ACS Spring 2021: Online April 5-16

Today, the American Chemical Society announced a fully virtual spring meeting. ACS Spring 2021 will be held online April 5-16. This will enable a meaningful sharing of scientific information, while ensuring everyone’s safety – a core value of ACS – during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will include 10 weekdays of live sessions, followed by two weeks of on-demand content, at the presenters’ discretion. This will allow for a maximum amount of science to be shared with the widest possible audience.
Get ready!
Abstract submission will open on December 16, 2020. Meeting registration will be available in January 2021. Information about abstracts, registration pricing, and more is available on the FAQ page of the ACS website.

Hans Reich’s Organic Chemistry Resource Websites Relaunched by the ACS Organic Division

The ACS Organic Division has been hard at work this summer and is now ready to release a new resource for organic chemists:

The idea and majority of the current content (~1500 html pages + 650 PDF files) of the Organic Chemistry Data website has come from the late Professor Hans J. Reich who served his entire professional academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon his untimely death in 2020, the ACS Organic Division offered to assist in maintaining Professor Reich’s extensive online resources which have impacted the organic chemistry community worldwide. This new website not only contains Prof. Reich’s collection of resources, we have also merged our extensive “links page” with Professor Reich’s to create a single list of ~300 website resources on organic chemistry (~35 are to resources in our Reich Collection). The linked pages have been selected for ease of use, broad applicability, and quality of coverage. Topics include: Reaction Info, Chemical Data, Spectroscopy Resources, Organic Compound Info, Safety, Chemical Societies & Portals, Literature Sources, Laboratory Techniques, Useful Software, Resources for Educators and Students, and Organic Chemistry Videos.

We hope that the data and information resources provided and the links to resources off of this new website provide organic chemists quick access to high quality information to facilitate their efforts in the laboratory and classroom settings. Links to resources off of this website are meant to assist individuals in finding high quality information; they are not an endorsement of any product, service, or website.

Highlights on the Reich Collection of Resources:

  •     ~700 Total Syntheses searchable and categorized by compound name, named reactions used, chemoselectivity, rings formed, reaction types, and reagents used, and year of publication. In most of these modes, selecting the synthesis in a particular category presents the synthesis with a blinking red arrow to highlight where the reagent, named reaction, reaction type, or ring appear in the synthetic scheme.
  •     A comprehensive Topics in NMR database (e.g. spin systems, chemical shifts, coupling constants, multinuclear NMR)
  •     An NMR Spectral Database with ~650 high quality NMR spectra (PDF files) which are searchable and grouped by functional group, molecular formula, NMR spin systems, techniques (i.e. cyclohexane stereochemistry & 2D), multinuclear (D, T, P, F, B, Se, Si, Sn, N), and spectral level (i.e. trivial–advanced).
  •     Information on some of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. e.g. pKa tables, electron pushing, A-values, nomenclature, organometallic chemistry (esp. organolithium reagents), pericyclic reactions, reduction and oxidation.

Professor Hans J. Reich was born May 6, 1943 in Danzig, Germany. After earning a B.Sc. at the University of Alberta in 1964, he entered graduate school at UCLA, receiving a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1968 (with D. J. Cram). In graduate school, he met fellow organic chemistry student, Ieva Lazdins and they married in 1969. The two were lifelong companions, socially and scientifically. After graduate school, he spent two years as a postdoctoral associate supported by a Canadian National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, the first at CalTech (with J. D. Roberts) and the second at Harvard (with R. B. Woodward). In 1970, he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, establishing what soon became an internationally recognized research program in physical-organic chemistry publishing 157 papers throughout his career. Fittingly, Professor Reich received the James Flack Norris Award in Physical-Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 2012. Additionally, he was a pioneer in distribution of educational content via the world wide web. He began teaching himself programming in the late 1990s, producing new freeware programs, WinPLT and WinDNMR. These programs managed chemical structure drawings, NMR spectra annotations, and simulations cohesively. As an outgrowth of these endeavors, he began the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Organic Chemistry Information webpage in which he accumulated and curated information for the broader chemistry community to use free of charge.

The vast majority of work on setting up this website  and converting the content of Prof. Reich’s websites so that the content is viewable/useable on a wide range of electronic devices where through the immense volunteer efforts of Organic Division Assistant Webmaster Dr. Khoi Van (Ph.D., Organic Chemistry with Professor Daniel Romo) with initial oversight, support, and direction from Organic Division Webmaster Brian Myers (Ph.D., Organic Chemistry with Professor David R. Williams) and Organic Division Head Webmaster Joseph Ward (Ph.D., Organic Chemistry with Professor Robert Maleczka).

We are grateful to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (especially the Chemistry department) for their support in this project. We also graciously thank his wife, Dr. Ieva L. Reich, and her family for supporting this project where we are able to honor Professor Reich’s 25+ years of website efforts in support of the broader organic chemistry community.

While this website ( is freely available to everyone in the organic chemistry community, it is underwritten and maintained by the ACS Organic Division which gets its funding for projects like this from membership fees: ACS Members ($15), Affiliate Members ($15 without ACS membership), or Student Members ($5). Please consider showing your support for this program as well as all the other Division’s programs that aim to foster and promote the advancement of the field of organic chemistry by joining the division:

BCCE Travel Grants for HS Teachers

Are You a HS Chemistry Teacher? Do You Know Your Local HS Chemistry Teacher?

This is an opportunity to get a grant of up to $750 to attend a chemistry education conference in summer 2020.

The 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) will be held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon from July 18 to 23, 2020. The Wisconsin Section will sponsor two high school teachers to attend the conference. Details about how to apply are on our Grants page.

The Wisconsin Section sponsored three teachers to attend the 25th BCCE in summer 2018 and all three found the experience extremely valuable. If you are interested in attending, we urge you to apply; if you know of fellow teachers who might want to attend, please tell them about this opportunity.

The deadline for applications is February 8, 2020. We would love to support teacher attendance at this conference!

NOTE: Even if you can’t attend the BCCE, we invite you to participate in the Wisconsin Section of the ACS. If you are not already a member/affiliate member, you can become an affiliate member of our local section for just $2 per year and receive information about our professional development and social events as well as getting a regular newsletter. Send an email to if you would like to join.

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!

Science on Tap Success!

Science on Tap turned out to be a very popular event! It took place on Monday, August 19, in Union South on the UW-Madison campus under the joint sponsorship of Mirus Bio and the ACS Wisconsin Local Section. About 100 people turned out for the early evening event. It began with complimentary beverages (including local beers) and food, giving grad students, post-docs, faculty and staff as well as members of the biotech community a chance to mix and meet each other.

Then it was time for the focus of this series—highlighting how research from various scientific disciplines such as Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, and Genetics can combine to deliver groundbreaking scientific research in our community. This took form in a talk by Dr. Christian Capitini on “The Emergence of CAR-T Cell Therapy”. He shared the latest developments as well as his own research efforts with CAR-T Cells. Capitini is in the Department of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Carbone Cancer Center.

See more photos from the event on our Flickr page!

Science on Tap August 2019 event

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.

2018 Annual Banquet Highlights

The Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday evening, November 8, at Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant. Sixty people attended, ranging in age from university undergrads to octogenarians as well as some accompanying children (thus significantly lowering our average age!) In addition to honoring 50-, 60-, and 70-year ACS members, there were ACS Student Excellence Awardees as well as the recipients of ACS awards. The detailed program listing all winners is available here.

The Banquet speaker was Professor Helen Blackwell from UW-Madison Chemistry. Her topic was “Chemical Interception of Bacterial Communication Pathways.”

Abstract: Many bacteria communicate using a chemical language to monitor their population densities in a process called “quorum sensing.” At high cell densities, bacteria use this signaling network to switch from a single cell existence to that of a multicellular community. This lifestyle switch is significant, as it often controls how the bacteria interact with their hosts and other bacterial species. Our research is focused on the development of non-native molecules that can intercept quorum sensing and provide new insights into its role in host/microbe interactions and in the environment. I will introduce our research approach, highlight recent results, and motivate why I believe chemists are poised to make unique contributions to this research area.

In the evening’s program you will also find a listing of the current officers of the Section and information in words and photos about our recent and upcoming activities. Additional photos are on out Flickr page!

During the banquet, the following posters were on display: High School Teacher Scholarship Winners and Crystal Growing Contest; Local Section Social Events from 2018; ACS Hach Scholars.  These illustrate some of our recent activities—as a group and as individuals. If you don’t find yourself included, perhaps you can do something about that: Make Suggestions! Get Involved! Join our next social activity!

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