Chicago Section, ACS
Joint with the Chicago Chemists Club
and Iota Sigma Pi
Holiday Party/Meeting

Friday, December 9, 2005

Challenges for Chemists


    Charles P. Casey

Immediate Past President, ACS
Homer B. Adkins Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


     Willowbrook Holiday Inn
     7800 Kingery Highway (Route 83)
     Willowbrook, IL

Charles P. Casey

This is the Chicago Section ACS/Chicago Chemists Club/Iota Sigma Pi Annual Holiday party/meeting.   At this event, everyone is a chemist (either practicing or honorary)!   Come join in the celebration with all your fellow chemists.  In addition to our technical program, Santa will be bringing gifts!   ENJOY!

We are asking you to also bring a gift!!!   Please bring some canned food or other non-perishable food item (in non-glass containers) that we, as the ACS, can donate to a charity for needy people in the Chicagoland area. Let's share our good fortune in the spirit of the season. THANKS!!

Meeting Details (click)


As the 2004 President of the American Chemical Society, I tried to focus attention on the challenges that chemists and chemistry face.  Some of these challenges were outlined in the National Research Council report “Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering”.  I have tried to catalyze discussion of the key problems that chemistry faces.  I urge all chemists to make a list of five major societal problems that will require advances in basic chemistry and of five advances in basic chemistry that will enable new opportunities for chemists.  This is the kind of information that chemists need when presenting the case for support of chemistry to the public, to Congress, and to non-chemist leaders of government science agencies.  We need to tell undergraduates that they are needed to address these important challenges.

Another challenge faced by chemistry is to rethink graduate education in chemistry.  The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate has helped to bring together 12 universities to share their ideas on retooling the PhD in chemistry.  At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we are reexamining the PhD program because we recognize the growing interdisciplinary nature of research and the increased emphasis on teamwork.  We are also questioning whether the traditional research divisions still make sense.  We have begun the process by considering the characteristics our successful graduates should possess and whether current requirements are the best way to achieve these outcomes.

Speaker Information: 

Dr. Charles P. Casey is the Homer B. Adkins Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research focuses on mechanistic organometallic chemistry.  Current studies focus on the mechanism of hydrogenations involving catalysts that simultaneous transfer of an acidic hydrogen and a metal hydride. He is author of more than 250 papers in organometallic chemistry.  He has served as Chairman of the Organometallic Subdivision of the ACS and as Chairman of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the ACS, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  He was President of the ACS in 2004.   In 1993, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received the A.C. Cope Scholar Award of the ACS in 1988, and ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 1991.

Date:  Friday, December 9, 2005

Job Club:  5:30 - 6:30 PM
Social Hour: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Cash Bar, with complementary hors d'oeurves
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Changing of the gavel: 8:10 PM
General meeting:  8:15 PM

Willowbrook Holiday Inn

7800 Kingergy Highway (Rt. 83)
Willowbrook, IL 60527

Cost:  $32.00 for members of ACS or their guests and $34.00 for non-members.   The cost to students and unemployed members is $16.

Reservations:   (847) 647-8405


Map and Directions:
Take Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway) South to the IL-83 (Kingery Hwy) North exit.   Keep right at the fork in the ramp and merge into IL-83 North.   Proceed to the Holiday Inn.   It is on the east side of Route 83, just 0.5 block North of Interstate 55.

Parking:   Free


Fresh Fruit Cup
Tomato Florentine Soup
Tossed garden salad with choice of dressing
Entrée choices: Vegetarian rolled Verdi Ricotta, Baked Salmon with cucumber/dill sauce, or Filet Mignon with mushroom cap and Béarnaise sauce on the side
Baked potato and Prince Albert blend of wax beans, green beans and carrots
Apple Cobbler

    Updated 11/6/05