May 27-30, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI

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You will be able to register for workshops when you register for the meeting. If you have already registered, please contact James Kiddle at


ACS Leadership Development System: Leading Without Authority Wednesday 27 May 1:00pm – 5:00pm See below
NSF Symposium Presentations & Panel Discussion Thursday 28 May 8:30am – 12:00pm  
Effective Chemical Safety Management:
A Risk-Based Perspective for the Chemical Hygiene Officer
Thursday 28 May 8:30am – 4:30pm Members: $325
Non-members: $350
ACS Career Pathways: Finding Your Path Friday 29 May 8:00am – 12:00pm Complimentary
ACS Career Fair: Resume Review Friday 29 May 1:30pm – 5:00pm $5, scheduled appointment required
Industry Member Input Discussion Friday 29 May Morning (TBD) Complimentary, action required
Ethics Workshop Friday 29 May Morning (TBD) Complimentary, registration required

You must register and pay in order to reserve your seat for any of the ACS Leadership Courses being offered. The first nine ACS members to register for any one of the Leadership Courses will receive a full refund of the course price and the next eleven registrants will receive a 50% discount. Refunds will be issued to members meeting the qualifications. After the first 20 registrants, normal rates apply ($150 members, $300 non-members).

ACS Leadership Development System: Leading Without Authority

In today's environment of shrinking hierarchies and increased reliance on individual contributors and teams, the skills in this workshop are valuable to all members, whether you are in a formal leadership position or not. Members and non-members will be able to use these skills immediately in their work and school environments to better direct and manage projects, teams, committees.


NSF Symposium Presentations & Panel Discussion

Overview of the National Science Foundation

Michelle Jenkins (15 min)

8:30am – 8:45am

Future Faculty, Early Career Faculty, and New Principal Investigator Interactions with NSF Chemistry

Michelle Bushey (45 min)

8:45am – 9:30am

Faculty Interactions with NSF Chemistry

Lin He (30 min)

9:30am – 10:00am

Session Break

10:00am – 10:15am

Undergraduate, Graduate Student, and Postdoctoral Interactions with NSF

Renee Wilkerson (30-45 min)

10:15am – 11:00am

Programs and Funding Opportunities for Education and Human Resources Development

Nicole Bennett (60 min)

11:00am – 12:00pm

Session End

Afternoon Open Discussion with NSF Program Staff (60 min)

Open to all meeting attendees, no registration or prior sign-up required 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

Effective Chemical Safety Management: A Risk-Based Perspective for the Chemical Hygiene Officer

To register for this workshop, you must submit a paper registration form. For more information, please contact James Kiddle at

Thursday 28 May 2015 8:30am – 4:30pm

This workshop will present a detailed analysis of the Chemical Hygiene Officer position for CHOs in both large-scale and small-scale environments. The course will briefly cover the relevant regulatory landscape (OSHA Lab Standard and RCRA) and set into best management practices for the Chemical Hygiene Officer. We will discuss:

  • Essential reference materials
  • Fundamental exposure assessment and control (including ventilation)
  • Fundamental risk assessment
  • Change management in a research environment
  • Basic emergency response and how to stay off the 6 o'clock news.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and follow up by e-mail.

Also don't forget to attend…

“Ask Dr. Safety”

Wednesday 27 May 2015 3:30pm – 5:00pm

This symposium provides the attendees the opportunity to ask questions and discuss a broad chemical safety topic, such as chemical safety in the secondary school laboratory.  This session will explore perceptions and examine ways to solve challenges that secondary school chemical educators frequently face.

NEW Content for 2015!

Topics covered:

  • Introduction: What is a “Chemical Hygiene Officer”…really?
    • The regulatory landscape
      • OSHA Lab Standard
      • OSHA General Industry Standard
      • RCRA and Waste Management
      • Your responsibilities
    • Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    • Lunch – on your own
    • Laboratory Hazards and Control
      • Hazard identification and risk management
      • Risk assessment tools:
        • The LabRAT
        • Lab What-If
        • Other tools that may be used
        • Application of the LabRAT and other tools to the research environment
      • Exposure and overexposure in normal operations
        • Evaluating exposure – an overview
    • Controlling change in a research environment
    • Laboratory Emergencies
    • Emergency preparedness
      • The first and second rules of emergency response
      • Spills and spill response
      • Fire and Fire response

Industry Member Input Discussion with ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt

ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt is interested in hosting a session at the 2015 Joint Great Lakes Central Regional Meeting to hear from industrial chemists on how the ACS could better serve their needs. Topics for discussion might include specific changes in education, safety training, understanding industrial goals and restrictions, publications, providing functions and facilities after graduation, etc.

Those interested in attending and participating in one of these sessions should notify Diane at Needed information is:

Details on when the session will be held are forthcoming.

Ethics Workshop

To register for this workshop, please e-mail James Kiddle at

Susan M. Schelble

Metropolitan State University of Denver and Past Chair of ACS Ethics Education Subcommittee (2006-2014)

Barbara Moriarty

Past President of the Great Lakes Regional Meeting Steering Board

The ethics workshop will be an interactive event. Typical ethical situations will be presented as Case Studies. These items have been developed from composites of reported ethical issues from a various jobs in the chemical profession. After each Case Study is presented, the workshop participants will be able to use clickers or smart device technology to vote on the predicted actual resolution of the issue (from a selection of multiple choice options). Often reality is not the best choice. The voting usually generates discussion about finding better resolution, or even how to prevent situations from accelerating out of control.

Data will be collected on the views about common professional values embraced by members of ACS. There will be opportunities for participants to construct their own case scenarios and projected possible resolutions.