University of Wisconsin-Madison

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2013

"It was my pleasure to be a volunteer. Thank you for organizing such an informative and inspirational event."

Tram Anh Pham, Student
Franklin & Marshall College, PA

Madison, Wisconsin

Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2013


University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

330 N. Orchard Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53715


ACS on Campus will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison October 29-30.

Read full module descriptions here.

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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Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D.

Associate Editor, Journal of Organic Chemistry; Helfaer Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Bob McMahon is Helfaer Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985. Following postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at Wisconsin in 1988. He has been named NSF Graduate Fellow (1980), NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1989), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1994), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003), and Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2011). He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organic Chemistry since 2000. McMahon is an authority on physical-organic chemistry, photochemistry, and materials chemistry. His current research interests include the generation and spectroscopic characterization of organic reactive intermediates, the organic chemistry of relevance to astrochemistry and combustion chemistry, and the synthesis and characterization of organic glass-forming materials.

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

ACS Immediate Past President

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is the first holder of the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at UW-Madison. He is well known internationally for his effective leadership in promoting excellence in science education at all levels, and for his development and use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry in classrooms as well as in less formal settings, such as museums, convention centers, shopping malls and retirement homes. The Encyclopedia Britannica sites him as the "dean of lecture demonstrators in America." His scholarly publications, including the multi-volume series, Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, are models of learning and instruction that have been translated into several languages. He is an advocate for policies to advance knowledge and to use science and technology to serve society. He promotes the exploration and establishment of links between science, the arts and the humanities, and the elevation of discourse on significant societal issues related to science, religion, politics, the economy, and ethics. Professor Shakhashiri was the 2011 President-Elect of the American Chemical Society, is serving a one-year term as president in 2012 and will be immediate past president in 2013.

Dr. Arun Yethiraj

Senior Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Arun Yethiraj is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is in the general area of understanding the structure and dynamics of complex fluids using the methods of statistical mechanics and computer simulation. Current research is mainly focused on polymers, surfactants, and membranes. Yethiraj's research group devises simple models to obtain insight into complex behavior, and also develops coarse-grained models for the molecular simulation of complex fluids.
Dr. Arun Yethiraj received his B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay (India), his M. S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. After postdoctoral research with Ken Schweizer at the University of Illinois, he joined the faculty in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Sara Rouhi

Manager, Library Relations and ACS on Campus
ACS Publications

Sara Rouhi has worked in scholarly publishing for five years since finishing her masters degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2008. Her role at ACS Publications is twofold. First, as Library Relations Manager, Sara works with librarians to help explain, clarify, and promote ACS Publications policies, products, and services. Her second role is to manage the international arm of ACS on Campus -- one of the free outreach programs that ACS Publications offers its customers. She developed this program in 2010 as a small Library Relations initiative dedicated to bringing librarians, students, and faculty into the same space to discuss shared issues of relevance -- including ethics in publishing, the basics of scholarly communication, jobs for young researchers and online research tools. The program has since expanded to include offerings from the whole of the American Chemical Society and has visited top research departments around the world and thousands of students from Boston to Beijing to Mumbai.

In her spare time Sara likes to unpack her suitcases, teach spin at her local gym, and perform improvisational comedy with her DC-based improv troupe, Sistine Robot. Follow her travels with ACS on Campus @ACSonC.

John H. Engelman II

John recently retired from S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. as a senior associate scientist. He has extensive experience in product development for a major silicone manufacturer, a major chemical company, two (2) consumers product companies, and a composite company. Particularly effective at problem solving, designing experimentation and creating innovative solutions to meet financial, manufacturing and product expectation needs in a global setting. John was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science as one of the leading technicians in the nation in 2003. In 2010 he was honored by being inducted as ACS Fellow. John has been an ACS Career Consultant and presenter for 10 years and part of the hiring process with his company for over 20 years.


Tuesday October 29, 2013

Science Café Networking Event


Rm. 1255 – H.F. DeLuca Forum

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

330 N. Orchard Street

Madison, WI 53715

6:00-7:00 Science Cafe Networking Event

7:00 – 8:00 pm Climate Change and You: Facts, Challenges, and Responsibilities

Wednesday October 30, 2013


Rm. 1255 – H.F. DeLuca Forum

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

330 N. Orchard Street

Madison, WI 53715

9:00-9:30     Breakfast, sign in, and onsite registration

9:30-10:00   Welcome  and Opening Remarks

11:30-11:45   Networking Break 

11:45-12:45  LUNCH / SciFinder® – Beyond Chemistry

12:45-1:00   Networking Break 

Closing Remarks and Raffle