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Science Talks Series 2018 at Purdue University 


Society of Applied Spectroscopy- Purdue Chapter proudly presents internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer Joe McNally Photography - as our next speaker in ongoing Science Talks Series at Purdue University on April 3rd, 2018 at Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center, 6:30 PM. The event is organized by Society of Applied Spectroscopy- Purdue Chapter with the support of SOGA Purdue, Purdue Provost Office and Nikon, Camera Outfitters LLC , Second Level Studios and Purdue Photography Club. With this science talk series, we aim to bring world class science speakers and artists from across the globe to engage discussions among students, faculty and general public on various topics with the goal of blending Science , Art, Education. Admission is free for everyone.

Science Talks Series 2018 at Purdue University 


Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography Lighting-PIXAR and Oscar winning film Coco will be at Purdue University on March 26th at Loeb to talk about The Art of Science: Bringing Pixar’s Imagined Worlds to Life. Danielle uses math, science and code to bring wonder to the big screen. Let's go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Brave, WALL-E, Coco and more, to discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastical worlds where the things you imagine can become real.Join us in welcoming Danielle to Purdue! Added bonus- COCO will be screened right after her talk!
The event is organized by Society of Applied Spectroscopy- Purdue Chapter with the support of SOGA Purdue, Purdue Provost Office and ASHA for Education - Purdue Chapter and Purdue Photography Club.

Event FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/584709035204325/

Science Talks Series 2018 at Purdue University 


Society of Applied Spectroscopy- Purdue Chapter proudly presents Shane Larson- as our next speaker in ongoing Science Talks Series at Purdue University on February 14th, 2018 at Fowler Hall, Stewart Center, Purdue. The event is in collaboration with Purdue Astronomy Club , Imagination Station, SOGA Purdue. With this science talk series, we aim to bring world-class science speakers from across the globe to engage discussions among students, faculty and general public on various current issues scientific topics including STEM education. Admission is free for everyone.

Science Talks Series 2018 at Purdue University 


Society of Applied Spectroscopy- Purdue Chapter proudly presents Emily Calandrelli- The SpaceGal- as our next speaker in ongoing on February 8th, 2018 at Fowler Hall, Stewart Center, Purdue.

U.S. Department of Energy announces new graduate fellowship

U.S. Department of Energy graduate fellowship aimed at students working in a range of physics and physics-related subjects, from pulsed power science and engineering to visible/UV/X-ray spectroscopy and more. The program's unusual feature: fellows will serve a minimum of two 12-week residencies at one or more of four DOE facilities. Fellows and their graduate advisors will have access to powerful DOE experimental resources and will build lasting collaborations. The residencies also are expected to lead to employment opportunities within the labs.

For more information click

SAS Parliamentarian and Young Scientist Featured in JAAS Special Issue

SAS Parliamentarian Benjamin Manard was featured in the JAAS Young Analytical Scientists special issue. Click here to read.


Former SAS President John Ferraro Passes Away

John Ferraro

Dr. John R. Ferraro, age 99, a long time resident of Elmhurst, IL, passed away on August 25, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Sicilian immigrants Charles and Jennie Ferraro. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary nee Leo in 2014. He is survived by his son Lawrence (Gayl), daughters Janice (Dennis) Ross and Victoria (Ed) Walsh; seven grandchildren Michael (Robyn) Ferraro, Daniel (Jessica) Ferraro, Julia (Michael) Castor, Jonathan Geihsler, Alyssa (Brian) Holaday, Timothy (fiancée Taylor Steger) Walsh and Brian Walsh; and six great-grandchildren Emma Ferraro, Madeline and Andrew Ferraro, Samuel and Zachary Castor, and Nora Holaday. John had three great loves: God, his family, and education. He reflected the character of his Creator, Savior and Lord Jesus Christ to his family and others through his kind heart, passionate mind, and generous spirit. John served in WWII with the Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India Theatre from 1942-1945. He received his BS from Illinois Institute of Technology (1941), his MS from Northwestern University (1948), and his PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology (1954) in the field of Chemistry. His professional career began in 1942 with Kankakee Arsenal, Kankakee, IL, as an explosive Chemist. After the war, in 1948, John became a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and later was a special Team Facility Appointee. John received the Searle Professor of Chemistry appointment at Loyola University in Chicago in 1990. He was adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and spent sabbatical years at the University of Florence and the University of Rome, Italy. John was visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, the University of Peking, China, and the University of Aachen, Germany. John retired from Argonne National Laboratory after 57 years, and was given the title of Professor Emeritus from Loyola University of Chicago. John was a longtime member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy where he served as President of the Society in 1965 and Editor-in-Chief of the SAS journal Applied Spectroscopy from 1968-1974.  Additionally, John was recognized by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy as an Honorary Member, Distinguished Service Awardee, and Fellow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, or Northwestern University Wildcat Fund, Attn: David Solow, 1201 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60208. Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.


Purdue Chapter Symposium on Spectroscopy and Photonics   

On 9/16/2017, the Purdue Chapter of Society for Applied Spectroscopy will be hosting an all day conference/symposium on spectroscopy and photonics. A variety of professors and students will be presenting on their research and there will be meals hosted by various industry leaders. Please visit the symposium website or email pucsas@purdue.edu for more information.




 APACT 2018


APACT 18 Conference will be held on 25th - 27th April 2018 in Newcastle, England.

For full details see https://apact.co.uk/


SAS Wine and Cheese Reception during SciX 2017


The Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Cordially Invites All SAS Members

to Join Us at Our Annual

Wine and Cheese Awards Reception

                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:30 p.m                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                          Grand Sierra Resort, Tahoe Ballroom


This is a free member’s only event with food and drinks.   
Doors will open to non-members at 9pm with limited refreshments.
If you would like to become a member, please click here
visit SAS booth 82 at SciX, or contact the SAS Office at 
(301) 694-8122 or



Diane Parry Receives FACSS Distinguished Service Award

Diane ParryCongratulations to SAS Treasurer and Former President Diane Parry for being awarded the 2017 FACSS Distinguished Service Award.






Richmond receives ACS Highest Honor

Geraldine RichmondCongratulations to SAS Honorary Member and Fellow Geraldine Richmond, presidential chair in science and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, for receiving ACS' highest award, the 2018 Priestley Medal. The award recognizes Richmond for her “pioneering contributions to our understanding of the molecular properties of liquid surfaces and her extraordinary service to chemistry on the global level.

SAS UK Regional Section Bursaries for SciX 2017

The SAS UK Regional Section is this year making available 4 student bursaries each of £250 for UK students giving an oral presentation at SciX 2017 in Reno. Applications will only be considered after an abstract has been accepted for presentation by the SciX 2017 Program Committee. To apply for one of these bursaries the student must be a member of the SAS UK Regional Section. For further information or to apply for an Application Form, please email Joanna Denbigh at j.l.denbigh@salford.ac.uk




The Coblentz Society call for Award Nominations

Visit www.coblentz.org for more information. Click here for a flyer with Award Nomination Information.

• Coblentz Award • Coblentz Student Awards • William G. Fateley Award • Williams-Wright Award • The ABB Sponsored Bomem-Michelson Award • Ellis R. Lippincott Award • Craver Award


The Coblentz Award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 40. Nominations should include a detailed description of the nominee's accomplishments, a curriculum vitae and a minimum of 3 supporting letters.


The Williams-Wright Award is presented annually to an industrial spectroscopist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy while working in industry. Government labs are not considered industry in this definition.


The ABB Sponsored Bomem-Michelson Award ABB sponsors the award to honor scientists who have advanced the technique(s) of vibrational, molecular, Raman, or electronic spectroscopy. The recipient must be actively working and must be at least 37 years of age.


The Lippincott Award is presented in recognition of significant contributions in the field of vibrational spectroscopy. The medal is sponsored jointly by the Coblentz Society, the Optical Society of America and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.


The Craver Award is presented annually to recognize young spectroscopists for efforts in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy (NIR, MIR, Far), and/or THz, and/or Raman spectroscopy. Candidates must be under the age of 45.


The Coblentz Student and William G. Fateley Awards – The Coblentz Society encourage young scientists to pursue studies in all areas of vibrational spectroscopy through the presentation of Student Awards. Winners of the Coblentz Student Awards also qualify for consideration for the William G. Fateley student award. Nominations by e-mail are may be sent to Prof. Christian Pellerin, at c.pellerin@umontreal.ca.


Additional information regarding eligibility, nomination requirements, and nominations procedures can be found at http://www.coblentz.org/awards.


Mary Kate Donals Presentation

SAS Tour speaker program: Oct 18th Delaware. Clike to watch the recording.

SAS Elects New Officers and Governing Board Delegates

Congratulations to newly elected SAS officers: Michael Carrabba - President-Elect and Diane Parry - Treasurer. They will both serve three year terms beginning January 2017. Also congrats to our five new at-large elected Governing Board Delegates: Glen Jackson, Brian Marquardt, Michael George, Jean-Francois Masson, and Scott Rudder.

Nominate a spectroscopist for the Gold Medal Award

Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Gold Medal Award of the New York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. This coveted award was established in 1952 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of Applied Spectroscopy. The Gold Medal will be presented at a special award symposium, arranged in honor of the awardee, at the 2017 Eastern Analytical Symposium. A nominating letter describing the nominee’s specific accomplishments should be submitted along with a biographical sketch and list of publications by January 10th, 2017. Please email all materials to Kathryn.lee@rap-id.com or mail to Kathryn Lee, Rap-ID Inc., 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 201, Monmouth Junction NJ 08852. This announcement and contact information is also available on our website www.nysas.org If you have any questions or require more information, you may contact Kathryn Lee at 732-823-1567.

Dr. Rina Dukor Receives University of Illinois Lifetime Achievement Award

BioTools, Inc. Co-founder and President Receives University of Illinois Lifetime Achievement Award.  More

Bruce R. Kowalski Award in Chemometrics

Apply now for the Bruce R. Kowalski Award which recognizes young researchers in the field of chemometrics.  Donations to the award fund are currently being accepted.  More

SAS and the New Special Interest Section, ADIS highlighted at Cincinnati ACS Section Meeting!

The Cincinnati Section of SAS recently attended the ACS Cincinnati Section Friends and Family Picnic on Sept 11th. The picnic started with an information session with organizations such as SAS. The organizations highlighted some of the ways to get involved and connect with colleagues who share interests. Gloria Story (Cincinnati Past-Chair) and Anna Donnell (Cincinnati Chair and ADIS Chair-elect) represented the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and highlighted the new Special Interest Section ADIS - Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion in Spectroscopy.

Gloria and Anna SAS ADIS Cincinnati ACS picnic September 2016













Special SAS Seminar

National Tour Speaker for St. Louis Section on October 6, 2016 at 7 p.m., see flyer.


Date: Monday September 19, 2016

TIME: 8:00pm-11:00pm

LOCATION: 700 North 1st Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

Click for flyer


Date: Monday September 19, 2016

TIME: 8:00pm-11:00pm

LOCATION: 700 North 1st Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

Click for flyer

OSA Foundation Accepting Applications for Fellowships

The OSA Foundation is currently accepting applications for Fellowship positions at Thorlabs, Inc. These opportunities are open to individuals with PhDs in the field. Applications are being accepted through 2 September and more information can be found at http://www.osa.org/en-us/foundation/programs/fellowship/. J-1 VISAs will be secured for non-US citizens.

Former SAS President and Longtime SAS Member Passes Away

Jon Winston Carnahan, 60, of Sycamore died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at his home in Sycamore.

He was born August 24, 1955 in Mt. Vernon, IL, and was the son of William and Thelma (Odle) Carnahan. He married Patricia Louise Moran on July 2, 2005 in Sycamore. He received his Doctor of Philosophy, Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1983.

Jon worked in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Illinois University for 33 years. He completed his tenure as the Department Chair. He was active in the campus community and advised numerous students. 

Jon had just entered a new phase in his life as a retiree and was looking forward to making spontaneous road trips with Patti, spending time on the golf course, and hosting the countless friends and family that filled his life with so much happiness. He was looking forward to the arrival of his first grandchild, Kelsey’s nuptials to Kai, and tropical vacations. 

Jon was the biggest fan of all of his children- He never missed any event! He coached all of his children in softball and basketball. He enjoyed playing guitar, photography, kayaking and outdoor activities, and tinkering around the house with Patti on numerous home improvement projects. He was an avid music lover and enjoyed attending concerts. He was a lover of the Cardinals baseball team, and he attended games every summer.

His professional memberships and activities included the NIU Chemistry Club, the American Chemical Society, the past president elect of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, Sigma Xi, and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Societies (FACASS). The FACASS recently awarded him with a distinguished service award for his contributions to the field. At Northern Illinois University, he was a research advisor for 22 Doctor of Philosophy graduates, 10 Master of Science graduates and countless past undergraduate students.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Patti, his children Betsy Marie Carnahan (Tim Gulotta), Leslie Renee Carnahan (Mircea Granescu), Kelsey Eileen Carnahan (Kai Yoo), Jordan Lee Ramsdell (Myles Phelps), and Jacob Adam Donald Ramsdell (Alyssa Jones); six older brothers and sisters, JoAnne McGhee (Earl), William Carnahan (Beverly), Barry Carnahan (Darlene), Sue Weatherman (Tony), Daniel Carnahan (Wendy) and Nancy Webb (Clinton). 

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Thelma Carnahan. 

His Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.

His Service will be on Monday, July 11th at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home, with Elder Roger Hintzsche officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used for a scholarship for the Jon Carnahan Memorial Fund, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at NIU in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178. 

For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.




Sunday, July 10, 2016
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Butala Funeral Home & Crematory 
1405 Dekalb Ave 
Sycamore, Illinois 60178

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Funeral Service

Monday, July 11, 2016
11:00 AM

Butala Funeral Home & Crematory 
1405 Dekalb Ave 
Sycamore, Illinois 60178

Get Directions on Google Maps













MUACC 2016

Oct. 13th-15th, 2016 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference (MUACC) is a gathering of analytical chemists organized on a yearly basis on a traveling location in this broad area of the USA. MUACC has witnessed major developments in analytical chemistry and uses the conference as an instrument of modernization. Attracting scientists at all levels - including faculty from small and large research universities, undergraduate institutions, industrial laboratories, as well as postdoctoral and graduate students - MUACC helps shaping the future of analytical chemistry by discussing the current state of the art, identifying new research trends, and introducing new scientists to the community. MUACC 2016 will be hosted by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are now open for registration and abstract submission. Oral presentations are given as "chalk-talks" in order to foster creativity and open interactions between attendants. Please visit http://muacc.scs.illinois.edu for more information. 

Rich Castino Obituary

Rich Castino - Beloved Friend, Colleague and NYSAS Officer Richard, 66, of Twp. of Washington, NJ, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016. He was born in New York City to Frank and Olga Castino. Beloved husband of Diane Castino. Devoted nephew of Nilda Bonino and her late husband Silvio, Maria Clara Castino and her late husband Stephen and the late Armando Achino. Dear cousin of the late Vivian Bonino, Robert Castino and his wife Della, Elaine Asciak and her late husband Michael, the late Dennis Bonino and his wife Cheryl, Steven Castino and his wife Diane. Cherished uncle of Robert and Brian Cavotto. Dear brother-in-law of Suzanne Cavotto. He was a graduate of Cliffside Park High School and Rutgers University. He earned a variety of Masters Degrees in mathematics, education and biochemistry. He was the past Chair and Treasurer of NYSAS. He was employed by Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ for 40 years.


The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Thursday, May 26 from 3-7 PM. The service celebrating Richard's life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 27 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Richard's name to CJD, cjdfoundation.org. www.becker-funeralhome.com Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road Westwood, NJ 07675 ,(201) 664-0292

Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award


2017 The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists. Applications are invited for the 2017 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary. For further information contact John Chalmers at, email: vibspecconsult@aol.com The closing date for entries is 31 December 2016.


SSP Supports SAS

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh President Joe Grabowski and PITTCON/SSP Liason to SAS John Jackovitz presented a check to SAS Past President Diane Parry at the SAS booth during PITTCON 2016 in Atlanta.


Pittcon 2016 Student Mixer!

Monday March 7th 8:00pm-11:00pm

Join us for food, drinks, and games!

Sidebar Atlanta 79 Poplar Street Northwest


See flyer for map


SAS and Editorial Board Member Sanford Asher Wins the Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Applied Spectroscopy Editorial Advisory Board and longtime SAS member Sanford Asher, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, is the winner of the Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award. Dr. Asher pioneered the development of deep UV resonance spectroscopy for use in biophysical, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. His group developed both instrumentation and methodologies for determining protein structure and protein folding. They are developing standoff instruments for detection of explosive molecule, as well as novel photonic crystal optical devices and responsive materials. Further details can be found at the Asher Research Group site at http://www.pitt.edu/~asher/homepage/



2016 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

SAS represented at the 2016 Winter Plasma Conference in Tucson. Thanks to volunteers Debbie Bradshaw, Ben Manard, and Lynn Zhang for staffing the booth and talking up SAS!

Picture of the SAS Booth at Winter Conference 2016Picture of SAS Booth at Winter Conference 2016 Picture of SAS Booth at Winter Conference 2016





Foil Allan Miller was born in Aurora, Illinois, on January 18, 1916. We will be featuring a full tribute to Dr. Miller in the January digital and February print editions of the SAS newsletter. Please join the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and Applied Spectroscopy in wishing this Honorary SAS Member a heartfelt happy birthday!

Sage to begin publishing Applied Spectroscopy. Learn more about the new publisher and our journal.

I heart SAS campaign!

We want to know why you love SAS! Take a short video with your phone about why you love SAS and we'll post it to our LabTube account!

Click here for details!?

SAS is now featured on the Elsevier Advancing Women Postdoc Clearinghouse as part of the National Postdoctoral Association! Check it out!

In 2013, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) received a grant from the Elsevier foundation to conduct a survey of multidisciplinary societies and associations, to assess their programs and resources for postdoc women and to develop an online clearing house.  Click here to read more about this project.


Why do you love SAS?  Tell us and we'll post your video on LabTube!

There's only 2 steps!

1)Have a friend take a quick video of you telling us why you love SAS (make sure you are holding your phone horizontally)

2)Share the video with Anna Donnell, the web editor, via dropbox or google drive Her email is anna.m.donnell@gmail.com

We can't wait to see your videos!

SAS 2020: Our vision for the future


We're starting off the SAS 2020 initiative with a meeting at Pittcon on Sunday March 8th from 9am to 4pm in Room 341! We will be discussing our vision for the future of the society. All SAS members are welcome so please spread the word! If you are unable to attend the meeting, we welcome input via email as well!

Send your emails to SASfor2020@gmail.com

We hope to see you at the meeting!
Here are a few questions to stimulate discussion:
1) How big should SAS become?
2) What should the scientific scope of SAS include? (There have been a few new developments since SAS was formed in 1954!)
3) Where should SAS be?  (We have a UK Section, and quite a few very active, non-US members today).
4) SAS is the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.  What should we seek to accomplish?  Are the original objectives right for 2020, too?




Last Modified: Mar 7, 2018