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Sunday night wrap-up

Posted by Jim Deavor on October 23, 2016 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (7)

Great Undergraduate Chemistry Carnival and Pizza mixer today.  Jennifer Kelley was te horganizer.

High School Program for teachers was super.  Thank you Regis Goode and Laura Slocum, organizers.

Opening Mixer and expo went very well.  Larry Metcalf was the organizer.

On-site registration at the upper level of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center:

 

Monday Oct 24 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

Tuesday Oct 25 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

Wednesday Oct 24 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

The technical program has been updated as of October 19 and may be downloaded as a pdf file. It will also be available via the ACS SERMACS 2016 App. There will be no printed program available at the meeting. Download the ACS SERMACS 2016 App now!

 

The conference hotels are the Hilton and the Hampton Inn. Rooms are also available at the Hyatt Place.

 

Pokémon is loose at the Convention Center. Come to the Exhibit Hall to start your search.

 

Monday Plenary Speaker: Harry Gray 8 AM

 

University of South Carolina Alumni Lunch Monday 12PM @ the Hickory Tavern

 

Monday SCIMix in the Exhibit Hall 4:30-6:30.

 

Undergraduate poster session will be in the Exhibit Hall on Monday..

 

Graduate School Fair will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Monday morning.

 

ACS Member Insurance Academic Coverage Seminar Tuesday 9:15-10:15 Hilton Hotel, Carolina Wren Room

 

The Tuesday night barbeque and jazz event start time has been moved to 6:30 p.m. 

 

SERMACS, Inc. Board meeting is Wednesday 8:30-11:30 a.m. (Breakfast at 7:30).

 

Be sure to follow us in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SERMACS2016/.

 

Welcome to SERMACS 2016!

Posted by Jim Deavor on October 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday October 23

Welcome to SERMACS 2016!

On-site registration at the  upper level of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center:

Sunday Oct 23  7:00 AM-6:30 PM

Monday Oct 24 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Tuesday Oct 25 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Wednesday Oct 24 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

The technical program has been updated as of October 19 and  may be downloaded as a pdf file.  It will also be available via the ACS SERMACS 2016 App.  There will be no printed program available at the meeting.  Download the ACS SERMACS 2016 App now!

The conference hotels are the Hilton and the Hampton Inn. Rooms are also available at the Hyatt Place

University of South Carolina Alumni Lunch Monday 12PM @ the Hickory Tavern

ACS Member Insurance Academic Coverage Seminar Tuesday 9:15-10:15 Hilton Hotel, Carolina Wren Room

The Tuesday Ice Cream Social has been moved to 1:00 p.m. 

The Tuesday night barbeque and jazz event start time has been moved to 6:30 p.m.  

SERMACS, Inc. Board meeting is Wednesday 8:30-11:30 a.m. (Breakfast at 7:30).

Be sure to follow us in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SERMACS2016/.

Here comes SERMACS 2016!

Posted by Jim Deavor on October 3, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The American Chemical Society’s South Carolina Section will host the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting (SERMACS 2016) at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Hilton Columbia Center from Sunday, Oct. 23, to Wednesday, Oct. 26. The venues are adjacent to the campus of the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

The meeting theme is “Catalyzing Chemical Changes,” and featured speakers include Chemistry Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie, ACS Priestley Medalist Harry Gray, and ACS Cope Scholars Miguel Garcia-Garibay, William Dichtel, and Luis Campos. The general chair of the meeting is Angela Peters of Claflin University, and the program chair is Scott Goode of the University of South Carolina.

Technical program.

The meeting will feature oral and poster sessions on analytical chemistry, biological  chemistry, chemical education, colloid chemistry, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, interdisciplinary chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and polymer chemistry.

There will be 28 specialized symposia on the following topics: “Advances in Forensic Chemistry”; “Asymmetric Chemistry throughout the Southeast”; “Catalysis & Biocatalysis”;  Chemical Applications of Chemometrics”; “Cope Symposium: Molecules to Functional Supramolecular Materials”; “Cutting Edge of Biological Inorganic Chemistry”; “Dynamics of Molecular Processes: Theory, Simulations, Insight”; “Electrocatalysis”; “Electronic Structure: Concepts & Applications”; “Emerging Environmental Contaminants”; “Finding Solutions to Environmental Challenges in Agriculture”; “Frontiers in Nucleic Acid Chemistry”; “High School Chemistry: New Approaches to Catalyze Change for You!”; “Metal Complexes of Scorpionate & Related Ligands”; “Molecules to Functional Supramolecular Materials”; “New Chemistry toward Functional Polymeric Materials”; “Nuclear Power & Safety”; “Realities of the Chemical Industry"; "Career Opportunities & Paths”; “Reform Pedagogy in Undergraduate Chemistry”; “Scattering Measurements of Polymers & Nanomaterials”; “Secrets & Strategies for Successfully Commercializing Chemical Ideas”; “Small-Molecule Inorganic Chemistry in the Southeast: Honoring Jerome Odom”; “Structural & Functional Characterization of Proteins”; “Structure-Property Relationship of Nanoscale Materials”; “Supramolecular Assemblies & Metal-Organic Frameworks”; “Synthesis & Application of Biofunctional Nanomaterials”; and “Women Chemists in the Southeast.”

High school program.

A program for high school teachers in the southeastern region will take place on Sunday. Speakers include Rudy Mancke, a naturalist and cohost of South Carolina ETV’s NatureScene , and Rhonda Craig of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s DNA Casework  Unit. In addition, there will be several interactive activities organized for teachers by teachers.  Registration includes a continental breakfast, a luncheon, and a workshop by William H. (Jack) Breazeale Jr. on the new ACS Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines for High Schools.

Workshops.

On Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, the ACS Leadership Institute will offer the workshop “Coaching & Feedback.” On Monday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, chemical safety consultant Harry Elston will present a workshop on “Effective Chemical Safety Management: A Risk-Based Perspective for the Chemical Hygiene Officer.” On Tuesday from 9 AM to noon, ACS Career Consultants Mary and John Engelman will teach an ACS Career Pathways workshop on “Finding Your Pathway,” and résumé reviews will be held from 1 to 5 PM.

Exposition.

Up to 50 exhibitors will showcase  their products at the exposition,which kicks off with an opening reception at 5 PM on Sunday and remains open until 7 PM. The exhibition will also  be open on Monday from 9 AM to 6 PM and on Tuesday from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Awards.

Several 2016 awards will be presented at the meeting. The ACS Division of Chemical Education Southeastern Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching will be presented to Robert R. Gotwals Jr. of the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics. Jack Breazeale Jr. will receive the E. Ann Nalley Southeastern Regional Award for Volunteer Service. The recipient of the SERMACS Industrial Innovation Award is Ecodyst of Cary, N.C., whose founder and CEO is George Adjabeng. And the recipients of the Partners for Progress & Prosperity Award are the ACS Virginia Section’s Minority Affairs Committee and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers. The winners of the 2015 and 2016 Stanley C. Israel Southeastern Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences will be announced at the meeting.

Special events.

Approximately 40 institutions will be represented at the graduate school fair. Other special events include the Younger Chemists Committee/Women Chemists Committee luncheon, the Sci- Mix poster session, a minority discussion panel and dinner, an undergraduate luncheon, an ice cream social with ACS district directors, an ACS southeastern region awards luncheon, and visits to the South Carolina State Museum, Doty Scientific, and a South Carolina Energy & Gas nuclear reactor construction site.

Lodging and registration.

Rooms are available at the Hilton Columbia Center at a special rate of $159 per night and at the Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District for $155 per night when booked through the meeting website. Advance registration will close at 11:59 PM on Oct. 16. On-site registration will continue through the end of the meeting.

Going Green

Posted by Jim Deavor on June 7, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The SERMACS 2016 Organizing Committee has decided to take the plunge. We are "Going Green."

SERMACS 2016 will be the first SERMACS to be printed program-less! Instead of killing trees everyone will have free access to the SERMACS 2016 App. Be sure to bring your handheld device.  There will not be a printed program available for mass distribution.

 

We will post on the website prior to the conference pdf files if you wish to kill trees on your own. However, we hope everyone will join us and support this important change from the past.



Call for Papers

Posted by Jim Deavor on March 10, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The call for papers for the 2016 Southeast Regional Meeting has been issued. The meeting will take place on October 23-26, 2016 in Columbia, SC with the theme Catalyzing Chemical Changes.  Dr. Scott Goode is the Program Chair.

 Details, including names and contact information for program and session chairs, can be found on the meeting website at http://sermacs2016.org/. The final program summary will be published in C&EN in the Fall; the online program will be available on September 19, 2016.

SERMACS 2016 is headlined by Plenary Speakers Martin Chalfie, Harry Gray, Rhonda Craig, and Cope scholars Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Luis Campos, and William Dichtel who participate in a number of symposia including the Cope Symposium: “Molecules to Functional Supramolecular Materials”; “Supramolecular Assemblies and Metal-Organic Frameworks. Multisession chemical education symposia include High School Chemistry: New Approaches to Catalyze Change for YOU!!!”; “Reform Pedagogy in Undergraduate Chemistry”; and “Nuclear Power, Energy, and Safety.” Multiday computational chemistry symposia highlight “Dynamics of Molecular Processes: Theory, Simulations, Insight” and “Electronic Structure: Concepts and Applications.” Studies at the interface of biology and chemistry include “Cutting Edge of Biological Inorganic Chemistry”; “Structural and Functional Characterization of Proteins”; and “Catalysis and Biocatalysis.”

The 48 technical sessions and poster presentations also include “Advances in Forensics Chemistry”; “Chemical Applications of Chemometrics”; “Electrocatalysis”; “Emerging Environmental Contaminants”; “Finding Solutions to Environmental Challenges in Agriculture”; “Small-Molecule Inorganic Chemistry in the Southeast: Honoring Jerome Odom”; “Metal Complexes of Scorpionate and Related Ligands”; “Asymmetric Chemistry throughout the Southeast”; “Synthesis and Application of Biofunctional Nanomaterials”; “New Chemistry Toward Functional Polymeric Materials”; “Scattering Measurements of Polymers and Nanomaterials”; “Structure-Property-Relationships of Nanoscale Materials”; and “Women Chemists in the Southeast.”

Extensive activities for high-school chemistry teachers and undergraduate students are planned for the first day of the meeting, which begins on a Sunday concluding that evening with a Chemical Education poster session at the exhibit hall opening. Undergraduates are encouraged to submit posters and oral presentations to any of the symposia or technical sessions or to the Monday evening undergraduate poster session held in concert with the Sci-Mix social event.

ACS's Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS) opens on April 11, 2016 for abstracts. Please visit either the symposium website or MAPS at maps.acs.org, to submit an abstract. Abstracts are due August 15, 2016

 


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