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Our Mission
To serve as a liaison between NESACS and the Northeast Region of the ACS, Inc. (NERACS), which is the governance and financial overseer of the Northeast Regional Meetings (NERM).  To communicate information about NERM and other specialized ACS meetings to the NESACS membership via postings on the website, articles in The Nucleus, and announcements to the NESACS Board of Directors.  To assist in the development of plans for the organization and sponsorship of a future NERM by NESACS within its geographic boundaries.  The Chair of the Committee serves as the NESACS representative to the NERACS Board of Directors.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Committee seeks volunteers to be part of the team that is currently involved in the organization and sponsorship of a NERM within NESACS to be held during 2021.  Please contact the NERM Chair if you are interested.

Who are we?
  Hicham Fenniri, Chair
  Morton Hoffman
  Dr. Wayne E. Jones
  Dr. Stephen Canham

Call for Symposia:

2021 Northeast Regional Meeting

by Hicham Fenniri, Special to C&EN
Symposium proposals are being accepted for the 2021 Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM 2021) of the American Chemical Society Northeastern Sectionuntil Dec. 18. The meeting will be held June 16–19, 2021, at Northeastern University. The conference has a general theme of “Chemistry at the Hub” and will cover all aspects of the chemical science and engineering felds.
A number of social and networking events are planned, including an awards banquet, networking sessions, workshops on chemistry and the law, a graduate school fair, an undergraduate program, and a program for high school chemistry teachers. In addition, the meeting will include plenary lectures and poster sessions.
The final program summary will be published in C&EN in the spring of 2021, and the online program will be available May 14. A call for abstracts will be issued in January. To submit a symposium proposal, visit the NERM 2021 website at For more information, contact the conference chair, Hicham Fenniri, at
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NERM 2021
Contest: Design a Logo for NERM2021!
The ACS Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM2021) will be held at Northeastern University in Boston during June 16-19, 2021.
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you all to propose a Logo for our conference; you can even sketch it on a piece of paper, take a picture and email it to me at
The winning design will be recognized on the NERM2021 website and will receive a free admission to the
Hicham Fenniri, PhD
Professor, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemistry
and Chemical Biology
General Chair, NERM2021

The meeting will now take place October 2-5, 2022 in Rochester.
The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society is hosting the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS in 2020. Over a four day event, we are excited to share the opportunity with fellow chemists and scientists to learn about the latest advances in chemistry and connect with leaders in the field. Events include lectures from distinguished speakers, awards, workshops, poster sessions, social events and an exposition of companies and vendorsYou do not want to miss it!
For more information about NERM 2020 go to their website:  

Report from Saratoga
Hicham Fenniri, Chair, NERM Committee, and NESACS Representative to NERACS []
The Eastern New York Section of the ACS hosted the 42nd Northeast Regional Meeting (Chemistry – the Central Science of the Northeast) at the Saratoga Hilton and City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, on June 23-26, 2019. The fullprogram of the meeting is available online at <>.
The General Co-Chairs for the meeting were Lisa Coutts (SI Group Inc.) and Craig Westphal (SABIC); the Program Co-Chairs were Jan Halamek and Maksim Royzen, both from SUNY Albany. More than 600 participants registered for the three-day event, and contributed to the various scientific and professional development symposia.
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the plenary speaker, 2017 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank (Columbia University), who provided an historical perspective on single-particle cryo-electron microscopy and its application to the visualization of biological molecules in their native states. Prof. Frank began his career at the Wadsworth Center in Albany before joining the faculty of SUNY Albany, where much of his pioneering work was carried out.
2017 Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank of Columbia University was the keynote speaker in Saratoga.
Reginald E. Rogers, Jr. of Rochester Institute of Technology was the recipient of a Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences at NERM. 2018 NESACS Chair, Mindy Levine, was a 2016 recipient of this award.
In addition, Benjamin Wiley (Duke University) was this
year’s recipient of the Buck-Whitney Award and the keynote speaker at the symposium in his honor. Reginald Rogers (Rochester Institute of Technology) was the winner of the Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, Amy Matts (Spackenkill High School, Poughkeepsie, NY) received this year’s ACS Division of Chemical Education Northeast Region Award For Excellence in High School Teaching, and Jefferson Chin (Pfizer) was presented with the E. Ann Nalley Northeast Region Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS.
Several professional development events for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows were held during the conference. Notably, the leaders of the Younger Chemists Committee hosted a luncheon to discuss their mission and objectives, and the Undergraduate Program featured a session on Professional Development for Undergraduates with Yogi Surendranath (M.I.T.) as the keynote speaker on “Using Renewable Electricity to Rearrange Chemical Bonds.” Finally, a Senior/Younger Chemists Committees joint Mentoring-Networking Breakfast was also held to promote cross-generational collaboration.
Debra Rolison (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) was the featured speaker at the Women Chemists Committee Luncheon on Monday; the title of her talk was, “Removing the Fake Mustache: Strategies for Success as a Women Chemist.” Dr. Rolison is the author of over 225 articles and holds 38 patents
Overall, the technical program had a strong focus towards bio/analytical chemistry, materials chemistry, and nanomaterials. This author was a keynote speaker in the applied nanomaterials symposium track.
The Exhibition included over 30 booths, representing universities and non-profit organizations, local companies, instrumentation companies, and chemical/service companies.

NERM Report Archives
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  Report from New Haven: NERM 2013 | Photos
  Report from Rochester - NERM 2012 | Photos