Tampa Bay Local Section

Join us for a networking event at UT

You may recall that our Younger Chemists Committee (35 and under), won a grant to 'bridge the gap' between industry and academia last year.
As a result of the grant, the YCC and the Student Members of the ACS at the University of Tampa are co-hosting an industry networking event at the University of Tampa on the evening of Tuesday, March 26. If you would like to represent your organization at the event, please contact tampabay.acs@gmail.com for more information.
Spots are limited, so please respond as soon as possible!
We hope you'll join us!

National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC)

We had a great tour and lunch on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. We toured the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Pinellas County. 

We did this tour two years ago and it was a great experience! We will meet in the lobby area at 10:15 AM to pick up our badges. Each person needs a badge.
If you go to their web site (www.nfstc.org), they have a map with their location.

The tour was given by the CEO, who is a forensic chemist AND a member of the ACS!


After the tour, we met for lunch at. 

Save the Date - 6th Annual Oktoberfest Social

Save the date for our most popular event of the year, Oktoberfest!  This year's event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Cueni (pronounced Qknee) Brewing Company in Dunedin.  Food and drink will be provided and maybe some live music.  Cueni is located at 945 Huntley Ave., Dunedin, FL 34698.  Each member can bring one guest.  For more information, contact Russ.

Hillsborough County Meet and Greet Social

A Meet and Greet for Hillsborough County was held June 27, 2018 at Miller's Ale House in Brandon, FL.  We had 9 people attending.  There was a mixture of students, retired and current workforce personnel there. We had fun getting to know each other.



National Chemistry Week

This year, the ACS will celebrate National Chemistry Week, October 21-27, 2018, with the theme "Chemistry is Out of this World".  As the NCW Coordinator of the Tampa Bay ACS Section, I am wondering if you are interested in hosting an event to celebrate with us. We will be ordering some NCW merchandise and the latest issue of Celebrating Chemistry. While supplies last; I would pass these materials on to you to support any event that you and your organization may be hosting.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with me discuss event ideas, I'd be glad to share some of our section's experience. As you may know, the Tampa Bay ACS has been celebrating NCW every year since 2012, and we hope to keep the spirit strong again this year!

Join us in making the 2018 celebration of NCW a success for the Tampa Bay community.

- submitted by your TBACS NCW Coordinator and Councilor, Dr. Susan Del Valle

Fort DeSoto BBQ

We had two hours of decent weather for good conversation and food. 


Castle Conference 3/24/18

The 15th annual Raymond N. Castle Student Research Conference was held at the University of South Florida on March 24th, 2018 at the Tampa campus. The conference showcased the work of chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate and graduate students from institutions throughout Florida. This year's plenary speaker iwas Catherine Fenselau of the University of Maryland.

 ChemBowl Champions received $100 from the USF Chemistry Society for answering 7 rounds of chemistry trivia and scoring top points


ChemBowl gathering of undergraduate attendees. Anna Hemminger, USF Chemistry Society Co-President, organized the event (at center/front row second in from left side). 

Castle Conference Poster and Presentation Winners

Castle Conference Graduate Student Organizing Committee Chair Zachary Shultz, USF Faculty Member Dr. Theresa Evans-Nguyen, Castle Conference Plenary Speaker Dr. Catherine Feneslau, and Graduate Student Organizing Committee Member Elena Bray.






Program-in-a-box 2/27/218

ACS Program-in-a-Box™ hosted a live interactive webinar entitled Opioids: Fighting Addiction with Chemistry. The webinar was held at 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area: USF, The University of Tampa, and Eckerd College.


Meet and Greet - 12/11/2017

Another ACS Meet and Greet for our Tampa Bay ACS members was held Monday, December 11th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Spring Hill.  This meet and greet was for members living in Pasco, Hernando, and North Pinellas counties.

5th Annual Oktoberfest Social

We hosted our 5th Annual Oktoberfest Social! This year, our event was held on October 25th, 2017 at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg. The Oktoberfest Social was open to all ACS members, and one guest per member. Festivities began at 6:00 PM, and food and drinks were provided. Each person received two drink tickets. The evening feautured a lecture in beer chemistry given by Dr. Eric Steimle.




