Friday, May 31, 2013

SE MASS STEM Resource Fair for Educators Attracted 300

*Showing and telling* about the American Chemical Society resources that are available for K-12 educators (scroll down to see these) and Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society programs for students and educators at the Southeastern Mass Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Expo at Bridgewater State University this afternoon (May 23, 2013). 

The following is an excerpt from
Regional STEM Meetings - Register Today!
Join STEM stakeholders from the schools, government, industry, and community to find resources and develop plans to strengthen STEM programming in your region. Upcoming SE MA STEM Network regional meetings will take place:
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Cape Cod Community College - Register here for the February 13 meeting
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Weymouth High School - Register here for the February 25 meeting
  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Jordan Jackson Elementary School, Mansfield - Register here for the March 5 meeting
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Old Rochester Regional High School - Register here for the March 25 meeting

Save the date for the STEM Resource Fair for Educators on May 21, 2014, at Bridgewater State University.

STEM Resource Fair for Educators Attracted 300
More than 300 attendees and exhibitors came together at the SE MA STEM Network's first Resource Fair for Educators on May 23, 2013, at Bridgewater State University. Participants attended workshops such as "Using Marine Animal Rehabilitation to Support STEM Goals" and "Sports and Engineering" to walk away with inspiring STEM lessons to incorporate into the classroom. Attendees also learned about STEM resource providers such as the Green Schools Project, National Institutes for Health, and NOVA Education. Resource materials available from the SE MA STEM Network included our Corporate Partners program, our SE MA STEM Directory, how to establish a STEM Education in your community, and our STEM Career Exploration website.
Special thanks to STEM Resource Fair Sponsor:

Contact Us: Questions regarding the STEM Resource Fair for Educators may be directed to STEM Coordinator Katherine Honey, 508.316.1480

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Improved quantification of sulfur compounds in the atmosphere by hyphenated GC-FPD-PID

246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN 

Document ID: 15413, Paper# 251

Program Area: ENVR Division of Environmental Chemistry

Symposium Title: (ENVR014p) Air Monitoring


1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, 02563, United States


1. Jack N. Driscoll1 , PID ANALYZERS, LLC, 2 Washington Circle #4, #4, Sandwich, Massachusetts, 02563, United States 
2. Jennifer L. Maclachlan1 , PID Analyzers, LLC, 2 Washington Circle, #4, Sandwich, MA, 02563, United States

Title: Improved quantitation of sulfur compounds in the atmosphere by hyphenated GC-FPD-PID
Abstract Body: The flame photometric detector (FPD) for gas chromatography has a high selectivity for sulfur compared to carbon. When a S compound is burned in a hydrogen rich flame, the excited species S2* is formed with the emission of blue light at 394 nm when it returns to the ground state. The response for various sulfur compounds then is proportional to the square root of the sulfur compound and varies considerably with structure. The quantitation of sulfur compounds is made more difficult because of the limited dynamic range of the FPD (103) and poor detection limits (20-50 ppb) for sulfur compounds. The photoionization detector (PID) responds to most volatile organic compounds and most sulfur compounds so it is a non selective detector. However, it has a linear dynamic range > 107and low or sub ppb detection limits for most compounds. If we combine the characteristics of these two detectors, we can eliminate the disadvantages of linearity, detection limits and selectivity and have an ideal detector combination PID/FPD.

Presentation slides are accessible below: 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Real-Time Detection #RTD

PO 132 PALAIS 516d

Real-Time Detection   #RTD

L to R: P.Smith, Session Arranger & Presenter,  J. Driscoll, morning session presenter and K. Brown, afternoon presenter

WEDNESDAY May 22, 2013 | 1:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M. 

Real-Time Detection Systems technical program by the Real-Time Detection Systems Committee #RTDSC
Arranger: P. Smith, OSHA, Sandy, UT. Moderator: W. Mills, Mills Consulting Inc., Oak Park, IL.Monitors: B. Fraser, Canadian Department of Health, Ottawa, ON, Canada; S. Barnes, Chevron, Bakersfield, CA.
  • 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    SR-132-08 A Direct-Reading Exposure Assessment Method Using a Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and Wireless Personal Chemical Sensor. K. Brown, K. Mead, P. Shaw, R. Kovein, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH; R. Voorhees, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; A. Brandes, MeasureNet Technology, LLC, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
    SR-132-02 Whole-Air Analysis Using Field-Portable Gas Chromatography. P. Smith, OSHA, Sandy, UT.
  • 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
    CS-132-03 Comparison of Side-by-Side Particulate Sampling Using a Size-Selective Real-Time Aerosol Monitor, and a Filter Cassette Using Gravimetric Analysis. M. Baquiran, J. Lang, M. Finn, ENVIRON International Corporation, Chicago, IL.
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    SR-132-04 Evaluation of the Continuous Personal Dust Monitors in the Context of MSHA’s Proposed Rule for Lowering Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust. M. Cooper, Exponent, Menlo Park, CA; S. McCarthy, Exponent, Oakland, CA.
  • 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    CS-132-05 Accurately Measuring Nanoparticles in the Field. T. Grillo, Kanomax USA, Inc., Andover, NJ.
  • 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    SR-132-06. PhotoThermal Desorption of Toluene from Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube and Activated Carbon Sorbents. E. Floyd, C. Lungu, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.
  • 4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    SR-132-07 A Comparison of Benzene Detectors for Use by Refinery Operations. T. Jackson, Phillips 66, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • WITHDRAWN: CS-132-01 Response to Unexpected Presence of VOCs in an Underground Nuclear Repository. J. Doherty, Nuclear Waste Partnership, Carlsbad, NM.
Click here to view the morning session of Real-Time Detection Systems Programming at this meeting 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Real-Time Detection Methods and Systems for Extremely Dangerous Atmospheres and Emergency Response

PO 129 #AIHCE Wednesday may 22, 2013 

Real-Time Detection Methods and Systems for Extremely Dangerous Atmospheres and Emergency Response


Real-Time Detection Systems Committee Meeting in Montreal 5/20/13

Incident Preparedness & Response, Real-Time Detection Systems, #RTDSC
Arranger/Moderator: P. Smith, OSHA, Sandy, UT. Arranger: J. Hill, Alameda, CA. Monitors: P. Owens, Shell Martinez Refinery, Martinez, CA;  J. Wallace, ExxonMobil Production Company, Houston, TX.
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    CS-129-01 Counterterrorism and Industrial Hygiene: Applying Real-Time WMD Detection Technologies and Countermeasures in a Mass Transit Environment — A Case Study. C. Burrus, MTA/NYC Transit, Brooklyn, NY.
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    SR-129-02 Development of Methods for a Portable Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer for Rapid On-Site Measurements of Fumigants. M. Elliott, A. Foote, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    CS-129-03 Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy: A New Approach to Mercury Vapor Analysis. G. Rowe, Arizona Instrument LLC, Chandler, AZ.
  • 11:30 a.m.-Noon
    SR-129-04 An Air Analysis Method for Extremely Toxic Atmospheres. J. Driscoll, PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA; P. Smith, OSHA, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Click here to view afternoon session of Real-Time Detection Systems programming at this meeting
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