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UPLS Research Seminar

Posted by Joe Sabol on February 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (2)

UPLS research seminar, presented by Prof. Hu, MTU.

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

The presentation will take place in Rekhi G06, MTU Campus, Houghton MI, and it will be recorded.

Refreshments, coffee, and cookies at 2:30 PM.

2015 Upper Peninsula & NE Wisconsin Student Research Symposium

Posted by Joe Sabol on February 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

2015 Upper Peninsula & NE Wisconsin Student Research Symposium

The Upper Peninsula Section of the American Chemical Society is soliciting abstracts submission for the Student Research Symposium which will be held at NMU, Marquette MI Saturday, April 11, 2015.

This symposium will provide a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and the community at large to learn about the interesting research being conducted in the UP. Students in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and Northeast Wisconsin are invited to submit an abstract.

Go to http://goo.gl/forms/z8yJIXLEvt to submit your poster abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is March 15, 2015.

Awards to the best posters will be given, and every participant will receive a gift from the UP Local Section.

No registration fee!

Questions should be directed to Loredana Valenzano (lvalenza@mtu.edu), UPLS 2015 Chair.

April 11, 2015 at Northern Michigan University Campus, Marquette MI

Presenter Registration Form


Upper Peninsula Science Olympiad Regional Tournament

Posted by Joe Sabol on February 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

UPLS sponsored Upper Peninsula Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, February 21, 2015, Marquette MI.

Upper Peninsula Student Research Symposium 2014

Posted by Joe Sabol on March 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Location: NMU Campus, Marquette MI

Date: March 29, 2014

Purpose: To provide a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and the community at large to learn about the interesting chemistry and related research being conducted in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

David F. Wiemer to visit UPLS

Posted by Joe Sabol on October 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

David F. Wiemer, F. Wendell Miller Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Iowa will visit UPLS on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

At 3:00 PM, Rm 101, Chemical Sciences & Engineering Bldg (on the campus of Michigan Tech, Houghton MI), Prof. Wiemer will present "Herbal Products: they're natural, but are they safe?”

At 4:00 PM, Rm 101, Professor Weimer will visit with students. Refreshments will be provided.

At 6:00 PM, the UPLS will host a dinner, at "The Library Restaurant & Brew Pub (62 Isle Royale St, Houghton MI.)  Please join us! 

ABSTRACT: Herbal products have become big business in the United States. Infomercials, radio and television commercials, and print ads trumpet the benefits of natural remedies for various illnesses or as aids for weight loss or in programs to stop smoking. These products are commonly described as “all-natural” and draw on the common belief that if something is natural it must be safe. But does this belief have any scientific basis? Native peoples often have used plants to treat disease or illness, and both traditional remedies and other plants have given rise to many of the drugs used in Western medicine. However, many natural materials are highly toxic, and some natural products are useful precisely because they are highly toxic. In this presentation, examples of both the beneficial and harmful compounds found in nature will be presented, along with a description of the strategies that are used to isolate biologically active compounds from natural sources.

SPEAKER BIO: David F. Wiemer received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Marquette University in 1972, before moving to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana to pursue graduate study in organic chemistry. He received the Ph.D. in 1976 for work in synthetic organic chemistry under the direction of Nelson J. Leonard, and then continued his career with postdoctoral study at Cornell University under the direction of Jerrold Meinwald. He joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa in 1978, and now holds the rank of professor. His honors include a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship, a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a University of Iowa Faculty Scholar Award, and a University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award. Dr. Wiemer is interested in the isolation, characterization, and synthesis of biologically active natural products and the field of chemical ecology. His research projects include studies of the chemical basis of host-plant resistance to defoliation by leafcutter ants and of natural insecticides and anti-fungal agents in general. He also is involved in the chemical synthesis of various terpenoids with anti-viral, anti-leukemic, and anti-proliferative properties and in the development of new methodology for organic synthesis based on organophosphorus chemistry.

Bill Carroll scheduled to visit UPLS

Posted by Joe Sabol on March 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Bill Carroll, Chair of ACS Board of Directors, will visit UPLS (MTU campus, Houghton MI) on Monday, April 16, 2012.  Schedule TBA.

PacificChem 2010

Posted by Joe Sabol on March 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

UPLS member Dave Chesney attended PacificChem 2010.

Technical Program at ACS Fall 2010 National Meeting

Posted by Joe Sabol on February 21, 2011 at 7:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Joseph E. Sabol, UPLS member and Program Chair for the Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB), organized SCHB's technical program at the ACS National Meeting in Boston, August 22-26, 2010. 

SCHB's program included:

  • Combating Disease - The Role of Biotechnology-based Small Businesses
  • Building Businesses Based on the Integration of Basic and Applied Research
  • Sustaining a Chemical Business with Federal Grants and Contracts
  • Mastering Technical Sales in a Small Business
  • True Stories of Success from Chemical Entrepreneurs
  • A Small Business Guide to Intellectual Property
  • Integrated Marketing for Small, Science-Focused Businesses
  • Computer Modeling - The Wave of the Future and its Benefits for Small Business Owners
  • Best Practices for Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion

More than fifty presentations were in SCHB's program, which can be found at


 UPLS supported Sabol by providing travel expenses.



UPLS September 16, 2010 Meeting

Posted by Joe Sabol on September 15, 2010 at 12:43 AM Comments comments (0)

The Chemistry & Alchemy of Brewing

Professor Robert Bates

University of Florida

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Rm 101 of the Chemical Sciences Bldg

Michigan Technological University

Houghton MI


After the seminar there will be an opportunity to get acquainted with the

speaker during a dinner (~ 5:30 PM) at the The Library Restaurant & Brew Pub

(62 Isle Royale St, Houghton).  Please call or email Lorri Reilly (487-2044, lareilly@mtu.edu)  if you plan to attend the dinner so that we can get an accurate

count to reserve enough seating.

UPLS meeting Saturday, July 31

Posted by Joe Sabol on July 27, 2010 at 11:28 AM Comments comments (0)

Whey the Advantages UPLS meeting on Saturday, July 31, 2010 in Marquette MI.


Meeting  3:00 - 4:45 p.m., Dinner  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


The ACS Local Section Innovative Project Grant “Conviving with Chemistry and Food” was awarded for education on the chemistry of agriculture, nutrition, food, and food processing and serves members of the Upper Peninsula Local Section and the community at large (local and regional groups that are involved with raising, processing, and serving food.)


The next speaker in this IPG program will be Wisconsin entrepreneur Tera Johnson, presenting “Whey the Advantages!” on Saturday, July 31, 2010. The UPLS meeting will be in the Shiras Room (2nd floor), Peter White Public Library, Marquette and is open to the public: 3:00 p.m. presentation, 4:00 p.m. Q&A, 4:30 p.m. reception and whey sample tasting. The meeting is co-sponsored by Slow Food Central Upper Peninsula, the local chapter of Slow Food USA, which is devoted to clean, fair, and good food for everybody.


Tera Johnson is the owner of Wisconsin Specialty Protein and Tera’s Whey, Reedsburg WI. Whey is 94% water, 5% lactose, and 1% protein (branched-chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine, which are metabolized directly in muscle) and was, in the past, typically processed into animal feed or discarded after cheesemaking. However, cow, sheep, and goat milk whey are not identical. Tera capitalized on the idea of keeping the whey streams separate, adding value and producing a variety of products with distinct content and flavors, like pomegranate goat whey. But whey is not just for bodybuilders. Research has shown that whey protein is beneficial in treating diabetes, heart disease, cancer, HIV, wounds, burns, and muscle atrophy in the elderly.


In addition to the nutritional content of whey, Tera will explain her business model and the unique design features of the facility, including computer process control and monitoring, minimal municipal water use, industrial-strength storm water rain garden, and energy and heat recycling. Tera will tell us what works and is cost-effective in “green industrial design” and her views on what should be done to improve child nutrition and school lunches.

For more information, see: http://www.teraswhey.com  or the recent news report http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=29643.


After the meeting, and to continue discussion, we will have a Summer Convivium, a salad and pizza buffet dinner, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at L’Attitude Bistro & Café, 105 East Washington St., Marquette. The menu features local ingredients and includes Appetizer: whitefish pate (whitefish, wild rice, shallots, & cranberry chutney) and fresh-cut vegetables with herb dipping sauce. Salad of local greens, fresh vegetables, and apple cider vinegarette. Pizzas: roasted garlic, green pepper, tomato, Parmesan cheese, and thyme; shiitake, oyster, and crimini mushrooms with caramelized onions and thyme; cold smoked salmon, red onion, and dill. Dessert: blueberry crisp. Wine and iced tea will be served with dinner.

Dinner prices are $25 for ACS and Slow Food members, $30 non-members, $20 no-alcohol. Tickets are available at L’Attitude or via paypal at http://www.slowfoodcup.org and must be purchased by Friday, July 30.


UPLS members will be subsidized and receive a $10 rebate at the dinner. UPLS members traveling from out-of-town will receive a milage subsidy of $0.25/mile per car; contact UPLS Treasurer Joe Sabol jsabol@chem-consult.com, or phone 906-228-4010.