Central PA Local Section


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 Past Events:


7th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Sponsored by:

The Central PA Local Section of the ACS


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

6:30-8:30 PM

Verne M. Willaman Gateway to the Sciences

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802  

(3rd floor bridge between Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings: Enter through the Life Sciences Building next to Eisenhower Auditorium and Eisenhower parking garage, and go to the 3rd Floor.  The entrance to the Bridge is at the top of the stairs.)

No cost: Food and Refreshments will be Provided

The 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The Symposium includes poster presentations by students (including REU and RET participants) from all chemistry-related disciplines from all of the campuses within the Central PA Local Section.



Fourth Quadrennial Frank Whitmore Lecture on Chemistry Education and Public Policy

Banquet Time for those who RSVP'd: 6:00-7:15 PM (arrive between 5:45-6:00 PM)
Location:  Verne M. Willaman Gateway to the Sciences (3rd floor bridge between the Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings)
Menu:  Buffet style; please limit to a single entree first then return for more; no alcohol will be served at this event
Parking:  HUB Parking Deck (next to the HUB on Shortlidge Road) or East Parking Deck (next to the Berkey Creamery on Bigler Road) - $1 per hour, cash only.

Dress:  Business casual
Seating:  Open except I will reserve several seats for Dr. Alley and a few other guests of honor.

Public presentation by Dr. Richard Alley:  7:30 PM in 100 Thomas, April 19, 2016.


A business meeting and banquet will precede the event.
 Choose this link for a complete abstract and details regarding the local section meeting.


Thursday, April 7, 2016
Dr. Thomas R. Cech, University of Colorado Boulder
“Active Learning of Undergraduate Science”
3:00 p.m. – Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building
Host:  Dr. Phil Bevilacqua (863-3812)
Dr. Cech received the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


Short Cuts: Stories from a Life in Chemistry

Professor Ian Fleming, FRS

Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry

Emeritus Fellow Pembroke College

Cambridge University

Juniata College – Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 – 5:30 PM

An abstract and more information can be found here.

Dinner is provided; Please RSVP to John Unger by noon Monday, Feb. 23, 2015


We congratulate Penn State Chemical Engineering students
Mr. Bryce D. Kuhn, Ms. Stephanie A. Rohrbach, Ms. Kristin A.Weigel, and their advisor Dr. Bratoljub H. Milosavljevic (Chemistry Department, Penn State)
on receiving the
ACS Outstanding Student Poster Award
in the Physical Chemistry Division
at the 247th National ACS Meeting in Dallas, TX!

Please read the abstract of their presentation, "DSC and Photophysical Study of Cold Crystallization of Poly(propylene glycol)/Water Mixtures" by clicking here.

Read about the Division of Physical Chemistry student poster award and other ACS awards.


We congratulate Penn State Lecturer

Dr. Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys

on receiving recognition as the

Central PA Local Section Volunteer of the Year for 2014!

Read more about the award and the recipients by clicking here.

Thursday October 16th at 6:30 pm
in 102 Chemistry Building on the Penn State University Park Campus
Dr. Paul S. Cremer 
J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Natural Sciences
 Exploring the Interactions of Ions, Peptides and Proteins with Lipid Membranes
Read the abstract here.

Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Sept. 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Verne M. Willaman Gateway, Penn State University
For a printable information click here.
Poster Abstracts are available here.

Business Meeting, Talk and Dinner

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars

324 Decker Valley Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875

From Uranium Minerals to Nanoscale Uranium-Oxo Clusters: An Evolution of Thought and Scale

Dr. Peter C. Burns
For abstract, cost, RSVP, and more information, please click here.

Speaker Jesse J. Sabatini

December 4th, 2013,  Juniata College (in Huntingdon)

We met to dine, discuss, and listen to a little bit unusual speaker from US Army RDECOM-ARDEC who spoke about pyrotechnic illuminants. Details are to be found in the attached flyer.

 Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Sept. 19, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Verne M. Willaman Gateway
Chemistry Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802
For more info or to present a poster, contact Jackie Bortiatynski at jackie@chem.psu.edu

Speakers Gigi Naglak and Jen Dionisio
Three Courses of Chemistry in Your Kitchen

Monday, April 29th, 2013, Talk begins at 7:00 PM

Meeting and Dinner at 6:00 PM, Cost $20 ACS members,  RSVP to Peter Baran at baran@juniata.edu no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday April 23, 2013, details on flyer below

Von Liebig Center for Sciences, Sill Board Room, Juniata College
1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652

 For an Abstract of the talk and a Bio of the speakers, please click here

Speaker Mitch Holland, Penn State University
Rapid Testing: Is It the Future of Forensic DNA?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, Talk at 7:15 PM

Dinner at 6:00 PM

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
324 Decker Valley Rd., Spring Mills, PA 16875

For an Abstract of the talk and a Bio of the speaker, please click  here.

Speaker Dr. Brian Dempsey, Penn State University

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6:30 PM

Informal Reception at 6:00 PM with sandwiches, salad and cookies;  RSVP to Jackie Bortiatynski at jackie@psu.edu

102 Chemistry Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Marcellus hydrofrac, flowback, and production waters:
composition, environmental issues, and treatment/reuse options

For an Abstract of the talk and a Bio of the speaker, please click here.

Panel Discussion: The Land Grant Act at 150: An Historical Perspective

Thursday, September 6, 2012, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant Act on July 2, 1862. The Act authorized states to sell federal land scrip in order to establish an endowment to support one or more schools in their states where:

“…the leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanic arts (engineering)…in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in several pursuits and professions of life.”

As Pennsylvania’s Land Grant institution, Penn State has a distinguished history of educational service to the Commonwealth. This panel discussion will focus the educational legacy of the Penn State pioneers of Land Grant education, Evan Pugh and George Atherton.


·      Roger Geiger, Penn State University, Distinguished Professor, Higher Education will discuss the overall impact of the 1862 Land Grant Act

·      Kristen Yarmey, Digital Services Librarian, University of Scranton will discuss Evan Pugh’s role in the establishment of Penn State as Pennsylvania’s Land Grant Institution

·      Roger Williams, Penn State University, Executive Director, Alumni Association will discuss the role George Atherton played in the development of the 2nd Land Grant Act, 1890

This panel discussion complements an exhibition currently on display in the Special Collections Library (104 Paterno Library) entitled The Land Grant Act at 150.

Special event sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Chemical Society and hosted by the Department of Chemistry of The Pennsylvania State University.

2012 Frank Whitmore Lecture on

Chemistry Education and Public Policy

Chemistry:  A Key to Human Progress

Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea

University of Wisconsin-Madison and

2012 President of the American Chemical Society

Sunday, July 29th at 5:30 pm in Eisenhower Auditorium

 For more information on Shakhashiri, Whitmore, and the Whitmore Lecture go to:    

click here

 Dr. Sheryl Rummel (Penn State University) and Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri (2012 President of the American Chemical Society), 2012 Frank Whitmore Lecture  on Chemistry Education and Public Policy, and First Plenary Lecture of the 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Sunday, July 29, 2012.  Whitmore Lecture sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Chemical Society.

Sponsor of the 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education;
July 29 - August 2, 2012 at Penn State University, University Park Campus
Opening Plenary presentation by Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri, current ACS president
Workshops, Plenary sessions, Technical Sessions, Poster sessions, and Demo Extravaganza
Act 48 Credit available and registration grants for local K-12 educators
Social Events include an Arboretum picnic, 2YC3 Ice Cream Social, and an appearance by the band Al D. Hyde and the Ketones.

Local Section Dinner and Talk;
Spectroscopic Analysis of Pigments on Works of Art
Dr. Richard Hark,  Juniata College
Thurs. April 26, 2012, presentation at Restek Corporation
Dinner at 6:30 PM, Talk at 7:30 PM, RSVP by April 13

Penn State University American Wizard Competition
Thursday, April 19, 2012, presentation at University Park
Sponsored by the Nittany Chemical Society, student affiliate chapter of the ACS at Penn State
Competition begins at 6:30 PM in 119 Osmond, all welcome

Local Section Dinner and Talk;
Differentiating the geographical origins of spices and herbs – analytical methodologies, techniques and findings
Dr. Paul Ford, McCormick and Company, Inc.
Tues. April 3, 2012, presentation at Juniata College
Dinner at 6:30 PM, Talk at 7:30 PM, RSVP by March 30

Rededication of the Pond Building at the Priestley House

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