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 2024 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.

Fifty Shades of Color– Color in Painting
Dr. Cecil Dybowski, University of Delaware
Sunday, November 17, 2024
Registration Limited to TEACHERS ONLY
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Creating a painting involves chemistry at its simplest and at its most complex.  We shall talk about the process, what sorts of chemistry is involved, and how chemical principles are represented by what happens to a painting over time.   Examples from the literature will be presented.

Spectroscopy and the World Around Us
Presented by Dr. Sharla Wood, Senior Principal Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb
Tuesday, November 19 from 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 20 from 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.