Southern Arizona Local Section

American Chemical Society

Upcoming Events


ACS Holiday Reception

December 9, 2016

Sabbar Shrine Temple 

 Photo gallery includes outstanding posters from the 2016 National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest 



ACS Dinner Meeting, November 17, 2016

Gringo Grill, 5900 N Oracle Rd, Tucson


Color throughout History and Chemistry

Dr. Anne Padias

Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry 

University of Arizona 




Other images from this event can be seen in the photo library 







The Science of Electronic Cigarettes

April 30, 2016

The event was a luncheon meeting joint with the Central Arizona ACS Section at the Holiday Inn Express in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Note: Slides showing technical information are withheld at the request of the speaker. 

  Images from this event can be seen in the photo gallery  



Tucson Earth Day Festival

April 10, 2016 


 Images from this event can be seen in the photo gallery  


Holiday Reception December 11, 2015

Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park 


The holiday reception at the Doubletree was again well attended.  A high point was the display of elementary school student illustrated poems celebrating the National Chemistry Week theme "Chemistry Colors Our World."


 Images from this event can be seen in the photo gallery 





 Prof. Joe Vinson, University of Scranton


Chemistry and Biochemistry of Marijuana in Humans

Wed September 30, 2015 5:30 PM

Sabbar Shrine Temple, 450 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson

Prof. Vinson is an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His research has been featured in Prevention, Psychology Today, Consumer Reports, AARP, Tufts Health & Nutrition Newsletter, US News & World Report and lampooned in a cartoon in Time magazine. He has appeared on TV-Good Morning America Sunday and radio-NPR All Things Considered and The Peoples' Pharmacy, as well as being mentioned by Jay Leno and Rush Limbaugh. Dr. Vinson is the author of over 70 publications. His research interests are wide-ranging and include drug analysis in physiological fluids and the effect of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants on nutrition and health.  

 Images from this event can be seen in the photo gallery 



An Evening at Biosphere II

October 3, 2015

Tour of the facility, 4:00 to 5:30

Dinner,  6:00 to 7:00

Special talk on the new uses of Biosphere II by the UA College of Science  

Images from this event can be seen in the photo gallery  



SAZACS Dinner meeting

Monday Jan 26th 5:30 PM at Old Pueblo Grille

Professor Jeffrey Pyun, University of Arizona

“From Garbage to Plastics to Energy: Making Useful Polymeric Materials from Waste Sulfur.”

Professor Pyun is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of Arizona. Professor Pyun has a BA from Northwestern University, a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and was a post doctoral fellow at IBM Almaden Research Center / UC Berkeley.  He has received numerous honors, including a NSF Career award, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, IBM Faculty Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, INSIC Technical Achievement Award for Magnetic Tape, and Kavli Fellow, US National Academy of Science. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and span organic and inorganic materials and polymers, nanocomposites and self-assembly, resulting in over 40 publications from his group. His recent research in the area of energy storage applications has been reported on in The Desert Leaf and Chemical and Engineering News, and we are pleased to have Dr. Pyun as a speaker at our local section dinner meeting.



Holiday Reception December 12, 2014

Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park


 A special treat that evening was a display of chemistry poetry by
local elementary, middle, and high school students.




Monday, November 17, 5:30 pm

Fall 2014 Dinner Meeting II at Old Pueblo Grille (60 N Alvernon)


Dr. Martin Murphy, Viasla Corporation

Getting a big charge out of small ice: the atmospheric chemistry and phenomology of lightning

Dr. Murphy is a senior scientist at Vaisala Corporation, a Helsinki, Finland based international company that produces a wide range of atmospheric measurement systems. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Arizona and is currently based in Boulder, Colorado.


Fall 2014 Dinner Meeting I at Old Pueblo Grille (60 N Alvernon)

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Dr. Kirsten Bjergarde, Sanofi Corporation

Dr. Bjergarde earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She is currently head of parallel synthesis, Sanofi Tucson Innovation Center

Sanofi Tucson Innovation Center: An Integrated Small Molecule Drug Discovery Platform

An overview of Southern Arizona's fastest growing Biotech. The history and description of the small molecule drug discovery program in support of Sanofi's pipeline.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Symposium on Chemical Biology and Drug Design

Celebrating Peptide Science, Technology, and Medicine

A Tribute to Regents Professor Victor J. Hruby


Distinguished Speakers:

Prof. Carrie Haskell-Luevano

Philip S. Portoghese Chair in Chemical Neurosciences

Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Minnesota

Prof. Dr. Horst Kessler

Emeritus of Excellence

Institute of Advanced Study

Department of Chemistry

Technical University of Munich

Prof. Henry Mosberg

Tom D. Rowe College Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

University of Michigan

Prof. Frank Porreca

Halonen Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology

Department of Pharmacology

The University of Arizona

Prof. Tomi Sawyer

Past-Founding Chief Scientific Officer, Vice-President, Drug Discovery

& Innovative Technologies, Aileron Therapeutics

University of Massachusetts and UMassMed

Dr. Ken Wertman

Vice-President and Tucson Site Research Director

Sanofi Tucson Innovation Center---------------------------------------------------------------

ACS Awards Banquet 

Casa Vicente

375 S Stone Ave

April 23, 2014

High School Teacher and College Educator Awards

Casa Vicenti Patio 


Kathy Feuling, College Educator Award Recipient


Pima Community College (PCC) East Campus President Charlotte Fugett and Kathy Feuling

Kathy Feuling, PCC Chemistry Club Representative Tiffany Bledsoe, and Dr. Lonnie Burke

  More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.









