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NESACS Meeting – Education Night – May 2024

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 1,030th Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Education Night

6:30 PM

  • Virtual “Meet and Greet” before the ceremony

7:00 PM

  • Thomas Gilbert, NESACS Chair-Elect presiding
  • Address by LaTrease E. Garrison, ACS Chief Operating Officer
  • Awards Presentations:  College Students and Faculty

Link to Register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErcOuvqjksHNRLRMKGVWbPgSc_ozOF4oM4

 

Title: You Have to See It Before You See It

Abstract: Children find it very easy and enjoyable to consider what the possibilities might be through their imagination. Children dream about and sometimes role play as if they are living in the future. But as we mature, we often find it difficult to imagine because we are looking for the exact answer to questions like where will I work; who will I marry; where will I live, etc. However, if we seek to see it before we see it, we will find that the possibilities are endless. ‘Seeing it’ involves leveraging resources which can come in the form of people, opportunities, and organizations.  ‘Seeing it’ involves stepping out of one’s comfort zone to try something new. ‘Seeing it’ is being confident in one’s abilities. Life’s journey is full of possibilities, but we have to see them before we see them.

Biography: LaTrease E. Garrison, the Chief Operating Officer of the American Chemical Society, received her BS in chemistry from Howard University and completed her MBA degree at Strayer University where her research focused on succession planning for the non‐profit organization. She received her certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. She joined ACS in 1992 as a Program Assistant for Chemical & Engineering News magazine. In 1996 she moved to the Education Division where she held several positions including Senior Program Manager of Undergraduate Programs. In 2005 Ms. Garrison was appointed to the position of Special Assistant to the Director of the Education Division. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Member Communities/ Department of Volunteer Support and Director of the Administrative and Programmatic Technology group and the Professional Advancement Team. LaTrease was the Executive Vice President for Education from 2016—2020 and Executive Vice President for ACS Education, Membership and Scientific Advancement from 2020‐2022. She has served as staff liaison to various ACS Committees and Task Forces and is a trained facilitator for courses within the ACS Leadership Development System.

In her current role LaTrease provides strategic direction and oversight for the Washington Information Technology unit; the Office of Philanthropy; ACS Membership; ACS Education; ACS Scientific Advancement; Meetings and Events; and, global society engagement. LaTrease is a Co‐Principal Investigator, NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Inclusive Graduate Education Network (NSF 1834545) where the ACS Bridge Project was established to increase the number of underrepresented students receiving PhDs in the chemical sciences.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the American Chemical Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and an active volunteer at her church.

 

AWARDS

College and University Awards

Dr. Ruth Tanner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Chair, Education Committee, NESACS

Grants in Aid:  Travel grants to attend an ACS National Meeting and to present a paper at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session  in the Division of Chemical Education

Norris Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarships:  Research Awards for the summer of 2024 for a minimum commitment of 10 weeks of full-time research work

Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Book Award for the best talk by an undergraduate at the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC)

 

High School Awards

Dr. Steve Lantos, Brookline High School

Chair, High School Education Committee, NESACS

AVERY A. ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY EXAMINATION CONTEST

The High School Committee continues to oversee the two competitive chemistry examinations offered to section secondary students: The Avery Ashdown Exam (54th year) and the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO, 40th year).

Typically, over 16,000 students nationwide take some form of the local section exam each year in early April. From this entry-level group, the ACS has allotted a fixed number of students to qualify for the next round of competition, the USNCO. Thanks to Ron Ragsdale of the University of Utah who has been involved with the USNCO from its beginning in the mid-1980s, the ACS uses a federated system whereby the number of qualifying students in a section is based on its ACS membership. Given the considerable number of members of NESACS, we are allocated one of the larger groups of qualifiers.

Simmons University Prize

This cash award is given annually to top scorers of the Avery A. Ashdown Exam. The award is presented by a member of the Simmons University Chemistry Dept.

AULA LAUDIS SOCIETY

The Aula Laudis Society recognizes outstanding High School Chemistry Teachers from within the Section.  The award is a NESACS Hall of Fame for high school teachers who have made distinguished contributions to secondary chemical education. The evaluation of nominees is based on their students’ performance in chemistry competitions, past recognition that honors their teaching, involvement in students’ extra-curricular activities in chemistry, and enthusiastic feedback from past students and colleagues. Typically, two inductees are awarded every year.

THEODORE WILLIAM RICHARDS AWARD

The Theodore William Richards Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary School Chemistry honors a teacher in the Northeastern Section who, through innovation and dedication, has inspired potential chemists, has communicated chemistry to non-chemists, or has influenced other teachers of chemistry. The selected teacher is officially honored at the Section’s May meeting (“Education Night”) and receives both a $1,500 prize and a Certificate of Recognition.

 

Details

Date:
May 16
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErcOuvqjksHNRLRMKGVWbPgSc_ozOF4oM4

Organizer

Education Committee
View Organizer Website

Details

Date:
May 16
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErcOuvqjksHNRLRMKGVWbPgSc_ozOF4oM4

Organizer

Education Committee
View Organizer Website