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SEACommunications. 2021, 37(3), October
Published Online: January 14, 2022
Dear SEAC Members,
This is truly an exciting time for our organization as it advances on several fronts. To begin, I would like to extend sincere thanks to Bo Zhang for his enthusiastic leadership as SEAC has grown in new directions during the past two years. It is a tremendous honor for me to assume responsibility from him in guiding SEAC on a path forward. As many are aware, one project just coming to fruition is the new SEAC website (https://seac.online). Special thanks to Tim Paschkewitz and Samuel Kounaves for their tireless efforts to design and launch the site. Please visit, update your member profile and VOTE your preference for the format of future SEAC newsletters. Set a bookmark and visit often to stay connected with colleagues.
Also making great strides are the student members of SEAC. They have arranged a monthly ‘students-only’ meeting held via video conference and focused on sharing scientific ideas. Interest has been growing following their first activity in June. See details in the full article below by Junaid Ahmed and Milomir Suvira. The monthly student meeting was inspired by the SEAC Student Group Meeting (SEAC-SGM) first held at Pittcon in 2020. Many thanks to Lane Baker for shepherding the effort and to Lane and Ashley Ross for arranging the second annual SEAC-SGM in conjunction with Pittcon 2022.
Following up on recommendations from its annual meeting in March, the SEAC Board of Directors held its first mid-year meeting in August via Zoom. Suggested updates to award committee processes were discussed and approved. The possibility of holding a regular mid-year board meeting will be considered at the annual meeting in 2022.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge Maryanne Collinson (secretary), David Cliffel (treasurer) and Takashi Ito (newsletter editor) for their dedicated service to SEAC and constant attention to detail in managing day-to-day issues. We owe them much gratitude for their efforts to ensure SEAC stays strong and vibrant.
Finally, on a sad note, in recent weeks our community lost a pioneer and role model, Janet (Osteryoung) Jones. Janet was a founding member of SEAC. She served as the first secretary and soon after as president. The SEAC Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry is among her many outstanding professional recognitions. The positive impacts of her creative scientific work and administrative achievements will be felt by generations to come and SEAC will continue to prosper from the indelible marks that she has left.
Introducing the New SEAC Website
We are very excited to announce that the new SEAC Website has been launched. Our URL has changed (The old website and URL redirects to the new website): https://seac.online. The new website has several new functions. The site maintains our memberships (new, recurring, billing, etc.), gives all members their own profile (fresh and ready for you to update), and will eventually be the single conduit for things like election ballots, award nomination submissions, registrations, bookings, etc.).
The new site is full of new and exciting features. It starts by logging in, updating your profile, and checking out our news blog. We are creating an online community for SEAC members. Where we can go with this is limitless, so dig in and enjoy! We are very open to feedback including feature requests, changes/edits, bugs, etc. so if you find any, please Contact us.
A huge thank you is in order for Samuel Kounaves. Sam single-handedly kept electroanalytical.org up and running for years. Thank you very much, Sam!
Thanks to Tim Paschkewitz, SEAC Communications is ready to move to the digital format. Tim has created a news article on the SEAC website so that SEAC members can vote their preference and give any feedback.
Please vote by December 31, 2021. We will publish only digital SEACommunications from the first 2022 issue if SEAC members’ votes are consistent with this change.
No PI's Allowed - Monthly SEAC Student Meeting
We all know how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. Apart from our mental and physical health, one of the greatest challenges for students and educators are learning to move everything online quickly, as many had no or few experiences with the virtual platforms. When everything was nearly shut down, virtual communication was the only one left, especially thanks to Zoom. We were upset not to meet with our friends and colleagues in person, but one of the unseen advantages is we can zoom across the country. A group of students from several labs saw this as a unique opportunity and planned to meet once a month over Zoom, adapted from the SEAC student group meeting at the 2020 Pittcon conference. Peter Defnet, one of the committee members of this new SEAC student meeting, found the 2020 student meeting to be a wonderful and engaging experience that should be done more than once per year. The organizing committee consists of a diverse group of 9 students from 6 different labs with different areas of electrochemistry expertise. This monthly meeting aims to promote networking among the community to address ambiguous and confusing data to progress science. Milomir Suvira (Milo), another committee member, added that it is important to learn from other graduate students with expertise and perspective different from your own lab. He also noted that the meeting has provided a comfortable and friendly environment to ask questions and get feedback on various challenges and setbacks experienced in the lab. As planned, the students and postdocs started meeting on the 4th Wednesday of every month since June 2021. An email with a meeting link, some selected articles, and declared topics are sent out to the members. This meeting is strictly tailored for the student without influence from PI’s.
The meeting is divided into three segments: How To, Literature/Discussions, and Research. The “how-to” session aims to provide the audience with an in-depth and detailed explanation of a technique or process that is often omitted in general literature and learning from the experts. The following “Literature/Discussions” session aims to discuss the strengths, directions, and limitations of a particular subtopic in electrochemistry. Finally comes the exciting “Research” session where someone in the meeting shares their ambiguous, challenging, and troublesome data. Participants attempt to shed light on the insights, effectively analyze the data, and propose alternative methods if applicable. The main advantage of this session is that the feedback is coming from a diverse pool of students with many different backgrounds in electrochemistry. It gives the presenter an “out-of-the-box” outlook on their research progress.
