Thursday, April 25, 2013

Frederick F. Spaziani Memorial Award 2013

Frederick F. Spaziani Memorial Award 2013


The Frederick F. Spaziani Memorial Award 2013 
scholarship is awarded by a Suffolk University faculty committee to one full-time and one part-time student in the Chemistry, Physics and/or Engineering program on the basis of merit. 

2013 awardees are both on the Astrophysics Track: Casey Myers and Elizabeth Rodriguez.  Jack Driscoll will be there to award Casey and Elizabeth tonight, April 25, 2013 at the C. Walsh Theatre.


Prashant Sharma, Chair Physics Dept at Suffolk U, Casey Myers, 2013 Spaziani Memorial Award recipient and Jack Driscoll, Spaziani Memorial Award Administrator. 

Both award recipients submitted essays that illustrated their creative use of physics.
Casey employed some culinary physics to save prep time while working as a pizza chef in high school. "Everything we see around us in the natural world can be explained using physics. Physics is my passion because the world is my event, and I will always ask the question why".
This is the second consecutive year that Elizabeth is a Spaziani award recipient. Elizabeth's essay details her experience as a Suffolk University teaching assistant who developed curriculum and led an astrophysics field trip for non-science majors to the Suffolk University Maine Campus Friedman Field Station. In her words: "In the end, most of the students were able to find most of the objects on the list by using all of the equipment and trying to be creative with the telescopes in order to achieve this". 
Congratulations to Casey and Elizabeth! We are honored to present each of you with the 2013 Spaziani Memorial Award. 

Fred Spaziani co-founded of  HNU Systems, Inc. with Jack Driscoll in 1973. Together they developed the first commercial photoionization detector that is now the most important method for measuring volatile organic compounds. Fred left us at too early an age and the award is to help students in science or engineering reach their full potential.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Climate Science: The Conversation at Cambridge Science Festival Monday April 15, 2013


Join us this Marathon Monday evening April 15, 2013 at the NESACS Science Cafe at the Cambridge Science Festival. This is the second consecutive year that NESACS is participating at the festival. Last year National ACS had an NSF grant and we worked with them on The Chemistry of Food Science Cafe. This year we are participating in the Science Communication Day at the festival and together with the festival organizers, decided to explore how to communicate scienceformally and informally using an example like climate science, as the basis for the conversation and a science cafe format as the communication mechanism.

This is our program description: A meteorologist, a journalist, and a climate scientist walk into a bar and...Seriously though, how do we best communicate scienceformally and informally? And how does it all get applied in a specific example like Climate Change?Join in the discussion with our panel of experts: Dave Epstein, Brian Helmuth and Peter Thomson. This panel discussion will be facilitated by Jack Driscoll, NESACS PR Chair.

Event is hosted by: John Harvard's Brew House. 33 Dunster St, Harvard Sq in the back room. Event occurs Monday April 15, 2013 from 7pm-9pm. Cost is free to attend. Cash bar is 21+. Please RVSP using the link below if you plan to attend because seating is limited.
A quick note about each of the panelists: for more information on each of them, use the links to see their bio info. Dave Epstein is a meteorologist who worked in the Boston media (Channel 5) for sixteen years and blogs for The Boston Globe. We were introduced to Brian Helmuth, our Climate Scientist, through Pam Mabrouk, the NESACS Women Chemists Committee Chair. Peter Thomson is with NPR and is the Environment Editor for The World who happens to have a passion for climate science. 

Here is the online flyer is below and here is the RSVP link. We hope you can join us and help us make this a robust and informative conversation about communicating science.

Climate Science: The Conversation~A Science Cafe at Cambridge Science Festival by Jennifer Maclachlan

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Major symposium on arsenic contamination in food and water supplies at #ACSNOLA

Below is a link to the press release that was issued April 10, 2013 at 9:05am CST. It includes ALL of the speakers, titles and abstracts of their talks.

Major symposium on arsenic contamination in food and water supplies

Below, you can watch the ACS LIVE Press Conference on the Major Symposium on Arsenic Contamination in Food and Water that took place at noon on April 10, 2013 in New Orleans.

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