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SEACommunications. 2022, 38(2), June
Published Online: June 30, 2022
Dear SEAC Members,
As we help to bring Pittcon 2022 to a close after the unexpected move to online activities this year, I want to thank everyone for their support of our SEAC programming through participation in the award session and several symposia that highlighted advances in electrochemistry. A remaining online event — scheduled for Friday, June 17 — will showcase discoveries being advanced by our student members. The session will include talks by the eight student speakers originally selected to present at Pittcon 2022 followed by a poster session. See this issue of the Newsletter for further details and for time-sensitive information about the SEAC student session being planned for Pittcon 2023 in Philadelphia. Many thanks to Stephen Maldonado and Martin Edwards for arranging the activity!
Following up to the announcement of the 2023 SEAC awards, I would like to extend enthusiastic congratulations to Lane Baker, selected for the Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry, and Jeffrey Dick, recipient of the Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award. Brief bios and additional information about the award session being organized for Pittcon 2023 is included below. Lane also is SEAC’s President-elect and will be taking the lead for us in just 12 months! I encourage you to visit the Member News section to learn about more member accomplishments — Congratulations to Xiangqun Zeng and SEAC board member Frédérique Deiss for their recent recognitions!
Please mark your calendars for this week’s SEAC student session and watch your email and the SEAC website for updates on SEAC activities being planned for the coming year (many thanks to Maryanne Collinson and Tim Paschkewitz for keeping us well-informed)!
Charles N. Reilley and Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Awards
The highlight of the SEAC activities at Pittcon 2023 will be the presentation of the 2023 Charles N. Reilley Award to Lane Baker, Texas A&M University, and the Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award to Jeffrey Dick, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These awards will be presented during the SEAC award symposium at Pittcon 2023, which will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 18-22, 2023. Congratulations to both Lane and Jeffrey on this well-deserved recognition! A special thank you to Professor Richard Crooks and the committee for their time and all who sent in nominations. The symposium in their honor will be arranged by Richard Crooks, The University of Texas at Austin.
Lane Baker - 2023 Charles N. Reilley Awardee
Lane Baker obtained his PhD from Texas A&M University (2001). After completing postdoctoral appointments at the Naval Research Laboratory (2004), and the University of Florida (2006), he started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in 2006, rising to a James F. Jackson Chair (2014) and Professor in 2018. In 2022, Baker moved to the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M. Baker’s research group focuses on nanoscale electrochemistry, especially scanning ion conductance microscopy. Baker is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His previous awards include a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, a Cottrell Scholar’s Award from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC), the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry, and a special creativity award from the National Science Foundation. Baker served as Chair for the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in 2019. Baker has previously served on the Board of Directors for SEAC and founded the SEAC student group meeting.
Jeffrey Dick - 2023 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Awardee
Jeffrey Dick earned a BS in Chemistry from Ball State University (2013) and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 under Al Bard’s supervision. After a short postdoctoral appointment at UT in Kyle Miller’s genome integrity lab, Jeffrey started his independent career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July 2018. Over the past 4 years, Jeffrey’s group has developed new measurement tools to probe how chemistry changes in small volumes and how nature takes advantage of such changes for the genesis and propagation of life.
Pittcon 2023: March 18-22, 2023
We are still several months out from Pittcon 2023, but that is not stopping us from organizing programming for what will hopefully be our first in-person Pittcon since 2020!
Call for SEAC – The Student Session in Electroanalysis (Pittcon 2023)
For Pittcon 2023 and for the ninth year running, SEAC will host another special session dedicated entirely to oral presentations by student and postdoctoral researchers. Stephen Maldonado and Martin Edwards will organize “SEAC – The Student Session in Electroanalysis,” a feature event at Pittcon that highlights new faces in electrochemistry. There are two objectives for this session:
- This session will showcase young and emerging talent in the field of electrochemistry.
- This session will be an opportunity to network with each other and the greater electrochemical community represented by SEAC.
Applicants of any gender, sexual preference, race religion, and nationality are all encouraged to apply. Both fundamental and applied topics in electroanalytical chemistry will be featured in this session. This session welcomes applicants from the widest pool possible including academia, national labs, and industry.
At this time, we are asking the membership of SEAC to forward this solicitation to any and all interested graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Please note the relatively compact timeframe: abstracts must be submitted to (click button below) below by June 28! This timeline will enable the organizers of this session to process abstracts, select speakers, and forward that information to the Pittcon organizers in time. Selected speakers will have the ability to refine and update their abstract before the conference program is finalized.
For more information, contact these SEAC Members:
SEAC Student Group Meeting (SEAC-SGM)
Mark your calendars! The SEAC Student Group Meeting (SEAC-SGM) will be held in Philadelphia, PA on the Saturday prior to Pittcon, which is March 18, 2023. The meeting is for student members (graduate and undergraduate) and post-docs. More information will be coming in the future.
For any immediate questions, please contact the organizers of the meeting:
For more information, contact these SEAC Members:
Pittcon 2022 (Virtual Event)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pittcon organizers made the difficult decision to cancel Pittcon in-person meeting. The Pittcon organizers were able to put together a series of virtual events in lieu of the meeting, which were held in April and May, 2022 online. Despite the outcome of Pittcon 2022, we still had our annual Board of Directors meeting and virtual celebration of the Charles N. Reilley and Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Awardees.
SEAC BOD Meeting (April 18, 2022)
In lieu of an in-person Pittcon this year, the Board of Directors met virtually on April 18, 2022 for their annual meeting. During the meeting, Board Member Tim Paschkewitz presented the following resolution during new business:
WHEREAS, the bylaws of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) were originally drafted in 1984; and
WHEREAS, the bylaws of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) were most recently updated on August 15, 2021; and
WHEREAS, the language used in the original construction of the bylaws was consistent with the climate of the times; and
WHEREAS, the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) desires to demonstrate on a fundamental level that sex nor gender should remain defined in the bylaws; and
WHEREAS, the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) wants to be an open, affirming, inclusive, and safe organization for all its members, leaders, and board of directors.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SOCIETY FOR ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY:
All gender-specific and binary pronouns—he, his, and him—that exist in the current version of the bylaws be replaced with unbiased non-binary pronouns—they, their, and them. Find the specific changes to the bylaws in the attached document.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:
This action, while somewhat arbitrary, serve as an official action that represents SEAC’s commitment to be a more open, progressive, and inclusive organization across sex, gender, and sexual orientation for all its members, leaders, and board of directors.
A copy of the bylaws, with proposed changes, was made available to the board. After a brief discussion, a motion was made to approve the resolution. Upon vote, the motion passed.
Subsequently, the bylaws have officially been updated.
SEAC Student Session (June 17, 2022)
With the drastic reduction of the Pittcon 2022 schedule, our student members lost a valuable opportunity to present their work in front of an audience and we all missed an opportunity to hear about the outstanding science that they have been performing. To remedy this situation, we are holding the SEAC – The Student Session in Electroanalysis (Pittcon 2022) on Friday, 17 June 2022, consisting of talks and posters from rising starts in our field.
The session will include talked by the eight student speakers originally selected to present at Pittcon 2022, followed by a poster session consisting of some of the electrochemistry posters presented at Pittcon 2022. It will begin at 10 AM (central time) and be hosted on Zoom.
When and Where
Friday 17 June 2022 starting at 10 AM Central Time, via Zoom.
Note: In the table below, presenters who are student members of SEAC show a link to their SEAC Member Profile. If you are not already a member, join us today!
|10:00 AM||Introductory Remarks|
|10:05 AM||Abhiroop Mishra|
(University of Ilinois)
|Scanning electrochemical microscopy as an in-situ platform for real time detection of oxygen evolution from Li-ion battery cathodes|
|10:25 AM||Andrew Pendergast|
(University of Utah)
|Quantifying the Nucleation and Growth Kinetics and Electrocatalytic Performance of Single Metal Nanoparticles and Metal Clusters in Confined Volumes|
|10:45 AM||Junaid Ahmed|
Virginia Commonwealth University
|Single-cell electroanalysis to determine the motility and adsorption orientation of bacteria on microelectrodes|
|11:05 AM||Sasha Alden|
(Texas A&M University)
|High-Throughput Nanoelectrochemistry: Individual Nanoelectrodes investigated via the Array Microcell Method (AMCM)|
|11:40 AM||Chathuri de Alwis|
(North Carolina State University)
|Exploiting Microelectrode Geometry for Enhanced Electrochemical Detection of Individual Exocytosis Events at Single Cells|
|12:00 PM||Cameron Movasagghi|
(University of California - Los Angeles)
|Rapid Pulse Voltammetry (RPV) Coupled with Partial Least Squares Regression (PLSR) for Multiplexed Detection of Serotonin and Dopamine|
|12:20 PM||Yuanyu Cheng|
(University of Virginia)
|Dual channel measurements of rapid adenosine reveal spontaneous adenosine is localized in brain slices|
|12:40 PM||Han Chen|
(Iowa State University)
|Conductive Polymeric Ionic Liquids as Functional Materials for Microscale Bioanalysis|
|1:00 PM||Virtual Poster Session|
We encourage our student members to consider applying for this session at Pittcon 2023, which we hope will be in person. Read the news article for further details.
For more information, contact these SEAC Members:
A new electronic textbook titled “Techniques in Electroanalytical Chemistry” by Olja Simoska and Shelley Minteer will be published in June 2022 as part of Collection 1 of the ACS InFocus series (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/book/10.1021/acsinfocus.7e5021). In this digital textbook, Olja and Shelley introduce selected techniques in electroanalytical chemistry through text, laboratory-based tutorial videos, and data analysis practice problems.
News and updates from our SEAC members.
Xiangqun Zeng, Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, has recently won the Most Research Active Award, which is given to a faculty member with the most grants funded in a year. She also won the Most Active Grant Seeker Award. Oakland University has decided to (1) name the award after her and (2) ban her from receiving it in the future because she has won it too many times in a row (Oprah Winfrey was the last person I recall to be declared ineligible for an award because she won it too frequently). Her lab currently has postdoc and/or research assistant professor openings funded by several National Institute of Health grants to develop in vitro and/or in vivo miniaturized chemical and biosensors for applications in environmental and health monitoring and clinical diagnostic of diseases (i.e., heart, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases). Details can be seen at her website.
Frederique Deiss, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, has received the NSF CAREER Award this year.
CAREER: Electrochemiluminescence in Microfluidics for Mechanistic Studies of Redox Reactions and Single Particle Sensing (CHE-2145378 (from CMI and BIOSENSING))
Jeffrey Dick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the 2023 Murray Awardee, is moving to Purdue University as Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure.
Carolina G. Vega, a 4th-year PhD student in the Deiss Research Group at IUPUI, received an Elite 50 award in April 2022. These prestigious awards are given to the top 50 Graduate students at IUPUI based on their research, outreach and service. In Fall 2022, she will be doing an internship at Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, IN.
Upcoming Events and Meetings
Meetings of interest to our SEAC members abound during the coming year, with some of the symposia organized by our own members. We have a dedicated Events section of our new website, which provides fuller detail that in this newsletter. Check it out!
We will be transitioning our “job board” to a members-only section of the website. To bring value to both opportunity seekers as well as opportunity providers, we have decided to require active membership to view these Opportunities. Head over to the page. You must be logged into the SEAC website to view the opportunities.