Friday, February 9, 2018

STEM Journey V: What to expect

Join us on Saturday March 3, 2018 from 11am-3:30pm at Sandwich High School for STEM Journey V. This event is organized by the Cape and Islands Boy Scouts Council of America, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, PID Analyzers, LLC and Sandwich STEM Academy.

Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 1100hrs and the US Air Force will present Colors.
STEM Journey V is a free, all-ages general public event hosted by Sandwich STEM Academy at Sandwich High School, featuring hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities and demonstrations, led by area stakeholders including educators, business owners and New England area colleges and universities. Having the participation of colleges and universities at STEM Journey gives high school students an opportunity to be exposed to the STEM fields of study and carrer paths that these institutions offer. STEM-related middle and high school student projects will be showcased, upcoming STEM workshops and camps will be promoted and supplemental resources for STEM Education in the classroom and for home schoolers, will be available.
The Keynote Address on "Robotics in the 21st Century" will be delivered by Andrew Reichel at 1:15pm. Andrew is a Mashpee High School graduate and Robotics Engineer at iRobot.
Opening Remarks will be given at 1pm by Dr. Dorothy Phillips, member of the American Chemical Society board of directors on the topic: “Women in STEM”. #womeninscience
The mission of STEM Journey is to engage and excite grade K-12 students in Southeastern Massachusetts to pursue a study of and ultimately a career in, science, technology, engineering and math through the exploration of STEM related activities, potential college majors and the lecture related to a successful career in STEM. Additionally, STEM Journey seeks to educate and inform the public about educational and technological trends in STEM fields through its exhibition partners and exceptional lectures.
Contact Jennifer Maclachlan at about the STEM Journey V event.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Learn how SCHB assists innovators and entrepreneurs in the chemistry enterprise

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Entrepreneurs' Poster Session
CONTROL ID: 2861977
PRESENTATION TYPE: Poster Only : Consider for Sci-Mix
TITLE: Learn how SCHB assists innovators and entrepreneurs in the chemistry enterprise
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Peter C. Lauro1Mukund Chorghade1Abhishek Kantak1David J. Deutsch1Joseph E. Sabol1Jennifer L. Maclachlan1Carlyn A. Burton1Erika L. Oltermann1Janet L. Bryant1,Thomas Siepmann1George W. Ruger1Pete J. Bonk1Rajeev Chorghade1Niteen A. Vaidya1Anis Rahman1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. SCHB, Boston, MA, United States. 
The ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) has objectives “To aid in the formation, development, and growth of small chemical businesses.” SCHB helps chemists working in small enterprises, including self-employed, with the legal, social, educational, legislative, regulatory, and economic aspects of their professional status. SCHB serves as a clearinghouse of information, a forum for discussion, and a liaison between chemical businesses and students. Through programming and networking events, including symposia coffee breaks, speaker and member lunches, and a robust division social/reception, SCHB makes it easy for members to connect with other business-minded chemists. SCHB technical programming featuresEntrepreneurs Tool-Kit, which consists of resources, best practices, and true stories of startups and entrepreneurs. SCHB programmed at four ACS Regional Meetings in 2016, organizing business and entrepreneurial sessions that ultimately earned the 2017 ChemLuminary Member Engagement Award. SCHB programmed at four Regional Meetings in 2017, too! At the recent Washington DC meeting, SCHB symposia were designed around the meeting theme Chemistry and the Global Economy and explored intellectual property, healthcare, cannabis, social media, and public policy. SCHB actively seeks the opportunity to collaborate with other ACS divisions and committees to organize thematic and business-focused symposia. Through these programs, dedicated small business Expo rows, newsletter and eblasts, and 24x365 social media, SCHB remains at the forefront of innovation for the chemical community.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Analysis of Greenhouse Gases in Ambient Air by GC/FUV accepted for presentation at #Pittcon

On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas data under a new reporting system. Nitrous oxide (N2O) Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and are considered the main greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere. These gases absorb strongly in the infrared trapping heat in the atmosphere and affecting the temperature on the Earth. These gases have been measured using expensive long path infrared analyzers or complex gas chromatography using as many as three detectors and three valves. We developed a far UV absorbance detector (FUV 1) that we will apply to analysis of all three gases. It will just require a concentrator to detect ppb levels of these gases. The FUV detector recently has been improved so that it can detect low ppm levels of these compounds. We had developed a concentrator for N2O that could also be used for CO2 and plan some additional changes to the FUV to improve its sensitivity to CH4

1. Driscoll, JN "UV Ionization Detectors in High Resolution Chromatography", Capillary Chromatography, Hill, H. ed., Wiley & Sons, NY (1992)

2. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “40 CFR Parts 86, 87, 89 et al. Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases; Final Rule“.

Abstract Number: 1030 - 66
Session 1030 - Environmental Posters
Day and Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Afternoon
Room Exposition Floor, Aisles 2000-2700