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The Minnesota Local Section (#513) of the American Chemical society serves chemists, chemical engineers, educators, and the general public in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. Learn more about the history, mission and vision of the American Chemical Society here. Become an ACS member here.

For more information about future meetings, please use the "Meetings" link.

For more information about current activities the local section is involved in, please use the "Activities" link.

If you are interested in volunteering, please use the "Contact Us" link to send a message letting us know where you would like to help and we will get back to you. For specific information on what roles need filling, please use the "Officers" link.

For more information about National ACS, please use the "Resources" link or go to the ACS website.


Upcoming meetings will be announced soon.

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Chemists in the Library

After a 3 year hiatus, Chemists in the Library is restarting with a full schedule for the rest of the year! Email Phil Buhlmann with any questions (click on "Contact Us" link to request contact information), or check out the Chemists in the Library Page under the "Activities" link for more information, including a list of the upcoming events for 2023.

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Call for 2023 MN ACS Awards Nominations

Awards nominations are needed for the 2023 MN ACS awards. Descriptions of each award are below. Nominations should be emailed to Ramesh Kumar by March 31st (click on "Contact Us" link to request contact information). 

2023 Janet Tarino Volunteer Award

The Janet Tarino Volunteer Award will be given to an individual for outstanding volunteer service to Minnesota ACS, and/or chemistry related projects and events not directly connected to Minnesota ACS. This person will have demonstrated an exceptional passion for and commitment to community outreach, and dedication to projecting a positive image of chemists. Nominating documents should include curriculum vitae and examples of volunteer service. The award consists of a plaque and cash award of $200 which will be presented at the May meeting of the section.

2023 Lyle Hall Senior Chemist Award

The Lyle Hall Senior Chemist Award is based upon preferably post-retirement professional activities of a member of the Minnesota ACS Section who has entered into formal retirement from his/her primary job. Professional activities can include volunteer ACS service, volunteer activities in any other scientific organization such as the Minnesota Academy of Science (i.e. Science Fair Judging), professional writing, consulting, and/or research. Nominating documents should include curriculum vitae and examples of volunteer service. The award consists of a plaque and cash award of $200 which will be presented at the May meeting of the section.

2023 Minnesota Award

The Minnesota award was established in 1958 to honor section members who have made an outstanding contribution in chemical research or in service to the profession. Quality, excellence, innovation, leadership, commitment – colleagues who embody these traits may be outstanding candidates for the Minnesota Award. Please consider nominating a worthy section member to this prestigious award. The award is given every three years and previous winners have included: from University of Minnesota - Izaak Kolthoff, Robert Brasted, Paul Gassman, Edward Leete, Wayland Noland and Donald Truhlar , Tom Hoye, Steve Hecht; from Augsburg College - Courtland Agre; from Economics Laboratory - John Wilson; from 3M - Frank Bovey, Julianne Prager, Don Hagen, Richard Newmark, Andrew Ouderkirk, George Moore, Audrey Sherman; etc.. The nomination procedure is simple – submit a nomination letter, copy of curriculum, vitae or resume of the nominee, and up to four supporting letters. The nomination package should emphasize the nominee's achievements. The winner receives a bronze plaque, $500 cash award, and presents an award address at the May meeting of the section.

New Dates Added For Microaggressions Course

Have you ever witnessed an uncomfortable or potentially offensive interaction at work or an ACS event? Learn the skills to respond in the moment. Transforming Microagressions into Microinclusions in available for ACS Local Section and Division Officers. Pre-register here.

Learn About Chemistry's Impact in Mandarin and Arabic

Chemists know how influential their work is to society, but not everyone is aware of these secrets. The ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks program helps spread the word. And now those who speak Arabic or Mandarin can learn about the development of penicillin in the respective languages. There are also six landmarks translated into Spanish.


To stay on top of recent developments on the coronavirus pandemic, check out the following websites provided by ACS National:

How ACS is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic

ACS efforts and resources on COVID-19

Chemistry in coronavirus research: a free to read collection from the ACS

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