Alvin Bober Seminar Series

EAS’s Outreach Program offers three 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 2023 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 $50.  Students are encouraged to visit the Exposition after the seminar.

Brewing = Chemistry: The Science of Beer
Presented by Dr. Jeanne Berk, Associate Professor, Cedar Crest College
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Registration Limited to TEACHERS ONLY
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join Jeanne Berk of Cedar Crest College, Lehigh Valley ACS, as we learn about some of the chemistry involved in brewing beer.  Discover how four simple ingredients, barley, water, hops and yeast come together through fermentation and other chemical reactions to make such a wide variety of beers.  The steps involved in the production of beer will be covered as well as how the flavor and type of beer depends on the temperature, timing, and amount of each ingredient.

Spectroscopy and the World Around Us
Presented by Dr. Sharla Wood, Senior Principal Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Join Dr. Sharla Wood, Bristol Myers Squibb, as we discover how light can be used to understand the world around us.  Through a series of fun experiments, we will learn how spectroscopy, or the study of light and how it interacts with matter, can help us identify and learn more about materials just by how they absorb and emit light.

Careers in Science “Looking Back Through the Journey & Science of Color”
Presented by Debbie Peru, President / Owner, DP Spectroscopy and Training

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This seminar introduces the student to the various types of degrees and industrial positions available for scientists with two-year, four-year degrees or advanced degrees in chemistry, biology, engineering, nutrition etc. Part I of this seminar provides a look back through the journey of working in the energy, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, and consumer product sectors. The seminar describes how analytical thinking and instrumental methods are used to solve problems and develop products that are used every day such as; gasoline, catalysts, plastic, soap, toothpaste, dietary supplements, roofing, etc.  Part II of the seminar reviews the science of color and includes fun hands-on experiments to learn more about light including separation, reflectance, refraction, and how Beer’s law describes the relationship between absorption and concentration.  These hands-on experiments are intended to demonstrate how scientists use these basic principles every day during their career.

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.