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We are giving you the knowledge you need to close out 2012 and plan ahead. November highlights financing your startup, doctoral glut dilemma, flavor pairing for Thanksgiving,  and a reflective look at what bugs. Please review the attached flyer for information about the speakers of these exciting topics.

March Webinars:
Funding Agency Priorities for 2013 w/Bob Lees and Eric Rohlfing
Chemistry + Physics = Great Beer and A Frothy Foam w/Charles Bamforth and Steve Carlo
Perspective: The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of – Part 2 w/Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day w/Andrew Jorgensen and George Heard
Using Water to Replace Organic Solvents – Switchable w/Philip Jessop and Joseph Fortunak



UCS Panel Discussion and Reception at AAAS 2017
"Defending Science and Scientific Integrity in the Age of Trump"
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel (Back Bay A Room), 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02199
The panel will be moderated by Andrew Rosenberg, director, Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. Confirmed panelists include:
  • Lewis Branscomb, visiting scholar, School of Global Policy & Strategy, University of California San Diego
  • Gretchen Goldman, research director, Center for Science and Democracy at UCS
  • John Holdren, former assistant to the president on science and technology
  • Jane Lubchenco, university distinguished professor, Oregon State University
  • Amy Luers, director, climate change, Skoll Global Threats Fund
This event is open. Registration at AAAS is not required.
Contact Shreya Durvasula at sdurvasula@ucsusa.org.
RSVP today to secure your spot. You don't need to be registered for AAAS 2017 to attend our event.
BAGIM Events

Dr. Matthew Segall
"Predicting Routes, Sites and Products of Metabolism by Cytochrome P450"
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:00 pm
Millennium Takeda Oncology Building
35 Landsdowne St, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Matthew Segall, CEO of Optibrium, will present "Predicting Routes, Sites and Products of Metabolism by Cytochrome P450 " on Wednesday March 1, starting at 6pm at the Millennium Takeda Oncology building at 35 Landsdowne St in Cambridge. Refreshments and networking will follow at Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge.
Please RSVP to help us plan for this event.
Abstract: In this presentation, we will describe recent developments to a method for predicting Cytochrome P450 (P450) metabolism that combines quantum mechanical (QM) simulations to estimate the reactivity of potential sites of metabolism on a compound with a ligand-based approach to account for the effects of orientation and steric constraints due to the binding pockets of different P450 isoforms (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.6b00233). These new developments include modelling reaction pathways for epoxidation and developing models for an extended range of P450 isoforms. The resulting models achieve accuracies of 85-90% on independent test sets.
The metabolites resulting from oxidation at each potential site of metabolism can also be predicted, to guide experimental metabolite identification and highlight potentially active, reactive or toxic metabolites for further investigation. However, as the regioselectivity of metabolism may be different for each isoform, to predict the profile of metabolites that are likely to be formed, it is also necessary to identify which isoforms will be responsible for the metabolism of a compound. We will describe the latest results of our research to develop an accurate ‘WhichP450’ model, which can be coupled with isoform-specific regioselectivity models to generate a ranked list of expected metabolites.

Biography for Matthew Segall
Matt is CEO of Optibrium. He has a Master of Science in computation from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge. As Associate Director at Camitro (UK), ArQule Inc. and then Inpharmatica, he led a team developing predictive ADME models and state-of-the-art intuitive decision-support and visualization tools for drug discovery. In January 2006, he became responsible for management of Inpharmatica's ADME business, including experimental ADME services and the StarDrop software platform. Following acquisition of Inpharmatica, Matt became Senior Director responsible for BioFocus DPI's ADMET division and in 2009 led a management buyout of the StarDrop business to found Optibrium, which develops software for small molecule design, optimisation and data analysis. Matt has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on computational chemistry, cheminformatics and drug discovery.

#AnalyticsFair: Data Science & Analytics Career Fair
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Micorsoft NERD
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA [map]

#AnalyticsFair is now World’s first AI backed Data Analytics and Development Career Fair. #AnalyticsFair is a job fair for data, analytics and development professionals backed by our home brewed Machine Learning driven talent sourcers. Our tool(https://TAO.ai) will soon start recommending talent based on your previous hires. Our relationship would not only stay till your successful career fair, but AnalyticsWeek's team would be working closely with participating candidates and recruiters over several programs to help with connecting top talent to top jobs.
Here's the detail on #AnalyticsFair:
Project Name: #AnalyticsFair
Description: World's first AI backed Data Analytic and Development Career Fair
Website: AnalyticsFair.com
Pitch: http://math.im/fairp
Who should participate:
Candidate: Looking for top data analytics and development roles with top data driven companies. As AI is involved to work various candidate profile, we urge candidates from starter to deep experience / leadership roles to apply. If we are not coming to your city yet, apply to https://tao.ai so we could still work with you and find your top opportunity within our network.
Link: https://tao.ai/c

BAGIM is sponsored by Scilligence, Silicon Therapeutics, Acellera, Cyrus Biotechnology, DNASTAR, OpenEye Scientific Software, Schrodinger, Chemical Computing Group, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Optibrium, Dassault Systemes, Dotmatics, LabAnswer, and ChemAxon.

Southern Division Meeting

Program Schedule    
Registration & coffee/refreshments
9:00 - 11:30  
Program (description below)
“Using Online Video Pre-labs: Effects on Chemistry Student Participation and Attitudes”
Christopher Koutros, Oliver Ames High School
How do your students prepare for lab? This presentation will discuss past and present strategies to leverage video and online tools for lab prep in high school and college. A recent action research case study explored the impacts of an online pre-lab video assigned to high school students. Studentattitudes and feedback about the pre-lab will be reported. As a take-away, attendees will learn how to implement pre-lab videos in their own classrooms and design around potential pitfalls.

“Integrating Technology in Chemistry”
Group Panel Discussion
A panel of high school chemistry teachers will discuss the ways they have used technology in their day-to-day teaching in both 1:1 and BYOD (bring your own device) schools. This interactive discussion will cover technology use for teachers at all technology comfort levels. Technology is not just about probeware and simulations. The panel will cover classroom routines, assessment tools, and building student buy-in.

If planning to attend, please RSVP to Chris Koutros (ckoutros@easton.k12.ma.us) by February 28, 2017
Google Map - The DMF Science and Mathematics Center is listed on Google Maps as the Conant Science and Mathematics Center
BSU Campus Map
Special thanks to BSU Center for the Advancement of STEM Education for hosting this meeting
New England Association of Chemistry Teachers

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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