2017 National Chemistry Week: Chemistry Rocks!

This week, October 22nd -28th, the American Chemical Society will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week. The goal of National Chemistry Week is to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and science enthusiasts are encouraged to spread awareness of chemistry by organizing events for ACS local sections, schools, businesses, and the general community.

In 1987, former ACS President Dr. George Pimentel organized a national event to celebrate the impact of chemistry. This single day of celebrating science evolved into an annual week-longevent where the scientific community engages in education and outreach. The events of the week are accompanied by the publication of Celebrating Chemistry, a booklet designed to engage and educate children in the basic principles of chemistry and to inspire the next generation of future scientists.

The theme of National Chemistry Week for 2017 is “Chemistry Rocks!”, which focuses on geochemistry. Topics include the chemistry of salt, the types of rock within the Earth’s crust, and the difference between a rock, a mineral, and a gemstone. Some activities in Celebrating Chemistry include growing crystals from Epsom salt and testing mud samples for clay content.

Previous topics of National Chemistry Week include “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry”, “Chemistry Colors Our World”, “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy”, and “Energy: Now and Forever”. Next year, events will focus around outer space in “Chemistry Out of this World”.

To spark widespread interest and appreciation for chemistry is a goal also shared with our graduate student social and service organization, Pi Alpha Chemical Society (PACS). On Thursday, October 26th, PACS and Graduation Generation, a collaborative family-school-university-community partnership, will host an outreach event at Toomer Elementary School involving 20-minute science demonstrations for kids in third through fifth grade. In addition, ChEmory, our undergraduate chemistry club will host a series of events in honor of National Chemistry Week including an alumni career seminar, science demonstrations, and periodic table cupcake baking!

Outreach opportunities like those presented by PACS, ChEmory, and National Chemistry Week give us the chance to share our love of chemistry and science with the community. Through education and outreach, we can cultivate an appreciation for chemistry and inspire the next generation to become as passionate as we are.

Interested in learning more about National Chemistry Week? Check out the ACS website! If you are interested in getting involved with the PACS outreach event, contact Elaine Liu.

 

ChEmory events this week:

Tuesday, October 24th

Demo Show: 6:30-7:30 pm at Memorial Student Center E208

            Wednesday, October 25th

ChEmory at Wonderful: 12-2 pm in Asbury Circle

Periodic Table Cupcake Baking: 7-8 pm in the LSM Kitchen

            Thursday, October 26th

Periodic Table Cupcake Decorating: 7-8 pm in the LSM Kitchen

2017-2018 Officers Announced for PACS and ChEmory

Pi Alpha Chemical Society, our graduate student social and service organization, and ChEmory, our ACS-affiliated undergraduate chemistry club both elected new officers for the 2017-2018 school year.

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ChEmory welcomes…

President: Daniel Salguiero

Vice President: Ashley Diaz

Treasurer: Javier Omar

Secretary: Thomas Kowal-Safron

Green Chair: Jaipal Narula

Publicity Officer: Sydney Hwang

Demo Chair: Asma Syed

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Pi Alpha Chemical Society (PACS) welcomes…

President: Cam Pratt

VP of Marketing and Communication: Ally Boyington

VP of Community Service: Michelle Leidy

VP of Social Affairs: Alexia Prokopik

VP of Outreach and Academic Affairs: Elaine Liu

Treasurer: Dayna Patterson

Congratulations to all! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

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We’re Hiring: Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate students at an outreach event at Fernbank Museum. Photo provided by Pi Alpha Chemical Society.
Graduate students at an outreach event at Fernbank Museum. Photo provided by Pi Alpha Chemical Society.

The Department of Chemistry is seeking a graduate program coordinator for the Department of Chemistry.  To apply, please visit the Emory Careers portal. The position number is 71103BR.

