Northeastern Section Younger Chemists Committee

Pictures from the ACS Webinar on October 7th

Thank you to all those who joined us at Tavern in the Square this past week! Despite internet issues, we had a great time socializing and got a chance to practice “speaking simply” about what we do.

Stay tuned for more events!

FullSizeRender (2)

ACS Swag and Raffle Items!

IMG_4236 (2)

Webinar in action

IMG_4231 FullSizeRender

Left to Right: Alyssa Napier our awesome Secretary rocking the ACS sash, Social Chair Ray Borg who organized the event


Chair-Elect Felicia Lucci and the current Chair Jackie O’Neil showing the ACS love.

IMG_4232 FullSizeRender (1)

A great turn-out!

NESACS Future of Chemistry Symposium Early Bird Registration Ends October 29th!

NESACS Future of Chemistry Symposium and Networking Reception


With guest speaker Professor Wilhelm Boland from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and several other scientists from the local area. The speakers will discuss binding free energies, chemical ecology, oncology, beta-cell regeneration (diabetes), cell death, and the future of chemistry.

Come join us for a half-day symposium and evening networking reception, organized by The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (www.nesacs.org) and hosted by Novartis-NIBR (www.nibr.com). The talks will focus on the important of chemistry to each project, program, or challenge. Entrepreneurs, scientists, and job seekers will gain useful insights from each speaker’s talk and from the networking reception to follow.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

220 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge, MA 02139

Follow the link here to register!

ACS Public Policy Fellowship Programs

Hello everyone! If you have a Masters degree and are interested in advocating for scientists in DC then this fellowship program is for you!


ACS Policy Fellowships are a great opportunity to explore career paths in science advocacy and for chemists to gain skills needed to branch into new careers. The ACS offers two distinct fellowships to help chemists enter the policy arena: the ACS Congressional Fellowship and the ACS Science Policy Fellowship. Fellows jump right into the policy environment and interact with many people of varied backgrounds, giving them a broad perspective on how science impacts society.

ACS Congressional Fellows have the opportunity to spend a year as a staff member in the office of a Senator, Representative, or Committee. The program has two main objectives: to inform policy-makers on key science-related issues and to educate scientists on the policy process. Chris Avery, an ACS Congressional Fellow from 2011-2012, was selected to work in the office of Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE). After being placed on the Senator’s Energy & Environment team, Chris worked on the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, a bill that sought to even discrepancies in the tax code between fossil fuels and renewable energy. “It’s easy to dismiss how things on the Hill function, and importantly, why they function that way, when one hasn’t spent time here to understand it,” said Chris.

The ACS Science Policy Fellow is integrated for one to two years with the ACS Office of Public Affairs staff to inform policy-makers about contemporary science issues, to promote recommendations on science policy, and to keep ACS members involved in policy-making. Fellows may pursue a variety of topics, including energy policy, environmental policy, federal affairs, and other critical issues. Fellows can attend Congressional and federal advisory committee meetings, an excellent way to learn about an issue and to witness the beginning of the political discussion surrounding it.

Caroline Trupp Gil, the Assistant Director for Federal Relations in the ACS Office of Public Affairs, manages the ACS policy fellowships. “The single most important skill is communication and being able to apply your science training to situations where you will be the only scientist in the room,” Gil said. “Science is going to be one component of multiple factors of any policy challenge.”

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 fellowships is December 31, 2014. ACS Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for travel, and health insurance. Find more information and apply online at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/policy/policyfellowships.html.

2014-2015 NSYCC Election Results

The election results are in:

Chair: Jackie O’Neil
Chair-Elect: Felicia Lucci
Career Chair (and Webmaster!): Catie Rawlins
Social Chair: Ray Borg
Publicity Chair: Primrose Nimnark
Secretary: Alyssa  Napier
Treasurer: Kyle Cole
Congratulations to all the board members. Looking forward to a great term!


From Hype to Hope: Developing Next Generation Battery Technologies, September NESACS/YCC meeting

We’re very excited to invite you to the September Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the ACS (NESACS).  We got some comments that a few of you were interested in battery chemistry and what goes on at A123 Systems, so we asked Dr. Leslie Pinnell to come talk to us about it.

Leslie Pinnell

Leslie Pinnell, Executive Director of Government Funded R&D and Intellectual Property, A123 Systems LLC “From Hype to Hope: Developing Next Generation Battery Technologies”

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Cost: $1 for Seminar-Only (no dinner) option, but come at any time and enjoy a drink during the dinner time 

Dinner: $10 for students, $30 for members, $35 for non-members

Location: Pfizer  610 Main Street  (Kendall Square) Cambridge, MA (1st floor seminar room) 5:30 PM Reception (cafeteria) 6:15 PM Dinner (cafeteria) 7:15 PM Welcome, Dr. Catherine Costello  (NESACS Chair) 7:30 PM Seminar 8:30 PM Networking (cafeteria)

To register:

Go to http://acssymposium.com/paypal.html. YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE SEPTEMBER 4TH TO BE ADMITTED TO THE PFIZER LOCATION. For slightly more information  (directions/parking and if you’re a new ACS member), check out http://nesacs.org/curr_events_meetings.html#sep

Pro tip: You can register for the seminar only and UNLIKE previous NESACS meetings, we’d made this one so you can arrive at anytime prior to the seminar. We will also be doing a short networking bit before and after the talk, for a chance with questions with Dr. Pinnell and to meet other local chemists!

Call for Nominations for NSYCC Board!

