November Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WHERE: Duquesne University
RSVP BY: Monday, November 4, 2019 by NOON
Dinner reservations are no longer being accepted.

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    5:30 PM Social Hour: Shepperson Suite
    6:30 PM Dinner: Power Center Ballroom
    Student Affiliate Meeting: Shepperson Suite
    7:30 PM Business Meeting: Power Center Ballroom
    8:00 PM Technical Program: Power Center Ballroom


    Please note change in venue.
    5:30 PM Technology Forum: Room 613 (Duquesne Union)
    5:30 PM Social Hour: Africa Room (Duquesne Union)
    6:30 PM Dinner: Africa Room (Duquesne Union)
    7:45 PM Business Meeting: Africa Room (Duquesne Union)
    8:00 PM Technical Program: Africa Room (Duquesne Union)
    Student Affiliate Meeting: Shepperson Suite


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Joylette Portlock, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

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“A Sustainable Region: Built to Last”
Sustainable Pittsburgh focuses on systems change. Our programs engage hundreds of decision-makers and sustainability practitioners throughout the region who work with colleagues, organizations, and communities to advance positive, collective impact. Our work supports vibrant communities by helping people both invest in each other and improve their stewardship of natural resources. We encourage sustainability in a number of ways: through our performance programs, we accelerate and track environmental, social, and governance performance; we convene forums for peer to peer learning, assistance, and recognition; and our strategic partnerships bring diverse stakeholders to the table to solve our biggest problems through sustainable policy and practice.

This talk will discuss the importance of approaching decisions with an understanding of the interdependence of economic, social, and environmental concerns. It will also cover the importance of addressing these concerns simultaneously, and what it takes to build community around these issues – including the most urgent sustainability challenge of our time: climate change. Sustainability is an essential lens through which to consider and improve our relationship with the world around us, to generate prosperity, and to improve the social fabric of our communities.

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Dr. Jack Henion, Cornell University & Advion, Inc.

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“From Hindsight to Foresight: A Review of LC/MS and the Future Role of Mass Spectrometry in the Cannabis Industry”
Modern LC/MS techniques have evolved from a problematic, challenging and complicated technique to a dependable, very important analytical tool in today’s world. First commercialized in 1979 LC/MS and more importantly with LC/MS/MS capability (and now high resolution mass spectrometry!) this technique is considered by many an essential tool in fields ranging from forensic to pharmaceutical applications and beyond. I have had the opportunity to be a part of several developments from the ‘early days’ (early 1974) to today’s rapidly changing world of new ionization modes as well as sample inlet improvements.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of some highlights in the progression towards modern approaches to LC/MS techniques. This will include benchmarking some of the very early ‘successes’ as well as highlighting some of the tremendous capabilities we have today. A brief digression will include excursions in CE/MS, IC/MS and SFC/MS which continue to develop further today. The current trend towards ‘scaling down’ the size of mass spectrometer systems and simplifying the implementation of LC/MS will be discussed. This can include miniaturization of the LC/MS systems so this powerful technique can be extended ‘to the masses’ of students and others who have not had the resources or the means of employing LC/MS technologies.

Although I commenced my LC/MS research as an academic at Cornell University, I ‘fell into’ an opportunity for entrepreneurship. This presentation will briefly overview how this transition evolved and how more recently it has led me to champion expanded use of LC/MS techniques in the rapidly growing cannabis industry.