Sierra Nevada Local Section

American Chemical Society

The ACS Sierra Nevada Section encompasses Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties in northwestern Nevada. Most section activities and meetings are held in the Reno/Sparks area.

Special Presentation Announcement

Friday, April 18, 2014, 12 noon.

[Note change of time from Thursday evening.]

How to Land Your Dream Job

Dr. Andrea Cuppoletti, Theranos, Palo Alto, California

Chemistry Building Room 316A, University of Nevada, Reno

Pizza will be served, graduate students attend free and a donation of $5 is suggested for other attendees. An RSVP by Tuesday, April 15 to Ana de Bettencourt-Dias ( is requested.

As an Architect at Theranos, Dr. Cuppoletti has built and led teams for the development of Nucleic Acid Amplification platforms for detection of pathogens, as well as for the design, synthesis and scale up of reagents for a wide variety of clinical assays (ELISA, Cytometry, NAA). Before joining Theranos, Dr. Cuppoletti was the Chief Technology Officer of Molecular Stamping, leading the efforts toward the development of a proprietary technology for the manufacturing of DNA microarrays, based on the SUpramolecular NanoStamping (SUNS) process invented at MIT. Prior to that, he has been a Staff Scientist at Affymetrix, where he was part of the team who improved the existing photo-process for the synthesis of DNA microarrays and also developed a novel technology to generate sub-micron feature size arrays. Dr. Cuppoletti holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Rochester, where he worked on fast dynamics of photo-generated radical ion pairs. After graduation he held a Postdoctoral position at Stanford, working on non-natural nucleosides as fluorescent tags or probes for enzyme mechanisms. Dr. Cuppoletti will also be presenting a Chemistry Department seminar on Friday, April 18.

Dinner Meeting Announcement

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Implications of Structural Conservation During Environmental Transformations of Steroidal Pharmaceuticals

Professor Edward P. Kolodziej of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, will be presenting an informal talk on, to paraphrase the ABSTRACT, the Environment on Steroids.

Tahoe Room, Meadow Wood Courtyard Super 8, 5851 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

Social gathering 5:30p.m., dinner 6:00 p.m., presentation about 7 p.m. Thai Buffet catered by Bangkok Cuisine South, $15 members and guests or $10 for students.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 30, to Kent Ervin (

2014 Section Meetings & Events

Section Officers (2014)

The Sierra Nevada Distinguished Chemist Award

This award and lectureship is awarded biennially by the Sierra Nevada Section of the American Chemical Society to a scientist who has made major contributions to Chemistry. The award was first given in 1993.

1993: Professor Dudley R. Hershbach, Harvard University
1995: Professor Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology
1997: Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado, Boulder
1999: Professor George M. Whitesides, Harvard University
2001: Professor Richard N. Zare, Stanford University
2003: Professor Graham Fleming, University of California, Berkeley
2005: Professor Jack Norton, Columbia University
2007: Professor Maurice Brookhart, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2009: Professor Kenneth D. Karlin, Johns Hopkins University
2011: Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis
2013: Professor Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan

Section Archives

Officers and programs from previous years.