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MARCH 2018 Monthly Meeting
Thursday – March 29, 2018
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115

Please join us for a rare monthly meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts! Register early to guarantee your spot! Your registration fee will include a special presentation by MFA staff on the Science and Chemistry of art at the MFA. Entrance to the Museum ($25 value) will be included in your registration with a wine and cheese reception before the meeting and panel discussion. Please note that dinner will not be served. Restaurants will be open in the MFA if you would like to eat dinner before the NESACS meeting.
The MFA requires that all those attending the event arrive ONLY at the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance. Board Meeting only at 4:10-4:40 PM. All others must arrive between 5:30-6:40 PM.

4:30 pm NESACS Board Meeting
5:30 pm Free time to visit MFA galleries or to have dinner
6:30 pm Social Hour/Reception
7:30 pm
Andrew Scolte, NESACS Chair-Elect, Presiding
Richard Newman, Head of Scientific Research: welcome, introduction/overview of chemical analysis at the museum
Abigail Hykin, Objects ConservatorTreatment of Guanyin, a Chinese polychrome sculpture from the 12th century
The Song Dynasty sculpture of Guanyin, Boddhisattva of Compassion is one of the masterpieces in the MFA collection. The appearance of this painted, wooden sculpture has changed over the centuries, but a recent conservation treatment and technical study has led to a new understanding of its original materials and the techniques employed in its creation, including 12th century pigments and the use of tin metal as a base for kirikane(cut-gold leaf) decoration. The findings from the technical study are being used to determine if two smaller sculptures, acquired along with Guanyin in 1920, were created as a grouping.
Michele Derrick, Schorr Family Associate Research Scientist: Analysis of colorants on Japanese woodblock prints
Woodblock prints were produced in Japan since the 8th century. From simple black line images, they progressed to vibrant, full color printed images by the late 18th century. The MFA, with its renowned collection of more than 50,000 Japanese woodblock prints, has been the first museum to use a combination of visual and non-invasive spectroscopic techniques to systematically identify the inorganic and organic colorants used in their printing. This presentation will give an overview of the analysis techniques utilized to characterize the colorants on the prints.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED - Reservations are Required
For those who would like to join us for dinner, register by noon, Monday, March 19, at the NESACS Eventbrite page: Cost: Members, $30; Non-members, $35; Retirees, $20; Students, $10. First Time Attendees and Unemployed Chemists should register directly with Ms. Anna Singer,

If you have any questions or require additional information, contact the Administrative Assistant, Anna Singer, via email at
  • Visitors to the MFA have three self-parking options: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road. The Huntington lot offers closer parking to the Huntington Avenue Entrance and the Fenway parking lot is more accessible to the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance.

APRIL 2018 Monthly Meeting
Friday – April 27, 2018

The Charles Hotel, cambridge, MA
Regattabar, One Bennett St., 3rd Floor
5:00 pm Social Hour
6:00 pm Dinner
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Mallinckrodt Building, 12 Oxford St

8:00 pm
Award Meeting
Pfizer Lecture Hall (MB23), ground floor.
Andrew Scholte, NESACS Chair-Elect, presiding
Welcome and Award History – Karen Allen, Chair, Esselen Award Committee
Presentation of the Award - Gustavus J. Esselen, IV
Introduction of the Award Recipient – Michael A. Marletta,
2007 Esselen Award Winner, University of California Berkeley

Re-writing the Code of Life: The Impacts and Ethics of Genome Editing – Jennifer A. Doudna, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; Li Ka-shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry at University of California Berkeley; Executive Director, Innovative Genomics Institute

Brief Bio of Dr. Doudna

Abstract of Dr. Doudna's Address

Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D

Dinner reservations should be made no later than noon, Friday, April 20. Reservations are to be made using EventBrite services: Select the Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest and the appropriate ticket package. Members, $30.00; Non-members, $35; Retirees, $20; Students, $10. Reservations for new members and for additional information, contact the secretary Anna Singer at (781)272-1966 or e-mail at Reservations not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance must be paid.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED - Reservations are Required
Limited Free Parking available in the Garage at 52 Oxford St. Identify yourself as attending the Esselen/Harvard Chemistry event and the guard will direct you.
Parking is also available at the Charles Hotel: For arrival after 5:00PM, selfparking is $10; valet is $15.

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