Lauren Jackson, PhD
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration -
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
"Ensuring the Safety of the U.S. Food Supply: The Role of Regulatory Scientists in Carrying out FDA’s Mission"
FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018
MAIN SITE: Oakton Community College,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is responsible for promoting and protecting public health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled. To accomplish this mission, FDA employs regulatory scientists in various fields (chemists, engineers, biologists, toxicologists, etc) to develop new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated products. Dr. Lauren Jackson will discuss the role of FDA/CFSAN in ensuring the safety of the U.S. food supply, her career as a regulatory scientist in FDA, career opportunities within the agency, and the importance of ACS in culturing chemical scientists needed for FDA to carry out its mission.
• 5:30 - 6:30 Registration, Social hour, and Poster Session
• 6:30 - 7:30 Dinner
• 7:30 - 7:45 Announcements
• 7:45 - 8:45 Lecture by Dr. Jackson
• MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Oakton Community College (Des Plaines)
• STREAMING LOCATION #1: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)
• STREAMING LOCATION #2: North Central College (Naperville)
• STREAMING LOCATION #3: College of Lake County (Grayslake)
Undergraduates from all over Chicagloand are invited to present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:
DINNER - Depends on location:
|MAIN SITE:||Oakton Community College||• Sandwich wrap bar consisting of the following three sandwiches
Turkey and Provolone, Grilled Vegetable, Chicken Caesar
• Salad: Tomato Gorgonzola with Balsamic Tomato Gorgonzola with Balsamic Side: Penne Pesto Pasta Salad
• Dessert: Assorted Finger Desserts– Brownies, Lemon Bars
• Assorted Canned Soda
|REMOTE SITE #1:||Purdue University - Northwest||no dinner provided, but you are welcome to bring your own
|REMOTE SITE #2:||North Central College||no dinner provided, but you are welcome to bring your own
|REMOTE SITE #3:||College of Lake County - Grayslake||
Both served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.
Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, April 17
Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, April 19
QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS? Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Lauren Jackson is Chief of the Process Engineering Branch at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)/Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (DFPST), located in Bedford Park, IL. In her current position, Dr. Jackson provides managerial leadership, program direction and general oversight to 13 research scientists. She is also responsible for initiating, leading and conducting research projects dealing with processing and its effects on food safety. Dr. Jackson’s expertise is in the following areas: the effects of processing on food constituents and chemical contaminants, food allergen control, the stability of biothreat agents, and the analysis of chemical contaminants, constituents and allergens in food. She also is one of FDA’s subject matter experts on measures for controlling allergens in food manufacturing facilities. Dr. Jackson authored or co-authored over 150 published papers, book chapters and abstracts and co-edited five books. She is actively involved in several scientific organizations, including the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), and the American Chemical Society (ACS), and serves as a Scientific Editor for the Journal of Food Science and the Journal of Food Protection. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Jackson has served in various leadership roles in ACS including Chair of the Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; she currently serves as an ACS Councilor and on the ACS Committee on Science. Dr. Jackson received her B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University (1984) and her M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990), both in Food Science, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
MAIN LOCATION - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
Oakton Community College
Lee Center, Room 200
1600 E. Golf Rd.
Chicago, IL 60016
Map & Directions: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/oakton_mapdir.pdf
PARKING: free in adjacent lot
STREAMING LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
Purdue University Northwest
Gyte Building, Room 240
2200 169th St.
Hammond, IN 46323
Street address (entrance location)
Chicago, IL 60607
North Central College
Wentz Science Center, Room 356
131 S. Loomis St.
Naperville, IL 60540
College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus
1120 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3195
Map and directions: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/clc_grayslake_mapdir.pdf
$15.00 MAIN SITE - Member
$15.00 MAIN SITE - AIChE Member
$17.00 MAIN SITE - Non-member
$0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture-only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Lecture-only
$15.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - Member Ticket
$15.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - AIChE Member
$17.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - Non-Member
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - Lecture only
$Any amount - Individual Donation
$Any amount - Company Sponsorship
$Any amount - Donation to Project SEED
$15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements
$10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue
Become a Member of Iota Sigma Pi
Dear Fellow Chemist:
I am writing to invite applications for membership in Iota Sigma Pi, a National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. Our membership includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional women chemists, teachers and professors in the field of chemistry or allied fields.
Why join Iota Sigma Pi?
-- We have an active chapter in the Chicago area (Aurum Iodide Chapter) that sponsors a wide variety of programs including monthly professional talks by members and invited speakers, field trips, social gatherings, and a December joint meeting with the Chicago Section of ACS. The meetings are held from September to May each year. During alternate years, we offer undergraduate women an opportunity to present their research at our Undergraduate Woman Student Chemistry Symposium. Our chapter website is http://www.iotasigmapi-chicago.org/
-- We support the National Iota Sigma Pi goals of supporting the development of women in chemistry and making awards to qualified women in chemistry.
-- A benefit to membership in Iota Sigma Pi is the opportunity for networking that occurs between the members. Our chapter has a mixture of women with a variety of chemical interests: our members are from industry, government and academia and include both faculty and students. The size of our group is small enough for everyone to get to know one another. Professional members also have the opportunity to fill mentorship roles with student affiliates.
Aurum Iodide Chapter is now conducting its annual membership drive. We both invite your application and request your assistance to help us identify qualified female chemists including undergraduate students, graduate students and professional chemists who may be interested in applying. Listed below are the qualifications required for new student and professional inductees. Further information can also be found at the ISP national website (http://www.iotasigmapi.info/).
Undergraduate students: junior and senior women who have an overall 3.0 GPA and either 6 semesters of chemistry courses with a 3.0 chemistry GPA, or 4 semesters of chemistry courses with a 3.5 chemistry GPA.
Graduate students: female graduate students in chemistry-related fields with at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) with a 3.0 GPA and meet the undergraduate requirements listed above.
Professional applicants: should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or an allied science OR have a bachelors or masters degree in chemistry with a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or at least three years of employment in chemistry or an allied field OR have a bachelors or masters degree in a related field with at least five years of employment in chemistry or a related field.
The application forms are available on the ISP national website (http://www.iotasigmapi.info/membership/becomeamember.html). Nominations should be emailed to Teresa Bixby at email@example.com. Each nomination should include the Application for Membership Form, an unofficial copy of the student's latest transcript, a nomination note from you, and a check (made payable to Iota Sigma Pi) for each nominee. Professional chemists should also include a current resume.
The initial fee for students is $45. This fee covers the one time initiation fee ($25) and annual dues ($20) until July 1, 2019. The initial fee for Professional Chemists is $80.00 (consisting of $25 initiation fee and $55 membership fee).
Our initiation meeting will be held in the afternoon on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at DePaul University.
We look forward to receiving your application. If you have questions please feel free to email me at the address below.
Membership Affairs Coordinator
Iota Sigma Pi Aurum Iodide chapter
Rubber Stamps - 2
Last month was the first article showing a rubber stamp that was published back in the 50’s. Again, these were all done by James A. Wuellner of Standard Oil Co. He was the artist and Assistant Editor of the Chemical Bulletin in January of 1955. This second sketch was published in June 1955 and is one of the simpler stamps that I’ve seen. All of the sketch’s can be seen in their original format by using the Northwestern University Library Online http://books.northwestern.edu/viewer.html?id=inu:inu-mntb-0005391474-bk and there are 16,937 images starting with the 1919 Chemical Bulletin. This second stamp comes from the image #14,893.
- Paul Brandt
Renewing Our Commitment to the Environment
Remembering 1911 Chicago ACS Chair S.T. Mather,
First Director of the National Park Service
101 years ago, in April of 1917, a very brief announcement was published in the Chicago Chemical Bulletin. It read,
“S.T. Mather has been promoted from assistant to the secretary of the interior to the position of director of National parks in the interior department.”
It was a small announcement but the impact was huge.
S. T. Mather is Stephen Tyng Mather, the first Director of the US National Park Service ... and former Chair of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society.
Mather was a wealthy Chicago industrialist who made his fortune at the Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company. Born in 1867 in San Francisco, he graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1887. After graduating from Berkeley, Mather moved to New York where he first worked as a reporter for the New York Sun. As a reporter, Mather crafted his keen sense of communications which he used throughout his life, in both business and as an advocate for nature and the environmental. He was known to have a keen sense for telling a story, which captivated his readers and stirred their imaginations. After approximately 6 years at the Sun, Mather accepted a position at the Pacific Coast Borax Corporation as an advertising manager in New York. Borax is a mined mineral and the Pacific Coast Mining Company mined borax from several Californian and Nevada mines, including mines near Death Valley, CA. At the time, borax was just another box of cleaning products on the shelf. But Mather’s keen sense of marketing created the vision of a 20 mule team wagon, hauling the product out of the inferno of Death Valley and into homes of American housewives to assist with their laundry and cleaning chores. This marketing image went on to create an enduring marketing image that would last more than 100 years, The 20 Mule Team Borax. Since Mather’s time, The 20 Mule Team marketing campaign spun off numerous follow-up concepts including the radio and TV series Death Valley Days which featured such celebrities as Ronald Reagan pitching borax products.
While at the Pacific Coast Mining Company, Mather moved to the Chicago office of the company where he met Thomas Thorkindsen. The two eventually left Pacific Coast Mining and partnered to form the Thorkilden-Mather Borax Company which grew rapidly under the marketing genius of Mather. During this time, Mather became active in the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. During his time in Chicago, Mather got to know some historic figures in chemistry, including University of Chicago Professor Julius Stieglitz (Chicago Section Chair in 1904 and ACS President in 1917), Industrialist William A. Converse (founder of the Willard Gibbs Medal), and University of Chicago Professor Alexander Smith (ACS President in 1911). In 1911, Mather was elected Chair of the Chicago Section and along with then ACS President Alexander Smith had the distinct honor of awarding the first Willard Gibbs Medal to Prof. Svante Arrhenius of Sweden.
