Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)


1-Executive Committee Meeting

Our next meeting for the local section of ACS will be September 19, 2017

2- 2017 Rochester Section ACS Local Elections

Nominations due by September 8, 2017.  Positions are listed below

3- 2017 Nominations for Local Section Volunteer Award

Due by September 10, 2017

4-2017 Nominations for The Rochester ACS Section Award for Entrepreneurial Success

Due by September 15, 2017 

5- 2017 Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

Save the dates!   Details for 2 Fall lectures (Oct. 2 and Nov.13) are posted below.

6- Save the date-- Our 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner will be on October 11 at the Brook  House from 6-9 PM.  More details will be posted soon.

Coming to Rochester in 2020


The Northeast Regional Meeting

 of the American Chemical Society

We invite you to be part of the planning for this prestigious meeting that will take place in the fall of 2020.  Planning will begin by year-end 2017, and this would be a great chance for those interested in science and chemistry to help in the planning for this event.

If you have talents that you'd like to use and share, we are looking for people to help in such areas as:












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2017 High School Awards

Our annual high School Awards were held on Tuesday, May 30th and
Wednesday, May 31st at 7pm at Nazareth College Performing Arts Center.
Pictures from the event are posted at


The following offices need to be filled in this fall’s Local Section election:

SECRETARY (2-year term)

TREASURER (2-year term)

COUNCILOR (3-year term) **

ALTERNATE COUNCILOR (3-year term) ***



We are looking for people willing to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee as well as for candidates for the offices listed above.  Please refer to the Section Handbook on our website for a listing a listing of duties for each office

If you would like to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee, please contact Richard Cobb by Monday, July 3rd.

If you are interested in holding an office within the Section or would like more information on what is involved, please contact Richard Cobb at the email address below.  We are always happy to take a self-nominations!

If you would like to nominate someone for one of these offices, we do ask that you check with that person first regarding their willingness to run. 


  The deadline for nominations is September 8th


**   This Councilor seat is our “academic” seat. 

***  This Alternate Councilor seat is our “industry” seat. 

Call for Nominations for Local Section Volunteer Award 2017

The 2017 Rochester Local Section Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society 

Purpose: To recognize significant volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the Rochester Local Section of the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Local Activities.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be:

  • a member of the American Chemical Society residing in the Rochester Local Section 6 county region, and
  • a member who has made significant contributions to the Rochester Region of the American Chemical Society.

Selection of Recipient: Nominations will be solicited from individuals of the Rochester Local Section. The awards committee will select the recipient. The award will be presented this fall at the Rochester Section’s Recognition Dinner.  The awards committee can nominate the winner to the Northeast Region of the American Chemical Society for their annual Regional Award for Volunteer Service (pending acceptance by the award winner and that qualifications for the Regional Award are met).

Nature of Award: The award consists of a plaque to be presented at the Rochester Local Section’s fall Recognition Dinner, acknowledging the contributions of Society volunteers at the Local level.  Dinner will be offered free of charge to the winner and a guest.

The following documents are available for more information and to nominate an individual.

2017 Guidelines

2017 Nomination Form

 2017 Supporting Form

The deadline for this year’s award is September 10, 2017

For more information and to submit a candidate:  contact Maryann Mendel (

2017 Nominations for The Rochester ACS Section Award for Entrepreneurial Success

This award was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise. Starting with a good idea, sustained by passion, fueled by persistence and hard work, the award recipient created something where nothing existed before or improved on an exiting product/idea. The awardee is recognized for creating a new product, service, or company based on the transforming power of chemistry to improve people’s lives.


The hallmark of this contribution is impact: positive impact on people’s lives and positive impact on the economy by creating chemistry jobs that produce a significant impact on the local economy (within the 6 county jurisdiction of the Rochester Local Section.


This award will be presented at the Section’s Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.


Nominations should be submitted by September 15, 2017  (using the nomination form that is posted below).  Please send form to:


Nomination Form  



2017 Winners of the Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry


Nathaniel Leisenring    
SUNY Brockport         
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Brooke D’Arcy    
Rochester Institute of Technology     
School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Brittany Abraham    
SUNY Geneseo     
Department of Chemistry 

Laurence Lohman    
University of Rochester     
Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Benjamin Reinhardt    
St. John Fisher College     
Department of Chemistry

Tyler Secrest
Monroe Community College
Department of Chemistry 


Kevin Denny
Nazareth College     
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Danielle Mailhot
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf 

Ryan T. Davison
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Department of Chemistry 

Paul Wrona
University of Rochester
Department of Chemistry

Rachel Hutchinson
Roberts Wesleyan College
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences 

2016 Biographies for 50-Year Members

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2017

Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10-12

4245 East Avenue, Pittsford, NY 

Chemistry, the “Central Science”, has played a critical role in the economic
development of Rochester. The long history of successful development of innovative technologies continues today, both at established companies and universities as well as at many area start-ups. This lecture series will highlight emerging technologies with significant chemical components that are being developed in the Rochester area. The lectures in the 2017 program will discuss the basic science and the target products of three technologies in the medical therapeutic and diagnostic areas and OLED-based energy efficient lighting. These free lectures are open to the general public - including students looking for insight into future career opportunities.

7:00 pm: Lectures

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception  – Peckham Hall Lobby  

Monday March 27, 2017

Mending Broken Bones: Opportunities and Challenges with
3D printing

Prof. Hani Awad, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at University of Rochester  

October 2,

INT’s Palladium™ Technology for Rapid Disease identification
and Genetic Testing

Dr. D. Michael Connolly - President & CEO
Integrated Nano-Technologies (

13, 2017

 White Organic Light- Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): Materials, Device, Architectures and Applications

Dr. Marina Kondakova - Director of Device Formulation
OLEDWorks, LLC (

Poster of Event 

2017 Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting was held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 (5:30-8:30 PM) at Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar.  This event was well attended (47) with members, non-menbers and students who wanted to hear our presentation.

A Cold Case File: Paleoclimatology

Dr. Pence's presentation was very informative and led to a very lively discussion during the questioning time.    

Dr. Laura Pence 

Pictures of this event will be posted shortly.

2016 Rochester Section Recognition Dinner

Pictures from this event will be posted.

2015 Chair Contacts

Need help finding information.  Check the attachment below to contact the right person.


Rochester ACS Group

To facilitate networking, collaborate on ideas and exchange job information.

Jim Reynolds (coordinator)

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, Nov 21 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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