Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society - Past Events

Spring Banquet Meeting Announcement (registration due date March 1, 2017)



Program in a box

The Chemists Code for Success

Your career as a chemist depends on more than just your abilities in the lab. Join our video panel of experts to learn how time management, handling failure, and professional etiquette will shape your career. This real-time broadcast will allow you to connect with other chemists in-person and through social media. Even for chemists with established careers, it is a great way to meet and network with other chemists.

In this broadcast we’ll learn about the following topics:

• Basic workplace etiquette that will enable you to be remembered by your work…not your faux pas;
• How implementing professional etiquette now can set the course of your career; and
• The value of failure and learning from your mistakes.

The Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society is hosting the local real-time broadcast on October 11th, 2016 in the Social Sciences Building (Bldg. 51), Room 1205, on the University of North Florida campus. We will start at 6:15 p.m. with food and activities, with the video broadcast to follow at 7:00 p.m. We’ll provide dinner and raffle off prizes at the conclusion of the broadcast. Hope to see you there!

Note: Parking passes are required to park before 7:00 p.m. on the UNF campus. Visitor passes can be purchased from parking information booths at campus entrances off of I-295 or Kernan Boulevard.

Contact Dr. Josh Melko, Chair-Elect, for more information: josh.melko@unf.edu

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Mole Day
JaxACS held a Mole Day event at Veterans United Brewery on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. This event included a tour of the brewery and a networking event. JaxACS coverws the cost for local section members and one guest. Underage guests are allowed in the brewery.
2016 ACS Chemistry Olympiad
Invitation letter

We encourage you and your colleagues to nominate up to four students from your high school by providing their names to jaxacssection@gmail.com by February 29th, 2016. Students can use past National Exams available at www.acs.org/olympiad to prepare. Once we have received the nominations from all of the local high schools willing to participate, the Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society will distribute a local examination to participating high school teachers. We ask each high school teacher to administer the local USNCO exam to the two nominated students and return the examination answer sheets to the Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society by March 28, 2016. The ten highest scoring students participated in the USNCO national exam on April 23, 2016 at the University of North Florida. Pictures from previous events are available on our facebook page.

Recent Events


2016 Annual Banquet

Please join the Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society for a delectable evening on March 17, 2016 featuring Dr. Eric Scerri. Enjoy dinner while Dr. Eric Scerri, Professor of Chemistry, UCLA presents "The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Signifigance." Prior to the featured presentation, JaxACS will recognize an outstanding local high school teacher. Dinner from Bono's BBQ will be provided for a small fee, $10 per person. Seating is limited thus we must receive your Reservation and payment by February 29, 2016. Details are in the banquet flyer.

Raffles will be held for signed books by Dr. Eric Scerri and a free registration code to the 2016 Pittsburgh conference (Pittcon).


Program in a box The Role of Chemistry in Global Security



In an increasingly dangerous world, find out how important chemistry is to ensuring your everyday safety. Journey through the history of chemical and biological warfare and get a peek behind-the-scenes at how today’s biochemists and government agents are working together to counter chemical-based threats. Join other chemists from across the globe to watch this real-time broadcast and interact via social media.

Learn about the following topics:
  • A brief history and the influence that chemistry has played in the evolution of chemical and biological weapons
  • How atmospheric transport and dispersion modeling and molecular biology are combined to create systems to detect a bio-aerosol attack like Anthrax
  • Real Life Scenarios: How the science community and the various government organizations interact to determine if events are natural, accidental or deliberate and coordinate a response
  • New UV detection technology that is currently being developed to keep the public safe during airport travel

The Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society is hosting the local watch party on February 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Science and Engineering Building (Bldg. 50), Room 1102, on the University of North Florida campus. We’ll provide free food and raffle off prizes at the conclusion of the broadcast.

Contact Dr. Josh Melko for more information: josh.melko@unf.edu
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A Quality Assurance Officer Laboratory position is available at the St. Johns River Water Management District Floridaswater.com.
Jacksonville ACS Section ByLaws

ACS National has been working with the local sections to update the Bylaws. See below for the original Bylaws, proposed Bylaws, and proposed Bylaws with tracked changes. The revisions were made with input from a representative from the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. Direct any comments or questions about the ByLaws to jaxacssection[at]gmail.com. The vote on the revised bylaws was held at the annual banquet meeting on February 21, 2014. The vote was "Do you approve the revisions to the Bylaws posted at www.jaxacs.org? There were not enough votes to pass a revised version of the bylaws. Since then, additional revisions were undertaken and a new set of proposed bylaws is available for review.

Jacksonville ACS Original Bylaws (1985)
Jacksonville ACS Proposed Bylaws (Revised August 2014)

Preliminary Report of the ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws

Annual Banquet Meeting:
Date: Friday, February 6, 2015, approximately 5:30-9 pm
Speaker: Dr. Ariel Fenster
Location: Talon Room, Building 16, 4th Floor, University of North Florida
Banquet Registration form - required, due January 26, 2015.


Food of the Gods-The Science and Lore of Chocolate

"Theobroma Cacao" is the South American coca tree from which chocolate is derived and Theobroma in Greek means "Food of the Gods." An appropriate name for what is a source of unequaled pleasure. This lecture examines the many fascinating facets of chocolate; its delicious history as well as the many steps that are required to yield its inimitable flavor and texture. Many interesting facts are revealed throughout this presentation. How M&M's helped the Allies win W.W.II, how the cherry gets into Cherry Blossom and why there is a chemical connection between chocolate and falling in love. The lecture concludes with the scientific explanation as to why some cannot resist their craving and become "chocoholics."

