The Senior Chemist Group of the MN ACS was started by Lynn Hartshorn (Local Section Councilor) in January 2014. Since then we have been meeting about every two months for lunch. The idea of founding this new group is to provide an additional daytime meeting possibility for seniors (and others). The objective is largely for social interaction. However, we also help seniors find volunteer opportunities, and have informal 20-minute talks about chemistry and other sciences. We are open to suggestions about other activities or volunteers for talks. All are welcome, both retired chemists and not retired, and guests are always welcome. Please join us!

If you are interested in attending the next lunch, email Lynn Hartshorn

April Virtual Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the next "meeting" of the MNACS Senior Chemists Group. This will take place on Wednesday April 21st, from 10:30am to 11:30 am. An article about the development of the Covid-19 vaccines can be found here. Please read it so we can discuss it at our meeting. Yes, I know it is long, but it is interesting! Thanks to John Stofko, a member of our group, for suggesting the article, and to Judy Benham for letting us use her Zoom account.


Please let Ken Latham ( and Lynn Hartshorn ( know that you will be there. Bring your coffee! (or tea, or other beverage)


Time: Wednesday, April 21, 10:30 – 11:30AM CDT. Note that this link is a recurring meeting, so you my want to save the link.


Join Zoom Meeting 


Added Note: There was also an article in the March 6 issue of C&E News about the development of the mRNA vaccines. A link to that article, which you may find of interest, can be found here.

Past Virtual Events

The Senior Chemists Group of MnACS have held two virtual coffee mornings, with discussions. The first one was held on Tuesday February 23rd from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, via Zoom. Before the meeting, those planning to attend listened to a podcast about how fake theories (such as QAnon) spread and why some people believe them. An interesting discussion took place. The second meeting was held on Wednesday March 17th. A link to a short article from “Science” called “Was Science on the Ballot” was sent out to senior chemists, for discussion at the meeting. Thanks to Joan Newmark for suggesting this topic, and to Judy Benham for allowing us to use her Zoom account.


If you are not receiving notices about these virtual meetings, and would like to, please email Lynn Hartshorn ( or Ken Latham ( and let us know you would like to be on our list.

Request for Articles for the SCC Newsletter

If you are a senior and a member of ACS, you have probably received copies of the “Senior Chemists Newsletter”, in your email. This is sent by the National ACS Senior Chemists’ Committee, (SCC) about three times per year. (The most recent edition was sent out on March 8th). This Newsletter has articles about a wide variety of topics that we think senior chemists will find interesting. To find the SCC, click on this link, and there you will find an archive of the SCC Newsletters. If you would like to receive them regularly the contact address is to request to be placed on the email list. We need articles for this Newsletter—short (~500 words) on any topic that would be of interest to seniors: articles about the history of chemistry, general science, (not research articles) volunteer work that you do and how you adapted to Covid (If you could), retirement activities, (especially unusual ones) what you do for exercise (and again, how you adapted to Covid), future travel plans, reviews of books you liked, and many other topics. If you have an idea, even a vague idea, please send me an email (my email address is above in “Virtual Events”). Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Lynn Hartshorn