New England Section of SAS
Interim Co-Chairs 2017-2018: Vincent Lee
Secretary: Open Position
Treasurer: Suzanne Schreyer
Website: Noel Casey
About our section:
The New England Section of the SAS holds meetings typically once each month September to May. Meetings include a social hour, dinner, and a speaker. Many meetings are held in Chelmsford, MA although on occasion are in other locations such as Billerica, MA or Manchester, NH. With a wide array of chemical industry in the geographic area including instrument companies biotech plus many colleges and universities, we are lucky to have a large pool from which to find speakers.
Dear NESAS Members,
Our next NESAS meeting will be next Tuesday (March 27th) and will feature a talk by Dr. Kwok-Keung Wong (Headwall Photonics, Inc.) on "Applications of Hyperspectral Imaging in Remote Sensing and Machine Vision". See the attached announcement for more detailed information.
This meeting will be at 110 Grill, 116 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Please RSVP to email@example.com by 5pm Monday, March 26th if you plan to attend the meeting.
Dear NESAS Members,
Our next NESAS meeting will be next Tuesday (February 6th) and will feature a talk by our own Dr. Richard Crocombe on "Handheld Vibrational Spectroscopy: The Present and the Future". See the attached announcement for more information.
This meeting will be located at 110 Grill, 116 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Monday, February 5th if you plan to attend the meeting. Thank you.
Spectroscopists Helping Spectroscopists
Imagine yourself working and one of these disasters occurs,
- suddenly the power fails
- ordering a reagent, expecting two-day delivery and it takes two weeks to arrive
- in the middle of the summer you walk into the lab and the air conditioning is broken
- an instrument to run a critical experiment and find it is not functioning.
Everyone has encountered at least one of these setbacks. Now imagine it all happens at once, to the entire lab, the building, the institution, the entire territory and the resources to fix the problems have vanished.
That situation is dire.
This is the situation our colleagues are facing in Puerto Rico, particularly at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM). They have tested and modified plans over decades and implemented the preparations. Hurricane Maria was a direct hit to island infrastructure. We have heard on the news about the disruption of personal lives, but very little reaches us on the disruption to education and science. The impact on education and science is deeper and will last much longer.
With no support services for the labs for almost three months, the tropical environment has destroyed instrumentation. Students who would normally be conducting research for their own education and to further grants are distracted by fundamental needs in their families and communities. UPRM does not have immediate access to the resources required to rebuild the laboratory. These are already prioritized for the community. Claims to the insurance companies will take a long time to pay out. There will be lasting effects, impacting education, research, and the broader economy.
Help is needed and the Spectroscopy Community is already demonstrating the will to step in. We all recognize that doing science is a team effort; so is helping our colleagues recover from such devastation.
The Society for Applied Spectroscopy and the Coblentz Society, in cooperation with our industrial partners, is mounting a campaign to provide resources to ensure that science and education continues at UPRM. This is in keeping with the mission of both Societies and hearkens back to our founding ideas of mutual aid.
Please join in and consider how you and your organization can help.
Can you provide access to equipment to run experiments? Can you run some samples and provide data? Can you make monetary donations to support travel to a lab that has functioning equipment? Are you qualified to donate time to repair instruments? Think about how you can help.
Without this support, students will return to their communities with unfinished educations and their future prospects will be stunted.
Visit http://www.coblentz.org/Membership/spectroscopists-helping-spectroscopists to make a donation or register if you can help in other ways.
Our next NESAS meeting will be Wednesday, December 6 and will feature a talk by Dr. Wenlong Yang
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University on "Stimulated Raman Scattering: Instrumentation and Applications". See the attached announcement for more detailed information on the speaker, the talk, and directions.
This meeting will be at 14 Floor Charles River & Fenway, Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142.
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Please RSVP if you plan to attend the meeting by sending an email to NESAS Co-Chair Vincent Lee (email@example.com). Thanks!
NESAS Co-Chairs 2017-2018
Our next NESAS meeting will be Wednesday, October 18 and will feature a talk by Professor Bryan Spring (Northeastern University) on "New optical approaches to identification and selective treatment of cancer". See the attached announcement for more detailed information on the speaker, the talk, and directions.
This meeting will be at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Café Kendall,1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Havana Room, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Please RSVP by Monday, October 16 if you plan to attend the meeting by sending an email to NESAS Co-Chair Vincent Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks!
NESAS Co-Chairs 2017-2018
New England Section Society for Applied Spectroscopy
Announcement for “Spectroscopy on the Cutting Edge” Seminar
DATE AND TIME
Wed, October 26th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
Spectroscopy is the science of understanding how light interacts with materials. Previously it was a technique that was based in a laboratory and used by trained spectroscopists. But recently the technology is moving out of the laboratory and addressing problems of health and food safety.
Come join us and listen to two local scientists discuss the use of spectroscopy in these areas. Dr. Rohith Reddy from Massachusetts General Hospital will discuss Tethered Capsule Endomicroscopy for Barrett’s esophagus screening, and Dr. Anshuman Das from the MIT Media Lab will discuss using micro-spectrometers for point-of-care and point-of-analysis applications. They will be joined by Mr. Dana Hinckley of Hamamatsu, who will discuss the miniaturization technology that makes these advances possible. We will also have on hand some of the Hamamatsu devices for our audience to see and use.
This program is co-sponsored by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and Hamamatsu Corporation. Appetizers and beverages will be served.
Dr. Rohith Reddy from Massachusetts General Hospital recently received the 2016 FACSS Innovation Award, which is given to the most innovative research presented at SciX 2016. The award was in recognition of his work on an inexpensive medical device for Barrett’s esophagus screening.
Dr. Anshuman Das from the MIT Media Lab was recognized as one of the 2016 MedTech Boston Under 40 Healthcare Innovators. The award recognizes him for his work on portable healthcare devices, including a low-cost ELISA plate reader for point-of-care diagnostic applications and a portable food-contamination sensor.
May National Tour Speaker Dinner Meeting and Annual Student Research Presentations
Dr. S. Michael Angel
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of South Carolina
UV Raman Spectroscopy Using a Spatial Heterodyne Raman Spectrometer: Planetary
Exploration and On-Line Applications
Senior Manager R& D
Thermo Scientific (Portable Analytical Instruments)
Advances in Handheld FTIR & Raman Analyzers
Vice President, Instrument Systems Development and Production
Co-Director, Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry
Aerodyne Research Inc.
Advances in Mass Spectrometry with Applications in Atmospheric Chemistry
Senior Scientist at SciAps, Inc.
Advances in Field-Portable Handheld LIBS Analyzers
President, SpectroClick Inc.
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Handheld Spectrometers, and the Legacy of Howard Malmstadt
Real-Time Siloxanes Measurements and Biogas Process Control Monitoring using On-Line FTIR at Digester and Landfill Sites
Our featured speaker for the evening of May 6th was Dr. Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame. He is this year’s national SAS Tour Speaker for our section. Dr. Bohn spoke on “Correlated Chemical Imaging: Confocal Raman Microscopy and Mass Spectrometric Imaging Applied to Infectious Diseases and Cancer Biology”. The meeting was held on the campus of Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) with a student poster session, followed by a dinner and the speaker.
The speaker at our last meeting in March was Kerin Gregory of 908 Devices. She discussed the technical innovations that were necessary for her organization to provide a fully functional mass spectrometer with a footprint of approximately the size of an LCD projector.