Opening Reception, Panel Discussions and Networking
The opening reception will be held in the Arizona History Museum on Wed Oct 20. There will be a social hour to be held throughout the museum and it’s exhibits, followed by a keynote talk from Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay of UCLA.
Senior Chemist Breakfast
The Senior Chemists breakfast will honor long time members (50/60/70/80 years) of the society from around the region and also featuring a guest speaker from SCC, Dr. Robert Yokley.
Scorpion Pit - Entrepreneurial Competition
Entrepreneurial innovations in chemistry and chemical sciences have been the driving force in expanding the boundaries in many industries, from batteries and renewable energies to life sciences. Scorpion Pit is an entrepreneur competition to showcase novel chemical technologies developed in Rocky Mountain Region and beyond that has potential impact on the future of chemistry-related industries. During this event, academic and industry teams with viable ideas/technologies/business plans will compete in front of a panel of experts with knowledge and experience in chemical industries, business development and finance, and entrepreneurship as referred to in this event, the “RMRM Scorpions”. With the support and help from different organizations and groups with the mission of promoting entrepreneurial activities in Southern Arizona, we are very excited to organize the first-ever ACS Scorpion Pit Entrepreneur Competition.
Speed Networking - Senior Chemists and Young Chemists Committee
This will be a speed networking event that allows the two groups to interact, work on first impression skills, and discuss any opportunities or topics of interest.
Panel Discussions - more details to follow.
This will be a panel of individuals who are working in various fields with a chemistry background. Our goal is to include people who have taken different career paths and give students and new professionals the chance to ask questions and see the options they have for careers.
Industry Specific Networking - more details to follow.
Awards Reception and Banquet
The keynote speaker for this event will be Professor Luis Echegoyen, the Immediate Past President of the ACS. Regional awards for both the Rocky Mountain Region and the Western Region are planned. Nominations for the ACS E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society, the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Division of Chemical Education Glenn and Jane Crosby Regional Awards for Excellence in High School Teaching and Partners for Progress and Prosperity (“P3”) Award are now open. Deadline for submission of nominations is August 1 and more information and links for submitting nominations can be found in the Awards section on the website
The Women’s Chemistry Group affiliated with the Southern Arizona section of the American Chemical Society will showcase diverse activities and accomplishments of women in STEM. On October 22, 12 noon -2:00p the WCG will host a luncheon with three invited speakers plus poster session in the Sabino Room of the Marriot University Park Hotel. The invited speakers are:
Dr. Jani Ingram, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Arizona University; Lead Principle Investigator, The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention
Carly Mahl, CEO, Polymer Chemistry Innovations
Liz Bowman, CEO, Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF)
TikTok Safety Video Contest for High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
TikTok, the social networking app, has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years, accumulating billions of short videos of lip-synching, dance routines, and memes. And now chemists can leave their stamp too. Using TikTok, we can help put science advocates in touch with other science advocates, and allows the spread of science knowledge and enthusiasm, especially in safety culture. We can promote safety culture through this video contest by involving up and coming scientists. The prizes are as follows for the participants: For each level (high school, undergraduate, graduate): Top Prize: $75, Runner-up: $50