Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)

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 

2017 Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting was held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 (5:30-8:30 PM) at Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar.  This event was well attended (47) with members, non-menbers and students who wanted to hear our presentation.

A Cold Case File: Paleoclimatology

      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 discussed 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. 



2016 Annual Meeting

Our event was held at Rick's Prime Rib House on April 26th, 2016.  It was a great evening for all who attended. Dr. Jason Norhaus summarized the work going on at RIT's Center for Computational Relativity & Gravitation (CCRG). 

Gravitational Waves: The Dawn of A New Era in Astronomy
Dr. Jason Nordhaus
 Assistant Professor, Physics & Mathematics
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology

The direct detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes represents a landmark moment in physics and the beginning of a new era in observational astronomy.  Some of the most exotic and mysterious phenomena in the universe such as black holes and neutron stars that were previously impossible to probe with photons, are now accessible.   In this talk, I will explain how ripples in the fabric of the universe were detected, discuss RIT's contribution to the historic discovery, and comment on the astrophysical sources that are expected to be detected in the not-too-distant future.

Pictures below show the highlights of the evening.  All photographs were taken by James Reynolds (Kodak).



Welcome Table


Rochester ACS Chair Glen Labenski

The State of our Section

 RIT Professor Jason Nordhaus

Gravitational Waves: The Dawn of A New Era in Astronomy

Rochester Section ACS Annual Meeting 2014

Amy Irwin (2014 Chair) covered the audit report.


Kimberly Chichester (Past Chair) reviewed 2013 Section Accomplishments.


Amy Irwin  officially takes over as chair from Kimberly Chichester at our Annual Dinner Meeting held on February 25 at Ricks Prime Rib House.

Glen Labenski (Chair Elect) described some of the changes for our section especially around developing our social media presence.

Rochester ACS Local Section Members had the opportunity to meet our past, present and future leaders.

Rochester Section Annual Dinner Meeting 2013


Kimberly Chichester officially took over as chair from Steven Szatynski at our Annual Dinner Meeting held on January 31 at Casa Largo Vineyards.


Rochester ACS Group

To facilitate networking, collaborate on ideas and exchange job information.

Jim Reynolds (coordinator)

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