Monday, October 23, 2017

#scicomm panel and discussion at #f17mrs

How to Use Social Media for Connecting with Colleagues and the Press

Tuesday, November 28
8:00 am – 11:00 am 
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D

This panel will discuss how materials researchers can leverage social media as a networking tool as well as a way to promote their work through the press.


Christopher IncarvitoChristopher D. Incarvito
Yale University

Christopher D. Incarvito has served as Director of Research Operations
and Technology at Yale University's West Campus since 2011. In this
role he leads development of research, faculty recruitment, campus
expansion, sustainability, and has executive oversight for communications
and the Yale Landscape Laboratory. He is responsible for the quality and creation of new research
programming and facilities through collaborative work with faculty, directors, deans, department chairs
and other university leadership. He spearheads an ambitious program of laboratory modernization across
West Campus, delivering a significant expansion of Yale’s science and engineering capacity. He manages
strategic capital investments, deployment of high-value shared research instrumentation laboratories, and
has built successful collaborations with global scientific research organizations. Incarvito earned a PhD degree
in inorganic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2002. His research interests include the application of
orthogonal analytical instrumentation to complex chemical and biological problems with a focus on x-ray based
techniques. He is an expert in the field of x-ray crystallography and has been recognized with co-authorship of 
more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on a number of university-wide committees and is a member
of the university’s Staff Leadership Council.


Matt GrandboisMatt Grandbois
Dow-DuPont Holding Company

Matt Grandbois is the Strategic Marketing Manager for the Electronics
and Imaging business of the Dow-DuPont Holding Company, where he is
 responsible for investor relations reporting for the E&I segment and
focuses on developing new technologies and solutions to the electronics
industry. Grandbois is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Younger Chemist Committee
and is the current Chair of the ACS Division of the Professional Relations Younger Chemist Subdivision.
In these roles, he develops programming at national ACS Meetings aimed at developing professional
skills for young scientists. He has been developing trainings and programs to further improve the
communication skills of scientists while he was part of the University of Minnesota Chemistry Department
Graduate Student Workshop Committee that further spread to his leadership within Dow’s internal early
career scientist development committee. Grandbois has a BA  degree (2004) in chemistry and music performance
from Augustana College and a PhD  degree (2010) in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He was a 2008
Fulbright Scholar to Norway, where he studied the relationship between technology and society at the Norwegian
University of Science and Technology.

Ken HaenenKen Haenen
Hasselt University  and IMEC vzw

Ken Haenen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics,
and Director of the Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology at
 Hasselt University, where he obtained his PhD degree in physics in
2002. He is also a guest professor at IMEC. His research interests
focus on CVD diamond, including its deposition, optoelectronic characterization, surface
functionalization, and diamond-based devices, as part of a broader scope on carbon materials
for energy harvesting and conversion. He is a 2017 volume organizer for MRS Bulletin and
Editor-in-Chief of Diamond and Related Materials. Haenen is involved in the organization of
several leading international diamond and nanocarbon conferences, including the International
Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials (Chair), Hasselt Diamond Workshop (Co-chair),
and New Diamond and Nano Carbons (Executive Committee); he organized MRS symposia on
carbon functional interfaces at the 2011 and 2013 MRS Spring Meetings; and he served as a Meeting Chair of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting.

Jennifer MaclachlanJennifer L. Maclachlan
PID Analyzers, LLC

As a co-owner and sales manager of PID Analyzers, LLC, Jennifer L.
Maclachlan is responsible for managing relationships with distributors
and key clients as well as the web-based marketing, social, and digital
 media initiatives, of which she was an early adopter. Maclachlan is
the Chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Committee on Public Relations
and Communications (CPRC) and Chair of the ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group
(MPPG), which is responsible for determining themes and selecting theme leaders for the
ACS National Meetings. She is a founder of the Cape Cod Science Café, which she started in 2011, with support from the Northeastern Section of the ACS (NESACS) and an International Year of Chemistry (IYC2011) mini-grant.
This program has continued to gain popularity and the 21st Cape Cod Science Café will take
place on March 3, 2018, within  a large public outreach event, STEM Journey, of which she
is a founding member and organizer. STEM Journey is an award-winning K–12 annual public
outreach, daylong event with collaborative efforts from the ACS Local Section (NESACS), the
Cape and Islands Boy Scouts, Sandwich STEM Academy, and PID Analyzers, LLC.
Maclachlan is the Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Task Force on
Safety Matters, and is currently piloting the Safety Matters training program for young workers
in her local community of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In September 2017, Maclachlan
contributed a book chapter to Communicating Chemistry Through Social Media, ACS Books

Judy MeiksinJudy Meiksin
Materials Research Society

Judy Meiksin is News Editor for the Materials Research Society,
where she is responsible for generating content for news and features
 for MRS Bulletin, the Materials360® Newsletter, and Meeting Scene®.
She has taught writing for over 20 years, including courses at the
University of Pittsburgh and the School of the Carnegie as well as invited workshops, most
recently at the College of William and Mary and at the Center for Study of Science,
Technology & Policy (Bangalore). She has her BA degree (1983) from Carnegie
Mellon University and MFA degree (1989) from the University of Pittsburgh, both in Writing.

Rahim MunirRahim Munir
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Rahim Munir is a doctoral candidate at King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology (KAUST) and affiliated with the KAUST
Solar Center (KSC), where he works on understanding the
structure-properties-performance relationship for perovskite
solar cells. He completed his MSc degree from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology (KAIST). He leads a team of scientists from KAUST to perform x-ray based
experiments at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). Munir is an active
member of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and played major leading roles in the
MRS-KAUST Student Chapter. He publishes articles on his personal blog and is a volunteer
science writer for MRS Bulletin. He has given several invited talks about leadership and
communication skills and has encouraged students of Saudi universities to pursue science
and engineering as their career. Recently, he organized the “Academic Writing” symposia
during the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. In his free time, he enjoys reading Oriental

Jo SkeltonJo Skelton
Cambridge University Press 

Jo Skelton has been a part of the Academic Marketing team at
Cambridge University Press (CUP) for the past nine years. In her
current capacity as Society Marketing Manager, she heads a team
of marketing executives developing innovative marketing strategies
for a number of society journals, which includes the Materials Research Society publications.
During her time at CUP, Skelton has spearheaded a number of key projects including the
creation and continued development of the Cambridge Core blog and the adoption of the
social media management tool Hootsuite, which is now used throughout the Press. Skelton
has particular interest in the fields of web analytics, social media and data-driven marketing

Monday, October 9, 2017

Safety Matters: Teach Teens to Expect a Safe Workplace, A train the trainer course

New England Chapter – American Industrial Hygiene Association (NEAIHA)

November 1, 2017  ï Four Points by Sheraton Norwood  ï  1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA 02062

Maclachlan at #AIHceEXP 2017 Seattle, WA on how to deliver Safety Matters. Photo by AIHA.

10:40am-11:30am Safety Matters: Teach Teens to Expect a Safe Workplace with Jennifer Maclachlan, PID Analyzers, LLC

This train the trainer presentation will focus on how AIHA member volunteers can introduce the joint NIOSH/AIHA Safety Matters Training Program for Young Workers at local area schools, youth groups their own communities. Proven methods for connecting with educators and other community leaders will be featured together with case studies highlighting both success and failure stories from the Safety Matters on Cape Cod pilot program. Tips on how to administer the materials contained in the Safety Matters Powerpoint™ presentation based on the age of the audience, setting, and time constraints etc. will be included in this presentation. Attendees will be provided with the NIOSH/AIHA Safety Matters Powerpoint™ on a flash drive enabling them to be Safety Matters facilitators.

Register here

See the full morning program below. Click here to see the full day program:

Early Registration (by Oct 25th)
Regular Registration (after Oct 25th)
NEAIHA Members
Pre-registration for NEAIHA members will be available through the Memberclicks link on the NEAIHA website. Registration link:
Attendance receipts for certification maintenance purposes will be available at the door.  This event contains 7.5 technical contact hours, and may be eligible for ABIH CM credit.  See ABIH web site for CM credit criteria.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Call for activities: STEM Journey V

We're seeking STEM stakeholders to join us on our STEM Journey, Saturday March 3, 2018 from 11am-3pm, and bring hands-on STEM activities/demonstrations that are interesting to students in grades K-12. The 2018 theme is Robotics! Contact Jennifer Maclachlan to learn how you can participate by being a hands-on activity exhibitor or event sponsor.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Maclachlan is 2018 Chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG)

