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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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National Chemistry Week

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Chemistry Rocks! Celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW) October 22-28, 2017. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of NCW. See more details here.

YCC Update

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:25 AM

The Younger Chemist Committee has received a $300 award from YCC national to help fund the upcoming YCC career panel. The panel, made up of local professionals with experience across many different sectors including academia, industry, and scientific writing will be able to answer questions, concerns, and talk about their respective responsibilities and day to day activities. Attendees will be able to interact with the panelists as a group, as well as a smaller breakout session with smaller groups being able to converse. Light refreshments will be provided, time and location TBD. A small RSVP fee will be required for admission into the event.

SERMACS 2017 Symposium

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Members of our local section are putting together a symposium to be held during SERMACS. The symposium entitled "The Chemical Entrepreneur Symposium – From Concept to Commercialization" will be held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. 

For more details, check out the flyer.

2017 Election Slate Announced

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:20 AM

The Nominations Committee would like to nominate the following for the 2017 election:

• Chair-elect: Cheryl Trusty

• Member-at-large: Cora MacBeth

• Treasurer: Holly Davis

• Councilor: Holly Davis, Lissa Dulany, David Gottfried, Jennifer Knaack

If you would like to add nominees to the slate, please contact the Nominations Committee Chair, David Sherrill, by Friday, October 27th, 2017. Ballots will be sent out via email on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 for voting. Those without email addresses on record will receive a post card with instructions to vote electronically.

Public Relations News

Posted 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 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 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 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 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 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.