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EDUCATION NIGHT - Friday Sept 27 2013

The Great Lakes - More Than Just H2O

(Helen Domske)

Pre-dinner talk: Molecular Origami for Biochemistry: Paper Models of Proteins, Carbohydrates, and DNA

(Charles Abrams)


The Great Lakes – More Than Just H2O
Helen Domske

Helen Domske

Senior Extension Specialist for New York Sea Grant/Cornell Cooperative Extension

Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University at Buffalo

Date:  Friday, September 27, 2013

Loyola University 
Chemistry Dept/Flanner Hall 
1068 W. Sheridan Road 
Chicago, IL 
Chem Dept. phone: 773-508-3100
General Lakeshore Campus line:773-274-3000

Dinner will be served cafeteria style acros the street at the Simpson Living-Learning Center

Cost:  $15.00

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Wednesday, September 25.   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 - 7:30 PM · Poster Session
5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
5:30 - 6:15 PM · Pre-dinner talk:  Molecular Origami (In Flanner Hall room #105)
6:00 - 7:30 PM · Dinner served buffet style
7:30 - 7:45 PM · High School Scholarship Exam Award Presentations
7:45 - General Meeting & Main Talk (Great Lakes)

After-Dinner Presentation:  “The Great Lakes – More Than Just H2O”

Abstract: They hold nearly 20% of the world’s available freshwater - but the Great Lakes are an amazing resource that many of us take for granted.  Learn about the wonders of the watershed, some of the critical issues facing the Great Lakes and what is being done to protect them for future generations.  The talk will cover research being conducted by scientists and educators aboard the USEPA’s Lake Guardian that focuses on water chemistry and life in the lakes.

Biography:  Helen Domske is a Senior Extension Specialist for New York Sea Grant/Cornell Cooperative Extension.  She also serves as the Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University at Buffalo.  Helen is the Education Coordinator of New York Sea Grant and the New York leader for the Center for Great Lakes Literacy.  Helen Domske has worked for Cornell University for 19 years and has developed a productive Great Lakes education program.

Ms. Domske educates the public about issues affecting the Great Lakes. She frequently speaks to school children, fishermen and boaters about how they can help prevent water pollution and the spread of invasive species. Prior to joining University of Buffalo, Domske worked as curator of education for the Aquarium of Niagara Falls from 1979 to 1993. As a scuba diver of more than 30 years, Domske has witnessed, firsthand, many of the changes happening within the Great Lakes, including the spread of invasive mussels across the lake bottoms.

origamiPre-dinner presentation:  “ Molecular Origami for Biochemistry: Paper Models of Proteins, Carbohydrates, and DNA”

Presenter: Prof. Charles Abrams (Tuman College Dept. of Physical Science & Engineering)

Abstract: Understanding protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions is important in biochemistry and molecular biology, but expensive models are required for hands-on study by students. In this presentation, a method for modeling large biomolecules with paper will be demonstrated. These models are affordable, easy to construct, and allow educational activities that are impossible with other kits. Inspired by Pauling's paper model of an alpha helix and Hanson's book "Molecular Origami", the models start with a molecular structure printed on standard weight paper, along with lines for cutting and folding. Pairs of numbers guide alignment of hydrogen bonds, which are secured with transparent tape. For proteins, the resulting models accurately represent the backbone atomic positions of alpha helices and beta sheets. Non-repetitive structures can also be built accurately. Disulfide bonds and other tertiary interactions can be added, and a variety of super-secondary motifs and quaternary structures can be created. Student-built models of the Rossmann fold, a leucine zipper, and collagen will be exhibited, and participants will have the opportunity to build their own models.

Biography: Charles B. Abrams has been teaching organic chemistry at Truman College (City Colleges of Chicago) for 11 years, and taught at Beloit College (WI) for five years prior to that. Twenty years ago he wrote IR TUTOR, distributed by Wiley, which is still in use today. More recently, he designed and built the Truman College Studio Classrooms for general and organic chemistry. He continues to collaborate with several chemistry faculty at Loyola University on a variety of projects.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Enter the campus at the intersection of Kenmore and Sheridan Road and bear to the left. Parking is available at the parking deck next to Flanner Hall for about $8.00. Enter the garage at the entrance marked “Faculty, Students, Guests, Visitors.” When leaving the garage, first purchase an exit parking ticket at the pay station machine located near the garage stairs and elevators.

Public Transportation: Please see the folowing Google Map:
• From University of Chicago Hyde Park:
• From University of Illinois at Chicago:

Northwestern University (Evanston): Take the Intercampus shuttle and get off at the Sheridan/Loyola stop:



An excellent dinner will be in the nearby Simpson Living Center and is served cafeteria style. The cafeteria provides a large variety of items on an all-you-can-eat basis. Dinner admission tickets are obtained at the ACS registration table in Flanner Hall for a flat charge of $15.00 per person.




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