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2019 Meeting in Miniature

Initial Information

Wed. Mar. 13, 2019
John Carroll University
Dolan Center for Science & Technology

1:30 pm           Registration, Dolan Center Atrium
2:30 pm-5:15 pm  Technical Sessions (draft schedule)
5:15-5:30 pm  Refreshments, Muldoon Atrium
5:30-6:30 pm  Plenary talk, Donahue Auditorium
The Science of the Flavor of Whiskey: Just how much fun can a group of undergraduate students have doing nerdy science stuff!?!
            Dr. Regan Silvestri, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio (Abstract and bio follow)
6:30 pm           Dinner, Muldoon Atrium
7:15 pm           Student Awards, Muldoon Atrium

Final Program
(Hardocpy provided at the meeting).

Keynote: “The Science of the Flavor of Whiskey: Just how much fun can a group of undergraduate students have doing nerdy science stuff!?!
by Dr. Regan Silvestri,Associate Professor of Chemistry, Lorain County Community College

An almost chance encounter between a chemistry professor and the founder of a start-up whiskey company would quickly lead to the pseudo-accidental creation of an independent student research program in chemistry.  Undergraduate students at Lorain County Community College are using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) to identify and profile the distinct flavor compounds in unprecedented flavors of bourbon being developed by industry partner Cleveland Whiskey.  Seizing small opportunities along the way has led to the establishment of a thriving graduate-school-modeled research group in the Department of Chemistry at Lorain County Community College.  The experience is graduate school “modeled” in that the depth and quantity of research may not equate with the level of graduate studies, but the research group format precisely parallels that of the graduate school experience.  We will share results of our research on a variety of topics including: flavor of whiskey, hypersonic aerospace insulating materials, carbon nanotubes, dermatologic allergens, and more.  However, equally important with the scientific results are the stories of the impact the program has had on the students, and the stories of just how much fun a group of undergraduates can have doing nerdy science stuff when the topic is whiskey.

Dinner menu:
Caesar Salad
Grilled Rosemary Chicken (chilled)
Italian Sausage and Peppers
Rigatoni Marinara
Italian Seasoned Green Beans
Miniature Cheesecake Tarts

Please RSVP by contacting Mark Waner, Meeting in Miniature Program Chair, by email at by Friday March 8 at noon with your name, total number of guests in your party, and phone number. Checks made out to "Cleveland ACS" are greatly appreciated; cash otherwise. $20 for members and guests, $10 for retirees or unemployed, $5 for students, Free for presenters.


Call for abstracts


2019 Meeting in Miniature – Call for Papers
This year’s meeting will be held Wed. March 13 at John Carroll University.

A highlight of the MIM is the 10-15 minute talks across all areas of chemistry.  Again this year there will be cash awards given for the best undergraduate and graduate student talks.  Although awards are given to encourage participation by students, we welcome talks by all practicing chemists at the MIM.

Please limit the abstract to 250 words and include names and affiliations of all authors with the presenting author’s name underlined.  Abstracts should be submitted, as Word or RTF files, to Dr. Mark Waner (, by Monday, March 4.  Please send abstracts with a subject line of “MIM-undergrad”, “MIM-grad” or “MIM-regular” to insure that they are tracked properly.





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