Western Regional Meeting Workshops


Thursday, October 3, 2013
8:30am - 12:00pm Safety Workshop - Laboratory Waste Management 2013
This workshop aims to assist participants with the various regulatory requirements that apply to laboratories which generate hazardous waste, as well as to provide insight into the options for on-site management and off-site disposal. Focus will include discussion on recycling/reclamation techniques, economical handling of wastes and liability issues. There is a $199 fee to attend this workshop. Register for this course when registering for the meeting.

ACS Center for Leadership Development Workshops

8:00am - 12:00pm Strategic Planning
Setting direction and creating the strategic plan for a local section, national committee, division, or region, is a key responsibility of senior ACS leaders. Yet, many of us lack the experience in plan development, receive minimal assistance in setting direction, or are unclear of how to align the section, division, or committee's goals to those of the Society. This course will help you improve your understanding of the planning process while giving you the opportunity to start developing a plan that aligns with the ACS Board of Directors' strategic goals. Register for this workshop with Kareem Redmond.
1:00pm - 5:00pm Collaborating Across Boundaries
Leaders in many roles in the Society (especially at more senior levels) need to be able to work effectively with leaders and members in other roles and units to accomplish their objectives. This course provides leaders with strategies and tools to make collaboration more productive including developing common goals, ensuring equity between what parties bring and what they gain from the effort, gaining members' commitment, and establishing trust and resolving conflict. Register for this workshop with Kareem Redmond.
Friday, October 4, 2013
8:30am - 5:00pm Safety Workshop - How to be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer (CA Version)
This workshop provides participants with a detailed analysis of the Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) position and to prepare for the National Registry of Certified Chemists - CHO Certification exam to be held the next day. Participants receive a clear perspective on safety issues in the laboratory, focusing on what the CHO does and how to do it better. The workshop covers all of the content areas of the certification exam, including a sample test in the same format as the real one. Whether you are a new Chemical Hygiene Officer or an "old" one, you will find something to put to real use in this fast-paced presentation. There is a $325 fee to attend this all day workshop. Register for this course when registering for the meeting. To register for the NRCC exam, contact Russ Pfifer.
8:30am - 12:30pm Pharmaceutical Sciences Workshop by CACO-PBSS - Advanced Approaches for Small Molecule Polymorph and Salt Selection: Screening, Preparation and Characterization (includes copy of slides)
Solid-state characterization of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and drug product solid dosage forms is an integral part of the pharmaceutical industry. Polymorph and salt selection are key decisions in the development process as they impact the biopharmaceutical properties and stability of the drug candidate. An understanding of these physical forms using methods of analysis, such as x-ray diffraction, thermal and spectrophotometric techniques, are required to establish the solid-state form of the API. These tools are applied in the selection and development a drug candidate. The final API or formulated products must be fully characterized to support regulatory submissions and tested according to specifications to guarantee identity, strength, quality, purity and performance of the drug product.

This workshop will provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and practical applications of a wide variety of solid-state characterization methods for new drug candidates as well as IP considerations for protecting new drug candidates. This workshop will benefit scientists, scientific management, quality control and quality assurance, and regulatory affairs specialists currently working in the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry who want to improve their understanding of the best practices for characterization of API and form selection. This workshop is also useful for non-pharmaceutical scientists who seek a better technical understanding of processes, challenges and opportunities in the industry. There is a $75 fee for participation, which includes a hard copy of all slides and materials. Register as a part of the meeting registration.


ACS Career Management and Development Workshops
    (Sign up at Registration Desk)


9:00am - 12:30pm
      - OR -
12:30pm - 4:00pm
Finding Your Pathways
Learn about four main career pathways available to chemical professionals: Higher education, industry, government, and entrepreneurial careers and why each one may or may not be the right choice for you. This workshop is not only ideal for undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and recent grads, but also experienced professionals who are considering a career change. In addition to learning about which types of careers are available in each pathway, you'll also learn about the job market and hiring trends. The workshop allows time for you to inventory your own values and interests so that you can select which career pathway you'd like to explore in detail. Two identical sessions are offered for this workshop. Please feel free to sign up for whichever session fits your schedule best. Register for these workshops as part of your WRM meeting registration. There is a $5 fee for participation.
1:00pm - 5:00pm Individual Resume Reviews by Appointment
An ACS certified career counselor will be available to provide one on one review of resumes. Sign up for this service at the on-site registration booth.


The 2013 Western Region Meeting is a joint venture between
Santa Clara Valley Section,
California Section,
Western Region Board, and
American Chemical Society
All the above are 501(c)3 tax exempt organizations.

Meeting Chairs: Natalie McClure and Lee Latimer
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