Minnesota Local Section

Senior Chemist Group

The Senior Chemist Group of the Minnesota ACS was started by Lynn Hartshorn (Local  Section Councilor) in January 2014. Since then we have been meeting about every two months for lunch (ordered from the menu, self-paying) at the Green Mill restaurant on Hamline and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The idea of founding this new group is to provide an additional daytime meeting possibility for seniors (and others). The objective is largely for social interaction. However, we also help seniors find volunteer opportunities, and have informal 20-minute talks about chemistry and other sciences. So far themes for our meetings have included:

  • An introduction to volunteer opportunities, with some examples and useful sources, and a discussion by seniors who volunteer.
  • A crossword challenge
  • Three 20-minute informal talks at three different meetings. The titles were:
    • Small Particles and Large Molecules
    • Dry Erase 101, with Demonstrations
    • Is there a Future for Coal?

We are open to suggestions about other activities or volunteer for talks. All are welcome, both retired chemists and not retired, and guests are always welcome. Please join us!

If you are interested in attending the next lunch, email Lynn Hartshorn at lghartshorn@stthomas.edu

Senior Chemists Lunch Meeting on October 5th

The next Senior Chemists lunch will be Thursday, October 5th at 11:30 am at the Green Mill Restaurant in St. Paul on Hamline and Grand Avenues, in their private room. Parking is on the street or in their parking lot 50 yards west on Grand Avenue on the north side.

Our program will be a discussion rather than a talk. Truman Schwartz, retired from the Macalester College chemistry faculty, will lead the discussion at our meeting. He has provided the following description: 

"All chemists, retired or still practicing and no matter what trajectories their careers have followed, have had extensive exposure to chemistry education. As a retired academic, I hope that most of that exposure was informative, enjoyable, and valuable. But I am enough of a realist to know that some of it, was not. I invite you all to reflect on your education in chemistry and answer the following questions. I am not suggesting that you write out your answers, but at least come to our luncheon meeting prepared to discuss your responses. In every case, please consider your secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and informal education.

1. When did you first become interested in chemistry and what stimulated that interest?
2. When and why did you decide to concentrate on chemistry and follow a career in the discipline?
3. What did you learn in the various stages of your education that proved to be especially valuable in your subsequent career? Please consider such factors as course content, pedagogy, laboratory work, textbooks and other resources, skills acquired, etc.
4. In retrospect, what about your formal education now seems to have been a waste of time?
5. What do you wish that you had learned in the formal education process that would have been particularly valuable in your career? 

Your responses could provide useful suggestions for colleagues who are still actively teaching at the various academic levels, and perhaps we will be able to pass on some of your insights." 

All are welcome, including anyone who has never lunched with this group before, spouses or guests. You don't have to be retired to come! RSVP to Lynn at lghartshorn@stthomas.edu by Octover 2nd. We order from the menu.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Oct 5 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 7 at 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct 10 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 21 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM