IL-IA Local Section of the American Chemical Society


The IL-IA ACS Local Section is a professional organization of chemists in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. We are the local branch of the national ACS, which is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information.


Black Hawk College is Hiring!

Black Hawk College is seeking a Chemistry Instructor to begin in August 2021. Please see the job posting for details.

Virtual Chemistry Trivia Night

Join us for a virtual trivia night, hosted by St. Ambrose University on March 31st from 7:00 to 8:30 pm! Participants will work in groups to solve some chemistry trivia questions. Dr. Andy Axup will be the trivia host and has created a bunch of fun questions.

We will be working in small groups, so if there is a group you would like to work with, please include that in your RSVP.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Schmidt-McCormack by Monday, March 29th.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week is fast approaching. There are 250 "reducing our footprint" activity magazines targeted at 5th grade, 6th grade, or junior high, as well as color changing pencils, tattoo patches, and periodic tables promotional materials. Please contact Alan Abbott for more information.

Resources for events and ideas can be found on the ACS website:

Our CCEW announcement can be viewed here.

ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting 2021: Submit Your Abstract!

The Great Lakes Region of the ACS is thrilled to welcome the ACS Central Region to participate in GLRM 2021. Present your research with fellow chemists in the Great Lakes and Central Regions during the 2021 Virtual Great Lakes Regional Meeting (GLRM), June 6-9. The meeting will bring together chemists in a virtual format and include technical symposia, workshops, a career fair, and more!

Don't delay; the deadline to submit your abstract is March 1.

OMg!: Elements of Surprise at the Putnam Museum

The Putnam Museum & Science Center in Davenport has a new exhibit showcasing the periodic table! The section is providing a pass so that members can visit the Museum. Please contact Jennifer Schmidt-McCormack for details.

Recent Events

The Chemistry of Candy

“The Chemistry of Candy” was presented by Dr. Michelle Schwenk, who is the President of Bellis Food Solutions and the President of the American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT). Michelle shared her more than 30 years of experience in the food and confectionary industry. She discussed how the properties of sugar can be manipulated by controlling its physical state and concentration to produce the myriad of confectionary products on the market. Products discussed included hard candy, gummy bears, cotton candy, caramel, fudge, and toffee. 30 people joined us for the virtual presentation.

2020 Undergraduate Research Conference

The Twelfth Annual IL-IA ACS Undergraduate Research Conference was held virtually over WebEx on Saturday, November 7th. Students presented 10 minute talks on their research. After the research presentations, Dr. Floyd Shumaker delivered the keynote address, "Encouraging Scientific Failure".