Seminars

2018 EAS Seminars

EAS’s Outreach Program 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 2018 seminar registration is free for middle & high school students with their teachers; seminars are included in the college student full registration fee of $30.  Students are encouraged to visit the Exposition after the seminar.

Prepare Your Students for General Chemistry:  A Workshop for High School Science Teachers  This seminar is for TEACHERS ONLY

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Free Registration 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will be taught by Professor Gene S. Hall, Rutgers University, and other faculty from other colleges. The objective of the workshop is to assist high school teachers in preparing their students to transition to taking general chemistry at a college.  Suggestions for laboratory experiments will be presented for those school districts with challenged educational budgets.  Information on obtaining grants to purchase equipment and chemistry software will also be discussed.

Non-Destructive Forensic Examination of Banknotes and Counterfeit Consumer Products  
Monday, November 12, 2018
Registration for High School Students Required
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This seminar will be presented by Professor Gene S. Hall, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. Two seminars will be presented to demonstrate the exciting world of non-destructive analytical chemistry with applications in forensic science.

Presentation 1: 1764 -Time Present: The Chemistry of Paper and Plastic Banknotes as Seen Through The Eyes of an Analytical Chemist:  This presentation will focus on the chemistry of paper and plastic banknotes using non-destructive analytical techniques such as micro Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), micro Raman Spectroscopy, and Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) Fourier Transform Mid Infrared (FT-MIR) spectroscopy. Professor Hall will share with the audience how non-destructive analytical chemistry was used to solve the problem of characterizing a so called “perfect counterfeit $100 bill”. Applications of Chemometrics to data interpretation will also be discussed using digital spectral libraries.  It will also be shown how these experiments can be conducted in the high school chemistry laboratory environment using inexpensive home built analytical instrumentation.

Presentation 2: Non-Destructive Analytical Instrumentation for the Characterization of Counterfeit Consumer Products:  This presentation will focus on using non-destructive analytical techniques such as micro Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), micro Raman Spectroscopy, and Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) Fourier Transform Mid Infrared (FT-MIR) spectroscopy to characterize counterfeit consumer products. Professor Hall will share with the audience how non-destructive analytical chemistry was used to solve the problem of distinguishing between counterfeit watches, handbags, printing ink cartridges, krill oil dietary supplements, and collectors’ dolls.

Chemical Research at the Interface between Science and Art: Analytical Chemistry and Materials Science at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Registration for High School Students Required
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This seminar presented by Dr. Marco Leona, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.  Stay tuned for more details.

 Forensic Identification: Crime Scene Reconstruction and DNA Analysis 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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 askeas@eas.org or visit our website at www.EAS.org for more information. Registration will open in early July.