Information, insights, and advice for ACS industry members
March 12, 2020
In today’s On the Safe Side, Ken Fivizzani asks a universal question: While you may learn about safety in colleges and universities, how do you remember what you learned? Ken states you remember through participating in your employer’s regularly-scheduled safety meetings – and suggests what these meetings should address.

USDA’s Mike Appell, in today’s What I Learned, lists the non-technical skills most responsible for his success. Do they appear on your list?

In this issue’s Career Corner, get four perspectives on how to more effectively manage multiple tasks.

Learn about DuPont’s Josh Kaitz, our featured Early Career Chemist, who is active in the world of lithography R&D.

Finally, for the entrepreneurs out there, our LinkedIn Learning course shares some tips on making successful pitches to investors. 

John C. Katz
Executive Editor
"What non-technical skills are most responsible for your career success, both with the USDA and in countless roles as an ACS volunteer?"
Mike Appell, Research Chemist, USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
Mike Appell
Research Chemist
USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
"Four non-technical skills most responsible for success in my career are..." Read More
"How do you stay motivated and productive at work?"
Michael Kenney, ACS Career Consultant:
"The best strategy for managing multiple projects has to be..."
Luke Roberson, Senior rincipal Investigator, Flight Research, NASA Kennedy Center:
"As a rocket scientist, I ALWAYS have..."
Roy Simmons, Project Management Consultant:
"1. Plan, plan, plan - Develop a cross-project..."
Andrea Alexander, Technical Service and Development Manager, ShinEtsu Silicones of America, Inc.:
"Project management is an important skill..."
Meet the polymer chemist helping make next-generation computer chips possible
Josh Kaitz has been fascinated with polymer synthesis for over a decade. In 2009, after... Read More
Josh Kaitz, Associate Research Scientist, DuPont
Josh Kaitz
Associate Research Scientist,
Safety Meetings
Ken Fivizzani, Safety Expert
Ken Fivizzani
Safety Expert
How do we learn about lab safety? Most colleges and universities now include
What you most need to know from an industry-connected LinkedIn Learning Course. Today's course: Pitching to Investors
In the early stages of building a company, the fundraising process is daunting. Everyone wants to give their advice, and entrepreneurs may be... Read More
- Bill Carroll on how to deal with inexperienced managers
- Bill Provine, Delware Innovation Space, explains the startup supporting startups
ACS Project SEED alum helps lead the fight against coronavirus
As a senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Kizzmekia Corbett is a key player in the global race to develop a vaccine to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). She would not be in that role today if not for Project SEED, which sparked her passion for research and provided mentors “who taught me to think like a scientist, but more importantly to see myself as one,” she says. Before joining NIH in 2014, she built vaccine expertise while earning a PhD in microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Philanthropy has enabled the decades-long success of Project SEED, and donations are critical to its future. 
Kizzmekia Corbett
Senior Research Fellow,
National Institutes of Health
Beaker to Barrel: Chemical Engineering for Chemists
Join us live online March 6 – April 3 to learn how to apply chemical engineering knowledge to further your bench-grade process and understand important chemical engineering principles including thermodynamics, material balance, reactor design, and more. Register today!
Nominations are now open for the 2020 ACS Fellows Awards
The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members of the ACS for excellence and leadership in both of two areas: (1) science, the profession, education, and/or management, and (2) volunteer service in the ACS community.  Celebrate the excellence and impact of your colleagues in the field of chemistry. Nominations close April 1, 2020 – nominate today!