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    Education Night: Mark Cesa, "Where New Elements Come From, and How They Get Their Names"

    September 27, 2019
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Loyola University - Chemistry Department (Flanner Hall)
    1068 West Sheridan Road
    Chicago, IL 60660

    Education Night
    High School Scholarship Presentations, Project SEED & Student Posters,
    Educational Solar Kits, plus:

    Mark Cesa

    2014-2015 President, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
    INEOS USA LLC (Retired)

    "Where New Elements Come From, and How They Get Their Names"


    2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table. Laboratories around the world work together to discover new elements, and several elements have been discovered and added to the periodic table in recent years. People love to learn about new elements and even to suggest names and symbols for them. But how are new elements named, and how are their new atomic symbols chosen? The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, IUPAP, collaborate with discoverers to verify claims for new elements and to recommend names and atomic symbols for them. In this talk the processes of research, discovery, verification and naming of new elements will be described.


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration and Project SEED & Student Poster Session
    • 6:00 - 6:30  Presentation by Dr. Co (Room 105 of Flanner Hall)
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:40  Introductory remarks & Safety-First Minute
    • 7:40 - 7:50  Presentation of High School Scholarships and Teacher Awards
    • 7:45 - 8:30+ Main Lecture
    • Younger Chemists Committee after-party at nearby Irelands Pub (, 6511 N. Sheridan)


    MAIN SITE (With live speaker): TBD 
    REMOTE LOCATION #1: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)

    TEACHERS! All K-12 educators can receive continuing education credits for attending our meetings. Get your CE form at the registration desk.


    High school students who worked in research labs this summer as part of Project SEED will showcase their science in a pre-dinner poster session. Come see what they achieved!

    ALL STUDENTS who would like to showcase their research are welcome to do so! Please register here:



    Dr. Dick Co, of DC Technologies, will give us an update on his startup company's educational solar kits. Please recall his engaging presentation at our December 2018 meeting, where he described his journey from developing "solar fuels" to following his passion for educaiton and entrepreneurship:



    DINNER - Main site only: Dining will be enjoyed at the DeNobili cafeteria, across the street from the lecture venue, Flanner Hall. Tickets are $15, and enable diners to partake of all the facility's offerings.


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, September 25
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, September 26

    QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]).


    Dr. Mark C. Cesa is an organic chemist. He has carried out research in the chemical industry on new chemical reactions, process improvements, and safety and environmental protection. He retired from INEOS USA LLC in 2015. Mark was 2014-2015 President of IUPAC. In IUPAC he administered the Safety Training Program for chemists in the developing world, and he was a member of a committee of the U. S. National Academies on promoting chemical safety in developing countries. He has held offices in the Cleveland (Ohio) and Chicago sections of the ACS and at the national level and is an ACS Fellow. Mark earned an A. B. in chemistry from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


    The Younger Chemists Committee will host an after-party at nearby Ireland's Pub 10,
    6511 N. Sheridan.

    Everyone is welcome to join!






    Loyola University
    Flanner Hall, Room 133
    1068 W. Sheridan Rd.
    Chicago, IL 60660

    Map & Directions:

    PARKING IN MAIN STRUCTURE: $7.50 cash/credit


    Purdue University Northwest
    Gyte Building, Room 240
    2200 169th St.
    Hammond, IN  46323


    PARKING: free



    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only registration

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture only registration

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Lecture-only registration

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #4 - Lecture-only registration

    $15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements

    $0.00 Individual Donation (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Company Sponsorship (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Donation to Project SEED (flexible amount)

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue