Huron Valley Section

Past Activities and Announcements

Here is a list of activities that recently took place related to the Huron Valley Section along with any announcements and news.

Eastern Michigan University Seminar - "Hey Chemists, will you help me get to Mars?" Dave Pawlowski, EMU Physics on Monday, 4:00PM, October 22, 2018

Celebrating ACS National Chemistry Week 2018, "Chemistry is out of this world!"  Attend this seminar to learn how to get to Mars.  This event will take place at EMU at 4:00 PM in room 152 MJSC.   Help promote with this flyer.  

"Voyage to Mars - Red Planet Chemistry" ACS Program-in-a-Box at Eastern Michigan University on October 23, 2018

Where: Halle Library Auditorium 603, EMU

When: 6:45 PM (food!), Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Contact: Sai at 

Humankind has always strived to unlock the celestial secrets of our closest planetary neighbor. We have come a long way since early astronomers gazed through simple telescopes and theorized about massive canals on the Red Planet. Orbital satellites have begun to map its surface in detail and nuclear-powered rovers are working to unlock the chemical and geologic secrets.

Celebrate National Chemistry Week on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm ET by gathering a group for a mission to explore the chemistry of Mars! Join us live as our panel of experts shares what we know about the planet and the steps that need to be taken to safely send men and women to walk on its surface. Discover the challenges of long-term space travel and the materials, biochemistry, and astrochemistry that will help make this mission possible.

For more information about the speakers and this program - 

Spread the word with this flyer - link

"Careers in Chemistry" Presentation by Dr. Lisa Balbes - October 4, 2018

The Kalamazoo and Huron Valley Sections of the ACS invite you to a presentation on "Careers in Chemistry" by Dr. Lisa Balbes, a career consultant on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7 PM in Kalamazoo College's Dewing Hall, Room 103.  The Huron Valley Section will gather in room 300 at the Bruce T. Halle Library at Eastern Michigan University where they will join via webinar.  Join from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

For parking information at EMU, see

The meeting should be of interest to anyone who may have or be inclined to consider obtaining a degree in chemistry and is wondering what career options are available to someon with the skills acquired in following this path. 

Information about Dr. Lisa M. Balbes -  Dr. Lisa M. Balbes has been an American Chemical Society volunteer career consultant since 1993, providing career management advice and information to literally thousands of scientists. She is the author of “Nontraditional Careers for Chemists: New Formulas in Chemistry”, published by Oxford University Press, an ACS certified master workshop facilitator, and an internationally invited speaker on various career topics. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis.

40th Anniversary - CISPLATIN CELEBRATION & Cancer Research Symplosium - August 3-4, 2018

Please join us on August 3-4 as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of cisplatin and showcase key cancer research from the discovery of cisplatin/carboplatin to the present.

The two-day event will include a reception and cancer research poster presentation on Friday evening, followed by an all-day symposium on Saturday that features a veritable “Who’s Who” of scientists and experts in the cisplatin/carboplatin field.  There will also be presentations from nationally renowned MSU faculty members who will share some of the latest cancer research advances in precision nanomedicine, medicinal chemistry and the metabolic regulation of this complex disease. It’s an event that you won’t want to miss!

To register, visit the webpage - 

2018 Fitzsimmons Lectures at Eastern Michigan University - Dr. Patick McGovern (University of Pennsylvania Museum) - June 14, 15, 2018

On Thursday, June 14 (4 PM) and Friday, June 15 (1:30 PM), Dr. McGovern will speak about his experience in the emerging field of Molecular Archaeology.  

More information about Dr. McGovern is included in this flyer - link 

Research Opportunity of High Shcool Students at Eastern Michigan University - June/July 2018

This one-of-a-kind program offers high school students, in teams of two, to be matched with a faculty mentor and research undergraduate student to work on a research project in either biology, chemistry or physics."

The time period is June 25 to July 16, 2018 at the Mark Jefferson Science Complex ata EMU.

The cost is $160 (scholarships available).

More details of the research and registration site link is on this flyer - link

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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 - November 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 Seminar Schedule at EMU

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.

2017 Huron Valley ACS Section 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, Michigan

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!

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

This year's event will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from noon to 4 PM at the Leslie Science and Nature Center which is located at 1831 Traver Rd. in Ann Arbor.  Please contact Aaron Brackman at or 734-769-8010 ext. 2286 if ou 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.

Congratulations 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. 

Seminar by Henry N. Pollack, U of M

On Wednesday, May 24th at 4:30 PM (location forthcoming) Dr. Pollack will give a plenary talk for a general audience about the Earth's changing climate. Dr. Pollack is a geohpysicist engaged in research on many aspects of Earth's changing climate.  As a contributing author to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chnage (IPCC) Assessment report, he shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prixe with former Vice-President Al Gore and IPPC colleagues.

This is a Summer Science research Initiative sponsored by the Easterm Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences.  Please share the flyer for Peof. Pollack (download here). 

Volunteers Needed for Earth day

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.

Seminar by Dr.  Ines Morano, Cayman Chemical

Dr.  Ines Morano, the Director of Research at Cayman Chemical in Ann Arbor, will present a seminar titled "Discovery of Novel Selective Agonists of the Prostanoid EP4 Receptor."  This is the last seminar of Eastern Michigan University's Winter Chemistry Seminar Series.  Here is the link to the flyer.  Please spread the word!

Eastern Michigan University Seminar by Dr. Dean Giolando, University of Toledo

Dr. Giolando will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Room 156 of the Science Complex.  His seminar is titled, "Corrosion-resistant SnO2:F layer; Developing a Robust Artificial Leaf."  Obtain his flyer at: 

Report from the 2017 August Philadelphia ACS Meeting by HVACS Councilor Nina Contis

Here is Nina's report - link

Here are the talking points from ACS - link 

Are you Interested in Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, or Science in General? - Talk by Prof. Zach Constan from MSU

January 19, 2017, 6:00 PM

Eastern Michigan University - Halle Library, Room G03 

Prof. Constan will provide information on MSU's new innovative Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).  Witht he facility expected to be operational by 2022, take this chance to learn of all the innovations and applications of this facility.  don't miss out!  Snacks and Refreshments provided.

Spread the word! Here is the link to a flyer.

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.

Polymer Symposium, "From Discovery to Product" at the University of Michigan

The 40th Annual Symposium, “Macromolecules & Innovation – From Discovery to Product” will take place on October 26th & 27th, 2016 at the University of Michigan


REGISTER and more infomation -

Wednesday, October 26th: Innovation! short courses and industry networking dinner sponsored by P&G.  Speaker and planning information here!

Thursday, October 27th: Full day symposium with invited research talks and two poster sessions featuring graduate and undergraduate research.  Followed by an evening awards banquet.  Speaker & planning information here!

Travel Grant Application for Undergraduates

Macro will once again offer a limited number of travel grants to undergraduate students to help support costs of attending the symposium.  Students will receive notice of any awards made beginning in August and through September.  See the above website for more information.

Science Cafe - "Using Chemistry Tools to Tackle Atmospheric Climate.Health Questions" by Prof. Andrew Ault from the U of M Dept. of Chemistry

This event will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Tower Inn Cafe at 701 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti.  The social hour begins at  6 PM (Dutch treat) with Prof. Ault's talk beginning at 7 PM.  

Huron Valley Science Cafe - Sidetrack Bar & Grille, Ypsilanti

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


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Sidetrack Bar and Grill, 56 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI.

A social hour begins at 6 PM (Dutch treat) and the talk begins at 7 PM.  Arrive early to secure your seats! 

Chemistry Volunteers Needed!

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, author of "The Disappearing Spoon" Speaking at U of M

Sam Kean will speak at the Unniversity of Michigan at Rackham Amphitheatre on Thursday, Septmeber 29th, 2016 at 3 PM.

Best Selling Author Sam Kean is back to discuss three of his 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 afternon 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.”

Workshop: Handling Hazardous Chemicals

Join us at our new facility in Midland for a workshop with former Dow Chemical scientist, David Frurip Ph.D.

