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Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society Board of Directors Northeastern University James Flack Norris Room May13, 2004 Members in attendance: S. Buta, M. Chen, J. Fuller-Stanley, T. Gilbert, W. Gleekman, D. Gloster, M. Hearn, M. Hoffman, P. Mabrouk, P. Nagafuji, J. Neumeyer, J. Piper, D. Rickter, M. Simon, J. D. Smith, M. Strem, M. Singer, R. Tanner, A. Tapper, A. Viola, G. Weisman, L. Wolf, D. Yesair. The meeting was called to order at 4:45PM with Jean Fuller-Stanley in the Chair. The minutes of January 2004 were approved as presented. The minutes of February 2004 were approved with minor typographical corrections. The minutes of April 2004 were approved with minor typographical corrections. Chair Report: J. Fuller-Stanley Still need one person to volunteer to be a Teller for the 2004 NESACS election. It needs to be a person who is not on the 2004 ballot. The counting will be at McLean Hospital on June 1, 2004. Thanks to Lauren Wolf and the YCC and the German Exchange Committee for an excellent week of activities. A letter was received from National ACS to renew the NESACS contribution to the James Flack Norris Award for 2006-2010 inclusive for $6300 plus a travel stipend per year. The NESACS Board action in 2000 was to raise the award from $3000 to $5000. o Need to refer the issue to the Trustees to see if the Trust Fund can support the increase. This will be brought up at the September Board meeting under old business. Thanks to the Northeastern Student Affiliates Chapter for organizing the local arrangements for the Board meeting and tonight’s dinner meeting. Chair-Elect: A. Tapper 118 people are expected for tonight’s meeting. One ACS Scholar will be in attendance. Secretary: M. Singer No report Treasurer: J. Piper The April 2004 treasurer’s report was presented and accepted. 1 of 7 pages Archivist: M. Simon No Report Trustees: M. Strem Consolidated account is almost even with the beginning of the year value. Councilors: No Report Chemical Education: R. Tanner Research Scholarships The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) established the James Flack Norris and Theodore William Richards Undergraduate Summer Scholarships to honor the memories of Professors Norris and Richards by promoting research interactions between undergraduate students and faculty. Research awards of $3250 have been given for the summer of 2004. The student stipend is $2750 for a minimum commitment of ten weeks of full-time research work. The remaining $500 of the award goes to the research advisor to use on supplies, travel, and other items relevant to the student project. This year, the Scholarship Committee received 30 applications from colleges and universities in the Northeastern Section. The 2004 scholarships have been awarded to: o Cara Pattern, Stonehill College, The Effect of mut-2 on Recombination Frequency in Caenorhabditits elegans; Dr. Craig Almeida, Advisor o Sarah Fischer, University of Massachusetts Lowell, The Scope and Limitations of the Reaction of Potassium Hydride with Thiones; Dr. Edwin Jahngen, Advisor o Yehuda Edo Paz, Harvard College, Determination of the Structural Basis for HIV-1 integrase Substrate Recognition; Prof. Gregory Verdine, Advisor o Christopher Gilmore, Boston College, The Synthesis of 4(R)- Hydroxy-L-Proline-Glycine Alkene Isosteres; Prof. Scott Miller, Advisor Award winners are required to submit a report of their summer projects by November 2004 for publication in The Nucleus. They are also required to participate in the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) in April 2005. The 6th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) was held on Saturday, April 24, at the Photonics Center at Boston University. The NSCRC is sponsored jointly by the Education Committee and the Younger Chemists Committee. The undergraduate students who received 2003 Grants-in-Aid to attend the national ACS meeting in Anaheim, California, some of whom were the recipients of the 2003 Norris Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarships, 2 of 7 pages presented posters detailing their research. Two of them, Pasha Mirazimi from Boston College and Elisa Miller from Boston University presented oral reports; Pasha on the Development of Models for the Dynamics of Oligomeric DNA through Solid State Nanopore Channels: Prospects for Ultrarapid DNA Sequencing; and Elisa Miller on the Chemical Dynamics of High Energy Molecules. The Brauner Undergraduate Book Award was given to Elisa Miller from Boston University. 30 Richards Award applications have been received. 