AMY L. BROWN, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Neumann University
Education: BS Biochemistry, Lafayette College, 2000; PhD Organic Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006
Honors and Professional Societies: American Association for the Advancement of Science; Presenter at National Meeting for AAAS, 2015; Sigma Zeta (National Science and Math Honor Society); SZ Research Award, 2015; Phi Lambda Upsilon (National Chemistry Honor Society)
ACS Membership: 2000; Division Biological Chemistry
National Participation: CHED – Chemical Education Session Presenter at National Meeting in San Diego, 2016; CHED Session Presenter at National Meeting in San Francisco, 2017
Statement: Two years ago, I gave an oral presentation at the National ACS Meeting in San Francisco on my approach to teaching organic chemistry. At the time, my goal was to demonstrate a more interactive way to teach a subject that is often daunting to undergraduate majors. Little did I know that the presentation would lead to a nomination for the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Local Section of ACS. That said, I am truly honored to be recognized as someone that could provide valuable input when it comes to the chapter’s goals and expanding on them.
For the past several years, Neumann University has been the host site for the Pennsylvania Southeastern Regional Science Olympiad. I have played an active role in this event since its inception at Neumann, serving as a coach coordinator and an event supervisor. This year, I have taken on the position of site director. Although we are in the initial stages of planning for it, I already see this as an opportunity for the local section of ACS to get involved and inspire younger generations to pursue careers in science.
KEVIN C. CANNON, Professor of Chemistry, Penn State Abington College
Education: BA Chemistry, Temple University, 1982; PhD Chemistry, Princeton University, 1987; Post-doctoral fellow, University of Texas, Austin, 1987-89.
Professional Positions: Leatex Chemical Company, Philadelphia, 1976-77; The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX, 1989-92; Brazosport Junior College, Lake Jackson, TX, 1990-92; Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX, 1990-92; ATOFINA Chemicals, Inc./Arkema, King of Prussia, 1992-2003; Temple University, 1993-present; Penn State Abington College, 2003-present; Wagner Free Institute, 2015-present.
Honors and Professional Societies: Philadelphia Organic Chemist Club; Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Health Professional Honor Society); Sigma Xi; Friends of the Priestley House; Penn State Abington Faculty Scholar Award, 2009; Penn State Lion Heart Award for University Service, 2006; Penn State Abington Outstanding Teacher Award, 2006; Industrial Research Institute Pre-College Education Award for ATOFINA’s Science Teacher Program, 1999; Dow Chemical Texas Division Award for Mentoring Minorities in Science, 1990, 1991.
ACS Membership: 1981-1989, 2004; Philadelphia Section: 2004
Statement: I am honored to have the opportunity to run for a Director position for the Philadelphia ACS section, and I intend to apply my industrial and academic experience to benefit our local members. As a Director, I will promote both the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students and their retention in the ACS once they transition into professional careers. Recruitment at local campuses and student-oriented events should be coupled with understanding the needs of young professionals, employing existing, and if necessary, new programs that meet these needs, and raising awareness of these programs’ availability. How would this be best addressed? Through our current members, who are the section’s best resource for recruitment and mentorship. I would therefore also promote measures that encourage our current members to engage in programs and activities that further recruitment and retention. Finally, as Director, I would be attentive to the needs and concerns of our members, and I will work closely with other Board members to implement actions that meet the needs of our section.
MICHAEL J. CASTALDI, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Widener and Temple Universities, 2018-Present; Lead Science and Math Teacher. C-2 Education, 2018-Present
Education: BS Chemistry major, History minor. St. Peters University, 1977, MS Columbia University 2014
Professional Positions: Scientist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, St. Peters University 2010-2019; Associate Professor, Immaculata University, 2015-2018; Lehmann College, 2015-2016; Mount St. Vincent University 2014-2015; Pfizer Medicinal and Process Chemist 1986-2010; Medicinal Chemist Sterling Winthrop Research 1978-1986
Honors and Professional Societies: Technical Achieve Award in Organic Chemistry, 2003; Pfizer Global Research award for Scientific Achievement 2007; ECMT excellence award for Synthetic Support of GABA Partial Agonist Hypnotic Agents 1997
ACS Membership: 1977; Organic, Education and Medicinal Chemistry Divisions
National Participation: Executive Committee member MARM planning 2016 regional meeting; Chair of MARM Awards Committee, 2015-2016
Local Participation: Corporate Associates Committee ACS 2004-2010, member of the Education subcommittee; Director 2015-2017; Alternate Councilor of Philadelphia ACS 2015-2017; Older Chemist Mini Grant for Philadelphia ACS Section, 2018; Participation in Speed Networking at both Philadelphia and National ACS meetings
Statement: The American Chemistry society has been an important part of my professional life for over forty years. I have participated at both the national and local levels since joining in 1977. During my Industrial career I was a member of the Corporate Associates Committee as one of Pfizer’s representatives and a member of the educational subcommittee which proved fortuitous upon my retirement from industry and my second career in academia. I was active in the New York local section, where I served on the 2016 MARM Local ACS meeting as chair of the awards committee. After accepting a full-time position in the Philadelphia area, I joined our section in 2015. Previously, it has been an honor to serve as both a Director and an Alternate Councilor for the Philadelphia ACS Section. I would like to increase my involvement in the section by asking your support for the following positions: Chair elect, Counselor and Director for the Philadelphia ACS Section. I bring a unique perceptive to the positions as I have had two careers as a chemist in both industry and academia. Further, as a member of the ACS since college graduation I am committed to increasing involvement especially with our younger members. Teaching has increased this desire and now as a member of the “experienced” chemists, I would like to increase the mentorship and involvement of our younger members as they are our future.
ANNE S. DeMASI, Manager, Hazard Communications, LANXESS Solutions, US Inc.
Education: BS Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chestnut Hill College, 1986; MS Biochemistry, Villanova University, 1989.
Professional Positions: Hazard Communication Manager – LANXESS Solutions, US (2017- 2019); Chemtura Corporation, (2010-2013), Senior Hazard Communication and Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Dow Chemical Company/Rohm and Haas Company (2000- 2009), Senior Research Scientist, Rohm and Haas Company, 1988-2000
Awards: Philadelphia Section Service Award, 1996; Ullyot Award for Meritorious Service, YCC Outstanding Event, 1997
ACS Membership: 1982; Division of Chemical Health and Safety (2016- 2017), BMGT (2018)
National Participation: Committee on Corporation Associates (2006 – 2019) Chair (2007-2012); Chair, Corporation Associates Strategic Awards and Investments sub-committee (2013- 2019), BMGT Program Chair (2019), Councilor (2006-present)
Local Section Participation: Chair-Elect, (2001;Chair, 2002): Nominations Committee Chair, (2003); Secretary, (1993-95, 2005-2007); Board of Directors, (1991-present); Younger Chemists Committee, Chairperson, (1991-97); Program Committee, (1992); National Chemistry Week Committee, (1992-2005) Chair, (2004,2005); Graduate School Forum, Co-Chair, (1992-2010); 100th Anniversary Committee, (1998); Project Labs, (1998), Chair of Philadelphia Councilors, (2007-2011), Publicity chair, MARM, (2007); Councilor, (2004 – 2019)
Statement: It has been my honor to serve as a member of the Board of the Directors for the Philadelphia Section since 1991. I am as committed to the local section today as I was on that first day of service.
Having served as a leader at both the local section and national level I feel I can add further value to the Society which has served me so well. I have seen things done well and not so well. My experience enables me to help the section move forward as I am well aware of its challenges (decreasing membership, administrative support) and its successes (too numerous to mention, check out our website and The Catalyst, please). It has been my pleasure to serve the ACS in many capacities and I welcome the opportunity to expand my service as a member of the Board of Directors. I’ve been told that I am adept building bridges and have a reputation for “getting things done”. I’d be honored to do that as a member of the Board.
GRAHAM E. DOBEREINER, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Temple University
Education: BS Chemistry, Brandeis University, 2007; PhD Yale University, 2011; Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2014
ACS Membership: 2014; Division Inorganic
Honors and Professional Societies: William Caldwell Memorial Distinguished Teaching Award, Temple University, 2019; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), 2019-present
Local Section Participation: Inorganic Topical Group (Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium), 2015-present; Organizer, ACS Workshop “Preparing for Life After Graduate School,” 2015; Awards Committee, 2019-present
Statement: I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. The Section supports many worthwhile efforts in our community, and I am committed to working with Section leadership to enhance existing programs and widen participation in Section activities. I am eager to find new ways to strengthen communications between members of the Section beyond periodic meetings, since every member has the potential to be a resource for others. Since our Section is uniquely positioned to develop scientific literacy in our region, I am also interested in exploring innovative approaches to communicate chemistry broadly, and ensure our discipline is inclusive and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.
JAMES GAMRAT, PhD Candidate, University of the Sciences
Education: BS Chemistry, Muhlenberg College, 2013; PhD Chemistry University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 2019 (Anticipated)
ACS Membership: 2013
Local Section Participation: Current Chair of the Philadelphia ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC)
Statement: I am beyond excited to be a candidate for a Director position in the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. As the current chair of the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC), I have been working closely with the Philadelphia section to help plan events, advocate for the next generation of chemists, and helping to continue to bring the section forward. It would be my honor and pleasure to continue this as a member of the Board in the hope of further uniting our section, increasing the involvement of our local ACS members, and to establish new ideas that will help our section continue to grow.
LEE W. HOFFMAN, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University
Education: BS University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1992; MS Michigan State University, 1996; PhD Flinders University, 2010; Postdoc, South Dakota State University, 2011-2014
Honors and Professional Societies: Recipient of Endeavor International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS), Flinders University, 2006; Member, Royal Society of Chemistry 2013-present
ACS Membership: 1991; Philadelphia Section: 2014
National Participation: Committee on Chemists With Disabilities, Associate member 2003-2006, Member 2011-present; Chair – Chemists With Disabilities subdivision to PROF, 2016-2018; symposium co-organizer and session chair – Building Opportunities in the Chemical Profession: Exploiting the Power of Diversity and Inclusion, Philadelphia, 2016; symposium organizer and chair – The Bond Between Science and Disability, Forging New Capabilities for Inclusion, New Orleans, 2018; symposium organizer and chair – Exploring the Nano – Leveraging Unique Abilities.
Local Section Participation: Member – Education and Community Outreach Committee, 2016-2019; Alternate Councilor, 2017-2019; Director, 2017-2019; Chair Project SEED, 2017-2018; Chair Communications Committee, 2019
Statement: It has been a great honor to serve this section as a director and alternate-councilor position for the past two years and seek your vote to continue in these roles. I have been involved with the ACS for more than 25 years starting with my undergraduate studies. Since my BS, I have been involved in educating others at various capacities ranging from high school to university to industry.
Serving on the Chemists with Disabilities committee has increased my knowledge of persons with disabilities, the various types of disability, and (most importantly) that disability should be viewed as a unique ability. Rather than disability closing doors, I believe (utilizing open mindedness) new doors can be opened. I will be utilizing the experience gained through working with this committee in expanding opportunities for all members of our local section, most specifically in the newly revived Local Section Committee on Minority Affairs.
While at SDSU, I also became involved in Project SEED. I brought that experience with me and I am now involved with the Philly section of Project SEED. ACS membership has been declining over recent years. While the causes are complex and many, one impact we can have is exposure. To that end, the greater Philadelphia area has a significantly large population in which Project SEED can serve. The program brings exposure to higher education and possibilities in fields associated with chemistry.
I look forward to this new appointment as Chair of the Communications Committee. The Local Philadelphia Section is large, and thus our numbers can bring us strength. To that end, we need to ensure our members are getting information in a timely manner and a format they find appealing.
ZEB KRAMER, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Salle University
Education: BS Washburn University, 2005; PhD University of Colorado – Boulder, 2013; Postdoc Cornell University, 2013-2015
ACS Membership: 2016; Philadelphia Section: 2016
Local Section Participation: Served on Awards Committee ACS Philadelphia Section 2019
Statement: I am delighted to submit my name for consideration for a Director position in the ACS Philadelphia Local Section. The great value of the ACS is its ability to foster connections between chemistry students, professionals, and academics. As a director, I will continue to strengthen these connections in the tradition of our robust Philadelphia local section. As an assistant professor at a primarily undergraduate university, I am particularly committed to tapping into the local section’s potential to support chemistry students and early-career chemists by providing them with increased opportunities to network within the Philadelphia chemistry community. As a director, I will enhance outreach in Philadelphia to increase the local section membership. In particular, I will focus on supporting and expanding local section efforts to recruit more students and early-career chemists. For existing members, I will support more events, meetings, workshops, and opportunities that facilitate interactions between members of Philadelphia’s chemistry community. I will work to increase student and early career chemist participation in activities of the local section.
BRIAN LAWHORN, Scientific Team Leader & Associate GSK Fellow, Medicinal Chemistry, GlaxoSmithKline
Education: BS Chemistry, University of Richmond, VA, 1999; PhD Organic Chemistry, Cornell University, NY, 2004; Postdoc, The Scripps Research Institute, CA, 2006
Honors and Awards: GSK Associate Fellow (2016), GSK Exceptional Science Award (2013, 2009), NIH Training Grant (2001), Garnett Ryland Award, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa (1999)
ACS Membership: Student Member, 1999; Regular Member: 2004; Philadelphia Section: 2004; Chair of ACS Student Chapter (1999); Member of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry
Statement: I am pleased to be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia section of the ACS. While chemists from the pharmaceutical sector comprise a significant portion of the local membership, our involvement within the local section and representation on the Board is limited. I am eager to represent the interests of this highly educated and experienced group of chemists and facilitate their contribution to the chemistry community through expanded participation in the local ACS section. I believe that the high demands placed on the local pharmaceutical industry over the past decade have discouraged chemists from committing to service in professional societies. As the industry changes, the time is right to renew our dedication to scientific engagement and outreach and I aim to facilitate this by acting as a liaison between the pharmaceutical chemistry network and the Philadelphia section.
KATHRYN A. LYSKO, Immaculata University, retired 2015
Education: BS Chemistry Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1970; MS Analytical Chemistry University of Massachusetts, 1972; PhD Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts, 1980
ACS Membership: 1997; Philadelphia Section: 1997
Honor and Professional Societies: NorthEast Association for the Health Professions, Chair of Pre-professional Committee 15 years, Immaculata University, American Association of University Professors
National Participation: Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, 2019-present; Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) 2015-2017, Liaison from CEPA to National YCC
Local Section Participation: Councilor 2019-2021, 2014-2016; Alternate Councilor 2017-2019, 2006; Board of Directors 2017-2019, 2014-2016; Career Services Committee 2017– present; Philadelphia Section Finance Committee 2017-present
Statement: I am a retired chemistry and biochemistry Professor my last position was with Immaculata University for 22 years. I am applying to be on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia ACS section for another term. My academic background gives me insight into how to generate new chemists and student ACS members. I am a Councilor (2019-2021). I am on the Constitution and Bylaws National Committee (2019). We are streamlining the ACS Governing Documents to prepare for a final vote by councilors in San Diego. I was on the ACS National Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs 2015-2016, identifying the employment needs of industry and helping academia adapt their curricula. I was liaison from CEPA to the Younger Chemists Committee. The CEPA committee worked on the employment and marketing concerns with the national ACS staff developing surveys to collect pertinent data. I am a member of the Philadelphia ACS Career Services Committee. This committee plans events for diverse groups to help chemists’ transition to full employment, or learn about alternative careers using their skills.
I am also a member of the Philadelphia ACS Finance Committee working to position our ACS investments to best support our program and section needs.
SALAS-de la CRUZ
DAVID SALAS-de la CRUZ, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University – Camden
Education: BS Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez; MS Chemical Engineering, Villanova University; PhD Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Professional Experiences: More than 15 years of industrial and academic research experience at Kimberly-Clark, LifeScan (a Johnson and Johnson Company), Rohm and Haas (Dow Chemicals), and Holtec International; Consultant for Local Motors and Shell Oil Company;
Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Dela Kappa
Board of Director Experiences: Vice President of Thermal Analysis Forum of the Delaware Valley (2018-present); Leap Academy University Charter School Board Member (2013-2014); American Institute of Chemical Engineer Board of Director Members (2004-2009)
ACS Membership: 2013; Philadelphia Section: 2014
National Participation: Cellulose Division Poster Judge (Orlando, FL 2019) and Cellulose Session Chair (Washington, 2017); ASC SEED Mentor in 2015, 2016, 2017
Statement: It is indeed a great pleasure to be nominated for both the Counselor and Board of Director Member, for the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemistry Society, one of the oldest local sections. I am excited about this opportunity to represent my colleague and my local scientific community and to be one of the spokesmen to the general public community. Our local section has a unique scientific history with representation from highly esteemed scholars and Nobel laurels. I am humbled with this great opportunity.
If elected, I will seek to:
- Encourage the participation of more chemical professionals by supporting career growth and networking. With more than 20 colleges and universities in the region we can easily provide an avenue to connect them with career training, continued education and networking.
- Encourage the participation of more local K-12 Chemistry teachers. Teachers are the first voice of our field. The more excited they are, the more students will apply to our programs. I will try to help increase their participation in our organization, in grant and events.
- Provide support for minority students, scientists and professions. As a minority, I know the struggles one faces with language and cultural barriers. I hope to help in creating the network of professionals that could assist with writing and communication skills.
- Represent our local organization at the ACS National Conferences
- Increasing the participation of chemical professional and teachers and by increasing the network with faculty members, we will close the loop by providing a continue path from cradle to professional life.
KATHLEEN ANN (KATHY) THRUSH SHAGINAW, Particular Solutions, Inc. (a consulting firm founded in 2001 specializing in chemical education), Community College of Philadelphia (since 2001), industrial chemist with Cabot Corporation, the PQ Corporation, Engelhard Corporation, and Exxon Chemical Company (1984 – 2001)
Education: BS Chemistry, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1978; BA Mathematics, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1978; PhD Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 1984
Honors and Professional Societies: Member of the Chemical Consultants network (since 2001); American Association of University Women (AAUW) (since 1988, numerous positions, including Branch President; honored by the Easton, Northeast Montgomery County (NEMCO), and Makefield Area Branches as AAUW Education Foundation Named-Gift Honoree and Woman of the Year; and served on PA AAUW State Board of Directors (2008 – 2012)); Delaware Valley Science Council Board (since 1999, President 2004 – 2006); Villanova University Bridge Builder Award for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Students with Learning Disabilities (2005); Elizabeth Bingham Award by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Women In Science (AWIS) (2008); ACS national Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC) (2011–2015, Tools, Technologies, and Operations Subcommittee Vice-Chair 2013 – 2015; Communications Subcommittee Vice-Chair 2015); ACS Philadelphia Section Volunteer of the Year (2013); and ACS National Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) (2016 – present, Awards Subcommittee)
ACS Membership: 1978 (1976 as student affiliate): Philadelphia Section: 1997
National Participation: Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC) (2011 – 2015; Subcommittee Vice-Chair, 2013 – 2015); Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) (2016 – present; Awards Subcommittee Co-Chair 2019)
Local Section Participation: Chair Women Chemists’ Committee (WCC) (since founding in 1998); Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™ (PAGES™) Program Chair (formerly Expand Your Horizons, since 1999); Board of Directors (since 2001); Diversity Committee (since founding in 2001); Chemical Consultants Network (since 2001); Salute to Excellence Award (2006); Philadelphia Section Service Award (2006); Alternate Councilor (2008 – 2009, 2016 – 2017); Councilor (2010 – 2015; 2018 – present)
Statement: I have been an active member of the Section since moving to the area in 1997. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the Philadelphia Section as Director, Councilor, and Alternate Councilor. I ask for your vote for Director so that I can creatively represent you and build a stronger ACS Philadelphia Section.
2019 marks twenty years of my leadership of the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™ (PAGES™) program. This event has reached thousands of girls inspiring them to explore STEM careers and is a great networking opportunity for scientists and teachers.
As Councilor, I served on the Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC) as a subcommittee Vice-Chair, providing access to resources that facilitate and support enriched engagement among the LSAC, Local Section Leadership, and other stakeholders.
In my current role on the Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC), I Co-Chair the Awards subcommittee, recognizing excellence in public outreach by Local Sections and individuals. I am passionate about improving public understanding and appreciation of chemistry’s contributions to people’s lives.
As Director, I will continue to utilize my experience in industry, academia, and community organizations to create opportunities that enhance members’ professional and personal development, and increase the visibility of the Philadelphia Section.
Thank you for your vote.
SCOTT VAN BRAMER, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Widener University
Education: BA, The Colorado College, 1987; PhD, University of Colorado – Boulder, 1992
Honors and Professional Societies: ACS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Philadelphia Section, 2017; Faculty Institutional Leadership Award, Widener University, 2016; Distinguished University Professor, Widener University, 2014-2017; Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, Widener University, 2014
ACS Membership: 1992
National Participation: ACS Committee on Computers in Chemical Education; 1997-2013, Chair 2005-2010; Moderator for online discussion for CCCE Newsletter; 2004-2009; ACS Exams Institute; Laboratory Exam Committee, 2008-2012
Local Section Participation: Awards Committee 2019
Statement: I have just moved into Philadelphia and I am very interested in becoming involved in the local section. I have been involved in several committees at the national and local level over the years and I have been very involved in faculty governance at Widener. I have an abundance of experience with committee work and I have been an active and engaged citizen on the campus; leading new initiatives, working across boundaries, and mentoring both students and faculty. I would like to put some of this experience to work for the local ACS section.
MICHAEL VOGEL, Developmental Chemist, INOLEX, Inc.
Education: BA Biology (Minor in Chemistry), Widener University, 2011
Honors and Professional Societies: Recipient, YCC Leadership Development Award, 2019; Member, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-present; Vice President, Membership, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2017-2018; Sergeant-at-Arms, Toastmasters International in Valley Forge, PA, 2016-2017; Leader and Government Representative for Alternative Spring Break, 2006-2011; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 2006 – 2011; Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, 2008 – 2011; Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society, 2010-2011
ACS Membership: 2015; Philadelphia Section: 2015
National Participation: August 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia volunteer
Local Section Participation: Philadelphia ACS Local Philadelphia Section Director, Board of Directors, 2018-present; Philadelphia YCC event volunteer and leader, 2015-present; Philadelphia YCC poster session planning committee volunteer, 2015-present
Statement: As I continue to serve the Philadelphia Section of the ACS with pride and enthusiasm, I cannot help but look forward to the future for the opportunities that are available. Some of the things that I want to continue doing to add the most value is collaborating with colleagues to bring industry professionals to ACS members so folks can make valuable career connections and organizing the YCC poster session. These action items are pertinent for the January 2020 expo which is currently being organized. Moreover, I plan on bringing that energy with me as I volunteer for the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia in the Spring of 2020. Additionally, I am taking over as the Social Committee Chair this Fall where I am looking forward to improving and growing the Section. One of the ways in which I plan on doing that is by streamlining processes so the committees are not siloed. For instance, I plan on merging the Social and Communications Committees into one. This will increase transparency and our overall reach.