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Volunteers needed at Trick or Treat on the River - Gallup Livery!

Posted by Paul Dobrowolski on October 7, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

The EMU Chemistry Club is looking for 2 to 3 volunteers to help out at the Trick-O-Treat On The River at Gallup Canoe Livery on Sunday, October 16th (Gallup Canoe Livery is located at 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor).

We’ll be dressing up as non-gory mad scientists and making slime to give out. We encourage dressing up in costumes.

We are planning to set up in the Arts and Crafts Area at the Gallup Canoe Livery.

The event runs from Noon until 5pm. Volunteers can plan to help for an hour or however long they can.

If you are interested, please contact Justin Powers at:


Sam Kean to Speak at U of M Rackham Amphitheatre

Posted by Paul Dobrowolski on September 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Best Selling Author Sam Kean is back to discuss three of this books, The Dueling Neurosurgeons, The Violinist's Thumb and The Disappearing Spoon. Please join the community in supporting Sam Kean! All high school students and teachers are especially welcome for an afternoon of writing and science.

“Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other places, and his work has been featured on “Radiolab” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” among other shows. His books The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010, while both The Violinist’s Thumb and The Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for PEN’s literary science writing award.”


Huron Valley ACS Science Cafe

Posted by Paul Dobrowolski on September 22, 2016 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Please join us for a science Cafe presentation by Kimberly Venuk, Forensic Scientist in the Controlled Substances Unit of the Michigan State Police.  Her talk in titled "High Times in Michigan: Exploring the Latest Street Drugs.

The location will be at Sidetrack Bar and Grill, 56 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI.

A social hour begins at 6 PM (Dutch reat) and Kimberly's talk will begin at 7 PM.  Arrive early to secure your seat!

Huron Valley ACS Section Leader Named 2015 ACS Fellow!

Posted by Paul Dobrowolski on September 21, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Our very own Huron Valley ACS Section leader has recently been named a 2015 ACS Fellow!  Nina has been involved in the Huron Valley Section for many years.  Here is the announcement from the July 13, 2015 issue of Chemical & Engineering News:

Tratras Contis, Ellene

Eastern Michigan University 

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for vision and leadership in cutting-edge strategies to engage students into the STEM community and for work in studying short-lived fission products of uranium-235 and trace metal analysis of water.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for leadership on the Committee on International Activities, chairing the Europe and Middle East Subcommittee, directing long-term global strategic planning efforts and International Chemical Sciences Chapter development, and co-organizing and chairing symposia and international conferences.