Program Coordinator-Emory College: Chemistry

831010:ECAS: Chemistry

71103BR

Job Description

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience with the following:

  • Student orientation
  • Student advising
  • Grad course scheduling
  • Course registration
  • Student payroll – coordinate for Department and RAS financial offices
  • Teaching Assistant placement
  • Research rotation placement and mentor choice
  • Student awards and recognition
  • Maintaining records of student progress
  • Annual reports
  • Career placement for internal assessments
  • Program grant applications

FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Primary duties are organizing, coordinating, and planning operational facets of a program and its related activities which include, but are not limited to the following: establishing long-term operational objectives, researching factors that may impact the success of the program, and working with individuals or groups to research and document program requirements in order to provide appropriate input into the development of strategic plans.
  • Develops work plans to accomplish program goals and objectives and monitors progress toward their achievement.
  • Conducts research and gathers information to develop various publications.
  • Develops promotional materials which may include content for reports, briefings, newsletters, grants or other written information related to the program.
  • Assists in developing and coordinating program-related conferences, conventions, or meetings.
  • Monitors expenditures and may participate in the budget planning process and prepare financial reports.
  • May assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives.
  • Prepares operational and statistical reports.
  • Conducts training, represents the program at meetings and conferences, and networks with affiliated groups.
  • May supervise assigned project staff, interns and/or volunteers.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.
  • This is not an administrative support position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the program and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Operating Unit/Division

Emory College

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Regular/Temporary

Regular

Minimum Hourly Rate $

19.086538

Midpoint Hourly Rate $

25.576923

Minimum Annual Rate $

39700

Midpoint Annual Rate $

53200

This position involves:

Not Applicable

Event Report: ChEmory Alumni Career Panel

On Wednesday evening, April 12th, ChEmory held their inaugural alumni career panel in Atwood Hall 360. The event was well attended by both undergraduate and graduate students.

Featured alumni guests were:

Dr. Vicky Stevens (American Cancer Society)

Vicky Stevens received a B.S. degree in Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Emory University and then did a postdoctoral fellowship at Merck Research Laboratories in the area of lipid metabolism.  She returned to Emory to begin her independent research career in 1990 and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in the Division of Cancer Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology.  While at Emory, Dr. Stevens’ research focused on glycolipid metabolism and its role in regulating folate transport.

In 2003, Dr. Stevens joined the American Cancer Society in 2003 as a Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance. In 2006, she became the Strategic Director of Laboratory Services and in 2008, assumed responsibility for the Biospecimen Repositories for the Cancer Prevention Studies

Dr. Holly Carpenter (Aeon and HiQ Cosmetics)

Dr. Carpenter earned her doctorate in chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the area of peptide and protein engineering. With over 10 years of experience at the highest levels of academic scientific research in protein materials, Holly leads the research and development division of Aeon as well as coordinates projects in University Partnership initiatives and business development. She has recently launched a new company and venture in skincare and cosmetics.  HiQ Cosmetics leads the market in offering all-natural, high-performance luxury skincare products.

After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Holly accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, where she achieved a status of tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Holly regularly taught courses for undergraduates in biochemistry and medicinal chemistry, as well as introductory chemistry courses.  For over 7 years, she conducted academic research with competitive national grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in the area of protein engineering. Holly has also served as a reviewer for competitive grants at the national level for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Nelly Miles (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

Nelly Miles earned her Chemistry degree from Emory University in 1999.  In her undergraduate career, she served as a New Student Orientation Captain, President of the NAACP, and was a member of the Omicron Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Upon graduation, she began working as a Forensic Chemist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).  After six (6) years, she was promoted to Assistant Manager of the unit.  A year later, she was promoted to the Forensic Chemistry Manager where she oversaw the daily operations of GBI’s Forensic Chemistry Unit for the next nine (9) years.

After 16 years with the GBI, she transitioned to the Public Affairs Office where she now serves as GBI’s Public Affairs Director.  In this role, she works with the media to communicate information to the public about the GBI.  Additionally, she serves as a legislative liaison to Georgia’s legislature and the Governor’s Office on behalf of the agency.

