The 2017 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS (American Chemical Society), known as MARM, was co-hosted by the Susquehanna and Lehigh Valley Sections of the ACS on June 4th through 6th in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The 2017 MARM is the 45th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS. According to the 2017 MARM website, “The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.”
Representing 30,000 members, the participating local ACS sections attending this year’s MARM included the Washington D.C., Maryland, Lehigh Valley, Delaware, Monmouth County, New York, North Jersey, Philadelphia, Princeton, Ocean County, South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Valley, Trenton, and Western Maryland sections of the ACS.
The theme of the 2017 MARM is “Elements of Transition, which was inspired by the many changes happening on different fronts. New sources of energy, renewed interest in STEM programs, the varying business models in the pharmaceutical industry, and the new opportunities that come with changing regulations are just some of the transitions we feel will provide discussion topics for a wide swath of businesses and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region.”
Technical sessions, poster sessions, workshops, expositions by commercial and academic vendors, research paper presentations, MoleCVUE (Molecular Computation and Visualization in Undergraduate Education) Joint Meeting, Chemagination contest for high school students, MARM and NERACS (Northeast Region ACS) awards, plenary speakers and social events were some of the many sessions scheduled for this year’s MARM event.
Two Ursinus College professors of chemistry were technical session organizers for this year’s MARM. Mark Ellison organized and presided over the technical session called “Nanoscience: Fundamentals and Applications” in the Physical Chemistry Division and Amanda Reig co-organized and co-presided over the “Bio-Inorganic Chemistry” session in the Inorganic Division with Will Kerber of Bucknell University.
In addition to presiding over one of the Monday June 5th technical sessions, Professor Mark Ellison also presented his research paper titled “Motion of Li+ and Methanol through a 2.35-nm-diameter Single-walled Carbon Nanotube” during that same session. This is research conducted jointly with Professor Michael Strano from MIT along with student researches from both Ursinus College and MIT. Tuesday afternoon June 6th, Associate Professor Amanda Reig presented her research poster titled “De Novo Protein Models of Binuclear Metalloenzymes.”