2015 Northeast Regional Meeting





2015 Northeast Regional Meeting Workshops and Lab Tour

Routes to a Tenure Track Position at a Predominately Undergraduate Institution
WhenThursday, June 11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Organizer: Jamie Ellis, Ithaca College, jpellis@ithaca.edu

A workshop built to answer your questions on the application and interview process with a specific focus on primarily undergraduate institutions. The workshop will start with a panel of faculty each describing their own path to tenure-track employment and experiences in the hiring process. The discussions will be followed by a writing workshop to help you crack into your teaching philosophy. Capacity: 25 maximum. Price: $15 for materials.

Career Panel Discussion
When: Thursday, June 11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Organizers: Ithaca College Chemistry Club; Cathy DeBlase, Cornell University, crd93@cornell.edu; Adam Steeves, Ithaca College, asteeves@ithaca.edu

This discussion session is organized by the Ithaca College Chemistry Club students with Cornell University graduate student mentorship. First panel consists of chemists who work in a variety of fields. The panelists will share pros and cons of their career with the participating undergraduate and graduate students. Second panel is formed by current chemistry graduate students, who will be happy to answer any questions that undergraduates have for graduate school. This half-day discussion will be concluded with Undergraduates Lunch with Panelist from 12 PM to 1:30 PM, where direct conversation with the panelists is encouraged. We have another Career Workshop, ACS Career Pathways: Finding Your Path, which is scheduled in the morning of Friday, June 12. It is highly recommended to participate in both workshops. Career Panel Discussion is free of charge, and registration for this event is required. Undergraduates Lunch with Panelist is $5 for a lunch ticket.


Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Labs
When: Thursday, June 11, 1:30 pm – 4:50 pm
Organizer: Ralph Stuart, Keene State College, Ralph.Stuart@keene.edu

Employers, government agencies and educators recognize that chemistry students and other laboratory workers must acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required to identify hazards and assess chemical risks in the laboratory environment. This workshop will introduce and demonstrate two well-known tools – control banding and job hazard analysis – that can be used to introduce the concepts of hazard identification and risk assessment to students and researchers. Using the ACS document "Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories" as guidance, this workshop will review the conceptual basis of these methods and provide practical examples of how they can be used in the academic setting. It will also discuss the limits of these methods and discuss when other tools in the ACS document are more appropriately used. The organizer of this workshop is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer. A certificate will be issued for the completion of the workshop from the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety. The fee for the workshop is $150. 

COACh: Communication & Negotiation Skills 101 for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
When: Thursday, June 11, 1:30 pm – 4:50 pm
Organizer: Shirley Lin, US Navel Academy, lin@usna.edu

This workshop focuses on learning effective communication techniques for interpersonal discussions in the workplace, teaching situations and scientific research presentations.  Topics include: Communication styles effective for women; Projecting confidence and credibility through voice, image and body language; Dealing with difficult conversations; Preparing for negotiations; Using powerful rather than weak words. The workshop is free of charge. Reservation is required.

Fulbright Scholarship in STEM Fields
When: Friday, June 12, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organizer: Anna Larsen, Ithaca College, alarsen@ithaca.edu

This workshop will address the features of a successful proposal for a Fulbright Scholarship project. Contrary to the general perception of Fulbright program being dedicated exclusively to social sciences and humanities -  STEM candidates are highly encouraged to submit their proposals to this program.   The workshop will include Fulbright Ambassador presentation followed by panel discussion with a group of recent Fulbright Scholar Alumni.  The workshop will be of interest to the scientists of any level considering applying for a Fulbright Scholarship program. The workshop is supported by Fulbright Office at Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to the participants  of the workshop, encouraging networking with the  panelists.  The workshop is free of charge. Reservation is required.

ACS Career Pathways: Finding Your Path Workshop
When: Friday, June 12, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Moderator: Wayne Jones, Binghamton University, wjones@binghamton.edu

Undergraduate and graduate students will learn about the career pathway options available to chemical professionals.  At the same time, the students will assess own talents, personality, and goals in order to see which career pathway is the best fit.  We have another Career Workshop, Career Panel Discussion, which is scheduled in the morning of Thursday, June 11.  It is highly recommended to participate in both workshops.  This workshop is free of charge.  Reservation is required.

Advion / Quintiles Lab Tour
When: Friday, June 12, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Organizers: Chun Li, Ithaca College, cli@ithaca.eduAmy Boardman Lummus, Advion, lummusa@advion.com

Founded on the work begun in Dr. Jack Henion’s Cornell University laboratory, Advion is a leader in mass spectrometry. A tour of Advion’s headquarters is an insider’s look at the design, manufacturing, and testing of a compact single quadrupole mass spectrometer designed specifically with chemists in mind. Attendees will not only see the “guts” of a mass spectrometer but also see it in action in Advion’s product application laboratory. For those interested, attendees will suit up and tour a state-of-the-art clean room where Advion manufactures its one-of-a-kind ESI Chip, a silicon chip that replaces nanoelectrospray needles. Lunch will be provided and a Q & A session with Advion’s scientific leaders will conclude the session. Then, across the street, attendees will visit one of the largest bioanalytical service laboratories in the United States with clients representing the top pharmaceutical companies.


Chemistry and Art Workshop
When: Friday, June 12, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organizer: Mike Haaf, Ithaca College, mhaaf@ithaca.edu

Following the "Intersections of Chemistry and Art: History, Practice, and Pedagogy" symposium in the morning, this workshop will provide attendees with exciting hands-on activities where attendees explore how chemistry plays an important role in art work, such as elemental identification of paints using a hand-held x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, which could lead to the determination of the age of the art work. Other activities include dyeing a variety of textiles with indigo, where different dyeing characteristics can be explained by intermolecular interactions. The workshop is free of charge. Reservation is required.

Introduction to IONiC/VIPEr:  Using and Sharing Inorganic Chemistry Education Resources
When: Friday, June 12, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organizer: Shirley Lin, US Navy Academy, lin@usna.edu

Inorganic chemistry finds its way into the curriculum at a variety of levels from general chemistry to upper division undergraduate courses.  VIPEr (the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource) is a website (www.ionicviper.org) that provides a platform to share content and materials for teaching inorganic chemistry, while building a community of inorganic faculty known as IONiC.  Workshop participants will be introduced to the IONiC community and will 1) learn how to find and adapt “learning objects” (in-class activity, literature discussion. laboratory, etc.) on VIPEr for teaching general chemistry and inorganic chemistry, 2) learn how to use the social networking features of VIPEr to give and receive support in teaching and research, and 3) learn how to design and upload a learning object to the site.  Participants will be encouraged to bring a learning object and publish it on VIPEr by the end of the workshop.  The fee of the workshop is $5.

Resume Review 
When: Friday, June 12, 2:00 pm

The average time screeners devote to each resume is about 20 to 30 seconds, and they make up their minds within the first 7 seconds.  Participants of this workshop are required to prepare their resume in advance using “ACS: Preparing a Resume – Learner Application Guide” (www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/careers/jobsearch/resume-cover-letter/preparing-a-resume-learner-application-guide.pdf) and submit them to an expert consultant.  During the meeting the consultant is made available to schedule one-on-one resume/CV review.  The workshop is free of charge.  Registration and submission of resume are required. 


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