Midwest Regional Meeting 2015

MWRM 2015 Workshops

Several workshops will be available during the 2015 MWRM including the following.

Finding Your Pathway - Thursday, October 22 8 am - 12 pm.
Presented by Dr. Lisa Balbes, on behalf of ACS Career and Professional Advancement
Learn about the four main career pathways available to chemical professionals: Higher education, industry, government, and entrepreneurial careers and why each one may or may not be the right choice for you. This workshop is not only ideal for graduate students and recent grads, but also experienced professionals who are considering a career change. In addition to learning about which types of careers are available in each pathway, you'll also learn about the job market and hiring trends to help you make your choice. The workshop allows time for you to inventory your own values, interests, background, strengths and weaknesses so that you can select which career pathway you'd like to explore in detail.

Essential Information for the Chemical Hygiene Officer - Friday, October 23 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Presented by Harry Elston, Midwest Chemical Safety

This workshop will present a detailed analysis of the Chemical Hygiene Officer position for CHOs in both large and small-scale facilities, both industry and academia. The course will cover relevant regulatory requirements as well as best management practices and Chemical Hygiene Plan development. It will also cover essential resource materials, fundamental risk assessment and management, fundamental exposure assessment, and basic emergency response. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and follow up by e-mail.

Cost is $325 for ACS members and $350 for others. Register for this workshop when registering for the meeting; look for the workshop at the bottom of page 2 of the online registration, or near the bottom of the mail-in registration form. Interested parties are encouraged to register in advance as a limited number of handouts will be available (on a first-come, first-served basis) for onsite registrants.

This is a full-day workshop, but lunch is on your own - please plan accordingly!

Applications of Neural Networks in the Drug Discovery Process - Friday, October 23 8:30-12:30
Presented by Dr. Stan Svojanovsky and Dr. Swapan Chakrabarti

This workshop will introduce participants to the use of neural networks and fuzzy logic in the drug discovery process.

High School Teacher Workshop - Saturday, October 24, 9 am - noon
Organized by Dr. Janelle Torres y Torres, Missouri Western State University
This special workshop (partially funded by generous support from Dr. Tom Barton, Immediate Past President of the ACS) is directed toward regional high school chemistry teachers and will feature a variety of hands-on and novel approaches to teaching chemistry.  High school teachers who travel over 100 miles to attend this workshop are eligible for a travel stipend of up to $100.  Attending high school teachers will receive a free subscription to ChemMatters magazine.


Networking Breakfast                         Agenstein Hall 3rd Floor Atrium        8:00-9:00

Generously supported by Dr. Tom Barton, 2014 ACS President

Introductory session                           Agenstein Hall Room 330                  9:00 – 10:00

Introductory remarks by Dr. Tom Barton                                          

Recognition of the 2015 ACS Division of Chemical Education Midwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching, in honor of John E. Bauman, Jr.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Opportunities for students in science:  A panel discussion of successes and challenges .

Break                                                                                                                          10:00 – 10:15

Workshops                                                                                                 10:15 – 12:00

"Establishing Independence:  A Multi-sensory Laboratory Experience"
Bethany Bennington, Independence Science                                                  10:15 – 11:00

Break                                                                                                           11:00-11:15

“The Science of Food:  the breakfast menu (new chemical demonstrations)”
Scott McQuerry, Van Horn HS, Independence, MO and Austin Chuning, Truman HS, Independence, MO                                                                                       11:15 – 12:00

“Ask Dr. Safety”  Harry Elston, Midwest Chemical Safety,  LLC                        12:00-12:30