ACS Orlando Local Section

Representing Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole,
Sumter, and Volusia Counties

2018 Annual Awards Banquet

More than 55 chemists and friends gathered to acknowledge the excellent work of chemists and chemistry students in the Orlando Section area.  



You can see more photos of the event here.

Here are the 2018 awardees:

Award 2018 Awardees School
The Eileen Tulley Award for Outstanding High School Student Ms. Gabby Irons Lake Nona High School
Outstanding High School Teacher Mrs. Elvira Tomlin Lake Nona High School
Outstanding Two-year College Student Ms. Zon Thwin Valencia College
Outstanding Two-year College Teacher Dr. Laura Sessions Valencia College
Outstanding Four-year College Student Mr. Christopher Roldan University of Central Florida
Outstanding Graduate Student Mr. Pierpaolo Morgante Florida Institute of Technology
Outstanding Chemist Dr. Andres Campiglia University of Central Florida
Outstanding Volunteer Dr. Stephen Kuebler University of Central Florida
SERMACS High School Teacher Award Dr. Romina Jannotti Paul J. Hagerty High School


Seniority Awardees    
50-year members Dr. Michael Babich  
  Dr. James Baum  
  Dr. John Gleason  
  Ms. Kimberly Kunihiro  
  Dr. Henry Nowicki  
  Dr. Barry Pope  
  Mr. Francis Simone  
60-year members Dr. Donald Abraham  
  Mr. James Bottomley  
  Mr. Shaw Painter III  
70-year member

Dr. Paul Calvin Maybury 


Dr. Paul Maybury, 70-year member, with Dr. Darlene Slattery, Councilor (Cal's biosketch.docx)

Dr. Clayton James Baum was unable to attend, but kindly provided his biosketch here: Clayton's biosketch.docx 


Thank you to the awards committee members for their service in evaluating all the awardees:  Titel Jurca, Jessica Smetlz, Helein Hitchcock, James Patrone, Darlene Slattery.


Congratulations to all these awardees for their work in the field of chemistry.  Thank you to their friends and family for coming out to support them. 

Summer Social Event

More than 30 chemists and friends met at blu on the avenue in Winter Park for dinner together on June 29.  We met new people and learned about their chemistry happening in the Central Florida region.  We also heard a talk from Dr. Hampton of UCF on the "Chemical Signature of Learning", an innovative new project aiming at studying compounds that students release to the air while learning in the classroom.  Thanks to everyone who came out to make it a success!


Earth Day Outreach

Emily Heider shared the following report of the Earth Day Outreach. Many thanks to her for coordinating this excellent showcase to the general public.


We overcame gusty winds and light sprinkling rain to demonstrate chemical phenomena and engage event visitors in hands-on activities. We had some great volunteers from the ACS student chapter, chair Laura Sessions, and Jim Harper helping to setup the tent and get the demos going.

The biggest lure to the tent was the glowing blue light from Dr. Uribe-Romo's photoreactor, and we were lucky to have him and graduate student, Richard, for a few hours to explain the research. One visitor commented, "Why haven't I heard of this? This is Nobel Prize material!"

The chromatography craft was a big hit with the kids (although most of them seemed to enjoy the glitter glue a bit more than the science of the color mixing). Visitors of all ages enjoyed using the light sensor to measure reflectance and albedo over our "globe." One visitor kept bringing back different friends to see the water electrolysis experiment.

Overall, we were able to complete about 50 chromatography earth crafts, hand out 72 ACS color-changing pencils, 48 “Smart Chemistry” tip sheets, and about 100 “Celebrating Chemistry” Magazines. 

Great big thanks to volunteer Michael Wales, and his wife Sherryl, for persevering through the afternoon crowds, tent and table take down, and loading of the car (with a call to triple AAA for car trouble thrown in to keep things interesting).  


General Meeting

The Orlando Section General Meeting took place Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 1:00-2:30pm at Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus.  Dr. Bob Rolle presented a talk on his experiences in the dietary supplement industry.  Fifteen members, students, and family were fascinated by the development of the FDA from its beginnings emanating from outrage sparked by exposes of the meat packing industry, which led President Teddy Roosevelt to press for reforms. From this beginning, consequences of ingesting or using commercial preparations sometimes with tragic results, led congress to add regulations over time at watershed moments with substantial governmental regulatory acts in 1938, 1962, 1984, 1990 and 1994. Dr. Rolle will discuss the dynamics of the dietary supplement industry following our government's 1994 Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act relative to causes of low quality (not meeting label claims, contamination, etc.) together with efforts by organizations to provide quality safeguards.

Many thanks to Dr. Rolle for sharing his expertise and experiences with this important issue!


Family Event

There were 15 chemists and family members that stopped by the Family Event on Saturday, March 17 at Orlando Wetlands Park.  The tram tour around the wetlands was a great hit.  You can do this anytime - the information is found here:  Special thanks to Emily Heider for organizing and sharing her 'make-your-own' mosquito repellent lab.


Check out the awesome photographs that Jen Archer took on our photos page:  Photo Gallery.


The Annual Awards Banquet for the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society was held December 2, 2017 at the Big Fin Seafood Kitchen inn Orlando.  Sixty chemists, friends, and family gathered to recognize local students and teachers in the field of chemistry – seven awards totaling $1,800 were given.

Click Here to download the Chairs photos and comments in PDF format.

More photos may be seen in the Photo Gallery 



Outstanding Two-year College Student


Sun Hong

Seminole State College

Outstanding Two-year College Teacher


Dr. Vasudha Sharma

Valencia College

Outstanding Four-year College Student


Franklin Thornburgh

Florida Institute of Technology

Outstanding Four-year College Teacher


Dr. Joel Olson

Florida Institute of Technology

Outstanding Graduate Student


Tianyu Zheng

University of Central Florida

Outstanding Chemist


Dr. Yi Liao

Florida Institute of Technology

Earth Day 2017

EARTH DAY:  Saturday, April 22, 2017 * 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Lake Eola Park (east side) (512 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801)  Setup begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 and will be ready for operation by 9:30 a.m.

The section will be hosting our annual Earth Day event at Lake Eola Park. We are planning on demonstrations of water electrolysis, surface chemistry, and CO2 acidification in universal indicator. We have lots of ACS swag to hand out as well, so please bring your children and come out!!

If you would like to volunteer to help, Volunteers can sign up for shifts at the booth using this form: Attached to the email is a parking map.  

 Thank you Dr. Heider for organizing the event!

"Feel the Power of the Dork Side"

“Feel the Power of the Dork Side”: April 28-29, 2017 Maitland Civic Center -  Door opens at 7 pm

By day Dr. Peter Ludovice does research and teaches chemical engineering and computational chemistry at Georgia Tech, and by night he performs as a stand-up comedian. He have been an ACS member for over 30 years, and his research activities include the simulation of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and the use of humor to enhance technical education, innovation and communication. He will be in Orlando speaking about his latest NSF project on using humor in the engineering classroom on April 28 & 29 at the National meeting of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor. While he is in Orlando, he will be performing his one-man show “Feel the Power of the Dork Side” at the Maitland Civic Center near Orlando on the evenings or April 28th & 29th. It is a funny & educational look at science & technology and their practitioners suitable for chemical engineers and those who are not technically inclined (normal people). Information can be found at I have also attached additional information to this email.  Click here.

Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME)

FAME: May 4-6, 2017 Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL

The 93rd Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME) will take place May 4-6 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL.  We invite you to submit an abstract for either a poster or an oral presentation in one of our twelve technical symposia; the deadline for all abstract submissions is April 1. 

Please see the attached flyer for general information on this year’s meeting.  Our website ( also contains details regarding registering, submitting an abstract, and reserving your hotel room at the Innisbrook resort.   Please note that there are a variety of Thursday afternoon workshops (price included in the general registration fee) that you may sign-up for as you register.  Make sure to sign up early, as spots in these workshops may be limited. 

We hope to see you at Innisbrook in May! 

ACS Orlando Section Sponsors 2016 National Chemistry Olympiad

The ACS-Orlando Section again sponsored the US National Chemistry Olympiad. Each year, the Orlando section invite high school chemistry faculty to nominate high performing chemistry students to participate in the Chemistry Olympiad. Letters are sent to chemistry faculty in early January.   High schools that participated included Edgewood Junior/Senior in Merritt Island, Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Seminole High School in Sanford, Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, Stanford Online High School, Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, and Canterbury High School in Fort Myers.  .  Wed like the number of testers to be even bigger for 2017.