Casual Dinner Meeting and Brewery Tour

Thunder Canyon Brewery

February 26, 2014

7401 N La Cholla Blvd 


The brewery tour was conducted by the Head Brewer, Kyle Ratcliff.  Mr Ratcliff is the recipient of a Bronze Medal from the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 for his Dark Lightning Milk Stout.  Thunder Canyon Brewery was only one of four breweries in Arizona to acquire this honor.











 Images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.


Holiday Reception!

December 15, 2013

Doubletree Hotel, 445 S Alvernon Way

4:30-7:30 pm

  Images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.

Dinner Meeting: 6:00 pm, October 30, 2013

Metropolitan Grill, 7892 N Oracle




Speaker: Professor Joaquin Ruiz, Dean, College of Science, University of Arizona

Note: Professor Ruiz had to cancel his appearance.  The meeting went on with a talk by a member of his research group.
















More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.



When: Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Facilitator: Dr. Sadiq Shah

(More information about Dr. Shah -

Learn about the four main career pathways available to chemical professionals: Higher education, industry, government, and entrepreneurial careers and why each one may or may not be the right choice for you. This workshop is not only ideal for graduate students and recent grads, but also experienced professionals who are considering a career change. In addition to learning about which types of careers are available in each pathway, you’ll also learn about the job market and hiring trends to help you make your choice. The workshop allows time for you to inventory your own values, interests, background, strengths and weaknesses so that you can select which career pathway you’d like to explore in detail.

More information go to:

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Dinner Meeting: September 19, 2013

Riverpark Inn, 5:30-8:30 pm




















 Speaker: Austin Ellis, Waste Management, Inc.

The Economics of Recycling

More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.


April 25, 2013 Awards Dinner at El Parador Restaurant

Christopher Trimble

High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year

Santa Rita High School

More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.


Earth Day Sunday, April 21, 2013 Reid Park



March 20, 2013 Dinner Meeting

Development of New Chemical Educational Tools,
a Personal Tale.

Professor Jon Njardarson

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Arizona

Jón was born and raised in the small town of Akranes, Iceland. After graduation, he left his hometown and moved to Reykjavik to start his studies at the University of Iceland. During his first year at the University he became fascinated by the wonders of Organic Chemistry, which has continued ever since.

As an undergraduate, Jon worked in the laboratory of Professor Jon K. F. Geirsson on the synthesis of antifungal agents. After graduation, he worked at the University of Iceland Science Institute in addition to serving as a teaching assistant at the University. Jon then followed in the footsteps of his Icelandic ancestors and moved west, to America. This journey brought him to New Haven Connecticut, where he chose to pursue a graduate career in Organic Chemistry at Yale University.

While at Yale, he joined the research group of a newly hired assistant professor, John L. Wood, after becoming affected by his enthusiasm, energy and exciting new research program. During his doctoral studies Jon worked on the total synthesis of the nonadride natural products CP-225,917 CP-263,114.

At the end of his graduate studies Jon was presented with the irresistible offer of moving to New York City to work in the laboratory of Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). While in the Danishefsky group, as a General Motors Cancer Research Scholar, he worked on the total syntheses of the natural products epothilone 490 and migrastatin.

Jon moved to Ithaca in 2004 to start his independent career at Cornell University, where he launched a research program focused on natural products and the development of new methods. In 2010 Jon and his group loaded the wagons, journeyed across the continent, and settled in Tucson where he is currently an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona.

Below: Dr. Njardarson and his research group

The Chemistry by Design Home Page 

Sample from App Store 

More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.



January 29, 2013

A Chemist's view of Planetary Exploration at the University of Arizona: Mars Curiosity Rover and much more

Dr. William Boynton of the UA Planetary Sciences Department.

Another fascinating talk by local talent on the newest exciting science! Our speaker earned a PhD in physical chemistry in 1971 and joined the University of Arizona Planetary Sciences Department in 1977.  He has been deeply involved in several Mars explorer missions.  He holds the most impressive title of Professor of Cosmochemistry, Geochemistry, and Astrobiology (Beam me up, Scotty).

More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.
























November 16, 2012 5:30 pm

Topic: A recap of the year's activities

Speakers: Local Section Student Group SMACS

Location: Casa Vicente

The Casa Vicente is an excellent restaurant in the downtown area of Tucson.  It specializes in authentic Spanish cuisine.  The Student Members of our local ACS section (SMACS, aka SAACS, aka UA Chemistry Club) gave an entertaining overview of their many outstanding activities during the 2012 academic year.  More information and photos can be found on their website: just click on the Undergrad Chem Majors link at the top of the page.

More images from the event are in the Photo Gallery.

October 25, 2012 5:30 pm

In Celebration of National Chemistry Week

Dr. Judeth L. Jenkins

The development of asymmetric semiconductor nanorods for photocatalytic water splitting

Union Public House

























More images from this event are in the photo gallery

October 23, 2012, 6:02 am

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First dinner meeting: Monday, October 1, 2012


 Speaker: Diane Trinque, owner Sabino Artisan Chocolate, 10110 North Oracle Road

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Our guest speaker, Diane Trinque (on the left with members of her staff), trained chemist, chocolatier, and owner of Sabino Artisan Chocolate.

If you missed this one, you will be sorry for the rest of your life!  Not only was the talk fascinating, but we got to taste samples of the most delicious chocolate in Arizona.  You can only make up for it if you visit the store at 10110 North Oracle Road.

Pictures from this tasty event can be seen in the Photo Gallery




























 Chemistry Educators Meeting, UA Student Union, May 11, 2012

The Southern Arizona Section sponsored an informal get together to discuss common concerns, interests and activities for the coming 2012-2013 school year.  Salsa, snacks, and iced tea were provided to fuel the exchange.  Over 25 educators were present: two were from the UA and four from Pima College with the rest representing school districts in Southern Arizona.  The meeting was a success; everybody agreed to meet several times in the coming academic year.


 Photo taken during the meeting.  Standing are ACS Section Officers.  On the left, Silvia Kolchens (Pima College), center Steven Brown (UA), right Stacey Jones-Willy (TUSD).


Awards Reception, El Parador Restaurant 6:00 pmThursday, April 25, 2012

























 The event was at El Parador restaurant 2744 E Broadway.  Awards were presented for outstanding service, to fifty year members, and to the outstanding high school chemistry teacher. 


























Images of the activity are in the photo albums


CBC Poster Fair, April 18, 2012


The CBC Poster Fair is an annual event hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona. On display were posters of undergraduate research and senior theses projects. The Fair ran from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Bear Down Gym on the UA campus. Students were present to discuss their work with all interested attendees. 

A selection of photos taken at the event can be found in the photo gallery


UA Chemistry Club Magic Show!  April 21, 2012

The UA ACS Student Affiliates group presented their semi-annual magic show between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm on April 21, 2012 in Room 111 of the Old Chemistry Building (across the grass mall from the Student Union). 


A few images from this event are in the photo gallery





























Earth Day, April 21, 2012

The 18th annual Tucson Earth Day Festival was celebrated Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Reid Park. The Festival began at 9:00 am and ended at 2:00 pm. There were environmentally themed exhibits, music, performances, and food vendors. The Southern Arizona Section had an information table at the site.


Dinner Meeting March 7, 2012: The Chemistry of Brewing


Topic:  The Chemistry of Brewing
Speaker: Dr. Henry Goldstein
When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Where: Barrio Brewing Company
800 East 16th St.






























Dr. Goldstein is a master brewer recentley retired after a long career in the industry.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member with Pima Community College.  He spoke to some 71 chemists and and their friends.  The talk was at the level of a chemistry literate and beer appreciative audience; it was well received and was followed by many enthusiastic questions.

Images of this event are in the photo gallery


Dinner Meeting, November 18, 2011

Awards and Zero-G Student Adventure

The meeting combined award presentations to Drs. Bonner Denton and Ann Walker of the UA Chemistry Department and a most fascinating talk and slide show by a trio of undergraduate chemistry majors chosen in a highly selective nationwide NASA competition to carry out their own proposed experiments under conditions of zero gravity aboard the Houston based NASA Zero G jet as the plane repeatedly flew in a gravity neutralizing arc.  The students replicated the famous Urey experiment in which a mixture of primordial gases was subjected to high voltage electric discharge.  The Southern Arizona Section provided funds to help the students travel to Houston.  In return the students agreed to describe their exploit at a dinner meeting.  The three vividly described their training and experiences in this once in a lifetime adventure.  The photographs were provided by NASA.

Images of this event are in the photo gallery


Dinner Meeting October 19, 2011: Rediscovery of the Elements

Speakers: James and Jenny Marshall, University of North Texas

For a number of years the Marshalls have been involved in the "Rediscovery of the Elements" by travelling to the sites where the elements were originally discovered.  Their travels took them to old laboratories, mines, universities, museums, ancient buildings and houses, mostly in Europe, where science and modern chemistry were born.  The presentation was a fascinating travelogue of their adventures; their photographs were amazing.  It was a remarkable evening. 



  A selection of images from the event is in the photo album.


Dinner Meeting, September 15, 2011

An Interactive Celebration of the International Year of Chemistry and the M. Curie Nobel Centennial

This special event was co-sponsored by the Southern Arizona ACS Section, the Women's Chemistry Group, and the UA Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Unlike our traditional dinner meetings, this event was interactive involving poster displays on the achievements of nine famous women in chemistry.  Each display was accompanied by a costumed presenter and a table laden with finger food representative of each nationality. 

A selection of images from the event is in the photo album.



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