Pfizer Travel Awardees, Spring 2022

Pfizer Travel Award winners:

The Committee on Minority Affairs is proud to announce the first ten winners of the Pfizer Travel Award for Spring 2022. Five undergraduate and five graduate students are receiving $2,000 each to attend the Spring 2022 meeting in San Diego, CA, and will present their research poster during the Office of DEIR Reception Honoring NOBCChE’s 50th Anniversary on Sunday, March 20th at 5:00 – 7:00pm PT at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua Salon D.

This award is part of Pfizer’s two-year pledge of $100,000 in educational support for graduate and undergraduate students that are historically underrepresented in STEM. To be eligible, students must identify with one or more of the following groups:

From an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (including, but not limited to Black, Hispanic, Latino, and Indigenous students),
Have a physical and or cognitive disability, and/or
Identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community

Students are selected based on their academic and research achievements, the potential benefit that attendance of this conference can have on their career, and interest and engagement in the chemistry and broader STEM enterprise.

CMA Symposia and Events at Spring 2022 ACS National Meeting – San Diego / Hybrid

Betty Greene Washington Symposium

Sunday, March 20th 8:00am – 5:00pm PT ­– HYBRID Betty E. Washington-Greene symposium (Hilton San Diego Bayfront Sapphire M/N). See below for the symposium line-up.

  • Introductory Remarks, Reni Joseph, 8:00 – 8:10am
  • Dr. Bettye Washington-Greene – A Pioneer in Industrial Colloidal Science, Venessa Jansma, 8:10 – 8:40am
  • Gold nanoparticle-embedded peptoid nanosheets: A new class of solution-based two-dimensional plasmonic materials, Ellen Robertson, 8:40 – 9:10am
  • From Colloidal Science to Nanotechnology: A Personal Journey, Guangzhao Mao, 9:10 – 9:40am
  • Break, 9:40 – 9:55am
  • Structuring aqueous media via surfactant-polymer association, Paschalis Alexandridis, 9:55 – 10:25am
  • Light scattering at Wayne State University 60 years after Bettye Washington Greene: Establishing design-rules for preparation of multicomponent metal chalcogenide nanostructures by sol-gel routes, Stephanie Brock, 10:25 – 10:55am
  • New Approaches to Understanding and Designing Complex Fluid Interfaces using Liquid Crystalline Oils, Nick Abbott, 10:55 – 11:25am
  • Lunch
  • Particles at interfaces towards functional materials, Joelle Frechette, 2:00 – 2:30pm
  • Pickering liquid crystal emulsions: New approaches to design droplet-based sensors for the detection of amphiphilic analytes, Claribel Acevedo, 2:30 – 3:00pm
  • Complex diffusion behavior in micelles carrying hydrophobic solutes, Stephanie Dungan, 3:00 – 3:30pm
  • Break, 3:30 – 3:45pm
  • Liquid nanofabrication of functional multiphasic soft matter by capillary binding and interfacial templating, Orlin Velev, 3:45pm – 4:15pm
  • Crisis and Opportunity: Inclusion and Diversity at Dow, Alveda Williams, 4:15 – 4:45pm
  • Concluding remarks, Reni Joseph, 4:45 – 5:00pm

CMA Symposia and Events at Spring 2021 ACS Virtual National Meeting

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Friday April 9, 2021
12 pm Eastern Time, Live
[with Division of Analytical Chemistry]

Facilitate 2 Motivate Presents “Can You Hear Us Now?: Black Chemists in the Workplace”

Facilitate 2 Motivate, LLC established the Can You Hear Us Now? panel series after the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many more ignited protests around the world demanding an equitable justice system and shining light on systemic racism and disparities that exist in America across all facets of life, such as housing, education, healthcare, and employment. The series features a live conversation with Black professionals as they discuss their experience with racial injustices in the workplace and provide strategies for improving the overall climate in professional settings.

This special iteration of the series will provide an environment for Black chemists to express thoughts on how race has impacted their careers and the manner in which they interact with colleagues in the workplace. The discussion will aim to educate, inform, and inspire changes that support the success of Black chemists around the world and strengthen connections with allies. The invited panelists are leading chemists with a wealth of knowledge and a myriad of valuable experience that will be helpful for fellow Black chemists navigating their careers and allies seeking to ensure that their organizations are inclusive and equitable.

Log in to the National Virtual ACS meeting to attend.
Each session opens 10 minutes prior to the start time. To access your live streamed session(s) click the “My Itinerary” tab to view the schedule that you created and launch from there or click on the “Sessions” tab and use the Filter by Date or Tag to locate and select your desired sessions.

Poster Sessions, Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 30, On-Demand
Log in to the National Virtual ACS meeting. Select “Posters” from Navigation menu. Filter by tag “Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs”. View on demand any time from April 5- April 30.

SERS detection of microcystin-LR and microcystin-RR with aptamer-driven core-satellite assemblies
Dr Xiaojun Luo, Presenter; Xingjuan Zhao
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Theoretical and experimental examination of phenolic-related metabolic biotransformation byproducts
Somanea Tranin, Presenter; Grady Hanrahan
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Capillary electrophoresis provides a new avenue to observe i-motif formation
Eric Chatterton, Presenter; Bin Wang
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Development of an accessible filter paper-based SERS system for dye trace analysis
Johan Farfan, Presenter; Yulan Hernandez; Betty Galarreta
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Recent development of chemosensors based on traditional organic dyes: Rhodamine, naphthalimide and perylene bisimide
Wang Yu-Jiao, Presenter; Wenfeng Zhou; Runhua Lu; Haixiang Gao; Jing Li; Sanbing Zhang
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Rapid enrichment and sensitive detection of exosomes by electrophoresis in a microchip
Yongan Ren, Presenter; Danyang Sun; Bo Yao, Presenter
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Identification and quantification of sesquiterpene lactones of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate) and Its chemical modification
Rosemary Anibogwu, Presenter; Karl De Jesus; Rene Rodriguez; Kavita Sharma
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Harnessing photoluminescent properties of carbon nitride nanosheets in a hierarchical matrix
dan han, Presenter; Yuanjian Zhang; Yanfei Shen
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Surfactant-modified fluorescence analysis of explosives
Tristan Torres, Presenter; Karl Sienerth
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Acoustic levitator coupled with a tunable monochromatic light source and imaging Raman spectrometer for in situ reaction monitoring
Hens Laurent, Presenter; Daniel Dickerson; Beni Dangi
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Elemental analysis of human remains from necropolises at the Pollentia Archaeological site
Anya Forma, Presenter; Tristan Low, Presenter; Emily May, Presenter; Ronda Bard
Track: [ANYL] Division of Analytical Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

Developing black women into polymer scientists
Michelle Gaines, Presenter
Track: [POLY] Division of Polymer Chemistry
Tags: Co-sponsor – Nominal CMA: Committee on Minority Affairs

CMA Symposia and Events at Fall 2020 ACS Virtual National Meeting

Standing out & succeeding: Our experiences as diverse chemists
Presented by CMA and ACS Education
Date & Time: Sunday Aug 16, 5-6 pm Pacific
Location: Zoom meeting, pre-registration is required. Register here for this live event.
Join this panel discussion with award-winning chemists from a variety of backgrounds as they share their challenges and successes navigating the field.

  • Moderated by Ann Kimble-Hill
  • Featuring: Marie Little Fawn Agan, Luis A Colón, Robert M Hoyte, Marilyn Mackiewicz

Diversity in Chemistry Career Panel: Making the Transition from Academia to Industry/How Chemical Technical Professionals Contribute to the Chemical Enterprise from Bench to Market
Location: Broadcast; ACS virtual meeting registration is required to attend this broadcast
Date & Time: Monday, Aug 17 10:00 AM Pacific
Duration: 1 hour

  • Making the transition from academia to industry, Jenea Adams
  • How to find your first career opportunity in the industry?, Danielle Augustine
  • Essential role of mentorship for supporting the next generation of young and diverse scientists, Luigi Jhon Alvarado
  • Transitioning into Atomwise, an AI for drug discovery startup, Terrance E. O’Brien

This may also be of interest to people interested in diversity topics:
Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Leland (Lee) T. Jourdan
Chief Diversity Officer at Chevron Corporation
Live event: Thursday, August 20, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PDT
ACS virtual meeting registration is required to attend this live event

CMA Symposia and Events at 2020 Spring ACS Meeting in Philadelphia

***ACS Spring 2020 Meeting Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic***

Monday March 23: Symposium and CMA Luncheon
“Reimagining Diversity & Equity in honor of Robert Lichter” (Presidential Symposium, co-sponsored by PROF, SCHB)
includes morning talks discussing Bob Lichter’s work and his impact on ACS, chemistry, education, diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as afternoon talks showcasing successful programs that continue this vision.

  • A biological self-assembly: Predesigned metallacycles and metallacages via coordination
  • Robert Lichter: Boss, mentor, colleague, and friend
  • Building the next generation of scientists
  • My 33 years with Bob Lichter and his influence on diversity and inclusiveness in multiple organizations
  • Robert Lichter: Champion of chemistry, communication, and caring
  • Mentoring, research, and diversity: Transformative strategy for undergraduate STEM education
  • CMA Luncheon, featuring ACS President-Elect Luis Echegoyen as keynote
  • COACh: Making the most of all talents in science and engineering
  • Broadening, tracking and sustaining undergraduate research programs to advance diversity equity in the STEM workforce: Pretty darn good idea for a Hispanic serving institution
  • Managing complex diversity and climate change in a chemistry department
  • Slow road to equity
  • Measuring the professional climate within chemistry departments
  • Training to optimize and build culturally aware research mentoring relationships

Tuesday March 24, Workshops, in partnership with PROF, CPT, and SOCED:
Career Launch and Acceleration for Minority Graduate Students & Postdocs, facilitated by COACh
Incorporating Expectations and Communication into Mentoring Relationships to Promote Equity & Inclusion, facilitated by the National Mentoring Research Network (NRMN)

YCC: Mental Health & Graduate School (March 23)
CHED: Smart Materials (March 24)

GEM Fellowship Application for Graduate Degree – Deadline Nov 15th

The GEM Fellowship Deadline of November 15th at 11:59PM ET is fast approaching!

You do not want to miss this opportunity for full-funding of your STEM graduate degree. Get your competitive and complete application in advance of the deadline!

As a reminder, your complete online application MUST include the following required information and documentation by the November 15th deadline:

  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (.docx or .doc formats only)
  • Unofficial Transcript for each institution you have attended after high school
  • Statement of Purpose (detailing why you would like to attend graduate school and your graduate education goals and research interests) – 800 words or less, if possible.
  • Name, email address, and phone for three recommenders (two required, three STRONGLY recommended; to submit a competitive application you must submit three recommendations). Recommenders should be a past or current collegiate level faculty member or internship/co-op supervisor that can provide a strong recommendation based on your academic, technical employment or research based performance and ability to successfully complete a graduate degree in STEM. An internship or co-op supervisor that holds an MS or PhD degree is ideal.

The deadline to apply and have a complete application on file is November 15, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. Visit the GEM website at, for information on the program and how to apply.

R.I.T. seeks candidates for Head of the School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Rochester Institute of Technology School of Chemistry and Materials Science (SCMS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and School Head. The successful candidate is expected to have a distinguished record of teaching and research, be a person of national and international academic stature, and come to this position with leadership experience. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of a tenured professor. As the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the School, the Head will be a role model for scholarship and academic excellence and will provide leadership, advocacy, oversight, and management. The School is looking to create and implement a strategic plan that will facilitate the development of Ph.D. programs.

SCMS consists of 24 full-time faculty members, and 4 full-time staff members. It houses BS programs in Biochemistry and Chemistry, and MS programs in Chemistry and in Materials Science and Engineering. There are approximately 125 undergraduate students and 52 graduate students.

Apply online at

Candidacy will be kept confidential until the candidate accepts an invitation for an on-campus interview, at which time a list of references will be expected. Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Thomas W. Smith via email (twssch at rit dot edu).

The committee will begin to review complete applications upon receipt, however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2019.

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion.

Faculty Position Announcement: UC Davis Assistant Professor in Food Physical Chemistry

Assistant Professor in Food Physical Chemistry,
Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

The Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at UC Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor in Food Physical Chemistry. Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field. The appointee will be expected to develop a competitively funded research program relevant to food physical chemistry. This is an academic year (9 month) tenure-track professor position at the assistant rank. The position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station carrying the expectation that the appointee conduct mission-oriented research and outreach of relevance to California stakeholders. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in food physical chemistry, with a typical teaching load of two to three courses per year.

The Department of Food Science and Technology drives innovation in the food science through a range of interdisciplinary research encompassing microbiology, analytical and natural products chemistry, biochemistry, process and biochemical engineering and sensory science. The department is associated with the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science at UC Davis and is internationally recognized worldwide as a premier center of excellence in research.

The appointee will have access to wide-ranging infrastructure resources and many collaborative opportunities within the Department, other Departments within the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, and with colleagues in the College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Letters and Science among others.

The UC Davis College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences is the leading academic agricultural research institution in the US and the College of Engineering is ranked among the top 10% of all PhD granting institutions. The community of Davis is centrally located to many of wine producing regions of California. Residents of Davis, minutes from Sacramento, enjoy a high quality of life in a University town setting, situated between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the San Francisco Bay area.

Applicants should submit materials via the following website:
Additional inquiries can be directed to Professor Christopher W. Simmons, Search Committee Co-Chair, Department of Food Science and Technology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, PH: (530) 752-2109, EM: cwsimmons at ucdavis dot edu. The position will remain open until filled but to ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by October 1, 2019.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. See: