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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.
Present a poster – see instructions below!
|17:00 – 19:00||Poster Setup, Registration, Reception|
|19:00||Keynote Speaker: Prof. Benjamin Swarts|
|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)
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On November 12 th the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society (KACS) had another successful Recycle-A-Poster event sponsored by Zoetis at the Back room of Bell's Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. Despite the unusually snowy weather on that day this highly-anticipated award-winning event, which occurs every fall and provides an opportunity for local chemists to talk science in a relaxed atmosphere over drinks and hors d'oeuvres, attracted about 70 participants. The evening started with a surprise presentation of a Tribute to the KACS by Senator Sean McCann in recognition of the International Year of the Periodic Table. That was followed by our keynote speaker, Dr. Benjamin Swarts of Central Michigan University, who gave an incredible talk on his career and his use of chemical biology to explore novel approaches to diagnose and treat tuberculosis. The program concluded with the opportunity to review the 26 "recycled" posters displayed by undergraduate students, graduate students as well as local industrial chemists; of those posters submitted by a publicized deadline three were randomly-selected as winners and each presenter received a $50 Visa gift card: Audrey Searing (WMU, NSF REU research at MSU), Christopher Vennard (Kalamazoo College, Chemistry), and Halle Nienhaus (WMU, Biological Sciences). KACS is greatly indebted to Zoetis, our long-term sponsor for this annual event, and would also like to offer our sincere thanks to our speaker, Dr. Swarts, and the event coordinators, Drs. Tomasz Respondek (Zoetis) and Kelly Teske (WMU), for their diligent efforts in providing us with an amazing night!