a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Toward the end of dinner a cake was served to help celebrate Brendan Mattingly’s birthday.


The Sunday return flights (again through Zurich) were thankfully uneventful. Conversations at the airports and on the planes were filled with delegate comments about what a great educational and cultural experience they had had.
Epilogue: On the Saturday following their return from Germany, GEX delegates participated in the Northeastern Section Younger Chemists Committee’s Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference at Harvard University. During the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the conference, Reem Temesani was presented the Most Promising Female Scientist Award and Jasper Du received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster Award.

ACS Press Release

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

NESACS Receives a ChemLuminary Award

The Northeastern Local Section was presented with the Outstanding Sustainability Activities ChemLuminary Award at the 19th Annual Ceremony (Our Volunteers and Their Monumental Impact) on August 22, 2017, at the ACS national meeting in Washington, D.C.

NESACS received the award from the Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) for hosting a day-long workshop in partnership with its Younger Chemists Committee, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the New England Scientists and Teachers for Sustainability (NESTS) Association that featured talks from research chemists who apply green chemistry principles in their daily lives, and educators who develop lesson plans and strategies about green chemistry.  NESACS had received a Local Section Sustainability Programming Grant in 2016 to make the event possible.  This CEI-sponsored award recognizes a local section that has introduced a new and outstanding program promoting sustainability at the local level.

Details about the workshop, which was held on November 5, 2016, at the Integrated Science Center at UMass-Boston, were published earlier: R. Borg, The NUCLEUS, 95, 2 (January 2017).  The collaboration between Pfizer and UMass-Boston was initiated by Prof. Jonathan Rochford of the UMB Chemistry Department.

NESACS was also a finalist for six other awards for its activities in 2016 based on self-nominations in its annual report.

  • Outstanding Local Section Career Program (Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, CEPA), won by the Colorado Local Section.
  • Outstanding Local SectionYounger Chemists Committee (Younger Chemists Committee, YCC), won by the Savannah River Local Section.
  • Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event (Younger Chemists Committee, YCC), won by the Colorado Local Section.
  • Outstanding Collaboration Between a Local Section and Division (Committee on Local Section Activities and Committee on Divisional Activities, LSAC and DAC), won by the Louisiana Local Section.
  • Outstanding Local Section Industry Event (Corporation Associates, CA), won by the East Central Illinois Local Section.
  • Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs Committee (Committee on Minority Affairs, CMA), won by the Orange County Local Section.

ACS Announces 2018 Awards

The following NESACS members have been named as winners of awards administered by the ACS for 2018.  With the exception of the Cope Scholars Awardees, these recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science sponsored by Eastman Chemical: Paula T. Hammond, M.I.T.

ACS Award in Pure Chemistry sponsored by the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity and the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation: Mircea Dinca, M.I.T.

Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry sponsored by the Ronald Breslow Award Endowment: David R. Liu, Harvard University.

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund: Emily P. Balskus, Harvard University; James P. Morken, Boston College.

Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry sponsored by Avantor™ Performance Materials: Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy (Student), University of California, Berkeley and Jeremiah A. Johnson (Preceptor), M.I.T.

Also, the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry sponsored by NESACS will be presented to Cynthia J. Burrows, University of Utah.

In addition, our Brauner Memorial Lecturer at National Chemistry Week will be honored:

James T. Grady–James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public sponsored by ACS: Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All 2018 ACS Award recipients are listed here ...

Friend, Walt Receive ACS Awards
Professor Friend is the winner of the ACS Award in Surface Chemistry, sponsored by the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry, for her “paradigmatic developments in the mechanistic understanding of oxygen-assisted catalytic cycles on gold surfaces and their implementation to nanoporous gold catalysts under realistic conditions.”  A colleague from the University of Washington said about her work, “Professor Friend has distinguished herself by innovative surface science research, plus exemplary leadership in, service to, and teaching of this field.”
Professor Walt will receive the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, sponsored by the Kathryn C. Hach Award Fund, for “inventing and commercializing microwell arrays that benefit research, medicine, and agriculture with tremendous impact on the economy through job and value creation.”  He cites George Whitesides of Harvard University, who was his postdoctoral mentor, as “a stalwart supporter and friend for over three decades,” from whom he learned how to look outside of his narrow field for interesting and important problems.

National Recognition for NESACS Student Chapters 1
The ACS Committee on Education has selected the following student chapters in the Northeastern Section to receive special recognition for the programs and activities described in their 2015-2016 reports:
  • Gordon College, Wenham, MA; Verna Curfman and Logan Walsh, chapter co-presidents; Prof. Irvin Levy, faculty advisor.
  • Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Brittany Laramee, chapter president; Prof. Kathleen Cameron, faculty advisor.
Commendable Recognition
  • Keene State College, Keene, NH; Heather MacLennan and Claire Lilley, chapter co-presidents; Prof. James Ulcickas, faculty advisor.
  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA; Sydney Thomas and Janice Bautista, chapter co-presidents; Prof. Edith Enyedy, faculty advisor.
Honorable Mention
  • Framingham State University, Framingham, MA; Paulina Regan, chapter president; Prof. Catherine Dignam, faculty advisor.
  • Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH; Catherine Muldoon and Elizabeth Lomuscio, chapter co-presidents; Prof. Nicole Eyet, faculty advisor.
  • Simmons College, Boston, MA; Kirsten Vickey, chapter president; Prof. Changqing Chen, faculty advisor.
  • Stonehill College, Easton, MA; Alycen Harney and Emily Zygiel, chapter co-presidents; Profs. Cheryl Schnitzer and Marilena Hall, faculty advisors.
Student involvement in applying green chemistry principles and practices is essential to the integration of environmentally benign technologies in academia and industry. The ACS Green Chemistry Institute recognizes ACS student chapters that have engaged in at least three green chemistry activities during the academic year. Listed below are the 2014-2015 Green Chemistry Award recipients located within the Northeastern Section.
  • Gordon College, Wenham, MA
  • Northeastern University, Boston, MA
All chapters receiving special recognition will be honored at the 253rd ACS National Chemistry Meeting in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
1 All information and award descriptions from “inChemistry” magazine, November/December 2016 issue.

NESACS Members and Organizations
Receive Awards at NERM
John (Jack) Driscoll Receives E. Ann Nalley Award at NERM
NESACS Public Relations Chair, Jack Driscoll received the 2016 E. Ann Nalley Award at NERM, held in Binghamton, NY from October 5-8. Dr. Driscoll was recognized for his many community outreach events promoting STEM education to the community and especially students.
The purpose of the Nalley Awards is to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Regional Activities. This award was instituted in 2006 by ACS President E. Ann Nalley as part of her presidential initiative to recognize ACS volunteerism. It was Dr. Nalley’s wish that the award continue in perpetuity at each regional meeting. The award consists of a plaque honoring the recipient with an imbedded medallion commemorating Dr. Nalley.
A nominee must be a member of the American Chemical Society residing in a local section within the region, and will have made significant contributions to their Region of the American Chemical Society. The volunteerism to be recognized may include a variety of activities, including but not limited to the initiation or sponsorship of a singular endeavor or exemplary leadership in the region. Past and present members of the ACS Board of Directors and staff are ineligible for this award.
Past recipients of the award for the Northeast region have been: 2006, D. Richard Cobb (Rochester); 2007, Deborah L. Janes and Timothy E. Wilson (Rochester); 2008, Christine Jaworek-Lopes (NESACS); 2010, Richard Partch, (Northern NY); 2013, Doris I. Lewis (NESACS); 2015, Wayne E. Jones, Jr. (Binghamton); 2016, John Driscoll (NESACS).

