The Chair’s message for...
Well, it is February and what more could you expect from old man winter
in Connecticut? Winter Storm Nemo brought lots of snow to our region.
The 34.5 inches in Trumbull not only gave my snow blower a good
workout but also my lower back and arms. Once, I managed to free my
car from old man winter’s incarceration, me and my sore back headed into
New York City to visit The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 on
46th Street. What a sight the USS Intrepid is after a good round of snow
The USS Intrepid is an Essex-class aircraft carrier that was built in 1943
and was involved in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War
II. After WWII the USS Intrepid was modernized and recommissioned for
use during the Vietnam War. During the 1960’s, she was the recovery
ship for the Mercury and Gemini space missions, which I personally
thought was her coolest achievement.
One of the exhibits on board showed a close up look of how the USS
Intrepid launched the propeller-driven planes from her flight-deck. This
exhibit also explained how these planes were able to land on this short
runway space. To land on the flight deck, each plane has a tail hook and
the goal of the tail hook is to snag one of the four sturdy cables that are
stretched across the deck. These cables are called arresting wires can
stop an aircraft travelling at 150 mph in two seconds. This amazing feat
involves a skilled pilot, landing signal officers and flight-deck crew
working together in a well orchestrated manner. The flight deck crew has
to be prepared for a wide range of unexpected events during takeoff or
The Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists 2013 Board
has been working with naval precision to bring entertaining, educational,
and inspiring speakers to our events. Our March 19th meeting at Unilever
will feature Joseph Albanese, the Technical Marketing Manager of
Personal Care at 3V Inc. Joseph will be presenting “Desperately Seeking
Synergy (Through Experimental Design)” which will show the benefits of
experimental design. Prior to the presentation there will be vendor
tabletop displays, games, and of course the now famous Connecticut SCC
April is a very busy month for the Connecticut Chapter. Firstly, our
monthly meeting will be held at The Field Irish Bar & Restaurant on April
16th located in Fairfield County’s hidden gem – Black Rock. This is a new
venue for our Chapter. I am very excited to have Marcie Natale from
Eastman Chemical Company talk to us about natural ingredients and
Eastman’s green biocatalytic process. Then, on April 29th the Chapter is
holding our ever popular Golf Outing at the beautiful and challenging
Great River Golf Club in Milford. Twelve holes at this golf course involve a
water challenge and six of these challenges border the Housatonic River.
I have felt great pride in slicing my drive into these 12 water challenges.
After a little break, June will find the Connecticut Chapter in the dough.
Yes, we have The Original Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven
booked for June 4th. Be ready to release your inner pizza chef skills. So
start writing down your pizza recipes because you will be able to take
your pizza masterpiece home with you. This is a first come first serve
event because the Pizzeria can only hold 50 people, so make sure you
don’t wait until the last moment to register.
After the summer break, the Connecticut Chapter will also host two
events. September 17th will have Prof. Charles Yarish from the
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of
Connecticut. Prof. Yarish will present his work with seaweed aquaculture
for Nutrient Bioextraction in the Long Island Sound. This meeting will be
held at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.
Prof Yarish’s talk will prepare us for our 30th Anniversary Celebration at
the Norwalk Aquarium on Saturday, September 28.
I also want to say a special thank you to Patrick Foley and Neil Burns
from P2 Science Inc. It was a real pleasure for the Connecticut Chapter to
host Patrick Foley, Chief Scientific Officer and Neil Burns, the CEO at our
With naval like precision, the Connecticut Chapter is planning our 30th
Year with a special focus on fun, education, and celebration.
The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum is a truly awe inspiring museum.
My visit gave me insight how each crewmember had a direct impact on
the rest of the crew. The view of New York City Skyline from the Flight
Deck is truly magnificent and the exhibits featured heroism, humanity,
and technological wonder. The Space Shuttle Pavilion was under repair
due to damage from Hurricane Sandy but I am waiting patiently until it
reopens in early summer.
Thanks again for filling out suggestion sheets. Please keep your feedback
coming. Suggestions and Feedback only make our Chapter stronger.
It is much appreciated.
I look forward to seeing you at Unilever in March.
2013 Connecticut Chapter Chair
Last updated on March 14th, 2013.
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