Workshops and Special Events


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Career Development

Talisman, 8:10 am - 12:00 pm, Chemistry Building 1224

The Career Development Workshop will consist of exciting short talks and panel discussions covering a broad range of topics that include careers in technology transfer, forensics, cosmetic science, genomics, and education. Information on performing job searches, the development of career goals using web based approaches, and strategies for successful networking will be presented.

Graduate Research Opportunities in Government Laboratories

Fourkas, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, Chemistry Building 1228

The purpose of this workshop will be to expose attendees to the myriad research opportunities present in government laboratories. Also to be discussed will be the options available for funding provided by various government laboratories.

Environmental Health and Safety

Phifer, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Chemistry Building 0119

This comprehensive one-day course will identify the various regulatory requirements that apply to laboratories that generate hazardous waste, as well as provide insight into the options for on- site management and off-site disposal. Focus will be on recycling/ reclamation techniques, waste minimization, economical handling of wastes, and liability issues. Mr. Phifer has over 30 years experience in managing laboratory wastes for academic and industrial laboratories and is a member and former chair of the ACS Task Force on Laboratory Environmental Health & Safety.

Building the NSF Grant Proposal

Porter, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Chemistry Building 1407

Competition for NSF grant awards is especially intense, as increasing numbers of proposals strain the agency's budget limits. Successful proposals are written by investigators who combine sound principles of grant writing with an understanding of NSF's overall merit review process. This workshop will focus on critical aspects of interacting with the agency as well as proven techniques for effective writing in each section of the NSF grant proposal. Samples from successful proposals will be cited to illustrate key points.

Monday, May 23, 2011

ACS Career Workshop

ACS Careers, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, Chemistry Building 1407

Career Workshops will be offered on Planning Your Job Search, Preparing a Resume and Effective Interviewing. These workshops are designed to help chemical professionals and students at all levels understand the current workplace and take advantage of employment opportunities. A Career Consultant will be available to provide individual resume reviews (members must bring a copy of their resume).

How to Be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer

Phifer / Wahl, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Chemistry Building 1224

Take a close look at the Chemical Hygiene Officer position, and prepare at the same time for the CHP Certification exam to be held the next day. Phifer and Wahl give a different slant to safety issues in the laboratory, focusing on what you do and how you can do it better. The presenters bring a wide variety of experience to the table, but the real stars of the workshop are you – past attendees note the interactive approach focusing on their problems, from getting administrators involve in safety to dealing with regulatory concerns. The course covers all of the content areas of the certification exam (presented on Sunday through NRCC), including a sample test in the same format as the real one. Whether you are a new Chemical Hygiene Officer or an "old" one, you will find something to put to real use in this fast-paced presentation.

Validation of Chromatographic Methods in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Huynh-Ba, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Chemistry Building 1228

Analytical procedures are used as a quality control tool to monitor the quality and stability of pharmaceutical products. Validation is necessary to confirm the suitability of the analytical method for its intended use. This course will present various validation characteristics from regulatory expectations to practical considerations that apply to chromatographic methods. It will also discuss the key factors to establish validation protocol and acceptance criteria.

Facilitating Improved Lab Scale Purification

Early / Lawrence, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Chemistry Building 1228

This workshop will focus on common issues in lab scale purification with from the perspective of synthetic and isolation chemists. New issues in molecular diversity that require alternate approaches for accelerating a molecules’ progression on to testing, as well as new approaches to improving outcomes for throughput and purity will also be discussed.


A variety of social events have been planned for MARM 2011. Event tickets may be purchased through registration or on-site.

Saturday: A welcoming SciMix will be held from 7:30 to 9 PM.
Sunday: Ice Cream Social with ACS Governance
Monday: The MARM 2011 Awards Banquet will be held from 7 to 9 PM in conjunction with the May dinner meeting of the Chemical Society of Washington. The banquet will be preceded by a Reception from 6 to 7 PM that is open to all.

PLENARY LECTURES – Sunday Afternoon, May 22

“Energy Issues in the 21st Century”

by Eric Wachsman

William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research and Director,
University of Maryland Energy Institute

“The Re-emergence of Infectious Diseases”

by Clifton E. Barry, III

Chief, Tuberculosis Research Station, National Institutes of Health

“Climate Change Issues in the 21st Century”

by Joyce Penner

Ralph J. Ciccerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences,
College of Engineering, University of Michigan