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2005 Annual Report -- North Jersey Section of the ACS

In 2005, the North Jersey section had an outstanding year, thanks our many dedicated volunteers. Our many scientific talks, member programs and outreach activities targeted the needs of students, members, nonmember scientists and the general public. This report comprises part of the annual report required by each of the American Chemical Society’s local sections. It describes the top 10 activities of the North Jersey Section, as well as a summary of our other activities. If you have questions or comments on this report, please contact the 2005 chair, Jacqueline Erickson (). For suggestions for future activities or to get involved in the section activities, please contact the 2006 chair, Stephen Waller ()

Activity # 1: MARM - Chemistry at the Crossroads of Science

The 37th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, entitled “Chemistry at the Crossroads of Science” was held May 22-25, 2005 at Rutgers University, Busch Campus in Piscataway NJ. Hosted by the North Jersey section and Rutgers University, this was a record breaking MARM, with over 829 abstracts including 333 posters, over 125 ACS volunteers on the MARM 05committee, 47 sponsors, over 30 workshops, 45 Vendors, 12 ACS Divisions involved and 2075 attendees, including the Sunday program.  MARM 05 attracted attendees and speakers from all over the US as well as countries such as South Africa, UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, Israel, Malaysia, Switzerland and Egypt.  Many other societies sponsored sessions, symposia and workshops such as AIChE, AAPS, and RSC.  MARM 05 started with the Sunday program, entitled “Science Education and Career Day”, sponsored by the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (as part of its 100th year anniversary) and by the Rutgers University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Faculty Members from the university and science groups from various disciplines spoke on a wide range of topics in an effort to draw science teachers, students and parents to this “Day of Science.”

During the meeting, afternoon and evening programming allowed scientists to take in significant symposia such as “Bench to Pilot Plant” or "Visions in Chemistry". A free buffet dinner was provided on May 23 and May 24, allowing attendees to visit the vendors, between the daylong programming and the evening keynote speakers. A major event was the Historic Landmark Ceremony and Symposia recognizing the advances by Professor Selman Waksman and his research group that lead to the discovery of the actinomycete antibiotics.  Another major event was the Cope Scholar Award symposium.  This was the first instance of the Organic Division co-sponsoring this award symposium at a regional meeting and will hopefully set a trend for future regional meetings.  MARM ‘05 also did very well financially with over $118,000 in funds from vendors and sponsors.  Keynote addresses were given by many notable speakers such as Madeleine Jacobs, Magid Abou-Gharbia of Wyeth, Ronald Breslow and Koji Nakanishi of Columbia University, Dieter Seebach of the ETH Zurich and ACS President Bill Carroll. Overall MARM 2005 showcased the best of our region’s advances in science and technology where chemistry plays an important role in new scientific developments

Activity # 2: New Generations Workshop

The North Jersey American Chemical Society Teacher Affiliates Group introduced a powerful new program in 2005.  The New Generations Chemistry Workshop provided chemistry teachers in the state with new tools to help make chemistry education dynamic and fun. 

In New Jersey, seasoned chemistry teachers are becoming harder and harder to find.  Many people who became educators in the 1970’s are reaching retirement age.  Those who studied Chemistry in the 1980’s were lured from the world of education into the more lucrative world of industrial research and design.  Only recently have we been seeing a new upswing of young professional teachers. 

In order to provide chemistry education to students school districts have been placing educators whose expertise is in other sciences into the chemistry classroom.  In addition, we have a large community of retiring industrial chemists who are switching to the world of academia.  While these folks certainly know their chemistry, the finesse of EXPLAINING that chemistry to sixteen year old students is a different story.  Hence the need for Professional Development workshops likes New Generations.

Held at Fairleigh Dickenson University Madison on August 15-19 2005, the New Generations workshop was host to 40 chemistry teachers from varying backgrounds.  Some were seasoned teachers, some in the classroom for a few years.  Many were people were second career teachers who had worked in industrial chemistry.  A few were young, newly trained professional educators with a year or two of experience.  One participant would be beginning his career a few weeks later.

The presenters of the workshop came from varied backgrounds as well.  Dr. George Gross, retired from Union High School, is a seasoned teacher of over 30 years.  He has been training other chemistry teachers for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience,  Mrs. Brenda Rosenau, Somerville High School has been teaching for 5 years.  Prior to teaching she was a polymer chemist for National Starch.  Mrs. Patti Duncan, High Point Regional High School, has been teaching for 8 years.  Prior to teaching she was a Foods Chemist for CPC/Best Foods.  Together, the three make a team with lots of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm as well as an understanding of what the new chemistry teacher needs to succeed.

The week long workshop provided participants with over 40 Demonstration ideas, 29 Labs, and a dozen “Make and Takes”. The days were long, but no one wanted to stop.  Integral parts of the workshop were the “Participant Demos”.  Each of the 40 participants was asked to contribute something to the rest of the group.  This allowed for even more material sharing, as well as an opportunity for teachers to practice presenting and get feedback from others. 

The workshop was a huge success.  Many expressed that they were tired, but completely charged to start the new school year off.  In the time since the workshop we have received many testimonials from those who participated.   A community was formed that week.  A community of teachers who reach out to each other with questions, ideas and support.  These chemistry teachers will never feel alone in the classroom thanks to this experience.

Activity # 3: National Chemical Historic Landmark - Discovery of Actinomycete Antibiotics

In 2005, we had a special occasion as a National Historic Chemical Landmark Award was given to Rutgers as the site of: The discovery of the Actinomycete Antibiotics: Soil Microbiology's Gift to Medicine.  This prestigious award ceremony was held during the Chemistry at the Crossroads of Science - 37th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM 05) held at Rutgers University, May 24th - 25th, 2005

The Historic Landmark recognition was given for the advances by Professor Selman Waksman and his research group that led to the discovery of the actinomycete antibiotics. These wonder drugs from soil microbes changed the world. Indeed their discovery shaped society today, for example the dramatic effects of extension of the life span of the world’s population - from the elder generations living longer and enjoying watching their grand-children (and even great grand-children) growing up, and even the younger generation’s perspectives regarding the status of their future. The discovery of streptomycin and neomycin from this first ever rational antibiotic screening program, gave a solid foundation and predictive success to the fledgling antibiotic screening program. These antibiotics from the threadlike Actinomycete bacteria revolutionized world health care. A broad spectrum of diseases was realized to be susceptible to magic chemical bullets, including cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis, against which first practical antibiotic, penicillin, showed no effect. The Rutgers actinomycete antibiotics stimulated the search for further microbial products that would vanquish microbial pathogens, and in doing so also unearthed a treasure trove of further antibiotics (chloramphenicol, erythromycin, tetracycline, vancomycin) , and additionally  immunosuppresants (FK506), antiparasitics (avermectin) and both growth promoting (tylosin) and antitumor agents (bleomycin, daunomycin), all of which dramatically revolutionized world medicine. 

The Landmark Ceremony was a two-day event, made possible by funding from various pharmaceutical companies as well as Rutgers University. In addition to the actual event, Rutgers coordinated with the US Postal Service for a special postal cancellation to commemorate the event. Envelopes with the MARM logo, as well as Rutgers-Cook College logo were made available for this event, along with stamps featuring American Scientists. Other mementoes included a super size “fridge magnet” inscribed with all of the Rutgers antibiotics, and also a commemorative coffee mug with the Actinomycete and MARM Logos.  

The first day centered on the Plaque presentation and we were most pleased that President Bill Carroll could be present to award the plaque. On the first day the ceremony, the viewing of the Waksman Museum and the dinner attracted about 60 guests. The second day’s program focused on a symposium – “The Actinomycete Antibiotics:  Soil Bacteria’s Gift to Medicine”, organized by Douglas Eveleigh (Rutgers) and Arnold Demain (Drew University). It began with Joachim Messing accepting a second ACS plaque on behalf of the Waksman Institute from Bill Carroll. The Symposium attracted 90 participants, addressed the status of the Actinomycete antibiotics, ranging from assessment of current antibiotic research, novel screening approaches which included studies at Rutgers using soil as a source of genes for production of novel anti-microbials through to design of inhibitors of  bacterial RNA polymerase, a timely assessment of the potentially rampant tuberculosis, and a paint brush illustration of the diversity of pharmaceutical products from the Actinomycetes. 

This event was also special in that coverage was given by the local press and also one local TV station

Activity # 4: Cope Scholar Award Symposium at MARM

This was the first instance of the Organic Division co-sponsoring this award symposium at a regional meeting and will hopefully set a trend for future regional meetings.  Prior to this success North Jersey ACS and MARM 2005 leaders made several presentation to the Division to explain both the goals of regional meetings and the ways that they could participate.  The COPE Scholar Award is a National ACS award and the Division of Organic Chemistry has recently added a recommendation that the recipient of the Cope Scholar Award may also be invited to make a presentation at a Regional ACS Meeting during the year after the Cope Award and Cope Scholar Award Symposium. The Division also provides travel funding.  The idea is to recognize a Cope Scholar Awardee within each region at the regional meetings.

The symposium was also supported by a LSAC Innovation Grant (to the North Jersey section) and a DAC Innovation Grant (to the Organic Chemistry Division).

The Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award Symposium took place on May 25th at the 2005 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting. This symposium honored a recent Cope Scholar Awardee from within the Middle Atlantic Region, Professor Gary Posner of Johns Hopkins University. Along with Professor Posner, five of his former students, representing industry and academia, talked at the symposium.

The planning team for this meeting involved participants from the Organic Division as well as Local Section members. Total attendance at the symposium exceeded 200. This event greatly strengthened the interactions between the Organic Division and Local Sections as well as strengthening the technical program. The fact that this was done in a collaborative mode with the Organic Division will hopefully encourage future joint programming between the Organic Division and participating Local Sections. The Wednesday afternoon program at MARM was a celebration of chemists and chemistry and the Cope symposium was an excellent addition to the program. The MARM organizers worked with other session chairs to ensure that Prof. Posner had minimal direct competition when he gave his award address.  After the symposium the speakers and attendees joined other MARM attendees at a reception followed by the Award Banquet.

Additionally the Section held a Cope Award Winners Symposium on March 14th 2005.  This half-day symposium arose as a result of the discussions about the Cope Scholar Award symposium and the general discussions with the Division of Organic Chemistry about further ways to enhance the quality of technical programming and the visibility of the awards and awardees.  4 Past winners of the Cope award {Professors Robert Bergman (University of California Berkeley) David Evans (Harvard), Robert Grubbs (California Institute of Technology) and Gilbert Stork (Columbia)} give presentations and the over 200 attendees came from all over the Middle Atlantic area.  The symposium was again organized by a team of section and Division of Organic Chemistry members from industry and academia in the North Jersey area.

The purpose of the Cope Scholar Award is to recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry. The Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards were established in 1984 by the ACS Board of Directors, on recommendation of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, under the terms of the will of Arthur C. Cope.

Activity # 5: Baekeland Award Symposium and Ceremony

The Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award was established in 1944 by the North Jersey Section and is sponsored by Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical. This award was established to commemorate the technical and industrial achievements of Baekeland and to encourage younger chemists to emulate his example. The award is given biennially to an American chemist under 40years old, in recognition of accomplishments in pure or industrial chemistry.

This year’s Baekeland Award was given to Younan Xia of the University of Washington at a symposium and dinner ceremony at Lucent Technologies on November 11, 2005. Younan Xia was recognized for his diverse accomplishments in the field of nanotechnology. His research has resulted in significant discoveries and innovation related to nanostructured materials, self-assembly, photonic crystals, colloidal chemistry, microfabrication, surface modification, electrospinning, conducting polymers, microfluidic and microanalytical systems, and novel devices for photonics, optoelectronics and displays.

Approximately 75 industrial scientists, academic professors and students attended the interdisciplinary symposium, “Shape Controlled Synthesis of Nanostructures: Simple Chemistry Meets Complex Physics”. Speakers included Dr. Joanna Aizenberg of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies; Dr. John Rogers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Dr. Tom Mallouk, Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. George Whitesides of Harvard University.

After the 4 speakers, there was a reception, dinner and award ceremony, followed by Dr. Younan Xia’s award address. Approximately 75 people also attended the dinner.

Two new features made this year’s Baekeland particularly successful. The North Jersey section made the symposium and dinner available to students at a very low cost ($10). Also new was a poster session for students.  Approximately 15 posters were displayed during the reception, which allowed the students to network with the other scientists present, as well as the speakers and award winner.

Activity # 6: Community Outreach

 This year, the North Jersey section conducted community outreach events during MARM and National Chemistry Week. These events are highlighted here.

MARM

For MARM, a special program was created for the first day of the meeting. Titled “Science Education and Career Day”, events were planned for high school students, parents and teachers. A regional meeting grant of $3,000 was used to cover some of the expenses which allowed free admission for the day to students and their parents.  This was a very successful outreach program, where those attending got excited about future careers in chemistry and science.  The event was organized and sponsored by the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (as part of its 100th year anniversary) and by the Rutgers University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Faculty Members from the university and science groups from various disciplines spoke on a wide range of topics An IMAX film presentation "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea" and a hands-on robotics show were very popular.  Numerous high school teachers attended this day of the meeting, and they had the opportunity to go to several chemistry and science teaching workshops and hear more about chemistry from Joseph Priestly "in person".

National Chemistry Week

The North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society held a special daylong celebration for National Chemistry Week on Saturday, October 22, 2005.  This event was a collaborative effort embracing the collegiate, industrial, and high school sectors.  The site was Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, and the coordinators were Steven Waller (FDU professor), Valerie Kuck (retired industrial chemist), and Bobbi Gorman (high school teacher).

Over 100 volunteers helped prior to and during the event which drew an audience of approximately 400 parents, students, and Boy and Girl Scout troops.   Twenty-seven tables of experiments were set up for hands-on science fun.  The activities at the tables included: monitoring the “bounce factor” in balls of varying construction, learned about magic sand, having fun watching the repulsion and attraction of magnets, doing experiments with hydrophobic acetate film (“Fortune Teller Fish”), observing the diffusion of the dyes used in M&Ms, using color changing markers in several experiments,  making “polysnow”, observing ghost crystals disappear, watching a number of experiments on chemiluminescence, learning about proteins, paper chromatography using color markers, making marker dyes change color,  measuring the magnetic properties of materials, conducting spinning chromatography experiments to generate colorful designs, showing how to make a simple battery, watching ultraviolet beads change color on exposure to UV light,  watching a demonstration on nanotechnology, and, of course making slime and silly putty that were colored with various dyes.

 

 To underscore the theme of NCW 2005, “The Joy of Toys”, a special room was set aside to play with toys and fliers were distributed explaining the science behind the toys. The operation of the toys and explanation of displays was conducted by David Lee, a retired high school teacher.  Examples of toys included thermochromic plastics, bubble tanks to form various geometric shapes, air blasters, drinking (dunking) birds, potential/kinetic energy “poppers”, Etch a SketchÔ, polarization of light using sugar solutions and Cartesian Divers. The attendees seemed to really enjoy the activities. Also, Jeannette Brown collected toys and money for the purchase of toys during ChemExpo.  She also ran a “Build A Bear” raffle during the event to raise money.

In addition to the chemistry expo, several other NCW activities were conducted. A poster contest was conducted for students in grades K-12, using the theme of “The Joy of Toys”. A library exhibit based on Meg the future chemist was created in Hillsborough, NJ.  The exhibit contained toys and a copy of a book, “Fizz, Bubble & Flash!: Element Explorations & Atom Adventures for Hands-On Science Fun!” that been authored  by a North Jersey ACS member, Anita Brandolini.  Three copies of the book were donated to the library. This display also has contained handouts about the NCW Poster Contest and ChemExpo, and a handout about all the activities that the section does for children.  This display was seen by > 500 children and their parents during the month of October. Jeannette Brown also conducted a workshop for a kindergarten class, where she talked about color changing markers and the chemistry of those markers. Allene Johnson distributed posters on the NCW activities at Heritage Day in Maplewood Park (Maplewood, NJ) and at the Native American Festival in Irvington, NJ. Flyers and a preview of the NCW activities were also given to students at the North Jersey Delta Sigma Theta Delta Academy.  Allene also did a workshop on “The Chemistry of Toys” at the Maplewood Library, in Maplewood, NJ.

Activity # 7: Outreach to Pre College and College Students

Outreach to Pre-College Students

The North Jersey section has several programs geared towards Pre-college students. Two of our largest programs are Project SEED and the National Chemistry Olympiad, both of which are briefly described here.

In 2005, the North Jersey section was responsible for coordinating 126 Project SEED students. The majority of the students were minorities, primarily African –American, Hispanic and Asian American.  These students were selected with the help of science supervisors, teachers and guidance councilors. Those who were recommended applied via a resume and interview process, thus giving them skills for the future. If necessary, coaching on interview skills and resume writing was provided prior to the interview.

During the summer, the SEED students attended College and Career Information sessions. At these sessions, they learned about writing reports and preparing scientific posters, which were presented at the end of summer. In addition, they had the opportunity to learn about the college application process, and how to find financial aid.

This year, we had a record of 93 students participating in the annual SEED Poster Session at the North Jersey Section Meeting at Seton Hall University. The posters covered a wide range of areas including organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, quantitative analysis, computerized modeling and environmental chemistry. The posters are judged by local industrial chemists, professors, former SEED students, high school teachers, and retirees who provide feedback and complements to the students regarding their knowledge and enthusiasm. Prizes and certificates were awarded at the end of the evening.

North Jersey has been participating in the National Chemistry Olympiad for many years, and this was year was no exception. Local exams were given to 110 students, of which 10 qualified to take the national exam. Out of these 10 students, 4 qualified for the study camp in Colorado (out of 20 top students), and one student, Jacob Sanders of Bergen Academy, was chosen as one of the 4 students to represent the US at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Taiwan, where he won a silver medal. This is the second year in a row that a North Jersey student from Bergen Academy was a part of the national team. Last year, Fan Zhang won a medal. His efforts, along with teacher David Ostfeld, and the other 4 students who qualified for the study camp were all recognized at our annual awards banquet.


Outreach to College Students

This year, the North Jersey section made a special effort to interact with college students and student affiliate groups.  Career preparation and resume writing programs were offered at several local universities. Programs were given twice at both Somerset County College and at Rutgers University for Chemistry (once for the chemistry students and another time for the biochemistry majors). Talks were also given at Seton Hall University and at Penn State University. Attendance averaged around 20 attendees; however at Penn State there were 40 attendees

Students were invited to help plan MARM, and Rutgers Student Affiliate group appointed Eve Berger as the Student Affiliate VP and representative to the MARM executive committee. There was a full day of programming geared towards undergraduate students, including the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, where the North Jersey section presented the Jean Durana award to the top student. A number of the Rutgers Student Affiliates assisted in the registration area at MARM and acted as guides and aids during the meeting.

