Alvin Bober Seminar Series

EAS’s Outreach Program offers four seminars essentially for high school teachers and students during the November meeting.  Each seminar has outstanding presenters from academia and industry.  The goal of each seminar is to demonstrate the advantages of a career in chemistry.   The 2021 student seminar registration is free for middle & high school students with their teachers; seminars are included in the full time college student registration fee of $30.  Students are encouraged to visit the Exposition after the seminar.

What Does Cooking Have to do with Chemistry?
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Registration Limited to TEACHERS ONLY
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The relevance of chemistry to everyday life is a hard concept to have high school students recognize, especially since introductory chemistry concentrates on theory.  Chemistry can be easily illustrated by foods and cooking. Based on experience levels, this workshop will demonstrate and discuss some  examples that can be done in the classroom and some that can be done in a high school chemistry lab. All use simple foods as samples and based on the availability of resources, this workshop may have demonstrations and interactive examples.

Not all Science Happens in the Lab,
Biodiversity Surveys with iNaturalist as a means to Learn Science as a Process and Basic Analytics
Monday, November 15, 2021
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Over the last two decades citizen science has had dramatic impacted the collection of data, in particular for studies of natural history.  This workshop will be presented by Dr. Shawn T. Dash, Hampton University who has utilized the platform ebird and iNaturalist to engaged students in CUREs and inquiry-based research projects. The objective of the workshop is to inspire teachers as well as students to the benefits of using iNaturalist as a device to ask original research questions, collect, manage, and analyze data. Advice and suggestions on getting students engaged with the nature world, using technology to photo document diversity, survey online data sets, organize data, and finally use those data to address research questions for independent study, science fairs, or other pursuits.

How to Make Cheese
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This seminar will introduce students to the field of Food Science by making cheese.  This field is a multi-disciplinary field involving chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology and engineering to  study  the nature of foods and the changes that occur in them naturally and as a result of handling and processing.  The chemical and physical processes of making cheese as well as the final product characteristics based on the compounds present will be described.

Students and teach­ers must pre-register to reserve a space. All seminars take place in the Crowne Plaza Princeton Conference Center in Plainsboro, NJ. Please contact Eastern Analytical Symposium at or visit our website at for more information. Registration will open in early July.