Hello to all members and friends of CCDG. We have just
wrapped up our 2018-2019 season, and throughout the year I have had the
privilege of working with a talented and hard-working board to accomplish some
This year, we changed our membership term and our
sponsorship term to reflect the calendar year. This was done to help our
members, as well as our board, to help keep track of renewals. We are also in
the process of transitioning to a new program for membership renewal that will streamline
the process of renewing membership
In the fall, we launched a brand-new website. We found this
new website to be more user friendly, and enables us to keep our website
updated in a timelier fashion. Our new website also allows us to share more pictures
from our dinner lectures and our schools.
This year we were very excited to bring back our GC school,
which was held at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg. It was a huge success
with 13 students, and the instructor, Dr. Lee Polite went above and beyond for
our students ensuring they left the class well informed.
Our GC school was such a success at Roosevelt University
that we decided to move our LC school to the same location. Dr. Merlin Bicking
once again led an outstanding course in which the students learned a great deal
about liquid chromatography.
At our Young Scientist Dinner lecture, we awarded graduate
student Sarah Lum with the Young Scientist Award. Her presentation on a novel
way to quickly and efficiently analyze rape kits was both captivating and
informative. We look forward to seeing what else Sarah will accomplish in her
We attended two conferences this year, the Midwest
Association of Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in Cleveland, and the
ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting in Lisle. Attending conferences helps us to
grow our organization and accomplish our motto of Sharing in Knowledge.
Lastly, we hosted four dinner lectures this year, ranging in
topics from tips and tricks in gas chromatography to the challenges of teaching
chromatography in a third world country. A huge thank you to all of our
speakers this year, Eric Pavlich of Agilent, Gosia Medrecki, Kayla Watanabe, Sarah Lum, Dr. John Stuff of
Gerstel, and Dr. Merlin Bicking of ACCTA.
Thank you all for supporting CCDG through membership, dinner
lectures, or our schools, and I am looking forward to another wonderful year!