On February 9th, the Western Michigan section of the ACS and Grand Valley State University hosted a live webinar from the ACS program in a box series titled "The Role of Chemistry in Global Security." ACS described the seminar in the following way, "In an increasingly dangerous world, find out how important chemistry is to ensuring your everyday safety. Journey through the history of chemical and biological warfare and get a peek behind-the-scenes at how today's biochemists and government agents are working together to counter chemical-based threats."
This seminar was open and free to the public, it was streamed live at GVSU (Allendale) with software/hardware that will let the audience interact directly with industry experts presenting this seminar. These experts included:
Jessica L. Epstein, Saint Peter’s University
Kristin Omberg, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Theirry Dubroca, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
David A. Jett, National Institute of Health CounterACT Program
Randall Murch, Ex FBI Laboratory Forensic Biologist
Darcy Gentleman, Engagement and Science Committee @ ACS
We had a great group of students and chemists from GVSU, Aquinas College, Ferris State University, one high school student, and our local section. In total 26 people attended the event for tacos, networking, games, prizes, and leaning about chemical weapons. We raffled off two two glass beaker mugs and two C&EN water bottles provided by ACS. Special thanks to our WM local section for providing funds for the food, and to our Public Relations Officer, Michelle DeWitt, for buying and cooking dinner and pulling this event together on such short notice. Thanks also to C'arra Miller (GVSU Chemistry Club) for handling the game and helping with clean-up and Aaron Hilsamer (GVSU Chemistry Club) for handling the computer for the presentation. Photos from the event can be seen below:
If you were unable to attend Tuesday night's webinar it is available on the ACS website:
Stay tuned for the next PIB event coming in October!