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    Holiday Party: Melissa Tisoncik "Chemistry of Chocolate"

    December 13, 2019
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Benedictine University - Goodwin Hall of Business
    5700 College Rd
    Lisle, IL, IL 6032

    Holiday Party with Iota Sigma Pi, Food & Toy Drive
    Student Research Posters and Pre-Dinner Presentation

    Melissa Tisoncik

    Director R&D
    Blommer Chocolate Company

    "Applicable Chemistry of Chocolate"


    Melissa Tisoncik of Blommer Chocolate Company will bring us a "sweet" (and hopefully interactive) presentation about chocolate.  The evening promises to be fun and informative.


    5:30 - 6:15  Registration, Social Hour, and Poster Session
    6:15 - 6:30  Pre-Dinner Presentation (Benedictine student speaker TBD)
    6:30 - 7:15  Dinner 
    7:15 - 7:20  Introductory remarks
    7:20 - 7:35  Iota Sigma Pi raffle results and distribution of Chicago ACS door prizes
    7:35 - 7:40  Presentation of the Chair's gavel to incoming 2020 Chicago ACS Chair
    7:40 - 8:30  Main Presentation


    MAIN SITE:  Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)
    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.


    Undergraduates can present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:

    Did you present a poster at a recent conference? Bring it out and present it again!


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    David M. Rubush
    “Green” synthesis of novel heterocycles with antimalarial and anticancer activity

    One of the frontline treatments for malaria is the endoperioxide-containing drug artemisinin. Its limited availability in underdeveloped countries and the potential for resistance by malarial parasites has created a demand for sustainable and economical syntheses of novel antimalarial drugs. In addition to malaria artemisinin shows promising anticancer activity. In this talk I will discuss how Benedictine University undergraduate students developed a green synthesis of a novel endoperioxide containing heterocycles and explored their anticancer activity.

    David M. Rubush is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Benedictine University where he teaches Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. He received a BS in Chemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the area of organic synthesis at Vanderbilt University before he started his appointment at Benedictine University in 2014. His research interests are in the areas of organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, organocatalysis and green chemistry.

    RAFFLE - IOTA SIGMA PI (wome chemists' honor society)

    Grand Prize - Caffeine Afghan with IR and Raman spectra

    5 Bonus Prizes: Pair of Catechin stemless wine glasses


    We will be collecting nonperishable food items on behalf of the local Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry (a non-profit organization established to provide food and personal care essentials to residents in need.) CHECKS ARE WELCOME TOO! Please do not donate food in glass containers.

    We will also continue our drive to collect toys for toddlers to 12 year olds. The toys will be donated to the Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center in Chicago, which provides services for couples seeking to adopt children in the US or overseas, birth parents, and foster children. Please do not donate clothing.

    CASH BAR - Main site only: 5:30 - 7:30

    BUFFET DINNER - Main site only:

    Sliced Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
    Poached Salmon
    Chef’s Choice Seasonal Vegetable

    Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Garden Salad

    Chocolate Sheet Cake

    Ice Water, Lemonade


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 10
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, December 12

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


    Melissa Tisoncik is the R&D Director at Blommer Chocolate Company. She manages a national team that provides technical services and product development support for Blommer in North America, Canada and China locations. She has a B.S. in chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.S. in food science from the University of Illinois. Her research centered on the impact of emulsifiers on fat bloom formation and sensory qualities in dark chocolate formulations.  Additionally, Melissa has developed and taught courses on the chemistry of chocolate throughout Illinois to high school/adult levels with the Illinois Science Council.  She is the AACT Chicago chapter chairperson, an alumni of the Student Outreach PMCA Program, a member on the NCA Young Professional Board, and a recipient of the NCA Future Leadership Award.   She is passionate about chocolate, Chicago, cats, fitness and her family.

    MAIN LOCATION - DIRECTIONS & PARKING:Map of Benedictine University

    Benedictine University
    5700 College Rd
    Lisle, IL 60532

    Map & Directions:

    Campus map:  Goodwin Hall is building 8 on the map. Parking is easy – right next door in the garage marked building 7.

    PARKING: free



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


    PARKING: free




    $15.00 MAIN SITE DINNER - Student Discount

    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only registration

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture only registration

    $0.00 Individual Donation (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Company Sponsorship (flexible amount)

    $0.00 Donation to Project SEED (flexible amount)

    $15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue