SERMACS 2012

The Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

Awards

SERMACS 2012 14-17 November 2012 Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina

SERMACS 2012 is proud to recognize our special award winners listed below. Join your colleagues at the various special events planned to honor and celebrate their accomplishments.

Questions? Please contact Dr. James L. Chao ( chao_j@bellsouth.net )

The ACS Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences (Southeastern Region).

Dr. Christine S. Grant, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Special Initiatives, College of Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, will receive the award at the SERMACS Awards Reception at The NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, 16 November, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

The event will also feature a Plenary Lecture titled "Research Alone is Not Enough: Opportunities for Chemists in Uncertain Times" by Joseph M. DeSimone from UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University

This award recognizes individuals and/or institutions that have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.

The ACS E. Ann Nalley Southeastern Regional Award for Volunteer Service

Dr. Christopher J. Bannochie, Fellow, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) will receive the award at the SERMACS Awards Reception at The NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday, 16 November 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

This award recognizes 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.

The SERMACS Industrial Innovation Award

Dr. Christian Melander, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, and cofounder, Agile Sciences will receive the award at a Industrial Innovation Award Luncheon on Friday, 16 November 2012, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

See below for details about the luncheon and associated symposium.

This award is intended to recognize, encourage, and stimulate industrial innovation in the Southeastern Region.

The ACS CHED Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

Ms. Susanne M. Dana, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA will receive the award at the CHED High School Teachers Award Luncheon on Saturday, 17 November, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. She will also be recognized at the SERMACS Awards Reception at The NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Friday (see details above).

The Luncheon on Saturday will also feature a Keynote Address titled "Detection of Designer Drugs and Formulations" by Dr. Brian F. Thomas from RTI International.

This award is intended to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Southeastern Region.


To complement the Industrial Innovation Award, SERMACS 2012 will feature the special symposium below.

"CHEMISTRY ENTREPRENEURS FROM INDUSTRY AND ACADEMICS" will be a one-day symposium of invited presentations focused on innovation and entrepreneurs. The morning session will feature presentations on tools for starting a business. The Awards luncheon will highlight the importance of universities as innovators and entrepreneurs. The afternoon will highlight three individuals who have plunged into entrepreneurship, usually with success but sometimes with setbacks. The current schedule is shown below.

Morning Session

Speaker Topic Area
Russell Thomas (NC State University) What Makes an Entrepreneur?
Dr. Chris Oldham (NC State University) Opportunities in Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
Roger Debo (NC State University) What's Behind the Business Plan
Bhaskar Venepalli (CiVentiChem) Outsourcing the Drug Discovery and Development Services
Ronda Closener (First Flight Venture Center) Incubators for Chemical Entrepreneurs
Hugh Dawson (Managing Partner Innovalyst) Prioritizing and Shaping R&D Portfolio Commercialization Initiatives
Dr. Mukund Chorghade (THINQ Pharma, ACS-SCHB) Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Chemistry: Support from SCHB/ACS

INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION AWARD LUNCHEON

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Burton B. (Buck) Goldstein, UNC Entrepreneur-in-Residence, will deliver an award luncheon lecture on "Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century

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Afternoon Session

Speaker Topic Area
Dr. Shri Thanedar, CEO* Avomeen Analytical Services, Ann Arbor. MI Serial Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from Chemir to Avermeen
Dr. Yves Ribeill, CEO SCYNEXIS, RTP, NC The SCYNEXIS Story: From Small Spin Out to Global Leader
Dr. Christian Melander, NC State University and co-founder of Agile Science, Raleigh, NC. Agile Sciences, From Academic Discovery to Building a Commercialization Entity
Franchessa M Sayler, The University of Alabama, Department of Chemistry ThruPore Technologies, LLC – A Journey Through NSF's I-Corps Program

SERMACS 2012 expects 1500-2000 attendees from the region and beyond, including students, university and college faculty members, and representatives from companies based in the chemical sciences. The Southeastern Region and North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP) are hotbeds of innovative chemistry-based small businesses so we hope to have a great turnout from this community.


NC-ACS AWARDS

The following North Carolina Section Awards will also be featured at SERMACS 2012.

Duke University faculty Dr. Jane S. Richardson, James B. Duke Professor of Biochemsitry, and David C. Richardson, Professor of Biochemistry, have been selected to receive The North Carolina Distinguished Speaker Award for their significant contributions to understanding the 3D structures of proteins and nucleotides through the use of structural bioinformatics, macromolecular crystallography, molecular graphics, structural analysis, and methods development.

The award will be presented at the SERMACS Welcome Reception and NC-ACS Local Section Conference on Wednesday, 14 November, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Dr. Laura Sremaniak, Teaching Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, has been selected to receive Marcus E. Hobbs Award for significant, long-term contributions to the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, particularly her roles as a Councilor and chairing the WCC and Project SEED Advisory Subcommittees.

The award will be presented at the SERMACS Welcome Reception and NC-ACS Local Section Conference on Wednesday, 14 November, 5:00 – 9:00 PM


NC-ACS Scholarships and NC-ACS 50-Year Members winners will be recognized at the SERMACS Welcome Reception and NC-ACS Local Section Conference on Wednesday, 14 November, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

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