Section Activities
2017 Ashdown Exam - 4/1/17; Registration Materials are posted (registration deadline 3/22/17) ...
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 Northeastern Student Chemistry Reseaarch Conference - Coming April 2017 ...
Report from 2016 National Chemistry Week ...
Young Chemists Crossing Borders: An International Exchange Program (Report) ...
Call for Nominations - ACS Fellows Program ...
YCC 2016 Award Winners ...
NSYCC Collaborative Symposia ...
Women Chemists Committee Needs You ...
Students' Reflections from the Annual GDCh-NESACS German Exchange Program ...
The Birds of Buchenwald (an Essay by Leland L. Johnson, Jr.) ...
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Celebrations at Museum of Science ...
NESACS 2016 Election Results ...
2017 NESACS Calendar ...
NESACS Volunteer Brochure ...
Building Bridges Abroad: NESACS and the GDCh ...
Reflections on the Exchange Program to Jena, Germany ...
Report from 2014 Northeastern Student Chemistry Research Conference and Career Symposium ...
Historical Notes - Karen Piper, Christine Jaworek-Lopes, Vivian Walworth (Updated 1/19/17) ...
2014 German Exchange ...
Why Do We Need Chemistry Ambassadors? ...
A Plea for Local Section Dues ...
Subsection Task Force Formed ...

2017 NESACS Calendar
 
January 12 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – Broad Institute in Cambridge
   
Febuary 9 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – Highlighting Black History Month - TBA
   
March 23 – NESACS Monthly Meeting (Richards Medal) – Harvard University, Dinner at the Loeb House,
  Presentation in Pfizer Lecture Hall
   
Apri 20 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – Esselen Award - Harvard
   
May 11 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – NESACS Education Night - A123 Systems, Waltham, MA
   
September 14 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – TBA
   
October 5 – NESACS Monthly Meeting - TBA
   
October 12 - 2017 NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium - TBA
   
November 9 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – Astra Zeneca
   
December 14 – NESACS Monthly Meeting – Sanofi - Genzyme Site in Waltham, MA
   
 

Call for Nominations
ACS Fellows Program
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) wishes to nominate candidates for the ACS Fellows Program that was created to recognize members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. <https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/fellows.html>. Nominations are scheduled to open on February 1 with more details being made available early in the new year.
The fundamental criteria for selection as a Fellow are:
  • Documented excellence and leadership that has an impact on the science, the profession, education, and/or management.
  • Documented excellence and leadership in volunteer service, based on specific results achieved, in service to ACS and its membership and community.
Members are requested to nominate (or self-nominate) candidates for ACS Fellows. Preparation of a comprehensive application package includes resume, qualifications form and three letters of recommendation. For additional information, contact Mukund S. Chorghade, chorghade@verizon.net
 

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day celebrations at Museum of Science
by Dr. Jayashree Ranga, Salem State University and David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day event was organized at Blue Wing of Museum of Science, Boston on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 12 - 4 pm by the Northeastern Section of American Chemical Society and Museum of Science (MoS). Enthusiastic volunteers (~140) from various organizations presented more than 15 hands-on activities related to this year’s theme “The Great Indoors – Your Home’s Ecosystem”.  About 1000 visitors participated in these activities at the event. Activities presented included nano sand, exploring sizes, hydrogel, scented balloons, green indoors, pH in the home ecosystem, ocean acidification, self-inflating balloons, specific heat lab, sharklet with nano-sized pattern on plastic film, absorption of dyes on different fabrics, and titration analysis of common household systems.

The key goal of this event was to motivate young visitors with engaging science activities. The volunteers did a fantastic job of engaging young visitors. Special thanks to volunteers from Beyond Benign, Fitchburg State University, Gordon College, Malden High School, Museum of Science, Northeastern University, NESACS, Raytheon, Salem State University, and Suffolk University.

CCED volunteers at MoS on April 10, 2016
Photo by Dr. Jayashree Ranga

NESACS also participated in the CCED-2016 Illustrated Poem contest.  The student received a $25 gift card from amazon.com and the teacher received a $25 gift card from teacher www.teachersource.com.
Congratulations to the winners!
Student: Anthony J. Kim, Grade 7 (6th - 8th Category)
School/organization: Fay School
Teacher: Ms. Emily Gifford
 
Thank you CCED volunteers!*
Beyond Benign
  Kate Anderson Mollie Enright
  Cynthia Ibarra Loren Po
  Joe Romeo Sarah Willey
Fitchburg State University
  Kara Hudson Dr. Mathangi Krishnamurthy
  Kelly Palmer Heather Rotti
Gordon College
  Daruenie Andujar Brooke Arthur Julia Bilancieri
  Ashley Cordero Verna Curfman Beth Fjellstad
  Luke O'Donnel Eimi Percival Harrison Miller
  Ivy Ngo Jade Stern Logan Walsh
Malden High School
  Martin Berryman Erica Bueno Caron Camille
  Emma Ceplinskas Louis Chevry Ka Wing Cheung
  Ricky Cordero Sabrina Dushinksi Caroline Fitzgerald
  Aigul FitzGerald Sandy Ip Brynn Kankel
  Marwa Khudaynazar Heresa Laforce Hien Lau
  Lynh Le Winnie Li Karen Luo
  Alex Lombardi Pedro Pagani Amanda Nash
  Karen Ng Phuong Nguyen Vivian Nguyen
  Huda Irshad Deborah Kibazo Grace Melo
  Beth Sisay Nhi Tran Rachel Tran
  Christine Trannguyen Prentice Tang McKenzie Vo
  Xiao Ling Wang Jennie Xie Saeko Yonetani
  Yan Zheng Emily Zou Beatrice
  Chaimae Kuag Kunchok
  Mane Rishtly  
Museum of Science
  Laura Sirale Jorge Bernal
Northeastern University
  Gaby Arreola Suzanna Borg Joyce Chen
  Jaime Conway Jason Conway Duy-Khoi Dang
  Travis DeLano Melanie Fritsche Brittany Laramee
  Danielle Lefebvre Sunandhaa Narasimhan Nicole Nelson
  Kelsey Patrick Sanjana Phatak Loren Po
  Clarissa Santori Jamie Gullikson Yehui Sun
  Kelly Wong    
Raytheon
  Himanshu Shah  
Salem State University
  Carmy Adonis Benjamin Bergstrom Erica Beltre
  Brian Bouchard Macha Cejour Jen Crovo
  Nina Colon Lily Do Matt Douglass
  Vikki Ford Cedric Gray Courtney LeBlanc
  Sandra Mukisa Alisha Polini Laura Presutti
  Natalie Medrano Madeline Meservey Jesse Moreira
  Nephaelia Nichols Kasey Nolan Ruth Pierre
  Narcissa Plummer Rebecca Tanzella Maddie Twohig
  Cassandra Soffron Jessica Sitnikova Juliya Shnayder
  Thomas Wright    
Suffolk University
  Janice Bautista Aracelli Acevedo Stefanie Aguiar
  Aziz Biyari Omar Biyari Julie Bautista
  Emma DeFrank Cheikh Diop Dr. Edith Enyedy
  Mileika Jaime Lily Johnsky Meri Kalashyan
  Dr. Doris Lewis Kaylee Lampert Alicia Lynch
  Shaza Mass Thao Nguyen Brenda Ntaganda
  Mario Rojas Delois Rupia Danielle Silva
  Sydney Thomas Sara Trimble  
List of other volunteers
  Cosmo V. Sabatino  
 
*I apologize if your name is not on this list.
 
NESACS will be organizing National Chemistry Week (NCW) in October. The 2016 theme for NCW is "Solving Mysteries through Chemistry": Exploring the chemistry of fibers and forensics.

 
A Plea for Local Section Dues
When you receive your dues bill from National ACS it will include an item for Northeastern LS Voluntary Dues of $22. Every member of ACS who lives in New Hampshire or eastern Massachusetts is automatically a member of the Northeastern Section (NESACS). These dues are voluntary, and about half of our 6500 members choose not to pay them.
As Treasurer of NESACS, I would like to urge all members to pay these dues and support the Section activities, even if you do not regularly attend NESACS meetings. Dues constitute the major source of discretionary income to the Section. While most awards programs are supported by Trust funds, your dues and contributions fund activities such as those of the Education Committee, National Chemistry Week, Younger Chemists, and Project SEED, all of which benefit the general chemical community.
Non-payment of Local Section dues has no effect on the individual member. ACS does not permit us to discriminate between members who pay dues and those who do not, so, for example, the Nucleus is sent to all members by mail or electronically. Members for whom dues are non-deductible might prefer to send a contribution to NESACS, since contributions to the Section are tax deductible. Checks payable to NESACS can be sent to the Treasurer at 19 Mill Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 or to the administrative secretary.
Your support of the Section is greatly appreciated, and the Board of Directors conscientiously strives to see that all Section activities advance the chemical enterprise.
-Jim Piper, NESACS Treasurer
Subsection Task Force Formed
At the Board of Directors meeting on January 10, 2013, it was voted to create a task force that would explore the feasibility of establishing subsections within NESACS to help connect and engage members in areas that are remote from our Boston/Cambridge/environs core in which almost all the Section’s activities take place, specifically, Southeastern Massachusetts (SE- MA) and New Hampshire (NH).
The Subsection Task Force (STF) consists initially of the following representatives from the core area: Morton Hoffman (Boston University), Ruth Tanner (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Robert Lichter (Merrimack Consultants); from SE-MA: Jack Driscoll (PID Analyzers), Robert Howard (Weeset Advisors); from NH: Jerry Jasinski (Keene State College), Gary Weisman (University of New Hampshire).
Approximately 1,000 NESACS members live or work in SE-MA (defined as Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth counties) and NH; they are effectively isolated from each other and other members within the core area due to the distances and driving times involved to attend the activities of the Section. In order to reach out, STF will facilitate the organization of meetings and events within SE-MA and NH, which could range from informal Science Cafés with the general public to more formal meetings, involving speakers and activities appropriate to the venue and the interests of the potential participants. Inasmuch as NESACS is contiguous with four other local sections (Rhode Island, Central Massachusetts, Green Mountain, Maine), members from those sections will be invited to participate in events close to their borders.
The first event will take place on Thursday, October 3, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO of the ACS, will be the speaker; she will draw on her many years of experience within the Society to provide a brief overview of its activities. She will also solicit views of attendees about what they would like from the ACS. The plan is to start the meeting at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments and conclude by 8 p.m. More details will be forthcoming.
NESACS has received an innovative project grant from the ACS Local Sections Activities Committee with modest funds to support the program over the next year, after which STF will bring a recommendation to the NESACS Board as to whether to proceed toward the establishment of sub-sections. The factors that will be important in that decision will be the number of participants from NESACS and the general public attending the events, the range of activities provided, and the degree to which the members in the two areas express interest to become engaged with the Section as local volunteers.