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This page provides longer articles from the ACS Georgia Section email newsletter, The Filter Press. All articles are tagged with the month and year of publication for ease of searching.

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Public Relations News

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 1:55 PM

The first Facebook drawing of 2017 was held on the 26th of February. Congratulations to Rigoberto Hernandez and Jamie Lynn Graham for winning some cool chemistry gear from our local section. The first "Saturday Morning Chemistry" featured chemist of 2017 was Dr. Paulos Yohannes, associate Dean of Perimeter College-GSU. Stay tuned to learn more about Dr. Don Hicks and his contributions to our local chemistry community in April. We are further excited to announce that thanks to our membership the viewership of both our Facebook and Twitter pages has increased. Thanks to Antara for her tireless effort in making our social media pages top notch.

MAC: Annual Networking Event Brought Chemists Together

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 1:50 PM

The Annual Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) Networking Event was held at Park Tavern on March 7th. The event was well-attended by about 30 people. Attendees included chemists and chemical engineers employed at The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Tech, Corporate Environmental Risk Management, a non-profit promoting STEM education, community college instructors, entrepreneurs, retired chemists, independent contractors, graduate and undergraduate students from Georgia Tech and more. The event allowed old friends to reconnect and new business connections to be made. The environment and facilities fostered great networking among local area chemists from all backgrounds. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s networking event.

YCC: Program-in-a-Box was a Success

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 1:50 PM

The Program-in-a-Box event focused on the Chemistry of Sports. This ACS Webinar had interesting interviews with materials chemists working on wearable and smart materials used to measure physiological data, and materials which respond to stress and strain in different ways. Another portion of the webinar focused on analytical methods for testing athletes for performance enhancing drugs. We had about 15 people show up for this event, complete with raffle of some ACS swag. We believe the event was a success, as we had undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals in attendance.

Chemist Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 10:20 AM

April 22nd is Earth day, and the theme of the 2017 ACS Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) is "Chemistry Helps Feed the World". More information can be found at the main CCED Website. In our local section we are planning on participating in the 20th Annual Earth Day Festival at Georgia Tech which will take place 10 am - 3 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 along Tech Walk. Please check our our website page for more information.

Meet Your Officers: Ajay Mallia, Chair-Elect

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Dr. Ajay Mallia is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville. Before joining Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Mallia worked as Research Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he was involved in the design, synthesis, and characterization of soft materials. Dr. Mallia also held faculty positions at University of Maryland, College Park, University of District of Columbia, Trinity Washington University and Montgomery College. Prior to Washington, DC, Dr. Mallia performed research on metal nanoparticle preparations at City University of New York and erasable full color displays using liquid crystals at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan. Dr. Mallia’s research work has appeared as cover features in many flagship journals, including Journal of American Chemical Society, Chemical Society Reviews and Langmuir. He has published 39 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research work at various national and international conferences.

Dr. Mallia is an active leader at the national and local levels of American Chemical Society. He is secretary, and committee member of Project SEED national committee and a certified facilitator for ACS Leadership Develop System. Before moving to Lawrenceville, Dr. Mallia served the ACS of Washington as an executive committee member, alternate councilor, and chair of many of committees. To help early-career chemists and to support the young generation chemists, he organized a wide-range of educational outreach and workshops. For his volunteer service to ACS, he was awarded E. Ann Nalley Regional Award and Outstanding Local Section Volunteer Award in 2014.

Dr. Mallia is 2017 Chair-elect for the ACS Georgia Section. As Chair-elect of the Georgia Section, he wishes to strengthen existing Georgia Section programs while maintaining its unique tradition. Dr. Mallia’s goals for 2017 are 1) establish the Project SEED program within the Section, 2) continue developing innovative monthly meeting events with increased member participation and 3) incorporate undergraduate student research presentations into the dinner meeting.

April Dinner Meeting

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Come join us on Tuesday, April, 25 2017 at 6:30 pm at Manuel’s Tavern to listen to Dr. Tracy Hamilton lend his expertise on beer. Learn what makes beer good and bad. More information and registration available here.

RSVP by Friday, April 21 at 5:00 PM.

March Dinner Meeting Recap

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Dr. Amanda Stockton’s talk on small sample microfluidics was out of this universe! The talk was truly intriguing with many great takeaways. One of our members commented that they enjoyed fluorescence detection being at the forefront as mass spectrometry is not an ubiquitous system for all species, particularly those that do not ionize. Dr. Stockton stressed that the duality of both is needed to ascertain compound and life in the universe. At the end of her talk, Dr. Stockton was asked what can the next generation of STEM students do to end up at NASA. She wisely responded, “Be ready to learn new things because you will never get the opportunity to do the same thing [at NASA].” How applicable to not only the life of a scientist but also to life itself!

Herty Award Announcement

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM

We are proud to announce that the 2017 Herty Medalist is Professor Rigoberto Hernandez in recognition of outstanding work and service by chemist in the Southeast. Prof. Hernandez is being recognized “for transforming our view of chemical dynamics in non-equilibrium environments, his creative approaches to improving diversity within the chemistry profession, and his leadership at the local and national levels of the American Chemical Society.” We will be honoring Prof. Hernandez during our annual Herty Medalist Banquet on Thursday, September 7, 2017, and he will be the guest lecturer at the 11th Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium the following day, Friday, September 8, 2017.

Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Women Chemists Committee (WCC) STEM Outreach Program

Posted by David Gottfried on March 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM

The WCC decided last year to actively serve in the community through outreach for STEM awareness and support. The committee connected with the science teacher at Pleasantdale Elementary school in Doraville and decided to volunteer at the school. WCC is serving as a scientific knowledge resource and volunteering during science-related activities. WCC has volunteered at the school over the last year via the Science Fair, STEM Day, and Career Day.

The fifth-grade science fair activities included mentoring the students with their projects and judging the final poster board displays. WCC mentors guided the kids into developing more quantitative vs. qualitative data and encouraged the children to not procrastinate on their projects.

In March this year, WCC helped with another STEM Day at the school. The STEM Day was divided into two parts - a Science Olympiad for third through fifth grade in the morning and interactive demonstrations in the afternoon for kindergarten to second grade. Science Olympiad is new this year and includes several different team challenges with the classroom teacher. WCC provided support for the interactive demonstrations with five different demos for each class during each grade level rotation.

The goal of WCC is to continue to provide resources and support for science-related activities at the school. Pleasantdale Elementary school is in the process of becoming Georgia STEM Certified. If you are interested in learning more about our initiative or joining the WCC, please email us at

Younger Chemists Committee

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:25 PM

What does Chemistry have to do with sport? Find out at the YCC event on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 ACS Program-in-Box event, Chemistry of Sports: Smarter, Safer, Faster. The event will be held on Georgia Tech’s campus in the Molecular Science and Engineering Building, Room 3201. For question contact YCC Chairs, Alyssia Blake {} and Joseph Richardson {}.


2017 Theme

The Georgia Local Section of the ACS has selected the theme, A Year of Giving: Catalyzing Chemistry via Community, for its 2017 programming. A Year of Giving refers to the outreach and education of technical and non-technical audiences about the importance of chemists and chemistry via the coupling of commonplace and technical chemistry ideas. We hope you will join and support us in this critical mission. 

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