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:

Post-Doc Opportunity: Structural Biology Center, Argonne National Lab

SBC is hiring a Postdoctoral Appointee to develop methods in crystallography and other techniques. Building on our expertise in high resolution de novo structure determination, serial crystallography and a long history of cutting edge experiments, we would like to bring the next generation of experiments to the SBC general user program. The postdoctoral fellow will develop hardware and software to analyze molecular changes of structures as diffraction data is collected and processed autonomously, will create the experimental scope, source samples, collect and analyze data.

Apply Here

(Req # 407010)

CMA Symposia and events at 2019 Fall ACS Meeting in San Diego

August 25
CMA is co-sponsoring a symposium with the Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) technical division entitled “Water, Health, and Environmental Justice in Marginalized Communities”.
Location: Room 28E, San Diego Convention Center
Date & Time: Sunday, Aug 25 8:00 AM
Duration: 4 hours

August 26
CMA Luncheon, featuring Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Assistant Professor, University of Utah. Whittaker-Brooks, a materials chemist, who is featured among in C&EN’s 2019 Talented Twelve for her work in sustainable power, exploring a variety of materials to bolster electronic devices, including solar cells and batteries. Dr. Whittaker-Brooks will speak on “Addressing the disparity between being a non-traditional student and the guidelines imposed by contemporary research in STEM.”
Location: Indigo Ballroom AE, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Date & Time: Monday, Aug 26 11:15 AM
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

August 27
CMA is co-sponsoring a symposium with the Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) technical division entitled “Water, Health, and Environmental Justice in Marginalized Communities”
Location: Exhibit Hall B, San Diego Convention Center
Date & Time: Tuesday, Aug 27 5:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours

Aug. 27th
CMA is co-sponsoring a symposium with the Computers in Chemistry (COMP) technical division entitled “Elucidating Reaction Mechanisms with Computational and Experimental Chemistry”
Location: Aqua Salon C, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Date & Time: Tuesday, Aug 27 1:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes

CMA Events at the 2019 Spring National ACS Meeting in Orlando

Sponsored/ Co-sponsored, or Organized by CMA

Sunday, March 31

1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Here We Are: Leading & Emerging Black Chemists in Analytical Chemistry
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando Ballroom

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Leadership & Inclusive Excellence in STEM: Impact of Teacher- Scholars on Diversity
Hilton Orlando, Orange G

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ACS Diversity Reception
Hilton Orlando, Florida 2/3

Monday, April 1

8:30 am – 11:40 am Therapeutic Developments in Health Disparities
Orange County Convention Center, W331A

11:30 am – 1:30 pm CMA Luncheon
Speaker: Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Arizona
University, Jani C. Ingram, Ph.D.
Hilton Orlando, Orange D

9:00 am – 4:20 pm LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium
Partnered by CMA, CWD, WCC, YCC, PROF, and several others.
Hilton Orlando, Orange A

Tuesday, April 2

7:30 am – 9:00 am C&EN and GRC Power Hour on Diversity
WCC, CMA, ACS Diversity Programs
Hilton Orlando, Lake Mizell A/B

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium
Hilton Orlando, Orange A

Diversity Road Map

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.