University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2014

“As students, we are concerned most of the times with generating data without really considering their quality. This event ha...

Oguarabau Benson, Graduate Student
University of Nottingham

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2014


University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Av Juan Ponce de León

San Juan, 00925

Puerto Rico

ACS on Campus is headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico for an event hosted by the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. We're offering tips and tools for the publishing process, SciFinder®, ACS ChemWorx, preparing a resume and more! There will be special afternoon programming offered for undergraduate students as well as programming tailored for graduate students and faculty.

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Program Notes:

  • You do not have to register for all of the sessions in order to attend. You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows
  • Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants
  • ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn tips and strategies to help you advance in your career

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Antonio Martinez Collazo, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico

Antonio was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and attended the Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, earning a B.S. in Physics in 1976. Upon graduation, he worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a physicist while pursuing graduate studies at American University in Washington, D.C. as a part time student. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics in 1990; his thesis focused on the magnetotransport and photovoltaic properties of PbS/PbSe heterostructures and multiple quantum wells.

He returned to Puerto Rico to join the faculty of his alma mater in 1991 where he has been ever since. His research interests continue to focus in the area of experimental Solid State Physics where he setup a laboratory to study the early stages of growth of wide gap semiconductor and ferroelectric epitaxial thin films. In recent years, he has concentrated his efforts in the area of Conservation Science, working on the chemical and physical characterization of cultural heritage. His work has supported various restoration efforts of important Puerto Rican works of art and has contributed to the elucidation of the nature of pigments in ancient pre-Columbian pottery of the Caribbean.

Angel E. Kaifer, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Professor of Chemistry and Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami

Angel E. Kaifer received his undergraduate education in Chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. In 1979 he moved to Puerto Rico, where he taught for three years at Humacao University College and later pursued his graduate education at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. After completing his PhD degree in 1984 he did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin. He joined the chemistry faculty of the University of Miami as an Assistant Professor in 1985.

His research work, continuously supported by the National Science Foundation since 1990, focuses on the redox modulation of molecular recognition events. More recently, his research interests have centered on the design, preparation and characterization of nanometer-sized systems, such as dendrimers, functionalized for electron transfer and molecular recognition reactions. A substantial fraction of his research activities deals with the binding properties of cucurbit[n]uril hosts. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters on these research topics. In 1999 he authored the book Supramolecular Electrochemistry, which was the first published monograph on this research field. He has also served in the Editorial Board of Langmuir, Supramolecular Chemistry and the Journal of Supramolecular Chemistry, as well as in many NSF and NIH review panels. He was one of the Associate Editors for the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry.

His research group has served as a training ground for numerous minority and female students. Out of 26 PhD graduates, eight are from Hispanic origin and ten are women, with three Hispanic women as the overlap between the two groups. In addition, four female students, two of them Hispanic, have obtained a MS degree. Many other underrepresented undergraduate and high school students have received research training in the Kaifer group.

Elizabeth McGaha

Assistant Director, Research & Brand Strategy, American Chemical Society

Elizabeth McGaha holds a Masters’ degree in Applied Research from West Virginia University. This degree gave her the knowledge and skills to pursue opportunities with many different research institutes and government agencies on the local, state, and federal levels on a wide range of both international and domestic research projects throughout her nearly 15 years of professional experience. This experience includes positions with the Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit organization which supports the development of rural low-income housing nationwide, and Addison Whitney, a global brand consultancy and a world leader in healthcare branding. She is a skilled market, public opinion, and policy research analyst with expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, research design and questionnaire development, advanced statistical analysis, data collection, survey design and sampling. As the Assistant Director for the Research and Brand Strategy Department she supervises and contributes to the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of approximately 100 projects annually including the Chemical Workforce Data Collection Project.

Ingrid Montes, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras; Director-at-Large, Board of Directors, American Chemical Society (ACS)

Ingrid Montes received a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. She has taught chemistry at this institution for 27 years, earning full professorship and tenure in 1998. Dr. Montes has two areas of current research: Organometallic chemistry and Chemical education. For the past 24 years, Dr. Montes has been the Faculty Advisor of the ACS Student Affiliate (now, “Student Member”) Chapter. This chapter has received 21 consecutive ACS Student Outstanding Awards. She also founded the first Graduate Chemistry Student Association in Puerto Rico and serves as its Faculty Advisor.

