Forging partnerships with community that celebrate chemistry in everyday life, we invite the general public to participate in exhibits and stage events that showcase the role of chemistry in art, cooking, transportation, and history, delivered by notable and inspirational invited speakers. We are enthused to nurture the interest in and to promote the value of chemistry through the exciting and multi-faceted outreach program.

Networking Events

Join ACS CERM attendees at a welcome reception Monday 03 June from 4pm at Midland’s Center for the Arts main exhibition gallery.  Monday evening kicks off the ACS CERM meeting and is the official opening of Chemistry in the Arts.  Attendees can choose to stroll through the gallery and experience the combined influence of acrylic chemistry and artistic creativity, enjoy appetizers, cocktails and ice cream with colleagues, and attend a lecture by Mark Golden, CEO of Golden Paints and renown creator, conservator and corporate citizen.  Attendees can also choose to Explore the Dow Gardens and the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk, weather permitting.  Buses will be provided to and from the H Hotel to the Midland Center for the Arts.  Registration will be available at the exhibition.

So, in case you have missed this during the registration, we want to take the opportunity once more to point out that breakfast and lunch are included with registration. We understand: you are attending ACS CERM 2019 with a mission, with no time to waste on trivialities of food search. So, take advantage of the boxed meals. You're so welcome!

A dinner and reception to celebrate the recipients of the Central Regional Awards will take place on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the H-Hotel Ballroom in Midland, Michigan. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Kurt Brandstadt, Associate Research Scientist for Dow Performance Silicones.

The following awards will be presented:

  • Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences
  • ACS Division of Chemical Education Central Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching
  • Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society
  • Local Scholarship Awardees
  • Regional Salute to Excellence Awards
  • Recognition of local award recipients in the areas of Education, Diversity, Volunteerism, Technical Achievement, and Promotion of the Chemical Sciences.

Join the Midland Women Chemists Committee for an exciting lunch event “Engaging Allies”, focused on Diversity and Inclusion, featuring Cory Valente and Andrea Fenton. Cory and Andrea will share strategies, lessons, and experiences with engaging allies in Dow’s GLAD and WIN employee resource groups. Networking will follow the speakers.

Young Chemists and Senior Chemists have a lot to offer each other, and willingness to collaborate is key. We hope to plant seeds of collaboration and experience exchange during this fun and interactive event.

Young and Senior Chemists are encouraged to join us for lunch and discussion! The YCC/SCC experience exchange will give chemists the opportunity to network and learn over lunch. A panel discussion focused on leadership development, with panelists from both academia and industry, will kick-off the discussion.

Setting stage for creating meaningful & lasting connections among members of the chemical community from academia, industry, government labs, and adjacent spaces, we offer a moderated career panel themed “Bridging Career Gaps through Networks”. Paid, refundable registration for this event is required for attending. Event sponsored by ACS PROF.

Following the Career Panel, we invite you to participate in the speed-networking event, where experienced and early career professionals can exchange ideas, notes, and contacts for future follow-up. But remember the speed factor - each interaction lasts only 5 minutes, so come prepared with your "elevator speech", business cards, and - why not - a few resume copies. Sponsored by ACS PROF.

The Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball game is a perfect opportunity to unwind after the log day of technical program. If the weather cooperates, you'll enjoy a spectacular Mid-Michigan summer evening, complete with the joy of baseball and perhaps even a few opportunities to network with your ACS CERM colleagues.

This moderated panel of thought leaders in diversity & inclusion will discuss the following thesis: Diverse and inclusive teams solve problems better & faster. The discussion will focus on real issues and gaps in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields as it relates to demographic imbalances of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression, as well as the implications of generational and demographic shifts that will occur in the United States over the next few decades. The panel will highlight case studies and proven solutions to this longstanding issue in STEM across academia and industry alike. Come with questions! This session is open to all CERM 2019 attendees - but, please, register in advance to help us plan the arrangements accordingly.

BMGT Presents Joseph M. DeSimone as BILLTM Talk Speaker at CERM 2019.

On Friday, June 7, 2019, at CERM 2019, in Midland Michigan, the ACS Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT) will host a signature BILL (Business, Illumination, Longevity and Laughs) TALK, a brief thought-provoking talk describing key ways to advance into leadership in the chemical enterprise. Professor Joseph M. DeSimone, will address the theme: ‘Entrepreneurship’: how does one move science and technology from the lab to the real world? at the luncheon event to be held in the H Hotel, Midland MI.

Professor DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Prof. of Chem. at UNC, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Prof. of ChE at NC State and of Chem. at UNC.  He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon and Co-Founder of Advanced Chemotherapeutic Technologies, Blue Current, Liquidia Tech, Bioabsorbable Vascular Solutions, and Micell.

The Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT) leads and fosters the community involved in the management and business development aspects of the chemistry enterprise. We support and recognize excellence in business management. If you care about the business of doing chemistry, you belong with us.


“Whole Brain” Programming

The twentieth century brought significant advances in science & technology- including the rise of modern paints.  These materials provided an expanded paint palette that influenced modern abstractionists & postmodern painters.  Come explore the science behind modern paints and enjoy works created in this media by artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Charles Pollock, Alexander Calder, Kenneth Noland, John Hoyland, Jules Otliski, Frank Dzubas, Hellen Frankenthaler, and more.

Special ACS CERM 2019 Preview & Reception, June 3 (registration required).

Open for General Admission:  June 4 to September 1, 2019  (museum hours apply).

Ever wonder how do teenagers see and use science in everyday life? Check out the ACS CERM 2019 Instagram Contest to gain insight - or to make an entry.

  • Grand Prize: $200 Amazon gift card
  • First Runner-up: $100 Amazon gift card
  • Second Runner-up: $50 Amazon gift card
  • Watch for your name to be tagged by us for random gift drawings!

Tickets (through Midland Center for the Arts): $25

Event Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 7 PM

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Endurance: My Year In Space and Our Journey to Mars, now a New York Times best-selling book, solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. In his acclaimed speech appearances, he now brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge them to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

Tickets (through Great Lakes Loons): $ Varies

Event Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 7 PM

Mark your calendar for June 6th: STEM Night at the Loons! Family fun night with college information booths highlighting both Undergraduate and Graduate STEM programs from ACS Central Regional colleges & universities. While checking out the programs, collect local Chemical Professionals Alumni Trading Cards with set Meet & Greet autograph sessions. Put your skills to the test with the Great Lakes Bay Robotic Team Challenges for a chance to win T-shirts and other prizes.

Admission: $ FREE

Event Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 5 PM to 7 PM

On June 6, from 5 to 7 PM, join the inaugural celebration of the regional experiment!  H2O Q team, the mastermind behind the NGSS-aligned environmental water quality chemistry activity kit for middle school students (4-8 grade), is hosting a tailgate party in the Founders Park by Dow Diamond, before the Great Lakes Loons Baseball game. The Central Michigan University College of Science and Engineering and Institute for Great Lakes Research invites YOU to join the project sponsors, environmental stakeholders, and students from local universities to help the kids celebrate!

Admission: $ FREE

Event Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

In 1955-56, Dow Chemical scientists Fred McLafferty and Roland Gohlke first demonstrated the combination of gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to identify individual substances in a mixture. This was the first coupling of a separation technology - chromatography, - with a spectroscopic technique to provide rapid and unambiguous characterization of chemical components.  Midland is now a National Historic Chemical Landmark of the American Chemical Society, as the birthplace of GC-MS. GC-MS remains one of the most powerful, flexible, and widely used tools for analyzing chemical mixtures in drug screening, forensic analysis, environmental analysis, trace analysis, and other applications.