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Thursday, June 21, 2012 Meeting

Distinguished Service Award and 50-year Members recognized


Mark Griep
Prof. Mark A. Griep

Associate Professor & Vice Chair
University of Nebraska,
Lincoln, NE

“ ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies ”

Date:  Thursday, June 21, 2012

Manzo's Restaurant
1571 S. Elmhurst Rd
Des Plaines

Cost:  $35.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $37.00 for non-members, and $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 Tuesday, June 19.   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.


5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club - combined with our pre-dinner activity
5:00 - 6:00 · Pre-Dinner Activity
5:30 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour
6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner
7:30 - 7:45 PM · DSA and 50- and 60- Year Member Awards
7:45 PM · General Meeting

Topic:  “ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies”

Abstract:  Have you ever wondered about the contents of Dr. Jekyll’s ‘Hyde formula’ or the invisibility drug monocaine from The Invisible Man?  In this talk, you will learn about those topics and how they fit into the larger theme of the dark and bright sides of chemistry in the movies.  For example, in Clambake from 1967, Elvis Presley is a chemist who develops a super-hard, super-fast drying varnish that he uses to win the boat race, the girl, and his father's respect.  You will learn that when chemistry is part of the narrative in movies, it is about the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and inventor chemists, between the invisible man and forensic chemists, between chemical weapons and classroom chemistry, between avaricious chemical companies and altruistic research chemists, and, finally, about the relationship between people who choose to experiment with mind-altering drugs vs. the drug discovery process.

Biography:  Mark Griep is a chemistry professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who studies the process of lagging strand DNA synthesis enzymes.  He has devoted his teaching career to finding ways to engage people to want to learn more chemistry.  In 2008, he was awarded the UNL Distinguished Teaching Award for revising the Chemistry Department’s course for non-scientists.  In 2009, he co-authored ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies.  It was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in the area of the public understanding of science and published by Oxford University Press.  The book was favorably reviewed in Nature Chemistry, Chemistry World, Entrepreneur, Chemical Heritage Magazine, and on the ScriptPhD blog.  In 2010 and 2011, he presented lectures about using movie clips to teach chemistry at the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society’s national meeting.

Pre-Dinner Activity:

Test Tube Chemist Test Tube Chemist Test Tube

You Just Finished Your BS/PhD/PostDoc in Chemistry – Now What?

Are you wondering what you’ll do after completing your studies?  Don’t know how to get a job in the chemical field?  Not sure of what you want to do? The Chicago Section Women Chemists Committee will be sponsoring a mentoring session for all chemistry graduate, undergraduate and postdoctoral students, female and male, who are interested in getting jobs in chemistry.  Members of the Chicago Section ACS with experience in corporate, academic and government settings will be present to help students with their resumes, answer career questions, and provide examples of the types of jobs available in chemistry today.

Immediately following this activity, students and postdocs are invited to attend the dinner and the after-dinner presentation at a discounted rate.

For further information or transportation possibilities, please call the Chicago Section ACS office at 847-391-9091.

Attendees at the dinner, female and male, are welcome to attend the student session and tell the students about your careers in chemistry. No previous preparation is necessary.  Just come and sit down and share your story.

Distinguished Service Award

Sanford Angelos

Sanford AngelosThe Distinguished Service Award recognizes members for outstanding and dedicated service to the Chicago Section ACS. The posthumous winner of this year’s award is Sanford Angelos. 

Sandy received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1972 and his M.S. in Criminalistics in 1975 both from UIC. In 1985 he obtained a M. Ed. in Research Evaluation from UIC. He joined the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement in 1975, then went on to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1976 where he stayed until his retirement in 2006. From then until his untimely death in December, 2011 Sandy ran his own company, Aris Associates, Ltd., an independent contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice. During his career Sandy testified in over 500 court cases involving illicit drug trafficking.

Sandy received many invitations to transfer his forensic expertise to agencies throughout the world including Georgia, Armenia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Belize, Columbia, Japan and China. Locally he taught forensics at Columbia College, Roosevelt University and his alma mater, UIC.

Sandy was a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Sciences Foundation, International Academy of Forensic Sciences, Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, and the Council of Forensic Science Educators as well as the American Chemical Society. He held many offices in these organizations. He also served on the editorial review board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

As a member of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society Sandy  served in the capacities of Chair-Elect, Chair, Past-Chair, Treasurer, Director, Editor, and Chair of the Bylaws, Distinguished Service Award, Environmental Health and Safety, Gibbs Arrangements, House, National Affairs, Policy, Professional Relations, and Program Committees. By actual count Sandy gave the equivalent of seventy four years of service to the Chicago Section during his twenty three years of membership.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Free parking at the restaurant


Onion Soup 
Garden Salad with Choice of Dressing
Entrée Selections:

Dessert is Spumoni Ice Cream



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