Mrs. Miles is a current member of Atlanta Metropol, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and holds past memberships in the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Chemical Society.

Mrs. Miles’ most significant role is that of wife and mother.  She resides in Stockbridge, GA with her husband, Cleveland Miles, and their three children.

The fourth panelist was current graduate student (and future alum!) Allyson Boyington who talked about graduate school as a career path. Ally is a second year PhD candidate in the Jui Group at Emory. She received her B.S. in chemistry and environmental science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

The panel was spearheaded by ChEmory freshman rep Ashley Diaz (with help from PACS and Emory development representatives Robin Harpak and Michelle LeBlanc.) “I had a lot of people say that they didn’t even know some of those career paths were options. There was a lot of excitement about the possibilities,” said Ashley. “We have to do this again!”

Thank you to our alumni guests. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for our current students

 

 

Summer Science Academy Visits Chemistry

Anthony Sementilli lectures to Summer Science Academy students in the ATOMIC classroom while Cam Pratt looks on. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Anthony Sementilli lectures to Summer Science Academy students in the ATOMIC classroom while Cam Pratt looks on. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

Students from the Summer Science Academy visited chemistry on Wednesday to participate in demos and tours organized by Pi Alpha Chemical Society. The Summer Science Academy is a two-week science enrichment program that provides high school students from traditionally underrepresented minority backgrounds the opportunity to develop a better understanding and appreciation of science by exposing them to an educational environment that is conducive to learning, motivating, challenging, and fun. “Hands on” experiences like the visit to chemistry are designed to heighten students’ interest in science by increasing awareness of careers in science and healthcare.

Anthony and Cam prepare for the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Anthony and Cam prepare for the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

Academy students were treated to a short, accessible lecture about the disciplines of chemistry by graduate student Anthony Sementilli (Lynn Group). During the question and answer period, one of the Academy students asked “Are we going to get to blow things up today?”

Fire! .gif created by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Fire! .gif created by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

Not to disappoint, Anthony wrapped up the lecture with a series of demos in the chemistry courtyard, including fire (combustion) and ice (liquid nitrogen cloud!) First year student Cam Pratt, newly arrived at Emory in the past week to start a summer rotation in the Davies Group, assisted with the demos.

Summer Science Academy students assist with the Elephant's Toothpaste demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Summer Science Academy students assist with the Elephant’s Toothpaste demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

The visitors also had the opportunity to participate in the “elephant’s toothpaste” demo. Following the demos, students toured the Jui and Lynn labs with the assistance of Anthony, Ally Boyington (Jui Group), and Michelle Leidy (Scarborough Group).

Students watch the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.
Students watch the cloud demo. Photo by Emory University Department of Chemistry.

The Summer Science Academy will bring two more groups to chemistry on June 22nd at 1:00pm and July 7th at 11:00am. If you are a current graduate student interested in volunteering to help with either visit, email Anthony Sementilli.

Pi Alpha Chemical Society Meets the Toxic Avenger!

PACS's view of the stage at Piedmont Park on Saturday, June 11th. Photo provided by Pi Alpha Chemical Society.
PACS’s view of the stage at Piedmont Park on Saturday, June 11th. Photo provided by Pi Alpha Chemical Society.

Members of Pi Alpha Chemical Society, chemistry’s graduate student social and service organization, volunteered their time on Saturday, June 11th to help Horizon Theatre bring their musical The Toxic Avenger to Piedmont Park. Students assisted with greeting guests, checking tickets and bags, and coordinating VIP and reserved seating. The show took place outside on the Promenade next door to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The majority of the seats were free and student volunteers were able to stay and enjoy the show.

Toxic Avenger tells the story of an aspiring scientist who vows to save New Jersey from toxic waste. In the process, exposure to toxic waste turns him into a singing superhero…better living through chemistry!