1-Executive Committee Meeting
Our next meeting for the local section of ACS will be January 17, 2017
2-Undergraduate Travel Grants (2017)
The application deadline for 2017 is January, 31 st, 2017. For further information, or to nominate an undergraduate student for a travel grant to an upcoming National ACS meeting, visit
3- 2017 Annual Meeting
Save the date!! Annual meeting will be on February 9 at Pomodoro in Pittsford from 5:30-8:30 PM. Guest speaker, Dr. Laura Pence from the University of Hartford, will present, A Cold Case File: Paleoclimatology
The Rochester Section Undergraduate Travel Grant Program provides funds each year to support travel for undergraduate students to attend a professional ACS conference at which they will present their research, as the presenting author, in a poster or oral presentation. Any full-time undergraduate student in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field at a college/university in the Rochester ACS Section is eligible for an Undergraduate Travel Grant. Preference will be given to students who have not received the Rochester Section ACS Undergraduate Travel Grant in the past. Complete eligibility and application details can be found below.
For 2017, The Undergraduate Travel Grant Program is providing $400 towards travel for undergraduate researchers.
The application deadline for 2017 is January, 31 st, 2017.
For further information, or to nominate an undergraduate student for a travel grant to an upcoming National ACS meeting, contact:
Todd Pagano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf
52 Lomb Memorial Dr
LBJ Building, Office #1285
Rochester, NY 14623
Tel.: (585) 475-4539
For Eligibility and Application Process, visit
Thursday, February 9, 2017 (5:30-8:30 PM)
Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar
Pittsford Colony, 3400 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618, 585.586.7000
Agenda – 7:20 PM
Current and Future State for Rochester ACS—Glen Labenski and Amber Flynn Charlebois
Audit Report—Anand Sridhar and James Reynolds
Understanding modern climate trends relies on a solid understanding of how the Earth’s climate has behaved through history, but widespread reliable records of weather exist for the less than 200 years. Using tree rings to tell the story of wet years and dry years is familiar to many, but that record is also limited to a few hundred years. Expanding the climate record back in time requires scientific detective work through the field of paleoclimatology, which includes looking at coral, sediment, and ice layers.
This talk will discuss how these investigations work with a particular emphasis on the cold facts derived from ice cores.
Dr. Laura Pence
Our speaker, Laura E. Pence, is currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hartford with expertise in environmental chemistry and chemical education. She also represents New England and New York as District I Director on the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society. She previously chaired the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement and has represented both the Division of Chemical Education and the Connecticut Valley Local Section on Council. In 2012-2013 Dr. Pence spent a year as an ACS/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), where her policy portfolio featured natural resources, energy, and environmental issues, with a particular emphasis in the areas of water and forestry. Since then she has continued to explore the nexus of science and public policy. Dr. Pence is an outstanding educator, winning the University of Hartford’s Roy E. Larsen award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and ranking among the top 25 professors nationally in RateMyProfessor.com’s 2014 survey. Prof. Pence received her B.S. in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Subsequently, she was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011 for her programming and leadership on environmental and sustainability issues.
Cost = $40.00 for member or guest of member
$45.00 for non-member or guest of non-member
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2017-18 Chair: Amber Flynn Charlebois
2017-18 Vice-Chair: Maryann Mendel
2017-2019 Councilor: D. Richard Cobb
2017-2019 Alternate Councilor: Dr. Amy Irwin
Member-at-Large, 2-Year Term (2017-2018)
Member-at-Large, 1-Year Term (2017)
Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10-12
4245 East Avenue, Pittsford, NY
Chemistry, the “Central Science”, has played a critical role in the economic development of Rochester. The long history of successful development of innovative technologies continues today, both at established companies and universities as well as at many area start-ups. This lecture series will highlight emerging technologies with significant chemical components that are being developed in the Rochester area. The lectures in Fall 2016 program, will discuss the basic science and target products of two technologies in the energy and medical diagnostic areas. These free lectures are open to the general public - including students looking for insight into future career opportunities.
7:00 pm: Lectures
8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby
Lectures for 2017 will be posted next year