#Chemsafety programming at #ACSPhilly

ACS Philly meeting bannerThe 252nd ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in Philadelphia. Here’s what’s planned for chemical and laboratory safety; the Division of Chemical Health & Safety has its usual CHAS-At-A-Glance ready for printing. You can also find CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety in the Expo at booth 727.

Note: I did not have time to proofread this after putting it together. If there’s something that you want to see, double-check the time and location with the actual program!


  • Division of Chemical Health & Safety Executive Committee open meeting, here’s the agenda book; 8:00 AM-noon; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon C
  • Bringing Cheminformatics into the College Chemistry Classroom; 8:15 AM-12:05 PM; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112B (CINF, CHED)
    • Learning to find the right information: A survey of chemistry information literacy in the undergraduate classroom
    • Co-developing chemical information management and laboratory safety skills
    • Introducing SIVVU, a web-based program for modeling spectrophotometric titration data
    • Integration of cheminformatics material into the STEMWiki hyperlibrary
    • Holistic approach to cheminformatics in a liberal arts environment
    • Cheminformatics education and research at home: The best way to teach graduate chemistry in the professional community
    • Fall 2015 cheminformatics OLCC project based learning: Validation of Wikipedia Chembox hazard information
    • Cheminformatics in the chemistry classroom
    • Modern cheminformatics tools in the teaching laboratory: A practical exercise simulating a drug discovery project


  • Division of Chemical Health & Safety Awards; 1:30-4:10 PM; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Independence III (CHAS, CHED)
    • Evolutions of the collaboration between the Safety Office and the Department of Chemistry at Duke University
    • Establishing a safety culture in a new research lab: Communication, repetition, and accountability
    • Safety in undergraduate chemistry: It takes the whole department
    • Reflections of a career: Where you end up when you don’t know where you are going
    • Past, present and yet to be achieved: A personal chemical safety journey by a synthetic chemist
  • Division of Chemical Education Safety Committee open meeting; 4:00-5:30 PM; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 102B


  • Committee on Chemical Safety open meeting; 7:00 AM-noon; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin 1/2
  • Understanding Nanomaterial Behavior: Breakthroughs & Challenges; 9:00 AM-noon; Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Congress B (ENVR)
    • Nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety challenges: A National Nanotechnology Coordination Office perspective
    • Nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety challenges, research, and opportunities panel
    • Nanotechnology health implications research consortium
    • Nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety challenges, research, and opportunities federal panel: NIST perspective


  • Chemistry of the People, by the People, for the People; 1:30-3:50 PM; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201A (CHED, ANYL, CEI, MPPG)
    • Fuels chemistry for the people – Energy & Fuels Division (ENFL)
    • Energy for the people
    • Nuclear chemistry’s role in the 21st century
    • Chemistry of the people, by the people, for the people: AGRO perspective
    • Improving the environment by committee
    • Keeping it safe for everyone – the Division of Chemical Health & Safety
  • Americans with Disabilities Act & Accommodations in the Laboratory; 1:30-4:15 PM; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon K (CHAS, CCS, CWD)
    • Overview of the federal regulations that require physical accessibility in labs and the building blocks of accessibility that apply in lab settings
    • Special health and safety considerations for persons with disabilities who work in scientific research, testing, or teaching laboratories
    • Accommodations and modifications in postsecondary education for students with disabilities
    • Adapting undergraduate chemistry laboratories for students with disabilities: Institutional responsibilities and practices
    • Accommodations for laboratory students with low vision
    • Brief overview of service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act


  • Wine and cheese reception; 5:00-7:00 PM; Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 South 7th St.
  • Sci-Mix; 8:00-10:00 PM; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Halls D/E
    • Posters listed in Safety & Ethics session on Tuesday


  • Ask Dr. Safety: Chemical Security in Research Institutions ; 8:30-10:10 AM, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon K/L (CHAS, CCS, I&EC)
  • Safety & Ethics in our Chemical Community poster session; 10:30 AM-noon; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon K/L (CHAS, CCS, CHAL, CHED, CORP, ETHC, SCHB)
    • Division of Chemical Health and Safety information poster
    • Building the Cannabis Chemistry (CANN) Subdivision at the ACS: Sowing the seeds of change
    • Vacuum system (VS) and Schlenk line (SL) safety
    • 3D Printing hazards enjoy operating 3D in a safe and environmentally friendly way!
    • Compliance versus commitment: An undergraduate’s perspective on safe practice in the research lab
    • Laboratory incidents in the University of Sonora: Students’ perspective
    • Risk perception in laboratory students of the University of Sonora
    • Re-organizing the CPT undergraduate guidelines to elevate the status of safety and ethics in the chemistry curriculum
    • Incorporating chemical safety and security into the undergraduate curriculum
    • You have 5 minutes with your elected representative. What would you ask him or her to do related to safety?
    • Good neighbors – What does it take to be a good neighbor?
    • What’s in a code of conduct?
    • Establishing a safe workplace culture: Teaching and modeling behavior
    • Safety and ethics in ACS and major engineering societies: A gap analysis
    • Your thoughts on incorporating safety and ethics into ACS core value operations (“The Society is actively working on incorporating Chemical Safety as a core value. Doing so will impact the professional performance of every chemist, chemical engineer and member of the ACS. CHAS is soliciting your thoughts and invite you to stop by the poster and answer a few questions. It will take less than eight minutes.”)


  • Chemical Safety in the K-12 Classroom; 1:30-5:15 PM; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon K/L (CHAS, CCS, CHED)
    • Challenges and opportunities affecting safety in the K-12 classroom (Linda Stroud, Science & Safety Consulting Services)
    • Incorporating basic chemical hygiene concepts into the secondary education methods course for pre-service science teachers
    • Revising CHED’s minimum safety guidelines for chemical demonstrations
    • Practical approach to NFPA 45 (Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals)
    • Enhancing safety in a chemistry high school classroom: ACS Science Coach approach
    • Challenges and opportunities affecting safety in the K-12 classroom (Diane Krone, Society Committee on Education)
    • Challenges and opportunities affecting safety in the K-12 classroom (Scott Hawkins, St. Igantius High School)


  • Using Public Information to Support a Chemical Safety Culture; 8:25 AM-12:05 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 112A (CINF, CHAS)
    • Users roundtable: Laboratory use cases for chemical safety information
    • Risk assessment and crisis management in the research laboratory using online resources: An EH&S perspective
    • Institutional use of chemical safety data streams
    • Chemical safety and hazard information in PubChem
    • Semantic annotation of the laboratory chemical safety summary in PubChem
    • GHS and NFPA diamonds: Where they come from and how they can be useful
    • Critical cases for information identifiers in chemical asset management
    • Surveying the academic laboratory population: Project updates from the iRAMP collaboration
  • Chemical Safety in Public Policy; 8:30-11:50 AM; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon K (CHAS, CCS)


  • Citizens First! Using Real-World Contexts for Engaging Students in Learning Chemistry; 1:30-4:10 PM; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 204A (CHED, CEI, MPPG)
    • Developing chemical safety information quality assessment tools
    • Assessing the effectiveness of using climate change activities to teach general chemistry content
    • Helping students place chemistry in its social context through laboratory exercises
    • Exploring the triple bottom line through the drug portfolio project
    • Distributed drug discovery (D3) update: First global student collaboration in neglected disease discovery
    • Civic engagement and undergraduate research:of the student, by the student and for the student
    • What’s in your water? A class tackles PFOA pollution in Bennington, Vermont
  • Biochemistry of Cannabis; 1:30-5:25 PM; Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon (CHAS, CCS, SCHB)
    • Pennsylvania’s hemp and cannabis history
    • Cannabis and public health
    • SB3: Medical cannabis legislation in Pennsylvania and addressing the public health concerns
    • Patient focused certification (PFC) – Quality standards of cannabis products for medical use
    • Chemotypic and quality control analysis of the California medical cannabis market
    • Biochemical considerations in cannabis therapeutics
    • Cannabinoid receptors: Nomenclature and pharmacological principles
    • Can you pass the acid test? Critical review and novel therapeutic perspectives of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (THCA-A)
    • Hydrogenated cannabis oil
    • Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision (CANN): Connecting cannabis chemists/scientists and creating opportunities


  • General posters; 6:00-8:00 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall D (ENVR)
    • Best practices to improve laboratory safety: Implementing the CSI concepts (ENVR 651)

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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