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. 11:00 – 12:00 am. Feature Speaker: Sarah L. Weaver, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana. Title of Talk: “Chemistry of Art”. Free coffee and pastries were served.
3. Section Awards and Recognition. April 12, 2016. University Center at the University of New Orleans. Please check the separate report on this webpage for the names of people being recognized.
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. The event was free with refreshments.
5. Research Poster Session at Xavier University. Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 5:30 – 7:00 pm. 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.”
The ACS Louisiana Section held its annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. As before, the location was the University Center at the University of New Orleans. It started with a social hour at 5:30 – 6:30 pm, followed by dinner. The people being recognized are given below:
The outstanding seniors:
Scott Hutchinson (Nicholls State)
Francesca Vaccaro (Loyola)
Binit Sharma Poudel (SELU)
Livia Julia Linden (Tulane)
Katherine Bricker (UNO)
Jasmine Geathers (Xavier)
Outstanding high school teacher (Drake Award):
Mrs. Bonnie Schneider (Cabrini High School)
50-years ACS member:
Mr. James Richard McInerney
Travel Award Winners, 2015-2016
2016 Spring ACS Travel Award Winners:
1) Joe Giesen (Tulane)
2) Abhinav Jain (Tulane)
2015 Fall ACS Travel Award Winners:
1) Binit Sharma Poudel (SELU)
2) Erin Larrabee (Loyola)
3) Francesca Vaccaro (Loyola)
This annual event was held on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the UNO University Center, with excellent music from a band from the Loyola University. We honored outstanding senior students in ACS-approved programs, and recognized the long service of 50-year and 60-year ACS members in our Local Section. Here is a list of the awards.
1. ACS Student Chapter Awards
Outstanding Chapter - Xavier University
Lydia Mensah, President
Michael Adams, Candace Lawrence, Janet A. Privett, Advisors
2. Outstanding Senior in Chemistry
Loyola University - Vu D Nguyen
Nicholls State University - Ashley Johnson
Southeastern Louisiana University - Suraj Ayer
Tulane University - Zhenzhen Shi
University of New Orleans - Marta Sans
Xavier University of Louisiana - Lydia Mensah
3. 50- and 60- year ACS Members
Mr. Thomas Richard Campbell
Dr. Kenneth G. Kneipp
Mr. Robert A. Maxey
Dr. Eng Bee Ong
Mr. Armand Pepperman
Dr. Donald Michael Soignet
Dr. Arlen Walker Frank
Dr. Walter Shepard Wilkinson
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.
Louisiana Section organized a tour of Abita Brewery, Abita Spring, LA at 6:00 pm on September 23, 2014. About 12-14 people from the Section drove to Northshore and were surprised by the size and the scope of their business. They have state-of-the-art facilities and supply beer to 44 states. We first had roast beet sandwich and then tasted several types of beer that they produce. It was a pleasant evening for all of us.
The Louisiana Section held the third Science Café this year on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Martine’s Lounge in Old Metairie. It was billed as a "Happy Hour" with Chemistry! Indeed the location was informal, and the snacks and accommodations were very nice. Of course, the best part was the free drinks. The organizer (Stassi DiMaggio) lined up two speakers. The first speaker was Professor Matt Tarr of UNO, who started with a quiz for the audience and proceeded with the topic, “What's hot in energy-related research?” Since energy is expected to provide jobs in Louisiana in the next 20 years, this topic is of current interest. The second speaker was Dr. H.N. Cheng of USDA, who talked about “What’s hot in polymers, and where are the jobs?” Several people in the audience were currently working in polymer areas and they provided some stimulating discussions afterwards. Both talks were well received by the audience, and it was a very successful event. A good time was had by all. We had 27 people in attendance, including many grad students from University of New Orleans, Tulane, Xavier, Loyola, and several people from USDA, Sugar Processing Research Institute, Monsanto, Intertek, and Eurofins. The participation from our industrial colleagues was particularly welcome.
Science Cafe, May 17, 2014. The Louisiana Section held a Science Cafe on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 am-12 noon at Fair Grinds Coffee House. The speaker was Professor Joelle Underwood of Loyola University, and the topic was "Atmospheric Chemistry.” Dr. Underwood gave an interesting talk. She described the composition of the atmosphere and indicated that it is dynamic and subject to changes due to human activities, natural forces, and geological developments. Pollution and climate warming are two of the major consequences of human activities. The solutions to these problems will be difficult if the population of the world continues to increase. Certainly industrial activities contribute to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, ozone depletion is partly addressed with the decreased use of fluorocarbons. Pollution and associated problems such as acid rain, smog, decreased air and water quality are still nagging problems. People have used computer modeling to understand these problems, but strong and effective government policy is needed in order to sustain the efforts and to ensure long-term awareness and benefit.
The event was open to ACS members and the general public. About 15 people came to the event. Coffee and pastries was provided. This event was funded by an ACS science café grant.
Date and Time: April 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Location: Innsbruck Room,
ACS Student Chapter Awards/Outstanding Chapter, ACS Green Chemistry Institute
Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award
LeaAnn Love, President
Shannon Douglas, Vice-President
Michael Adams, Advisor
Drake Award (to the Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher)
Julie Cristina, St. Mary’s
Outstanding Seniors in Chemistry
Ha Van Nguyen, Loyola University
Mi Chen, Nicholls State University
Joanna Lapucha, Tulane University
Shaniqua Hayes, University of New Orleans
Brandan Dotson, Xavier University of Louisiana
50 Years of Service to ACS
Mr. Ernest Bernard Beyer
Mr. Donald G. Crowder
Dr. Richard Donald Gonzalez
Mr. Gary L. McPherson
Mr. Hampden Joseph Zeringue, Jr.
60 Years of Service to ACS
Dr. Robert James Ratchford
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2. Science Cafe, March 22, 2014. The Louisiana Section held a Science Cafe on Saturday, March 22 at 11 am-12 noon at Fair Grinds Coffee House. The speaker was Professor Kurt Birdwhistell of
The event was open to ACS members and the general public. About 12 people came to the event. Coffee and pastries was provided. This event was funded by an ACS science café grant. It was cosponsored by ACS Polymer Division.
In cooperation with the local chemistry community, the Louisiana Section again sponsored the Mardi Gras Symposium of Chemistry in 2014. This symposium was started in the late 1960's but discontinued after Hurricane Katrina. It was revived successfully in 2013. The 2014 Mardi Gras Symposium was successfully held on the Tulane campus in New Orleans on Friday, February 28, 2014. Professors Bruce Gibb and Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah co-organized this one-day event. The main theme was “Supramolecular Chemistry.”
The symposium consisted of seven world-class scientists in supramolecular chemistry. In term of presentation, they were:
1) Eric Anslyn (Univ. of Texas, Austin). Differential Sensing of Biological Analytes using Supramolecular Sensors.
2) Normand Voyer (Laval Univ., Quebec). Synthesis and Characterization of Bio-inspired Nanostructures Dedsigned for Therapeutic and Sensing Applications
3) Bradley Smith (Notre Dame Univ., Indiana). Supramolecular Activated Photothermolysis.
4) Philip Gale (Univ. of Southampton, UK). New Anion Receptors and Transporters.
5) Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson (Trinity College Dublin). Lanthanide Direct Synthesis of Self-Assembly Supramolcular Architecture.
6) Jonathan Sessler (Univ. of Texas, Austin). Calixpyrroles: From Receptors and Sensors to Molecular Switches and Self-Assembled Materials.
7) Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University). Three Chemical Tales of Serendipity.
All the talks were impressive and authoritative. The speakers are truly leaders in this field. In addition, there were 43 posters, with poster presenters not only from Louisiana, but also from neighboring states (Alabama, Mississippi, Texas), and several from far away. Over 100 people participated in this successful event. In addition to ACS Louisiana Section, the Symposium was sponsored by Tulane University, Nature Chemistry & ChemComm, and The University of New Orleans.
Elevance is the renewable chemicals company that uses Grubb’s catalyst (metathesis) to convert soybean oil into a whole family of products. We heard that they are starting up their second biorefinery plant with a capacity of 280,000 metric tons at Natchez, MS, near the Louisiana-Mississippi border. We got in touch with them, and they agreed to send two representatives to speak at our November monthly meeting: Jason Bronkema (a PhD from their research headquarters in Illinois) and Eric Rowe (a plant engineer at Natchez). In the mean time we had partnered with the local AIChE chapter -- it worked out very well because AIChE membership is primarily industrial.
During the event, the speakers gave an excellent overview of the products and the processes that Elevance is involved with. They described how they overcame some of the difficulties they encountered and their plans for the future. The research-to-production information was new to some of us in the audience. As an indicator of audience interest, they answered a large number of questions. Special questions were asked on their future hiring prospects. The audience consisted of 47 people (15 industry and 32 otherwise), with 25 students. They found useful both the information from the speakers and the networking among industrial and academic people.
Posted on October 25, 2013
1. ACS Louisiana Section Research Poster Session
This took place on October 2, 2013 (Wednesday) at 6:00 – 8:00 pm. As in previous years, this event was organized by Mike Adams at Xavier University. It was open to undergraduate and graduate students in all Louisiana Section universities and colleges. This year the event took place at the Atrium of the Norman C. Francis (NCF) Science Complex at Xavier Univ. There were 12 posters presented. If you are interested in more information, please get in touch with Dr. Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee (LS-YCC) Meeting
This event was organized by Abha Verma and Navneet Goyal on October 8, 2013. A webinar on “Putting your best foot forward: Managing your paper and online resumes" were presented by Dr. David Harwell, Director of ACS Careers. It took place at Room 130, NCF Academic Science Complex at Xavier. About 20 students showed up and heard all or parts of the webinar. Free pizza and soda were provided. The students appreciated the opportunity to learn about different types of resumes and how write effective resumes.
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Report of January 2013 Activities – Dr. Suzanne Lomax
On January 14, 2013 ACS Louisiana Section held a successful event at the Rose Garden in River Ridge, LA. Dr. Suzanne Lomax gave an exciting talk on "The Application of Chemistry to the Examination of Works of Art." Dr. Lomax is an organic chemist in the Scientific Research Department of the National Gallery of Art. She has been investigating the identification and aging behavior of artists’ materials. In particular, she specializes in the identification of synthetic organic pigments by a variety of analytical techniques. She showed a large number of well known paintings and how chemical techniques permitted her to solve many problems relating to the provenance, authorship, and chemistry of these paintings. Dr. Lumax also talked about the Gallery’s collection of Edgar Degas sculptures. 52 of the 69 surviving sculptures made in Degas’ lifetime are in the National Gallery collection. The bronze sculptures displayed in museums are copies made after his death, cast from original wax sculptures that were sacrificed in the process. By using spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques, scientists at the National Gallery were able to classify the sculptures by their beeswax, clay or plastiline composition. The audience of 21 people enjoyed her talk and also the wonderful dinner. It was a fun evening for all involved.
Report of February 2013 Activities – Mardi Gras Symposium
In cooperation with the local chemistry community, the Louisiana Section brought back the Mardi Gras Symposium of Chemistry this year. In the late 1960's a Mardi Gras Symposium of Theoretical Chemistry was organized as a one-day annual event. Nobel laureates (and subsequent winners) were included in the list of presenters. Over the years the symposium broadened into non-theoretical areas. The symposium was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2013, we are pleased to revive the Mardi Gras symposium, with Alvin F. Bopp, (SUNO), Sean Hickey (UNO), and John Wiley (UNO) serving as the organizing committee.
The 2013 Mardi Gras Symposium was held on February 8, 2013 at Lindy Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans. The theme was “Reaction Strategies for Directing Structure and Properties in the Solid State.” Five excellent speakers took the podium and covered different aspects of solid state chemistry.
Professor Hiroshi Kageyama, Kyoto University, Japan
Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of Titanium Perovskite Oxyhydrides
Professor Leonard MacGillivray, University of Iowa
Supramolecular Control of Reactivity in the Organic Solid State
Professor Evgeny Antipov, Moscow State University, Russia
New Cathode Materials for Li-ion Batteries
Professor Simon Clarke, Oxford University, UK
Magnetism, superconductivity and chemistry of layered non-oxide solids
Professor David Johnson, University of Oregon
Ferecrystals: New Materials with Designed Nanoarchitecture and Tunable Properties
The symposium attracted an enthusiastic crowd, who asked many questions. Solid state chemistry is obviously a hot and upcoming topic, and we should thank the organizers who brought these speakers here. The symposium sponsors included ACS Louisiana Section, UNO Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, UNO College of Sciences Advanced Materials Research Institute, UNO Department of Chemistry, and Tulane University, Department of Chemistry. Tulane University will host the Mardi Gras Symposium in 2014.
Report on the National ACS Meeting in New Orleans, April 2013
The Spring 2013 ACS National Meeting was held in New Orleans on April 7-11, 2013. The ACS Louisiana Section was the host section. We organized several activities and provided a lot of manpower to the meeting. Many thanks are due to our volunteers.
1. Requests from the National ACS
At the request of the National ACS, we supplied 15 paid volunteers to help with the registration and other tasks. These came from the local universities and colleges.