Elections for NSYCC board positions will be held in August. We are currently seeking nominations for all board positions. We are currently updating our bylaws to institute some changes we hope will allow NSYCC to run better. As a result, the upcoming elections will be for the 7 month term, September 2014-April 2015, with terms after being for a full year. We encourage self-nominations! Please e-mail us at abstracts@nsycc.org to submit nominations by July 31st!

Additionally, for the upcoming term, we are looking for participants to help plan and host the ACS National Meeting being held in Boston in August 2015. We will be hosting our annual German exchange program during this time in addition to 6 younger chemists from the European Younger Chemist’s Network. Please let us know if you’d like to get involved- it’s a great way to expand your network and begin to outreach to other younger chemists across the globe!


Positions for election:

 NSYCC will be guided and represented by the Chair. The Chair will represent the NSYCC to the public and the local ACS “NESACS” board. He/she will set the schedule and agenda for his/her tenure through regular committee meetings.  The Chair will prepare an agenda for every executive committee meeting and direct executive members of their duties. The Chair will mentor the Vice-Chair and the Career Chair, and assist other officers in the event that they cannot fulfill their responsibilities. His/her primary responsibility will be to organize, raise funds, and host the following events: NSCRC, German Exchange  (under the direction of the German Exchange committee in Germany and the Boston Area) and other events decided by the executive board. The Chair will organize accommodations for invited speakers and other guests with the assistance of the Treasurer and other representatives of the NSYCC. He/she will lead meetings and act as a liaison between the NSYCC and   NESACS, including, but not limited to submitting annual reports to NESACS and regularly attending NESACS meetings/functions. They will also connect with the chemistry and science departments of the area, corporations, companies, and government agencies. The Chair should be an active member of all committees, or assign such duties ad hoc to the Chair-Elect. If needed, the Chair will call special elections for new and/or replacement NSYCC officers.


Chair-Elect: Election to the Chair-Elect position constitutes a two-year commitment to the NSYCC, one year  as the Chair-Elect and the following year as the Chair (see above description). The Chair-Elect will assist the Chair, specifically but not limited to establishing the network and professional contacts of the NSYCC, leading meetings and events in the absence of the chair, supporting other executive members and assisting the Chair and Career Chair in the organization of the annual Chemistry Research Conference and Career Fair. Funds permitting, the Chair-Elect should attend the ACS Leadership Development Institute in order to build key contacts with leaders of the local and national ACS. In the event that the Chair is unwilling or unable to continue service, the Chair-Elect will assume the position of Chair pro tem until mid-term elections for the Chair, and any other vacancy, can be implemented.


Career Chair: The Career Chair is responsible for organizing the NSCCF every spring and other career development events.  The Career Chair will be the public face of the NSYCC during activities surrounding the Career Fair and will be responsible for fundraising, recruiting, and hosting the NSCCF.  The Career Chair will mentor  future volunteers interested in organizing the Career Fairs and networking events.  Funds permitting, the Career Chair should attend the ACS Leadership Development Institute in order to build key contacts with leaders of the local and national ACS. The Career Chair will also assist the Chair-Elect in the event the Chair is unable to continue in his/her duties.


Secretary: The Secretary will coordinate the distribution of each meeting’s agenda, will take meeting minutes or appoint another officer if not able to do so, and will maintain an accurate membership list of current members in concert with the webmaster and publicity chair. All record keeping and communications, separate from finances, will be maintained and recorded by the Secretary. The secretary will compile and organize a public drive accessible to executive members including but not limited to information required for future executive boards.


Treasurer: The Treasurer will maintain all financial records of the NSYCC. The treasurer will propose a budget for the year as directed by NESACS and/or the NSYCC executive committee, and oversee appropriate use and collection of funds, keep financial records of all fundraising efforts and expenditures and lead fundraising events. Any event or meeting where NSYCC expenditures will be incurred should be overseen by the Treasurer.  The Treasurer will organize audit committee for the funds of the NSYCC activities and fundraising with the Chair, Chair-Elect, and elected Treasurer at the beginning of the next term, and in conjunction with the NESACS Treasurer, as NESACS is periodically audited externally. Any fundraising events that are non-social will be guided and organized by the Treasurer, and planned in conjunction with the NESACS Treasurer and/or Fundraising Committee Chair.


Webmaster(s): The Webmaster will maintain the NSYCC web site content, maintain an active list of members email addresses, assist executive members in establishing and maintaining email addresses, and maintain record of all online accounts  as directed by the Chair. This includes coordination, editing, and uploading content to the site or to the site administrator, coordinating with the NSYCC Secretary to keep e-mail distribution list of members up-to-date.


Social Chair(s): The Social Chairs will consist of one to three people, elected as the top one to three people receiving votes for the Social Chair positions. The Social Chair and/or committee will suggest events, plan, propose and maintain a budget for all social events, as well as those assigned by the Chair and the committee.  The Social Committee, in cooperation with the Publicity Chair, will also be asked to contribute new ideas for social events in order to increase membership and/or engage current members that may not be active.


Publicity Chair(s):  The Publicity Chair will be responsible for coordinating the dissemination of news and information to the public under the direction of Chair, Chair-Elect and Career Chair.  The Publicity Chair will coordinate any electronic newsletters published via NSYCC and maintain submittal dates for publication in the NESACS booklet, the Nucleus. The Publicity Chair will be responsible for maintaining and cultivating all forms of NSYCC’s social media presence, including, but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The Publicity Chair should work closely with the Webmaster, Secretary and executive board to publicize all events and coordinate when to publicize events.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.