Louisiana Local Section

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The ACS Louisiana Local Section

Welcome to the ACS Louisiana Local Section.  The Local Section consists of 500-600 members in the Greater New Orleans area.  We work variously in academia, industry, and government labs. We work hard but we also enjoy the beautiful music and the delectable food around here.

Our local section has been very active.  Basically we organize events for our members to interact and network, provide opportunities for recognition and professional development of our members, encourage chemistry education, and enhance public’s understanding of chemistry.  

 

Summary of 2016 Events

The ACS local section will once again hold a Science Cafe tomorrow (Saturday, March 22) at 11am-12pm at Fair Grinds Coffee House in Mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119-right off Esplanade Ave).

This will consist of an approximately 30 minute talk followed by discussion.  Our speaker will be Kurt Birdwhistell of Loyola University and the title will be:

"Green Chemistry and a Sustainable Future”

Coffee and pastries will be provided and it will be held in the upstairs room above the coffee house. This event will be partly funded by an ACS grant for Science Cafes on environmental topics.

The event is open to ACS members and the general public.  
The ACS local section will once again hold a Science Cafe tomorrow (Saturday, March 22) at 11am-12pm at Fair Grinds Coffee House in Mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119-right off Esplanade Ave).

This will consist of an approximately 30 minute talk followed by discussion.  Our speaker will be Kurt Birdwhistell of Loyola University and the title will be:

"Green Chemistry and a Sustainable Future”

Coffee and pastries will be provided and it will be held in the upstairs room above the coffee house. This event will be partly funded by an ACS grant for Science Cafes on environmental topics.

The event is open to ACS members and the general public.Science Cafe tomorrow (Saturday, March 22) at 11am-12pm at Fair Grinds Coffee House in Mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119-right off Esplanade Ave).

1.  Chemistry on Tap on March 3, 2016.  5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Location:  Bulldog Mid City, 5135 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124.  Feature Speaker:  Dr. Kevin Armbrust, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.  Title of Talk:  “Arsenic in the Environment:  History, Sources and Perspectives”

 2.  Science Café, April 16, 2016, at YaYa Studios, 3322 Lasalle St, New Orleans.  Time:  11:00 – 12:00 am.  Feature Speaker:  Sarah L. Weaver, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana. Title of Talk:  “Chemistry of Art”.   

3.  Section Awards and Recognition.  April 12, 2016. University Center at the University of New Orleans.  5:30 – 6:30 pm, followed by dinner.  This annual event featured a band with live music.  Awards were given to the outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and an outstanding local high school chemistry teacher.  Recognition was also given to 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

4.  Science Café.  Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00 am -12 noon.  Speaker: Sean Hickey (University of New Orleans).  Topic: “Chemistry on the Silver Screen.”  Location:  Fair Grinds Coffee House (upstairs) in mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119 - right off Esplanade Ave).    The event was free with refreshments. 

5.  Research Poster Session at Xavier University.  Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Contact: Mike Adams, mradams@xula.edu.  Location:  University Center 2nd Floor.  This was open to graduate and undergraduate students in all Louisiana Section universities and colleges. 

6.  Webinar – Chemists’ Code for Success (organized by Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee, LSYCC).  Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  Xavier Univ.   5:30 pm Networking.  6:00 pm Webinar. 

7.  Chemistry on Tap.  5:30 pm.  Thursday, October 13, 2016.  Speaker:  Dr. Joyce Corrington   Topic: “A Chemist in Hollywood.”  Location: The Bulldog Mid-City, 5135 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. 

8.  NCW Super Science Saturday, October 22, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Louisiana Children’s Museum (420 Julia St, New Orleans) on October 22, 2016. The theme was “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry.”  

Summary of 2015 Events

1.  Chemistry on Tap – April 9, 2015

Our 2015 Chemistry on Tap event was held on Thursday April 9, 2015 at the Bulldog on Canal Blvd (5135 Canal Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70124) from 5:30-8:30 pm.  Dr. Mark Trudell of UNO gave an informal talk on his work as an expert witness for the DEA in their fight against illegal drug synthesis.

 2.  Louisiana Local Section 2015 Awards Banquet - April 20, 2015

Location:  Innsbruck Room, University Center, University of New Orleans.  This annual event was held at the UNO University Center, with excellent music from a band. This event started with a social hour (5:30 – 6:15 pm) and continued with dinner and award presentations.  Awards were given to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher. We honored 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

3.  Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee Meeting – April 8, 2015

Location:  Xavier Univ. of Louisiana, NCF Building 37 (Corner of Drexel Dr. and Short Street).  Date/Time:  Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  5:30 pm (food), 6:00 pm (talks).  LSYCC organized a meeting on “Chemistry Career Options Discussion.” Three local speakers gave very informative talks about career options.

4.  Student Poster Session –October 5, 2015

Xavier Univ. NCF Science building annex, 5:30 pm.   This was a great opportunity for undergrad and grad students to showcase their research.

5.  SuperScience Saturday (National Chemistry Week) – October 17, 2015

This annual event took place again at the Children’s Museum, New Orleans.  As usual, a large number of children came to the event. 

6.  Chemistry on Tap.  October 27, 2015. 

The Bulldog Mid-City, 5135 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124.  The theme was Chemistry Quiz.  The audience was divided into three groups and they answered questions on history of chemistry, chemistry and music, names of elements, and women chemists.  There were food and drinks in abundance. 

7.  Safety Webinar.  October 20, 2015

This event was organized by Abha Verma and the Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee.  It was held at Xavier University at 5:30 pm (networking) and 6:00 pm (webinar).  Up to 130 people showed up for the event, most of them being undergraduate students and a few faculty members. 

8.  Science Café on Glass Blowing.  November  21, 2015. 

 

11:00 am-12:00 pm at YaYa Studios, 3322 Lasalle St, New Orleans, LA 70115.  Guest speaker: Adrien Connangle, Scientific Glassblower from LSU, Baton Rouge.  Coffee and pastries were provided.

1.  Chemistry on Tap – April 9, 2015
Our 2015 Chemistry on Tap event was held on Thursday April 9, 2015 at the Bulldog on Canal Blvd (5135 Canal Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70124) from 5:30-8:30 pm.  Dr. Mark Trudell of UNO gave an informal talk on his work as an expert witness for the DEA in their fight against illegal drug synthesis.

2.  Louisiana Local Section 2015 Awards Banquet - April 20, 2015
Location:  Innsbruck Room, University Center, University of New Orleans
This annual event was held at the UNO University Center, with excellent music from a band. This event started with a social hour (5:30 – 6:15 pm) and continued with dinner and award presentations.  Awards were given to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher. We honored 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

3.  Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee Meeting – April 8, 2015
Location:  Xavier Univ. of Louisiana, NCF Building 37 (Corner of Drexel Dr. and Short Street)
Date/Time:  Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  5:30 pm (food), 6:00 pm (talks)
LSYCC organized a meeting on “Chemistry Career Options Discussion.” Three local speakers were invited to talk about career options.

4.  Student Poster Session –October 5, 2015
Xavier Univ. NCF Science building annex, 5:30 pm.   This was a great opportunity for undergrad and grad students to showcase their research.

5.  SuperScience Saturday (National Chemistry Week) – October 17, 2015
This annual event took place again at the Children’s Museum, New Orleans.  As usual, a large number of children came to the event.  

6.  Chemistry on Tap.  October 27, 2015.  
The Bulldog Mid-City, 5135 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124.  The theme was Chemistry Quiz.  The audience was divided into three groups and they answered questions on history of chemistry, chemistry and music, names of elements, and women chemists.  There were food and drinks in abundance.  

7.  Safety Webinar.  October 20, 2015
This event was organized by Abha Verma and the Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee.  It was held at Xavier University at 5:30 pm (networking) and 6:00 pm (webinar).  Up to 130 people showed up for the event, most of them being undergraduate students and a few faculty members.  

8.  Science Café on Glass Blowing.  November  21, 2015.  
11:00 am-12:00 pm at YaYa Studios, 3322 Lasalle St, New Orleans, LA 70115.  Guest speaker: Adrien Connangle, Scientific Glassblower from LSU, Baton Rouge.  Coffee and pastries were provided.



Summary of 2014 events

1.  Mardi Gras Symposium 2014.   The event is free, but registration is needed by 1/31/14.   http://www.gibbgroup.org/MGS2014/ 

Date: February 28, 2014 (Friday).  Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Theme: Supramolecular Chemistry.   Location: Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane’s uptown campus, Kendal Cram Hall (Room 213).

2.  Local Section Meeting.  Talk by Dr. Skip Gallagher on “Forensic Principles and Practices”.  Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6 – 8 pm.   Place: Xavier University- NCF Annex, Room 160.   Pizza and Soft Drinks Supplied. 

3.  Science Cafe, March 22, 2014.   11am-12pm at Fair Grinds Coffee House in Mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119-right off Esplanade Ave).

This will consist of an approximately 30 minute talk followed by discussion.  Our speaker will be Dr. Kurt Birdwhistell of Loyola University and the title will be:  "Green Chemistry and a Sustainable Future”.

4.   Science Cafe, May 17, 2014. 11:00 am – 12:00 noon at Fair Grinds.  Speaker: Dr. Joelle Underwood, Loyola University.  Title:  Atmospheric Chemistry

5.  Chemistry on Tap.  July 23, 2014.  6:00 - 7:30 pm - Speaker 1.  Matt Tarr (UNO), “What's hot in energy-related research?”   Speaker 2.   H.N. Cheng (USDA), “What’s hot in polymers, and where are the jobs?

6.  Beer Tasting and Tour, September 23, 2014.   Abita Brewery, Abita Spring, LA.  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  

7.  Webinar on "Speaking Simply" - October 7, 2014. Organized by LS-YCC.  Held at 6:00 pm at Xavier Univ.

8.  Research Poster Session, October 6, 2014. Xavier Univ. NCF Science Complex Atrium.  Contact: Mike Adams.

9.  Local Section Meeting, October 30, 2014.  Univ. Center, UNO.  5:00 pm Social.  6:15 pm Buffet Dinner.  7:00 pm Talk by Donna Fujimoto Cole.  

10.   Super Science Saturday (National Chemistry Week) - November 8, 2014.  Louisiana Children's Museum. 

Time:

 

 

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Theme: Supramolecular Chemistry
Location: Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane’s uptown campus, Kendal Cram Hall (Room 213).

Summary of 2013 Events

Here is a summary of the 10 events that Louisiana Section undertook in 2013.  

1.  January 14, 2013   Local Section Meeting

Speaker:  Dr. Suzanne Lomax, Scientific Research Department, National Gallery of Art.  Topic:  The Application of Chemistry to the Examination of Works of Art

2.  February 8, 2013.  Mardi Gras Symposium.

Topic:  Reaction Strategies for Directing Structure and Properties in the Solid State

3.  March 7, 2013.  Local Section Meeting

Speaker:  Mr. Troy Clark, President & Chief Executive Officer, Golden Leaf Energy, Inc.  Topic: Biofuel Production Techniques & Strategies

4.  March 20, 2013. Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of Louisiana – Meet and Greet.  Topic: “Jobs and Career Development”, by H. N. Cheng, Chair, ACS Louisiana Section

5.  April 7-11, 2013.  Spring 2013 ACS National Meeting, New Orleans

Being the host Local Section, we organized several activities and provided a lot of manpower to the meeting.  Many thanks are due to our volunteers.

6.  April 22, 2013.  Louisiana Section Annual Awards Banquet

We honored outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher.  We also gave recognition to 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

7.  October 2, 2013.  6:00 - 8:00 pm.  ACS Louisiana Section Research Poster Session (Xavier Univ.) 

8.  October 8, 2013.  Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee (LS-YCC) - ACS Webinar on Resume Writing.  Food and drinks provided.  Everyone welcome.  (Xavier Univ.) 

9.  October 19, 2013.  SuperScience Saturday (National Chemistry Week) - at Louisiana Children's Museum.

10.  November 14, 2013.  Joint ACS-AIChE Meeting (Five Happiness Restaurant, New Orleans)

Speaker:  Jason Bronkema and Eric Rowe, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Natchez, MS
Topic:  “Elevance Renewable Sciences: Creating Specialty Chemicals from Natural Oils”
Elevance is converting plant oils, like soybean, palm and cottonseed oil, into specialty commercial products, using metathesis chemistry (the technology that won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry).  

Abstract:  Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. creates novel specialty chemicals from natural oils. Using a proprietary technology called olefin metathesis, the company creates high-performance products for use in personal care products, detergents and cleaners, lubricants and additives, engineered polymers, and other specialty chemicals markets.  Elevance Renewable Sciences, along with joint venture partner Wilmar International Limited, recently completed construction and start-up of a New World-Scale Biochemical Refinery located in Gresik, Indonesia and is currently designing its second biochemical refinery in Natchez, Mississippi.  This talk will give an overview of olefin metathesis, the products that Elevance produces, and the biochemical refinery process.

Location:  Five Happiness Restaurant, 3605 S Carrollton Ave  New Orleans, LA 70118
Time:   5:30 – 6:00 pm, social
6:00 – 7:00 pm,  dinner
7:00 – 8:00 pm, talk 
Cost:  $20 per person, $10 per student
For reservation, contact Michael Santiago, at “michael.santiago608@gmail.com”

Speaker:  Jason Bronkema and Eric Rowe, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Natchez, MS.  Topic:  “Elevance Renewable Sciences: Creating Specialty Chemicals from Natural Oils

 

 

Title:  Atmospheric Chemistry

 

Contacts:  Abha Verma, averma1@xula.edu; Navneet Goyal, ngoyal@xula.edu 

The next Louisiana Section event is a talk by Dr. Skip Gallagher on “Forensic Principles and Practices” on March 11, 2014 at 6 – 8 pm.  Place: Xavier University- NCF Annex, Room 160.  Pizza and Soft Drinks Supplied.  
Cost:  Free for students. $ 5.00 for ACS members and working professionals.

 

 


Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

A "Happy Hour" with Chemistry!   The goal of this science cafe is to have chemists and local citizenry come together in a very informal, social gathering.   

Speaker 1.  Matt Tarr (UNO), “What's hot in energy-related research?”
Speaker 2.   H.N. Cheng (USDA), “What’s hot in polymers, and where are the jobs?”

Place: Martine’s Lounge, 2347 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001 (in Old Metairie, near the intersection of Metairie Rd. and Metairie Court). 
Free drinks tickets will be provided.   The event is free.  The public is welcome.
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

A "Happy Hour" with Chemistry!   The goal of this science cafe is to have chemists and local citizenry come together in a very informal, social gathering.   

Speaker 1.  Matt Tarr (UNO), “What's hot in energy-related research?”
Speaker 2.   H.N. Cheng (USDA), “What’s hot in polymers, and where are the jobs?”

Place: Martine’s Lounge, 2347 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001 (in Old Metairie, near the intersection of Metairie Rd. and Metairie Court). 
Free drinks tickets will be provided.   The event is free.  The public is welcome