David Frurip

Reactive Chemicals Hazard Evaluation in Chemical Laboratories, Pilot Plants and Production Facilities

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
9 AM to 4 PM
1910 West St. Andrews Road, Midland, Michigan
COST: $85 (lunch not included)



Maintaining control of chemical processes at every scale from laboratory to full production scale is imperative to preventing accidents resulting in serious injury or worse. By ensuring the process stays within the safe operating zone at all scales, a chemical process can be maintainted with minimal down time, and more importantly, the well being of the production workers is ensured with no affect on the surrounding community or damage to the company's reputation.

The course will introduce attendees to the general concepts and topics of a so-called Reactive Chemicals Hazard Evaluation. These include: thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of chemical processes; reaction heat calculation and estimation; calorimetric testing methods; experimental design based on risk and scale; energetic materials and functional group identification; introduction to the CHETAH software for hazard evaluation; flamability and dust explosions; determining worst case scenarios and lines of defense; temperature of no return (TNS) and time to maximum rate (TMR). Some special topics are also covered including chemical compatibility and charts.

The formal porcess of implementing a robust Reactive Chemicals program is also discussed (as implemented in the chemcial industry at R&D scale up to full production. This course will consist of six lectures of one hour each and will include a mixture of formal presentations and interactive discussion. Although the concepts discussed apply to all scales, the emphasis of the course will be small to moderate scale (lab to pilot plant).

David J. Frurip, Ph.D.
Retired as Technical Leader/Lead EH&S Research Scientist 
Reactive Chemicals Discipline 
The Dow Chemical Company, Midland MI
Currently:  Frurip Consultancy, LLC and MSU Contractor
Ph: 1-989-631-9308

Schedule for the day:

Morning lectures

  • An Overview of Process Safety and Reactive Chemicals in the Laboratory and Larger Scales
  • First Steps in RC Hazard Evaluation - Literature Review & Worst Case Scenario Concept
  • Thermodynamic and Kinetic Aspects of Reactive Chemicals - Estimating Process Heats

Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon lectures

  • Flammability, Dust Explosions, and High Energy Materials
  • Calorimetric Testing  - Screening Tests and Beyond
  • Effective Testing Strategies for Reactive Chemicals

Event Summary for 2016 Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival

Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival was held on Sunday, April 17th at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor from noon until 4pm. The weather was great for this outdoor event. The event was estimated to have around 3000 attendees comprising of mainly of kids of the elementary age group, parents, teachers and general public from the community. HVACS teamed up with NSF International to have 2 demonstration tables at the event. The demos were a filtration station and a water pollution demonstration that kids were able to participate, learn from and enjoy. A special Thank You goes out to the following students and HVACS members for helping at the event: Justin Powers, Rachel Kirpes, Anna Leemon, Natalia Anaya, Tayler Murphy, Peter Goldberg, Jacob Kawalrzyk, Heather Schellie, Alec Edgar, and Aaron Brackman

Check out a few pictures from the event here

The Huron Valley Local Section of the ACS is pleased to sponsor a Science Café on  The Science Beneath the Suds

This presentation features Eastern Michigan Univeristy Professors Cory Emal and Gregg Wilmes and is set for Monday, May 16, 2016 at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 North River St., Ypsilanti, MI.  Snacks and social hour at 6 PM, program at 7 PM.  These events have been well attended in the past so arrive early to get a good seat!  Help us spread the word with this flyer!

Volunteer Request for Earth Day at Leslie Science and Nature Center on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 12 - 4 PM

The Huron Valley ACS section is a proud sponsor of the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival! We are looking for around 20 volunteers to help with set-up, demonstrations, etc...  This is an excellent opportunity for ACS members to participate in the education and awareness of Earth Day to the local community.  Please contact Megan Brooks-Planck at or 734-769-8010 ext. 6016 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.

The Huron Valley and Detroit ACS Chapters present Sam Kean - The Disappearing Spoon Science Cafe

On Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7 PM, Sam Kean, author of "The Disappearing Spoon" and other excellent books spoke about this book.  The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal and obsession.  these fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.  THE DISAPPEARING SPOON masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation and discovery - from the Big Bang through the end of time.

Location is the Strong Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University (see map on our calendar).  