National Chemistry Week provided another opportunity for interaction with student affiliates. Bill Suits informed the Section's Student Affiliate groups of the grants that were available from ACS for NCW. The group at Rutgers University applied for a grant and received $150 which they used for a presentation at Plainfield Elementary, an Abbott school (an urban school designated by the state of New Jersey as having the lowest socio-economic status and in need of  additional support and programs). .

Several student affiliate groups participated in our NCW activities, both at the Chemistry Expo at FDU on October 22, 2005, and with the collection and donation of toys to local groups and those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Finally, the chair of the section, Jacqueline Erickson was invited to speak to the student affiliate group at the College of St. Elizabeth in November, 2005.  Ms. Erickson spoke about her career and careers in the pharmaceutical industry.

Activity # 8: Career Development Programs

Careers in Transitions Meetings

During this year, eleven monthly meetings were held at Fairleigh Dickenson University. A total of 45 members attended the three and one-half hour workshops.  At the meetings Bill Suits and Valerie Kuck gave presentations on how to write an effective resume, conduct a job search, and give appropriate answers to commonly asked interview questions.  The resumes of the attendees were reviewed and there was much discussion on ways of presenting the information in a clearer fashion.  Attendees also participated in critiquing each other as they responded to a variety of interview questions.  Doing the year, attendees were polled on the effectiveness of the meeting and asked for any suggestions to improve the meetings.  The attendees expressed much gratitude for the information they received at these sessions.

Between the meetings, attendees were sent emails announcing recent job openings. Thirty attendees sent their revised resumes to Suits and Kuck. The resumes were reviewed and returned via email with comment and suggestions for improvement.

At over 20 Section Topical Group meetings, Suits presented a Jobs Poster that contained a listing of job openings. At most of these meetings, he spoke with at least 10 members, 4 of which were looking for improved employment opportunities. Bill became a director for a ChemPharma Group, a networking group for professionals at the director level and above who are looking for new positions. Suits became the liaison between that group and the Section. He continues to guide the group members in their job searches. Kuck gave a presentation on Tips for Writing an Effective Resume that was very well received by the attendees.

On the Section web site, openings were posted and job seekers had the option of connecting with ACS Career Services and local sites that could be of assistance.

MARM

At the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) which was held May 22-25 at Rutgers University, Kuck organized a very extensive career program which attracted 140 attendees. Two-hour workshops that were especially developed for MARM by members of the Section were given on the following topics: Landing Your First Job at a Pharmaceutical Company, Exploring Routes for Becoming a High School/Middle School Teacher, Becoming a Teacher at a College/Community College, and on Getting Research Grants. In addition, the career talks given usually at national meetings were focused for particular audiences.  Those one-hour talks, which was far greater in number than are usually presented at a regional meetings, included: The Art of Resume Preparation for Experienced Chemists, Tips on Effective Interviewing for Experienced Chemists and Chemical Engineers, The Art of Resume Preparation for Recent Graduates and Undergraduates, Managing an Effective Job Search, Career Enhancement for Chemical Technicians, Tips on Effective Interviewing for Recent Graduates and Undergraduates, First Year on the Job, Preparing a Curriculum Vitae, and Internships-A Tremendous Learning Experience. A number of the talks were presented on both Monday and Tuesday of the meeting. A special three-hour symposium, “Nature/Nurture: Women in Academe”, addressed the problems that women in academe face.

Graduate Students

Bill Suits also worked with the Graduate Student Association program at Rutgers in securing and recommending speakers for their programs. He individually counseled eight of the students in career planning.

Activity # 9: Technical Programming

The North Jersey section has 8 active topical groups which held over 30 meetings during the year, and provided state-of-art technical programming to our many members, as well as non-members within the section and the local region. The range and diversity of programming by these groups continue to grow each year. Additionally, our topical groups regularly attract world-class speakers to their events. In addition to their regular meetings, technical programming was organized by the topical groups for MARM and Eastern Analytical Symposium, one of the largest analytical meetings in the country, and one that is held in the North Jersey section.  Some of the highlights of the 2005 technical programs are given here.

Chromatography

The chromatography held seven events in 2005, attracting approximately 200 attendees throughout the year. Speakers were from academia and industry, and the topics were geared towards the many chromatographers working in the local pharmaceutical industry. One highlight was Robert Classon of Shimadzu who spoke on “Practical Techniques for LC/MS – Everything you wanted to know about LC/MS but were afraid to ask” as this meeting attracted over 70 attendees. Other speakers included David Bell, Penn State; Flavio Bedini, Thermo; John Helfrich, VelQuest; Mike Burke, Argonaut; Tom Trainer and Rita Steed, Agilent; and Andre Striegel, Florida State University.  Topics included Retention Mechanisms in Reversed-Phase Chromatography, Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography, Fast and Ultra Fast HPLC, Solid Phase Extraction, Size Exclusion Chromatography and Electronic Laboratory Notebooks.

