ACS National Meeting – Tuesday Programming!

Yes, that’s right, this year we have extended our undergraduate program through Tuesday with 2 exciting events. By now, you’ve probably networked your way through recruiting events, attended some great technical symposia, experienced a huge awards ceremony that recognizes all of YOUR hard work, danced the evening away at the social, and presented some successful research posters. So, we have one more day of programming for you with 2 events for you, both of which are great to unwind from the hectic weekend you’ve just had.

Surviving Chemistry with Humor-Jorge Cham
Room 10, broadcast live at
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (PST)


Jorge Cham (who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a PhD in mechanical engineering) will join us in San Diego to talk about “Surviving Chemistry with Humor.” Cham writes and illustrates a comic strip called Piled Higher and Deeper, which you must read if you haven’t already. Cham is a perfect illustration (no pun intended) that a degree in a science (even a PhD) does not automatically lead to job in a lab. And he is a must see. I saw him speak before, and he was hilarious.  I absolutely plan to be there to see him again! And if you couldn’t travel to San Diego for the meeting, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see the webcast of his talk.

Chemistry and the Environment Film Series: “Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change
Room 20D
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Another must-attend event is the “Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change” screening. This film screened at prestigious film fests, such as Sundance and Cannes Independent, and also won several prodigious awards.

A little background: a climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, and include increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All of this causes mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term “climate wars” is being used in war-room environments in Washington D.C.

Below is the trailer so you can get a sneak peak of what’s to come! It looks to be a great documentary, and on top of getting the chance to see a good film, we’ll be serving a light lunch. The lunch is first come first serve, so be sure to get there early to get a good seat for the film and some lunch before someone else does!

If you’re looking for something else, below is a list of other events you might want to check out:

  • Green Labs for Green Research, 8:00 am – 12 noon, San Diego Convention Center
  • Chemistry at the Interfaces: Careers in Chemistry Outside the Lab, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm, Westin San Diego
  • Inspiring Science Education: GREETing New Challenges Abroad, 8:20 am – 11:50 am, San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina
  • Materials as Medicine: A New Direction for Disease Imaging and Treatment, 1:25 pm – 5:05 pm, San Diego Convention Center

I’ll see you there, and I hope you enjoy these events and have had a great National Meeting experience!


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