Southern Indiana Local Section


See our Calendar for any upcoming events!

Chemistry of Everyday Life Seminar - Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 5:30 PM, Chemistry C122. See flyer below for details.


Student Selected Seminar - Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 - See flyer below for details.


Chemistry of Everyday Life - Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 - See flyer below for details. 

Ice Cream Chemistry! Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 1:45-3:15 PM, IU Chemistry C003

This Thursday the ACS will be presenting a webinar on the Chemistry of Ice Cream with presenters Rich Hartel and Maya Warren, and you are invited to a viewing party hosted by the Southern Indiana Section of ACS.

We will have the live webinar displayed and ice cream to enjoy while learning about this delicious treat! 

WHERE IS IT?  Room C033 in the IU Chemistry building.

WHEN IS IT? Thursday, June 9th from 1:45 to 3:15 P.M.  The webinar runs from 2—3, but come early to get your ice cream and a good seat!

**In order for us to be sure we have enough for everyone, please send a quick RSVP to James Clark at if you plan to attend.**

The webinar will focus on a few key concepts such as these:

•Learn how ice cream is made and what factors affect its quality.

•Ice cream is a complex multi-phase system that tastes delicious.

•Even though ice cream is defined by a Standard of Identity, there is a wide variation in products.

But bring your own questions about this creamy confection to ask our presenters! 


SISACS Social - Friday, January 15th, 2016, 5:00 PM, IU Chemistry Department

The Southern Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society would like to invite you to a social to ring in the new year, hosted by our immediate past chair, Tom Snaddon. Tom will introduce us to a variety of whiskies from his homeland of Scotland. The event will take place this Friday, January 15th 2016 at 5:00 PM in room C122 in the Chemistry Building at Indiana University. All members of the SISACS (and their friends/family) are welcome to attend, however you must be 21 or older with a valid ID in order to enter C122

Election of 2016 Officers

Please return your election ballot to Laura Brown ( no later than Friday, January 15th 2016. New officers will be introduced at the SISACS social that evening (see above).  

Chemistry of Everyday Life - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - See flyer below for details.


ACS on Campus

Join us for ACS on campus at IU, and a Science Cafe at the Tap on Oct. 9th. See flier below for details!


Chemistry of Scent Exhibit at Wonderlab

 Former SIS ACS chair, Dr. Kevin Brown, and current treasurer, Dr. Laura Brown, have collaborated with Wonderlab to produce a brand-new exhibit that relates chemical structure to scent entitled "Smells like Nano". The project stemmed from the observation that chemistry is generally underrepresented in science museums, presumably due to the focus on demonstration-oriented exhibits. Chemistry demonstrations generally require a trained individual to handle chemicals in a controlled environment, which is counter to the interactive nature of the other exhibits. The Browns noted that concepts in organic chemistry can be easily introduced in a fun and interactive way, without the need for chemicals or trained professionals, and procured an ACS Local Section Innovative Project Grant to fund the exhibit. The remainder of the funding came directly from the SIS ACS. The new exhibit went up on the opening day of Wonderlab's Nanoscience exhibit, and has been quite popular!

Museum visitors get a chance to smell a variety of organic compounds, some of which are pleasant (vanilla, cinnamon), and some of which are not (vomit, rotting flesh)! They can read a variety of fun facts about the compound, and can then guess the scent. They'll know they got it right if the puzzle piece fits. 


The museum patrons can view a molecular model of each compound, and can then build the molecules themselves! 


Chemistry of Everyday Life Seminar Series

This series provides a forum to invite speakers in less "traditional" areas of chemistry to present topics of interest to students, faculty, and staff of the greater IU community, as well as the Bloomington city community. These presentations are recorded and posted on the Internet for viewing by all interested persons. SISACS received an ACS Innovative Project Grant to launch this outreach-focused seminar series.

The first speaker in this series, Dr. Eric Block, author of "Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and The Science," is from University of Albany - SUNY. Dr. Blockvisited IU during National Chemistry Week on October 22, 2010 to discuss the chemistry of the edible alliums, which include garlic, onions, leeks and chives. Our second speaker, Dr. Charles Bamforth, visited campus on April 21, 2011 and spoke to an audience of more than 200. Dr. Bamforth is a Professor of Food Science and Technology at University of California, Davis and spoke on “Tapping into the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing.” The third speaker in this series, Dr. Joe Schwarcz of the Office for Science & Society at McGill University visited the department in April of 2012. His talk, “Hey! There Are Cockroaches in My Chocolate Ice Cream!” was well received and attended by more than 150 members of the chemistry department, including a large number of undergraduate students. Dr. Kent Kirshenbaum from NYU visited IU on March 6th, 2013 to discuss "A Taste for Science: Adventures at the Interface of Chemistry and Cuisine," and some lucky audience members were able to taste his vegan meringues! We are excited to continue the series this year with Dr. Sue E. Ebeler, who is a professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Ebeler will visit on March 12th, 2014 and will discuss "Analytical Approaches for Understanding Wine Flavor."

Student Selected Seminar Series

This series is unique in that it provides the graduate student populations of the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry with the opportunity to select a prominent speaker and present their research to this scientist during their visit to campus. Student-selected seminar invites are regarded as extremely prestigious, enabling this series to attract a number of very well-known scientists to the IU campus. Thus far we have had six world renowned speakers visit our campus: Dr. Phil Baran, from The Scripps Research Institute, visited on March 31, 2010. Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi from the University of California, Berkley visited on September 1, 2010 and Dr. Benjamin Cravatt, from The Scripps Research Institute, visited April 6, 2011. For the 2011-2012, academic year we scheduled Dr. Michael Summers, from the University of Maryland and Dr. Fred McLafferty, from Cornell University. In the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Daniel Nocera from Harvard University visited in November of 2012 and Dr. Timothy M. Swager from Massachusetts Institute of Technology visited on February 6th, 2013. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. John Hartwig from the University of California, Berkeley visited on October 1, 2013, and Dr. Mark Johnson from Yale University visited January 29, 2014. 

Graduate students from IU Chemistry enjoyed a day of science with Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi.

A large audience attended Dr. Bertozzi's lecture.

A reception followed the seminar to give students additional opportunity to speak with Professor Bertozzi about her science and career path.