CMA Symposia and Events Fall 2022 ACS National Meeting Chicago

Please join the Office of DEIR Reception Honoring AISES’ 45th Anniversary, as well as our 10 Pfizer travel grant awardees. Location: 05:00pm – 07:00pm USA / Canada – Central – August 21, 2022 | Location: Riverwalk B (Sheraton Grand Chicago)

photo of Mary Daly


Join us Monday August 22, 2022, Marriott Marquis, Chicago, as we celebrate the Life and Science of Marie Daly.

In 1947, Marie Maynard Daly became the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in chemistry in the United States (from Columbia University). Join us for a day of celebration in honor of her life and science, which also serves as a kickoff to the 2023 dedication of a new national historical chemical landmark in her honor at Columbia University. Learn more about Marie Daly.


AM Technical Session, Division of Biological Chemistry
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Glessner House C

The Division of Biological Chemistry will host the mornng technical session, starting with remarks by Sibrina Collins on the life and legacy of Marie Daly, followed by technical presentations from Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Neel Shah, Blanton Tolbert, and Squire Booker.

Committee on Minority Affairs Luncheon* – In celebration of Marie Daly
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Doors open at 11:30 am
Grand Horizon G
*this is a ticketed event. Purchase tickets during registration or on site

PM Technical Session,
Analytical Division
2:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Grand Horizon F

The Analytical Division will wrap up the afternoon technical session, starting with additional reflections on Marie Daly by Jeannette Brown, followed by four technical talks by Judith Simcox, Mirlinda Biba, Benjamin Garcia, and Lisa Jones.

Financial Sponsors
ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry
ACS Division of Biological Chemistry
ACS Committee on Minority Affairs

With additional support from:
Columbia University Department of Chemistry
New York ACS Local Secton
ACS Women Chemists Committee

Other Diversity Events that we know about:

20th Anniversary ACS Presidential LGBTQ+ Reception
06:00pm – 08:00pm USA / Canada – Central – August 23, 2022 | Location: Mayfair (Sheraton Grand Chicago)
Division: [PRES] Presidential Events

YCC Career Development Symposium on Sept 1, 8:30 – 5 pm. Registration is required by August 20. Scan the QR code below to register.

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)

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