Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Sustainable Science - Recycle a Poster

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Bell's Eccentric Café

Free and open to the public.
17:00 – 21:00
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
  • Free and open to the public

The KALAMAZOO Section of the American Chemical Society presents...

From Lipid Probes to Tuberculosis Drugs: Two Decades of Chemical Biology Research

by Prof. Benjamin Swarts
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Central Michigan University

Chemistry plays essential roles in understanding biology and creating new ways to combat human diseases. Ben Swarts, an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University, will discuss how chemical biology—the use of synthetic small molecules to study and manipulate biological systems—has been used in his research to explore novel approaches to diagnosing and treating the devastating bacterial disease tuberculosis. This story spans nearly two decades, ranging from Ben’s early experiences as an undergraduate chemistry major, through his time studying as a postdoc in South Africa, and to his current work as a chemistry professor and director of a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) tuberculosis research facility. It is hoped that this talk will illustrate how a passion for chemistry and a bit of serendipity can crystallize into an exciting, fruitful, and sometimes unpredictable career in the chemical sciences.

Prof. Swarts headshot

Sci-Mix Poster Session on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Present a poster – see instructions below!

17:00 – 19:00 Poster Setup, Registration, Reception
18:45 KACS Announcements
19:00 Keynote Speaker: Prof. Benjamin Swarts
20:00 Prize Announcement
20:00 – 21:00 Poster Session, Network with Scientists and Speaker

Current ACS members, poster presenters and Zoetis employees are eligible for two complimentary drink tickets (if 21 years and older)

Poster Instructions

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. 4 can win a $50 cash prize! Non-prize eligible presentations will still be accepted until Friday, Nov. 8. To reserve an easel, presenters should email the following information to kelly[dot]teske[at]wmich[dot]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

Funding provided by a generous grant by Zoetis logo