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September 2017 Monthly Meeting

Current Events
2017 ACS Fellows Named (inlcudes 4 NESACS members) ...
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NEACT 78th Summer Conference: Materials Chemistry - 7/14/17 (updated 6/19/17) ...
NESACS Finalists for the 19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards ...
NESACS and the 2017 ACS Awards ...
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 ...
Green Chemistry Workshop Report...
Richard Holm and Steven Lippard Share Welch Award ...
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 - June 2017 ...

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 <>

ACS Press Release

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

19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards
The Northeastern Section has been selected as finalists in four categories for the 19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards, to be awarded on August 22, 2017.
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Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs (February 2016 Joint Meeting of NOBCChE and NESACS)
Outstanding Collaboration Between a Local Section and Division (2016 Series of Science Cafes arranged by NESACS Public Relations Committee and ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and the ACS National Committee on Environmental Improvement)
Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award (Fall 2016 Career Symposium organized by NSYCC)
Outstanding Sustainability Activities (2016 Green Chemistry Workshop organized by the NSYCC)
Congratulations to the Finalists!

NESACS and the 2017 ACS Awards
Members of NESACS and former recipients of NESACS awards were recognized at the General Meeting of the ACS on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, during the 253rd National Meeting in San Francisco.  Allison Campbell, ACS President, presented the awards with the assistance of other distinguished ACS leaders.
Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success sponsored by the Kathryn C. Hach Award Fund to David R. Walt, Tufts University: “For inventing and commercializing microwell arrays that benefit research. Medicine, and agriculture with tremendous impact on the economy through job and value creation.”  Laura Pence, ACS Board of Directors, assisted with the presentation.
ACS Award in Surface Chemistry sponsored by the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry to Cynthia Friend, Harvard University: “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.”  Howard Fairbrother, ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, assisted with the presentation.
In addition, the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry sponsored by the ACS Northeastern Section was presented to Robert A. Moss, Rutgers University: “For pioneering research on carbenes, carbocations, diazirines, and reactive intermediates in general, coupled with sustained pedagogical contributions to physical organic chemistry.”  Leland Johnson, Jr., NESACS Chair, assisted with the presentation.
The recipient of the 2012 Theodore William Richards Medal for Conspicuous Achievement in Chemistry from NESACS, Tobin J. Marks, Northwestern University, received the Priestley Medal sponsored by the American Chemical Society: “For his dedicated service to the chemistry enterprise and pioneering research in catalytic polymerization, organometallic chemistry, organic opto-electronic materials, and electronically functional metal oxides.”
The winner of the 2016 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry from NESACS, Thomas Holme, Iowa State University, received the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education sponsored by Cengage Learning and the ACS Division of Chemical Education: “For his pioneering work in developing curriculum materials for pre-engineering students and advancing our understanding of measurement of student learning in chemistry.”
Other NESACS members who assisted with award presentations were Katherine Lee, Pfizer, Inc.; Christopher Bauer, University of New Hampshire; Ephraim Honig, Strem Chemicals; Jennifer Maclachlan, PID Analyzers; Dorothy Phillips, ACS Board of Directors.

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.

Richard Holm and Stephen Lippard to share Welch Award

By Linda Wang
For their influential work in inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, Richard H. Holm of Harvard University and Stephen J. Lippard of Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been awarded the 2016 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry. They will share the $500,000 prize, which recognizes important research contributions that have had a significant and positive impact on humankind.
“Steve Lippard and Dick Holm are pioneers in the field of bioinorganic chemistry,” said Peter B. Dervan, chair of the Welch Foundation’s scientific advisory board. “They have revealed the crucial role of metals in biology and human medicine, as well as inspired and mentored the next generation of researchers.”
Holm, who is the Higgins Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, has developed a rational approach to synthesis of biomimetic low molecular weight complexes that duplicate biological iron-sulfur centers and has created the chemical and intellectual framework for understanding their function. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT.
Lippard, who is the Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry at MIT, is researching the role of metal ions in biological systems, allowing a clearer understanding of the mechanism and basis of cytotoxicity of the platinum anticancer drug cisplatin. “I have deep personal interests in providing drug candidates for treating cancer and for understanding chemical reactions that drive brain function, which, when disrupted, can have devastating consequences,” he says. “It is my hope that our science might contribute in some small measure to achieving these goals.”
Lippard earned a B.S. in chemistry from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT. Other awards include the 2004 National Medal of Science and the 2014 ACS Priestley Medal.
Lippard notes that his recognitions are “a testimony to the creative talents and discoveries of the many graduate students and postdoctoral research associates who have worked in my laboratories over a period of 50 years.”
Holm and Lippard were honored­ at the Welch Award Banquet on Oct. 24.­

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.


NESACS received three awards at the 18th Annual ChemLuminary Ceremony (For the Love of Chemistry) on August 23, 2016, at the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia for its activities in 2015.

Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section Award from the Committee on Public Relations and Communications for STEM Journey II, which was held with 100 volunteers and more than 1,000 attendees from the general public for keynote speakers, hand-on activities, and exhibitors related to the theme of Great White Sharks to Deep Ocean Exploration.  The award is given to recognize outstanding efforts by a local section to promote chemistry to the public.
Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Award from the Younger Chemists Committee for the wide range of programs hosted by the NESACS-YCC (NSYCC) for career development, networking, community outreach, and social events in 2015.  These included the Northeastern Student Chemistry Research Conference, a community outreach event (The Magic of Science) that featured entertaining chemistry experiments for elementary grade students, and programming at the Fall 2015 ACS National Meeting in Boston of three symposia, a networking reception for young chemists, and the hosting of attendees from three international exchange programs.  The award is given to a local section YCC in recognition of efforts to serve chemists under the age of 35.
Outstanding Local Section Industry Event from Corporation Associates for the Process Chemistry Symposium that featured scientific presentations from four companies (Amgen, Biogen, Johnson Matthey, and Vertex) and four academics (Philip Baran, Erick Carreira, Jennifer Love, and Barry Sharpless) with more than 150 local scientists from companies and schools in attendance.  The award is given to a local section to recognize outstanding efforts in producing an event that benefits industry members or students seeking a career in industry
The Northeastern Section was also a finalist in three other award categories for its activities in 2015 based on self-nominations in its annual report: Outstanding Local Section Career Program (Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs), Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event (Younger Chemists Committee), and Local Section Partnership Award (Committee on Local Section Activities).  The winners in those categories were the Detroit, San Diego, and Tampa Bay Local Sections, respectively

Green Chemistry Workshop for Drug Development and Education
By Ray Borg, Chair of the UMass Sustainable Scientists Association and Outreach Coordinator of the NSYCC
Back row from L to R: Hannah Sevian, Javier
Mangano, Shen Duan, Alejandro Rovira. Front
row from L to R: John Warner, John Wong, Leo
Letendre, Vaso Lykourinou
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Scientists, and the Northeastern Section Younger Chemist Committee hosted a workshop focused on green chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry and chemical education at the Integrated Science Center at UMass Boston. In addition to the large number of graduate students in attendance, there were several high school students from Urban Science Academy as well as high school teachers.
The first half of the event was comprised of four talks from research chemists at Pfizer who integrate green chemistry principles into their daily lives. Javier Magano gave the first presentation about the last 14 years at Pfizer and how green chemistry has been incorporated.
Dr. John Wong followed with a presentation on pharmaceutical compounds synthesized using biocatalysts as a more sustainable alternative.
Next, Dr. Leo Letendre presented his work about the greening of the industrial production of Celebrex®. Javier then finished the Pfizer presentations with a talk on applications of transition metal catalysis in the pharmaceutical industry.
We then proceeded to a working lunch hosted by Dr. Shen Duan where attendees broke into four different groups that analyzed different synthetic routes of Pregabalin. After the discussion, each group presented what could be improved about each synthetic pathway to reduce energy and toxic materials, and increase the yield of the desired compound.
Dr. John Warner, CEO of Warner Babcock and co-founder of Beyond Benign, opened up the green-chemistry-ineducation part of the workshop by presenting on his experiences through academia, industry and entrepreneurship. His life story as a chemist is fascinating
and inspiring; he continues to innovate and implement green chemistry in all facets of his company and provides hope for the future.
Next, John de la Parra, a graduate student and instructor from Northeastern University, gave a talk on the green chemistry units he and his colleagues, Vaso Lykourinou and Alejandro Rovira, have been implementing into the undergraduate curricula at Northeastern.
Lastly, Dr. Hannah Sevian from UMass Boston presented on the development of student thinking from middle school to graduate school. From her years of collecting surveys and data from students, she presented examples of how chemistry is presented at these levels along with ways to increase student engagement and understanding of the material.
The large, diverse, and engaged crowd, as well as Pfizer’s generous contribution, made this event a great success! We hope to continue this collaboration and host more green chemistry events in the future.

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Career Development

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.
You can help us do that. All we ask of you is a few hours a month and a smile.
Call or email to see what opportunities are available.
contact - Michael Filosa
NESACS Board of Publications
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