Eastern New York Section

A Local Section of the American Chemical Society


Upcoming Events

Webinar: IP & Regulatory Issues in Gene Editing

ACS Webinar Thursday, September 5, 2 - 3pm

Researching genetics can be complicated, the regulations and IP issues surrounding them can be even more so.

Decisions requiring IP and regulatory guidance are deeply embedded from early discovery through post-launch phases of product development. IP strategy needs to be tied to business goals, directed to the specific R&D pipeline, and evergreen. Due to the fact that all organisms are not treated the same, and the asynchronous nature of the global regulatory framework, careful planning of timing and projected costs to secure needed regulatory approvals is essential.

Join Cassie Edgar, Partner and Regulatory Attorney at McKee, Voorhees & Sease who will share how appropriate intellectual property and regulatory counsel is critical for organizations developing products using gene editing technology.

Registration and attendance is free; webinar slides can be downloaded the day of the broadcast 

Webinar :Making a Difference Through Project SEED

ACS Webinar Tuesday, September 10, 1 - 2 pm

ACS Project SEED provides bright, economically disadvantaged high school students with paid summer laboratory research experiences. Under the guidance of dedicated scientist mentors, students gain a window into the world of chemistry, build confidence and skills, and discover exciting STEM career paths. 

Join Student Experiences Manager Racquel Jemison of the ACS Education Division and Assistant Director of ACS Development Mary Bet Dobson during this special free interactive broadcast to learn how you can get involved with ACS Project SEED as a volunteer or donor. During this free interactive broadcast, Project SEED students and mentors will describe how the program opens doors and changes lives.

Registration and attendance is free; webinar slides can be downloaded the day of the broadcast


Webinar: Synthetic Opioids

ACS Webinar Thursday, September 12, 2 - 3pm

The number of overdoses and deaths related to synthetic opioids have increased in recent years with the emergence of many new and deadly man-made drugs. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Laboratory reference materials and analytical methods are more necessary than ever to combat the many new, illicit fentanyl analogs and related compounds largely driving the increases in opioid deaths.

Join Senior Service Fellow Melissa Carter and Research Chemist Elizabeth Hamelin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they discuss the design and application of an innovative new product line of analytical and certified reference materials, the Traceable Opioid Material* Kits (TOM Kits*), that has been developed to support detection of emerging opioids by laboratories from all U.S. sectors. 

Registration and attendance is free; webinar slides can be downloaded the day of the broadcast.

September Meeting               Homecoming Picnic and Barbecue

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 18, at the Hailes Cave Pavilion in Thatcher State Park, about 15 miles south of Albany and Schenectady. The Hailes Cave location at Thacher Park offers spectacular views atop the Helderberg escarpment.  There is also a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, plenty of room for lawn activities such as bocce, ladderball, cornhole, badminton, etc. For those interested in hiking, there is access to the Indian Ladder trail from the campsite and rock climbing for those holding permits.

The Womens Chemist Committee (WCC) will host a GeoCaching event during the picnic, which is open to all attendees.  The event will start at 6:15 pm and will be about 30 minutes.  To participate, you will need a GPS or GPS app on your smartphone.  If you are interested:

  •  Send an e-mail no later than September 16 to enyacs@gmail.com with the subject line "I'm Up for Geocaching"

The evening's menu will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, salad, chips and dips, and dessert. Those attendees with special dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own food for grilling. A variety of drinks (beer, soda, water, iced tea) will be provided, but attendees are also encouraged to bring their own beverages to share (no glass containers allowed in the park).

The highlight of the homecoming picnic will be a WINE TASTING hosted by Saratoga native AnnMarie Guglielmo, owner of "By the Bottle" on Spring Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. AnnMarie will give a presentation on how to conduct a wine tasting followed by the event. Bring your IDs for verification of age in order to participate.

To set the mood, one of RPI's several jazz bands will be performing for your listening pleasure. Stay "tuned" for more information regarding which jazz band will be entertaining us this time.

This event is family friendly, so feel free to bring the WHOLE tribe! If you'd like to arrive earlier and do some walking or hiking with friends or family, by all means do so. We have the Hailes Cave site reserved for the entire day.



You can register for this meeting by going to our Eventsmart page

Please note that pre-registration is required. ENY-ACS events are cashless – payment must be made online during registration (preferred) or by check at the event.



Employed Members and Non-Members $20.00

Spouses/Significant Others $15.00

Children 13 and older $10.00

Children 6-12 $5.00

Children 5 and younger $0.00

Graduate Students $15.00

Undergraduates $15.00

Unemployed/Retired $10.00


A NYS fee for parking in State Parks is $6.00. If you have an Empire Pass, parking is free. If you are 62 and older, you are eligible to park for free as part of the Golden Park program (See "NYS Golden Park Program" for more information). Those attendees without free parking passes are encouraged to carpool to reduce your individual parking cost.