November 2022’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful Central Florida fall weather and are getting ready for the official start of the holiday season. In this bulletin we would like to bring to your attention a few important dates.

  • Annual Election:  It’s election time again! Please follow the link (click here) to meet the candidates for the 2023 Orlando Section Executive Committee. Voting is currently open and will close on November 8, 2022. You have received your ballot via email – Please vote!
  • Nominations for Annual Awards: We would like to remind you that the nominations for Annual Awards for our local section are due on November 9th, 2022. If you know someone (students, colleagues, or companies) who should be recognized publicly for their achievements by our local section, please consider nominating them. More details can be found at our website.  If you make a nomination and do not get an acknowledgement of receipt, please resend.
  • Save the date: You are invited to join us at the  Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, from 11:30AM to 2:00PM, at the Blu on The Avenue  (326 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). More information about reservations will become available soon.

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Best wishes,
Dr. Denisia Popolan-Vaida
Chair of the Orlando Section of the ACS
On behalf of the Orlando Section executive committee

March 2022’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

In the first bulletin of the year, we would like to bring to your attention a few important information:

  • Executive committee members: The members of the 2022 Executive Committee of the Orlando Section are:
    • Chair: Denisia Popolan-Vaida
    • Chair elect: Nicole Lapeyrouse
    • Intermediate Past Chair: Duy Le
    • Councilor: Darlene Slattery
    • Alternate Councilor: Laura Session
    • Treasurer: Van Quach
    • Secretary: Pavithra Pathirathna
  • It is with mixed feelings that the Executive Committee announces that our 2022 Chair-Elect, Dr. Christopher Chouinard will be leaving Florida Tech for a new position out of state.  While we wish him well, we will miss his enthusiasm and hard work for the section.
  • Executive meeting – Our local section executive meeting is scheduled on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM via Zoom. We would like to renew our invitation to all our members to attend the meeting. If you are interested in joining our meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us for zoom link and meeting agenda.
  • Travel awards – We would liketo remind you thatour local sectionoffers annual travel awards (up to 2 awards/meeting) for ACS student members to attend ACS local, regional, and national meetings (FAME, SERMAC, ACS National Meeting) to present their work. More details about the application procedure can be find on our website.
  • Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW): To promote the positive role that chemistry plays in the world, ACS established the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week public awareness campaign. This year, CCEW occurs on April 17–23 with the theme “he Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry”. The Orlando Section participates in the following activities:
    • Distributing CCEW 2022 Celebrating Chemistry:  Celebrating Chemistry is designed to engage and educate children ages 9–12 (Grades 4–6) in the basic principles of chemistry. The publication is available in English and Spanish and can be found on our website. We encourage you to share the publication to anyone who may be interested.
    • 2022 Illustrated Poem Contest: The Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting an illustrated poem contest for K-12 students. Entries must be sponsored by a local school or community group for verification purposes. The contest deadline is Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern. The submissions should be emailed to submission@orlandoacs.org. The theme of this year’s contest is “The Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry.” One winner for each category will be recognized with a monetary ($ 50) award. The teacher of each winner will also be awarded with funding ($100) for classroom supplies. Please visit our website or contact Dr. Duy Le (submission@orlandoacs.org) for more information. Winners of the Orlando Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and win prizes! We encourage you to share the Flyer with K12’s students and teachers that you may know and to spread the message via social media.
    • Participating in Central Florida Earth day: We have secured our presence in Central Florida Earth day at Lake Eola (on April 23rd, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM). In this event, we will distribute merchandises, materials about the Earth Day and perform chemistry demonstrations. Dr. Titel Jurca (UCF, titel.jurca@ucf.edu) will lead this event. Please contact him if you are interested in volunteer for this event.
  • We are seeking volunteers: We are actively seeking volunteers to participate/lead our local section’s activities and be appointed to several committees: Earth Day outreach, National Chemistry Week, Senior Chemists, Younger Chemists, Webmaster… Contact us if you are or know someone who is interested.
  • Subscribe to our community page, follow our facebook page, and check out our website for updated news, activities of our local section.

Best wishes,
Dr. Denisia Popolan-Vaida
Chair of the Orlando Section of the ACS
On behalf of the Orlando Section executive committee

Professional Development Grants and Other Support for High School Chemistry Educators

Support for High School Chemistry Educators

ACS is now accepting applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grants! These grants of up to $1,500 are intended to support high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that can advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in the classroom. Click here to learn more, and apply today ! Deadline for applications is January 21, 2022.  

In addition to the Professional Development Grants, several other ACS-Hach Programs provide financial support for future and current high school chemistry teachers, carrying on the mission of the Hach Scientific Foundation Endowment to improve high school chemistry education and support the growth of chemistry teachers at the high school level:  

ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship – provides financial support of up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study for chemistry graduates with limited work experience to obtain a master’s degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.  

ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship – provides financial support of up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study for chemistry professionals to obtain a master’s degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.  

ACS-Hach Land Grant Teacher Scholarship – provides financial support of up to $10,000 for full-time study to obtain a chemistry undergraduate degree and chemistry teaching credentials at one of our 72 partner institutions. Contact participating universities directly for application details.  

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant – grants of up to $1,500 are available for high school chemistry teachers to use to cover basic classroom or laboratory needs, fund professional development experiences, or support innovative ideas in chemistry education. Application scheduled to open February 1, 2022.  

Visit the ACS-Hach Programs home page for complete details about all these programs.

This post is reproduced from the newsletter: Chemistry Educator Grants & Scholarships | ACS Matters | December 7, 2021

October 2021’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

You may have recently received scattered emails from our Section about individual events, opportunities. This Newsletter includes compact information about them, highlighting the important deadlines.

  • The deadline for applying for travel awards from our local section to attend SERMACS 2021 is October 15th, 2021. Details of the awards and how to apply can be found at our website.
  • Are you (or do you know someone who is) interested in serving in 2022 Executive Committee of our local section? All nominations (including name of nominee, contact information, and nominated position) must be notified to Dr. Denisia Popolan-Vaida (via email at Denisia.Popolan-Vaida@ucf.edu) by October 15th, 2021.
  • We will have a National Chemistry Week (NCW) event at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday October 23rd, 2021. Please come and join us to celebrate chemistry together.
  • Nominations for Annual Awards from our local section are due on November 5th, 2021. If you know someone or companies who should be recognized publicly by our local section, please consider nominating them. More details can be found at our website.
  • You are invited to join us at Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 4th, 2021, from 11:30AM to 2:00PM, at the 310 Lakeside restaurant (301 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801). Reservation can be made online at https://forms.gle/okhyqWaqGSGLtTtw8 and must be made on or before November 20th, 2021. Other reservation methods and details of the event can be found at our website.
  • Monthly Executive Meeting is open to members. The next meeting occurs at 10AM on Saturday 10/16/2021 via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us for meeting link.

Subscribe to our community page, follow our facebook page, and check out our website for updated news, activities of our local section.

July 2021’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

In this Newsletter, we want to bring your attention to a few exciting opportunities that are available to our members.

  • The Orlando Local Section offers travel awards to students to attend the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME), the Southeastern Regional Meeting of The American Chemical Society (SERMACS 2021), and the 262nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition. For each conference, up to two students will receive awards of up to $150, $250, and $500, respectively. Details of the awards and how to apply can be found at our website and in the attached flyer.
  • There are student travel awards given by ACS and some of its technical divisions. Students should check with their divisions for availability. We have found the following:
    • The Catalysis Science and Technology (CATL) Division for CATL-ChemCatBio Graduate Student Travel Awards that will cover the registration fee of graduate students (ACS CATL Division Members) presenting at the Fall 2021 ACS National Meeting. More details can be found at our website.
  • Southern Chemist Award: The Memphis Local Section of the American Chemical Society seeks nominations for its 2021 Southern Chemist Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the chemical profession in the southern US. Nominees should be US citizens who have worked in the South for at least 10 years and have at least a 10-year record of accomplishment. More details can be found at our website.
  • The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society is seeking your help to identify outstanding chemists for the Theodore Richards Medal recognizing outstanding achievement in chemistry. Since 1932 the Northeastern Section has been honoring a member of the Society for “conspicuous achievement in any area of chemistry” with the Richards Medal. The deadline for 2021 nomination is October 31, 2021. More information about the Richards Medal, including a list of all previous recipients, can be found at the award’s website.
  • Dr. Nash and Dr. Blair (our member) will have a seminar, organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry, about “Driving Laboratory Innovation into Commercialization” on 07/22/2021. Details of the event and registration can be found at the event page.
  • Monthly Executive Meeting is open to members. The next meeting occurs at 10AM on Saturday 07/17/2021 via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us for meeting link.

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June 2021’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

Hope that you are having a great start to the summer. In this short Newsletter, beside other information, we want to bring your attention to upcoming the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME) and the 72nd southeastern regional meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS 2021).

  • As you may have seen in our facebook page, preliminary information about the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME) is available. The meeting will be held on Saturday August 28, 2021, at the University of Florida (Gainesville). Abstract submission deadline is expected to be July 30th. This year’s emphasis is to provide an opportunity for students/post-docs to present their work. We will provide further details on registration and where to submits abstracts once this information becomes available.
  • The 72nd southeastern regional meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS 2021) will be in Birmingham, Alabama on November 10-13, 2021. Abstract submission will open on June 27 and close of August 8, 2021. See conference website for more information.
  • Our local section does offer limited travel support to selected students who attend FAME and SERMACS. Please look out for solicitations in July 2021.
  • SERMACS2025 Planning Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, June 12th at 10AM. All members who are interested are welcome to join. More information can be found at our website.
  • Monthly Executive Meeting is open to members. The next meeting occurs at 10AM on Saturday 06/19/2021 via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us for meeting link.
  • Some recent news on our website: Orlando Section at Central Florida Earthday, Local Participants in the 2021 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, Avogadro award winner at the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida 2021.

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SERMACS 2025: Call to action

Hello Orlando Section!

As many of you already know, we recently announced that the Orlando Section will be hosting the 2025 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Orlando, FL on October 19-22, 2025. Although the meeting is over four years out, we have already begun the planning process and have lots to do! We are sending out this email to encourage our members to get involved in one of the following ways:

  1. Meeting Theme and Logo Contest – Calling on our creative folks! We would like to finalize a meeting theme/logo within the next few months. We want this meeting to represent the diverse science and culture of central Florida, and what better way to do that than to encourage our members to propose ideas for the theme and logo. We will also throw in free registration to the conference for the winner(s). Send your theme/logo ideas to Chris Chouinard (cchouinard@fit.edu) by Monday, May 31.
  2. Volunteer Opportunities – We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join the Planning Committee and help with to-do’s such as fundraising, meeting hotel/venue planning, and scientific symposia organization. We encourage volunteers from all scientific backgrounds to get involved!
  3. Attend a Planning Committee Meeting – We are currently meeting quarterly in 2021, with our next meeting tentatively scheduled for June. These meetings are open to anyone interested! Be on the lookout for the Zoom meeting info via email.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the Planning Committee members with questions, comments, or suggestions. We are looking forward to making this the best SERMACS meeting yet!

Christopher D. Chouinard, Ph.D.
SERMACS2025 General Chair

April 2021’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

In this Newsletter, we want to communicate upcoming activities of the Orlando section to all members.

  • Wednesday, April 21st at 6PM, Dr. P. Buhlmann, University of Minnesota, will give a seminar entitled “Electrochemical Ionophore-based Sensors: From Fluorous Polymers to Nanoporous Carbon and Lipophilic Redox Buffer Polymers“ as part of student-organized UCF-FIT Joint-Chapter Speaker Series. More information about the event and how to attend can be found at our website.
  • Sunday, April 25th from 10AM to 4PM at Lake Eola (Orlando), the Orlando Local Section will participate in the Central Florida Earthday. Please come and join us.
  • We are looking for news stories on what is happening in our local chemical enterprise: we shared announcements on job openings and on achievements at some of our local entrepreneurs but we need greater reach to reflect all employers. Send your tips, articles or let us know your interest in becoming a reported to our communication team at michel.orlandosectionacs@gmail.com.
  • We officially launch the campaign for the Outstanding Entrepreneur/Employer Award. This award recognizes chemists, chemical engineers, consultants, or businesspeople aiming to expand the Private Sector’s chemical enterprise and to those private sector employers enabling chemists and chemical engineers to earn their livelihood in Central Florida. More information can be found at our website.
  • Monthly Executive Meeting is open to members. The next meeting occurs at 10AM on Saturday 05/15/2021 via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us for meeting link.

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March 2021’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

In this communication, we want to bring some news about upcoming activities of the Orlando section to all members.

  • Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW): To promote the positive role that chemistry plays in the world, ACS established the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week public awareness campaign. This year, CCEW occurs on April 18–24 with the theme “Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry”. The Orlando Section participates in the following activities:
    • Distributing CCEW 2021 Celebrating Chemistry:  Celebrating Chemistry is designed to engage and educate children ages 9–12 (Grades 4–6) in the basic principles of chemistry. The publication is available in English and Spanish and can be found on our website. We encourage you to share the publication to anyone who may be interested.
    • 2021 CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest: The Orlando Local Section is hosting an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Winners of local contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes. More details and the Flyer of this contest can be found in our website. We encourage you to share the Flyer with K12’s students and teachers that you may know and to spread the message via social media.
    • Participating in Central Florida Earthday: We have secured our presence in Central Florida Earthday at Lake Eola (on April 25th, 10AM-4PM). In this event, we will distribute merchandises, materials about the Earthday and perform chemistry demonstrations. Dr. Titel Jurca (UCF, titel.jurca[at]ucf.edu) will lead this event. Please contact him if you could offer a helping hand.
  • We are seeking volunteers: We are actively seeking volunteers to participate/lead our local section’s activities and be appointed to several committees. This month, we focus on the two committees: Senior Chemists, Younger Chemists. Contact us if you are interested.
  • Monthly Executive Meeting is open to members. The next meeting occurs at 10AM on Saturday 03/20/2021 via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us for meeting link.
  • Subscribe to our community page, follow our facebook page, and check out our website for updated news, activities of our local section.

February 2021’s Newsletter

Hello Orlando Section!

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I wish that we all stay healthy and productive during this challenging time. In this first communication of 2021, I want to bring your attention to the following:

We are seeking volunteers: As we navigate through this pandemic to bring benefit to our membership and to grow our leadership in the upcoming year, we are actively seeking volunteers to participate/lead our local section’s activities and be appointed to several committees: Earthday’s outreach, National Chemistry Week, Senior Chemists, Younger Chemists, Webmaster… Contact us if you are or know someone who is interested.

Monthly Executive Meeting is open to members: The meetings occur on every third Saturday of the month, via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us for zoom link, meeting time, and meeting agenda.

Our community and facebook pages are where we bring news & information that benefit our members. Some recent posts include: Graduate Student Fellowships in Analytical Chemistry ($25,000 for the nine-month fellowships and $7,000 for the three-month summer fellowships, application Deadline 28/02/2021);    Elemental Art: A Contest! from ACS Division of the History of Chemistry.

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Duy Le – 2021 Chair