Friday, December 29, 2017

STEM Journey V Keynote Speaker Announced

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 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Robotics in the 21st Century

Andrew Reichel is a Northeastern University Gordon Fellow and Robotics Engineer at iRobot Corporation, headquartered outside of Boston Massachusetts. He has worked as an engineer within iRobot’s R&D sector since 2011 working on Horizon 2-level projects during that time. Reichel has fostered his passion for engineering and robotics through his studies at Mashpee High School, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Northeastern University. Following his move to Mashpee Massachusetts in spring of 1998, Mr. Reichel completed his academics his senior year of high school in 2008. During his last year at Mashpee High, Andrew was exposed to his first engineering applications in his drafting course in the form of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) while looking forward to an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ultimately landing on Wentworth Institute of Technology, Andrew completed his undergraduate studies in summer of 2012, graduating with his BS in Mechanical Engineering and over a year and half of engineering work experience after working as a Mechanical Engineering Co-op at both Hydroid Inc. and iRobot Corp. After graduating, Andrew begin a brief stint of work as an engineer with BAE Systems Inc. in the Land and Armaments division, in Santa Clara, CA. Focusing on retrofitting an existing vehicle platform for the middle-east theatre, Andrew returned to iRobot shortly thereafter, to focus on his passion for robotics. Now a sub-system lead and staff mechanical engineer, Andrew has focused on the development of actuating/sensing technologies and platform mobility where he currently holds several USPTO Design patents. Andrew began graduate studies at Northeastern University in the field of Data Science in fall of 2016 where he studies now as a Gordon Fellow within the institute. Andrew’s passion for data-driven design and research has only been bolstered with the advent of connected devices and the smart-home. He looks forward to graduating with his MS in Data Science in 2019 and continuing his engineering career in applied technology.

Opening Remarks: Women in STEM

Dr. Dorothy J. Phillips is serving her second term on the American Chemical Society Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, 2014- 2019. She holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in chemistry and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in biochemistry. Dr. Phillips began her industrial career in 1974 at Dow Chemical Company where she spent nine years and received three patents. She joined Waters Corporation in R&D in 1984 and retired in 2013 as Director of Strategic Marketing. She was instrumental in the development of Waters’ flagship Symmetry® and Oasis® product brands. She received the Waters Manager’s Award for Innovation in 1987 and 1988. She has published and/or presented over 70 papers that focus on high performance liquid chromatography technology and applications.
In 1996, Dr. Phillips transitioned from R&D to Marketing as Brand Manager for the Oasis® family of products. As Director of Strategic Marketing, she traveled in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Japan to identify and assess new technologies and business opportunities to meet global separation needs. She was the first recipient of the Waters Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to Waters and the Waters Community in 2008.
Her honors and awards also include the Vanderbilt University Dr. Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Endowed Chair, 2015; American Chemical Society Fellow, Class of 2010; Distinguished Chemist Award, The New England Institute of Chemists, Division of the American Institute of Chemists, 2011; Shirley B. Radding Award, Santa Clara Valley Section ACS, 2008; Northeastern Section ACS Henry A. Hill Award, 2006; Nashville Section ACS, Salute to Excellence Award, 2004; TTT Mentor Program (Cambridge, MA) Role Model in Science, 2003-17; Unsung Heroine Award, Vanderbilt University, 2006; Distinguished Alumni, University of Cincinnati, McMickens College of Arts and Sciences, 1994 and Center for Women Studies, 1993.  Vanderbilt University presents annually The Dr. Dorothy Wingfield Phillips Award for Leadership to a graduating senior in recognition of the student’s outstanding accomplishments.
She was a speaker at recent ACS national meetings including the spring 2015 Committee on Minority Affairs Luncheon in Denver, CO and the fall 2015 “Legacy of Henry A. Hill” symposium in Boston, MA. Dr. Phillips was an invited speaker in Beijing at the Sixth Annual International Congress of Drug Discovery Science and Technology in 2008 and at PepCon 2010. During the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 she was invited to speak at North Carolina A&T State University Department of Chemistry Fourth Bi-annual Chemical Sciences Symposium; International Conference on Chemistry for Mankind, Nagpur, India; and the 15th Indian Society of Chemists & Biologists International Conference, Rajkot (Gujarat), India.
Dr. Phillips also serves ACS through the Northeastern Local Section, chair,1993, councilor, 1995-2013 and Trustee, 2014-2019 and in the Division of Analytical Chemistry, chair, 2009-2010. She is a member of National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her husband James Phillips, a chemist, is an ACS volunteer. They have three adult children and grandchildren.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Social Media 101 for scientists and science communicators at #ACSNOLA


Chemistry professionals with extensive experience using platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, YouTube, Slack, and Basecamp will lead platform-targeted workshops to assist attendees in creating a personal brand, developing a social strategy, communicating their science, and leading projects and personnel across established and new forms of media. 

Time: 3 hours
Format: 9 twenty minute presentations followed by round table discussions led by presenters

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

7 years and counting: How the Cape Cod Science Cafe has evolved into a sustainable outreach mechanism for NESACS

Accepted for presentation in Science Cafes and Engaging the Public: Techniques for Hosting  Successful Events: An ACS Presidential Symposium at #ACSNOLA 2018

We'll chat about science cafes and drink cafe au lait and eat beignets!
Photo by J.L.Maclachlan

Presentation title:
7 years and counting: How the Cape Cod Science Cafe has evolved into a sustainable outreach mechanism for NESACS and Southeastern Massachusetts
By: Jennifer Maclachlan
What began as a modest science cafe mini grant during the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 for one event, morphed into a series of events that included a hands-on event for kids. The kids event garnered the attention of the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network, local science clubs and Boy Scouts which led to various long-term partnerships with these organizations. By 2013, we started hosting a Cape Cod Science Cafe for kids during the Cape and Islands Boy Scouts of America's Wicked Cool Autumn Welcome. 2018 will mark our 6th consecutive year taking over the mess hall for this event. Scouts and their families expect and look forward to this National Chemistry Week celebration on Cape Cod. Around the same time, because of the interest level of NESACS members in attending our 'adult' Cape Cod Science Cafe events, the special committee of the Southeastern Massachusetts (SEMASS) area was established to organize and execute technical meetings for NESACS members geographically located south of Boston. In 2014, STEM Journey was created as a K-12 and general public free half day educational event for SEMASS complete with a theme and keynote speaker. The Cape Cod Science Cafe organizes the hands-on exhibits and demonstrations for this event. The Cape Cod Science Cafe is a joint outreach effort by NESACS and PID Analyzers, LLC and maintains a Facebook page and blog site. STEM Journey is an annual joint outreach effort by NESACS, PID Analyzers, LLC, the Cape and Islands Boy Scouts Council of America and Sandwich STEM Academy and utilizes a Facebook page, local TV, radio and news outlets to promote this event. Using the Cape Cod Science Cafe model, this presentation will illustrate how to create a sustainable science cafe and other spin off events for your local ACS section.

Learn more about the Cape Cod Science Cafe and STEM Journey V on the web at:

Cape Cod Science Cafe blog

Cape Cod Science Cafe Facebook Page

STEM Journey Facebook Page

NESACS home page

NESACS Facebook Page

Wielding social media for effective science communication