2017 EAS Seminars

Eastern Analytical Symposium has refocused and expanded its Outreach Program
for high school students and teachers. 

EAS offers four seminars essentially for high school teachers and students during the November meeting.  Each seminar has outstanding presenters from academia and industry.  The goal of each seminar is to demonstrate the advantages of a career in chemistry.   The 2017 seminar registration is free for middle & high school students; seminars are included in the college student full registration fee of $30.  Students are encouraged to visit the Exposition after the seminar.

The preliminary 2017 Seminar details are as follows:

POGIL Introductory Workshop for High School Science Teachers
This seminar is for TEACHERS ONLY

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Free Registration 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This seminar for teachers will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and will explore the benefits of this approach to active learning in the classroom. Participants will experience a POGIL based learning environment, analyze activities, understand how guided inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL.

Why the Fly? Using Model Organisms in Biomedical Research  
Monday, November 13, 2017
Registration for High School Students Required
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This seminar taught by Alexis Nagengast, Widener University and Justin DiAngelo, Penn State Berks, will focus on the use of the genetic research organism Drosophila melanogaster, aka the fruit fly, in biomedical research. Humans and flies are actually very similar at the DNA and protein level and 75% of human genes that cause diseases can be studied in the fruit fly. Discoveries in Drosophila can lead to a better understanding of human health and help solve problems related to cancer, Alzheimer’s, aging, nutrition and sleep.

Part 1- Learning to Fly: An overview of how Drosophila is used in the research laboratory will be presented. The major goal of this session is to have participants walk away with a more complete understanding of the biomedical research questions that can be addressed using the genetic manipulations available in fruit flies that can’t be accomplished using humans. Part 2-Fun with Flies: Students will gain hands-on experience with various laboratory strains of Drosophila melanogaster. They will identify the difference between male and female flies and observe flies with genetic mutations that alter wing shape, eye color, body color and muscle function. Additionally, transgenic flies that express Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) from jelly fish in different body structures will be on display.

 What Does a Research Scientist Do? 
How Do I Get There From Here?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Registration for High School Students Required
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Organized by research scientists Clara Lin, Founding Member of STRIDE (Science, Technology and Research Institute of Delaware) and Shirley Fischer-Drowos, Widener University, with industrial, entrepreneurial, and academic experience; this seminar will describe various career opportunities available in each of those arenas including real-life experiences.  In addition, some possible pathway options to various career goals will also be presented.  Finally, students will explore problem solving of actual scenarios encountered in the workplace.

Part 1: Have you ever wondered what kind of work you want to do as a scientist? In this session, you will learn about the types of jobs that are available for scientists in the industrial and educational areas, as well as the success factors necessary for these career paths. You will also have a chance to learn about various job options that may appeal to you.  Part 2: Have you ever wondered what analytical chemists do?  How do they solve unusual problems?  How do they get the information necessary to do this?  Who do they work with?  The answers to these questions will be shared. We will also present a few of the challenges that were presented to us and give you the opportunity to come up with possible causes and solutions.

 Forensic Identification: Crime Scene Reconstruction and DNA Analysis 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Registration for High School Students Required
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This seminar, organized by Faculty of the Cedar Crest College Forensic Science Program, will walk students through a variety of crime scene related analysis as well as analysis of DNA samples collected at crime scenes.  Students will learn the basics in crime scene processing, evidence collection and bloodstain pattern analysis.  Information on modern DNA forensic analysis will be presented in order to demonstrate how DNA profiles are determined and used to aid in crime scene reconstruction.

Students and teach­ers must pre-register to reserve a space. All seminars take place in the Crowne Plaza Princeton Conference Center in Plainsboro, NJ. Please contact Eastern Analytical Symposium at or visit our website at for more information. Registration will open in early July.