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Hot Science at the 2016 NESACS
Process Chemistry Symposium
By Luigi Anzalone, Steve Canham, Katherine Lee, Steve Mennen and Xianglin Shi
Over 180 people convened for a diverse scientific program focused on process chemistry at the annual NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium, held at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge, MA on October 20, 2016.
The symposium showcased eight speakers, who represented academic institutions from across the United States, and biotech and pharmaceutical companies from the local scientific community: Matthew Beaver, Amgen, Inc.; Richard Braatz, MIT; Abigail Doyle, Princeton University; Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University; Albert Kwok, Biogen; Kian Tan, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Re- search; Pete Ruggiero, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated; and Jin-Quan Yu, The Scripps Research Institute.


The program included lectures by academic speakers on cutting-edge organic synthesis methodology, catalysis, and slug-flow crystallization; and featured real-life examples from captivating speakers from industry on topics including process development, flow technology, crystallization-induced dynamic resolution, and C-H activation. The event drew attendees from over 40 companies and academic institutions.
In addition to delivering a powerful scientific program, the day-long symposium fostered many opportunities for attendees to interact with each other and for the representatives from symposium sponsor companies to connect with poential clients over breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks, as well as at a lively networking reception at the close of the day.


The 2016 NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium was made possible thanks to gracious financial support from Novartis, Amgen Inc., Biogen, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Johnson Matthey, SK Life Science, DavosPharma, Millipore Sigma, Mettler Toledo, Navin Fluorine, PCI Synthesis, Strem Chemicals, Inc., and Pharmacore.

The symposium committee would like to thank Novartis for hosting the symposium, and dedicated individuals including Anna Singer, Jim Piper, Ken Drew, Rebecca Johnson, Allie Roper, Karen Briner, Scott Plummer, Pete Delgado, Angie Angeles, Michael Humora, Adam Looker, Don Walker, and Elaine Lee for helping to make the symposium a success.
We are pleased to note that the 2015 NESACS Process Symposium garnered a 2016 ACS ChemLuminary Award for Best Industry Event.
Mark your calendars – October 12, 2017 – for the 2017 NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium, to be held at Amgen, Inc., Cambridge, MA. Confirmed speakers include Stephen Buchwald, MIT; Sarah Reisman, California Institute of Technology; Richmond Sarpong, University of California at Berkeley; and Corinna Schindler, University of Michigan.
 

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Report from Binghamton: NERM 2016

Morton Z. Hoffman, Chair, NERM Committee,

and NESACS Representative to NERACS [hoffman@bu.edu]
Facing west along the Chenango River, a tributary of the Susquehanna
With almost 950 registrants, including high school teachers and students, and more than 640 abstracts, the 41st ACS Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM 2016; Chemistry at the Crossroads of Energy and Life), which was hosted by the Binghamton Local Section in celebration of its 75th anniversary, took place on October 5-8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Binghamton, NY.  The full program of the meeting is available online at <http://nerm2016.sites.acs.org/>.
Among the registrants were approximately 400 undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral research associates.  The General Chair for NERM 2016 was Wayne Jones (SUNY Binghamton); Christof Grewer and Nik Dimitrov, also of Binghamton University, were the co-Program Chairs.
In attendance at NERM were members of the ACS Board of Directors (Laura Pence: District I; Ingrid Montes, Dorothy Phillips, and Kathleen Schulz: At-Large) and Allison Campbell, ACS President-Elect.
The meeting started on Wednesday afternoon with a keynote lecture by Susan Band Horwitz of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, on “Taxol, Tubulin and Tumors: A Study in Drug Development,” which was followed by the opening night social mixer, graduate school fair, exposition with 20 exhibitors, and poster sessions, including those for undergraduate research.  The next three days were filled with many symposia, technical sessions, and workshops.
Catherine Rawlins (Northeastern University), Chair of the Northeastern Section Younger Chemists Committee (NSYCC), organized a symposium on “Navigating ACS and Your Career: A Guide for Young Chemists” that featured talks by Jens Breffke (NIST), Glen Labenski (Ortho Clinical Diagnostics), Dan Sykes (Pennsylvania State University), Jennifer Maclachlan (PID Analyzers), and Thomas Gilbert (Northeastern University).
In addition, Jennifer Maclachlan organized a two-session program of oral presentations on “Small Chemical Businesses,” and gave two talks.  This reporter spoke in a chemical education session about collaborations in the Middle East facilitated by the Malta Conferences.
Mindy Levine (University of Rhode Island, NESACS Chair-Elect Designate) was the featured speaker at the Women Chemists Committee Luncheon on Thursday; the title of her talk was, “Balancing the Equation of Professorship, Parenting, and Personal Satisfaction as a Female Chemistry Professor.”
At the Awards Banquet on Friday night, Allison Campbell spoke about her personal history that led to her present position as Associate Laboratory Director for Earth and Biological Sciences at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  NESACS was then recognized with three honors. 
The E. Ann Nalley Northeast Region Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS was presented to Jack Driscoll (PID Analyzers); the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences went to Mindy Levine.  The Green Chemistry Commitment: Beyond Benign, Inc., of Wilmington, MA, and the local colleges and universities that collaborate in the program won the Marinda Wu Partners for Progress and Prosperity-Northeast P3 Award.  In addition, Tracy Suggs (Vestal, NY, Senior High School) received the ACS Division of Chemical Education Northeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching; the award consisted of a plaque and a check from CHED of $1,000.
NERM 2016 took place in conjunction with the 28th Electronics Packaging Symposium and Workshop.

NERACS Board Meeting
The Board of Directors of the Northeast Region of the ACS, Inc. (NERACS) met on Saturday morning during NERM.  Serving on the NERACS Board are representatives of the constituent local sections in the Northeast Region (Binghamton, Central Massachusetts, Central New York, Connecticut Valley, Cornell, Corning, Eastern New York, Green Mountain, Maine, Mid-Hudson, New Haven, Northeastern, Northern New York, Penn-York, Rhode Island, Rochester, Western Connecticut, Western New York) and its officers (Chair: Anthony Noce, Eastern New York; Vice Chair: Willem Leenstra, Green Mountain; Secretary: Alyssa Thomas, Central New York; Treasurer: Wayne Jones, Binghamton).
Also in attendance at the meeting were Laura Pence (ACS District I Director) and Dorothy Phillips (ACS Director-at-Large).
The Board reelected Alyssa Thomas as Secretary and Wayne Jones as Treasurer for two-year terms (2017-18).
Treasurer Jones reported that the total net assets of NERACS are now slightly less than $68,000 as a result of the return of the seed loan for NERM 2015 and a return of approximately $9,100 (40% of the surplus) from that meeting last year at Ithaca College.
Wayne Jones reported that NERM 2016 was on track to bring in more than $100,000 in revenue; however, expenses were proving to be higher than budgeted.  A surplus of approximately $15,000 is anticipated, from which 40% will return to NERACS.
A special task force presented revisions to the NERACS by-laws for approval by the Board, which was so voted.  The new document will be posted on the NERACS website <http://neracs.sites.acs.org/>.
This reporter provided information about the Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem, formally AtlantiChem) from the International Activities Committee meeting in Philadelphia in August.  The conference, which will be sponsored by ACS, EuCheMS, Canadian Society for Chemistry, Mexican Chemical Society, and other partners, will take place on January 24-27, 2018, at the Iberostar Resort in Cancun, Mexico with an overall theme of “Materials and Nanochemistry.”  Approximately 500 scientists are expected to attend.
Plans for the Eastern New York Local Section to host NERM 2017 have fallen through, so no meeting will be held that year.  Because of ABCChem and the ACS national meeting in Boston in 2018, no NERM will be held that year either.  The Rochester Local Section has expressed interest to host the meeting in Fall 2019, and the Green Mountain Local Section is considering holding a meeting in Burlington, VT, in Spring-Summer 2020.  Inasmuch as the ACS Fall 2021 national meeting has been moved from Boston to Atlanta, the question was raised again as to whether NESACS would be interested in hosting NERM that year, possibly in New Hampshire jointly with the Maine Local Section or on on/near Cape Cod together with the Rhode Island Local Section.
The next annual meeting of the NERACS Board will take place at noon on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in Washington, DC, on the occasion of the ACS national meeting.
 

 
 
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