4 awardees have been selected. NSRC Brauner book award will be given out tonight. Board of Publications: J. Fuller-Stanley Discussion only of current Board of Publications issues. o The Board of Publications is currently over budget. o Vince Gale has been conducting the Nucleus Editor search. o Need better communications with the Board of Publications. o Request the NESACS chair to directly follow-up with the Board of Publications for the current status of the Editor search and plans for the Nucleus and Nucleus budget. o By-law requirement is at the May meeting the Board of Publications is to recommend to the NESACS Board candidates for Editor and other positions for advise and consent. Local Arrangements: M. Burgess The very successful Esselen Award Dinner Meeting was held at the Harvard Club on April 15,2004.There were 95 attendees. The May 13 meeting will be held at Northeastern University in the Curry Student Center. We expect 115 persons for the dinner meeting Nucleus: No Report Membership: M. Chen 129 new member letters have been sent out. o 51 are new members to the ACS o 58 are transfers from other ACS local sections. Continuing Education: A. Viola The ACS short course on Experimental Design only had 7 paying attendees. Anticipate barely breaking even on this course. Corporate Funding Committee: J. Fuller-Stanley for D. Phillips 2 booklets on the NESACS are completed A CD presentation has been prepared. 3 of 7 pages Volunteers to make corporate presentations should contact J. Fuller- Stanley or D. Phillips. September meeting will have a vendor fair and career workshop. Both of which will be advertised in the Summer Nucleus. Medicinal Chemistry Group: P. Nagafuji The September 9th topic has been set and speakers are being contacted. The May 27th meeting is on schedule and was advertised in the Nucleus and the NESACS website. NERM 204: M. Hoffman Abstracts are open for submission. See NERM website. Speaker’s Bureau: S. Buta 5 speakers have signed up to date. Target is 20 speakers. Another ad will be placed in the Summer Nucleus. Summerthing: W. Gleekman The 3 Red Sox games were completely sold out. o Cost to section: $2078. o Income to section $210. YCC: L. Wolf German Exchange Program (April 18-25, 2004) This year’s weeklong exchange between the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker- Jungchemikerforum and the Northeastern Section Younger Chemists Committee, held during the week of April 18 in Boston, was a great success. Thirteen German Ph.D. students and three delegates participated in the week’s events, arranged by the YCC and Steering Committee. Day-by-day events were as follows: Sunday, April 18: Check into hotel, The College Club on Commonwealth Ave., visit the top of the Prudential Center, and have dinner with YCC officers, past program participants and some of the steering committee at Durgin Park in Faneuil Hall. Monday, April 19: Attend the Red Sox-Yankees game with a group of younger chemists at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won! Break up into groups to watch the Boston Marathon and cheer on our own Chair-Elect, Amy Tapper, as she headed towards the finish line. Tuesday, April 20: Morning tour of the chemistry department at MIT. Lunch at the Border Café in Harvard Square. Afternoon tour of the Harvard campus and chemistry department. 4 of 7 pages Wednesday, April 21: Morning bus trip to Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut. Lunch in Pfizer cafeteria, presentation on drug discovery, tour of laboratories in the new Drug Discovery building. Bus side trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Brief walk along the oceanside cliffs near the famous mansions. Dinner at Christie’s on the bay in Newport. Evening bus trip back to Boston. Thursday, April 22: Morning trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. Presentation on authentication and preservation of art and artifacts. Tour of authentication and preservation laboratories with connection to chemistry and analytical tools. Lunch in the MFA cafeteria. Guided tour of certain pieces of American art in the museum’s collection. Students have afternoon free time in the museum. Evening meeting by the German and NESACS steering committees at the Armani Café to discuss the future of the Exchange Program. Many interesting points were brought up and we have been invited to again send students to Germany in 2005. The Euregionale will be taking place in Berlin next year. Evening Boston Symphony performance (attended by many NESACS members). Friday, April 23: Career Fair organized by the YCC held at the Brookline Holiday Inn. (See Career Fair for details.) Evening dinner sponsored by Genzyme at Jacob Wirth’s. Four Genzyme representatives, YCC officers and Dr. Charles Casey and his wife attended and mingled with the German students. Saturday, April 24: 6th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference organized by the YCC held at