Chemical Society of Washington

Marine Corps Marathon Events

The 2017 Marine Corps Marathon Event was held on October 22

Photos coming soon!

CSW Establishes Senior Chemists Committee

CSW Establishes Senior Chemists Committee

As you may know, the Retired Chemist Group (RCG) was established several years ago to provide social and professional engagement for CSW members who are retired.  Recently, the RCG has been unable to adequately serve this population due to several factors including the limited number of members willing to serve on the RCG Executive Board.  In September, after discussions with in the RCG and the CSW Board of Managers, the RCG Executive Board agreed to dissolve the group.  At the September Board of Managers meeting, the Board agreed to establish a Senior Chemists Committee to serve the members who were served by the RCG.  Additionally, this Committee would serve all chemists within CSW who identified themselves as senior chemists.  The Committee will operate within CSW as do all other committees and have the support of the CSW Board as well as other appropriate committees.  These changes to the organization structure will reduce the management for the operation of the group, including a separate treasury and administration officers, currently required for the RCG and streamline the organization within CSW.  This will reduce the number of committee members needed to ensure that the Committees activities continue and serves the members of CSW for years to come.  The Committee will have the same mission as the Senior Chemists Committee of ACS (see below) and will be able to utilize the resources available to it from that committee. 

The new Senior Chemists Committee will jointly sponsor the luncheon on Saturday, December 9th to honor the 50, 60 and 70 year members of ACS.  The luncheon will be held at Alfio’s in Bethesda, so mark your calendars now. 

Sincerely, Joe Antonucci, Chair, Senior Chemists Committee

Senior Chemists Committee

The establishment of the Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) of ACS was approved as a Joint Board-Council Committee effective January 1, 2013.  The age demographics of the ACS powerfully illustrated the need for a Senior Chemists Committee.  Of its more than 158,000 members, 34% are over the age of 50, which is one of the fastest growing segments of the Society.

The mission of the SCC:

  • To share with ACS members of all ages a rich variety of personal experiences and expertise gained over many years of professional service.
  • To foster interest and participation in the science of chemistry through community outreach, especially in grades K-12.
  • To act as science advisers/ambassadors for the purpose of cultural exchange at home and abroad.
  • To provide senior ACS members with challenging, diverse, and enjoyable professional experiences that enable them to contribute to the cultural experiences of their communities.
  • To recommend policies that address issues of interest to senior chemists.

The Committee serves two constituencies within the ACS: (1) seniors who are still active either as full time or part time employees, consultants, or those who still wish to stay closely connected to the ACS and its spectrum of activities; and (2) younger members and students who have questions about a chemistry based career or who have started careers but are looking for guidance in how to progress.  Examples are mentoring, career guidance and counseling, job training seminars and webinars, alternate career selection, problem support, workshops, and tutorials.

Brewery & Distillery Tour in Fredericksburg



Brewery & Distillery Tour

Join members of the National Capital & Tidewater Virginia Local Sections of AIChE, the Fredericksburg Area Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and the Chemical Society of Washington

When:   Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Where:  Adventure Brewing Co. - 3300 Dill Smith Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Cost:  Free!

Deadline to Register:  June 6

For Details:


Washington Academy of Sciences Awards




Washington Academy of Sciences Awards Deadline Extended

Dear Colleague:

Deadline Extended for Award Nominations!




The first deadline for Washington Acedemy of Sciences (WAS) Award nominations was not well advertised or on the website until recently. The Awards Committee has requested an extension to accept more nominations for WAS awards, so we are extending the deadline to submit an award nomination until Friday March 17th!

The award nomination form can be found here:

Be sure to include a CV of the nominee as part of the packet. Please send your completed nomination form and CV to Mina Izadjoo ( by midnight, Friday March 17, 2017.


Mike Coble
WAS President



Washington Academy of Sciences
1200 New York Avenue NW, Room 113
Washington, DC 20005

SPARK!LAB at the Smithsonian - Volunteer Opportunity


The Lemelson Center for the Study of  Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is recruiting volunteers (called Ambassadors) to work with museum visitors in Spark!Lab, its hands-on invention space for children and families. 

See Flier (PDF, 113 Kb)

2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists who designed and synthesized "the world’s smallest machines". Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for the design and synthesis of "the world’s smallest machines" — molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added. These “molecular machines” can be used for the development of new materials, sensors and energy storage systems, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in announcing the prize. Additional information:

Internal Collaboration at the NSF

ACS International Center Live Talk and Webinar

ACS is pleased to present its next event-a conversation on global scientific collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Keiser-Head, Office of International Science & Engineering at NSF. 

