September 2021  
SAS Spectrum

SAS 2021 Election of Officers and Governing Board Delegates Results

Congratulations to your newly elected SAS Officers and Governing Board Delegates. They will begin their terms in January 2022. Click HERE to view their bios:

Peter Larkin

Governing Board At-Large Delegates
Brooke Kammrath
Sharon Neal
Luisa Profeta
Gloria Story
Karin Wieland

Editor's Note: Tune into Pre-SciX Events in September!

Counting down the days to SciX 2021, many of our readership are wrapping up research for poster and/or oral presentations at the first in-person meeting for most of us in nearly two years. Some are not presenting, but eagerly awaiting the arrival of the conference to reconnect, absorb new technical information, and network with colleagues, in-person.

There are several opportunities for in-person networking at SciX, many of which are noted in this Newsletter or by the SciX distribution emails. To keep up to date on the SAS events at SciX, bookmark our SciX landing page, where we will be publishing the latest information.

Unfortunately, some readers are caught in a difficult position, where their in-person attendance is desired, but circumstances beyond their control are preventing in-person attendance. The SciX planning team, along with SAS and other FACSS member societies have been working hard to be attentive to this last category of researchers and analytical colleagues with changes in networking. Keeping these attendees in mind, SAS is offering members several opportunities before SciX to network with other scientists. Please read about these below! We hope to see many of our readers at SciX and at these pre-SciX events!

Luisa Profeta, SAS Newsletter Editor

SAS Announcement from our Past, Current, and Future Presidents Regarding SciX Activities

We are confident that the policies put in place by FACSS for SciX will ensure a safe in-person meeting; however, we know many of you cannot attend. To support this:

  • All SAS committee and Board meetings will now be held virtually after SciX, to enable all the interested parties to participate, and encourage full engagement with the SciX in-person program.
  • The SAS Student Poster Session on Sunday evening will proceed as usual, in accordance with SciX's Covid-19 policies (
  • We are still looking at the best solution for holding the Awards Ceremony and the Wine and Cheese: We have sent out a Doodle Poll to help us with determining what to do. Please respond to it!
  • Plan on stopping by our booth on the exhibit floor for up-to-date SAS information.

We will be in touch with SAS members via e-mail as we finalize all these plans.

Pre-SciX Events

SAS ECIG Upcoming Webinar: 14 September 2021 at 11am EDT (8am PDT)

A webinar on "Effective Career Development through Successful Mentor and Network Relationships" in collaboration with Spectroscopy Magazine and the Coblentz Society will be held on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 at 11am EDT (8am PDT). This webinar will focus on informing attendees on how to grow and self-manage their professional network, and as well as manage mentor relationships. Attendees will review mentorship dos and don'ts for effective mentor-mentee relationship and how to find and connect with a mentor through meaningful networking strategies. Attendees will also learn how to be proactive in managing relationships and mentorships in order to benefit their professional career development. The event is free and open to all, but we do request you register here.

SAS NJ/NY Regional Section Meeting: Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 12pm EDT (9am PDT)

The NJ/NY SAS Regional Section is happy to announce the continuation of their speaker series via Zoom with the Fall kick-off talk given by Dr. Dana Garcia on Thursday, 23 September at noon EDT (9am PDT).

Title: Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy to Polymer Analysis

Abstract: The presentation will discuss two specific examples of employing vibrational spectroscopy to polymer analysis. The first topic is confocal Raman microscopy characterization of waterborne coatings to investigate spatial distribution of components, surfactant leaching and stain penetration. The second topic will examine application of coupled Rheology-FT-IR to understanding structural changes in polylactic acid and acrylic blends at elevated temperature and under shear.

Biography: Dr. Dana Garcia got her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Stockton State University (NJ) and her Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry from the Brandeis University. Currently, she is a Principal Scientist at Arkema Inc., a world-class producer of specialty chemicals. At the Arkema King of Prussia (Pennsylvania) Research Center, she is responsible for the vibrational spectroscopy laboratory. Prior to joining Arkema, Dana spent four years at BFGoodrich, where she coordinated the adhesive and composite project: synthesis, characterization using FT-IR, thermal and rheological techniques. Before that, she worked at E. I. DuPont Corporation on fundamental long-range research projects in the area of polymer structure—property relationships, development of nucleating agents and FT-IR characterization methods. She is a 2017 Fellow of the American Chemical Society and a 2012 Fellow of American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry.

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LaserFocusWorld Webinar: The Ever-Shrinking Optical Spectrometer.
Thursday, 16 September 2021 at 1pm EDT (10am PDT)

Former SAS President Richard Crocombe will be presenting on the following during this upcoming webinar:

A wide variety of technologies have been employed [for mobile optical spectrometers] including dispersive using linear arrays, MOEMS devices, Fourier and Hadamard transform, scanning Fabry-Perot and linear variable filters. The most recent generations of spectrometers, including those based on photonic or plasmonic devices, promise extreme miniaturization, and potentially very low cost, such that they could be incorporated into smartphones for the general public. In addition, some devices, working in the silicon detector region (~400 to ~1000 nm) are already available for a few hundred dollars or less. This raises the question of how the necessary databases and calibrations will be created, verified, and maintained, and what algorithms are employed.

The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required here.

SciX Events

SAS Early Career Interest Group (ECIG) Upcoming Networking Event:
Monday, 27 September 2021 at SciX


The SAS ECIG networking event will be in-person at SciX 2021 in Providence, Rhode Island. This event will take place on Monday, 27 September 2021 from 8–11 pm EDT. Come network with spectroscopy leaders from academia and industry and hear more about their career paths. This event is open to Early Career members only. Register here.

SAS Student Upcoming Networking Event: Monday, 27 September 2021 at SciX

SAS Student Networking

Updates to SciX 2021 SAS Meetings and Networking Events

SciX Updates

News Beyond SciX

Introduction to the SAS Early Career Interest Group (SAS-ECIG)

About Us: In 2021, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) created an Early Career Interest Group (ECIG) and membership category to serve scientists who have graduated with their final degree (bachelors, masters, or doctorate) within the last five years. The SAS-ECIG is a diverse committee that is dedicated to providing members with a unique experience to help promote and succeed in their career. Together, we aim to support the professional development of early career scientists through award schemes, travel grants, as well as opportunities in leadership, outreach, networking, mentorship, volunteering, formal certification, and employment.

Mission Statement: The Society of Applied Spectroscopy Early Career Interest Group (SAS-ECIG) aims to support the professional development of early career scientists through award schemes, travel grants, as well as opportunities in leadership, outreach, networking, mentorship, volunteering, formal certification, and employment.

The primary objectives of SAS-ECIG are to:

  1. Offer funding opportunities to build, support and promote early career SAS members.
  2. Maintain a socially supportive early career community.
  3. Support early career professional development through mentorship, research collaborations, career development support, and publication opportunities.
  4. Recognize and promote the professional accomplishments and community contributions of early career professionals.

We are always looking for more committee members—if this is something you are interested in getting involved with please email for more information!

Committee Members
Committee Members (left to right): Fay Nicolson (founding chair), Andrew Whitley, Beauty Chabuka, Anthony Stender, and Heather Juzwa. 

SAS Early Career Travel Award

SAS-ECIG are pleased and happy to announce our first ever recipients for the SAS-ECIG travel grant to the 2021 SciX conference. Congratulations to Dr. Julia Gala de Pablo and Dr. Rupali Mankar! Each awardee will receive $750 to support the cost of registration, travel, and/or accommodation at the SciX conference, as well as a one-year SAS ECIG membership. More information on the awardees can be found below:


Dr. Julia Gala de Pablo, Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo.

Dr Julia Gala de Pablo studied a BSc in Physics and a BSc in Biochemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). In 2015, she moved to the University of Leeds (UK), defending her Ph.D. in Raman spectroscopy of live single colorectal cancer cells in 2019. She is currently a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo in the Goda Lab working in Fourier transform coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for flow cytometry and sorting.



Dr. Rupali Mankar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston

Dr. Rupali Mankar is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Houston. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on combining IR spectroscopy and machine learning to improvise spectroscopy for clinical translation. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship award by the National Laboratory of Medicine (NIH-NLM) for her Biomedical Informatics and Data Science field. In her Ph.D. work, she has automated osteosclerosis (one type of bone marrow fibrosis) and currently is working on overcoming the diffraction-limited spatial resolution of IR imaging for comprehensive evaluation of bone marrow fibrosis.

Call for Nominations: Coblentz Society 2022 Craver Award

Nominations for the 2022 Craver Award are due by 31 October 2021. This award is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist whose efforts are focused on applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. The candidate must be under the age of 45 on 1 January of the year of the award. The Craver award is presented annually at the SciX conference presented by FACSS, at which the awardee is encouraged to present a plenary lecture. Please send nomination packages to the Society's Nominations Committee, email:

SAS 2021 Election of Officers and Governing Bord Delegates Results

Congratulations to your newly elected SAS Officers and Governing Board Delegates. They will begin their terms in January 2022. Click HERE to view their bios:

Peter Larkin

Governing Board At-Large Delegates
Brooke Kammrath
Sharon Neal
Luisa Profeta
Gloria Story
Karin Wieland

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