We also got another request from the ACS for a possible speaker from the local area on Chemistry of Weight Loss at the national meeting. Teresa Birdwhistell suggested Tim Harlan, who spoke at 2 pm on Tuesday at CC Hall D1. LA Section cosponsored this event.
2. Outreach event at Audubon Zoo, Sunday, April 7, 10 am – 2 pm (Sean Hickey, coordinator)
This was a Presidential Event, and ACS President Marinda Wu was on hand to help with the event. Six tables were manned by the ACS, and two tables were organized and staffed by UNO and Xavier. The event went very well.
3. Louisiana Section Hospitality Booth (Al Bopp and Michael Santiago, coordinators)
& Snacks with Local Flavor (Stassi DiMaggio and Al Bopp, coordinators)
Our booth was located in the Convention Center in Hall B-1.
Hours: Saturday, 4/6, 3-6 pm
Sunday, 4/7, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
Monday, 4/8, 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/9, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Michael took the lead in assigning people to the booth. For the most part, we had two people at the booth at a given time. Pralines, cups, and Mardi Gras beads were given out for free at the LA Section Hospitality Booth. With the help of our members, Al collected a large number of Mardi Gras beads. Al also ordered the cups and Stassi the pralines. The hospitality booth was a hit, and we had many people coming by for questions. Even on Wednesday, people came by the booth looking for goodies.
4. French Quarter Walking Tour (Chanel Fortier and Mary Alice Rousselle, coordinators)
This took place on Sunday at 9:00am - 1:00pm. Chanel and Mary Alice carefully drew out the streets covered by the walking tour and printed a beautiful map. People signed up at the Hospitality Booth on the first-come first-served basis. The tour went off very well.
Thanks are due to all our volunteers. In addition to the coordinators listed above and Teresa Birdwhistell (Section Treasurer), we would like to thank the following people:
1. Volunteers to the ACS: University of New Orleans (Rebecca Rice, Johnny Avants, Sarah Gauthier, Alex Lyons, Sadia Akram), Xavier University of Louisiana (Shirmir Branch, Lydia Mensah, Domecia Brown), Loyola University (Lydia Cooper, Kate Birdwhistell, Farihah Haque, Gabriela Galeano, Bri Edwards), Southern University of New Orleans (Eyong Madonia, Rickea Selmon)
2. Audubon Zoo event: Xavier University (Ann Privett, Teresa Birdwhistell), Univ. of New Orleans (Sean Hickey, Treva Tarnese Brown, Elisha Asmana Josepha, Phoebe Zito Ray, Catherine Barnes Ohman, Arjun Sharma, Lea Gustin, Grayson Victor Pool, John Thomas Avants)
3. Hospitality Booth: Saturday (Kurt Birdwhistell, Teresa Birdwhistell), Sunday (Colin McFaul, Kyle Killeen, LaTasha W. Henderson, Stassi C DiMaggio, Bing Guan, Mia Ward, Sue Wang, Kaylise Trahan), Monday (Mike Nuwer, Nicolette Prevost, Mary Alice Rousselle, Adam Nguyen, Steve Lloyd, Treva T. Brown, Jacobs Jordan, Phoebe Zito Ray, Julie Vo, David Nguyen), Tuesday (T. T. Brown, P. Z. Ray, D. Nguyen, Rajesh Venkatasubramanian, Jim Whelan)
4. French Quarter Walking Tour: Isolda Pazo Siero, Marielle Soniat, Megan Elizabeth Woods, Jacobs Jordan, and others.
Report on the Louisiana Section Annual Awards Banquet, May 2013
We had a successful Louisiana Section Annual Award Banquet on Monday, April 22, 2013. It was held in the UNO University Center, Innsbruck Room. Food consisted of traditional New Orleans dishes such as chicken and sausage jambalaya, fried catfish, red beans and rice.
Awards were given to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs. Their names are shown below:
Justin Romaire Scott Kolmar
Loyola University Tulane University
Bijay Bhattarai Kaitlyn Ducote
Southeastern Louisiana University University of New Orleans
Xavier University of Louisiana
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Nicholls State University
It was also a pleasure to present the Drake Award to the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher, Dr. Janell Simpson.
Dr. Janell Simpson,
Patrick Taylor High School
We also honored 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting. These are:
Fifty Years of Service Recognition
Dr. David James Miller
Sixty Years of Service Recognition
Dr. Florine A. Blouin & Dr. Elwood John Gonzales