In 1911, Mather and Thorkildsen sold their company with the stipulation that they would each be guaranteed their jobs at the company for at least a decade. While this deal sounded great, Mather had other interests drawing him away from Chicago.
Mather was not your typical industrialist. Most early 20th century industrial leaders put production and profit first, with little concern for the environmental consequences. Mather had a profoundly different perspective with a deep-seated appreciation for conservation and environmental protection. Growing up near California’s coast and redwood forests, Mather spent much of his time hiking in the wilderness and studying the natural world. As a member of the Sierra Club, Mather learned about environmental protection during hikes in the Sierra Mountains with Sierra Club founder John Muir. Through these experiences, Mather developed a passion for nature and the natural environment. Beginning in 1912, Mather used his money and influence to actively advocate for nature, the environment and the National Parks. At the time, there were only eight National Parks and most were in poor and deteriorating conditions. Mather was so disturbed by the conditions of the parks that he wrote a letter of protest to the Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, also a former student from UC Berkeley. Lane responded to Mather, “Dear Steve, If you don’t like the way the parks are being run, come on down to Washington and run them yourself.” Mather took on that challenge and went to Washington to assist in running the National Parks. He put a formal structure to the National Parks and advocated with members of congress to establish the National Parks Service. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, the bill establishing the National Parks Service. As announced in the Chicago Chemical Bulletin, in April of 1917, Mather was appointed as the first director of the National Parks Service, a position he held until illness caused him to resign in 1929. During his tenure, Mather continued to organize and advocate for the development and expansion of the National Parks. Under his leadership, Mather added new Parks including Mount McKinley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Acadia National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and The Smokey Mountains National Park. Mather also encouraged the public to visit the National Parks and promoted “nature studies” for the visitors. He encouraged those who visited the Parks to communicate their love of nature and the parks to their elected officials in Washington DC.
Today, the National Park Service system can be found in every state, DC, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It includes 417 areas covering more than 84 millions acres. In recognition of his leadership and advocacy, a tribute to Stephen Tyng Mathers legacy can be found at nearly all the US National Parks. Somewhere, usually mounted on a stone monument or rock is a memorial plaque honoring the work of this great advocate for the conservation and the National Parks. On these plaques, each reads:
Stephen Tyng Mather July 4, 1867 – January 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good he has done.
|Mather Memorial at Arcadia National Park (Maine)||
Mather Memorial at Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona).
|Stephen Tyng Mather Memorial at Sequoia National Park (California)||Mather Memorial at Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah).|
Chicago Section Public Affairs
Committee Chair Michael G. Koehler, Ph.D.
Cellular Phone: (847) 912-8750
 The Chicago Chemical Bulletin, Vol. 4, no. 4, p.72 http://tinyurl.com/ycozhncp
The Loss of yet another Gibbs Medalist
Jack Halpern, Willard Gibbs Medalist in 1986, died on January 31 at the age of 93. Halpern obtained his BSc and PhD degrees from McGill University in Montreal in 1946 and 1949 respectively. After a postdoc at the University of Manchester, he went directly into teaching at the University of British Columbia and then moved to the University of Chicago in 1962. He was an inorganic chemist specializing in understanding the pathways in which catalysts work.
For more details on Prof. Halpern, see his Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Halpern_(chemist)
April 14: The Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program at North Central College
April 19: The 13th AnnualChemWest and ChemSouth Big Meeting at North Central College
April 20: Chicago ACS Section Dinner Meeting with Dr. Lauren Jackson, FDA “Ensuring the Safety of the U.S. Food Supply: The Role of Regulatory Scientists in Carrying out FDA’s Mission”
April 21: The Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program at Oakton Community College
April 22: Earth Day – Theme: End Plastic Pollution. https://www.earthday.org/
April 28: The Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program at Valparaiso University
April 28: You Be The Chemist Illinois State Challenge at Lewis University
May 11: Chicago ACS Willard Gibbs Award Banquet. Dr. Cynthia J. Burrows, University of Utah, is the recipient of the 2018 Willard Gibbs Medal at Meridian Banquets in Rolling Meadows.
May 12: STEAM Conference, Northeastern Illinois University. https://www.steamconf.org/
May 19: Chicago Section Scholarship Exam at North Central College
June 18-20: 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference “Product Innovation Using Greener Chemistries” hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, in Portland, OR. http://www.gcande.org/
June 18: You Be The Chemist National Challenge
August 9-19: The Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Come volunteer at the ACS booth. https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx