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Watch: “Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Sustainability in World’s Fastest Growing Regions”

ACS Publications’ India Sales & Marketing team recently organized a one-hour webinar on “Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Sustainability in World’s Fastest Growing Regions.” The session, led by Professor Shane Snyder, Editor-in-Chief, ACS ES&T Water, was attended by 150 participants from India and Sri Lanka.

Professor Snyder is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the Executive Director of the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.  For over 20 years, his research has focused on water quality, treatment, and sustainability, resulting in more than 300 published manuscripts with 28,000 citations.

Professor Snyder started his talk by discussing the scope of ACS ES&T Water, highlighting the journal’s multidisciplinary water-research focus, which welcomes all water-related environmental chemistry and technology papers. During the talk, he presented best ways to publish the paper and discussed tips to improve the manuscript. The session’s second half focused on the most recent advancements in membrane science, biotechnology, material science, modeling, and resource recovery developed within Singapore, along with case studies of deployment in underserved communities throughout Asia. The session ended with a series of questions from the participants.

View a Recording of the Session on Facebook Live

Two-Day Workshop Explores “Key Scientific Writing Strategies for Building a Strong Manuscript”

The Sales & Marketing team of ACS Publications India organized a two-day workshop on “Key Scientific Writing Strategies for Building a Strong Manuscript,” held August 10 and 12, 2021 from 4 P.M. to 5.30 P.M. (IST) at the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) in India. This hands-on workshop was designed to help early-career researchers to improve their writing skills to produce effective papers.

The workshop had 2 sessions, each including hands-on practice, by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Executive EditorProfessor Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr. The first session covered structure and the contents of a high-quality paper,  as well as strategies for authors to participate in scientific discourse in English, and tips for the writing of an effective abstract. The second session covered 10 tips for publishing and an analysis of abstracts submitted by the participants

The workshop got a total of 800 registrations from the targeted group of 30 NIT’s and close to 650 participated in both sessions with over 250 participants attending both sessions. As many as 60 participants submitted their abstracts to be reviewed by Professor Oliveria and a few were picked up for discussion in the session. Professor Oliveria evaluated the main strengths and weaknesses in these abstracts for the benefit of the authors and participants. All participants got the chance to have direct feedback from the speaker through the extended Q&A session on both days.

The sessions were also streamed live on Facebook. The recordings are still available.

Session 1: https://fb.watch/7pHXJxBJFF/

Session2:https://fb.watch/7pHZ6PJYLW/

The event was very well received by the participants and enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive response.

 

Learn More About Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) in the Chemistry Community

In this webinar from July 27, Dr. Rajendrani (Raj) Mukhopadhyay of the American Chemical Society, Shaina Lange of ACS Publications, and Kiyomi Deards of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln discuss fostering DEIR in the librarian and chemistry communities.

Raj Mukhopadhyay covers how the American Chemical Society (ACS) is working to fully realize the DEIR in ACS’s organizational culture as well as its products, programs, and services so that everyone in the chemical enterprise can thrive.

Shaina Lange highlights DEIR initiatives currently ongoing in the ACS Publications Division, including the author name change policy, demographics data collection, editor training and education, and the creation of an ombuds program.

Kiyomi Deards examines a selection of past, present, and future DEIR strategies used by herself and University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Additionally, she highlights DEIR strategies that individuals, departments, and organizations can pursue with varying levels of support.

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The Missing Piece of the Lab Safety Puzzle

It’s not controversial to say that lab safety matters. Chemists the world over can agree that research needs to be done in a manner that protects the health and wellbeing of everyone who works in the lab. So why is safety still such an issue?

During a recent session of ACS Publications’ “Changing the Culture of Chemistry’ series, an expert panel discussed many of the misconceptions around lab safety. They also shared some things people can do (regardless of their career level) to create a workplace culture that values health and safety. Together, they showed the audience how communication and culture can lead to workplaces where everyone can feel safe.

Watch an on-demand presentation of the webinar:

Speakers at the webinar included:

  • Mary Beth Mulcahy, Manager in the Global Chemical and Biological Security group at Sandia National Laboratories, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Health & Safety
  • Michael B. Blayney, Executive Director, Research Safety at Northwestern University
  • Monica Mame Soma Nyansa, Ph.D. Student, Michigan Technological University
  • Kali Miller, Managing Editor, ACS Publications

The session closed with a question-and-answer session moderated by Kali Miller, an ACS Publications Managing Editor, where all three panelists were able to share more insights and advice.

Free Webinar: “Changing the Culture of Chemistry: Safety in the Lab”

An organization’s culture defines how it approaches problems in the workplace. Whether you’re the head of your own lab or a graduate student, workplace culture is something everyone can influence every time they go to work. That’s why ACS Publications is leading a series of webinars on the ways chemists can improve their lab’s culture and make their workplace increasingly diverse, safe, and sustainable.

The next webinar in our Changing the Culture of Chemistry series is dedicated to discussing Safety in the Lab.

Join us Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:00am EST | 10:00am CST | 9:00am MST | 8:00am PST

Attendees will hear chemists speak about:

  • Strategies for promoting safety standards while discouraging unsafe practices
  • Ways that students can become empowered in safety efforts
  • How improving communication can increase safety

This free one-hour program will end with a moderated discussion and an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

Speakers

Mary Beth Mulcahy
Mary Beth Mulcahy, Manager in the Global Chemical and Biological Security group at Sandia National Laboratories, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Health & Safety
Michael B. Blayney
Executive Director, Research Safety at Northwestern University
Monica Mame Soma Nyansa
Ph.D. Student, Michigan Technological University
Moderator: Kali Miller
Managing Editor, ACS Publications

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ACS Webinar: Creating an Inclusive and Resilient Future in Chemistry Education

On February 10, ACS Webinars hosted an interactive panel discussion on novel approaches, models, and pedagogies in chemistry to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) efforts in academic and professional settings. Professor Leyte Winfield helped to organize this ACS Webinar, which was co-produced by ACS Publications and ACS Education. Professor Leyte Winfield is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Division Chair for Natural Science and Mathematics at Spelman College. Professor Winfield and webinar moderator Professor Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy are also editors of the ACS Symposium Series eBook Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence.

You can watch the webinar recording and download the webinar slides now.

Moderator and Presenters

The webinar was moderated by Professor Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion in the College of Science and Associate Professor of Research in Chemistry Education at Louisiana State University.

It featured an expert panel of educational scholars and leaders, who are leading DEIR efforts and publishing their work on broadening participation efforts:

  • Professor Anthony DePass, Co-Director, Understanding Interventions; Principal, DePass Academic Consulting; Professor of Biology, Long Island University
  • Professor Lourdes Echegoyen, Research Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Director, BUILDing SCHOLARS Center at University of Texas, El Paso
  • Professor Michelle Claville, Assistant Dean and Professor of Chemistry, Hampton University; Program Director, NSF Undergraduate Programs

Creating an Inclusive, Resilient Future for Chemistry

The webinar focused on the growing problem of students leaving the chemistry enterprise and other STEM pathways at rates that have the potential to disrupt workforce stability. This departure is even more pronounced among women and ethnic and racial minorities, who are exiting at twice the rate of other student groups.

Panelists helped address what can be done to prevent this exodus and to create an inclusive, resilient future. An upcoming special issue in the Journal of Chemical Education on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Chemistry Education Research and Practice will serve as a reference in this important topical area. Professors Wilson-Kennedy and Winfield are among the guest editors for this special issue.

The global audience tuning in to this webinar learned about the breadth of research that broadens the participation of individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM, including examples of DEIR initiatives that apply chemical education research and practice seeking to expand representation, engagement, and success.

Dr. Anthony DePass shared his perspective on the body of published and publishable work, as it relates to STEM professional development and STEM education. In particular, Understanding Interventions aims to leverage “hypothesis-based research to effect interventions and initiatives that broaden participation in science and engineering research careers.”  Some of the organization’s work seeks to train practitioners, in this case educators, to be scholars so they may transform their observations into evidence-driven scholarship that promotes inclusion.

Dr. Lourdes Echegoyen described the BUILDing SCHOLARS program as a case study of the opportunities that contribute most to the success of University of Texas, El Paso, (UTEP) undergraduates in STEM disciplines. BUILDing SCHOLARS is a prestigious research-intensive, NIH-funded training program for students with a strong motivation to become researchers in biomedical, social, behavioral, or health sciences or biomedical engineering. The hallmarks Dr. Echegoyen and her colleagues identified as most closely indicative of student success include: persistence in studies, up to and including graduation; competitiveness in moving to the next career or education stage; and demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.

The UTEP program has been successful at providing support and opportunities to a student population that is predominantly Hispanic, first-generation college students, and financially disadvantaged. Dr. Echegoyen closed with a thought-provoking quotation from activist Vernā Myers on the importance of action-oriented inclusion: “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Dr. Michelle Claville of Hampton University presented an overview of NanoHU, a program developed at the historically black research university, which engages students in cutting-edge opportunities associated with nanoscience. According to the program’s website, “the interdisciplinary program provides all of Hampton University’s undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn a minor in nanoscience as they prepare to meet the nation’s call for more inventive scientists and versatile engineers.”

The NanoHU model encompasses four key elements: education and training, research, professional development, and outreach and recruitment. The program has been successful in attracting student and faculty participation, producing research results and publications, securing research funding, and bringing new talent to the university. Overall, NanoHU successfully broadens participation and collaboration in nanoscience-based STEM initiatives.