International Collaboration at the National Science Foundation: Expanding the Frontiers of Research and Creating a Globally-Engaged Workforce

Join the ACS International Center and Dr. Keiser on Thursday, September 29 at 2:30pm EST at ACS Headquarters in Washington, DC. View the informational flyer here.

The event will be broadcast live. Interested in attendees in the Washington, DC area are invited to join at ACS Headquarters for the talk and reception to follow. 

Pre-registration for the talk is complimentary and required. Please register here

Volunteer Opportunity at the Smithsonian NMAH

Volunteer Opportunity with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is recruiting volunteers (called Ambassadors) to work with museum visitors in Spark!Lab, its hands-on invention space for children and families. Unlike traditional classroom-style learning, Spark!Lab is very "curiosity-driven" and there is no right or wrong way to complete the activities, just challenges and prompts to get them thinking like an inventor. We focus on skills-based and inquiry based learning techniques and applying the experience to real life examples and problems. 

Spark!Lab Ambassadors will play an active role in:

Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using creative methods to inspire and encourage children’s and family’s interest in the invention process.

Assisting daily facility operations in Spark!Lab: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use; helping with some routine maintenance necessary to keep the innovation and imagination flowing!

If You are Good at and Enjoy…

  • Tinkering, experimenting, asking questions, constructing and deconstructing things to figure out how they work…
  • Interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles…
  • Working in an often busy and changing environment…

If You Have…

  • some experience working in a hands-on, informal education space…
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills…
  • an interest in invention, history and science…

If You are Able to…

  • commit to at least two 4-hour shifts a month, (weekends and holidays available)…
  • handle frequent walking, standing, bending and lifting….

…Then please request an application from Laurel Miller, Interpretive Exhibit Manager or 202.633.7304.

  • Applicants must be 17 years or older.
  • One full-day orientation training 
  • 8 hours (two 4-hour shifts) of shadowing a staff member or experienced volunteer on the floor
  • Completing a background check and obtaining a Smithsonian ID badge
  • A commitment of 8 hours per month (two 4-hour shifts, or one full day) of volunteering, based on your schedule and availability.

The next training session begins Saturday, September 17, 2016. For more information please visit or contact Laurel.


The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Chemistry Exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

Visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History have the chance to examine two exhibits representing the history of chemistry in America.


"Science Under Glass" traces the use of glassware in American science. The exhibit includes examples from Joseph Priestley’s collection of 18th century laboratory glassware, the introduction of Pyrex into American kitchens, and various samples used in bacteriology, cell culture and food testing. On view in 1 Center until September 11, 2016.


The Bakelizer, a steam-pressure vessel in which the first completely synthetic plastic was produced, has recently come on view for the first time in several years. Used by Leo H. Baekeland around 1909, the Bakelizer was also the ACS’s first National Historic Chemical Landmark, which recognized its significance to chemical history in 1993. On view in 1 West through year-end.

FDA/CDER Pharmaceutical Quality Symposium July 20-21, 2016


CDER Small Business Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI)
Pharmaceutical Quality Symposium July 20-21, 2016


CDER Small Business and Industry Assistance (SBIA) invites you to join us for this two-day in-depth exploration into the world of pharmaceutical quality. Interact with FDA’s subject matter experts from our Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) as we address topics such as:

  • Microbial Controls
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Facilities Assessment
  • Method Validation
  • …. and many more

This 2 day conference has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

For additional information, visit

Keynote Speaker:

Michael Kopcha, Ph.D., R.Ph., Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality/CDER/FDA

Registration: This forum will be delivered in hybrid format. When you register you will choose to attend either “In-Person Onsite” or "Virtually Online via Adobe Connect." You will NOT be able to make changes after you register, so if you are unable to attend, please email us at

We ask that you please honor your registration commitment to help us plan and deliver this event efficiently.

Accommodation: We have a block of rooms at a discounted rate, that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until June 22, 2016, or until the block is filled. Please reserve your room within our room block now. You will be responsible to pay for your own accommodations. Please be mindful of the hotel’s policies on check-in/checkout and cancellation.

For more information visit our newly redesigned CDER SBIA (link below)

(866)-405-5367 | (301)-796-6707 | CDER Small Business and Industry Assistance   CDER SBIA Workshops and Webinars

MARM 2016 - Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting

 Abstracts for the 44th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) is open and ready to receive submissions. The meeting will be held at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY, June 9-12, 2016. Below are important deadlines and meeting information.



Abstracts Open: January 11
Abstracts Close to Authors: Extended to March 28
Acceptance Notices: April 27
Registration and Housing Opening Soon!

Please visit the MARM 2016 website for additional meeting information and updates.

ACS and American Chemistry Council Briefing

The American Chemical Society and American Chemistry Council invite you to a science briefing and reception:

Opportunities and Challenges in Using Advanced 21st Century
Toxicity Testing and Risk Assessment Methods in a Modernized TSCA

February 8, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
385 Russell Senate Office Building

Congress is on the verge of modernizing the now 40-year old Toxic Substances Control Act. While the provisions of the new legislation are yet to be finalized, there’s no doubt that the new 21st century technologies and approaches for determining toxicity, bioactivity and exposure will be needed to fulfill the requirements for priority setting and safety determinations. While considerable progress has been made in developing the 21st century approaches and demonstrating their potential utility, additional focus will be needed to enable regulatory use in a modernized TSCA. In this colloquium, presenters will outline opportunities for utilizing these methods in a new TSCA and discuss opportunities for enhancing the confidence in use of these methods.

Note: This is as an educational/informational program. The intent is to provide neutral and credible scientific information targeted to members of the Congress and their staffs, helping them to gain a greater knowledge of the new scientific approaches that can be applied to evaluate the safety of chemicals.

Remarks by:
Tom Connelly, American Chemical Society
Cal Dooley, American Chemistry Council

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Jack Fowle, ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement
  • Rick Becker, American Chemistry Council
  • Rusty Thomas, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Barbara Wetmore, ScitoVation
  • Tina Bahadori, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kate Willett, Humane Society
  • Grace Patlewicz, Environmental Protection Agency


The ACS Entrepreneurial Summit

The ACS Entrepreneurial Summit is an event hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) highlighting the interplay among chemical entrepreneurs, investors, and large innovators as they work towards advancing chemistry-based innovation into the market.

At this year's Summit, corporate partners will shed light on their innovation processes and interests, industry experts will discuss their best practices, top-performing entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses, and ACS Divisions and other organizations will share additional resources available for stakeholders interested in chemistry-based entrepreneurship.

CONTACT us at  or visit our website at

ACS Entrepreneurial Summit Agenda

ACS Entrepreneurial Summit Flyer

Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is excited to announce its 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference taking place from July 14-16, 2015, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in North Bethesda, MD. This year’s theme is "Catalyzing Innovation: Smarter Research, Greener Design, Better World" and will highlight green chemistry and engineering’s role in catalyzing innovation. This exciting conference will offer three days of dynamic program-ming and will provide a host of volunteer opportunities for local green chemistry enthusiasts!

Accordingly, ACS GCI is calling all volunteers and would like for you to be a part of the action! As a conference volunteer, we will ask you to work four hours and you will receive access to the general conference proceedings for the rest of the day you volunteer. Assistance is needed in the following areas: Onsite conference registration, technical sessions, roundtable reception, hybrid meeting session, and more. For more information, please visit Teamwork makes the dream work!

ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks

ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks in the Washington DC Area

The American Chemistry Society established the National Historic Chemical Landmarks program in 1992 to enhance public appreciation for the contributions of the chemical sciences to modern life in the United States and to encourage a sense of pride in their practitioners. The program does this by recognizing seminal achievements in the chemical sciences, recording their histories, and providing information and resources about Landmark achievements.

Looking For DC Area Volunteer Chemists

ReSET is a non-profit organization that places volunteer scientists and engineers in Washington DC area elementary school classrooms to lead students in science and math experiments. Our goal is to show students that science and math learning is exciting and enjoyable, with the long term objective of buiiding America's science and engineering workforce of the future. We are in 25 schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and would like to reach more students by increasing our number of volunteers. We would welcome the opportunity to work ACS' Washington Local Section to make your D.C. area members aware of volunteer opportunities. The first part of the video on our homepage shows a chemist working in a classroom:

Thank you for considering this request.

John W. Meagher

Upcoming Activities and Meetings

Scientific Meetings and Activites of Interest to CSW Members

ACS Resources:



Biomedical and Life Sciences:

Web Links of Interest: