Welcome to the North Jersey Metro Women Chemists Committee (MWCC) web page. Our mission is to strengthen the contribution of women in the chemical sciences.
We serve early and mid-career scientists through programming and invite graduate and undergraduate students to participate. Among our goals:
- To promote networking and information sharing amongst women in the chemical sciences. We do this by
- Sponsoring a Women Chemists Committee luncheon at each ACS MARM Meeting
- Hosting a networking meeting in North Jersey each fall that includes the opportunity for younger scientists to give short research presentations
- To provide outreach and career programming to undergraduate students by hosting meetings in conjunction with student affiliate groups in the North Jersey area
If you have any questions about MWCC or if you would like to be added to our email list, contact Sarah Carberry at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to join at our events! We are planning to do this at least twice a year.
2013 North Jersey Chair
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Apr 26, 2013 – MWCC: 4th Annual Gift of Mentoring Event
The Gift of Mentoring
The Metro Women Chemist Committee invites you to the 4th annual Gift of Mentoring Award Ceremony. This year the award will be presented to Susan Fahrenholtz. The evening will include a panel discussing the importance of mentoring, from the perspectives of both mentors and students.
|Date:||Friday, April 26, 2013|
|Venue:||Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison - The Hartman Lounge|
|Time:||The event starts at 6:00pm and include dinner.|
The cost is $20 ($10 for unemployed/students). Feel free to bring a bottle of wine. Also, please feel free to pass this announcement on to your colleagues and friends. (Several email addresses on our mailing list no longer exist.)
Please RSVP to Sarah Carberry (email@example.com) by April 11th.
Directions to the FDU campus can be found on their website:
For Further details as the event approaches please return to this webpage or email Sarah Carberry
Feb 19, 2013 – MWCC Meeting Report – “Doin’ Dishes”
Despite the rainy cold weather the Metro Women Chemist Committee held its 2013 spring networking meeting on February 19th. The meeting was held at “Doin Dishes” in Montclair. The ladies who attended painted pottery, enjoyed wine and cheese, and networked. It was interesting to see the artistic side of the members, a few examples of the finished products (pre-fired) can be seen below. To receive more information about our group, future meetings, or to be added to the mailing list please contact the chair of the committee: Sarah Carberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb 19, 2013 – MWCC Meeting – “Doin’ Dishes”
Come join us for an evening of artistic expression, stress relief, and conversation with some interesting ladies.
Also, please feel free to pass this announcement on to your colleagues and friends. (Several email addresses that I have for women I’ve invited in the past no longer work.)
How it works:
- Choose from a wide selection of over 150 ceramic pieces. Unfinished pieces range from $5 to $33.
- Select colors from a paint chart.
- Paint it using brushes, sponges, stamps, or stencils. Paint time costs $7/hour (Tuesday Special is $7 for the whole evening). Includes unlimited use of paints, supplies, idea books, and instruction.
- Leave it to be glazed and fired in our kiln. Your masterpiece will be ready in one week.
- Take it home and ENJOY.
May 2, 2012 – MWCC: 3rd Annual Gift of Mentoring Event
Date: Wednesday, May 2nd 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: Ramapo College of New Jersey, Pavilion 3, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430
- The evening will include appetizers and beverages.
- Feel free to bring a bottle of wine.
- This is a free event.
- An RSVP would be appreciated by April 25th, 2012. To RSVP contact Sarah Carberry at email@example.com
Apr 8, 2010 – MWCC: The Gift of Mentoring
By Sarah Carberry (MWCC Public Relations Representative)
The NJACS Metro Women’s Chemist Committee held a joint meeting with the Central Jersey AWIS chapter on April 8th at Fairleigh-Dickinson Campus in Madison, NJ. Approximately 40 women attended the meeting which revolved around the” Gift of Mentoring” and began with dinner and networking. The guest speaker was Dr. Sherrie Pietranico-Cole who is currently a Research Leader and Chemistry Project Leader in Discovery Chemistry at Roche. She spoke about the many mentors that had changed her lives and how she has mentored others during her career. She spoke about growing up in Harlem and the journey she took from her humble roots to the Douglass College then to the University of Pennsylvania where she became the first African-American women to complete a Ph.D. in chemistry. A panel of four successful mentors then spoke of their experiences and took questions from the group. The panel included the guest speaker Dr. Sherrie Pietranico-Cole along with Dr. Molly E. Hoke, Dr. Catherine M. Duckett, and Mrs. Maureen Chan. The panel shared their views and strategies for mentoring students and peers as well as how to seek out a mentor during the different stages of life.
The evening concluded with the ACS MWCC presenting the first annual MWCC Mentoring Award to Ms. Jeannette Brown. Ms. Brown has been a mentor to countless men and women throughout her life, including the guest speaker of the evening Dr. Pietranico-Cole. She is a 50-year member of the ACS and has won numerous awards and grants; the most recent was a Heritage Foundation grant for the initial research for the book she is writing about the history of African American Women Chemists. She is truly a wonderful role model and certainly deserving of the inaugural MWCC Mentoring Award.
Photos from the Apr 8 2010 Meeting
Jan 28, 2010 – MWCC: The Chemistry of Chocolate: A Chocolate Tasting and Networking Event
By Sarah Carberry (MWCC Public Relations Representative)
On January 28th 2010 the ACS Metro Women’s Chemist Committee held their winter meeting at The Chocolate Path in Montclair, NJ. There were 35 women present from a variety of scientific backgrounds. Over half of the women were new attendees and most were interested in networking and getting more involved in both the MWCC and the NJ local section. The owner of the store, Susan Fine, gave us an in depth history of chocolate and she rationalized the health benefits of dark chocolate. Chocolate (the dark variety) is actually fairly good for you and is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food. She also explained that chocolate is made up of approximately 1,200 different chemicals, which is why it has not yet been synthesized in a laboratory.
When we first arrived we were invited to try some European sipping chocolate and also sampled some of the best sellers; dark chocolate truffles and a panko bread crumb bar. As we learned about the history and health benefits of chocolate we tasted several types of chocolate. The group was a little impatient when he were instructed not to eat the chocolate, we should first hold the chocolate and rub and smell it, then we could put it in our mouths, but don’t chew. We then took a tour around the chocolate world, going from the Ecuador to Madagascar to Granada, and finally we tried a stone-ground chocolate made with beans from the Dominican Republic. We finished with a Kakawa Beans – which are whole roasted cocoa beans coated in layers of white, milk and dark chocolates, then coated in cocoa powder – every form of chocolate in one bite. Everyone had their favorites and we all learned a lot about this tasty health food.
Photos from the Jan 28, 2010 Meeting
Sep 18, 2009 – MWCC Networking Dinner at Fairleigh Dickinson
Dr. Kathryn Uhrich, Dean of Math and Physical Sciences of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University and founder of Polymerix Corporation gave an inspiring and insightful presentation on her road to success. She shared some professional and personal stories from her career path and stressed to the group that one person can make a substantial difference in the lives of others.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, interact and network with women in the North Jersey/New York area.
Anne Kelly, Jacqueline Erickson, Susan Fahrenholtz and Maureen Chan enjoying the evening.