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

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RSVP by November 10th!

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.

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!

2021 Local Section Awards

The Wisconsin ACS Local Section is pleased to honor this year’s ACS award recipients—from undergrad students to 60-year members. In the December 2021 Newsletter, you can learn more about our:

  • 50- and 60-year ACS members
  • ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholarships recipients
  • ACS Bridge Program Students
  • Summer Research Support Program
  • ACS Undergraduate Awardees

Our intention is to honor all awardees for 2021 (as well as 2020) at an in-person gathering, hopefully in 2022! View the full December 2021 Awards Newsletter here!Pictures of ACS 50 and 60 year awardees

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

ACS Bridge Program: Applications Due March 31

The ACS Bridge to the Doctorate Program is a national effort to increase the number of chemical science PhDs awarded to underrepresented students defined by the project as primarily Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students. The ACS Bridge Program was also recently highlighted in C&E News, and it features UW-Madison fellow Jairo Villalona!

More information about ACS Bridge Program is available online, including eligibility and application materials.

Application materials must be received by March 31.  Please note that students who are interested in participating specifically in our UW-Madison/ACS Bridge program must apply to the national application portal as indicated above and be selected through UW-Madison’s selection process in order to be designated as UW-Madison/ACS Bridge Fellows. Please contact UW-Madison ACS Bridge Program leaders Desiree Bates or Bob Hamers with any questions.

Posted on behalf of the ACS and the UW-Madison.

2020 Awards and Honors

Our honorees this year are each highlighted in this special issue of our newsletter. They include:

  • 70-year, 60-year, and 50-year ACS members
  • ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholarship recipients
  • ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant recipient
  • ACS Bridge Program Students
  • ACS Undergraduate Awardees
  • Prize Winners in the local exam, U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition

Of course, all honorees will receive their official ACS Certificate of Recognition in the mail and will be honored in person when we are able to hold a banquet!

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:

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