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March 18, 2011 Meeting
- Public Affairs Meeting-


Dr. Barbara E. Moriarty
Dr. Barbara E. Moriarty

2011 Public Affairs Awardee
Research Associate
Nalco Company
Chicago, IL

“Scientists and Public Affairs”

Date:  March 18, 2011
Location:    Café La Cave
2777 Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Cost:  $35.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $37.00 for non-members,
     $20 for students, retired, or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Wednesday, March 16.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


5:30 - 6:15 PM · Pre-dinner talk, James P. Shoffner
5:30 - 6:30 PM · Job Club
6:00 - 7:00 PM · Social Hour:  Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres served butler style. Cash Bar
7:00 - 8:00 PM · Dinner
8:00 PM · Public Affairs Award Program

Topic: “Scientists and Public Affairs”

Abstract:  The role of science, including chemistry, is increasingly more important in our daily lives. As chemists, I feel that part of our civic duty is to help those who make the laws governing all our activities be informed scientifically. This talk will discuss some of the aspects of being a scientist active in Public Affairs. A number of the activities that the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society has done to foster a more scientifically literate society will be discussed. In addition, some ideas for future activities will be discussed.

Biography: Barbara Moriarty is a Research Associate at Nalco Company. She received a BS from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. At Nalco she is responsible for developing new technology for cooling water systems. She has pioneered the development of fluorescence technology, both materials and instrumentation, for cooling water systems. Much of the research she has done has involved scale control and methods to monitor and control scale. She has published numerous articles and received numerous patents for this work. She has received the Chicago Section’s Distinguished Service Award, the Chicago Association of Technological Societies Merit Award and was one of the team to receive a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, given to Nalco Company for 3D TRASARTM technology.

Pre-Dinner Talk by Dr. James P. Shoffner, Co-Chair, Public Affairs Committee:

“Public Laws, Thomas, and the Public Distribution of Scientific and Technically-Related Legislation”

On average, during any two year period when congress is in session, about 500 congressional laws and proclamations are passed. Also, on average, about 5% of them will be of significant scientific and technical interest. This talk will review the process by which this information is made available to the public from the standpoint of the historical origin of the Library of Congress site known as “Thomas”, its availability and accessibility. Emphasis will be placed on how this accessibility has improved with the availability of the internet and the organization and incorporation of companies and groups designed for this purpose.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Go directly to the parking lot for self-parking.  Valet parking is also available.




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