Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Sustainable Science - Recycle a Poster

Tuesday 13 November 2018

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Bell's Eccentric Café

Free and open to the public.
17:00 - 21:00

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Abstract Submission

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Your poster can either be newly prepared or a "recycled" poster. Poster presenters who submit their abstract (150-200 words) by Monday, Nov. 5 can win a cash prize! Non-prize presentations will still be accepted until Friday, Nov. 9, to reserve an easel. Presenters should email the following information to Elke.Schoffers@wmich.edu.

  • the poster title
  • author list with the presenter underlined and an asterisk (*) for the lead PI
  • institution information
  • an abstract to enter the prize drawing

Digging for Gold in Your Own Backyard: Novel Enzymes for Use in Flavors & Fragrances

Katie Whalen Headshot

by Katie Whalen, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist and Team Lead
Biotechnology & Food Protection R&D at Kalsec, Inc.

Funding provided through a generous grant by Zoetis logo

As of September 2018, there are 124 million enzyme sequences deposited in public databases. Is there one to do the chemical reaction you want? Katie will discuss the process of discovering novel enzyme "needles" in a haystack that grows by 5 million every month. Applications related to natural manufacturing of flavor and fragrance molecules will be discussed, including the semi-serendipitous discovery of a novel route to the pheromone, sulcatone.

Current ACS members, poster presenters and Zoetis employees are eligible for two complimentary drink tickets.


5-7 pm Poster Setup, registration, reception (complimentary hors d'oeuvres)
6:45 pm KACS Announcements
7 pm Keynote: The Real Crisis with Flint's Water
8-9 pm Poster Session, Network with Scientists and Speaker
8 pm Prize Announcement