American Chemical Society (ACS) Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG)

Jennifer Maclachlan (from left) representing MPPG at The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture on August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC, together with  Prashant Jain, The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer, Allison Campbell, ACS 2017 President (Earlier in the week, Allison Campbell was involved in a bicycle accident),  Joanna Aizenberg, The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecturer; and Thomas Connelly, ACS Executive Director and CEO.Photo credit: Linda Wang/C&EN

I've just completed my Chair-Elect duties and have assumed the role of 2018 Chair of The ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG). Last week I updated my Linked-In profile to reflect the change and have been delighted to receive so much feedback from my connections about this exciting opportunity to work closely with ACS technical divisions and their representatives. "MPPG identifies and selects national meeting themes to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary, Society-wide programming for ACS National meetings.  This multidisciplinary programming reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the modern scientific enterprise, breaks down barriers to collaboration, and provides opportunities for outreach to nascent and existing communities of scientists who are practicing chemistry.
MPPG has representatives from nearly all technical divisions, as well as representatives from programming committees".  
MPPG has two subcommittees: 
What's new with MPPG? In the coming weeks, MPPG representatives will have an opportunity to choose which subcommittee they would like to serve on. Additionally, the structure of the in-person meetings at the ACS National Meetings will change to reflect the needs and time concerns of this group including participating theme leaders.To represent the broad interests of the society, it is critical that we have a participatory members from each of the technical divisions at our meetings, even if the designated representative or alternate cannot attend.

As part of my MPPG Chair duties, I am responsible for sourcing themes and theme leaders for the 2021 spring and fall ACS meetings. Note that it is possible to partner as theme leaders. The 2021 meeting dates are:

  • 261st ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    March 21 - 25, 2021
    San Antonio, Texas
  • 262nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    August 22-26, 2021
    Atlanta, Georgia
Current themes and theme leaders are as follows:


Spring 2018, New Orleans, Nexus of Food, Energy and Water, Jerry Schnoor

Fall 2018, Boston, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Beyond, Paul Weiss

Spring 2019, Orlando, Chemistry for New Frontiers, Michael Meador and Luke Roberson

Fall 2019, San Diego, Chemistry of Water, Chris Avery and Elise Fox

Spring 2020, Philadelphia, Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century, Timothy Lodge and
Kris Matyjaszewski

Fall 2020, San Francisco, Chemistry from Bench to Market, Judy Giordan

Please contact me with theme ideas and/or theme leader candidates. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Safety Matters/Teen Workplace Safety Beta Group Task Force

Volunteer opportunity for AIHA members:
I am currently chairing the Safety Matters/Teen Workplace Safety AIHA Beta Group Task Force. We are just getting started and I am  accepting AIHA member volunteers to serve on this task force. Like any task force, this will require a few conference calls and several emails with a specific time limit. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in this capacity.
Photo Credit: B.Chirico, AIHA

What is Safety Matters? This general awareness training program developed jointly by the National Institute of Occupational Heath and Safety (NIOSH) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is designed to teach young workers how to identify workplace hazards and know their rights as workers.

Why is this important? Here are some statistics you may not know: 
  • "Approximately 1.6 million U.S. teens (aged 15–17) work.
  • Every nine minutes, a U.S. teen is injured on the job.
  • On average, each year:
Want to help bring Safety Matters to your community and teach young workers to expect a safe workplace? Then contact me to learn how you can mobilize this effort locally.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Improving your Social Chemistry: Science Communication on Facebook, Twitter and Other Online Platforms

Improving your Social Chemistry: Science Communication on Facebook, Twitter and Other Online Platforms

July 13, 2017 @ 2:00pm ET
The way that information is being shared is constantly changing as are the pathways for communicating with the public. You may be a wiz in the lab, but do you know the right formula for developing your social media presence? How are scientists using social media to communicate the value of their science with the public, the media, policymakers, and others in their community? Join Chris McCarthy, Manager of Social Media and Member Engagement with the American Chemical Society, as he shares the role that social media plays in science communication and how to improve your online skills.

