Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)


1-Councilor Corner

2-Executive Committee Meeting

Our next meeting for the local section of ACS will be May 15, 2018

3-2018 Undergraduate Symposium

Our Undergraduate Symposium is scheduled for April 28 at SUNY Brockport.  More information will be available shortly.

4-2018 High School Awards

Our Annual High School Awards will be May 21st and 22nd at Nazareth College's Performing Arts Center.

5-2018 High School Teacher of the Year will be announced during our High School Awards Event 

6-Nominations are open for Rochester ACS Section 2018 Entrepreneur Award

Nominations close on September 1, 2018

7- Nominations are open for 2018 Rochester Section Award for Volunteer Service to ACS

Nominations close on September 10, 2018 

8-Nominations for 2018 Local Elections

Nominations close on  September 11, 2018  

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

 April 28, 2018

7:45 am--2:00 pm 

SUNY Brockport, Edwards Building

The Symposium will feature a keynote address “Precision BioSciences: Breaking the Genetic Code” by Dr. Michael Nicholson, an alumnus of Brockport. Dr. Nicholson is the Chief People Officer at Precision BioSciences, in Durham, NC. Over his 11 years at Precision, Dr. Nicholson has led a number of research groups that established key techniques and methods for utilizing ARCUS gene editing technology in mammalian cells and laid the groundwork for their current human therapeutic programs.  Dr. Nicholson also played a key role growing the company from 5 employees to almost 100 and building and promoting a unique corporate culture, which he continues to do as a member of the executive team.  

Important Deadlines 

Oral Session Abstracts: Friday, April 6, 2018         

Poster Session Abstracts: Friday, April 13, 2018                    

Pre-registration: Friday,  April 20, 2018


Tentative Schedule of Events Saturday, April 28, 2018 

        7:45  am -  8:30  am      Registration (coffee and light breakfast) 

        8:30  am -  9:45  am      Student Oral Presentations Opening Remarks 

      10:00  am - 10:45  am      Student Poster Session I 

      10:45  am - 11:30  am      Student Poster Session II 

      11:40  pm - 12:00  pm      Symposium Awards 

       12:00  pm -  1:00  pm      Keynote presentation: Dr. Michael Nicholson, Precision Biosciences 

        1:00  pm -  2:00  pm      Lunch 

There is a $5.00 registration fee for this year's symposium. This includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch. A vegetarian option will be available. Please bring $5 (cash) and pay at the registration table when arriving at the symposium.  

Please register online at

Please follow the instructions below for registering and submitting an abstract 

Instruction Document

Poster for event 

Please contact  Dr. Mark Heitz,  for more information



The following offices need to be filled in this fall’s Local Section election:


CHAIR (2-year term) 

VICE CHAIR (2-year term) 


We are looking for people willing to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee as well as for candidates for the offices listed above.  Please refer to the Section Handbook on our website for a listing a listing of duties for each office.


If you would like to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee, please contact Richard Cobb by Friday, June 1st.


If you are interested in holding an office within the Section or would like more information on what is involved, please contact Richard Cobb at the email address below.  We are always happy to take a self-nominations!  You may also refer to the Section Handbook located on our website, for specific duties around each position. 


If you would like to nominate someone for one of these offices, we do ask that you check with that person first regarding their willingness to run.  

  The deadline for nominations is September 11th


Nominations open for Rochester ACS Section 2018 Entrepreneur Award  

This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise. Starting with a good idea, sustained by passion, fueled by persistence and hard work, the award recipient created something where nothing existed before or improved on an exiting product/idea. The awardee is recognized for creating a new product, service, company or industry based on the transforming power of chemistry to improve people’s lives. The hallmark of this contribution is impact: positive impact on people’s lives and positive impact on the economy by creating chemistry jobs that produce a significant impact on the local economy (within the 6 county area of the Rochester Local Section).  Both ACS members and non-ACS members are eligible for this award.


Selection of Recipient: Nominations are solicited from members of the Rochester Local Section and local  businesses. A special judging committee will select the award recipient(s).


