Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
& Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

SACP/SSP Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Attend In-Person Attend Virtually

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Technology Forum

Kerri Cornell Duerr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Westminster College
Birds as a Tool for Environmental Monitoring and Life-long Learning

Birds are charismatic and conspicuous animals that provide a connection between humans and the natural world. Roughly 10,000 species of birds occur on all seven continents making them an important taxon for monitoring global environmental change. Birds are relatively easy to detect and identify, attracting interest by people from diverse backgrounds. By observing birds, citizens become scientists who contribute knowledge about health of global ecosystems, and activists who influence cultural perceptions about conservation. Come on a journey to explore how human fascination with birds can lead global change.

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Technical Program

Paul Ohodnicki
University of Pittsburgh
Application of Fiber Optic Sensing for Remote Detection in Harsh Environments

Overview coming soon

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Attend In-Person
The monthly meeting will be held in the Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University. Registration is required.

5:00 PM – Social Hour
5:30 PM – Technology Forum
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – Business Meeting
8:00 PM – Technical Program

PARKING: Duquesne University Parking Garage entrance is on Forbes Avenue. The Power Center can be accessed from the 8th Floor of the Forbes Garage. Bring your parking ticket to the dinner or meeting for a validation sticker.If there is a special event, please note that you are there for the SACP/SSP meeting.

We are no longer taking reservations for in-person.

Registration opens soon.



Attend Virtually
The monthly meeting will be accessible via the Zoom platform. Registration is required.

7:15 PM – Business Meeting
8:00 PM – Technical Program
Register for the Business Meeting and Technical Program:

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About Kerri Cornell Duerr
Dr. Kerri Cornell Duerr is an associate professor of biology at Westminster College specializing in ornithology. Her research focuses on habitat use and population dynamics. In Dr. Duerr’s work with undergraduate students, she has studied American kestrels, small mammals, and amphibians. She has studied ecology and ornithology throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Central America. Enjoying all things outdoors, Dr. Duerr loves to travel, explore new ecosystems, and spend time with her family.


About Paul Ohodnicki
Bio coming soon

Robbyn K. Anand was the 2021 Pittcon Achievement Award winner. She is the Suresh Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University where she joined the Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in August 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Crooks with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She developed microfluidic devices employing bipolar electrodes for electrokinetic focusing of charged species and membrane-free seawater desalination. Then, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked with Prof. Daniel T. Chiu at the University of Washington on the capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells. She pioneered a technique for dielectrophoretic manipulation of biological cells using extended electric field gradients. At Iowa State, Prof. Anand has led the development of a technology for the selective isolation and analysis of single cells with the aim of obtaining information that can improve outcomes in cancer therapy. Her research group has also advanced methodologies for separations in complex media (e.g., blood plasma) and for previously inaccessible target compounds. During this time, Prof. Anand founded the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat – an annual event aimed at the retention of women in the chemical enterprise.
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