What You Will Learn

  • How scientists are using social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for science communication (and how you can too!)
  • How to tailor your message depending on your goals, your audience, and the social media platform you are using
  • What resources ACS and other science organizations offer to help you improve your science communication skills

Webinar Details

  • Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 2-3pm ET
  • Fee: Free to Attend
  • Download Slides: Available the day of broadcast
The Fine Print
ACS Webinars® does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.


Chris McCarthy
Chris McCarthy
American Chemical Society
Jennifer Maclachlan
Jennifer Maclachlan
PID Analyzers, LLC

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Express your passion for science advocacy using Linked-In and Facebook

Invited talk scheduled for the technical program of the 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC, August 21, 2017
Conference hashtag: #ACSdc
Session hashtag: #SciFY18

PAPER ID: 2753323 

PAPER TITLE: Express your passion for science advocacy using Linked-In and Facebook (final paper number: SCHB 14) with Jennifer Maclachlan

This presentation will focus on how to connect with and build a network of relevant legislators who create policies 
 impacting the chemical sciences and related technologies using social media tools. Emphasis will be on how to 
craft impactful and consistent updates on Linked-In and Facebook to garner attention towards science advocacy issues.

DIVISION: Division of Small Chemical Businesses
SESSION: Social Media for Science Advocacy in Public Policy
SESSION TIME: 8:30 AM - 11:50 AM


DAY and TIME OF PRESENTATION: Monday August 21, 2017 10:50am-11:20PM

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Low level measurements of benzene exposure in the workplace and at ppt levels at fencelines via gas chromatography/photoionization detection

Accepted for presentation at Gulf Coast Conference 
Blog post updated on September 13, 2017
Jan 17-18
George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de Las Americas
Houston, Texas, 77010
Abstract # 111 - Paper
1/17/2018 - 2:25 PM - 2:45 PM - Room 382 A
Low level measurements of benzene exposure in the workplace and at ppt levels at fencelines via gas chromatography/photoionization detection
Mini GC121
Benzene is a known carcinogen and long term exposure to this chemical may result in leukemia. The Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) for benzene, established in the 1980’s, was 1 ppm. In the 1980’s, tetra ethyl lead, an octane booster, was removed from gasoline and replaced with these aromatic hydrocarbons: Benzene, Toluene, Ethylene and Xylene (BTEX). In 1990, benzene was one of 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAPS) identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Clean Air Act of 1990. As a result, the quantity of benzene in gasoline was gradually reduced to limit the benzene emitted to the atmosphere. In 2015, EPA announced a plan to regulate benzene at 2.8 ppb at the fenceline of refineries and chemical plants since neighbors of these facilities could experience exposure to low levels of benzene in the ambient air for 24 hours per day.
The OSHA limits (PEL = 1.0 ppm) for the workplace (chemical plants, gas pipelines, shipyards etc.) can be measured at the 1 ppm level using a portable gas chromatograph configured with a photoionization detector (GC/PID). The EPA limit of 2.8 ppb at refinery
and chemical plants fence lines is near the detection limits for most GC/PID’s so a low power concentrator would be needed to measure sub ppb levels of benzene without interference from hexane or other alkanes present. A new mini hand-held GC based analyzer that will be able to measure benzene in the workplace at ppb levels and at ppt levels in refinery and chemical plant fencelines will be described.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

SCHB helps you connect with entrepreneurs in the chemistry community

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Chemical Entrepreneurs' Impact on the Global Economy
CONTROL ID: 2736841
FEATURED AT SCIMIX at #ACSdc Monday August 21, 2017 8pm-10pm
TITLE: SCHB helps you connect with entrepreneurs in the chemistry community
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Anis Rahman1Peter C. Lauro1David J. Deutsch1Abhishek Kantak1Joseph E. Sabol1Jennifer L. Maclachlan1Erika L. Oltermann1Mukund Chorghade1Carlyn A. Burton1Thomas Siepmann1Niteen A. Vaidya1George W. Ruger1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. SCHB, Harrisburg, PA, United States. 
The Division of Small Chemical Businesses SCHB of the American Chemical Society is the home for entrepreneurs in the ACS. When you join SCHB, you become part of a vast network of entrepreneurs - from a myriad of disciplines and all career stages. SCHB organizes informative and interesting programs at ACS National, Regional, and Local Section Meetings and also partners with other divisions for programming and social events, to enable networking and business collaboration. SCHB members may organize a symposium, join a SCHB committee, rent a low-cost Expo both, become a Patron Member to support SCHB activities, engage in SCHB social media to “discuss business” at any time, and serve in a leadership role to shape the direction of SCHB. Whether you are a member of other ACS technical divisions, if you are an entrepreneur or support start-up, small, and growing chemical businesses, we invite you to join SCHB.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Real-time detection of ppb levels of benzene by gas chromatography/PID

