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Our second year participating in the Migrant Education Program's Lights on Afterschool event with demonstrations from NCW 2023 The Healing Power of Chemistry!

On Thursday, June 29th 2023, LVACS welcomed PSU Professor of History, Michelle Mart, PhD., author of "Pesticides, A Love Story: America's Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals" to the Violet Vintage Wine Company, 107 Shartlesville Rd, Bernville, PA 19506 for a special WCC event. Michelle gave a short presentation and took questions - an exposure to how chemistry is seen from a different perspective.
Stories We Tell About Pesticides
Ever since the late 1940s, the use of synthetic pesticides in the United States has become ubiquitous. For many people, the benefit of these chemicals has been self-evident: increased agricultural productivity.  At the same time, others have recoiled at the negative effects of pesticides, both acute and chronic. If the effects of pesticides have been mixed over the decades, have the opinions about them also been mixed? Michelle Mart argues that public opinion about pesticides – paradoxically – has been remarkably consistent and positive over many decades, even in the face of disasters and evidence of toxic dangers.
Michelle Mart is the author of Pesticides, A Love Story: America’s Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals (2015). She is currently finishing a project looking at the intersections of food, culture, and the environment, and is a professor of History at Penn State University, Berks campus.
ACS WCC: Empowering Women Throughout The Chemical Enterprise
National Chemistry Week in October 2022, “Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics,” saw LVACS’ Philip Elias and Nigel Sanders participate in the Migrant Education Program's Annual 'Lights On Afterschool' Educational Activities & Health Fair October 18th with fiber dye absorption demonstrations. The event at the Allentown Public Library invites students and families who benefit from the MEP's support in finding inclusion in the local Lehigh Valley community to interact with outreach groups such as LVACS.
Our Friday, February 18th 2022 Section Meeting was a hybrid affair with 7 in-person attendees in East Stroudsburg University’s Beers Lecture Hall and 9 virtual attendees present. After a brief snack/social interval, the meeting was devoted to a panel discussion of “PRIDE in STEM: Processing the LGBTQ Identity in STEM Professions” with panelists Bryan Trimm of IBM, Christopher Dubbs of ESU and moderator Ariel Tucci of ESU’s Gender & Sexuality Center. After introducing themselves with a summary of their STEM careers, Bryan and Christopher answered questions posed by the moderator and the audience. 
LVACS would like to thank Prof. Steve Boyer of ESU’s Chemistry Department and Lyesha Fleming of ESU’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for hosting this meeting!

After School Chemistry Partnership Program

The Penn State Berks Chapter of the American Chemical Society partnered with the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (LVACS) for the LVACS Afterschool Chemistry Partnership Program in the Spring of 2021! 

The K-12 students learned about chemistry careers, summer research opportunities for high schoolers through the ACS Project SEED Program and did weekly activities including free fun experiments, themed demonstrations, guest speakers, a movie watch party, book club, and more!
Here's what the students said about ASCPP: "I think that the ChemSTEM Club is really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I got to learn about new things and overall think about what I want to do with my future in STEM."  "Yes, I really like the program. I have learned a lot in that program and I have been very interested in science since I began to hear about the various things you can do as a scientist and as an inventor. They treat me well and they are all very kind, the classes are good and they give me a lot of inspiration to be able to be with my dream." Liliana Arias, student support specialist for MEP in the Lehigh Valley, comments: "Thank you for giving our middle and high school migrant students such an awesome opportunity to be a part of the LV ACS after-school partnership program.  They are not only engaged in virtual and hands-on science activities and discussions but thinking about what to do now and in the future for their post-secondary goals."

PROGRAM CONTACT: Greglynn, ASCPP Project Coordinator

In this February 17, 2021 ASCPP episode, Robert Coller of Enersys tells us all about battery chemistry and technology and shows us how to build simple batteries from things we have around the house. Charge up!
Project SEED is Seeking Proposals for the Lehigh Valley in 2024
Project Proposals (In-Person or Virtual) Due February 8th 2024!

ACS SEED has announced its 2024 program. Project Proposals may be submitted for In-Person and Virtual work. Here are examples of previous funded projects.
Lorena Tribe, PSU/Berks (virtual computational project):
Computation and visualization of species in coastal carbon dynamics in freshwater systems
Global warming leads to changes in coastal systems that must be explored to predict its effects and implement remediation processes. During this project, students will explore chemical species involved in the carbon cycle and learn the computational skills to model them with atomic level ab initio software. In addition to molecules present in the atmosphere, in aqueous solution, and in soil fractions, mineral substrates will also be modeled. The adsorption process will be visualized, and the energetics will be calculated.
Chip Nataro, Lafayette College:
Synthesis of Novel Organometallic Catalysts
Students will be involved in the synthesis of organometallic compounds. By bonding organic molecules to metal atoms, the reactivity of the organic molecules is greatly enhanced. In the lab, students are generally making compounds that have never before been prepared, so you have the opportunity to create the world’s supply of a brand new compound. After making the compounds, we are interested in the properties of these compounds. In particular, we are interested in how these molecules behave as catalysts. Catalysts are compounds that enable reactions to proceed more efficiently that they would without a catalyst (for example taking place at a lower temperature, or taking less time). By making subtle changes to the catalyst molecules such as their shape, the catalytic effectiveness can be significantly altered.
SEED Project proposals typically consider: Goals/purpose of the project, in language a high school student would understand; Project activities: what would a typical week look like for a student; How many students would be working on the project (1 or 2, unless you have multiple different mentors involved, in which case it could be up to 2 per mentor); What are the most likely safety hazards for the student(s) in the lab, if any, and what safety training, PPE, engineering controls, or other changes will be implemented to minimize the risks from those safety hazards; Any additional training that the student will receive. If necessary, could this be a virtual project?
Program link student info and video.

The LVACS Executive Committee strongly supports Project SEED and encourages members to contribute to this important ACS strategic program. LVACS CONTACT: Nigel Sanders,

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