Earth Day 2017

On Earth Day we participated in March for Science in St. Pete. We will hosted a non-profit vendor booth at Historic Williams Park in St. Pete. It was a terrific opportunity to meet so many science enthusiasts! We made some great connections and look forward to working with our new contacts!

Having enjoyed it so much, we are looking forward to participating in 'Science Day' in St. Pete later this Fall. Hope to see you there! 

Castle Conference and At Large Section Meeting

We had a good turnout at our Local Section Meeting on March 25th, 2017 from noon to 1:30p.m. The meeting was held at the Castle Conference at University of South Florida in Tampa in CHE100. A complimentary lunch was provided, and some joined us for an informative meeting.

Before and after our meeting the 15th annual Raymond N. Castle Student Research Conference at the University of South Florida on March 25th, 2017 was happening. The conference showcased the work of chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate and graduate students from institutions throughout Florida and Puerto Rico. Below were some of the Puerto Rico students from the Chemluminar Award. It was a great meeting with a great turn out. 

Shirley Figueroa Gonzalez from Science and Technology, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, PR, United States presented of poster titled, “Effect of the interaction of ZnO nanoparticles and the gentamicin in growing populations of Staphylococcus aureus”


Ambar M. Alsina-Sanchez from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus San Juan, PR presented a poster, “Synthesis and Characterization of Heterocyclic Ferrocenyl Chalcones and their Potential Biological Applications”.

Yeraidyn Santos Vazquez from Science and Technology Department, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus, Mercedita PR, presented a poster, “Effects of Silver Nanoparticles and Orphenadrine On Daphnia Magna”.

"Good Chemistry in our Oceans" in Sarasota!

On Tuesday May 26, 2015 at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Dr. Emily Hall presented "Good Chemistry for our Oceans," discussing current experimentation methods to study ocean acidification and the effects of climate change on global and local coral reef ecosystems. The event was Chaired by Prof. Edie Banner of Sarasota Manatee USF. See the attached flyer for more information. Thank you Edie for a wonderful evening!

Meet and Greet in Sarasota

We are pleased to announce another lecture in our Tampa Bay ACS Seminar Series! This time, we will meet at 6:30on Tuesday May 26, at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Dr. Emily Hall will present "Good Chemistry for our Oceans," discussing current experimentation methods to study ocean acidification and the effects of climate change on global and local coral reef ecosystems. Refreshments will be served...and you get to keep the mug! The event is being Chaired by Prof. Edie Banner of Sarasota Manatee USF. See the attached flyer for more information. Be sure to RSVP to Edie Banner to reserve your mug! We hope you will join us!

2015 Spring Banquet

Thank you to all of our members and guests who joined us on May 5 at the University of South Florida main campus to celebrate our 50- and 60-year ACS members. The event also featured top students from 6th grade to graduate level students who had the chance to present their award winning projects during a social hour prior to dinner. Banquet guests enjoyed a lecture from Luke Robersen of NASA on the future of space experimentation and exploration, discussing the frequently overlooked chemistry experiments necessary to push the basic science of space in the future.

Seawater Desalination Tour

Our Senior Chemists Group had a fun time at the Tampa Bay Seawater Deslination Plant in Gibsonton, Florida on January 23, 2015. After the tour, they met for lunch at Circles Waterfront Restaurant. Thank you to Russ Odland for organizing the event!

Port Manatee Tour

The Senior Chemists Group of our Section set up a tour followed by lunch at Port Manatee, on November 5. The tour was interesting the the seafood restaurant was great!  
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Our Section's Octoberfest 2014

Thank you to all who joined us at 3 Daughters Brewery in St. Pete on October 22. It was a terrific evening with a great talk from local Pd.D. chemist and brewmaster, Jim Leonard.

A huge thank you to Dr. Eric Steimle, who organized the event for our Section.

 Stay tuned for photos and announcements for more events like this. 

Awards Dinner- May 22 at USF

On May 22, 5:30-8:30 pm, our Section hosted an Awards Dinner honoring or 50- and 60- year members, and featured projects by students who have performed well at their Regional STEM Fairs. The dinner was hosted on the top floor of USF's new Interdisciplinary Science Building in Tampa, Florida. 

Entrepreneur of the Year, Josh Cloakey


Social Hour featuring top local students 


Keynote Lecturer, Dr. Timothy Short of SRI International 


Retired Chemists Group Luncheon

Thanks to those who attended the first ACS Retired Luncheon on May 8, 2014.  It was good to get together and have each of us introduce ourselves.  There were more than a few "connections" found out that day.

We more or less decided on four luncheons per year.  Several ideas for a location were tours of Port Manatee, Mote Aquarium, Moffitt Research Center, museum restoration tour, and a micro-brewery tour.  If these tours do not have food on site, several golf country club were mentioned as a nice place to have lunch.  

We plan to take the summer off and meet again in the fall as in Sept or Oct.

Local Section Meeting: Oct. 7

Our Tampa Bay Local Section hosted a meeting at the Brewers Tasting Room on October 7 at 6:30 pm. The meeting featured a lecture by Dr. Tracy Hamilton titled "Zymurgy: the Art and Science of Brewing Beer". Thank you to all of our guests for attending! 

Technical Seminar at the University of Tampa

Dr. Eric Werner will host Anne Gorden, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Auburn University, will present on Thu, Oct 17, 12 noon at the University of Tampa, in CB 200.

Title: "Quinoxalinol Imines as Soft-Donor Ligands for Use in Sensors and Catalysis"

Abstract:  An increase in the use of nuclear fuels for electrical power production is one proposal to limit global dependence on fossil fuels; however, the environmental and health concerns that surround the use of actinides  limits the acceptance of nuclear power by the public. New ligands are required that can coordinate, sense, and purify actinides  for rapid detection or decontamination applications. During our effort to develop colorimetric or fluorescent sensors for actinides, we have developed ligands incorporating quinoxalines or imine aza-donors and characterized their ability to distinguish between different metals. Complexes with early transition metals were prepared for comparison to the actinides, and these were found to also be useful in ligand supported catalysis. Here, we present a summary of our results in both the development of sensors for uranyl and catalysis with copper. 

Keeping Science in the Art of Medicine

LECOM-Bradenton has opened registration for the 2013 Medical Science Academy. Held Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 21, the program is for motivated rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school who are interested in the medical field. First and second year college students are also welcome. The cost is $275. The focus this year will be neuroanatomy.

Additionally, LECOM-Bradenton has opened registration for the 2013 Science Educators Academy. Running from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, it is designed for high school science teachers who want expand their knowledge base. This year the course will use neuroanatomy cases to demonstrate why basic sciences are important to their high school students. The course will feature Professor Gerry Meisels of USF's Coalition for Science Literacy, as well as Professor Eric Ballard and Professor Dean Martin from the University of Tampa.

11th Annual Raymond N. Castle Student Research Conference

USF hosted its annual student research conference, inviting undergraduate and graduate students to present their research.

Our section is a proud sponsor of this terrific event.

FAME- the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition

The  Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition was held on Thursday May 9-Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor Florida.

The Tampa Bay Local Section of the American Chemical Society is a proud sponsor of the Opening Ceremony of FAME. 

FAME 2013 included over 150 Presentations including Invited Speakers, Keynote Lectures, and around 100 Posters covering the following technical topics.

Photos by Sid White. Pictured at the Opening Reception are (from left to right) Stan Seelig, Chair, ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses and Seelig and Associates, Industrial Chemical Consultants, and Dr and Mrs Dean F. Martin PhD, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Department of Chemistry University of South Florida, Tampa Florida. The poster session was full of great projects and the reception area was a terrific place to get the chance to speak with chemists from all over Florida.

Keynote Lectures and around 100 Posters covering the following technical topics:

Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Forensic Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Chemical Education

The 2012 Florida Award was presented to Dr Weihong Tan V.T and Louis Jackson
Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida. Dr Tan’s research
efforts focus on engineering biomolecules, in particular nucleic and amino acid
sequences, to recognize and detect analytes of interest

The Florida Section of the American Chemical Society presented the 2012 High School
Teacher of the Year Award to Mrs. Mary St. Denis of Winter Haven High School.

Exhibitors included Bruker, Mc Graw Hill Education, Mettler Toledo, Scicon, World
Precision Instruments, WebAssign, and Pearson.

The meeting concluded with the Second Annual FAME Golf Tournament on Sunday at
the famous Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Re

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