Northeastern Ohio Local Section

NEOACS Award Banquet 2017

This annual event will be held on May 4, 2017, at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, Ohio. At this event, we will recognize and honor our 50 & 60 year ACS members, our Young Scientist Award Winners from Northeastern Ohio, and the Lake and Ashtabula County selections for the Harrington Teaching Award.  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Zane Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology, from Lake Erie College, who will give a talk about how major climate fluctuations influence the the formation of aragonite versus calcite minerals, which manifests itself in what reef-forming organisms are present.


College Now is Looking for Mentors by May 1! Apply Today!

You are invited to mentor a college student from Cleveland through College Now Greater Cleveland! Every year, College Now awards local students need-based college scholarships for the duration of their college career. Each scholarship recipient is also paired with a mentor to serve as a guide, sounding board and friend through his/her college journey. The program is adding 300 new freshman next year, and you are needed to mentor!


The Mentoring Program pairs College Now Scholarship recipients with professionals in the Cleveland area. Mentors support their mentees throughout the students' college career by helping them navigate any obstacles they may face that will prevent them from graduating. The structure of the program is very simple and easy to fit into the busy schedules of both working professionals and college students. Throughout their time together, pairs are asked to exchange two messages a month through an online platform and meet at least three times a year. Mentoring Program staff provide guidance and reminders for communication and plan several events during the academic year to help pairs arrange in person meetings.


The first four years of the program saw impressive results: 94% of mentored freshmen continued on to their sophomore year of college. This is due to the added support our students receive from mentors and College Now through the Mentoring Program. The time commitment is minimal (minimum of 2 hours per month), and the program is life-changing. To mentor, you must hold a college degree, pass a background check completed by College Now, and have reliable access to the Internet.


In the words of a current mentor, "[the program] has allowed me to make a friend that I not only can talk to about the little day to day experiences, but also be a part of some of the most defining years of her life. I've also learned a lot about myself and my own personal growth in the process; I can't recommend being a mentor highly enough!" Become a mentor, and change a life! Sign up today to make a difference in the life of college student from Greater Cleveland!


If you have any questions, please visit the program's website or contact Madeline Rife ( or 216.635.0163), Mentoring Program Manager.

NEOACS Awards Banquet

This annual event was held on May 11, 2016, at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, Ohio.  NEOACS Young Scientist Awards, Dr. Roy V. Harrington Award for Science Teacher Professional Development, and ACS Service Awards were presented.  The keynote address, "The Application of Chemistry in Forensic Investigation", was presented by Douglas Rohde, Supervisor of Chemistry and Toxicology at the Lake County Crime Laboratory.

Congratulations Young Scientist Award Winners

1st Prize ~ Logan Leak
Mentor High School
Teacher ~ Lori Cohen

2nd Prize ~ Courtney Collins
Perry High School
Teacher ~ Sarah Rivera

3rd Prize ~ Grace Marino
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Teacher ~ Joan Jeunnette

Luke Marino
Willoughby South High School
Teacher ~ Greta Hagan

Kara Elmouhawesse
Madison High School
Teacher ~ Nestor Janiak

Lav Patel
Mentor High School
Teacher ~ Victor Senn

Thu (Crystal) Anh Huynh Nguyen
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Teacher ~ Joan Jeunnette

NEOACS Chair Dr. Jason McDonald with Young Scientist Awardees


Dr. Roy V. Harrington Award for Science Teacher Professional Development

Tami D'Amico
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Grades 6 - 12
Nominator ~ Catherine Platano

60 Year ACS Service Anniversaries

Winston T. Bachmann ~ Willoughby

Dr. Lewis J. Schupp ~ Kirtland

50 Year ACS Service Anniversaries

Dr. Jerome L. Wiedmann ~ Painesville

Dr. Jack L. Karn ~ Cleveland
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Phillip D. Roskos ~ Kirtland
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Keynote Address ~ The Application of Chemistry in Forensic Investigation

Douglas Rohde
Supervisor of Chemistry and Toxicology
Lake County Crime Laboratory

The Lubrizol Foundation

The Northeastern Ohio ACS Local Section Executive Committee would like to gratefully acknowledge the Lubrizol Foundation for their generous support of our education outreach activities.

NEOACS Announcements

Call for Nominations: The Northeastern Ohio Local Section of the American Chemical Society (NEOACS) is now accepting nominations for the Dr. Roy V. Harrington Award for Science Teacher Professional Development.Two award winners will be sponsored by NEOACS to attend the annual Ohio Chemistry Technology Council’s (OCTC) Teachers, Industry, and Environment (TIE) Conference. Nominations are due by April 14.

Call for Applications:The Northeastern Ohio Local Section of the American Chemical Society is now accepting applications for the Young Scientist Award for high school students interested in a career in science. The application consists of a 500 word essay and a supporting letter of recommendation from the applicant’s science teacher or Science Olympiad coach. Cash prizes will be given to the top three applicants ($600, $300, $200 respectively) as determined by our Executive Committee. The application deadline is April 14.

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