Mindy Levine receives Stanley C. Israel Award at NERM
Mindy Levine, NESACS Chair-Elect for 2017 and Professor at the University of Rhode Island was presented with the Stanley C. Israel Award for the Northeast Region at NERM held October 6-8 in Binghampton, NY.
The purpose of this award is 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. The award consists of a medal and a $1,000 grant to support and further the activities for which the award was made. The award also will include funding to cover the recipient’s travel expenses to the ACS regional meeting at which the award will be presented.
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 persons from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women who participate in the chemical enterprise.
Recipients of this award have been: 2014 Recipients, Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Carolyn Burnley, Vincent Ortiz, Javier Vela, University of Montana; 2015 Recipients, Mary Barkley, Thomas Higgins, Organization for Cultural Diversity, Mailika Jeffries-EL; 2016 Recipients, Judson Haynes, Thomas Lane, St. Johns University, Lawrence Duffy, Mindy Levine, Elizabeth Naley, Gina Macdonald.

The Green Chemistry Commitment: Beyond Benign, Inc. and Local Colleges and Universities receive the Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Award - Northeast
The 2016 Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Award for the Northeast Region of ACS was presented to The Green Chemistry Commitment: Beyond Benign, Inc of Wilmington, MA and Local Colleges/Universities. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage successful and exemplary partnerships. This award was instituted in 2014 by a contribution from Marinda Li Wu out of her Immediate Past ACS President’s budget as part of her presidential initiatives to promote partnering for progress and prosperity.
It is Dr. Wu’s hope that this will be an ongoing award to recognize the importance of partnering and working together towards common goals to advance the global chemistry enterprise.
The award consists of a Partners for Progress and Prosperity silver/gold medallion plus a framed certificate of recognition (one for each Partner representing an entity or organization) plus a grant of up to $1,000 split equally between the partners to further the activities for which the award is made.
A nominee may represent academia, industry, government, small business or other organizations such as a Local Section.
Partnerships can include international ACS chapters, ACS divisions, or other entities domestic or overseas. The awards committee of the ACS Regional Meeting Board will select the regional P3 Award winners. The regional awardees will then become nominees for the Global P3 Award to be selected by the International Activities Committee of the National ACS.
The 2015 recipient of the P3 Award was the Exchange Program of the Northeastern Section of the ACS and the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh).

ACS Division of Chemical Education Northeast Region Award
A fourth award presented at NERM was to Tracy L. Suggs, Vestal High School, Vestal, NY for outstanding high school teaching. Suzy S. Drurey of Newton South High School was the 2015 recipient of this award and Steve Lantos of Brookline High School was the 2008 recipient.
Mrs. Suggs joined the faculty at Vestal High School in 1992, and has chaired the Chemistry Department since 2003. During her tenure, she has taught a variety of chemistry classes, including both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom, Mrs. Suggs demonstrates an outstanding commitment to her students by advising extracurricular activities for them, such as the Chemistry Magic Show and the Science Olympiad.
In addition, as a New York State Master Teacher, she actively supports her colleagues by facilitating professional development. Mrs. Suggs also serves as an education consultant to the New York State Education Department.
The purpose of this award is to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Northeast Region.
The Region Award consists of a cash award and a plaque. Reasonable travel expenses to the Regional Meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. A certificate/plaque may also be provided to the recipient’s institution for display. In some cases, the awardee may be asked to give a keynote address and/or participate in a symposium with other teachers.
The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) on at least a half-time basis. The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible: 1.) The quality of the nominee’s teaching; unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized; 2.) The nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students; 3.) Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences; 4.) A willingness to keep up-todate in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement; 5.) Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.
Past recipients of this award include 2008, Steve Lantos, Brookline High School, Brookline, MA; 2009, Diana Simpson, Seton Catholic Central High School, Binghamton, NY; 2010, Joan M. Pease, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT; 2012, David Hostage, Taft School, Watertown, CT; 2013, Dr. Sharon M. Palmer, Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, MA; 2015, Suzy S. Drurey, Newton South High School, Newton, MA.

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Being an active participant in NESACS activities will enable you to network with major institutions and corporations in our area and can open up new career opportunites.
The NESACS Board of Publications, which is responsible for both the Nucleus newsletter and the NESACS website, is looking to increase its activities in this arena.
We would like to expand our capabiltites for keepig our membership informed on what is happening in our field and how to adapt to changing times and new technologies.
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