Central New York Section

Chemist's Celebrate Earth Day - Otisco Lake Cleanup                       April 22, 2017

Chemistry of Glass                                                                            April 20th, 2017

Chemist's Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest                        Deadline April 13, 2017

Illustrated Poem Contest is underway for Earth Day 2017. Deadline is April 13, 2017 and is open to grades K-12. See sallybchemistry.com for details.



Wizarding Weekend at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY March 25 & 26, 2017

The Central New York section taught "Magic Potions 101" at the Rosamond-Gifford Zoo's Wizarding Weekend. Volunteers from the local section, area high schools and college/universities assisted in providing a potion demo show and hands-on activities to zoo patrons. Fore more information, visit: http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/wizarding-weekend



Education Night 2016

The awards ceremony recognized students and members of the community who have participated in one or more of our many annual events. These include:

Chemist's Celebrate Earth Day Poetry contest winners
2016 USNCO local exam participants
2016 USNCO national exam nominees
2015 National Chemistry Week volunteers and participants
CNY Science Coaches
and more!

Our keynote speaker, Sr. Mary Virginia Orna is Professor Emirita and Scientist-in-Residence at the College of New Rochelle has lectured and published widely in the areas of color chemistry and archaeological chemistry. Sr. Orna's talk, Fashion, Pharmaceuticals, Food, and Fun: How Color Changed the World addressed the connections between art and chemistry throughout time.

Education Night 2015

Demonstrations from Education Night are published as both pdf and ibook versions. Contact the CNY ACS with questions on performing these demos.

The Central New York Section of the American Chemical Society will hold their Eduation Night and Ben P. Burtt Lecture Series event on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in the Life Sciences Building on the Syracuse University Campus.

The event is free and open to the public. The event will include a social hour with light refreshments, including pizza, from 6 to 6:30 pm followed by an awards ceremony and demo show where several members of the Section will provide a mix of new and classic demonstrations with the theme Colorful Chemistry, including re-enacting part of Ben Burtt’s famous water lecture! Cupcakes and liquid nitrogen ice cream will be served after the demo show.

The awards ceremony will recognize students and members of the community who have participated in one or more of our many varied annual events. These include:

2015 Chemist's Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest Winners

2015 USNCO Local Exam Participants

2015 USNCO National Exam Nominees

2014 National Chemistry Week Volunteers and Participants

CNY Science Coaches

CNY Science Fair Winners

and more!

Please join us in celebrating our students and educators at this year's Education Night event. We look forward to seeing you!



UV Curing Technology, 4/9/14

Guest speaker: Dr. Stephen Cantor

Dr. Cantor is a world renowned polymer chemist specializing in UV curing technology. He explains the technology behind every objects like chip repair on windshields, coatings on computer boards, and bonding used to attach needles to syringes.

View a recording of the webinar hosted with our partner ESF Outreach!


Syracuse Section Summer Meeting with Dr. Mark Teece

Coral Reefs: Can they survive in these changing times?


  • Monday, July 15 at 5:30pm


 Click on the image below for a full size pdf.


Onondaga Central Student Wins ACS Illustrated Poem Contest!

February Meeting - A Date with Science: Dinner and Dessert

February 28, 2013


  • A webinar with live Q&A session
  • Tastings of various foods
  • Networking 



 What You Will Learn 

  • The chemical reactions that release robust flavors
  • How to boost the flavor in food by altering its preparation
  • The chemistry of sugar and how we detect sweetness
  • And much more…


January Meeting - CNY Biotech Accelerator

January 22, 2013

Come get an introduction to the new CNY Biotech Accelerator part of Upstate!

New to CNY is The CNY Biotech Accelerator, offering modern facilities, mentoring, access to SUNY Upstate & ESF facilities and researchers and business services programs to support start-up life science companies. 


  • Hear some opening remarks
  • Get a tour of facilities
  • Network with colleagues in the science and medicine field 
  • Where: CNY Biotech Accelerator
    • 841 East Fayette Street Syracuse, NY 13210
  • When:  5:30 social with light refreshments, talk and tour at 6:00p
  • What:  Remarks, tour, and refreshments 
Immediately following: Open Executive Committee meeting at Phoebe's. More refreshments included. Hear what is happening in the section and contribute your voice!

December Dinner Meeting and State of the Section

On Friday, December 7, the Syracuse Section of the ACS presents the
December dinner meeting and State of the Section address

with a guest lecture by...
Dr. Alyssa Thomas
ACS Syracuse Section Councilor
Assistant Professor, Utica College

  • Where: ECJS Building, Carbone Auditorium (#7 on the map)
  • When: Friday, December 7th, 6:30 pm for Networking, 7pm dinner, State of the Section, and speaker presentation

RSVP to Alyssa Thomas by December 3rd
Learn about ties to this year's ACS theme, Nanotechnology, chat with the executive board, network, and celebrate chemistry in Central New York!


Seminar: Hearts, Airways & Bridges


The Syracuse Section Celebrates NCW at Destiny USA

Come join the Syracuse Section on Sunday, October 21 celebrate the Nanotechnology with demonstrations and a food drive. Come on down, it is the smallest BIG thing you can do to help stamp out hunger!


ACS/NYWEA conference on Chemistry and Wastewater Treatment

Carol M. Baldwin "A Run for THEIR Life"

The Syracuse Section receives ChemLuminary Awards!

The Syracuse Section was honored for outstanding community outreach by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Section was awarded in the following two categories:


  • Best ChemClub NCW Event
  • Best Local Section Partnership 
Congratulations to all!

Education Night

  • Education Night was a huge success! Thank you to the Education Committee, students, guests, and everyone else who helped make the night possible!


Four members of the ACS-Syracuse Section reached 50 and 60 years of service to ACS. The American Chemical Society takes immense pleasure in acknowledging those distinguished members who have contributed so much to the continued success of the Society:  

50-Year Members
Dr. Paul Beers
Dr. Peter Juby
Dr. Vincow Gershon

60-Year Member

50 year members

  • Dr. Paul Bertan
  • Dr. Peter Juby
  • Dr. Vincow Gershon 

60 year member

Chemluminary Finalists

ACS National has named the Syracuse Section as finalists in the following 5 categories:


  • Best Chem Club NCW Event
  • Outstanding Community Involvement in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
  • Outstanding Sustainability Activities
  • Best Activity Stimulating Membership Involvement
  • Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section 



Winners will be announced at the National meeting in Philadelphia this August. Congratulations to all who made this possible!

ACS Celebrates Earth Day at Bristol-Myers-Squibb

On April 19th, 2012, the Syracuse Section spread the Earth Day message at BMS's Earth Day event in Syracuse, NY. Participants in the event provided information on a variety of services available to employees to help the environment including solar energy, home energy services, cloth baby diapers, food-coop opportunities, corporate sustainability initiatives, and more. Sally Mitchell and Bill Ayling brought along demonstrations from the Innovative Projects Grant and wowed the audience with some great demos. Way to go!

Sally Mitchell was the master demonstrator and provided lively demonstrations set to music. To the song "Over the Rainbow," she demonstrated a wide range of color changes using indicators added to different pH solutions.  She also presented demonstrations to help students understand the concept of density and the properties of the substance used in disposable diapers.  The ACS-Syracuse Section booth also included an exhibit for "Pennies for Pure Water." Employees of Bristol Myers Squibb were enthusiastic to learn of the opportunities available to ACS members.


Winners of the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2012 Poetry contest

Grade K-2: Maura Leib

Grade 3-5: Bradley Herrington


Grade 6-8: Holly Babcock


Grade 9-12: Katherine Babcock

Dinner Meeting with Dennis Miller, 3/29/12

Dr. Dennis Miller of the Department of Food Science at Cornell University presented a seminar on the results of studies using the iron chelate, sodium iron ethylenediaminetetraacetate (NaFeEDTA) as an effective food fortificant and offered a recommendation on the safety of adding NaFeEDTA to food.

The meetingl took place on Thursday, March 29 in 1-019 Sci-Tech building on the Syracuse University campus. Dinner was at 6pm and the talk was at 7pm. There were over 35 people in attendance at this great lecture featuring delicious iron-rich foods!


Forensic Science Sweet lecture, 2/7/12

The Section co-sponsored a meeting with TACNY featuring Anita Zannin, a forensic science expert. The talk reviewed technology developments in solving modern crimes.

The photo features Bill Ayling, ACS local section chair; Anita Zannin; Howie Hollander, TACNY president, and Monica Johns.


Dinner Meeting with Joe Vinson

The Section had a dinner meeting on Tuesday, November 1st at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. The guest speaker was Dr. Joe Vinson from the University of Scranton who spoke about about Drug Screening in Physiological Samples. The talk reviewed some commonly abused drugs as well as detection methods.


National Chemistry Week 2011

The Syracuse University Student Section is sponsoring a Mole Day Run in conjunction with the Carol M. Baldwin "A Run for Their Life" to support Breast Cancer Research.  This will tie in with the National Chemistry Week theme of "Health."

We are formed a team (Syracuse Section ACS) with our Section's chemclubs, College Student Members, ACS members from industry and academia. See the photos here on Facebook.

For the first time, the ACS is also sponsored an Illustrated Poem Contest similar to the contest held for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. Check out the flyer here.   

Here is a link for our ESM ChemClub baking cupcakes for NCW:  http://www.9wsyr.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=2952411

ChemLuminary Awards, Fall 2011

Our section won three Chemluminary Awards at the national meeting in Denver this year:

  1. Outstanding Sustainability Activities: A one-day sustainability fair was held bringing information to the public about the connections among science, engineering and sustainability. More than 600 participants learned about green products and services from 55 vendors and exhibitors, and also attended a symposium on sustainable living and a discussion on personal sustainability options.
  2. Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement: The Syracuse Section’s Sustainability Fair attracted over 600 people, provided seminars and promoted green products and services. The event was a networking opportunity bringing together businesses and vendors working toward sustainability and highlighting a new coalition, the Sustainable Upstate Network.  The Section also sponsored a trip to the Corning Glass Museum using an Innovative Projects Grant.  Members were brought together for a day learning all about glass.
  3. Best High School Event:  The National Chemistry Week celebration was held on Mole Day at East Syracuse Minoa High School with more than 200 visitors and almost 150 volunteers. More than nine rooms were set up for each of the hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Great job, everyone!

Rochester Section Awards Night

On October 28, 2011, the Rochester Section will be holding their awards night with guest speaker Nancy Jackson, President of the American Chemical Society.  Cost of the Dinner is $35.  Time:  5-10pm  Location:  Mario's Restaurant, 2740 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY.  If interested in attending, please email Sally Mitchell for more information:  sbmitchell2@gmail.com

Science Cafe: "Green Products, Ideas, and Services"


On March 3, 2011, the Syracuse Section of ACS sponsored of a Science Café that focused on practical advice and information about land and water use related to sustainable agricultural practices. The event was held at the McCrobie Auditorium in Oswego, NY and over 100 people attended the event.  James Edelstein, board president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and owner of Wyllie Fox Farm in Cato, NY gave the keynote speech.  A panel discussion with regional and local experts followed Edelstein’s talk.  The panel consisted of John DeHollander (Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District), Nancy Weber (Oswego County Farm Bureau), J.J. Schell (Cornell Cooperative Extension), Jean Siracusa (Happy Bee Heirloom Farm), and representatives from Grindstone Farms.  The event was hosted by the Science Cafe at SUNY Oswego that represents an ad hoc group, including faculty, staff, students and community members. In addition to the ACS Syracuse Section and the SUNY Oswego Science Cafe, the event was sponsored by the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations in cooperation with NOFA-NY.

Education Night, June 10, 2011

Dr. Roald Hoffmann and Dr. Donald Showalter presented "The World of Chemistry".