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Benefits of Chemistry in Our Lives

Benefits of Chemistry in our Lives - a Presidential Symposium (PRES Track)Six ACS Presidents talk about essentiality of chemistry to human civilization

When: Monday March 17, 2014 #ACSdallas morning session 8am-11:30am
Location:Sheraton Dallas Room:Austin Blrm 2

Organizers: Donna Nelson, Attila Pavlath
Presiders: Attila Pavlath, Donna Nelson
Duration:8:00 am - 10:20 am    
Pres Time   Pub #Presentation Title 

8:00 am 7 Why is it important to maintain the public image of chemistry?Thomas Barton 

8:10 am 8 Contributions of chemistry to energy and transportationWilliam F. Carroll 

8:35 am 9 Conversations on chemistry and the environment: Engaging chemists and the publicBassam Z Shakhashiri 

9:00 am 10 Communication and entertainment without chemistryAttila Pavlath 

9:25 am 11 Bio-responsive molecules: Formidable weapons in medicine's arsenalNed Heindel 

9:50 am 12 How chemistry has improved our food supplyE…

Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy

I attended the Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy meeting Thursday afternoon February 13, 2014 hosted by Cape Cod Community College. This meeting was organized by the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network. Although currently a part of the SE Mass STEM Network, the Cape and Islands is preparing to get their own STEM network. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy. We first got involved with the SEMASS STEM network in 2011 just after the Principal of a Plymouth, MA school attended our Cape Cod Science Cafe K-12 Healthy Kids event at the Sandwich Public Library. As a result of the press for the Healthy Kids Science Cafe we were contacted by the SE MASS STEM Coordinator, Katherine Honey to get involved in the SE Mass STEM Network. Since 2012, we have regularly attended regional meetings including the STEM Expo in 2012 and the STEM EXPO 2013 representing both PID Analyzers and the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

I sent a couple…

2013 NESACS Public Relations Outreach Events: family, educators, students and business professionals

NESACS has been named a finalist in the 2014 ChemLuminary Award category at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco August 12:
Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local SectionThe NESACS outstanding continuing public relations program reached 25, 900 members of the general public in 2013 at 12 highly publicized outreach events using a variety of PR channels such as print news media, public television and social media to promote these events specific to families, educators-only, students-only and business professionals.

Family science outreach events: Of this number, 23, 500 were reached as a result of family science outreach programming including existing programming that we initiated contact with the organizers to be a part of, we were specifically invited to participate in and/or that we ourselves as NESACS organized for NCW or CCED events.  1)The American Association for the Advancement of ScienceAAAS Family Science Daysin cooperation with the ACS Division of Small …

A Rapid and Accurate Field Method for Reduced Sulfur Compounds by GC/FPD

The session "Real Time Detection Systems I",  PO115  is scheduled to take place on June 3, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.Room numbers will be available closer to conference date. PRESENTATION TYPE: PodiumCURRENT TOPICS: Real-Time Detection Systems


The OSHA method for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is complex and involves precipitation, oxidation and ion chromatographic analysis. The dimethyl sulfide and carbon disulfide are collected, desorbed with a solvent and analyzed by a gas chromatograph (GC) configured with a flame photometric detector (FPD). These methods are complex, time consuming and do not provide a fast response for the toxic sulfur compounds. A portable GC with an FPD should have sufficient sensitivity at part per billion (ppb) measurements to detect these sulfur compounds rapidly in the field without any need for sample concentration.

The Model GC312 portable gas chromatograph with an FPD was used for these tests. The PeakWorks™ four poi…

Field Measurement of Common Fumigants via Portable GC with PID & FUV Detectors

The session "Real Time Detection Systems II",  PO123 occurred on June 4, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

AUTHORS (FIRST NAME INITIAL LAST NAME):J. N. Driscoll1, J. L. Maclachlan1PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES


CURRENT TOPICS: Real-Time Detection Systems
Field Measurement of Common Fumigants via Portable GC with PID & FUV Detectors

Objective: More than two dozen different chemicals have been used as fumigants for grain including organics like methyl bromide, inorganic chemicals like sulfuryl fluoride ,and even chemical agents such as cyanogen chloride. Deaths from fumigants have occurred in rail cars, ships, grain elevators, green houses, pest control … A field method for detecting common fumigants is essential since many workers encounter these dangerous chemicals which do not have OSHA field detection methods.

Utilizing a portable gas chromatograph Model GC312 equipped with a battery an…