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  • 19 Apr 2019 12:29 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)


    Join the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 18 to develop critical workplace skills for STEM industry professionals. This workshop is ideal for chemists, chemical engineers, physicists, engineers, and other STEM professionals looking to advance in the first 10 years of their careers.


    During the workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Present your data more effectively to management
    • Organize and run effective meetings
    • Work more readily and successfully across age groups
    • Manage projects more quickly and effectively

    Workshop Details:

    •  Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | 1201 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)
    •  When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm
    •  Cost: $149 for ACS members | $329 for non-members


    Your registration includes on-site lunch, as well as morning and afternoon networking breaks.



    Register Now



    Mark Jones, Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow, Dow Chemical - Data Presentation Instructor


    Mark Jones has been the Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow at Dow Chemical since September 2011. He spent most of his career developing catalytic processes after joining Dow in 1990. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

    Anthony (Tony) Noce, ACSF, Assistant Director, Member Programs & Communities, American Chemical Society – Running Effective Meetings Instructor


    Anthony (Tony) Noce, ACSF, recently joined the ACS as the Assistant Director, Member Programs & Communities following three decades in industry. As the number of meetings he attended over the course of his early career mounted, he began to see a clear difference in how meetings may be run. It wasn't long before his attention turned to the critical importance of effective meetings, recognizing this as a potential differentiator that allows for increased productivity – and increased productivity is an edge. This session couples curriculum developed by Human Technologies with Tony's years of experience working in industry to help attendees gain that edge for themselves.

    Steve Smith, Senior Analyst and Project Manager, Human Technology - Working Across Age Groups Instructor


    Steve Smith has over 20 years of experience designing, delivering, and evaluating human capital solutions to improve organizational performance. He facilitates a variety of workshops, training programs, team building engagements, organizational assessment focus groups, and strategic planning sessions, using best practices in instructional methodology and leveraging effective media to engage learners.

    Mr. Smith has worked for Human Technology (HT) for the past 18 years, where he specializes in workforce analysis and assessment including competency modeling, skills inventories, developing and implementing assessment systems, and developing enterprise-wide strategies to improve workforce competency.

    Barry M Weinstein, President, Barry M. Weinstein & Associates - Project Management Instructor


    Barry M. Weinstein is President of Barry M. Weinstein & Associates, a consulting firm providing process engineering, project management, and statistical quality control support for the food and personal care product industries. 

    Mr. Weinstein has more than 35 years of experience in project management and process development in the nutritional supplement, food, and personal care products industries.

    He has been an instructor with the American Chemical Society since 2000. Mr. Weinstein holds B. Sc. and M. Sc. Degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.


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  • 11 Apr 2019 12:32 PM | Aaron Sarafinas

    I will be presenting a 3-part webinar series on mixing technology in April, May, and June 2019 as part of a project I have with DynoChem.  Registration information is below.

    Talking Mixing:  Basics of Mixing - April 24, 2019, 9AM-10AM EDT
    Don’t be “baffled” by mixing.  Tune in for some mixing basics that will be the foundation for us to examine some challenging mixing applications.  In this webinar we will cover power, flow, “shear” (the most mis-used term in mixing), blending of miscible liquids, baffles, and an initial look at scale-up and scale-down. 

    Talking Mixing:  Multiphase Mixing – May 29, 2019, 9AM-10AM EDT
    Solid-liquid, liquid-liquid, and gas-liquid systems create some mixing challenges.  The second webinar will show a common framework for thinking about these systems as well as some specific ways to estimate and scale process responses.

    Talking Mixing:  Reactive Mixing – June 19, 2019, 9AM-10AM EDT
    This third webinar will tie together the concepts from the first two sessions as we look at competing rate processes, how we can understand the role of mixing in our process, and how to scale our mixer to deliver our desired process response.

    Register for the each of the free one-hour webinars at DynoChem Resources (
    or search there for Sarafinas:
    You may need to register with DynoChem before registering for the webinars.

    All webinars will be recorded and posted on DynoChem Resources.


  • 15 Mar 2019 10:31 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    From Joe Martino

    April 11:  Joseph Priestly Society Meeting

    Time:  11:30 AM -- 2:30 PM

    Place:  Science History Institute

                315 Chestnut Street

                Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Speakers:  Sandra Donovan (Donovan Associates)

                       Maria L. Maccecchini (QR Pharma, Inc.)

                       Yaniv Sneor (Blue Cactus Consulting)

    Topic:  "Angel and Venture-Capital Investment in Biotech and Health Care"

    Cost:  $25.00

    Registration:  On-line


    April 15:  ACS Philadelphia Section Meeting / Student Banquet

    Time:  6:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

    Place:  Lathem Hall

                East 13th and Potter Streets

                Chester, PA 19013

    Speaker:  Loyd Bastin (Widener University)

    Topic:  "Speaking for the trees:  An academic career focused on sustainability education"

    Cost:  $25.00

    Registration:  On-line


    April 18:  Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club Meeting

    Time:  6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM

    Place:  Chemistry Building

                 University of Pennsylvania

                 34th and Spruce Streets

                 Philadelphia, PA

    Speaker:  Dustin J. Mergott (Eli Lilly and Company)

    Topic:  TBD
    Cost:  $20.00 to join POCC

    Registration:  On-line to join POCC


    April 23-24:  Chemical Ventures Conference 2019

    Place:  Delaware Innovation Space

                 200 Powder Mill Road

                 Wilmington, DE 19803

    Agenda:  A two-day conference focusing on innovation, investment and deal flow in the chemical space.

