ACS Wisconsin Local Section Annual Awards Banquet

Thursday, November 17th, 2022   
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Learning Studio, North Tower Chemistry Building
1101 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706

Awards Banquet Program Presentation – see all of our Awardees and Honorees!

Schedule and Menu

5:30PM – 6:15PM Cocktail Hour
6:15PM – 7:15PM Dinner
Beef Tenderloin Medallions, Cherry Maple Pork Loin, Miso Glazed Tofu (Vegan, G/F)
7:15PM- 8:15PM Awards and Speakers: John and Betty Moore

Attendance Fee

  • $35 per person
  • $15 for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Awardees attend for fee!


Cash or check only. Checks should be made out to the ACS Wisconsin Local Section.
Payment can be mailed to the Treasurer prior to the event:

Ilia A. Guzei
Room 2124 Chemistry Building UW-Madison
1101 University Ave
Madison, WI  53706

Parking options:

  • Minimal street parking in the surrounding area – parking meters are free after 6pm
  • Lots 56 (255 N. Charter St) and 86 (210 N. Mills) across from the Chemistry building are free after 4:30pm
  • Lot 7 at Grainger Hall (325 N. Brooks St) is a larger underground garage, $4 max for evening parking
  • Full map of parking options available here

The Learning Studio is on the first floor of the new North Tower. Please enter through the doors on University Ave or on the corner of University Ave and Mills St.

Event: Microheterotopias – Chemistry Meets Glassblowing

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
6:30pm-7pm – Pizza Reception
7pm – Lecture
UW-Madison Chemistry Building, North Tower, Room S-429

Desperate to solve chemistry’s greatest problem, Justus Liebig made the first Kaliapparat in 1830. That small piece of glassware started something big. The Kaliapparat made Liebig’s name, but lampworked glassware transformed chemistry.

Chemists use other worlds in glass-the Microheterotopias of my title to manage matter. Making Microhetertopias relies on skilled scientific glassblowers. This talk explains what happened when chemistry met glassblowing and why that link remains vital today.

Catherine Jackson will be joined by Scientific Glassblower Tracy Drier of the UW Madison Chemistry Department. Together they will present a recreation of discovery through the manipulation of glass in fire.

Catherine Jackson
Associate Professor of the History of Science, University of Oxford and Director of
Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Peck Fellow in the History, Harris Manchester College
Tracy Drier
Scientific Glassblower
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department

This talk is part of the WN@TL Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the ACS WI Local Section.

Event: The Warfarin Story

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
4:00* – 5:30 p.m.
Biochemical Sciences Building, Room 1211
*Groundbreaking will be held outdoors at the UW-Madison Biochemistry Courtyard at 4 p.m. The indoor presentation will begin at 4:15 p.m.
Registration encouraged

In February 1933, a chance encounter between a farmer from northwest Wisconsin and a biochemistry professor in Madison led to a medical breakthrough that has treated millions of patients. That’s the story of warfarin, a prescription blood thinner that is still prescribed today and, for many decades, was also the world’s most widely used rat poison.

To celebrate the American Chemical Society’s designation of warfarin as a National Chemical Historic Landmark, the UW-Madison Biochemistry Department, Wednesday Nite @ the Lab and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation present a landmark groundbreaking ceremony followed by a public presentation from local author Doug Moe.

Long a source of local legend, hear the real story that Doug Moe uncovered while researching his forthcoming biography of Karl Paul Link, the professor who met the farmer on that fateful 1933 day. (Spoiler alert: it’s all true.)

This event will also be livestreamed via Wednesday Nite @ the Lab.

Event: Lecture and Panel Discussion by Bruker Scientists

Thursday, August 25, 2022
5:00 – 6:00 pm
New Chemistry Building, Learning Studio, Room 1435
*There will be pizza after the event*

Register Here:

Lecture: Principles of diamond-based X-ray sources

Dr. Roger Durst. Chief Technology Officer, Bruker AXS GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

A case-study in the application of scientific principles in an industrial research and development environment is presented. Diamond has the highest heat conductivity of any solid material and the use of diamond heat spreaders in ultra-high-power electronics is now well established. The idea of a diamond-cooled microfocus X-ray sources is natural and has been attempted several times by various development groups around the world over the past 25 years. However, all these previous attempts failed to produce a working source. So, what are the challenges of diamond-based X-ray sources and how where these challenges finally overcome? A multi-disciplinary development team was established at Bruker to study this problem in detail and their work resulted in the first successful diamond-based X-ray source, the IµS DIAMOND which was commercially released in 2019. The process followed by the team in this project is described, highlighted some of the similarities and differences between industrial research and development and academic research.