the Photonics Center at Boston University. (See NSCRC for details.) Evening farewell banquet held in Boston University’s Management Building. In attendance were members of the German exchange steering committee, the NSCRC organizational committee, NESACS officers, Dr. Charles Casey and wife, Dr. Stephen Lippard and wife, as well as the German students and delegates. Sunday, April 25: Depart for Germany. An article about the week for both C&EN and the Nucleus (summer issue) is currently being prepared by the steering committee Career Fair (April 23, 2004) This event was the first of its kind ever to be organized by the YCC. Held at the Brookline Holiday Inn, it began with a set of morning workshops on resume writing and interviewing. These workshops were hosted by Daniel Eustace of ACS Career Services. Mr. Eustace engaged the ~80 attending students in discussion about searching for a job and even held a mock interview to illustrate good and bad interviewing behavior. During the afternoon job fair, Mr. Eustace also gave private resume reviews to students that signed up during registration. 5 of 7 pages After the workshops, a buffet luncheon was held for all of the attendees in the upstairs Esplanade of the Holiday Inn. Immediately following the luncheon, representatives from 12 regional companies made themselves available for greeting and discussing employment with ~120 attending younger chemists. Companies that attended include Strem Chemicals, Inc., AstraZeneca, Novartis, Genzyme, KForce Scientific Staffing, Wyeth, Cubist, Immunogen, Pharm-Eco, Amgen, Degussa, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Many beneficial contacts were made through the Fair. One representative from Wyeth said, “We have identified from the applicants an excellent candidate and invited her for an on-site interview. Looking forward to another job fair next year!” Surveys will be sent out shortly to students that participated and the YCC will definitely plan the event again in 2005. NSCRC (April 24, 2004) The sixth annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference was held at Boston University’s Photonics Center this year. Approximately 120 participants joined us for the event, almost doubling attendance from last year. Of these 120, 80 presented posters during the afternoon poster session. The conference began with an address from Dr. Charles Casey. Dr. Casey welcomed the younger chemists attending the NSCRC, talked about his research, and asked students for their opinions and concerns for the future of chemistry. Six research talks by selected students followed these welcoming remarks; two were given by German visitors. After the oral presentations, a buffet luncheon was served to the attendees and the poster session began. This year, we had 10 judges at the NSCRC who walked around and questioned students about their posters and research. Among these were Dr. Casey, our very own Chair, Dr. Jean Fuller-Stanley and our Immediate Past-Chair, Dr. John Neumeyer. After the poster session, Dr. Stephen Lippard of MIT gave an excellent Keynote Address entitled “New Fluorescent Sensors to Study Biochemical Zinc and Nitric Oxide and to Monitor Mercury in the Environment.” Awards were then given out to the students for the best oral and poster presentations. Strem Chemicals Inc. gave a monetary award for the Best Oral Presentation, which went to Christian Ducho of the University of Hamburg. Genzyme gave monetary awards for the Best Poster Presentations. These went to Christopher Dicesare (Tufts University), Supratim Datta (Boston University), and Jamie Ryan (Boston University). The Brauner Undergraduate Book Award went to Elisa Miller of Boston University. Kluwer also donated books as prizes for the conference. These prizes went to William Neeley (MIT), Frank Sischerl (University of Konstanz), Lourdes Pia H. Lopez (MIT), Melanie Schnell (University of Hannover), Nathan Maugel (Merrimack College) and Aaron Gregory Schmidt (Emmanuel College). Surveys will be sent out shortly to students that participated. A few notes: The NSYCC helped to raise money for most of these events to help defray the cost of the program. We charged extra money for the non-student 6 of 7 pages Red Sox-Yankees tickets and raised ~$1000. We also charged each company participating in the Career Fair $500 to attend. This helped to pay for the costs of the Holiday Inn. In addition, we charged a $5 registration fee at the NSCRC this year for the first time. ACS Scholars: M. Hoffman The NESACS scholar for the ACS Scholar program is Gillian Smith of Boston. A freshman at MIT and a Chemical Engineering major. Old Business: None New Business None Respectfully Submitted Michael Singer NESACS Secretary 7 of 7 pages
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