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.
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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