Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My year in C&EN 2013

Below are the notable mentions that my father, our 

company, our Local Section/Division and/or I received 

in 2013 in Chemical and Engineering News. 

The two day symposium that I co-organized with members of the American Chemical Society Ag and Food Division and AGRO Division, garnered media coverage by the ACS Pressroom as a featured Press Conference and Press Release as well as a C&EN Cover Story. See Cover Story exerpt below. Clicking on the title links below leads to the original story link from C and EN.

Volume 91 Issue 18 | pp. 36-39
Issue Date: May 6, 2013

Eating Arsenic

ACS Meeting News: Efforts to find out how the element gets into food are leading to ways to reduce its presence

Here's a link to more information on the two day symposium on Arsenic Contamination in Food and Water at #ACSNOLA. This is a link to the speakers who presented in this symposium.

One of my tweets was selected for publication in the C&EN article below. This is a symposium that I co-organized with the Chemical Information Division of the American Chemical Society. This is a link to my write-up here.

Volume 91 Issue 40 | pp. 50-54
Issue Date: October 7, 2013 | Web Date: October 4, 2013

Readers’ Choice: What You Asked C&EN To Cover At ACS Indianapolis

Reporter’s national meeting travelogue was dictated by reader votes

Taking advantage of crowd-sourcing is how we got @pidguy included in the C&EN How I got my job

Our National Chemistry Week event got a mention in the round-up section!

Volume 91 Issue 50 | pp. 31-34
Issue Date: December 16, 2013

An Energizing Experience

National Chemistry Week celebrates the chemistry of energy
Here are some event pictures:

Chemistry Ambassadors at the Cape Cod Celebrates National Chemistry Week at the Boy Scouts

Cambridge Science Festival traveled to Cape Cod to participate in the hands-on portion of  Cape Cod Celebrates National Chemistry Week at the Boy Scouts

Bassam Shakhashiri at NESACS celebrates NCW at the Museum of Science Boston

We've got a phenomenal event for chemical entrepreneneurs planned this Spring 2014 in the Boston area! Linda Wang, Senior Editor of Cand EN was kind enough to help us in our search for entrepreneurs to participate in the ACS Showcase East Business Pitching Contest. Tell a friend or a colleague about this amazing opportunity!

Volume 91 Issue 51 | p. 36
Issue Date: December 23, 2013

Entrepreneurs Sought For Business Pitch Contest

Here is the investor readiness survey which entrepreneurial candidates must complete. 

To learn about sponorship opportunities or to participate as an investor either in person or online, please contact me today.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A chemistry workshop for teachers at the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival


Updated on 5/1/2014

2014 Cambridge Science Festival  part of the programs for educators 

I pitched this idea of a teachers-only event at the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival to the festival organizers and they loved it so much, they added several educator-only events to the slate!

We were the first up on festival opening night!


Teacher Workshop led by 

Dr. Al Hazari


Jennifer Maclachlan, Cambridge Science Festival Teacher Workshop Organizer and Dr. Al Hazari, Cambridge Science Festival Teacher Workshop Facilitator April 18, 2014 at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Al Hazari,  wowed participants  with his chemistry-based magic show and inspired them to bring these ideas, strategies and kitchen-chemistry experiments  to their students in their own teaching environment. 

Friday evening April 18, 2014 at The Broad Institute in Cambridge was an educational experience exclusive to teachers.

5pm: Networking reception with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Baker's Best Catering.

530pm-730pm: Show me the Chemistry! followed by Motivating your students' molecules workshop
730pm-8pm: Networking  reception with Dessert and  Coffee


I live tweeted during this event, using the hashtag #showmethechemistry. See my tweets below. 

To read about the public outreach event that Dr. Hazari and I did the following morning, see my blog post here.

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  1. Hazari: Whatever you do in your classrooms, have a mix of things. Life is a mix of things.
  2. Hazari on adding toys to your classroom: See what fits your budget/your personality
  3. Hazari: 3 great teaching practices: be enthusiastic, give students a variety of experiences, & connect across the curriculum
  4. Hazari: There is no single magical formula for motivating your students' molecules
  5. Behold the *rainbow* lab coat. The pink goggles, we'll save those for later. at
  6. Jim from dropped off some yummy food for our teacher workshop event:
  7. We're setting up for the teachers at the 1st of 6 educator-only events this week at
  8. Dr. Hazari asked me if it is ok to wear his *rainbow* lab coat for tonight. I told him I'd be disappointed if he didn't.

Advance registration for this event was required. Registration link is available here.

This Teacher Workshop Cambridge Science Festival Event was organized by the American Chemical Society Northeastern Local Section (NESACS) Public Relations Committee: Jennifer Maclachlan and Jack Driscoll. NESACS and PID Analyzers, LLC were sponsors of this event.

Jennifer Maclachlan, event organizer, with Dr. Al Hazari, Guest Lecturer. Photo was taken August 19, 2012 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, after Dr. Hazari was honored for his twenty-five years of service to National Chemistry Week.

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