Event: Careers in Academia Panel

Thursday, November 16
7:00 pm
1315 Chemistry Building
1101 University Ave, Madison WI

Are you interested in an academic career? Curious what it’s like to be a high school chemistry teacher or a faculty member at a community college? Interested in working at a state or private university? The Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society will present a panel discussion on working in academia with the following members:

Erin Sincox, Mineral Point High School & Chair-Elect Wisconsin Section

Matt Havighurst, Edgewood College

Ian MacKenzie, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

James G. Goll, Edgewood College and Chair Wisconsin Section

Event: Back-to-School Social in Platteville

Thursday, September 28, 2023
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Steve’s Pizza Place
175 W Main St. Platteville, WI

The Wisconsin Section will be hosting a social gathering in Platteville, hosted by Chair-Elect Erin Sincox. Please stop by for a beverage and or dinner! This event is come and go as you like, families and friends are welcome. Each person will be responsible for their food and drink. High School teachers attending will receive a small token of appreciation for their exceptional efforts from the Chair. Our section has many outstanding and some nationally recognized educators. We hope to see you there!

Spring Awards Banquet -Register by April 19

Thursday, April 27, 2023
5:30-8:30 PM
Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall, Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Dr.
Madison, WI 53711

Register by April 19th: Registration form

Schedule and Menu

5:30 – 6:15 PM Beer and Wine Hour
6:15 – 7:00 PM Dinner
Featuring: Rotisserie Style Chicken, Braised Pot Roast, Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Cauliflower, Rosemary Potatoes and desserts
7:00 – 8:30 PM Awards and Speaker

Speaker: Dr. Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota Green Chemistry: Preparing Students to Contribute to a Sustainable Future

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 happen at the door or be mailed to the Treasurer:

Levi Hogan, ACS WI Treasurer
738 Sauk Ridge Trail, Apt D
Madison, WI 53705

Directions & Parking Options

  • Campus Map: Event is in Regina Hall (labeled 9 on map)
  • Parking in lots shown on map or in garage attached to the Sonderegger Science Center
  • The Washburn Heritage Room is in Regina Hall. Enter through the door between Regina Hall and St. Joseph Chapel and turn left when you see the stairs leading up to the chapel.

Event: Panel Discussion on Careers in Local Industry

Thursday, March 30, 2023
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Edgewood College
Sonderegger Science Center
Room 108

This panel features scientists with all levels of degrees working in and around the Madison area. The panelist will discuss their career paths and day-to-day work in industry. Pizza will be served at the event!


Brendon Martin and Dr. Lisa Geisler from Eurofin

Zander Rothering from PPD

Connor McCann from Millipore-Sigma

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: