Nerd Heaven – Saturday, the Day Before the Undergraduate Programming at ACS NOLA

Welcome to New Orleans!  Home of Mardi Gras, beignets, and the best crawfish ettouffee on the planet!  Since you’re here for the National Meeting, why not take in the sights before you have to wake up early tomorrow?  And be sure to read to the bottom for our recommendations for events tomorrow!

But first, a few sights to take in:

French Market/Jackson Square


Jackson Square sits at the heart of the Historic French Quarter of New Orleans, home of great food, beautiful buildings, and a number of “Quarter Characters”.  While Jackson Square retains its nobility, it is also within easy walking distance of great food in the French Market (beignets at Cafe Du Monde and muffalatas at the Central Grocery) and notable French architecture.  But if you’re not into food or architecture, try…

The Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas

New Orleans is home to one of the premiere aquariums in America, the Aquarium of the Americas.


And as long as you’re exploring the river, stop by:

The National World War II Museum

Located in the warehouse district of New Orleans, this museum is surrounded by great little places to eat and turn of the century French architecture.  But the museum itself is a wonder; featuring the contribution the United States made to the most influential war of the twentieth century, notably D-Day.  On display are artifacts, planes, and “the ship that won the war”, the Higgins boat, made in New Orleans.


After a day of exploring, take in some nightlife in the Quarter and have some fun.  But not too much!  Tomorrow there are some great events planned, such as:

  1. Making the Most of Your First ACS Meeting
    Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m.
    New Orleans Convention Center, Hall A/Section C
    First of all: Free breakfast.

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In addition, this is where you will hear tips from experienced meeting-goers and have a chance to take part in the Student Chapter Scavenger Hunt. Hey, speaking of which…

2.      The Student Chapter Scavenger

All Day, Sunday, April 7
          New Orleans Convention Center
Think you know your way around the New Orleans ACS Meeting? Participate in the ACS Student Chapter scavenger hunt! Chapters wanting to participate can pick up a list of items to be collected at the “Making the Most of Your First ACS Meeting” session. Prizes for the chapters collecting the most items on the list will be awarded at the student social on Sunday evening. Oh, and you have to attend the next two events to win!

  1. Technical Symposium: How to Become an Exemplary Teaching Assistant
    Sunday, April 7, 1 – 2 p.m.
    New Orleans Convention Center
    Rivergate Ballroom
    George Bodner knows teaching. A recipient of the James Flack Norris award, a National Award for teaching, he wants to show you how to teach. A must-attend for anyone planning to TA in grad school!
  1. Workshop: Essential Skills for Success: Speaking and Writing like a Chemist
    Sunday, April 7, 2:45 – 5:15 p.m.
    New Orleans Convention Center
    Room 206/207
    Here’s a fun trivia question: What is the main quality employers look for in a candidate? Did you guess technical knowledge? Guess what: You’re wrong. Have a look:From:,_Ability_to_Work_in_a_Team_in_New_College_Grads.aspxFrom:,_Ability_to_Work_in_a_Team_in_New_College_Grads.aspx

In a 2012 survey, employers indicated that the main thing they were looking for in a candidate was the ability to verbally communicate. We’ve designed two sessions to help you communicate, with speakers including Bill Carroll, VP at Occidental Chemical Corporation, and Michelle Francl, Professor at Bryn Mawr College. Learn from the best!

See y’all tomorrow!  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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