Erie Local Section

March Science Café with Dr. Matthew Hartings

Please join the Erie ACS on Wednesday, March 29th for our Science Café! The section is pleased to welcome Dr. Matthew Hartings, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at American University in Washington, D.C., who will present a science café on “Finding Chemical Inspiration in the Kitchen.” The talk will be held at Calamari’s Squid Row from 7:00-8:00 pm (1317 State Street, Erie, PA  16501). Metered parking is available on State Street and in the parking lot on the corner of State and 13th Streets.

Erie ACS members, chemistry students and the public are encouraged to attend this event.  Calamari’s will provide a limited menu for ordering food and drinks before the talk. Please arrive about 30 minutes early if you wish to place a food order and to enjoy some casual networking time with fellow cooking enthusiasts. Bring your cooking questions and challenges for a lively discussion with Dr. Hartings. No RSVP is required- we hope you can join us for this very exciting science café!


Science Café

"Finding Chemical Inspiration in the Kitchen”


Dr. Matthew Hartings,

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

American University, Washington, D.C.

Teaching, writing, and doing media interviews about food science has been very rewarding. Aside from my personal enjoyment of this subject, the most rewarding aspect of my work has been the inspiration provided to my views of chemistry and the approach I take to my own research. From caramelization to preparing pastries to mixology, the expertise and practical chemistry in the service of food is staggering. In my talk, I will discuss some of my favorite culinary reactions and share how these have impacted my personal life and my research efforts. Yes, chemistry is cooking, and it can teach us a lot about how we can practice our craft!


Questions can be addressed to Dr. Keith Krise (

ACS Program-In-A-Box Series presents the Chemistry of Sports!

Please save the date of Tuesday, February 21st for "Chemistry of Sports: Smarter, Safer, Faster!" The event will be held at Gannon University in the Zurn Science Center, Room 329, from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome to attend this fun and interactive event, and to bring a group or a friend!

Come make connections with local scientists and early career chemists while enjoying our feature event … a pre-game tailgate with yummy snacks, networking and of course, cornhole. Test your sports trivia skills and enter to win an ACS beaker mug among other prizes! Then enjoy a group viewing of a live, nationally broadcast webinar on the chemistry of sports. Discover the materials that chemists are creating to enable athletes to perform better and stay safer, as well as how analytical chemistry is advancing to detect performance enhancing substances in order to keep the playing field level for everyone.

January 24th, 2017 - Speaker Meeting

The Erie ACS was pleased to welcome  Dr. Jay Amicangelo, Professor of Chemistry at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Tuesday, January 24th for our January speaker meeting! Dr. Amicangelo presented his research on the “The Scientific Adventures of an American in Taiwan.” The talk was held at Penn State Behrend in the Hammermill Building, Room 144, at 7:00 pm.

Read the Erie Local Section Newsletter

The latest volume of the Erie Local Section's annual newsletter is here, recapping our 2015-2016 program and looking forward to the year ahead! Read the current issue and stay up-to-date on local section volunteer and service activities, as well as upcoming events.
Volume 6 will be published in August 2017.

The Erie Local Section Wins 2016 ChemLuminary Award!

For the second year in a row, the Erie Local Section is the recipient of the 2016 "Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Small Size Category Award."

  Congratulations to our Section Members on this Prestigious National Recognition!


Fall 2016 Member Engagement Program- Periodic Attendance Cards

The Erie ACS is pleased to announce a that we will once again be running our Periodic Attendance Card incentive program in fall 2016! All ACS members and guests at section events will receive a Periodic Attendance Card (PAC). The PACs will be hole-punched at each event, and members will receive one raffle ticket at our December holiday party for each event that was attended. The lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card from The cards are wallet-sized and will be easier for members to keep track of than last year's passport books. The more events attended, the better the odds...good luck!

The Erie Local Section is Nominated for Two 2016 ChemLuminary Awards

The Erie Local Section is happy to share that we are nominated for two 2016 ChemLuminary Awards! The Erie Local Section is once again nominated for the "Outstanding Performance by a Local Section -- Small Size Category Award" for our diverse technical and outreach programming last year. The Section has also been nominated for "Best Activity or Program Stimulating Member Involvement" for our new Periodic Attendance Card member engagement program.

Three local sections are nominated in each category. The winners will be announced at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on the evening of Tuesday, August 23.

2016 Erie ACS Award Banquet Photos

The Erie ACS held its annual Awards Banquet on April 18 at Edinboro University, recognizing outstanding high school students and teachers, college chemistry students, 50- and 60-year members and outstanding section volunteers. New this year was a competitive chemistry trivia contest, where the winners took home gift cards for Regal Cinemas. Check out pictures from the event here.

Congratulations to all of our award winners and thank you to our volunteers!

Local Section Member Serves as U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad Mentor

Dr. Christine Saber, the Secretary for the Erie Local Section, is one of three national mentors for the U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad Team. The team will be heading to Tbilisi, Georgia from July 23 to August 1. Keep up with the team's progress in this edition of C&E News! 


St. Luke Student Takes Second Place in National Chemistry Earth Day Contest

An illustrated poem created by a St. Luke School student took second place in a national contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society.


The winning entry comes from Tommy Palotas, an eighth grade student whose illustrated poem addressed this year’s Chemists Celebrate Earth Day theme, “The Great Indoors– Your Home’s Ecosystem”. Tommy’s colorful poem was the first-place entry in the Erie Local Section of ACS, which qualified him for the national competition. His entry went on to win second place at the national level. Dr. Betty Jo Chitester, local coordinator for the event, shared, “Our Section is very impressed and very proud of Tommy, as well as all our Erie school children’s understanding and appreciation of today’s environmental threats and challenges, and their strong sense of stewardship for our common home.” Says Dr. Lisa Nogaj, Chair of the Erie Local Section of ACS, “The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research. Our local section is excited to sponsor community-based events that connect young people with the positive role that chemistry plays in all of our lives.” Tommy’s illustrated poem can be viewed at