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    Dr. Bill Carroll: "Statistics and the Shirelles: How Physical Sciences Thinking Informs Popular Music Analytics.”

    April 15, 2016
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Angelo's on York
    247 N. York Road
    Elmhurst, IL 60126

    “You think we teach you this stuff so you can do chemistry.  I’m here to prove to you that the reason we teach you this stuff is so you can analyze anything the world throws at you, and to prove it, I’m going to show you how it’s done on data that’s miles from chemistry or even science.” Our extraordinarily engaging friend and former ACS President and Chairman of the Board Dr. Bill Carroll will be here to help us connect up the methods of physical science with seemingly unrelated applicaitons in the broader/popular/real world.


    Yes, that’s right. It’s Moneyball for popular music.

    People love lists, especially lists of the “Best of All Time.”  But very seldom can direct comparisons be made between things that happened in different times—whether football teams, home run hitters, boxers or even songs.  So how might you get to a list of the “Best” records of all time?  Is that only a subjective determination—“It’s what I like”—or are there objective measures that could be used?  In this talk we’ll discuss how various data, analysis, handling and thinking techniques used in the physical sciences help with the analysis of other kinds of data--like music popularity charts, and how a number of different approaches can be brought to consensus by these techniques.  


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration & Social Hour with cash bar
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory remarks by Mary Jo Boldingh, Chicago Section Chair: 
    • 7:45 - 8:30  Lecture by Speaker
    • 8:30 - 9:30  Networking

    MENU : Family style dinner

      • Salad
      • Minestrone Soup
      • Mostaccioli with Marinara Sauce
      • Chicken Vesuvio (garlic and rosemary in a white wine sauce)
      • Eggplant parmigiana (bakes & breaded with marinara and mozzerella cheese)
      • Sides
      • Supmoni
      • Coffee/tea


    Dinner reservations are required and should be received by

    Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, April 13

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions


    From Chicago From I-294 North/South From I-88

    Take I-90,...

    Follow I-290 W to IL-64 W/E North Ave in Elmhurst. Take exit 13B from I-290 W

    Continue on IL-64 W/E North Ave. Drive to N York St in York Township. Turn south to restaurant

    Take 294 

    Follow I-294 N to IL-64 W/E North Ave in Elmhurst. Take exit 13B from I-290 W

    Continue on IL-64 W/E North Ave. Drive to N York St in York Township.  Turn south to restaurant

    Take 88 East

    Follow I-88 W to IL-64 W/E North Ave in Elmhurst. Take exit 13B from I-290 W

    Continue on IL-64 W/E North Ave. Drive to N York St in York Township.  Turn south to restaurant

    PARKING: Free


    Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.   He received an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  He retired from Occidental Chemical Corporation in 2015 after 36 years, and now heads his own company, Carroll Applied Science, LLC.  He is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana.

    Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), having served as Chair between 2012 and 2014. He is also a Past President (2005), one of three living members to hold both offices.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2009 he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

    Bill has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, and served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states--most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.

    Bill has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Indiana and DePauw as well as the Harry and Carol Mosher Award from the ACS Santa Clara Valley Section, The Public Affairs Award from the Chicago Section, The Howard and Sally Peters Award from the Chemistry and the Law Division, the Henry Hill Award, sponsored by the ACS Division of Professional Relations, and the Michael Shea Award from the Division of Chemical Technicians.

     He holds two patents, and has over seventy-five publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration, plastics recycling—and popular music history.

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    $30.00 Member

    $32.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

    $0.00 Lecture only