University of Virginia

Mar 28 - Mar 28, 2017

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University of Nottingham

Charlottesville, Virginia

Mar 28 - Mar 28, 2017


University of Virginia

Library Data Commons

Ruffner Hall, Room 302

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Get results. Get published. Get ahead. Join us March 28 at the University of Virginia for a morning of scholarly publishing and alternative careers in chemistry. You'll learn tips on how to get published from Prof. T. Brent Gunnoe, Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis and Prof. Eric Herbst, Associate Editor of ACS's newest journal, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry; participate in a Peer Review workshop with Managing Editor, Ariel Grostern; and attend a panel discussion on alternative careers in chemistry with local professionals.

The event is free and open to all students studying the sciences. Register now!


Jeremy R. Garritano, MLS

Research Librarian for Sciences/Engineering, University of Virginia

Jeremy R. Garritano is currently a Research Librarian for Sciences/Engineering at the University of Virginia and is the library liaison to chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and statistics. He has a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University.  He has held previous positions at the University of Maryland College Park, Purdue University, George Mason University and Earlham College. His research interests include chemical information literacy as well as data management services.  He has published peer-reviewed articles in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, the Journal of Chemical Education, and Science and Technology Libraries.

Jeremy is an active member of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information, where he has been involved in and has chaired committees related to chemical information education and the technical programming of sessions held at ACS National Meetings. He is currently an appointed Associate Member to the ACS Society Committee on Education.

Eric Herbst, PhD

Associate Editor, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

Eric Herbst received his Ph.D from Harvard University in molecular spectroscopy and astrochemistry under the direction of William Klemperer. Following his PhD, he was a postdoctoral associate at Harvard, under Klemperer, and at The University of Colorado, under W. Carl Lineberger. He has held faculty positions at The College of William and Mary (chemistry), Duke University (physics), and The Ohio State University (physics, astronomy). He is currently Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia with courtesy appointments in astronomy and physics. Herbst is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), from which he received The Centenary Prize in 2004. He has won awards from a number of other European countries including the Ionnes Marcus Marci Medal (Czech Republic), Max Planck Prize (Germany), and named lectureships in France, and Norway. Herbst is currently an associate editor of the new ACS journal ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, and vice-chair of the ACS subdivision of astrochemistry.

T. Brent Gunnoe, PhD

Associate Editor, ACS Catalysis

Brent Gunnoe received his B.A. from West Virginia University in 1993, where he was a Presidential Scholar and was awarded the Outstanding Junior (1992) and Senior (1993) Chemistry Student. After obtaining a Ph. D. from the University of North Carolina (1997) under the direction of Professor Joseph Templeton and serving as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia (1997-1999) with Professor Dean Harman, Gunnoe began his independent career as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. In 2008 he moved to the University of Virginia as Professor of Chemistry. He is co-author of three book chapters, two patents and greater than 130 referred journal publications, and he has delivered over 125 invited lectures. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the LeRoy and Elva Martin Award for Teaching Excellence. From 2009-2015, Gunnoe served as the Director of the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the United States Department of Energy. He currently serves as Associate Editor for ACS Catalysis.

Ariel Grostern, PhD

 Managing Editor, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Ariel Grostern is responsible for the day-to-day management of his publications, and ensures that the publications are produced on time, on budget, and with appropriate levels of quality. He also develops and advances the strategic goals of the journals, working with the Editors to promote each journal’s continued growth and success.

Dr. Grostern received his BSc. in Microbiology from the University of Guelph (Canada), and his PhD in Cell & Systems Biology from the University of Toronto (Canada). There, his research focused on the anaerobic bioremediation of chlorinated groundwater contaminants. Prior to joining the American Chemical Society, Dr. Grostern did a post-doc at UC Berkeley and was a Senior Program Associate focusing on grant peer review in the Research Competitiveness Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Joe Pompano, PhD

Senior Scientist, Eurofins Lancaster Labs

Joe Pompano was raised in Connecticut and earned his BS in mathematics and chemistry at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Joe received an M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, and did a Dietetic Internship at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, which brought him to Virginia in 1982. After teaching high school mathematics and chemistry in Henrico County for 16 years, he obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, doing research with Professor Sarah Rutan on artificial neural networks in the analysis of water soluble sulfonylurea herbicides, using an LC/MS.

In the 1970’s, Joe was the founder of an alternative school in Orange, Massachusetts and the owner/operator of a natural foods restaurant. His professional chemistry- related experience includes working as a laboratory technician at Erving Paper Mills in Erving, Massachusetts, as a Principal Scientist at Boehringer-Ingelheim Chemicals, Inc. in Petersburg and Arista Labs in Richmond. He is currently employed as a Senior Scientist at Eurofins Lancaster Labs in Richmond.

Joe has been an ACS member since 1994 and is a member in the Analytical Chemistry Division. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Section and has served the section as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, and Chair. He was the General Chair of the 2011 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS). He received the Virginia Section Distinguished Service Award in 2014, and is currently involved with the Chemistry Olympiad and is the Vice-Chair again.
Joe lives in Hanover with his wife Debbie and two dogs, Snowbear and Corky. He has three daughters. Rachel is an art teacher in Charlottesville, Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UVA is a, and Laura is a Ph.D. candidate in International Nutrition at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Audrey Reid, PhD

Gastronomical Chemist and Founder, Imbibe Solutions

Audrey Reid is a gastronomical chemist and founder of Imbibe Solutions, a local laboratory that works with regional breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries performing quality control testing. Originally from California, she moved to the East Coast for graduate school and eventually settled in Charlottesville for its amazing craft scene and proximity to the mountains. She never had a career plan beyond wanting to combine her love of science and food, but with inspiration from a good friend and master brewer, she eventually started Imbibe Solutions to help craft beverage businesses improve the quality and consistency of their products. Entrepreneurship was a twist she never saw coming, but it has allowed her to create a position she loves, with people she adores, and a fridge that is always full of beer.

Emilie Duncan

Graduate Fellow, Winterthur/University of Delaware, Art Conservation

Emilie Duncan is a graduate fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in book and paper conservation. For her third and final year in the program, she is completing a twelve-month internship in the library conservation lab at the University of Virginia. Emilie holds a BA in Historic Preservation with minors in Chemistry and Museum Studies from the University of Mary Washington. Prior to beginning her degree work at University of Delaware, she held internships at a variety of museums, including Colonial Williamsburg, where she performed conservation treatments on materials ranging from archaeological iron to revolutionary war documents. At University of Delaware, she completed a technical study of a nineteenth-century watercolor architectural drawing exhibiting lead white darkening. Emilie will continue her research into the treatment of darkened lead white pigment at the Library of Congress starting in October 2017.

Denise Walters, PhD

Sr. Manager, Science and Technology Group, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Denise Walters has a BS in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Pharmacy with a focus in bioanalysis from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.   Her career long experience includes organic synthesis, analytical method validation and sample analyses in various dosage forms and biological matrices, raw materials, manufacturing, dissolution and pharmacokinetic modeling.  She directed analytical projects for both the National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology program and has experience in both GMP and GLP environments.  Denise has published in both the fields of pharmacokinetics and bioanalysis and is a co-author on 2 patents.

Since joining Pfizer, she served as the analytical lead for multiple analgesics and dietary supplement projects including but not limited to Advil® PM and Allergy Sinus, Centrum® Cardio and Gender and Caltrate® Chewables.  She also acted as analytical lead for the raw materials department.  Currently, she manages a group of chemists that support global dietary supplement product development.  The strengths that have contributed to her successes include communication and presentation skills, responsibility, perseverance, and connectedness (Strength Builders).

Denise enjoys applying her leadership skills in volunteer organizations.  She is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society, member of the Pfizer’s  Consumer Healthcare’s Richmond Female Leadership Initiative Program and past co-chair of the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Wildlife Habitat Committee.  She is currently a member of Toastmasters International Sherwood Speakers and recently completed their Competent Communicator  and Leader programs.  She also serves as the Activities Director for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, performs traditional Native American songs and dances and sings in her church choir.  She is also a former Boy Scouts of America Cubmaster.  She enjoys a variety of crafts including sewing, quilting, beading, drawing, jewelry making, crocheting, knitting and photography.

Catherine T. Hunt, PhD

Brenton S. Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), University of Virginia (UVA)

Catherine T. “Katie” Hunt, Ph.D. is the 2017 Brenton S. Halsey Visiting Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UVA. Dr. Hunt is an active past president of the American Chemical Society who continues to advocate for science and technology. Most recently she served as a panelist for the Science and the Congress Briefing on Energy Storage and the Grid.

As the former R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company, she had a strong history of building successful technology partnerships between industry and academia with government agencies and national labs. She is most proud of her work with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in Philadelphia.

Dr. Hunt began her career as a senior scientist in analytical research at Rohm and Haas in 1984 after completing an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University.  Over her 29-year career she held positions of increasing responsibility in R&D, manufacturing and business functions. Now, she is “living the dream” – bicycling to work and teaching business and technology leadership (ENGR4880).

Shannon O'Reilly

Outreach Marketing Specialist, American Chemical Society, Publications Division

Shannon O’Reilly is the Outreach Marketing Specialist for the American Chemical Society, Publications Division. She supports the outreach engagement strategies and initiatives of ACS Publications, including the management of the ACS on Campus outreach program and additional programs designed to serve the global community of authors, researchers, and librarians. Shannon graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in English. Her professional background includes large-scale event planning and marketing outreach for non-profits in the DC area.


Tuesday, March 28


University of Virginia

Library Data Commons

Ruffner Hall, Room 302

8:45-9:15 Registration and Breakfast

9:15-9:30 am Opening Remarks

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9:30-10:15 am 10 Tips on How to Get Published

Presenters: Prof. Eric Herbst, Associate Editor, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry and Prof. T. Brent Gunnoe, Associate Editor, ACS Catalysis

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10:15-11:00 am Peer Review: Why, How To, and What Not To Do

Presenter: Dr. Ariel Grostern, Managing Editor, Journal of Agricultural and Food ChemistryEnvironmental Science & Technology, and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

 11:00 am-12:00 pm Alternative Careers in Chemistry, Panel Discussion

Panelists: Dr. Katie Hunt, Brenton Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Virginia; Emilie Duncan, Graduate Fellow in Art Conservation, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library at University of Delaware; Dr. Audrey Reid, Gastronomical Chemist and Owner, Imbide Solutions, LLC; Dr. Denise Walters, Senior Manager, Analytical Development at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare; and Dr. Joe Pompano, Senior Scientist, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories


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