Louisiana State University

Nov 15 - Nov 16, 2012

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Baton Rouge, LA Agenda

Nov 15 - Nov 16, 2012


Louisiana State University

Energy, Coast and Environment Building Rotunda, Woods Auditorium, 3535 Nicholson Extension

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

ACS on Campus headed to Louisiana State University to host sessions to help you understand the breadth of career paths, offer a behind the scenes peek of the publishing process and more!

Seminars covered topics such as scholarly publishing, how to effectively use SciFinder®, and alternative careers in science.

Read full module descriptions here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Science Café for Students, Faculty and ACS Members


Location: Restaurant IPO
421 Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


6:00 – 7:00 pm Join us for food, drink, and networking.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Alternative Careers in Science panel discussion

Speakers: William W. Armstrong, Dr. Karen Salazar, Larry Wilkinson and Joonhyung Cho

Friday, November 16, 2012

Location: Energy, Coast and Environment Building Rotunda, Woods Auditorium (next to the Credit Union building)

8:00-8:15 am Registration & Sign In

8:15-8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks - Dr. Isiah Warner

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8:30-10:00 am Basics in Scholarly Publishing: From the Editors Themselves and Ethics in Scholarly Communication: What You Need to Know - Dr. John Finley and Dr. Matt Hotze

10:00-11:00 am The SciFinder® Advantage for Your Career - Vanessa Storan

11:15-11:45 am Networking with the Presenters

11:45-12:45 pm Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 pm ACS Career Pathways: Finding Your Path - Dr. John Borchardt


Dr. Matt Hotze

Managing Editor, Environmental Science and Technology and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, American Chemical Society

Dr. Hotze joined the American Chemical Society in 2012. In this position he is involved both in the day to day operations and the long term strategic planning for each journal. Matt holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Duke University in 2008. Afterward, he held post-doctoral positions with CNRS in Aix-en-Provence and with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA where he was responsible for both research and lecturing. He has published extensively in the areas of Nanomaterial Fate, Transport, and Toxicity in the environment.

William W. Armstrong

Collection Development Coordinator, Louisiana State University Libraries

William Armstrong, who holds Masters in both Philosophy and Library and Information Science, is the Collection Development Coordinator for LSU Libraries, supervising the subject selectors and overseeing selection and purchase of information resources for all academic areas at LSU. Formerly Head of the LSU Chemistry Library until the collection was merged with the main library in 2005, Armstrong continues to act as subject librarian for Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy. He has published on diverse topics, ranging from “Communication in the Sciences as Seen through Physics and Chemistry: A Look at the Complex Relationship between Author, Publisher, and Distributor as they Relate to the Reader” (College and Research Libraries) to “Cyberspace: Relationship Between Place and Being” (Southwest Philosophy Review). He, along with colleague, Dr. Karen Salazar, is currently working with the InChI Trust to develop tutorials for the instruction of InChI to academic researchers.

Dr. Isiah Warner

Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University, Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Professor Warner is an analytical chemist with more than 300 refereed publications in a variety of journals.  He has particular expertise in the area of fluorescence spectroscopy, where his research has focused for more than 35 years. He is considered one of the world’s experts in analytical spectroscopy.

Professor Warner has been performing research in the more specific area of analytical measurements using ionic liquids (ILs) for several years. It is this research on ionic liquids which has lead to the recent conceptualization and implementation of a group of uniform materials based on organic salts (GUMBOS) as novel materials which can be exploited for a variety of applications. Several publications in key chemistry journals (e.g. Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Communications, and Langmuir) and pending patents have resulted from this new area of research.

Professor Warner earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

Dr. John Finley

Professor, Food Science Department, LSU AgCenter; Associate Editor, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Dr. Finley earned his B.S. in Chemistry at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.  He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Food Science and Biochemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Dr. Finley is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

In his work with the LSU AgCenter, Dr. Finley focuses on foods that enhance health, particularly related to obesity and reducing the side effects of obesity. Specific interests are in the development of culinary quality in low calorie foods and ingredients.

Dr. Karen Salazar

Dr. Karen Salazar earned a B.A. in chemistry from Hendrix College, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The University of Oklahoma.  After graduation, she moved to Baton Rouge to work for Albemarle Corporation as an R & D Chemist, then a Customer Tech. Service Chemist.  Dr. Salazar left after five years to be a stay-at-home mom.  During this time, she started working for The Princeton Review as a teacher, tutor, and content developer.  After helping to create the online MCAT course, Dr. Salazar realized the tremendous growth of online information and returned to graduate school to earn her MLIS.

Larry Wilkinson

Analytical Chemist, Quality Assurance Laboratory, ExxonMobil

Originally from West Virginia, where he taught high school chemistry for nine years, along with physics and physical science, Larry moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1985 to teach Chemistry AP and Honors at Episcopal High School and serve as a consultant during the summers to Exxon (now ExxonMobil) Refining & Supply Company. He joined ExxonMobil full time in 1990 and is currently an analytical chemist in the refinery’s Quality Assurance Laboratory. Larry is a member of the Executive Committee of the Baton Rouge Section of the ACS and chairman of ASTM International Subcommittee 4 on Hydrocarbon Analysis, a subcommittee of ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants.

Joonhyung Cho

Intellectual Property Associate, LSU AgCenter

Joonhyung “Joon” Cho is an Intellectual Property Associate in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property at the LSU Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter). In his role at the LSU AgCenter, Joon manages faculty inventions, industry collaborations, and licensing activities.

Joon served as the 2011 Baton Rouge ACS Local Section Chair and was one of 68th ACS Southwest Regional Meeting organizers in Baton Rouge. He is active in the Divisions of Small Chemical Businesses and Chemistry & the Law within ACS. In addition, he is a member in the Association of University Technology Managers.

He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.


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