History of the Section
Fifteen academic and industrial chemists met on February 15, 1894 in a Recitation Room in Lehigh University's Chandler Laboratory in Bethlehem, PA to form the Lehigh Valley local section of the American Chemical Society, only the fifth such local section at the time. An Executive Committee was nominated and elected consisting of President, William H. Chandler, Secretary, A.H. Welles, Treasurer, Albert L. Colby and member, Clemens Jones. The section agreed to meet monthly, alternating between venues in Bethlehem and Easton. The early membership was both academic and industrial, with many working in both camps. [Founding of LVACS]
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The colleges and universities of our section present brief pre-recorded summaries of their histories and a snapshot of their current degree programs. Participating schools in this video are: Lehigh University, Penn State/Berks, Penn State/Lehigh Valley, Lafayette College, Moravian College, Albright College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University and Muhlenberg College
125 Years of Growth
LVACS celebrated its 125th anniversary at a Gala Event at Lehigh University on Saturday, March 16, 2019 with District III Director Teri Quinn Gray in attendance. The section has undergone many significant changes over the course of 1 1/4 centuries, including the loss of major chemistry-employing manufacturing industries such as Bethlehem Steel, New Jersey Zinc, Atlas Powder, JT Baker/Mallinckrodt, GAF, Western Electric and the divestiture of the Air Products and Chemicals specialty chemicals businesses. In their place has been a resurgence of small entrepreneurship aided by the presence of a vibrant academic community and several small business incubators, the largest of which is the state-funded Ben Franklin TechVentures. Today, the section numbers over 700 members and is considered a "medium large" ACS section.
LVACS' Awards for Serving our Community
The Lehigh Valley section has provided many leaders to the national organization, including four ACS Presidents. Also, LVACS has been awarded a number of ACS ChemLuminary awards: for best section and for specific activities and events supporting our varied membership.

In 2020, the Da Vinci Science Center of Allentown presented LVACS with its Grand Maestro award given annually to a partner recognized for its substantial contributions to the scientific community and the Center. See the virtual awards ceremony and the presentation of the Pennsylvania State Senate's proclamation by Lin Erickson, CEO and Director of Da Vinci Science Center, at our September 17th meeting.
Officers 2020

Chair:
George Ruger, gruger04@yahoo.com
Chair-Elect:
Roger Egolf, rae4@psu.edu
Immediate Past Chair:
Denise Beautreau, deedewwo@yahoo.com
Secretary:
Nigel Sanders, nigel53.sanders@gmail.com     
Treasurer:
Tesia Chciuk, tvc212@lehigh.edu
Councilors

Term ends 12/31/20:
Kelley Caflin, caflinacs@yahoo.com
Lorena Tribe, alternate, lut1@psu.edu

Term ends 12/31/21:
Jeanne Berk, jrberk@cedarcrest.edu  
Celia Williams, alternate, lvacscma@gmail.com

 
Standing Committee Chairs
Awards:
John Freeman, jcf2@rcn.com
Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator: 
Gail Marsella, gailmarsella@muhlenberg.edu
Education/SEED coordinator: 
Jeremy Heyman, jheyman@northampton.edu
Long Range Planning:
Nigel Sanders, nigel53.sanders@gmail.com
Membership:
Greglynn Gibbs, gdw104@psu.edu
Minority Affairs:
Celia Williams, lvacscma@gmail.com
National Chemistry Week/CCEW:
Lindsey Welch, lawelch@cedarcrest.edu

 


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Nigel Sanders, nigel53.sanders@gmail.com
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