Current Coblentz President’s Message

May 2021

Here in New England things are improving! Approximately half the population of our New England states are vaccinated; people are going back to school and the office.  Of course, that comes with downsides too – the traffic is slowly going back to “normal”.  But I think the upsides outweigh the downsides. And that probably bodes well for an in-person SciX in Providence, Rhode Island this fall.

SciX is still planning an in-person meeting and Coblentz is still committed to significant participation as I mentioned last month.  I will reiterate that if you are thinking about going to the conference and are concerned about the expense of the conference in Providence, don’t forget that the Society has both travel grants and dependent care grants available.  These are meant to defray the cost of attending a conference that will enhance your career. And they are not only for those submitting papers.  One of the best ways to be involved in the community is to attend conferences and this will provide support to attend.

EAS is also planning an in-person meeting.  Four of our prominent members, Brooke Kammrath, Jim Rydzak, Brandye Smith-Goettler and Suzanne Schreyer, are active in the conference and are promoting the area of spectroscopy.  For those who can’t make it to Providence, this will be the first opportunity for a live conference with a big spectroscopy component.

Coblentz members have been busy.  Richard Crocombe, Brooke Kammrath and Pauline Leary have finally finished the 2-volume set on Portable instruments and the hard copy books are in print (more below). 

Former Society President Jim Rydzak is working on new implementations for mentoring and by the time this newsletter comes out, he will have done a virtual networking panel.  Don’t forget active participation by our members is what it takes to have a successful event!

Board member Mike George is working hard to develop relationships with IRDG (the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group) that would benefit both organizations.

Our website development continues and the content is progressing.  Look for a launch by the end of the month (I hope) and look to the site to provide useful information to members.  And as a hint on what is to come, our new logo is being used in this month’s newsletter!

Finally – as I mentioned last month, membership renewals are slightly down, probably from the fact that there has not been a live conference.  It is easy to renew on the website and if you have forgotten your password, it is easy to reset it (unlike SAS).  Mary is willing to help anyone who is really stuck.  Your participation in the Society is making our efforts in education possible.

Ellen Miseo

President of the Coblentz Society