Huron Valley Section


Here are some upcoming events and announcements for our Section.

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. 


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 

48th Central Regional Meeting of the ACS - June 6-10, 2017 in Dearborn, MI

The 48th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society will be held from June 6-10, 2017 in Dearborn, MI.  To submit an abstract, to register or to find out more about the meeting, go to  

Volunteers needed for Earth Day Demos!

ACS – Huron Valley Local Chapter is a proud sponsor of the Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival!  We are looking for 10 volunteers to help with demonstrations.  This is an excellent opportunity for ACS members to participate in the education and awareness of Earth Day to the local community.


This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from noon to 4pm at the Leslie Science and Nature Center which is located at 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor.

Please contact Aaron Brackman at or 734-769-8010 ext. 2286 if you are interested in helping out.  For more information visit A press release with more details will be posted as we get closer to the event.

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 

2016-17 Seminars at University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University

U of M Macromolecular Science & Engineering Schedule

  • October 11: Lei Jiang - Chinese Academy of Sciences & Beijing University
    2 pm, Research Auditorium, NCRC Building 10; Smart Interfacial Materials from Super-Wettability to Binary Cooperative Complementary Systems - Absract here.
    to Binary Cooperative Complementary Systems
  • October 14: Stephen Cheng - University of Akron, 3 PM, Room TBD; Precisely Functionalized Molecular Nanoparticles Are Unique Elements for Macromolecular Science: From “Nanoatoms” to Giant Molecules - Abstract here.

  • November 14: Shu Yang - University of Pennsylvania, 4 PM, Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center; "Foldable and Responsive Soft Metamaterials" -  Abstract here.

  • January 17: Timothy Swager - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2:30 PM, Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center

  • February 28: Scott White - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 3 PM, Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center

Eastern Michigan University Chemistry Schedule
  •  Sept. 26th: Babak Borhan, MSU - Organic Chemistry, 
  • Oct. 10th: Jay Otten, retired from BSF - "35 years of innovation at BASF Corp, The Chemical Company" 

  • Oct. 24th: Hrant Hratchian, UC Merced - Computational Chemistry
  • Nov. 7th: Alan Attie, UW Madison - Genetics of Obesity jointly sponsored by CSIE

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 .