Around 20-25 students and postdocs from several research groups join the meeting regularly. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM (EST) and usually lasts for 1 hour; however, enthusiastic discussions extend more than 1 hour in most cases. The June meeting was kind of an ice-breaker, getting to know each other and discussing science more generally. In the following meetings, more interactive and creative discussions were taking place that stretched the participants’ horizons on selected topics. Many participants adapted the discussed strategies to overcome the difficulties in their research. Md Shaful Islam, a regular participant in the meeting, mentioned how the discussion motivated him to learn python to rapidly analyze his data. He also revived one of his research projects that he was planning to leave off. To date, a wide range of topics in electrochemistry has been covered, including the integration of electrochemistry with microfluidics, nanoelectrode fabrication, nanoparticle collisions, amperometric data analysis, and more. The upcoming talks will cover topics in energy devices, enzyme electrochemistry, microbial electrochemistry, biosensing, and other biology-related electroanalytical techniques. The student section hopes to expand the discussion, include new participants in future meetings, and welcome any feedback to this firstname.lastname@example.org address.
Pittcon 2022 - March 5 - 9, 2022
2nd Annual SEAC Student Group Meeting (SEAC-SGM) - March 5, 2022
Students and Post-Doc electrochemical scientists: Come to Pittcon and attend the 2nd SEAC Student Group Meeting on March 5, 2022 in Atlanta, GA!
- Participation in this meeting is open to students (graduate, undergraduate) and postdoctoral associates, with minimal faculty oversight.
- The style of the meeting is that of a large group meeting with talks chosen from the students who attend. Talks on half-baked, problematic, or poorly understood data are encouraged, a nd time will be dedicated to group-level discussion. Please do not plan to bring polished, formal presentations to this meeting.
- Student social activities will be planned Saturday night for the SEAC Student Group Meeting.
- The meeting immediately precedes the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry. Students are encouraged to attend the SEAC Student Group Meeting, and then stay to enjoy Pittcon and additional SEAC activities (SEAC Awards symposium and SEAC reception and dinner).
- To facilitate attendance at both meetings, you may consider presenting a poster at a SEAC or ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Session. (This will hopefully make attendance at the meeting affordable if you are attending Pittcon.)
For more information, contact these SEAC Members:
Travel Awards Sponsored by ACS-DAC
ACS YCC Travel Grants
The Division of Analytical Chemistry is offering travel awards for Younger Chemists (under age 35) to travel to a meeting to present the results of their research. Individuals who may not have previously been able to participate in professional meetings are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are due Nov 1 for winter and spring meetings and May 1 for summer and fall meetings. More information and the application form are available on the Division website.
I. M. Kolthoff Enrichment Awards for Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC), the Kolthoff awards provide up to $750 in travel funding for undergraduate students to present a poster on their research at the annual Spring ACS National Meeting & Exposition or PITTCON. Up to four awards will be available between the two meetings. Awarded students should plan to present their posters at the DAC Poster Session at either meeting. Preference will be given to undergraduate chemistry majors with strong academic records who have made significant research contributions in the analytical sciences and for whom this would be their first national meeting presentation and who have limited access to other support mechanisms. Learn more about the award here. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2022. Apply today!
With any questions, please contact:
Focus Issue on Women in Electrochemistry
Accepting Submissions: August 5, 2021 | Submission Deadline: November 3, 2021
To celebrate and promote the many achievements of women investigating the myriad aspects of electrochemistry, the Journal of the Electrochemical Society is preparing a focus issue on Women in Electrochemistry, to be published in 2022. The Electrochemical Society (ECS) celebrates the achievements of women researchers from all over the world with the aim of reducing gender inequality in STEM. Visit the ECS website for more details.
In Memoriam - Janet (Osteryoung) Jones
Remembrances About Janet (Osteryoung) Jones
William Heineman‘s grandkids enjoy an electrochemistry textbook!
The first Reilley Award winner in 1984, retires after a 63-year career from the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. An article, which is very enjoyable to read, has been published by the University of Texas.
Reports that, after 15 great years at Indiana University, the bakergrp will be relocating to Texas A&M University in early 2022. In addition, he was elected an ACS Fellow.
2019 Reilley Award winner, University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of the inaugural 2021 IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Medal.
2020 Reilley Award winner, University of Utah, has been awarded the prestigious Bruno Breyer medal from the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Alan Bond explains that the Breyer Medal is the highest award made by the Australasian electrochemistry community. The Breyer Medal and Lecture commemorates Dr Bruno Breyer (1900-1967) who was born in Czechoslovakia, educated in Germany, and later became a pioneer of AC polarography in Australia. The medal is awarded for internationally recognized contributions in the field of electrochemistry.
Purdue University and the Founder of Inotiv Inc., is the recipient of the 2021 August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year Award.
Wayne State University, received the NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) and the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Meetings of interest to our SEAC members abound during the coming year, with symposia being organized by some among us. Make sure to check out the Events Calendar on the website.
With the new website, we have created a membership value-added section for opportunities (job postings, research opportunities, etc.). Members, logged into the website, can access Opportunities in the Members Only Section now. We will no longer print the list in SEACommunications. Do you have an opportunity you want to list? Advertise to a selected group, only SEAC members, by submitting the position details to us online (select “I would like to post a job opportunity”).
Membership in SEAC
Any individual with an interest in electroanalytical chemistry is invited to join SEAC. Regular one-year membership dues are $30. Student dues are $10 (with their first year free). Dues are payable on January 1 of each year. A lifetime membership option is available for $300, payable either as a lump sum or in three annual, nonrefundable installments of $100.
Simply fill review the membership options and check out online. Once your payment is processed you can update your profile, print out your membership card, and begin socially engaging with other SEAC members on the site. We no longer accept checks and all membership dues must be paid online with a credit card.