Water Insecurity and Equality Symposium #ACSBOSTON #ChemDiversity

Monday 8/20/2018, 8-11:30 AM,
Location: Room 162A, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Safe water challenges, i.e., aging infrastructure, threats to potable freshwater sources, plumbing- and private-well contaminants, faced by minority, economically disadvantaged and deindustrialized communities, and communities burdened with legacy-contamination. Solutions such as nanophotonics and waste product reuse are presented, along with the barriers which must be overcome, and the need for the development of low-cost technologies.

  • Enhanced purified water production by artificial phototropic solar vapor generator based on nanophotonic hydrogel, presenter: Ximen He
  • Functionalized biochar for removal of discarded prescription drugs, presenter: Luis C Fernandez
  • Selective microbial control in drinking water systems using bacteriophages conjugated with superparamagnetic nanoparticles, presenter: Pingfeng Yu
  • Addressing contributory factors in the dissolution of heavy metals from zinc coated iron water supply pipes with flow conditions typical of developing countries, presenter: Deepika Bhaskar
  • Assessment of water quality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, presenter: Fernando L Rosario
  • Challenges faced by private well owners inthe aftermath of the 2016 Louisiana floods, presenter: Adrienne Katner
  • Study for a low-cost alternative to treat water on an island off the southeastern Brazilian coast, presenter: David Charles Meissner
  • Evaluation of a silver-embedded ceramic tablet as secondary point-of-use water purification technology in Darbonne, Leogane, Haiti, presenter: Marion Nonglaton

Renee Horton Ph.D., NASA Engineer and CMA Luncheon Speaker

photo of Dr. Renee HortonThe featured speaker for our 2018 Fall ACS CMA Luncheon is Dr. Renee Horton, Space Launch System (SLS) Lead Metallic/Weld Engineer in the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Many SLS parts — including the SLS core stage — are made of metal, including the largest rocket fuel tank ever built, and metallic materials and welding are my areas of expertise. As an engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility, she leads the team that is building metal rocket parts to withstand the extreme forces of launch and space travel. Designed to enable deep-space exploration, the SLS system will be the largest, most powerful rocket ever built and will be instrumental in sending the first human beings to Mars. Dr. Horton’s love of math was noticed by her father and encouraged her to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University. Dr. Horton is the first African American, and first in her family, to earn a doctorate in material science, with a concentration in physics, from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In 2016, Dr. Horton was elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) as the second woman to hold the office. She has served the physics community abroad as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Women in Physics Working Group and currently serves on several advisory boards dedicated to a more diverse inclusion in physics. In 2017, she was elevated to a Fellow in the NSBP, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member. Renee has spoken all over the world including South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico, and is the author of “Dr. H Explores the Universe,” “Dr. H and her Friends,” and “Dr. H Explores the ABCs.” We are excited to have Dr. Horton share her science and personal story as a bald, hard-of-hearing, former college dropout and mother of three that breaks the white male scientist stereotype as our Fall Luncheon speaker.

The CMA Luncheon will be Monday, August 20, 2018, 11:30am- 1:30pm, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Constitution B.
This is a ticketed event. There may be tickets available for purchase at the door just before the event. Cost: $50.

Dartmouth College Invites Applications for Chemistry Professor Position

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE DEPT OF CHEMISTRY – HANOVER, NH

Applications are invited for a tenured Associate or Full Professor faculty position starting July, 2019. The Department of Chemistry seeks an individual who has developed a nationally recognized research program in computational/simulation physical chemistry, and who will excel at teaching in our undergraduate and Ph.D. curricula. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related discipline. The ideal candidate will use a range of computational and simulation methods to advance our understanding of materials, biological or molecular systems, with a possible focus including (but not limited to) new materials, energy, new morphologies, catalysis. We particularly seek candidates who will help to develop and strengthen collaborative research projects both within the Department and involving other Dartmouth researchers, for example those at the Thayer School of Engineering or the Geisel School of Medicine. In addition, the successful candidate will be motivated to contribute to Dartmouth’s undergraduate initiatives in STEM diversity, such as the Women in Science Program, E. E. Just STEM Scholars Program, and Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. We are especially interested in applicants with an interest in successful teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds, including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ students, etc.. Candidates will be expected to teach introductory and advanced courses in general and physical chemistry, as well as graduate courses in their area of research. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of their research accomplishments and future plans, a statement of their teaching and mentoring interests, which may include a discussion of past accomplishments and future goals for training underrepresented groups and contributing to the growth and support of a diverse community of students and scholars at Dartmouth, and the names of at least three references. All inquiries and applications will be treated confidentially. Applicants are invited to submit application materials via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/53269

The Committee will begin to consider completed applications on October 15, 2018. Dartmouth is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals, including women, persons of color, persons from a diverse socio-economic background, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Washington University in St. Louis Offers Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biochemistry/Cell Biology Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Washington University seeks a colleague working in the area of Biochemistry/Cell Biology to fill a tenure-track faculty position. The position is open rank with a preference for hiring at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are interested in candidates who employ innovative approaches to conduct research. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry/cell biology, significant research accomplishments, and a dedication to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education. Senior candidates with tenure, a strong record of teaching and research is required. The successful candidate will provide strengths complementary to other areas of life sciences already represented in Biology and at Washington University. Extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary research are available within the broader life science community at Washington University and other St. Louis institutions.

The successful candidate will become a part of a dynamic Biology department at Washington University. This person will be expected to develop an externally funded and internationally recognized research program in the area of biology that will complement and enhance the areas of research in the life sciences community at Washington University. In addition, this person will be expected to contribute significantly to both the undergraduate and graduate curricula through teaching and mentoring students and participate fully in departmental, College, and University activities. Graduate education in life sciences is administered through the Washington University Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) (http://dbbs.wustl.edu/).

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the search concludes. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, brief statements of research and teaching interests, reprints of up to three papers, and the names and contact information of three persons who are willing to send letters of recommendation. The search committee will request letters after an initial screening of applications. Applications should be submitted to Washington University’s Human Resources system found at https://jobs.wustl.edu (Job ID number 41155).

For further information on the Department of Biology, see www.wubio.wustl.edu.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Washington and Lee University Seeks Assistant/Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of organic chemistry. Candidates with expertise in polymer/materials chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organometallic chemistry or other relevant fields who can teach organic chemistry will also be considered. A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral experience is strongly recommended.

Diversity is a core value of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when people with diverse backgrounds and ideas come together to learn. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a 5.5 course load, which includes: teaching a two-semester organic chemistry sequence and the accompanying labs, and creating one advanced or non-majors course. An active research program involving undergraduates is expected; startup funds competitive with top liberal arts colleges will be provided.

The applicant should submit the following: a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a three-page statement of research plans at an undergraduate liberal arts institution, a two-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the contact information for the writers of three letters of recommendation. To submit applications online, visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/52937. Review of applications begins immediately and will close on September 28, 2018.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Erich Uffelman, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, uffelmane@wlu.edu.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of 1800 students located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. The Department has ACS-certified programs in both chemistry and biochemistry.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body.

CMA Events at the 2018 Fall National ACS Meeting in Boston

Sponsored or Organized by CMA:

CMA Committee Meeting
Location: Back Bay C, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Sunday, Aug 19 7:30 AM
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

ENVR: Emerging Challenges in the Era of Drinking Water Insecurity & Inequality & the Search for Low-Cost Solutions
Location: Room 162A, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Organizers: Patrick Gordon, Adrienne Katner, Jerry Sarquis
Date & Time: Monday, Aug 20 8:00 AM
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Nominal Cosponsor: CMA

CMA Luncheon (ticketed event)
Location: Constitution B, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Monday, Aug 20 11:30 AM
Duration: 2 hours
Featured Speaker: Rene Horton, Ph.D, Space Launch System (SLS) Lead Metallic/Weld Engineer in the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans

ENVR: Emerging Challenges in the Era of Drinking Water Insecurity & Inequality & the Search for Low-Cost Solutions
Organizers: Patrick Gordon, Adrienne Katner, Jerry Sarquis
Location: Exhibit Hall B2/C, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Date & Time: Wednesday, Aug 22 6:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours


CMA is Co-sponsoring these Events:
PROF: Importance of LGBTQ+ Role Models & Mentors in Chemical Sciences: A Symposium in honor of Barbara Belmont
Location: Mann 1/2, Aloft Boston Seaport
Date & Time: Sunday, Aug 19 1:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cooperative Cosponsor: PRES
Nominal Cosponsors: CMA, WCC

PRES: Growing with Project SEED: 50 years and 10,000+ Students
Location: Back Bay D, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Monday, Aug 20 8:30 AM
Duration: 3 hours
Nominal Cosponsors: AGFD, AGRO, ANYL, BIOL, BMGT, CA, CARB, CCS, CHED, CINF, CMA, COLL, CPT, CTA, CWD, ENFL, ENVR, HIST, I&EC, IAC, LSAC, ORGN, PROF, SCHB, SOCED, WCC, YCC
Financial Cosponsor: ACS Project SEED; ACS Publications Division; Chemical Abstracts Service


Other Activities, Events, Presentation of Interest to the Diversity and Inclusion Community:

Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board Meeting
Location: Beacon E, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Friday, Aug 17 8:00 AM
Duration: 8 hours

Project SEED Open Meeting
Location: Public Garden, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Sunday, Aug 19 8:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour

PROF: Women of Color in the Academy: Empirical Studies & Models of Success
Location: Mann 1/2, Aloft Boston Seaport
Date & Time: Sunday, Aug 19 8:30 AM
Duration: 4 hours 10 minutes
Organizers: Gloria Thomas, Linette Watkins, Zakiya Wilson, Leyte Winfield
Presiders: Zakiya Wilson, Gloria Thomas
Nominal Cosponsors: CHED, WCC

ACS Diversity Reception
Location: Back Bay B, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Sunday, Aug 19 5:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours

Women Chemists of Color Networking
Location: Commonwealth, Sheraton Boston Hotel
Date & Time: Monday, Aug 20 9:30 AM
Duration: 2 hours

PROF: Broadening Participation in STEM: Empirical Studies & Models of Success
Location: Mann 1, Aloft Boston Seaport
Date & Time: Tuesday, Aug 21 8:00 AM
Duration: 4 hours
Nominal Cosponsors: CHED, MAC, WCC

PROF: Broadening Participation in STEM: Empirical Studies & Models of Success
Location: Mann 1, Aloft Boston Seaport
Date & Time: Tuesday, Aug 21 1:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours 40 minutes
Nominal Cosponsors: CHED, MAC, WCC

PROF: Exploring the “Nano”: Leveraging Unique Abilities
Location: NE Lobby A – Level 1, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Date & Time: Wednesday, Aug 22 1:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes


Presentations by CMA members:
Dawood Afzal: ANYL 184 poster: Cellulose nano-composites nanostructure characterized by terahertz reconstructive imaging and spectroscopy
Dawwod Afzal: ANYL 185 poster: Chemically modified cellulose nano-composites for strong UV reflection and hydrophobicity
Kishore Bagga: CHED 116 talk: Hands-on preparation of aromatic Indian dishes as a way to discuss chemistry and then eat the products
Shanadeen Begay: COMP 393 sci-mix poster: Computational studies of the role of distal residues in human phosphoglucose isomerase catalysis
Barbara Belmont: PROF 14 talk: Surpassing advocacy: Gaining momentum through mentoring the LGBTQ+ STEM community
Benny Chan: CHED 247 undergrad poster: Nickel and ruthenium complexes of primary amido-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene ligands
Benny Chan: INOR 679 poster: Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of nickel complexes of primary amido-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene ligands
Patrick Gordon: CHED 52 poster: Exploring exponential decay using limited resources
Patrick Gordon: Co-Organizer ENVR: Emerging Challenges in the Era of Drinking Water Insecurity & Inequality & the Search for Low-Cost Solutions
Christopher Hobbs: CHED 338 undergrad poster: Thio-bromo click chemistry as a tool for the preparation of ROMP-based degradable gels
Christopher Hobbs: CHED 339 undergrad poster: Post-polymerization click reactions facilitated by mechanochemistry
Mary Jo Ondrechen: COMP 356 poster: Computational prediction and functional annotation of enzymes in the haloacid dehalogenase superfamily
Mary Jo Ondrechen: COMP 369 poster: Identifying catalytic features of enzymes to enhance or alter their function
Mary Jo Ondrechen: COMP 375 poster: Characterization of cellulose digesting proteins found in shipworm symbionts
Mary Jo Ondrechen: COMP 381 poster: Cyclic disulfide compounds stabilize SOD1 dimers
Mary Jo Ondrechen: COMP 393 poster: Computational studies of the role of distal residues in human phosphoglucose isomerase catalysis
Mary Jo Ondrechen: TOXI 59 poster: Determining the basis of E. coli DinB and human pol kappa DNA damage specificity
R. Lee Penn: COLL 86 talk: Characterizing formation, growth, dissolution, and transformation of nanocrystals in suspensions
R. Lee Penn: GEOC 41 talk: Iron oxides in reactive systems: Growth, dissolution, and beyond
Jerry Sarquis: Co-Organizer ENVR: Emerging Challenges in the Era of Drinking Water Insecurity & Inequality & the Search for Low-Cost Solutions

Browse the meeting planner for more!

Younger Chemists Committee Activities
Women Chemists Committee Activities

Spotlight on Steven Lopez, Ph.D.

Steven became involved with the ACS committee on minority affairs (CMA) in 2015 as he was finishing his graduate studies at UCLA. As an ACS Scholar, it was a fantastic opportunity to give back to the committee that helped found the Scholars program and make his undergraduate education possible at New York University. He is now an assistant professor of chemistry at Northeastern University; his growing research group is focused on utilizing computational chemistry (density functional theory and wavefunction-based-methods) to elucidate fundamental mechanisms of organic photochemical reactions and broadening understanding of light-activated processes in covalent organic frameworks and organic photovoltaics. His research is supported by a start-up grant from Northeastern University and the Office of Naval Research. He has obtained substantial computational allocations from Microsoft Azure cloud computing and NSF XSEDE resources.
Steven is a co-founder of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE). ADSE is a national non-profit organization aimed at retaining graduate students in STEM from all backgrounds through professional development, outreach, and networking. There are currently ten local graduate-student-run chapters, including the newest one at Northeastern University, where Steven serves as the current faculty advisor. He has identified common ground between the CMA and ADSE to co-host a Young Researchers Conference on March 16, 2018, in New Orleans and an Earth Day research symposium on April 12, 2018, in Boston.

CMA Events at the Spring 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans

Sponsored or organized by CMA:

Monday, March 19 8:00 AM
How to Foster Diversity in the Chemical Sciences:
Lessons Learned & Taught Through the Stories of Recipients of the Stanley C. Israel Award
Location: Grand Salon B Sec 7, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
cosponsors: PROF, WCC

Monday, March 19 11:30 AM
CMA Luncheon (ticketed event)
Keynote Speaker: Luis Campos, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
Location: St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

CMA is also cosponsoring the following events:

Sunday, Mar 18 9:00 AM
PROF: LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium: Emerging Applications of Organic & Biochemistry: Soil Science, Biomaterials & Synthesis
Location: Grand Salon D Sec 22, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Cooperative Cosponsors: ANYL, BIOL, COMP, INOR, MEDI, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, PRES
Nominal Cosponsors: BIOT, CHED, CMA, COLL, CWD, ENVR, ORGN, WCC, YCC

Sunday, March 18 1:30 PM
PROF: LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium: Experimental & Computational Frontiers in Inorganic & Materials Chemistry
Cooperative Cosponsors: ANYL, BIOL, COMP, INOR, MEDI, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, PRES
Nominal Cosponsors: BIOT, CHED, CMA, COLL, CWD, ENVR, ORGN, WCC, YCC
Location: Grand Salon D Sec 22, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Monday, March 19 3:00 PM
PROF: LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium
Nominal Cosponsors: ANYL, BIOL, BIOT, CHED, CMA, COLL, COMP, CWD, ENVR, INOR, MEDI, ORGN, PHYS, PMSE, POLY, WCC, YCC
Location: Grand Salon D Sec 22, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Also of interest to the diversity community:

Sunday, Mar 18 5:00 PM
Diversity Reception
St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Diversity Roadmap:

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CMA Events at the Fall 2017 National ACS Meeting in Washington DC

Sponsored or organized by CMA:

Monday, August 21, 11:30am – 1:30pm
CMA Luncheon (ticketed event, open to all who purchase a ticket),
Guest Speaker: Allison Campbell, ACS President
Independence A-D – Marriott Marquis Washington DC

Mon, Aug 21, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Symposium
CMA: Chemistry & Culture: How Native American Chemists Impact Their Community
Eastern Market – Marriott Marquis Washington DC
Organizers: Otakuye Conroy-Ben, Joslynn Lee, Naomi Lee
Presiders: Otakuye Conroy-Ben, Naomi Lee
Cosponsored by: CHED and PROF

Wed, Aug 23, 8:15am – 11:45am
ENVR: Environmental Justice: The Role & Impact of Diversity on Environmental Stewardship
Meeting Room 12 – Renaissance Washington DC Downtown
Organizers: Armando Rivera Figueroa, Michael Santiago, Jerry Sarquis
Presiders: Armando Rivera Figueroa, Michael Santiago
Cosponsored by: CEI


Co-sponsored by CMA:

Mon, Aug 21, 8:00am – 11:25am
PROF: Ten Years & Counting: PROF’s Professional Subdivisions
Tulip – Marriott Marquis Washington DC
Organizers: Christopher Bannochie
Presiders: Christopher Bannochie
Cosponsored by: CMA, CWD, ETHX, WCC and YCC

Tue, Aug 22, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
LGBTQ+ Presidential Reception
Cosponsored by: ACS President-Elect Peter K. Dorhout, BIOL, BMGT, CARB, CEI, CELL, CEPA, CINF, CMA, COLL, CPRC, CTA, DAC, GEOC, INOR, NOGLSTP, ORGN, PA&PR, PROF, SCC & YCC


Diversity Programs Roadmap

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ACS Scholars Presenting at Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington DC

The following ACS Scholars will be presenting their research during the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington DC. Stop by their poster and give them encouragement and feedback….

Ifeh Akano, California Polytechnic State University
CHED 260: Characterization of the mechanical stability of chemically functionalized carbon nanotubes by scanning probe microscopy, Hall D – Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Monday August 21, 2-4 pm

Rebecca Goncalves, The College of New Jersey
PHYS 424: Probing the stability of the C-terminal domain of type IV pilins under external force, Hall D – Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Wednesday August 23, 6-8 pm

David Kastner, Brigham Young University
ORGN 169: Conformational ensemble calculations of proteolytically stable β-hairpins containing bulky α,β-dehydroamino acids, Hall D – Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Sunday August 20, 5:30-7:3pm

ACS Scholars also attending, but not presenting:
Michael Cartamil
Isis Frausto
Betsy Gamboa
Ade Samuel
Aramis Smith