Dr. Montes has been a member of the Board of Directors of the ACS-Puerto Rico Section for 20 years. Her roles include Chair for three times, (1995, 2003, 2011) and Councilor (1998 to present). She chairs the system wide committee of the University of Puerto Rico that oversees the improvement of academic chemistry programs. Dr. Montes is an American Chemical Society and IUPAC (International Pure and Applied Chemistry) Fellow. She is also a Member of the Advisory Board: Journal of Chemical Education and Chair of the ACS, Advisory Board for ChemMatters Magazine. She received the 2012 ACS Volunteer Service Award, the ACS-Puerto Rico Section Leonardo Igaravidez Award and ACS-Puerto Rico Section Chemical Education Award, among others.

Dr. Montes is an author/co-author of 6 Laboratory Manuals for teaching chemistry; a much-sought-after speaker with over 200 presentations to her credit – including more than 200 co-authored with her students, and nearly 20-refereed publications over her distinguished career as both an educator and a researcher.

Tom Barton, Ph.D.

ACS Immediate Past President

Tom Barton grew up in the gulf coast of Texas the son of teachers. He graduated in 1962 with a B.S. in Chemistry from Lamar University (Beaumont). He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Florida in 1967 and worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University before joining the Iowa State faculty in that same year. Not being accustomed to cold weather his plan was to get tenure, get an international reputation and get out. He’s still there after 45, years although retired since May of 2012, now holding the position of Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

In 1988, he became Director of the Ames Laboratory (U. S. Department of Energy), where in addition to chemical research he experienced the worlds of condensed-matter physics, metallurgical science and a variety of other material sciences. In 1998, he was appointed Director of Iowa State University’s Institute of Physical Research & Technology, where he directed a consortium of university research centers composed of a broad spectrum of engineering and physical sciences with a focus on industrial interaction uncommon in a university setting. He served one year as interim director of the Iowa Energy Center which funds and manages projects of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Professor Barton has been a National Academy of Sciences exchange scientist in the Soviet Union, a NATO exchange scientist in France, a JSPS lecturer in Japan, and a professor d'echange at the University de Montpellier. In 1981, he was appointed to the editorial board of the new ACS journal, Organometallics. Professor Barton was selected as the recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Organosilicon Chemistry in 1982; in 1983 was honored to be the second recipient of the Iowa Governor's Science Teaching Medal; and in 1989 received an award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry (DOE Materials Sciences Research Competition). He was the recipient of the American Chemical Society's 1995 Midwest Award. In 2003 he was named the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Laboratory Director of the Year for Technology Transfer. In 2012, he was elected to the Presidential succession of the American Chemical Society. He has served as President-Elect in 2013, President in 2014, and Immediate Past President in 2015.

Christopher W. Jones, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief, ACS Catalysis; New-Vision Professor, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Georgia Institute of Technology

Christopher W. Jones, Ph.D. is the New-Vision Professor at the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are in the broad areas of materials design and synthesis, catalysis and adsorption. Specific emphases are placed on catalytic materials for energy applications, fine chemical and pharmaceutical applications, and on adsorbents for CO2 capture. His research group's work on the rational design of molecularly engineered materials draws from a number of different disciplines to enable the development of functional materials with applications in areas such as catalysis and separations. His group utilizes inorganic, organic and organometallic synthetic techniques to endow solid materials with well-characterized surfaces where the physical and chemical properties of the solid are manipulated by understanding and controlling the structure of the material on all length scales. This research sits squarely at the crossroads of a number of disciplines, and his group is composed of chemical engineers, chemists, material scientists, and environmental engineers.

Jones received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, his MS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He is a member of the International Zeolite Association, the North American Catalysis Society, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. He recently was awarded the 2010 Ipatieff Prize from ACS, recognizing outstanding chemical experimental work in the field of catalysis or high pressure, carried out by an individual of any nationality who is not over 40 years of age.

V. Ramamurthy, Ph.D.

Senior Editor, Langmuir;Professor and Chair, Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Miami

Ramamurthy attended the Government Arts College, Kumbakonam from where he earned B. Sc degree in 1966. He obtained M. Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1968, following which he pursued his graduate education at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA and received Ph. D. degree in 1974. He received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Professors P. de Mayo (University of Western Ontario, 1974-75) and N. J. Turro (Columbia University, 1975-78). He returned to India to take up an Assistant Professor position at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he remained till 1987. At the Indian Institute of Science, he initiated a research program in organic photochemistry and worked on the photochemistry of thiocarbonyl compounds and initiated studies on supramolecular photochemistry.

In 1987, he joined the Central Research Division of the The DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE and remained till 1994. During this period he explored photochemical studies of organic molecules within zeolites, which led to several pioneering publications on the control of excited state behavior of molecules within the well-defined zeolite interiors. During this period he co-edited a two-volume Photochemistry-Special issue for Chemical Reviews, a compendium of a number of reviews from leaders in the field of photochemistry that provided a new thrust to photochemical research.

At Miami, he has pursued photochemical studies of organic molecules in waterIn this context he has used a number of well-defined water-soluble organic hosts as reaction media and has demonstrated the value of confined environments in controlling excited state behavior of organic
molecules. During his career Ramamurthy has sought after experts on related disciplines to pursue problems that are at the borderlines of photo-, solid state-, zeolite-, supramolecular- and spin chemistries. In addition to being a researcher and administrator (department chair since 2003), he also serves as a Senior Editor for the ACS journal Langmuir.

David Harwell, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Industry Member Programs, American Chemical Society

In this capacity, David oversees programs and projects for ACS members working in industry.  He also leads the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative, which provides resources to members pursuing entrepreneurial careers and endeavors.  He is also the staff liaison to the Council Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA).

David has been certified through the ACS Leadership Development System to facilitate the Fostering Innovation, Engaging Colleagues in Dialog, Collaborating Across Boundaries, Coaching and Feedback, and Developing Communication Strategies courses as well as the ACS Career Pathways workshop series.

Penn State University

Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)

Erik Talley

Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Erik Talley attended Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He worked for the SIU Center for Environmental Health and Safety in various capacities from 1988 to 2002, most recently as Associate Director. Erik oversaw the Center’s wet chemistry laboratory providing water quality and waste analysis/compliance for the University and various companies within the region. His laboratory and expertise also supported numerous campus research projects and grants. Other campus programs overseen included laboratory safety, biological safety, chemical safety and hazardous waste disposal.

In 2002, Erik joined Weill Medical College of Cornell University (WCMC) in New York City as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. His department coordinates all aspects of safety and environmental management for WCMC students, faculty, staff and the visiting public. Services include fire and life safety, health physics, laboratory safety, emergency management, and hazardous waste disposal.

Erik has had an active role in the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Health and Safety, Committee on Chemical Safety, and Laboratory Chemical & Waste Management Task Force. He has recently been involved with the laboratory safety culture focus of the ACS. In 2003, Erik was named a Fellow of the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety, and in 2013 Erik was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

José Antonio Prieto, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

José A. Prieto (better known as Tony Prieto) was born in New York. In 1973, he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, after which he worked for the Dupont Company. He pursued his M.S. and doctoral studies in Chemistry and was awarded a MARC Pre-Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Prieto completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1982 at the University of Puerto Rico, at Río Piedras, under the guidance of Professor Gerald L. Larson. In 1984, he joined the Department of Chemistry at UPR Río Piedras, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry and the Director of the UPR NMR core facility. Dr. Prieto is one of the founders and the first Director of the Materials Characterization Research Center (MCC), a $4 million grant awarded by the Science and Technology Board of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Corporation. He is currently MCC's Associate Director of Scientific Affairs.

His research interests are in the area of organic and organometallic synthesis, mainly the synthesis of biologically active compounds and medicinal chemistry. He has authored a number of scientific research papers and has been involved in a series of scholarly activities, including scientific proposal panels/reviews and manuscripts reviews. Dr. Prieto has received several awards and distinctions, including the Puerto Rico Chemist Association Osvaldo Ramírez Torres Award, the University of Puerto Rico Academic Excellence and Productivity Award, the ACS, Puerto Rico Section, Leonardo Igaravídez Award, the University-Industry Research Consortium, INDUNIV Award and an NSF-MRI Research Award.

Mariluz Frontera

Director, Office of Intellectual Property ascribed to the Vice Presidency for Research and Technology, University of Puerto Rico

Mariluz Frontera is originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. For the last 14 years, her main responsibility is to promote the protection of intellectual property among the UPR researchers; the implementation of the University of Puerto Rico´s Institutional Patent, Invention and its Commercialization Policy; the evaluation and registration of patents from UPR researchers; the coordination of all the patent processes including, but not limited to, meetings with researchers, lawyers and interested parties for the commercialization of the product. She is also in charge of managing the UPR Patent Portfolio and of the legal services with the patent law firms.

Before assuming these responsibilities, she has worked with the University since 1986 occupying important positions at different levels. Some of them are Administrative Coordinator for the Vice Presidency for Research and Academic Affairs where she was responsible for the overall administrative aspects of the Vice Presidency including, but not limited to: preparation and implementation of budget, financial accounting, auditing of federal grants, and coordination of different projects under the former Vice Presidency of Research and Academic Affairs. She was also the Director of the Office of Entrepreneurial and International Support, in charge of the coordination of programs and agreements for cooperation and exchanges with local, national and international universities, entities, or institutions. She facilitated the implementation of the Hemispheric Trade Development Institute and other similar projects. In this position she started to promote the protection of intellectual property and all the phases regarding these activities.

Her professional experience also includes the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Federal and External Affairs, at the Office of the President of the University of Puerto Rico where she was in charge of the overall administration and supervision of the office. When she started working at the UPR, she worked with the Puerto Rico Small Business Development Center as Assistant State Director and Acting State Director.

Gilberto Santana Ríos, Ph.D.

Director of the Specialized Center for Innovation and Technology, PR Small Business and Technology Development Centers (PR-SBTDC) Network

Dr. Santana provides Innovation and Technology clients with business counseling in order to support their efforts to project commercialization. Part of the services provided by the center include: technology validation, innovation assessment and commercialization validation. He has achieved the center client’s need through the design of tailored one-to-one assistance, the deployment of specialized trainings and the inclusion of a commercialization model. Prior to this position, Dr. Santana was the Associated Dean of specialized Advance Technology University Center where he had the opportunity to oversee the administrative, academic and student affairs areas. His accomplishments include the completion of two dedicated pilot plants within the facilities furnished with state of the art equipment in the areas of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Processes.

At industry level, Dr. Santana also possesses over 8 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing field. He obtained various technical positions in leading companies like Pharmacia, Pfizer, GSK and TAPI PR. His education includes a PhD and Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry with a minor in Toxicology from the New Mexico State University. Dr. Santana spent close to two years as Postdoctoral fellow at the Linus Pauling Institute in Corvallis, Oregon, performing research in Toxicology. His undergraduate studies were performed at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus.

Salvatore A. Casale-Villani

Director for the Technology Transfer and Innovation Office, University of Puerto Rico (UPR)

Salvatore joined the UPR Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology in 2013 and was appointed to the Director’s position for the newly created Technology Transfer and Innovation Office (TTIO), located at the University’s Molecular Science Research Building.

Salvatore, an attorney specializing in various Public Sector matters, mostly in the Economic Development effort, worked for the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) on two separate occasions (2001-2004 and 2009-2012). In 2001 he joined PRIDCO as Special Projects Manager out of the Continental Operations Offices in New York City. Upon his return to Puerto Rico in 2004, he coordinated tax litigation at the Puerto Rico Teasury Department as Legal Counsel to the Legal Affairs Office and in 2009 rejoined PRIDCO as Executive Manager for the Executive Director’s Office. During this last stint at PRIDCO, Salvatore worked to attract companies to the island, participated in the drafting of laws and regulations regarding economic development. Salvatore presided the Board of Directors for both: La Junta de Inversión de la Industria Puertorriqueña (JIIP), as well as the Bioprocess Development & Training Center (BDTC). Also, he served as member of the Board for the Puerto Rico Techno Economic Corridor (PRTEC), PRIMEX, the Puerto Rico Manufacturing Association’s (PRMA) Buyer and Supplier Committee and led the Puerto Rico Supply Chain Online initiative among others.

Salvatore holds a B.B.A. degree with a major in Marketing from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico as well as Juris Doctor from the Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Also, he attended Fundación Ortega Gasset in Toledo, Spain where he studied International Law and European Community courses.


Friday January 31, 2014

Science Café Networking Event


Museo de San Juan

150 Calle Norzagaray, at Calle MacArthur Old San Juan, San Juan, 00902

7:00-8:00 Science Cafe with Dr. Antonio Martinez Collazo - "NASA at the Museum: Technology for Space Exploration Applied to the Scientific Study of Works of Art"

8:00–11:00 Networking Reception

Saturday February 1, 2014


University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras

Natural Sciences Building, Amphitheater CN-142

Joint Programming

8:00-8:30 Sign In and On-site Registration

8:30-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Plenary with Dr. Angel E. Kaifer - "Adventures in Molecular Recognition Chemistry"

11:30-12:30 Lunch and Networking Break

Undergraduate Afternoon Programming (Concurrent Sessions)

Location: Amphitheater CN-142

Graduate Student and Faculty Afternoon Programming (Concurrent Sessions)

Location: CNL-A-211

1:30-3:00 Putting Essential Elements of Safety in Place

Joint Programming

Location: Amphitheater CN-142

4:00-5:00 Entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico Panel Discussion

5:00-6:00 Networking Reception