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Sci-Mix Poster Session – Sustainable Science: Recycle a Poster

Tuesday 15 November 2016

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Bell's Eccentric Café

Free (open to the public)
5-7p: Reception
7-8p: Keynote speaker (Tom L. McTier (Zoetis))
8p: Prize announcement
8-9p: Sci-Mix Poster Session & Networking

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By Elke Schoffers (KACS Publicity) with Photos by Denis Billen (DB Family Photography)

Tom McTier headshot

Dr. T. McTier of Zoetis was the keynote.

KACS hosted its annual poster session titled Sustainable Science – Recycle a Poster at Bell's Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo on Nov. 15, 2016. For the 6th year in a row, KACS organized this public event, which was made possible through a generous grant from Zoetis. As before, there were many research posters in addition to a keynote speaker. Over 110 people attended this social gathering; 49% of the attendees were ACS members.

Simparica chemical structure
Simparica box
Zoetis logo

Dr. McTier discussed the discovery and development of sarolaner (Simparica®) in Zoetis' labs here in Kalamazoo in his talk Discovery and Development of Simparica® – A Novel Companion Animal Isoxazoline Parasiticide. He is Therapeutic Area Head for Companion Animal Parasitology and Research Director in Global Therapeutics Research, Veterinary Medicine Research and Development at Zoetis in Kalamazoo, MI. This drug is a novel isoxazoline derivative and has unique structural features important for its potency and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties.

Tom McTier giving the keynote address

Dr. Mc.Tier presented the research results obtained at Zoetis in Kalamazoo.

poster session

KACS rented “The Back Room” at Bell's Eccentric Café for this event.

Event visitors had a chance to enjoy hot appetizers and beer from 5 to 9 pm while listening to the keynote speech, mingling and reviewing the posters that were given. There were 28 new or "recycled" (from a previous conference) posters highlighting scientific results from Zoetis, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University (WMU), among others. Some work was done in collaboration with other institutions. There were 15 student presenters from WMU; 8 from Kalamazoo College and one student from Portage High School. The local section also gave out three $50 cash prizes, which were drawn from the pool of poster presenters who submitted an abstract early. KACS Treasurer Andre R. Venter delivered the prizes to the winners: Lainey R. Barber, Nicole L. Burke and Haider Faraj.

The prize winners presented these posters:

A Spectroscopic Investigation of the Gas-Phase Folding of Leucine Enkephalin and its Analogues
Nicole L. Burke, Timothy S. Zwier* and Scott A. McLuckey* (collaborative project, joint PIs)
Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Sorption of Noble Metal Nanoparticles from the Water Column by Periphytic Algal Turf Communities
Haider Faraj and John B. Miller*
Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Crossed-Benzoin Condensations Utilizing N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Green Solvents
Lainey R. Barber and James J. Kiddle*
Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
italics = presenter; * = principal investigator

Award presentations

Organizers and prize winners: Brian Eklov (KACS Chair); Elke Schoffers (KACS Publicity); winner Lainey R. Barber; Andre R. Venter (KACS Treasurer) and prize winners Nicole L. Burke and Haider Faraj (left to right).

Brian Eklov presentation

KACS Chair Brian Eklov gave a brief power point presentation to highlight past and planned Local Section activities, also announcing current volunteer opportunities.

The Kalamazoo Local Section also used this popular event as an opportunity to get feedback from all visitors by distributing a paper survey. The Executive Committee thanks all the participants for filling out the questionnaires, and the data is currently being reviewed. Last but not least, the KACS Board is grateful for the financial support that Zoetis has provided to help defer the expenses associated with this event.

Poster session

ACS members and non-members enjoyed the atmosphere. Joel Huber, Tom Runge, Steve McWethy, Gabe Kornis, Lydia Hines (KACS Councilor), Fred Antosz.

Poster session

Scientist from academia and industry, with various expertise and background, mingled for hours over food and drinks.

Poster session

Discussion of science posters.

Poster session

Poster presenters from industry and academia participated.

Poster session

WMU students and faculty members presented posters.

Poster session

A group photo of Kalamazoo College students and faculty members, posing at the end of the poster session.

Poster session

Scientists enjoyed a relaxing atmosphere.

Poster session

Attendees listened to the keynote speech upstairs and downstairs in "The Back Room".

Funding provided through a generous grant by Zoetis logo