Dr. Roger Durst

Panel: Career Discussion with Bruker Scientists

Panelists: Dr. Roger Durst, Dr. Cary Bauer, and Dr. Matt Benning, Bruker AXS

The three Ph.D. scientists have had different careers with Bruker AXS. They are a Chief Technology Officer, Senior Sales Engineer, and Senior Applications Scientist. During the panel discussion they will describe their careers and share what influenced their career choices. Questions are welcome!

Larry Dahl

Dahl Remembrance Ceremony

Many members of the Local Section knew Larry Dahl, who passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2021 at the age of 91. The UW–Madison Chemistry Department will hold a virtual remembrance ceremony to honor his memory at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021. You are cordially invited to attend this two-hour virtual ceremony via Zoom. Please register to attend the ceremony at Dahl Tribute – Department of Chemistry – UW–Madison ( The zoom link will be sent to all registered participants by November 5, 2021. 


This informal event will be an opportunity to reconnect with friends and share our favorite memories about Larry and the ways he enriched our lives. If you would like to present prepared remarks, or share multimedia at the ceremony, please e-mail Ilia Guzei at Anyone is welcome to share a few unscripted comments. Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending this event. 


Additional information about Professor Dahl and his long-time career may be found at

Event: ACS Industry Career Day

Join ACS colleagues for a virtual ACS Industry Career Day on Saturday November 21 @11am ET.  During this virtual event, an expert panel of young industry-based chemists will explore topics such as transitioning from academia to a career in industry, building non-technical skills and more.   Following the panel discussion, stick around to join fellow participants in interactive small group networking sessions facilitated by ACS Career Consultants. Register now at:

Event: 2019 Annual Members Banquet

Thurs, November 14, 2019
Social Hour 6PM; Dinner 7PM
Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant
2039 Allen Blvd.  Madison, WI

Cost: Regular Members $30,  Graduate Students $15,  Undergraduate Students Free!

All Wisconsin Local Members and their guests are welcome to attend the Annual Banquet! Sign up by emailing Betty Moore (

  • Please let us know about any food allergies or restrictions
  • Make your check payable to: WI Section, American Chemical Society
  • Send payments to Betty Moore, ACS WI Section, Dept. of Chemistry,
    1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; 608/262-5155

Event: Madison Capitols Ice Hockey Game

Friday, October 25
Capitol Ice Arena
2616 North Pleasant View Rd
Middleton, WI

To celebrate National Chemistry Week we have reserved the Suter Suite at the Capitol Ice Arena, a private lounge at the mezzanine level above the team benches. Light appetizers and a cash bar are included (and it’s $1 beer night at the concession stands downstairs!)

  • Be among the first 35 to sign up—free admission!
  • After 35–there is a $10/person charge
  • Members may bring 1 guest
  • Complimentary appetizers, cash bar
  • $1 beer night (concessions downstairs)

SO SIGN UP NOW! Send an email to with your name and the name of any guest. The deadline for reservations is Monday, October 21. There is a 60-person limit for the Suter Suite.

Full event information here!

Event: Science on Tap

Monday August 19, 2019
Industry Room, Union South
1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715

Registration encouraged!

Hosted by Mirus and the Wisconsin ACS Local Section
Download the event flyer!

Topic: The Emergence of CAR-T Cell Therapy
Christian Capitini, MD, Assistant
Professor at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, will be sharing his research and the latest developments in CAR-T cells.

The Science on Tap series highlights how research from various scientific disciplines such as Chemistry, Engineering, Biology and Genetics is combined to deliver groundbreaking scientific research in our community. Christian will be speaking about the recent developments in chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T (CAR T) cell therapy, a form of immunotherapy that harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune cells to treat cancer.
Please join us for complementary food and local beverages, as well as the opportunity to meet fellow grad students, post-docs, faculty and members of the local biotech community.
The ACS Wisconsin Section is also offering two-year national memberships for the price of one, as well as free affiliate membership to attendees!

Event: Life in the “Small” Biotech Industry Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Auditorium, Genetics-Biotechnology Center
425 Henry Mall  Madison, WI

Registration and more info

The Ups and Downs, but mostly Ups, of working for smaller biotech and pharma companies

Panelists will discuss their experiences transitioning from academia to smaller, independent biotech companies

• Is small biotech right for you and which attributes do they want?
• Finding the right company – things to consider and research
• Start-ups vs. Established vs. Niche Market biotechs
• Career prospects: risks and benefits of joining a small biotech
• You’re the expert – How communication to a multi-disciplinary audience is key

Panel discussion followed by informal networking with lunch

Aaron Almeida (PhD Chemistry)
Scientist, Catalent Pharma Solutions

Thomas ‘Rock’ Mackie (PhD Medical Physics)
Chief Innovation Officer, UW Health

Nick Rossi (PhD Chemistry)
Senior Scientist II, Mirus Bio LLC

Robb Stankey (PhD Genetics)
Senior Scientist, Varigen Biosciences

Event brought to you as a partnership between the ACS WI Local Section and the UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies Career Exploration Series.