March 2003 Meeting
(Public Affairs Award Meeting)
Speaker:   Dr. Inara Brubaker
-- Public Affairs Awardee
Dr. Inara Brubaker
Topic:   Roles for Chemical Scientists in a Technological Society
Friday, March 14, 2003
Location:   The Wellington of Arlington Heights
2121 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois

History of the Public Affairs Award

Abstract:     Should we promote the chemical sciences? Do we have a responsibility? Should we share our enthusiasm for the chemical sciences and their value with the public sector? What do we gain? As individuals? For our profession?

In the presentation, Inara will describe her experiences using chemistry outside the industrial laboratory.  Her intent is to encourage you to seek similar interesting, stimulating and beneficial activities that use your training in chemistry.

For example, using her projects as an ACS Chemistry and Public Affairs Fellow, Inara participated at career conferences for high school and university students and acquainted ACS membership, at section meetings throughout the country, with the opportunities for and needs by Congress and the public sector for chemical scientists.

The fellowship led to projects with the ACS Task Force on Occupational Health and Safety:   to provide input to OSHA to develop a toxic chemical policy for laboratories separate from policy for industry, including presenting testimony on behalf of the ACS at a Department of Labor hearing; to lead the publication of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and Understanding Chemical Hazards:  A Guide for Students.

Biography:     Inara Brubaker retired in 2002, after 28 years at the UOP/AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International) Research Center.  From 1996-2002 she was a Senior Research Associate with UOP; from 1988 to 1996 she was a project leader and research manager at AlliedSignal.  Her work was in applied research in analytical chemistry and separations ranging from feed to effluent treatment and purification and in materials properties and recycling.  She is the co-author of over a dozen publications on separations, separation processes and analytical methodologies and co-inventor of three U.S. patents.

In 1977, Inara was the ACS Chemistry and Public Affairs Fellow.  She has been an invited lecturer at ACS section meetings and an ACS Tour Speaker to present her work with the Congress on the PBB contamination incident in Michigan, materials policy and environmental monitoring, and has participated in many career guidance meetings and conferences at universities and colleges.  She has served on the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and the Task Force on Occupational Health and Safety.  Her service to her community includes trustee for the Des Plaines Public Library and the Des Plaines Environmental Control Commission.  In 2001, Inara received the Mayoral Award for some of her contributions to the City of Des Plaines at the Northwest Cook County Unity Dinner.

Inara received a Ph.D. and M. Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from The Ohio State University and the B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from the Ohio Northern University.

A meeting of the Chicago Section JOB CLUB will be held at the Wellington at 5 PM.  The March Job club meeting will include a review and discussion of some of the fundamental tools that a chemist can use to conduct a job search.

The JOB CLUB provides a continuing opportunity for unemployed members of the Section to meet one another, share their experiences and develop a network that may help in identifying employment opportunities.   Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to distribute to your colleagues.   The Job Club is also for employers seeking chemists. Employers need to be prepared to describe the positions to be filled and the requirements for these positions.

Should you wish to attend the Section meeting following the JOB CLUB, the fee for unemployed members is only $14 and you can continue your networking activities over dinner.

Topical Group Presentation

Dr. Joseph Golab, Technology Manager for Chemistry Modeling, BP Chemicals America speaking on "Molecular Modeling and Rational Catalyst Design"

Topical Group Meeting: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM
Meeting: 8:00 PM

Cost:  $28.00 for members of ACS/ $30.00 for non-members/ $14.00 for students & unemployed members

Reservations:   (847)647-8405   
                    by noon, Tuesday, March 11

Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.
Map and Directions:

From Chicago: Take Interstate 90 (Northwest Tollway) west to Arlington Heights Road exit. Proceed north to the restaurant.

From the southwest: Take 355 north to Route 53 north and exit at Algonquin Road east. Go to Arlington Heights Road. Turn left (north) and proceed to the restaurant.


  • Cream soup of the day
  • Garden Salad with choice of dressings
  • Entrée choices are:
    • Breast of Chicken Athenian style with a medley of fresh vegetables and baked potato
    • Broiled White Fish with Tartar Sauce with fresh vegetables and baked potato
    • Fettuccine with fresh steamed vegetables and Marinara sauce
  • Dessert is Chocolate Sundae.

Updated 2/25/03