Announcement for 2014 ACS Chemistry Olympiad High school teachers need to respond and nominate two students by March 2, 2014. The national exam was held on the UNF campus on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Deborah Blum
We take for granted our CSI-era life in which chemists and criminal investigators work together in solving mysteries. But this is actually a relatively new partnership - we didn't even start teaching forensic toxicology in this country until the 1930s. And understanding what it was like in the golden age of poisoners, which toxic substances could not be detected in a corpse and how a small cadre of determined researchers changed that is a remarkable story of the history of science, one that helps us even today understand poisons, poisoners, and how to navigate our chemical world.

See American Experience, PBS, The Poisoner's Handbook



On May 1, 2013 Charlie McKibben passed away at the age of 87. Charlie was a founding member of our section and was instrumental in splitting it off from the Florida Section in the 1980’s. He was also the first Chair of our section and an early hire in the R&D analytical lab at Betz Paper Products. Charlie was an excellent employee and worked into his 70’s. More about Charlie here.

Happy Hour Networking Event Seven Bridges Restaurant, 6:00 pm Thursday, March 14. We'll gather on the patio if the weather is nice, otherwise we'll be inside. Address: 9735 Gate Parkway N, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Send a brief email to jaxacssection[at]gmail.com if you plan to attend.


Announcement for 2013 ACS Chemistry Olympiad Respond by March 7, 2013. The national exam will be held on the UNF campus April 13, 2013.

2013 Annual meeting
Friday Feb 22, 2013
6:30 pm (Social Networking and Food)
ACSJAX
Speaker: Dr. Tracey P. Hamilton
Reservations are required to attend and payment due by 6 pm February 1, 2013. Click for the flyer and reservation form. It may be paid by mail or delivery of cash or check to Dr. Corey Causey.

NEFR Science Fair
Jacksonville local section members Phil Davis, Michael Lufaso, and TJ Mullen judged at the NEFR Science Fair on Monday February 11, 2013.

The STEM Explorathon was held on October 20, 2012. For more information, see the STEM Explorathon webpage or Facebook STEM Explorathon webpage. The STEM Explorathon was held at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History

Winter 2012 meeting
Friday January 20, 2012
5:15-6:30 pm (Social Networking and Food)
ACSJAX
Speaker: Dr. Thomas J. Meyer -- Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute
Reservations are required to attend and payment due by 6 pm January 13, 2012. Click for the flyer and reservation form. It may be paid by mail or delivery of cash or check to 50/2716.

Photos of the event are at the jaxacs Flickr site.
ACSJAX
Fall 2011 meeting
Friday October 14, 2011
5:00-6:30 pm (Social Networking and Food)
6:30- (Presentation in room 50/1102)

Location: University of North Florida - First floor lobby of the Science and Engineering Building (#50). Parking is available in the arena garage (#38). There is no charge for parking after 5 pm on Friday. A poster session for UNF Students will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm.

The speaker is Bob Kenworthy, Manager of Affiliate Relations from Chemical Heritage Foundation. His presentation is titled "The Impact of the Chemical Enterprise on Society".

Winter 2011 meeting
Friday January 28, 2011 - 5:30-8:00 pm
ACSJAX

Fall 2010 Meeting
Friday September 17, 2010
5:00-6:30 pm (Social Networking and Food)
6:30- (Presentation in room 50/1202)

Location: University of North Florida - First floor lobby of the Science and Engineering Building (#50). Parking is available in the arena garage (#38). There is no charge for parking after 5 pm on Friday. A poster session for UNF Students will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm.

The speaker is Linda Wood, a chemistry teacher from Lowndes High School, Valdosta, GA. She was the head mentor for the 2009 U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad team that was sponsored by the American Chemical Society. She will present a seminar titled: "Going for the Gold". High school teachers are encouraged to attend.

The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) is an annual competition for the world's most talented chemistry students at the secondary school level. Nations from around the world send a team of four students, who are tested on their chemistry knowledge and skills. Did you know that the US National Chemistry Olympiad Team is sponsored by the American Chemical Society? As a mentor (coach) for the 2009 team, she would like to take you through the selection process, training camp, and the international competition. It is really amazing how talented these students are and what a wonderful experience it is for them to compete at the IChO!

Biography: Dr. Linda Wood received her BS in Chemistry from Texas Tech University then continued her studies at the University of New Mexico receiving a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. Before entering the field of education, she worked as a research polymer chemist at Los Alamos National Lab and an analytical chemist at Griffin Corporation. She moved into education because she enjoyed working with co-op students at her industrial positions. Also, the summer breaks provide her opportunities to do exciting things like work the US National Chemistry Olympiad Team. She has been a mentor for the 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2009 teams.

Contact a member of the executive committee, see bottom of page, for more information.

Spring 2010
The ACS Chemistry Olympiad exam was held at UNF on April 24, 2010. Nine students from local high schools participated.

Winter 2010 meeting
Friday January 22, 2010
5:30-9:30 pm
ACSJAX