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NEWS
 

NESACS 2020 Election Results
Chair- Elect:
230
Carol Mulrooney (w)
161
Patrick Gordon
     
     
Treasurer:
357
Ashis Saha (w)
     
     
Trustee:
220
Cathy Costello (w)
160 Ruth Tanner
     
     
Nominating Committee: (2)
279
Lisa Marcaurelle (w)
225
Doris Lewis (w)
116 Anyin Li
71 Matthias Eberstadt
   
   
Norris Committee: (2)
225
Christine Caputo (w)
201
Patricia A. Mabrouk (w)
156
George O’Doherty
113 Chris Moreton
   
 
Councilor/Alternate Councilor:
256
Carol Mulrooney (c)
220
Patricia A. Mabrouk (c)
194
Caitlyn Mills (c)
193
Anna W. Sromek (c)
191
Michael Singer (c)
179
Patrick M. Gordon (a)
177
Meredith Ward (a)
167
Katie Rubino (a)
166
Mariam Ismnail (a)
159
Lori Ferrins (a)
155
Michael P. Filosa
154
Natalie LaFranzo
127
Raj (SB) Rajur
125 Steve Canham
116 Jens Breffke
114 Mary Mahaney
107 Kap-Sun Yeung
97 Ray Lam
93 Ashis Saha
90 Hicham Fenniri
77 Daljit Matharu
   
Director-at-Large: (2)
227
Dr John Neumeyer (w)
221
Dr. James U. Piper (w)
205 Dr. Ralph Scannell
   

NSYCC Career Symposium Goes Virtual
By Meredith Ward, NSYCC Chair
With contributions from Tongtong Luo (NSYCC Social Chair), Klaudja Caushi
(NSYCC Secretary/Publicity Chair), and Zemen Berhe (NSYCC Chair-Elect)
The 5th Annual NSYCC Fall Career Symposium went virtual for 2020. Instead of a day-long event with concurrent panels and in-person networking, events were spaced out over three weekends in an effort to (1) not overwhelm attendees with the commitment to a day-long Zoom event, and (2) allow for all panels to be held at separate times, so attendees could attend all four panels if they’d like.
On November 7, a resume workshop and an interview workshop were held as the first events of the 2020 Career Symposium. Roy Simmons and Patrick Gordon, both ACS Career Consultants who have graciously volunteered their time to the NSYCC Career Symposium for over 5 years, held distinctive discussions on how to perfect your resume and how to ace your interview. They discussed proper formatting of resumes and how to answer those tough questions at your interview. Attendees also practiced giving and receiving interviews in small groups, through the use of Zoom breakout rooms.
On November 14, a LinkedIn workshop, a graduate school panel, and an industry careers panel were held. Kristin McGillicuddy, a marketing professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, held this very popular workshop for the second consecutive year. She discussed features that LinkedIn provides and how to make sure your profile stands out.
A panel on graduate school featured Vanna Blasczak (UMass Boston), Jonathan Flores (UMass Boston), Minte Kassu (Northeastern University) and Devin Swiner (The Ohio State University) and was moderated by Meredith Ward, NSYCC Chair. These graduate students discussed how to choose your advisor, how to make the transition from one research area to another, and the importance of not being hard on yourself.
The final panel on the second day was an industry careers panel featuring Dr. Crystal Shih Byers (Ascidian Therapeutics), Dr. Ping Zhang (Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research), Dr. Katherine Lee (Pfizer), and Matt Coon (Bluebird Bio), which was moderated by Zemen Berhe, NSYCC Chair-Elect. These panelists discussed the transition from college into their career, including important skills and experiences to obtain during college that aided them in that transition. The topic of mentors was discussed, as was the best way to network as a young scientist and advice they were given that helped their career.
On November 21, a nontraditional careers panel, an academic careers panel, and a resume review session were held. The nontraditional careers panel featured Dr. Doris Lewis (NESACS Government Affairs Committee), Dr. Stephen Davey (Nature Reviews Chemistry), Enoch Allotey (UMass School of Law), and Dr. John de la Parra (The Rockefeller Foundation) and was moderated by Tongtong Luo, NSYCC Social Chair. The panelists shared their career choices and motivation; although their starting points were all in chemistry or biology, they found their careers in totally different ways. The topic of mentors was a common theme during the Career Symposium, as it was also discussed during this panel. All the panelists determined that mentors are important, and seeking out a mentor can be as simple as reaching out to anyone who may be able to provide help or guidance for your desired career. Another interesting question raised during the panel was what you would say to your younger self. The panelists encouraged everyone to try anything that they want to do and to not be afraid of failure. They mentioned that even if someone doesn’t find out what they like immediately, they can find out what they don’t want, which is another valuable lesson.
The academic careers panel featured Dr. Elizabeth Draganova (Tufts University and NSYCC Immediate Past-Chair), Dr. Mariam Ismail (Simmons University), Dr. Sossina Haile (Northwestern University), and David Manke (UMass Dartmouth) and was moderated by Klaudja Caushi, NSYCC Secretary and Publicity Chair. They discussed the many duties that a professor can take on, including research, mentoring, teaching, and administrative work. All panelists concluded that the work is demanding but very satisfying, and that having a good support group is key to achieving your goals as a professor. They also discussed the importance of publications in this career path, and the notable trend of more lecturing positions as opposed to tenure-track positions.
The success of the virtual Career Symposium hinged on the flexibility of the participants, panelists, and workshop leaders, as well as the adaptability of the NSYCC Executive Board to hold such an important event online during a pandemic. The NSYCC Executive Board would like to thank all who participated in the 2020 Virtual Fall Career Symposium.

NESACS NOMINATED FOR NINE CHEMLUMINARY AWARDS
  By Carol Mulrooney and Anna Sromek

The American Chemical Society held the 22nd annual ChemLuminary Awards as a virtual event on December 9th, 2020. Although we missed the fun of attending this ceremony in person, the virtual program provided quite a good time for viewers. The evening began with introductions and an inspiring keynote address, followed by the award presentations and it even concluded with dancing! The ceremony video has been posted on the ACS website here: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/community/chemluminary.html
The keynote speaker, Janet L. Bryant, is the winner of the 2020 award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society. Ms. Bryant shared her top five reasons to volunteer:
5.Networking. ACS activities help build our network in thechemistry community both locally and nationally.
4.Mentors. Join ACS to explore the power of networkingand finding mentors through the ACS, and members areencouraged to actively seek what they need from ACSmentors.
3.“Chotchkes”! Show your pride with ACS branded items.
2.Continuing education. Through weekly seminars, onlinesymposia, career counseling, and virtual meetings, theACS provides strong support for career development.
1.Community. “One lives not just for oneself, but for one’scommunity.”-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

 

The Northeastern Section members were finalists for nine awards this year. Here are the highlights from 2019 programming run by multiple committees and NESACS volunteers.
Younger Chemists Committee: The NSYCC were finalists for Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee. Two large events are held every year by the NSYCC, the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference in the spring and the Career Symposium in the fall, both events consistently drawing a large audience of and providing strong value to the local chemistry students. The NSYCC also sponsored multiple networking events throughout the year and collaborated on many additional events with other NESACS committees, including the Women Chemists, Senior Chemists, and Government Affairs Committees, as well as networking events with our neighboring local sections.
Women Chemists Committee: The NESACS WCC were finalists for two awards this year: Best Overall WCC Local Section and MAC Industry Engagement & Outreach. Two networking events featuring talks by women scientific leaders were co-sponsored by Blueprint Medicines, a Cambridge based precision therapy company focused on cancers and rare diseases. These were the first two events of a series named “Catalyst: A Networking Series for Women in Chemistry”, with the goal of connecting and highlighting women in chemistry. The WCC also partnered with the YCC and SCC on several networking lunches during the year.
Government Affairs Committee: The NESACS GA Committee was a finalist for the ACS President’s Award for Local Section Government Affairs. Our active GA members have attended town hall and neighborhood meetings with U.S. Representatives Katherine Clark, Ayanna Pressley and Joe Kennedy III and communicated the importance of supporting science in the legislature. The GA Committee actively works with the NSYCC members to promote the importance of communicating science policy as well as exploring careers in this field.
Process Chemistry Symposium: The 2019 NESACS Process Chemistry Symposium was a finalist for the Best Event or Activity Organized by, or Benefiting, the Applied Chemical Technology Professional Community award, sponsored by the Committee on Technician Affairs. This symposium, held in October, showcased exciting developments in the process chemistry field and highly relevant applications in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The symposium was filled to capacity and extremely well-reviewed by attendees, who were impressed by the presentations of cutting-edge technologies as well as practical tips for laboratory work.
Northeastern National Chemistry Week: The organizers of the 2019 Northeastern National Chemistry Week Celebration were nominated for the Outstanding Ongoing NCW Event award sponsored by the Committee on Community Activities. There were two events in 2019, one at the Museum of Science, Boston, and a second at Boston Children’s Museum. Volunteer educators, who included members of NESACS, students from high schools and universities, local chemical companies, and non-ACS community members, conducted hands-on experiments with museum attendees. An estimated 1300 members of the public were engaged with this programming.
Northeastern Chemists Celebrate Earth Week: NESACS was also a finalist for the award for Outstanding Community Involvement in CCEW, sponsored by the Committee on Community Activities. A number of different community groups participated in this year’s program and helped make it an outstanding success with volunteers from local colleges, universities, museums, and non-profit organizations. Overall, approximately 80 committed volunteers engaged about 500 community members in hands-on activities on topics related to the CCEW theme of “Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper.”
NESACS: Members of NESACS, in collaboration with the National YCC, International Young Chemists Committee, and IUPAC, organized the 2019 Northeastern Global Women’s Breakfast- Empowering Women in Chemistry. This event was a finalist for the Global Engagement Award for Local Sections sponsored by the International Activities Committee. This breakfast was held on February 12th, 2019, and was one of 200 hundred events over 50 countries taking place on that day.
Two keynote speakers, Dr. Rebecca Ruck and Dr. Margaret Cho, were followed by a panel discussion to discuss how to encourage gender equality and handle issues such as worklife balance.
Finally, NESACS was also a finalist for the LSAC sponsored award for Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Very Large Size Category. It was an honor for the Northeastern Section to be finalists for so many of the ChemLuminary awards this year. We appreciated the strong and creative programming we competed against in the final round that also prevented us from winning in any of these nine categories this year. However, NESACS Chair Anna Sromek is very happy with the performance of our section, saying “NESACS has successful programming that attracts a lot of interest and participation, and fantastic volunteers and it works very well for our section. This is really the most important aspect for us.” Congratulations to the 2019 ChemLuminary award winners!

AUTM Publishes Licensing Guidelines to Promote Collaborations for COVID-19 Related Innovations
By Katherine Ann Rubino, Patent Attorney, Caldwell Intellectual Property Law
On April 17, 2020 the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) released licensing guidelines for COVID-19 related inventions.[i] As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage across the globe, AUTM has compiled a list of current ongoing research, clinical trials, licensing guidelines, and potential treatments, in order to share useful information with members around the world.[ii] AUTM is a non-profit organization that supports the development of academic research. Members of AUTM include over 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses, and government organization worldwide.[iii]
The licensing guidelines released by AUTM were developed to provide guidance for technology transfer offices in order to promote non-exclusive royalty-free licenses in exchange for spurring innovation that help address this public health crisis.[iv]
The licensing guidelines specify that: Technology transfer accelerates innovations that impact society and promotes the broad distribution of public health solutions. We encourage intellectual property (IP) owners to adopt a COVID-19 licensing strategy that facilitates rapid pandemic response by licensees and to make the execution of associated transactions a top priority.
For most technologies, where legally possible, this strategy is best accomplished by adopting time-limited, non-exclusive royalty-free licenses, in exchange for the licensees’ commitment to rapidly make and broadly distribute products and services to prevent, diagnose, treat and contain COVID-19 and protect healthcare workers during the pandemic (as defined by the World Health Organization).
Licenses may subsequently convert to a more typical commercial license as appropriate. Licenses must also preserve the licensor’s freedom to publish and use the intellectual property for teaching and research.[v]
Currently, over eighty-five universities, hospitals, and research institutions located all around the globe have signed on to participate in the licensing guidelines established by AUTM.[vi] Further researchers, universities, and institutions interested in sharing research and news can contact AUTM to post information related to COVID-19 related research or innovations. This information can be posted or searched without an AUTM membership. For more information, interested participants can visit https:// autm.net/about-tech-transfer/ covid19/about-covid_19-research.[vii]

[i] https://autm.net/about-tech-transfer/ covid19/covid-19-licensing-guidelines
[ii] https://autm.net/about-tech-transfer/ covid19/about-covid_19-research
[iii] https://autm.net/about-autm/who-we-are
[iv] https://autm.net/about-tech-transfer/ covid19/covid-19-licensing-guidelines
[v] Id.
[vi] Id.
[vii] https://autm.net/about-tech-transfer/ covid19/about-covid_19-researc
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Dorothy Phillips Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from NOBCChE
The National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) has awarded Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips, Ph.D. a Lifetime Achievement Award at its September 25, 2020 Virtual Awards Meeting.
Dorothy has been for many years a top leader in the American Chemical Society both in NESACS and nationally. She is currently serving her third term on the Board of Directors of the ACS as a Director-at-Large.
Dorothy is originally from Tennessee and she is one of eight children. Her father was a Baptist minister. Her parents were supportive of her education and she originally attended Tennessee State before transferring to Vanderbilt in 1966. In 1967 Phillips was the first African-American woman to complete a bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt University. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati, and, again, was the first African-American woman in Cincinnati to earn a PhD in chemistry.
In 1973 the joined the American Chemical Society. Phillips joined the Dow Chemical Company as a bench scientist. Phillips joined the Waters Corporation in 1984, where she worked in research and development. After an almost thirty-year career, Phillips retired from the Waters Corporation in 2013 as Director of Strategic Marketing.
Dorothy’s late husband, James Phillips, was also a chemist, an active member of NESACS and the 2019 recipient of the Henry A. Hill Award. She has three children, Anthony, Crystal and Vicki and many grandchildren.

Awards and honors:

1994 1994 University of Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni
2004 American Chemical Society-Nashville Section, Salute to Excellence Award
2006 Vanderbilt University, Unsung Heroine Award
2006 American Chemical Society Northeastern Section, Henry A. Hill Award
2008 American Chemical Society-Santa Clara Valley Section, Shirley B. Radding Award
2008 Waters Corporation Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions
2008 Vanderbilt University, Dr. Dorothy Wingfield Phillips Award for Leadership
2010 Fellow of the American Chemical Society
2011 New England Institute of Chemists Distinguished Chemist Award
2015 Vanderbilt University, Dr. Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Endowed Chair
2017 Vanderbilt University, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowships
2019 Vanderbilt University, 2019 Class of Vanderbilt Trailblazers
 

NESACS Members Named ACS Fellows for 2020
 
 
Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for creative insights in the biophysics and biochemical functions of DNA repair and other enzymes, strong commitments to undergraduate and graduate education, and to the professional development of faculty.
 
Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for outstanding service to the Chemical Toxicology Division, the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, and a tireless commitment to mentoring early career scientists and future faculty.
Penny J. Beuning    
Northeastern University    
 
     
 
Contribution to the science/profession: Experiments establishing the mechanism of ribonucleotide reductases, polyester synthases, and natural product DNA cleavers; use of chemical investigations to solve biological problems.
 
Contribution to the ACS community: Involved in making Biochemistry a requirement for all undergraduate chemists; Program Chair and Head of the Biological Chemistry Division; felt equally at home in the Bioinorganic/Inorganic Division.
JoAnne Stubbe    
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Emeritus)    
     
List of all 2020 ACS Fellows...

The R&D Tax Credit – Catalyzing
Innovation in the Chemicals Industry
Has your company designed, developed or produced new or improved products by experimenting with new formulations, materials or ingredients? Has your company experienced failed batch trials or experimented with scale-up processes for existing products? Has your company attempted to develop new production processes, techniques or methods to increase yields, reduce waste or otherwise improve manufacturing efficiency?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then there is a strong chance that your company will benefit from a Research and Development (“R&D”) tax credit study. Increasingly, business management teams are recognizing the importance of taking advantage of the R&D tax credit as a powerful incentive for remaining competitive and refueling critical innovation efforts.
The Chemicals Industry and the R&D Tax Credit Opportunity
The federal R&D tax credit is available to taxpayers who incur expenses for qualified research activities (QRAs) conducted within the US. The credit is comprised primarily of the following types of qualified research expenses (QREs): Wages paid to employees who attempt to develop or support new or
improved products or processes, supplies used for new product development or experimentation, and outside contractors who perform QRAs on behalf of the taxpayer. The purpose of the R&D credit is to offset some financial burden that companies assume by undertaking high risk, high reward development
projects. Many states offer similar research credits which may be claimed additionally once the federal credit has been calculated.
The chemicals industry is an essential component of the U.S. economy, driving innovation for every other sector. The industry’s approximately 10,000 firms produce more than 70,000 products, accounting for more than $800 billion in revenue and touching 96 percent of all manufactured products.
Companies within the chemical industry frequently encounter technical issues related to new product development, compliance with safety and regulatory standards, product yield, product purity and scalability. Technical issues can also arise when companies attempt to improve their product development efficiency by incorporating new Agile methodology. Supply chain management has become increasingly important for chemical companies as they struggle to remain competitive. Research to adopt and integrate lean manufacturing, just-in-time inventory, Six Sigma and Kaizen principles to optimize manufacturing processes and methods are employee activities that may qualify for the R&D tax credit.
Examples of Qualifying Initiatives and Activities for Chemical Companies
  • Designing and developing new products – particularly products that are safer, more effective, have increased functionality, better performance or longer shelf life
  • Researching and testing to identify new applications for existing chemical products
  • Experimenting to gain compliance with new domestic or foreign regulatory requirements
  • Design and development of new testing methods or protocols
  • Product modifications to increase yield or decrease reaction times
  • Improving manufacturing technologies, processes or techniques Experimenting with new software or technologies for product or process improve, Anchinments
  • Research and process developments
    for ISO Certifications
Actual Examples from Anchin’s R&D Practice - New Product Development
One of our chemical industry clients had been researching for a renewable wood byproduct to use as a new raw material in its polyurethane foam line of products. It ultimately identified that Lignin, often used in the paper industry, could now serve as a new viable raw material for the chemical industry due to its recent increase in supply and availability. There were very few commercially available lignin-based products which presented the client with a significant market opportunity. The company is now developing the first of its kind commercially available liquid lignin polyol for the polyurethane industry. While the company had considerable prior experience with propylene oxide reactions, the handling of lignin as a chemical feedstock was entirely new to their team of scientists.
New Process Development
Company set out to develop a reliable and cost-effective manufacturing process to produce Electronic grades of two new products which are sold as ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) precursors. The challenges encountered during the project development were to create a process that would generate a cost-effective high yield and consistently deliver high enough purity to meet the quality standards. The project investigated the synthesis and purification using a new synthetic route. During the project, purity and yield were evaluated to develop a process that would reliably produce a cost-effective final product.
Maximizing the yield of the process was essential for enabling manufacture of commercially viable products.
Anchin’s R&D Practice
We are skilled and experienced at identifying qualifying projects and initiatives within each area of your business and we are experts at examining and capturing all allowable expenses towards your company’s research credit. Our dedicated team has decades of experience and is familiar with important issues in
every sector of the chemicals industry. Anchin ensures that our clients maximize the R&D tax credit opportunity available to them.
The key to accurately calculating R&D tax credits is distinguishing between qualified and nonqualified research activities and expenses. The determination cannot be made by a company’s accounting or project management systems. Many allowable expenses can be overlooked by taxpayers who do not work with R&D experts to identify all of their potentially qualifying expenses. Equally important to properly
calculating the R&D tax credit for your company is properly documenting the expenses in a way that will withstand IRS audit. Anchin will work with your technical employees to capture critical details which illustrate how your company’s research activities meet IRS criteria for inclusion of these expenses.
 

 

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Historical Notes
Rose Reguera Simon James Edward Phillips Robert L. Lichter
Sandra Enrica Russo-Rodriguez Edward C. (Ted) Taylor William Klemperer
Marietta Schwartz Jean-Pierre Anselme Karen L. Piper
Christine Jaworek-Lopes Vivian Walworth Daniel J. Sandman
Arthur Obermayer Benedict Gallo Haig Markarian
Edwin Emerson Morse John J. Giuffrida Claude Spencer
Tommy Menino David O. Ham Norman J. Hochella
Bernard Siegal Clarence Grant Leon Mir