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Flash talks will be offered in lieu of poster sessions. These live talks will be 7 minutes in length and grouped in pods. They usually consist of 3-4 slides. Once 4-6 flash talks are complete there will be a Q and A for all presenters in the pod.

Graduate students and postdocs talks will usually be 15 minutes in length.

Other presentations will be 25 minutes in length. Symposia chairs may allocate longer speaker times to symposia keynote presentations.  

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To learn more about what to expect at ACS Great Lakes Regional meeting 2021, take a look below at the full schedule. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding specific activities, event timing or any other inquiries.



ACS CHAS Workshop: Empowering Academic Researchers to Strengthen Safety Culture 

This 4-hour workshop is primarily directed at researchers in academic institutions that may include graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate students. Faculty and safety staff are also very much encouraged to participate.

Workshop goals are to:

-Educate participants about the value of risk assessment

-Guide participants towards gaining awareness of safety culture messages from the leadership at their institutions

-Empower participants to expand their safety networks and develop laboratory safety teams.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 1 PM to 5 PM Central Time. Grants will be available to cover a portion of registration. Final cost to participants registered for the meeting  will be $5.  When conference registration opens, registration for this workshop will be an option.  If you have any questions about workshop content please email

or check out   for an overview of what past workshops with this theme have entailed. 

Lunch N’ Learn Series will occur each day of the conference from 12:15-1:15. Different topics will be on each day.

Lunch N' Learn: Project Seed. June 7th 12:15-1:15 - Hosted by Sarah Mullins 

A discussion and overview of project seed that includes examples of its implementation and impact.

Lunch N' Learn: The Green Chemistry Commitment. June 8th 12:15-1:15. Hosted by Irv Levy.

A brief Introduction to the Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Commitment and examples of how to implement green chemistry leaning objectives into the chemistry curriculum. The introduction will be followed up by discussion and information on how to sign up for the commitment.

Lunch N' Learn: (MACTLAC) Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges. June 9th 12:15-1:15

Learn about the annual MACTLAC conference and its discussion-based program devoted to teaching practices at liberal arts colleges. Also, past MACTLAC attendees come here to network and catch up.

Lunch N' Learn: Sustainability in industrial processes. June 7th 12:15-1:15. Hosted by Mark Ellis.

A discussion group on how sustainability can be implemented at various stages of research, development, and production.

Lunch N' Learn: How to approach supervisors for feedback and promotion. June 8th 12:15-1:15. Hosted by Mike Parent - Technical Director 3M Film and Material Science Manufacturing, Technology, and Engineering

A discussions on how to partake in professional discussions related to advancement.

Lunch N' Learn: Collaboration in the chemical enterprise. June 9th 12:15-1:15. Hosted by ACS president H.N. Cheng. 

An introduction and discussion on collaboration and it’s important for scientific advancement.

Lunch N' Learn: Incorporating course-based research experiences in the undergraduate lab curriculum.

June 7th 12:15-1:15. Hosted by Graeme Wyille, Concordia University. 

Share how you incorporate CURE's (Course Based Undergraduate Research Experiences) in the curriculum at your University. If do not have CURE's come and learn from those who do.

Lunch N' Learn: Research at PUI's; the value of collaborations. June 8th 12:15-1:15. Hosted by Daron Janzen, St. Catherine University. 

Discuss and share creative ways that you collaborate within your department or between departments to complete undergraduate research. How can you leverage collaboration for both funding and opportunity?

Lunch N' Learn: Applying to graduate school: Tips, trends, and what to expect. June 7th 12:15-1:15

How to secure letters of reference, what to write in a personal statement, and how to choose what schools to apply to will be discussed.

Lunch N' Learn: Graduate school: I'm in, now what. June 8th 12:15-1:15.

Setting up for success in your first year. Learn from students what to expect the first year of graduate school. Get tips on what how to plan and search out opportunity.

Lunch N' Learn: How to work with placement agents to secure your first job. June 9th 12:15-1:15.

Placement agents will explain the process of working with them to secure a job. They will highlight timelines and what to expect.

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June 8th 11:00-12:00

No doubt COVID-19 had you re-thinking how you teach your chemistry labs. Moving forward, what will you take from those changes, and what will a return to “normal” look like? Van-Griner Learning, an independent publisher, has been servicing the lab market for over a decade and they will share with you options and ideas on how you can make the most of your resources to deliver focused, flexible labs with choices for on-line, in-person or mixed content. Some benefits include:

  • more prepared students

  • automatic grading

  • uniform lab sections

  • real-time course metrics

  • reduced cheating


June 9th 12:00-2:00pm

The Earth’s climate is changing, and we are responsible.

It is important to understand the changes—how our activities cause them, and the responsibility each of us must consider ways we might act to help lessen the disruption. This understanding can start with your students, in your classroom. Climate disruption and basic cli inmate science are complicated but based on fundamental concepts from our more familiar sciences. You can use climate science concepts as a context for the topics already in your courses. You can use the concepts in your curriculum as a context for climate science topics. The examples chosen to illustrate this approach for this on-line workshop include the classroom topics of density, buoyancy, acid-base chemistry, and precipitation partnered with climate concepts of global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and increasing anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide. The examples are developed by analysis of demonstrations adapted from hands-on activities included in the Climate Science Workbook available at the website. The workshop will also explore how incorporating climate science in your classroom extends beyond to community effects and your vital role as an exemplar empowered by understandings an exemplar empowered by understanding.


June 7, 2021 1:00-5:00

This four-hour workshop sites at the intersection of chemistry, business, and law. The workshop highlights distinguished keynote speakers, cutting-edge discussion, and Q&A. Topics include:

1:00 PM. "How patents can serve as an effective tool for expanding and strengthening your business."

Dr. Xavier Pillai, Leydig Intellectual Property Law 

1:30 "Interactive discussion, Your questions and comments about intellectual property answered by experts" 

Professor Christopher M. Turoski, Director of Patent Law Programs at the University of Minnesota

2:00 PM. "From Inspiration to Successful Business: How Companies Can Create Intellectual Property Strategies to Achieve Their Business Objectives."

Dr. Katherine Ann Rubino, Caldwell Intellectual Property Law.

2:45 PM "Patent Analytics in Chemistry and Business." 

Dr. Ricardo Moran and Ryan Connell M.S., Schwegman Lundberg and Woessner.

3:30 PM "IP in the Business of Cannabis and Psychedelics."

Graham Pechenik, Calyx Law. 

4:15 PM. "Career Options Beyond the Lab – Opportunities in Intellectual Property."

Kristi Halloran, HB Fuller. 

This workshop was organized and led by Christopher M. Turoski, Law Professor and Director of Patent Law Programs at the University of Minnesota 


June 8, 2021 12:15-1:15

 Strategize and network with other Women Chemists from the Great Lakes and Central Regions. Led by Deborah Gross, Carleton College. 



June 9 12:15-1:15

Intellectual Property documents are often overlooked in academia for several reasons.  Corporations generally do not allow scientific findings to be published in scholarly publications without first seeing if the findings have enough commercial value that warrants a patent application.  This also true in academia where a tech transfer is possible. 

CAS conducted a study to find that 70% of all new substance registrations can only be found in patents. 

In this workshop we want to help students understand how information disclosed in a patent can aid their research.  We will discuss the following:

  • The structure of a patent

  • The timeline of a patent

  • The different patent documents

  • Structure searching in patents using Reaxys

  • The location of a substance/preparation

  • Markush claims


Steve Dueball, Life Sciences Customer Success Specialist, Elsevier

Irakli Samkurashvili, Life Sciences Customer Success Specialist, Elsevier

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A virtual career/graduate fair will be held at the meeting. Companies, colleges, and organizations that will be represented at the fair will be posted here in Spring 2021.



Click the registration button to be redirected to the GLRM registration page. Register before May 3rd to get the early registration rate. 



General Program Co-Chair: James Wollack (

General Program Co-Chair: Ramesh Kumar (

Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Chair: Ariel Childress (


Co-Chair: Mike Freeman (

Co-Chair: Claudia Schmidt-Dannert (

​Biologically Related Molecules and Processes

Co-Chair: Willam Pomerantz (

Co-Chair: Scott Burr (

Chemical Biology

Chair: Shelby Auger (

Chemical Business: Resources and Best Practices

Co-Chair: Adam Sussman (

Co-Chair: Joe Sabol (

Chemical Education Research

Chair: Alexey Leontyev (

Chemical Research in Toxicology

Co-Chair: Luke Erber (

Co-Chair : Natalia Tretyakova (

Chemical Safety

Chair: Taysir Bader (

Chemistry and the Law

Chair: Christopher Turoski ( )

Crystallography in the Undergraduate Curriculum

Chair: Daron Janzen (

Distance Learning in Chemical Education

Chair: Annalisa Jordan (

Elevating the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Chemistry 

Chair: Mike Wentzel (

Green Chemistry

Chair: Doug Raynie (

General Topics in Analytical Chemistry

Co-Chair: Blair Troudt (

Co-Chair: Celeste Rousseau (

General Topics in Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Chair: Nicholas Scholtter (

General Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Chair: TBD - Contact General Chair


Co-Chair: Adam Miller (

Co-Chair: Dennis Cao (

Medical Devices:

Chair: Chad Satori (

Medicinal Chemistry

Chair: Sarah Dimick Gray (

Metal Organic Frameworks

Chair: Craig MacKinnon (

Natural Product Synthesis:

Chair: Rita Majerle (


Chair: Sonja Mackey (

New Organic Reaction Development

Chair: Eric Fort ( )

Organometallic Chemistry 

Co-Chair: Ian Tonks (

Co-Chair: Dan Huh (

Organic Chemistry at PUIs

Chair: Katie McGarry (

Obtainable Sustainability in Industrial Applications

Chair: Mark Ellis (

Reflections of Senior Chemists:

Chair: Lynn Hartshorn (

Sustainable Polymers

Chair: Jane Wissinger (

Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry

Chair: Daron Janzen ( )



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A detailed Schedule will be available in mid to late April. 

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Abstract submissions has closed (March 8th).

Conference registration is open. Go to Registration section for link to the external registration site.

Over 350 abstracts have been submitted to the program.



• Congraduations to Patsy Boehler  the 2021 E. Ann Nalley Regional Award winnter for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

Purpose: To recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their regional activities.

• Congratulations to Sarah Mullins as the 2021 Great Lakes Region winner of the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences 

Purpose:  The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.

•Congratulations to Tanya Katovich as he 2021 ACS Division of Chemical Education Great Lakes Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Great Lakes Region



For inquiries about the regional meeting please contact  the regional meeting planning committee.
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