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 PMDinner
Featuring: Rotisserie Style Chicken, Braised Pot Roast, Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Cauliflower, Rosemary Potatoes and desserts
7:00 – 8:30 PMAwards 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

WI Local Section LinkedIn

The Wisconsin Local Section now has an official LinkedIn Group. We look forward to connecting with Section members in this new space!

LinkedIn users can join the group here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14193601/

Also, just a reminder that all national ACS Standard and Premium Members receive complimentary access to LinkedIn Learning courses for professional development. You will need to provide your ACS ID (username and password) to access this resource.

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.

Local Section Members Win National and Institutional Awards

Stacey Balbach, past-chair of the ACS WI Local Section, has won the 2023 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X! This is the highest award in the USA for a high school chemistry teacher and serves “to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry.” Stacey currently teaches in the Cuba City School District of Wisconsin. Congratulations Stacey from all of your ACS WI Local Section Colleagues!

Cheri Barta, ACS WI Local Section Secretary, has received the 2022 University of Nebraska at Kearney Dr. Donald E. Fox Distinguished Chemistry Alumna Award! This award recognizes outstanding alumni who are making significant contributions to their communities and businesses.

Shannon Stahl, ACS WI Local Section member, has won the 2023 ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, sponsored by Dow! This award is for individuals who have shown outstanding research in the preparation, reactions, properties, or structure of organometallic substances.

Sam Pazicni, ACS WI Local Section Officer, received a Distinguished Faculty Postdoc Mentoring Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison! This award recognizes faculty on the UW-Madison campus that contribute their time, knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to mentoring and advancing postdocs in their labs.

News Archive