Huron Valley Section


Here are some upcoming events and announcements for our Section.

Winter/Spring 2018 Seminars at Eastern Michigan University

EMU Chemistry Seminar Schedule

Click on the title to see the semimar abstract (if available).  All Seminars are Monday at 4 PM in Room 154 Science Complex, unless indicated otherwise. 

Feb. 12, "Structural and Functional Studies of the Bacillithiol Biosynthesis Enzymes," Paul Cook, Grand Valley State University. 

Mar. 5, Terry Bigioli, University of Toledo: Physical Chemistry emphasis

Apr. 2, Senela Martec, Oakland University: Biological chemistry emphasis 

Special Invitation to a Huron Valley ACS Executive Committee Meeting - Nov. 1st, 2017 - 4:00 PM at NSF International

Hello HVACS Local Chapter Members,

Have you ever wondered what your HVACS Executive Committee does? Have you wanted to get involved but didn’t know how to? Do you have suggestions/ideas/events that you would like to see HVACS involved with? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here are the details:

  • Date - Wednesday, November 1st
  • Time - Mixer at 4pm, Meeting starts at 4:30pm
  • Location - NSF International, 789 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - Sinai Conference Room

Please contact and RSVP to Aaron Brackman (Chair HVACS Local Chapter) at

Fall 2017 Seminars Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University Chemistry Schedule

Below you will find a listing of departmental seminars. Click on the title to see the seminar abstract (if available). All seminars are Monday at 4 p.m. in Room 154 Science Complex, unless indicated otherwise.

September 25, "Advancing energy storage technology: a view from the bench" John Hopkins, Inmatech Inc. 

October 9 - "Thinking with your gut: Gut microbes and their influence on gene expression in the brain" Clay Carlson, Trinity Christian College.

October 23 - "Redox catalysis strategies for complex molecules" Cory Stephenson, University of Michigan.

November 27 - Scott Weinert, Oklahoma State University.  Topic:  Inorganic/Organometallic

December 4 - Peggy Ostrom, Michigan State University.  Topic:  Analytical Chemistry

2017 Huron Valley ACS Section's 50 and 70-Year Members

We are pleased to pass on the recent announcement of our local section members who have reached major milestones in their ACS membership in 2017.  If you know of anyone on this list, please congratulate them!




Dr. Samuel Krimm




Dr. Dmitri Coucouvanis

Dr. John Adair Secrist III 

Congratulation to the 2017 Chemistry Olympiad Finalist and Honor Awardees from the Huron Valley Section!

 After taking the National Chemistry Olympiad test in April, Yunfei Ma from Skyline High School was one of 20 finalists.  Yunfei will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado in June.  Here is a picture of Yunfei.

Chenxin Song, from Pioneer High School, was one of 141 students to make the High Honors and Honors List. 


Report from the August 2016 Philadelphia ACS Meeting by HVACS Councilor Nina Contis

Here is Nina's report - link

Here are the talking points from ACS - link 

The Huron Valley ACS Newsletter is Back!

After a 2 year hiatus, the Huron Valley ACS Newsletter is back!  To check it out, go the Newsletters link on the left.  
Thanks to Megan Brooks-Planck for a great job as our new newsletter editor!

2016 ACS Leadership Institute - Summary prepared by Chair-Elect, Aaron Brackman

As recently elected Chair-Elect, I attended the 2016 ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas, Texas at the InterContinental Hotel from Friday, January 22nd thru Sunday, January 24th. The weekend was filled with multiple training sessions and networking opportunities. 

 Training sessions that I attended included the following: Communication with Your Members, Social Media Strategies for your Local Section, Planning Successful Activities, Engaging and Motivating Volunteers, and Collaborating Across Boundaries. In addition to the training sessions I attended, it was encouraged that ACS members also do some of the on-line training classes to further enhance our leadership roles. Below are some of the on-line classes that are available:

o   The ACS and You

o   Managing Projects Effectively

o   Running Productive Meetings

o   Becoming an Effective Contributor

o   Succession Planning

o   Matching Interests with Goals

o   Understanding Member’s Interests 

Another highlight of the weekend was the ACS Resource Fair and Reception.  This was a great opportunity to learn more about the various resources available to executive committee members and ACS members in general.

Overall, the days were long, the food was great and the classes very informative.  The meeting and networking with other ACS members is an experience to be cherished.

May 2014 Huron Valley ACS Newsletter Available

To view the May 2014 Newsletter, go to the Newsletters tab to the left.

Looking for a Home for Hard Copy of JACS (1971-1990)

A local HVACS member is retiring and is interested in donating his 20 year collection of the Journal of American Chemical Society - 1971-1990.  If you have a use for this collection, please contact Barry at .