    Cost:  $95.00 to $795.00, depending on category

    Registration:  On-line


  • 13 Mar 2019 8:10 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section, Thursday, March 21, 2019 

    Bart Devolder, Conservator, Princeton University Art Museum will speak on  "Painting Conservation; more than cleaning pictures"
    Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner

    Abstract: Bart Devolder will discuss the diverse tasks and competencies that fall under the job description of Painting Conservator. In this lecture, he will also explain some of his past conservation projects. Bart will also present some of the initial planning and ideas for the new Conservation Lab and Department of the Princeton University Art Museum, which is part of the new expanded museum building project slated for completion in 2023.

    Biography: Bart J.C. Devolder received his M.A. in painting conservation from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium, in 2002. He held internships at the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bart also received a fellowship from the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard University Art Museums (2003–4) and was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2004–7).

    Bart has worked for the Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, first as assistant conservator of paintings (2007–10) and later as associate conservator of paintings (2010–12). Before joining the Princeton University Art Museum as conservator of collections in the summer of 2018, he was the on-site coordinator and painting conservator for the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck (2012–18).

    Reservations: The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. The social mixer will begin at 5:30 pm in the CaFe area of Taylor Commons. The lecture will be held in the Auditorium (B02) at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in Taylor Commons (CaFe area).  Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. Parking is available in Lot 21, corner of Faculty Road and Fitzrandolph Road or other lots along Ivy Lane after 5:00 pm. (see  The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged for the seminar but required for dinner, which is $25 for members ($22.50 if prepaid online) and $10 for students. By March 16, please register and prepay at  If you have questions, contact

  • 11 Feb 2019 8:18 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    Interested in Pittcon?

    March 17-21, 2019     Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

    Get 50% off registration using the discount code 19CCN

    Go to

    Keith Wing, Chair CCN

  • 13 Dec 2018 11:49 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    From: Debbie Blough <>
    Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 2:29 PM
    Subject: FW: Announcing Drug Design Lecture Series with Nicholas Meanwell
    To: <>

    Good Afternoon:

    Announcing a new lecture series titled Topics in Drug Designhosted by Nicholas A. Meanwell, Ph.D.  Beginning January 8 and running through 2019, Dr. Meanwell will deliver 6 lectures on drug design.  Lectures are from 4 – 5 PM, and will be in Room 100 at the PA Biotechnology Center, 3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. Please join us – and feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues!

    Dr. Meanwell has a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wayne State University. He joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1982 and has led the antiviral chemistry group since 1992. They have pioneered several mechanistically novel antiviral approaches including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus fusion inhibitors, HIV-1 attachment inhibitors and HCV NS5A inhibitors. They have also completed Phase 3 clinical trials of a combination of the HCV NS5A inhibitor daclatasvir and the HCV NS3 inhibitor asunaprevir.

  • 24 Nov 2018 2:51 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    The Princeton ACS Local Section, in conjunction with the Division of Small Chemical Business will be hosting an Entrepreneurial Symposium on December 19, 2018.  The theme of the symposium is “Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovate Now – Launch, Leverage, Lead”.  The Symposium and Dinner will also serve as the December Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section.  Information can be found on our website at

  • 15 Nov 2018 7:45 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    From Joe Martino.

    Greetings to all!  Here's the list of meetings for the month of December:

    December 11:  The Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley Monthly Meeting

    Time:  6:00 PM -- 8:30 PM

    Place:  DiFabios Events

                 1243 N. Providence Road

                 Media, PA 19603

    Speaker:  Kevin Schug (The University of Texas at Arlington)

    Topic:  "GC-VUV Advances and Applications"

    Cost:  $30.00

    Registration:  On-line


    December 13:  Philadelphia Drug Discovery Forum Meeting -- Biacore User Day

    Time:  8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

    Place:  The Wistar Institute

                 3601 Spruce Street

                 Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Speakers:  Brian Lang (GE Healthcare)

                       Megan Meuser (Drexel University)

                       Daniel Kulp (The Wistar Institute)

                       Sai Kiran Sharma (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

                       Sumana Chandramouli (GSK Vaccines)

                       Mingzhu He (Center for Molecular Innovation)

                       Marc Raphael (US Naval Research Laboratory)

                       Michael Murphy (GE Healthcare)

    Topic:  An overview of GE Healthcare's Biacore instrumentation

    Cost:  Free

    Registration:  On-line


    Cheers!  Joe

  • 17 Oct 2018 10:34 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    For details and to register, go to

    Come celebrate the 2018 AIChE DVS Annual Oktoberfest on Thursday October 25th, from 6:30-9:30pm. For 7 years now, the AIChE Delaware Valley Section has celebrated our annual Oktoberfest at Yards. Now in 2018, Yards has moved to a new facility and AIChE-DVS is happy to celebrate at their new venue. The new bigger and better location is at 5th and Spring Garden (500 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19123), with parking available on-site. Join us for a few local craft beers, delicious food, and tours of the new facility. Professionals and students (21+) alike are all welcome.

    Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
    Time: 6:30-9:30 (taproom will be open until 11 pm)

    Registration deadline: Please register as soon as possible, or by October 17th.

    $45: Regular (non-member) Attendees
    $40: AIChE DVS Members
    $30: Young Professionals (under 35)
    $20: Students (Undergraduate and Graduate Students welcome)

  • 13 Oct 2018 3:54 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    This will be an interesting expert panel discussion Nov. 8, 2018, 11:30 am, sponsored by the Joseph Priestley Society of the Science History Institute.  For details and to register go to

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