This ACS webinar brought together the chemical education community representing a domestic & international audience. More than 80% of the webinar participants were affiliated with an academic institution, primarily in roles as researchers, instructors, or administrators. The webinar recording is now available for free, so that community members can learn more about the important topic of creating an inclusive and resilient future in chemistry education. Slides of this presentation are available via the webinar link as well.

Watch This Free ACS Webinar Today!

Get Advice on Creating an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Lab

Everyone deserves to come to work as their full and authentic selves. But there are structural reasons why LGBTQ+ have historically be reluctant to do this. While many workplaces have updated their official policies to prevent LGBTQ+ discrimination, there is still work to be done to create a workplace culture where everyone feels comfortable and can do their best work. Luckily, that’s a problem everyone can help tackle in their own workplaces. As part of the “Changing the Culture of Chemistry” webinar series, a panel of distinguished chemists got together to discuss ways organizations can be more welcoming to LGBTQ+ professionals.

Watch an on-demand presentation of the webinar:

This one-hour program featured a panel of engaging speakers, including:

  • Professor Carolyn R. Bertozzi of Stanford University, and Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, who talked about her journey and importance of mentorship for the next generation.
  • Dr. Ronald E. Hunter, Jr. of Mérieux NutriSciences, who talked about the characteristics of a welcoming organization.
  • Professor Nancy S.B. Williams of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges

The session closed with a question-and-answer session moderated by Megan White, and ACS Senior Product Development Analyst, where all three panelists were able to share more insights and advice.

What Chemists Need to Know About Career-Planning and Mentorship

Creating a successful chemistry career is about more than just your skills in the lab. It’s also about networking, communication, planning, and perseverance. These skills are often gained through personal experience, but they can also be passed down from established chemists who have already walked this road. As part of the “Changing the Culture of Chemistry” webinar series, a panel of distinguished researchers got together to discuss ways chemists can take their careers to the next level.

Watch an on-demand presentation of the webinar:

This one-hour program featured a panel of engaging speakers, including:

  • Professor Brandi M. Cossairt of the University of Washington, who discussed the importance of mentorship, ways to find a potential mentor, and how to get the most out of that relationship.
  • Professor Jennifer M. Heemstra of Emory University, who talked about some of the considerations importance of flexibility in career planning, the advantages of diverse career experiences.
  • Professor Robert J. Gilliard, Jr. of the University of Virginia, who discussed his own career path and the approaches that helped him get to where he is today.

The session closed with a question-and-answer session moderated by Joerg Schlatterer, Senior Manager of the ACS Student & Postdoctoral Scholars Office, where all three panelists were able to share more tips and advice.

Discussing Work-Life Balance in the Lab

Work-life balance has been a concern for researchers for many years. Chemistry is a demanding field and it takes special effort for researchers to maintain a healthy equilibrium. But this challenge can look very different, depending on where one works and what stage of their career they are at, which is why ACS Publications recently hosted the webinar on work-life balance in the lab, as part of their ongoing Changing the Culture of Chemistry series.

This one-hour program featured a panel of engaging speakers, including:

  • Devin Swiner, Ph.D. Candidate, expected 2021, Ohio State University, who spoke about maintaining balance as a student. She shared her tips for spotting potential burnout and strategies for carving out time for yourself.
  • Dr. Dan Hickman, DOW, spoke about his personal experiences as a chemical engineer working in industry, discussed the philosophical underpinings of a balanced life, and shared his advice for attaining balance in your career.
  • Professor Lynne S. Taylor, Retter Professor of Pharmacy, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, discussed her approach to leading a lab that values work-life balance and shared her advice for creating an organizational culture that values balance.

Dr. Laura Fernandez of ACS Publications acted as the program’s moderator, fielding questions from attendees at the end of the event.

Watch the full presentation of Changing the Culture of Chemistry: Work-Life Balance in the Lab:

Changing the Culture of Chemistry: Race and Diversity in the Lab

An organization’s culture defines how it approaches problems in the workplace. Whether you’re the head of your own lab or a graduate student, workplace culture is something everyone can influence every time they go to work. That’s why ACS Publications is leading a series of free webinars on the ways chemists can improve their lab’s culture and make their workplace increasingly diverse, safe, and sustainable.

The first free webinar in our Changing the Culture of Chemistry series is dedicated to discussing Race and Diversity in the Lab.

Attendees will hear from prominent chemists who are outspoken advocates for increased racial diversity, inclusion, and respect in the lab. Speakers will discuss their own experiences and the ways all chemists can work to improve their lab’s culture. This free one-hour program will end with a moderated discussion and an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

What you’ll hear about:

  • Understanding the scope of racial challenges in the lab
  • Creating an inclusive environment of excellence through recruitment, retention, and career advancement
  • Working to ensure colleagues feel safe and respected

Who you’ll hear from:

Edgar A. Arriaga, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Biography

Ann C. Kimble-Hill, Ph.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine
Biography

Steven D. Townsend, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University
Biography

Moderator: Carlos Toro, Ph.D.
ACS Publications
Biography

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