On the night of October 29, the Chemistry Club at Boise State University will be hosting a Halloween event filled with family fun! There will be demos performed by mad scientists and hands-on activities for the kids. It will run from 4 to 7 pm, and will be on the third floor of the Science Building at BSU. Parking will be provided in the Brady Garage for this event, and costumes are welcome!
The Richland Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to host NORM 2018, the 73rd Northwest Regional Meeting from June 24 – June 27, 2018 in Richland, Washington in the new Collaboration Center – Discovery Hall at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Registration and call for papers will open on January 29, 2018.
Information regarding the meeting can be found at http://norm2018.org/.
- Friday, April 20, 2018
- 5:30 PM 8:30 PM
- JUMP (map)
The Snake River Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be hosting a social gathering/dinner at JUMP in the Inspire Room on Friday April 20 at 5:30 PM.
Come enjoy some food and drink, pleasant conversation and a presentation titled “From Aspirin to Zelboraf: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Drug Discovery” given by Dr. Matthew D. Shortridge from the University of Washington.
Abstract: The history of medicine and pharmacology is intimately interwoven with the development of human civilization.Many of the very first “medicines” were accidently identified largely through a process of trial and error; “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. In fact, the discovery of the pain reliever Aspirin is an excellent example of this slow, winding and arduous process we call “drug discovery”. The Aspirin story originates around 1500BC but the active molecule was not fully identified or synthesized as a pure drug compound until 1853AD. Luckily, today, the drug discovery effort is much more robust and precise. With new technologies and our deeper understanding of the biological causes of disease; we are able to rapidly develop new and effective anti-cancer therapeutics. One of the fastest drugs ever approved by the FDA was for the new anti-cancer drug Zelboraf; the time from discovery to treating cancer patients was only 5years. This much faster than discovery of Asprin! In this presentation I will briefly discuss the history of drug discovery efforts, highlight some exacting new technologies which have dramatically reduced the time it takes to discover new medicines and take a look to the future.
The 72nd Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society will be held in Corvallis, OR from June 25-28, 2017 at the LaSells-Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus.
Mark your calendar to participate, and please consider submitting a paper. The Call for Paper submittals is now open at maps.acs.org.
Information regarding the meeting can be found at http://www.norm2017.org/.
Charles Atwood from the University of Utah will give a presentation Friday, Oct. 14 at Boise State University in Education Building #112 at 1:30 PM. The title of his presentation is "Improving the Bottom Quartile's Performance: The Key to Higher Success Rates".
Abstract: Six-year graduation rates at the University of Utah (~60%) are among the lowest in the PAC 12 Conference. The University has decided that our success rates must improve. Unsurprisingly, CHEM 1210 and 1220 (general chemistry) were identified as major areas of concern. Clearly, one method to improve success rates is to make the course easier. We decided on a different route, make the course more challenging while improving the success rate. Over the last five years we made a concerted effort to identify what our problem areas were then to address each of them. After three years of effort, it became apparent that the bottom quartile of students was the determining factor to our overall success rate. Until those students improved we were doomed to fail. In this presentation I will show statistical methods and classroom solutions we have employed to raise our success rate from 62% to 86% in four years. Importantly, our bottom quartile of students now scores on average 50th percentile or slightly higher on nationally normed ACS exams.
All students from across the state of Idaho involved in research, scholarship or creative activity are invited to submit an abstract and those not yet involved in research are invited to come and discover that attending the conference is a great way to learn about the broad range of research opportunities available. The conference also provides a forum for students, faculty, staff and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics. The conference includes keynote speakers, poster presentations by students from all academic disciplines, research talks, sessions for undergraduates on how to apply for graduate school, national fellowships, and many networking events.
To submit an abstract go to https://academics.boisestate.edu/icur/. Registration for the conference is free.
The Snake River Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be hosting a social gathering/dinner at The Stonehouse on Friday May 20 at 5:30 PM.
Come enjoy some food and drink, pleasant conversation and a presentation titled “Extraterrestrial Organics and Their Potential Role in Early Earth Chemistry” given by Dr. Michael Callahan. Dr. Callahan is a new faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boise State University but previously held a position as a civil servant research scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.