Upper Peninsula Local Section

of the American Chemical Society

Announcements

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

http://goo.gl/forms/z8yJIXLEvt

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.