Happy International Women’s Day #IWD2020

Happy International Women’s Day #IWD2020

On this day we recognize the achievements and advancements of women in all aspects of life. The theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual paying homage to the past sacrifices of women to shape a gender equal world. #NERM2020 will be host to a fantastic WCC luncheon where attendees will have the opportunity to network and meet like-minded chemists all while touring the home of Susan B. Anthony where she lived leading the woman’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 is important as well for marking Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday and the 100th anniverasary for the Nineteenth Amendment ratification, giving women the right to vote, which was largely influenced fron the hard work and sacrifices of Susan B. Anthony. To see more about our event click here!

March 20: Deadline to sign up as a Session Organizer!

The NERM 2020 Organizing Committee is planning an extensive program including technical and non technical elements. Programming will take place at the Rochester Convention Center throughout the meeting from October 18-21, 2020. 

If you are interested to include a topic in our program, volunteer as a Session Organizer!

For more details visit:

The deadline to sign up as a session organizer is
Friday, March 20th!

Meet our NERM 2020 Programming Chair

Introducing! Dave McCamant

Dr. McCamant received his BA from Wesleyan University in 1995 and then worked at Kodak and Great Western Malt Co. prior to starting graduate school at UC Berkeley.  He received his PhD in 2004 working with Prof. Rich Mathies to develop femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy and then did a postdoc with Prof. Mike Wasielewski at Northwestern studying excited-state electron transfer reactions.  Now, at the University of Rochester the McCamant lab uses laser techniques to study the energy and electron transfer events important for solar fuel production. Dave is excited about building connections between academics and industry at NERM2020 with a strong program that draws all kinds of students and professionals together.  

Look for our Committee members when you come to NERM 2020.
We are here to help!
Stay tuned for more biographies introducing our other hard working
NERM 2020 Committee Members.

Exhibitors at NERM 2020

For 38 years, Vernier Software & Technology has been the leader in scientific data-collection technology. Educators worldwide use Vernier sensors, instrumentation, including a benchtop gas chromatograph and spectrophotometers, software, and experiments to teach and engage students in chemistry investigations.  

Some of the exciting things you can learn more about at their exhibit:

  • Go Direct Cyclic Voltammetry System: Give your students hands-on experience with electrochemically active reactions using this affordable potentiostat and disposable screen-printed electrodes. Easily incorporate electrochemistry into your curriculum using our e-book, Electrochemistry Experiments with Go Direct Cyclic Voltammetry System, available free with purchase. (
  • Go Direct Polarimeter:  The concept of chirality can be difficult for students to visualize. Go Direct Polarimeter provides a visual representation of this concept by measuring the optical rotation of optical isomers such as sugars, amino acids, and proteins. (
  • Go Direct Mini GC: With the easy-to-use Go Direct Mini GC and the free Vernier Instrumental Analysis app, students can separate, analyze, and identify substances contained in a volatile liquid or gaseous sample. This portable gas chromatograph detects polar and nonpolar compounds allowing for a wide range of experiments. Sample experiments include fractional distillation and Fischer esterification. (
  • Vernier Instrumental Analysis: With our free Vernier Instrumental Analysis app, students can collect and analyze data from our Go Direct Mini GC and Go Direct Cyclic Voltammetry System using computers, Chromebooks, or compatible mobile devices. (
  • Partnership with LabArchives: Vernier Software & Technology has partnered with LabArchives to bring high-quality chemistry content to instructors through the Lab Builder library. Because all content is structured and standardized, instructors can arrange, customize, and add content to their courses with ease. (

If you are interested for a career at Vernier Software & Technology, enter your email address, to be notified automatically when new positions are posted, at

Stay tuned for more profiles of our exhibitors and sponsors.
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Meet our NERM 2020 General Chair

Introducing! Amber Charlebois


Dr. Amber Flynn Charlebois is an Assistant Professor and the Pre-health Advisor at Nazareth College. She received her B.S. Degree from Syracuse University, her PhD from the University of Buffalo, and continued as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has been teaching general, organic and biochemistry at the undergraduate level for 20 years where she has developed her research program to investigate the interaction of the small dye molecule, cresyl violet, with nucleic acids and the synthesis of stercobilin, a potential biomarker for childhood autism. During this time Dr. Charlebois has mentored more than 70 students in research projects, which has led to numerous student presentations at local, regional and national chemistry meetings. She is married to fellow chemist, Jay, and has four children: three of her own, Steven, Matthew and Victoria, and her niece, Kyra. She is very active in the American Chemical Society at both the local, regional and national levels. She is currently chair of both NERM 2020 (Rochester, NY) and the National Communications and Public Relations Committee. She is most excited to host NERM 2020 in Rochester to show off all the wonderful things this city has to offer. It is rich in chemistry, culture and creativity. She is looking forward to sharing this great little area of the country with her ACS colleagues.

Look for our Committee members when you come to NERM 2020.
We are here to help!
Stay tuned for more biographies introducing our other hard working
NERM 2020 Committee Members.