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Upcoming Activities, Spring 2017

The 2017 Executive Committee is planning an active Spring for section’s members and friends.  Please make a note of the following activities.  

 

1.  Science Cafe, scheduled for February 4.  11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Location:  Fair Grinds Coffee House in mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119 - right off Esplanade Ave).    Speaker:  Anna Duggar, Loyola Univ.  Topic: Forensic Chemistry.

The event will be free with refreshments.  Public is welcome.

 

2.  Chemistry on Tap, scheduled for March 21, 2017.  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Location: The Bulldog Mid-City, 5135 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124.  Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Noonan, Xavier Univ. Topic: Women in Science Fiction.  The event is free.  Come and enjoy a beer and listen to an interesting talk.  Anyone older than 21 is welcome.

 

3.  Seuss-i-cal STEM Day, March 11, 2017.  11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our Section will participate in this fun-filled event at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Louisiana Children’s Museum (420 Julia St, New Orleans).  The event is geared towards children 3-9 years old, but adults are most welcome. 

 

This event is being coordinated by Louisiana Children’s Museum.  They have provided the following description:   “Come enjoy a Seuss-i-cal celebration as we gather to honor one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss, and discover different ways to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Satisfy your scientific curiosity by creating Oobleck and test your engineering talent as you build a tower of KEVA planks. Explore a color changing milk experiment inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and more! It will be a wonderful day with all things Seuss and STEM!”

 

4.  Section’s Awards and Recognition. April 19, 2017 (tentative), starting at 5:30 pm

Location: Innsbruck Room, University Center, University of New Orleans

The awards banquet will start with a social hour (5:30 – 6:15 pm).  Dinner and presentations will follow soon afterwards. 

Cost is $10 for everyone -- What a bargain!

Menu: A Taste of New Orleans Buffet

Entrées: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya/Fried Catfish/Red Beans and Rice

Side: Creole Cole Slaw/Fried Okra/Seasoned Green Beans

Dessert: Bread Pudding w/Bourbon Sauce/Pecan Pie

 

This annual event will feature a band with live music.  The main goals are:

1) to present awards to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs;

2) to recognize an outstanding local high school chemistry teacher;

3) to honor 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

 

Fall 2016 Activities

Louisiana Section is pleased to announce the Fall 2016 activities:

1.  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 (upstairs) in mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119 - right off Esplanade Ave).    The event will be free with refreshments.  Public is welcome.

2.  Research Poster Session at Xavier University.  Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Contact: Mike Adams, mradams@xula.edu.  Location:  University Center 2nd Floor

Food will be served.   Open to graduate and undergraduate students in all Louisiana Section universities and colleges.  Students wishing to present a poster can send a title and list of authors to Dr. Adams by Friday, September 23, 2016; please be sure to indicate presenting author.  (Abstract not needed).

3.  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.  Contact Abha Verma (averma1@xula.edu) for details.

4.  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.  The event is free.  Come and enjoy a beer and listen to an interesting talk.  Any one older than 21 can participate.

5.  NCW Super Science Saturday, October 22, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

In observance of National Chemistry Week (NCW), the Louisiana Section of the American Chemical Society will host Super Science Saturday at the Louisiana Children’s Museum (420 Julia St, New Orleans) on October 22, 2016. The theme will be “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry.”  We will again have many wonderful demonstrations and hands-on experiments this year.  So come and participate!  We look forward to seeing you.

Spring 2016 Activities

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

Time:  11:00 – 12:00 am

Feature Speaker:  Sarah L. Weaver, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana

Title of Talk:  “Chemistry of Art”

Free coffee and pastries

 

3.  Section Awards and Recognition.  April 12, 2016. 

University Center at the University of New Orleans.  5:30 – 6:30 pm, followed by dinner.  This annual event will feature a band with live music.  The main goals are:

1) to present awards to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs

2) to recognize an outstanding local high school chemistry teacher

3) to honor 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

More information will be given in the next issue of the Bayou Chemist.

 

Fall 2015 Activities

1.  Student Poster Session –October 5, 2015

Xavier Univ. NCF Science building annex, 5:30 pm.   This is a great opportunity for undergrad and grad students to showcase their research.  Please get in touch with Mike Adams if you are interested.

2.  SuperScience Saturday (National Chemistry Week) – October 17, 2015

This annual event will take place again at the Children’s Museum, New Orleans at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  As usual, a large number of children is expected to come to the event. 

3.  Chemistry on Tap.  October 27, 2015. 

The Bulldog Mid-City, 5135 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124.  The theme will be Chemistry Quiz.   There will food and drinks in abundance. 

4.  Safety Webinar.  October 20, 2015

This event is organized by Abha Verma and the Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee.  It will be held at Xavier University at 5:30 pm (networking) and 6:00 pm (webinar).   

5.  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 will be provided.

 

Chemistry on Tap in April 2015

Our 2015 Chemistry on Tap event will be 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.  We will have a brief, informal talk by Dr. Mark Trudell focused on his work as an expert witness for the DEA in their fight against illegal drug synthesis.

The event is free and open to the public.  Please come and have a good time!


Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee Meeting, 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 is organizing a meeting on “Chemistry Career Options Discussion.” We are inviting speakers from different areas of chemistry. The speakers are:

Dr. Alvin Bopp (SUNO, New Orleans)

Mr. Eric de Ronde (Eurofins Laboratories, New Orleans)

Mr. Michael May (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, New Orleans)

Come to the event and get new contacts in academia and in industries.  No entry fees.  Free pizza and drinks (starting at 5:30 pm).  The talks will begin at 6:00 pm.

Louisiana Local Section 2015 Awards Banquet

Date and Time:  Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:30 – 7:30 pm 

Location:  Innsbruck Room, University Center, University of New Orleans

This annual event will be held at the UNO University Center, again with excellent music from a band. Awards will be given to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher. We shall also honor 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

The awards banquet will start with a social hour (5:30 – 6:15 pm).  Dinner and presentations will follow soon afterwards.  Cost is $10 for everyone -- What a bargain!

Menu: A Taste of New Orleans Buffet

Entrées: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya/Fried Catfish/Red Beans and Rice

Side: Creole Cole Slaw/Fried Okra/Seasoned Greenbeans

Dessert: Bread Pudding w/Bourbon Sauce/Pecan Pie

Please RSVP to Sean Hickey (sphickey@uno.edu) by Thursday, April 16th at Noon.

National Chemistry Week - Super Science Saturday

Location:  Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.  The closest parking lots are the Residence Inn and PK1 lots with entrances on St. Joseph Street (Cost ~ $5).  Street parking is also available at parking meters but don’t forget your quarters.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014                     Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Theme:  “The Sweet Side of Chemistry:  CANDY”

Chemists from Dillard University, Loyola University, LSU Health Sciences, St. Charles Catholic High School, SUNO, USDA, and Xavier University will perform hands-on experiments such as: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Crime lab, Alka-Seltzer rockets,  slime, turning water into blood, chromatography butterflies, baloon blow-up,  cabbage juice indicators and many, many more.   The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Chanel Fortier, email: chanel.fortier@ars.usda.gov

October Monthly Meeting

Thursday, October 30, 2014.  Section Monthly Meeting.  Location: University of New Orleans, University Center, 2nd Floor, Room 211.  October 30, 2014.  

5:00 pm Social.  6:15 pm Dinner.  7:00 pm Talk.  

Cost:  $17 per person, or $8 per student.  Please write to Michael.santiago608@gmail.com to make reservation on or before October 24, 2014. 

Invited Speaker:  Donna Fujimoto Cole.  Biography:  Donna began her career in the chemical industry working for Del Ray Chemical. She worked her way up to VP and became a 26 percent owner of Del Ray as well as a 3 percent owner of its parent company, Gold King Chemicals. Donna later started her own business at the request of clients such as Shell, DuPont, Monsanto and Exxon who valued her passion for customer service. Today, under Donna’s leadership, Cole Chemical still does business with those clients plus many more. She now has multiple clients in all 50 states plus many foreign countries. In 2009, Houston Woman Magazine named Donna one of Houston's 50 most influential women.

Awards to be given (50 years of service):  Mr. Gary L. McPherson; Dr. Richard Donald Gonzalez; Mr. Ernest Bernard Beyer; Mr. Donald G. Crowder; Mr. Hampden Joseph Zeringue, Jr.

Awards to be given (60 years of service): Dr. Robert James Ratchford

Our other guest are from the American Society for Quality (ASQ).  ASQ is a knowledge-based global community of quality professionals, with nearly 80,000 members dedicated to the promotion and advancement of quality tools, principles, and practices in their workplaces and in their communities.

 

Webinar on "Speaking Simply".  October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014.  Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee (LS-YCC) Webinar on “Speaking Simply."   6:00 pm.  Xavier Univ.   Free snacks and drinks.  

Contacts:  Abha Verma, averma1@xula.edu; Navneet Goyal, ngoyal@xula.edu 


Research Poster Session, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014.  Research Poster Session for Undergrads and Graduate Students.   6:00 - 8:00 pm

Contact: Mike Adams,  mradams@xula.edu

Location:  Atrium of the Norman C. Francis Science Complex at Xavier Univ.  Open to graduate and undergraduate students in all Louisiana Section universities and colleges.  Students wishing to present a poster can send a title and list of authors to Dr. Adams.  (Abstract not needed).


Beer Tasting and Tour, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014 (Tuesday).  Beer Tasting and Tour.  Abita Brewery, Abita Spring, LA.  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  This event will involve beer tasting, tour, and an educational talk about beer.  Assorted sandwiches will be available.  Price $13 per person, or $6 per student.   Reservation needed.  Please write to Michael Santiago (michael.santiago@ars.usda.gov) by September 18.  For New Orleans residents, please allow about 1 hour to travel to Northshore.   

For more information about the brewery and tour, please check out the following site:  https://abita.com/learn/brewery_tour

2014 Science Cafes

1.   First Louisiana Section Science Café  in 2014

Saturday, March 22 at 11am-12 noon at Fair Grinds Coffee House in Mid-city (3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA 70119 -- right off Esplanade Avenue).

Dr. Kurt Birdwhistell of Loyola University talks about "Green Chemistry and a Sustainable Future”

Coffee and pastries are provided.  This event is cosponsored by ACS Polymer Division.  The public is welcome.

2.   Second Louisiana Science Café in 2014

Saturday, May 17 at 11 am – 12 noon, also at Fair Grinds.  Dr. Joelle Underwood of Loyola University talks about atmospheric chemistry. 

Coffee and pastries are provided.  The public is welcome.

3.  Third Louisiana Science Cafe in 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00 - 7:30 pm, at Martine's Lounge, 2347 Metairie Road, LA 70001 (in Old Metairie, near the intersection of Metairie Road and Metairie Court.)

Speakers:  Matt Tarr (UNO) on "What's hot in energy-related research?"

                 H.N. Cheng (USDA on "What's hot in polymers, and where are the jobs?" 

Free drink tickets will be provided.  The public is welcome. 

Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

A "Happy Hour" with Chemistry!   The goal of this science cafe is to have chemists and local citizenry come together in a very informal, social gathering.   

Speaker 1.  Matt Tarr (UNO), “What's hot in energy-related research?”
Speaker 2.   H.N. Cheng (USDA), “What’s hot in polymers, and where are the jobs?”

Place: Martine’s Lounge, 2347 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001 (in Old Metairie, near the intersection of Metairie Rd. and Metairie Court). 
Free drinks tickets will be provided.   The event is free.  The public is welcome.

Louisiana Section Award Banquet

The Louisiana Local Section of the ACS will host an Awards Banquet on Monday April 7, 2014. This annual event will be held in the UNO University Center, Innsbruck Room.  Awards will be given to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher.  We will also honor our 50-year and 60-year members.

The awards banquet will start with a social hour (5:30 – 6:15 pm) with complimentary wine and beer. Cost is $10 for everyone (members, nonmembers, students, teachers). Buffet dinner will be from 6:15 to 7 and the awards ceremony will be from 7 to 7:30. 

No ticket is needed, but you need to write to Sean Hickey (sphickey@uno.edu) by Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for reservation.

March 2014 Event

The March event in the Louisiana Section is a talk by Dr. Skip Gallagher on “Forensic Principles and Practices”

Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6 – 8 pm. 

Place: Xavier University- NCF Annex, Room 160. 

Pizza and Soft Drinks Supplied. 

Cost:  Free for students. $ 5.00 for ACS members and working professionals.

Mardi Gras Symposium 2014

Friday February 28, 2014.  Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Theme: Supramolecular Chemistry.

Location: Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane’s uptown campus, Kendal Cram Hall (Room 213).


List of Local Chemical Companies

Posted on December 27, 2013

The Younger Chemists Committee of the Louisiana Local Section have compiled an initial list of Local Area Employers active in the chemistry field. We believe that the list could be of great use to our members now and in the future. The list will be updated periodically. Suggestions of companies that should be added can be sent to Abha Verma, averma1@xula.edu .

Louisiana Section - November Monthly Meeting

Posted on October 25, 2012

November 14, 2013 (Thursday).  Joint ACS-AIChE Meeting

Speaker:  Jason Bronkema and Eric Rowe, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Natchez, MS

Topic:  “Elevance Renewable Sciences: Creating Specialty Chemicals from Natural Oils”

Elevance is converting plant oils, like soybean, palm and cottonseed oil, into specialty commercial products, using metathesis chemistry (the technology that won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry). 

Abstract:  Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. creates novel specialty chemicals from natural oils. Using a proprietary technology called olefin metathesis, the company creates high-performance products for use in personal care products, detergents and cleaners, lubricants and additives, engineered polymers, and other specialty chemicals markets.  Elevance Renewable Sciences, along with joint venture partner Wilmar International Limited, recently completed construction and start-up of a New World-Scale Biochemical Refinery located in Gresik, Indonesia and is currently designing its second biochemical refinery in Natchez, Mississippi.  This talk will give an overview of olefin metathesis, the products that Elevance produces, and the biochemical refinery process.

Location:  Five Happiness Restaurant, 3605 S Carrollton Ave  New Orleans, LA 70118

Time:  5:30 – 6:00 pm, social;  6:00 – 7:00 pm,  dinner;  7:00 – 8:00 pm, talk

Cost:  $20 per person, $10 per student

For reservation, contact Michael Santiago, at “michael.santiago608@gmail.com

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Louisiana Section - Activities in October 2013

Posted on August 12, 2013

October 2, 2013.  6:00 – 8:00 pm.  ACS Louisiana Section Research Poster Session  

Contact: Mike Adams,  mradams@xula.edu

Location:  Atrium of the Norman C. Francis Science Complex at Xavier Univ.  Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all Louisiana Section universities and colleges.  Students wishing to present a poster can send a title and list of authors to Dr. Adams  (no abstract is needed).

 

October 8, 2013.  Louisiana Section Younger Chemists Committee (LS-YCC) Meeting

       6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Webinar on Putting your best foot forward: Managing your paper and online resumes."  There will be time for Q/A.  More details coming soon.

       Xavier Univ.   Free snacks and drinks.

            Contacts:  Abha Verma, averma1@xula.edu; Navneet Goyal, ngoyal@xula.edu

 

October 19, 2013.  National Chemistry Week – Louisiana Children’s Museum

            Theme:  “Energy:  Now and Forever!”

Chemists from Dillard University, Loyola University, LSU Health Sciences, St. Charles Catholic High School, SUNO, USDA, and Xavier University will perform hands-on experiments such as: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Crime lab, Alka-Seltzer rockets,  slime, turning water into blood, chromatography butterflies, baloon blow-up,  cabbage juice indicators and many, many more.  

 

            Contact: Chanel Fortier, email: chanel.fortier@ars.usda.gov

Louisiana Section Award and Recognition Banquet

Louisiana Section Award Banquet, Monday, April 22, 2013.  5:30 – 7:30 pm.  This annual event will be held in the UNO University Center, Innsbruck Room.  Awards will be given to outstanding seniors in ACS-approved university programs and the outstanding local high school chemistry teacher.  We shall also honor 50-year and 60-year ACS members at this meeting.

The awards banquet will start with a social hour (5:30 – 6:15 pm) with complimentary wine and beer.  Live music will be provided!    

Local Section March Dinner Meeting

Posted on March 05, 2013

This Thursday (March 7th) The Louisiana Section of the ACS has a dinner talk planned as our monthly meeting. The talk will be presented by Mr. Troy Clark, the founder and President of Golden Leaf Energy, Inc.

The title of Mr. Clark’s talk is “Biofuel Production Techniques & Strategies.” The event will take place at Five Happiness Restaurant (3605 S Carrollton Ave., New Orleans).

Dinner will be $20 per person, $10 for students.

March 7th: 5:30 – 6:00 Social. 6:00 – 7:00 Dinner. 7:00 – 8:00 Talk.

Please make your reservation with Michael Santiago (at michael.santiago@ars.usda.gov).

Younger Chemists Committee Meet-&-Greet

 

Posted on March 05, 2013

The ACS Louisiana Section YCC is hosting a Meet-&-Greet with free pizza and beer at Monroe Hall, Room 127, Loyola University, on 20 March, 2013, at 5:30 pm, followed by a talk by the Louisiana Section ACS Chair, H. N. Cheng, about “Jobs and Career Development”

Join the ACS and be a part of the ACS – the world’s largest scientific and professional organization.  You can expand your network, get member benefits, obtain more job search resources, and participate in volunteer opportunities and diversity programs

Please RSVP to Abha Verma (averma1@xula.edu) by 18 March 2013