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Upcoming Event: April 14th Undergraduate Chemical Research Symposium

Posted by Erica Costello on February 7, 2018 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Mark your calendars and save the date! The Central Massachusetts Section of the American Chemical Society would like to invite undergraduate researchers (and their advisors) to present their work at the Undergraduate Chemical Research Symposium to be held at Fitchburg State University on Saturday, April 14 starting at 9:00 AM. The event will kick off with a career panel formed of local leaders from industry and academia to provide insight on topics that include:

* Career preparation before graduation

* The importance of soft skills and concrete ways to develop them

* How to leverage course experience in the job search

Students will then be invited to present their work in the poster competition, with cash prizes awarded for top posters in two categories:

a) Biochemistry and Organic

b) Analytical, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry.

Top prize in each category will be $150! The symposium will wrap up with a lunch and awards ceremony.

An announcement will be made as the date approaches with instructions for registration and abstract submission.

November 15th Local Section Meeting: New Faculty Night

Posted by Erica Costello on November 12, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Central Massachusetts Section of the

American Chemical Society

wishes to invite you to a Section Meeting to be held at

Clark University

950 Main St., Worcester, MA

November 15th, 2017

Room S122 Sackler Science Center

“New Faculty Night”

Continuing our recent tradition, we have asked three new faculty from universities within the Section to come and give a brief overview of their work and interests as a means to help introduce them to the area and to inform the membership about some of our newest additions.

Each person has been asked to speak for 15 minutes on their work and then we will allow a brief question period before the next speaker. We certainly hope that there will be some ‘mingling’ afterwards as well.


6:30 – Social Hour (ok, half-hour)

7:00 – Dr. Weichu (Brian) Xu (Worcester St. University)

7:20 – Dr. Emma Downs (Fitchburg St. University)

7:40 – Dr. Arundhati Nag (Clark University)

8:00 – A brief Section Business Meeting may occur (depends on whether there is any ‘Business’;) followed by general conversation.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Mark M. Turnbull (mturnbull@clarku.edu)

Parking is available on the parking garage roof (Downing St. entrance, enter from

the Park Avenue side) or Maywood St. Lot. (by the Biology Building).

October 24th Live Interactive Telecast from ACS

Posted by Erica Costello on October 11, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Central Massachusetts American Chemical Society


Chemistry Rocks! Exploring the Chemistry of Rocks and Minerals

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The College of the Holy Cross

6pm: Social Hour/ Light dinner and Tours of Holy Cross Labs

7 pm: Live interactive telecast from ACS

Expert presenters include:

Brent Constantz, Blue Planet

Young-Shin Jun, Washington University in St.Louis

Topics include:

• How can we use minerals to improve the quality of life?

• What is the structural chemistry of various gemstones?

• What is biomineralization and how can it inspire sustainable and novel building materials?

• How mineralizing carbon dioxide can make an impact on the future of climate change?

• What is the energy-water-food nexus and why do minerals matter?

• What are extremophiles and how does their biochemistry allow them to thrive in extreme environments?

• What are some potential future careers in rock and mineral chemistry?