This event is free and open to the public.  Hors d'oeuvres provided!

 RSVP is appreciated - 

Spread the word with this flyer here

Eastern Michigan University Regent Beth Fitzsimmons Lectures Presents Dr. William Roush, Professor of Chemistry of the Scripps Research Institute, Florida

On Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 4:30 PM in the Science Complex room 156, Dr. Roush will give a lecture entitled "Development of Proof-of-Concept Chemical Probes Targeting Novel Biological Molecules."  A reception will immediately follow afterward in the atrium.

Also, on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the same location as above, Dr. Roush will speak about "Recent Studies on the Total Synthesis of Natural Products."  Information on Dr. Roush's career is included in the flyer at this link. Spread the word!

Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival - Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

The ACS Huron Valley Local Chapter is a proud sponsor of the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival!  We are looking for around 8 volunteers to help with set up, demonstrations, etc.  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 19th 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 Click here for a press release for more details.

Open Book with Sean Kean, author of The Disappearing SpoonThe Violinist's Thumb andThe Dueling Neurosurgeons - Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:30 PM at the Main Library in McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH

Best Selling Science Author, SAM KEAN, to bring a masterful combination of history, wit and cultural context to Toledo on Thurs.Nov. 13, 6:30 pm 

When the general public wants to gain a user-friendly explanation of scientific principles, they often go to the library for a helpful reading resource. Bestselling authors know how to capture a reader’s attention with wit and intrigue while skillfully engaging readers in simple explanations of challenging concepts. 
Sam Kean is such a masterful & charming science author. 

Sam Kean, author of the NY Times bestsellers The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb, will be here in Toledo to share his humor and masterful combination of science, history and cultural context on Thursday, November 13. The Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society in partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Library invites the public to attend an Evening with Sam Kean at McMaster Auditorium in the Main Toledo Library starting at 6:30 pm. This free OPEN BOOK forum will include a pre-talk reception, talk by the author, Q&A and book signing. 

Sam Kean’s work has also appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and New Scientist and been featured on NPR’s Radiolab and All Things Considered. Michael Schaub of National Public Radio describes Sam Kean as “one of America’s smartest and most charming science authors,” 
His talk is free to the public, and reservations are recommended by email

Download the flier to share here 

Michigan Green Lab Initiatives Workshop

Making Labs Safer and More Sustainable

August 12, 2014

Michigan State University, East Lansing

Join the discussion at the second annual Green Labs workshop, graciously hosted by Michigan State University, as we continue building a network of green lab professional partners in Michigan. Presentations will be given by MSU on HVAC controls, energy conservation, and reducing chemical hazards without hindering research. We will also share additional case studies and best practices and distribute MGLI materials that can serve as the basis of a program for implementation at your institution.

Registration Fee: $25 - includes materials, catered lunch, and lab tour of MSU facilities.

More information and registration at:,4561,7-135-3308_3333_4169_21606-305560--,00.html

Huron Valley Science Cafe on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 7 PM - Dr. Greg Endres, VP of Chemistry at Cayman Chemical


On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, Dr. Greg Endres will present a talk entitled " The Designer Drug Challenge: Chemistry and the Law."  The presentation will be at Sidetrack Bar and Grill, 56 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti.

Social hour at 6 PM (Dutch treat) with the lecture beginning at 7 PM.

Please use the flyer at this link to promote the event.

Society for Applied Spectroscopy tour Speaker - Dr. Christopher Dreyer, Colorado School of Mines

"In Situ Optical Spectroscopy in Space Exploration"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Eastern Michigan University, Science Complex Room 575 

Seminar at Eastern Michigan University by Prof. Rose Cory (U of M Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences) - January 27, 2014, 4 PM

Professor Rose Cory of the University of Michigan Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will present "Dissolved Organic Matter Degradation and Chemical Composition: Implications for Carbon Cycling."  The seminar will take place on Monday, January 27th at 4:00 PM at the EMU Science Complex 156.  Pay parking is only available in the lot closest to the Science Complex (see map on our Calendar).  See this Link to a flier.

Fall 2013 Eastern Michigan University Chemistry Lectures

Eastern Michigan Chemistry department welcomes members of our local section to the following seminars.  The location of all the talks will be Strong Hall Room 200.

The Chemistry of Beer and Our Senses

The Huron Valley ACS presents a new informal science lecture series with the next lecture entitled "The Chemistry of Beer and Our Senses."  It will happen on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti.  A social our at 6:00 PM will kick off he evening and the lecture will begin a 7:00 PM.  Hope you can enjoy some chemistry of beer with us!  Here is a sampling of what to expect:

"Think about how many senses are required to enjoy a beer fully. From the moment the bottle is opened and the beer is poured into a glass, our ears are greeted by the hiss of escaping carbon dioxide. Our eyes are attracted by the sparkling clarity of a Pilsener, the hazy sheen of a Weizen, or the black depth of a stout. We patiently wait for the creamy head to slowly collapse, leaving wisps of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass. As we bring the beer to our lips, our nose detects the aroma of citrusy hops in an American pale ale, bittersweet chocolate in a porter, or perhaps fruity, spicy esters in a Trappist ale. Finally, we imbibe, savoring the malt, hop, and ester flavors before swallowing to let the hop alpha-acids wake the taste buds on the back of the tongue."

Link to the flier

Science Cafe Seminar - Dale Sebes presents "The Design and Chemistry of Fireworks" 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fireworks come in many shapes, sizes and types.  Ever wonder how the different effects we see at our local fireworks displays are created?  What creates the colors and sounds of these devices?  Dale Sebes, a chemist and licensed pyrotechnist will discuss all this and more.  It is sure to be a blast!

Please join us Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at Sidetracks Bar and Grill (56 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI) for this exciting and informative event.  Use the link to the flyer here to help publicize the event.

Social hour and dinner (Dutch treat) at 6 PM.

Presentation at 7 PM

Green Chemistry Seminars at Eastern Michigan University - Dr. John Warner, May 29, 30, 2013

The EMU Chemistry Department presents the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectures on May 29th and May 30th at the EMU Science Complex Room 156.  Dr. John Warner of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemisty will give the following lectures:

Green Chemistry: The Missing Element - Wednesday, May 29, 4:30 PM.  Reception in the atrium to immediately follow.  Use this link to promote.

Entropic Control in Materials Design - Thursday, May 30, 1:30 PM.  Use this link to promote.

Please see the link on our events calendar for a map for directions.  For more information about Dr. Warner, see the following link - Abstract

Seminar by Dr. James Hoeschle, EMU Chemistry Department - 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dr. James Hoeschle presented "Accidental Discovery and the Prepared Mind: The Discovery and Development of the Anti-cancer Drug Cisplatin."  The location was Eastern Michigan University, Science Complex Room 156 (see map here).  Refreshments were enjoyed at 3:30 PM.

General Education LBC approved

Hands-On Chemistry Demo Weekend at the Hands-On Museum of Ann Arbor - Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8, 2011 


THANK YOU to all the students, teachers and chemists who volunteered with the ACS Huron Valley Chapter’s chemistry event at the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor on May 7 and 8, 2011.  It was a resounding success with over 300 kids and parents actively running our eight hands-on science demonstrations or viewing our chemistry shows.  We impressed many kids as we taught them something about science and chemistry.  Also, we thank the Hands-On Museum staff who allowed us to use their facilities and provided guidance and help with some of the demos.

The Chemistry of Beer

ACS Huron Valley Local Section hosted our first Science Cafe on December 8 at 6:30 pm, 2010 at the Corner Brewery located at 720 Norris St.,in Ypsilanti, MI.  "The Chemistry of Beer" was presented by EMU Professors Cory Emal and Arthur Howard.  About 50 people came and learned about beer and enjoyed the company of other chemists (the beer helped!).  Light appetizers were provided.  Hope you made it  there!


This event  took place on October 16th, 2010 at the Eagle Crest Resort on Ford Lake.  The activities were geared towards students and professionals in the field.

The event ran from 9 AM to 2 PM.

This event was sponsored by the Huron Valley Section with funds from the ACS Innovative Projects Grant Program.