Drug Metabolism

The Drug Metabolism group held three events in 2005. Two were day-long symposia, and one was a dinner meeting. On April 7, 2005 and October 6, 2005, there were day-long symposia on “Contemporary Topics in Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics.  For the April symposium, speakers included Dr. Richard Hargreaves (Merck), Prof. Jan HM Schellens, MD PhD (Netherlands Cancer Institute), Prof. Yuichi Sugiyama (University of Tokyo), Dr. Mohammad Tabrizi (Abgenix, Inc.), Melinda Marian (DNAX Research Institute), Prof. Amin Rostami-Hodjegan (University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK) and Dr. Heidi Einolf (Novartis). The October symposium had speakers from local industrial companies, including Pfizer (Odette Fahmi, R. Scott Obach), Merck (Dr. Tom Rushmore, Dr. Clay Frederick), Hoffman-La Roche (Frank Nogueira), and Schering Plough (Dr. Jason Simon). Topics for this symposium included Prediction of Clinical Drug –Drug Interactions based on CYP3A4, Effect of Polymorphism in P450s, Applied Clinical Pharmacogenomics, Consideration of Metabolites in Safety testing, and Regulatory Guidance on Safety Testing of Metabolites – Toxicology Considerations, and Filing of eINDs. Both symposia were highly successful, with approximately 200 attendees each, and support from vendor exhibits during lunch and coffee breaks. 

The evening meeting attracted 80 attendees, and featured Sean Ekins of GeneCo, Inc. whose topic was Systems ADME/TOX for Drug Discovery: High throughput data, in silico models and gene networks

Mass Spectrometry

The Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group had another successful year, with 9 dinner meetings, one co-sponsored meeting with a symposium on Chemical and Pharmaceutical Analysis, and 2 symposia at Eastern Analytical Symposium. Each meeting, with the exception of their September meeting and Vendor show, attracted approximately 125 attendees, while their meeting and vendor show attracted 300 attendees. Speakers throughout the year were from academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and instrument manufacturers. One speaker was even from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Newfoundland, Canada. Many diverse topics were featured, including FT-MS, Sample Preparation for Mass Spectrometry, Turbulent Flow Chromatography/MS, and new advances in instrumentation. Some of the applications discussed included Proteomics, Metabonomics, Natural Product Structure Determination, Removal of Phospholipids from Biological Fluids, and Biomarker Discovery.

NMR

Ten meetings of the NMR Topical Group were held in 2005 and each meeting included a social hour, a buffet dinner, and a technical seminar presented by an invited speaker.   A wide range of topics was covered, encompassing both solution and solid-state NMR spectroscopy of small organic molecules, biological macromolecules, and inorganic crystals, as well as recent developments in hybrid techniques (with HPLC, SPE and/or MS), NMR hardware design, and data processing.  These talks provided both basic training and introductions to emerging technologies. Attendees represented local pharmaceutical companies, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Merck and Wyeth, as well staff of Princeton University.  This year the topical group was privileged to have speakers from both academics and industry.  Approximately half of the speakers are members of the group.  Our vendors provide researchers who gave scientific talks.  These talks were will attended.  In June we were honored to host Prof Robert Griffin from MIT who described two current research projects in has lab.  Prof. Griffin’s travel was underwritten by Isotec.

Organic

The organic topical group held two major symposia, which attracted approximately 400 people to their events

a) The Spring Symposium focused on honoring past recipients of the A.C. Cope Award, with a keynote address by Professor Gilbert Stork of Columbia University.  Professors Robert Bergman (University of California, Berkley), David Evans (Harvard University), and Robert Grubbs (California Institute of Technology) rounded out the lineup. This provided a diverse cross-section of lecture topics, encompassing total synthesis, polymer syntheses, catalysis, physical organic chemistry and synthetic methodology. 

b) The Fall Symposium was entitled “Successful Drug Discoveries: Case Studies and Reflections.”  Five prominent industrial medicinal chemists, representing Merck, Schering-Plough, Hoffmann-La Roche, Pfizer, and Bristol-Myers Squibb presented case studies wherein the discovery research effort resulted in a drug development candidate. 

Thermal Analysis

The primary activity of 2005 was coordinating thermal analysis session at the Eastern Analytical Symposium in Somerset, NJ held on November 16, 2005. Speakers included:

a) Jean-Marc Sabattie, Ultrasonic Scientific, “Application of high-resolution ultrasonic spectroscopy for analysis of thermal transitions in polymer and colloid systems”

b)Michael Thomas, Lyophilization Technology, Inc. “Thermal Analysis Applications for Lyophilization Development” and

c)Henry Albert, Parr Instrument Co., “Applications of Bomb Calorimetry and Related Techniques for the Analysis of Fuels and Allied Materials,”

Small Chemical Business

The NJ group of Small chemical Businesses held three meetings in 2005, in addition to a MARM Symposium on Discovery to Commercialization. Speakers and topics are as follows:

a) Emergency Preparedness at a Chemical Manufacturing Site: Steps toward Process Safety for the Small Chemical Company; Mike Yarnell, OSHA Compliance Assistant, Department of Labor OSHA

b) Are Imports Negatively Impacting Your Business?

William Bujalos, Director, MidAtlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

c) November 17 A Mini OSHA 10-Hour Training Course; Mike Yarnell, Compliance Assistant, US Department of Labor OSHA

The topic of the MARM Symposium was Discovery to Commercialization, and speakers included Dr. John d’Antuono (ROW2 Technologies, Inc), Dr. Karen Giroux (Polymerix Corp.), Dr. John Schroeder (Graver Technologies, HydroGlobe Division) and Dr. Harris Goldberg (InMat, Inc.). A polymer drug, water purification technology, and Nanocomposite Barrier Coatings were some of the featured items being commercialized.

Activity # 10: Leadership and Section Development

The North Jersey section and executive committee has a very broad based membership, with high school teachers, industrial professionals, and academic professors active as volunteers. In 2005, we had several activities that identified new leaders and integrated them into the section. We also worked to improve the section infrastructure so that we can continue to attract volunteers and leaders to the section.   One of our activities was to approve our revised Bylaws. These new Bylaws improve our procedures for elections, while allowing for electronic voting in the future. We also redesigned our website so that it will be easier to use and easier for members to find information, in particular information on the section organization and volunteering.

Our leaders come from active members who join a Topical Group or the Teacher Affiliates. From these groups, we continue to identify and encourage members to take a more active role in the section administration, and run for an elected office. This year, with MARM, we had over 125 volunteers participate in the planning and organization of this regional meeting. Many of these volunteers were new to active participation in ACS events, and several of these have gone on to other leadership roles within the section.

Twice a year, we hold meetings that provide our new leaders with information that is helpful to their topical group or committee. In the winter, we hold a Leadership Breakfast Meeting. This meeting provides an introduction to the ACS and the North Jersey structure. Generally, the chair shares the local section and chair goals. We also include sections on budgets and finance, publicity (newsletter, website) and technical programming. This year, we included a portion of the agenda to discussing ACS membership and recruitment of new members.  Also new this year was a portion of the agenda devoted to sharing “Best Practices” as each representative was given an opportunity to share a successful idea or event from their group or committee. In the fall, we also hold our annual planning meeting. This meeting also allotted some time to other topics including the preparation of annual reports, budgets and finance and publicity. Also at this meeting, a PowerPoint slideshow on the “Value of the ACS”, as created by chair-elect S. Waller was shown to the attendees. This slideshow is available on our website, and the topical group chairs were encouraged to use this to recruit new ACS members, as many non-member scientists may attend the technical programs in the section.

By holding two of these meetings during the year, there are opportunities for new officers to attend a section leadership/planning meeting during the fall, before they start their position as chair of a topical group. This meeting also allows for various groups to coordinate and jointly plan larger, more successful events . These meetings have proven to be successful, and we plan to continue them in the future, as well as look for new opportunities to develop our leaders

Summary of Additional  2005 Activities

Awards

Winning an ACS National Award is a major achievement, and we were fortunate to have winners of 2 awards this year. Jeannette Brown won the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences and Ed Chandross won the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry. 

The section nominated and is honored to have Susan Fahrenholtz as the winner of the regional Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences. Susan has been chosen the 2006 winner of the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

Locally, our 50 year members were recognized on May 25, 2005 at our Awards Banquet, attended by 150 people. Ulf Dolling of Merck received our Lifetime Achievement Award. The Education Committee awarded Brenda Rosenau the Edward J Merrill Award for High School Teaching, and the NJ Teacher Affiliates Group recognized Ray Baylouny with the Harvey J. Russell Award. Also recognized were our top Chemistry Olympiad students and winners of our Pro-Bono awards for service to the section.

In addition to our section awards, our Mass Spectrometry Topical Group gave out 7 awards this year, worth $8,000, including new awards to 2 students for travel to the ASMS meeting.

In order to bring national recognition to our section’s many scientists and excellent science, we formed a new committee for National Awards Nominations. One of the first actions of the committee was to send out a letter to senior researchers at local corporations highlighting specific awards targeted to industry. We are also targeting women and underrepresented minorities for various awards, and we are confident that our efforts will bring more national recognition to our scientists.

Government Relations

Throughout the year, various members of the section met with Congressional representatives and state legislators during the year. One member had the opportunity to speak with Dick Codey and John Corzine during the NJ Gubernatorial race.

Publicity and communication

Publicity and communication of our programs and events is important, especially when it comes to attracting the general public. Numerous press releases were sent out for both MARM and National Chemistry Week. Each MARM mailing reached over 30,000 ACS members and far more when our contacts passed the information on to all the chemists in their organizations. For MARM, we were fortunate enough to attract TV coverage. 

For our members, we took several steps to enhance communication of the section activities as well as councilor activities. Our enhanced webpage is the most visible way of communication with members and we redesigned our webpage this year to increase its usefulness to members. For the first time, we posted the previous year’s annual report on our website.  Additionally, we used the website and newsletter to publish Councilor reports from both national meetings.

Membership Affairs

Recruitment and retention of members is important our local section. This year, efforts were made to recruit new members, through visits to the topical group meetings. These events were targeted as they often attract non-member scientists, as well as many members who may be able to recruit non-member colleagues.

In our efforts to retain new members, a letter is sent to all new section members inviting them to attend a topical group meeting, and providing them with a free dinner at that meeting. This year, the letter went to 584 new members and recent transfers to the section.

MetroWomen Chemists

The MWCC continues to serve as a coordinating group for women’s activities in the Metropolitan Area.  This year, they joined with the Association for Women in Science and the New York Academy of Science to honor outstanding women in the Metropolitan Area.  They also organized the Women’s Chemists Luncheon at the 2005 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting and continued to seek nominations of women for ACS awards.

Outstanding Women Scientists Awards – April 26 2005, New York Academy of Science

MWCC cosponsored this award event with the Metropolitan New York Chapter of AWIS and the Women Investigators Network of the New York Academy of Science.  The honorees included chemists Susan Fahrenholtz and Joan Roberts of Fordham University and Lakshmi Devi of Mt. Sinai Medical Center.  They were recognized for their contributions to science and for their support of students and women in science.  About 75 people attended the event.  Student attendance was subsidized and many students attended.

MARM 2005 Women Chemists Luncheon – May 24, 2005, Rutgers University

A very successful women chemist’s luncheon was held at the MARM 2005 meeting.  Elsa Reichmanis, Director of the Materials Research Department of Lucent Technologies and an ACS Past President spoke on Breakthroughs in Materials Chemistry for Advanced Technologies: A Collaborative Endeavor.  A sandwich luncheon was served and attendance was excellent, with approximately 125 attendees, which was our size limit for the room.

MetroWomen Chemists Awards

We continue to try to identify women for ACS awards.  This year a successful nomination was prepared nominating Susan Fahrenholtz for the 2005 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences.  In addition to receiving the Israel Award, Susan was also informed that she was selected for the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

This award resulted from a nomination submitted in 2004.

Minority Affairs

The “Freddie and Ada Brown Encouragement Award For Future Careers in Chemistry” was created this year to identify and encourage high achieving middle- and high-school students, of African American and Native American heritage, to further develop their budding academic skills, with views on careers in chemistry.

Education Activities and Teacher Affiliates

Excellent High School teachers, along with a good education often lead a student to choose a career in chemistry. The North Jersey Education committee and Teacher Affiliates Group work together to provide educational activities for pre-college students, and ongoing education to High School Teachers so that they can develop programs and better educate students. 

Our Teacher Affiliates Group has 127 members, and 24 are also ACS members. This year, they continued several high quality programs in addition to the New Generations Workshop, a top 10 activity.  ChemTag, ChemCentral and the new ChemTAG Northwest meetings are held throughout New Jersey, so teachers can attend events closer to their schools.  During meetings, teachers perform demos, ask and answer questions, swap lab activities, exchange ideas to help them to become better in the classroom.  Also continuing this year was the ChemEssentials Workshops. These are quarterly workshops, primarily designed for new teachers. Each focuses on fundamentals of a single topic such as Scientific Math, the Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, and Equilibrium and Kinetics. Additionally, ChemEnthusiasts, a Yahoo group, provides a place where TAG can announce meetings, provide tips on demos and discuss relevant events. TAG, along with the Education Committee sponsors the annual New Jersey Chemistry Olympics, a competition for exceptional high school students. This year’s event served the largest group of competing high school students in its history. Support from TAG and the Education Committee is in the form of financial support, planning and judging.

The Education Committee members were present at all Teachers Affiliates activities and meetings, including ChemTAG, ChemCentral and ChemTAG NW meetings. The Committee had a strong presence at the New Jersey Science Convention in October in Somerset, NJ.  Besides having a table to distribute materials, the Committee actively supported the Teachers Affiliates with sales and instructional assistance. 

Social Events

We work hard as a section, but we also have fun.  We kicked off the New Year with a holiday

party for our executive committee, MARM volunteers, and family members. After MARM, we celebrated with a Pizza party. A summer barbecue was also held for the executive committee and family.