Award Details: The award will consist of a plaque, a feature article in the Local Section newsletter and on the Rochester Local Section’s website with a direct link to the company’s website.  An article on the annual award winner will also be distributed to Rochester area media.  The award will be presented at the annual fall Rochester Section Awards Dinner.  Dinner will be provided free of charge to the winner(s) and a guest.


The following documents are available for more information and to nominate an individual.


Guidlines for Entrepreneurial Success

Nomination Form for Entrepreneurial Success


The deadline for submitting candidates for this year’s award is

September 1, 2018

For more information and to submit a candidate: contact 

Call for Nominations for Local Section Volunteer Award

The 2018 Rochester Local Section Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society 

Purpose: To recognize significant volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the Rochester Local Section of the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Local Activities.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be:

  • a member of the American Chemical Society residing in the Rochester Local Section 6 county region, and
  • a member who has made significant contributions to the Rochester Region of the American Chemical Society.

Selection of Recipient: Nominations will be solicited from individuals of the Rochester Local Section. The awards committee will select the recipient. The award will be presented this fall at the Rochester Section’s Recognition Dinner.  The awards committee can nominate the winner to the Northeast Region of the American Chemical Society for their annual Regional Award for Volunteer Service (pending acceptance by the award winner and that qualifications for the Regional Award are met).

Nature of Award: The award consists of a plaque to be presented at the Rochester Local Section’s fall Recognition Dinner, acknowledging the contributions of Society volunteers at the Local level.  Dinner will be offered free of charge to the winner and a guest.

The following documents are available for more information and to nominate an individual.

2018 Guidelines

2018 Nomination Form

 2018 Supporting Form

The deadline for this year’s award is September 10, 2018

For more information and to submit a candidate:  contact Maryann Mendel (

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018-Draft

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 three  lectures in the 2018 program will discuss the basic science and the target products of nanophase materials, their use in additive manufacturing processes and present an overview of  R&D at the “new” Kodak. 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  

Monday March 5, 2018

Dr. Kenneth Reed – Co-Founder & CTO

ZeroValent NanoMetals  (

 Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurism: A Potent Reaction Mixture 

*A Poster Session will be held during the 8:15-9:30pm Reception*

October 1,

Speaker to be announced

12, 2018

Speaker to be announced

Further information on these lectures and other Rochester ACS Section events is available at    

Poster of Event 

ROC Sci-Tech Symposium


The Sci-Tech Symposium was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the University of Rochester.  This event was well attended.  

Keynote Speaker: Daniel B. O'Connell, CEO & Co-Founder,

American Fuel Cell

 "Career-pathing from large multi-national company to unemployment to start-up entrepreneur." 


Talks by 

 Learn about Rochester 

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Penfield)

 Connect with industrial scientists

iuvo BioScience (Rush-Henrietta) 

 Learn about student research

Columbia Care (Rochester) 

Bring business cards 

Mosaic Microsystems (R 

 Free Food!


If you were unable to attend, pictures can be found at the link below.   

Saturday April 14 Rochester March for Science Expo

The Rochester Section was very well represented at the Saturday April 14 Rochester March for Science Expo that was held at the Rochester Riverside Hotel from 1-5pm (after the earlier downtown March).

The ACS table had more than 100 adults and children stop by and enjoy the demos & hand-on activities. 

The Section's participation in this event was very successful and provided a very positive exposure of those attending to the Section and the role of chemistry in society in general.


Much thanks go to Deb Janes,  Tim Wilson and Henry Gysling.

Picture of event 

2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 Rochester Section Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (6:00-9:00 PM) at Mr. Dominic's on 99 S. Main Street in Fairport, New York 14450.

A brief audit of the Section's finances was presented along with some of our future plans. 

Our special guest, Teal Schlegel, Head Distiller at Honeoye Falls Distillery, then presented The Science of Craft: Distilled Spirits Chemistry. 

Following the presentation, everyone enjoyed sampling the spirits from Honeoye Falls Distillery. 

Pictures from this event are posted at