Real-time detection of ppb levels of benzene by gas chromatography/PID

New real-time detection method for benzene at ppb levels using a hand-held GC/PID system with the ability to simultaneously provide real-time data and collect samples for lab verification if necessary.
Scientific/Research Presentation:

#AIHCE, Tuesday June 6, 2017, 11:15am-12:15pm, Seattle, WA, 

F4: Studies in Real Time Detection and Sensor Technology

J Driscoll1 , J Maclachlan1

1PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA
John Driscoll
PID Analyzers, LLC
Jennifer Maclachlan 
PID Analyzers, LLC
Benzene is a known carcinogen and long term exposure to this chemical may result in leukemia. The OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) therefore is 1 ppm and the short term exposure limit (STEL) is 5 ppm. EPA has just announced (October 2016) a plan to regulate benzene, at 2.8 ppb, at the fenceline of refineries and chemical plants. It is clear that even low ppb levels of benzene are a health concern so that the measurement of benzene in the workplace at ppb levels should be a concern for industrial hygienists.
We have developed a five pound, compact GC/PID system that will utilize a special 10.0 eV/10.2eV lamp to improve the specificity for benzene. We have employed a capillary column to provide a fast, specific, and sensitive method for benzene. As a result, we can detect > 1 % of the PEL. The analysis time for benzene is 1 minute, so, five measurements can be used to determine the STEL. The reproducibility (CV) for benzene at 1 ppm is 1-2% and 4-5% at 1/10th of the PEL.
A concentrator has been developed that fits on the tip of probe of the analyzer. A valve is selected to determine whether the sample is directed to the GC or the concentrator. The volumetric flow is measured with a calibrated flow sensor in the analyzer and date, time and location are recorded. This adsorbent can returned to the lab for confirmatory analysis of benzene and any other components trapped on the adsorbent.
Having a simple, effective and accurate real-time method to meet monitoring needs of workers is critical to remain in compliance with the present or new OHSA standards for benzene. This system is designed for multiple users, features a color graphics screen with simple push button operation and remote data collection via Bluetooth.

Hazard Recognition and Evaluation:
Real-Time Detection Systems

Real-Time Detection Systems

Practical Application
How will this help advance the science of IH/OH?
Real-time detection systems help limit worker exposure to chemical hazards. This scientific presentation will discuss the specific hazards and share new tools that will improve the accuracy of detection (without the use of detector tubes) as well as allow operators to collect samples for lab verification while capturing the real-time field analysis data. This equipment is ruggedly designed for a multi-user environment with various levels of technical expertise.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NESACS named as finalists in four ChemLuminary Award categories

The Northeastern Local Section has been selected as a finalist for the following ChemLuminary Award(s):
·         Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs
·         Outstanding Collaboration Between a Local Section and Division
·         Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award
·         Outstanding Sustainability Activities

Winners will be announced and the presentation of awards will occur at the 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, August 22, at the JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom, located at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. The presentations will include awards given by 18 committees of the Society.

How to Deliver a Safety Matters Presentation

Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSPPresenter
Amazon, Inc.
Seattle , WA 
Jennifer MaclachlanPresenter
PID Analyzers, LLC
Sandwich , MA 
United States of America

Mon, 6/5: 9:30 AM  - 9:55 AM AIHA Ed
Interactive Learning #AIHce
Washington State Convention Center 
Room: Hub Area 1A - AIHA Education 


Learn from experienced presenters how to deliver a "Safety Matters" training session for young workers using the materials from NIOSH and AIHA. Gain insights and practical tips on where to present and what works best so you can deliver a presentation that will have a positive impact on the youth in your community.

Read Jennifer's blog post about Safety Matters on Cape Cod here