It is with heavy hearts and profound respect that we announce this memorial symposium to honor the life and legacy of the esteemed Dr. Andrew J. Alpert. Dr. Alpert is a brilliant scientist, a dedicated mentor, a devoted collaborator, and a legend in the field of chromatography. Dr. Alpert's significant contributions left an indelible mark on the world of chromatography! Andy touched the lives of so many, he was always willing to stop what he was doing and help others. Dr. Alpert was also a talented artist, linguist (four languages), musician (pianist), sportsman (pole vaulter), chef, naturalist, and above all – a beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather to five grandchildren.
The symposium will feature distinguished speakers, colleagues, and friends together with his family members who will reflect upon his groundbreaking research, his pioneering ideas, and the lasting impact he had on the liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry/proteomics. This event will provide an opportunity for family members, friends, colleagues, mentees, and admirers of Dr. Alpert to come together and share their memories, stories, and research. We aim to celebrate his legacy by highlighting the extraordinary contributions he made to the field of chromatography and mass spectrometry-based proteomics as well as the personal connections he forged throughout his life.
In addition to the speakers, there will be opportunities for attendees to join the virtual reception, engage in networking sessions, and pay their respects through heartfelt tributes. The symposium aims to foster an atmosphere of intellectual exchange, inspiration, and remembrance, just as Dr. Alpert did throughout his distinguished career.
We encourage all those whose lives were touched by Dr. Alpert to join us in this meaningful event. Whether you were a colleague, a student, a collaborator, or an admirer from afar, your presence will help us create a fitting tribute to a remarkable individual who will forever remain in our hearts and minds.
Please stay tuned for further details regarding the agenda, speakers, and registration process. Let us come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Andrew J. Alpert!
With deepest respect,
Organizers (CACA, PolyLC, Inc, 仪器信息网, and Ge Research Group)
The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) will offer two $500 student travel grants to present an oral or poster presentation at the HPLC 2022 conference on June 18-23, 2022, in San Diego, California, USA.
Interested candidates who have already registered for the conference may apply by emailing the CACA award committee at
Please enclose a cover letter, a resume, and a letter of recommendation from the research advisor, a headshot photo, and the submitted abstract. All documentation should be sent as a single pdf file. The student must be the first author and presenter of the presentation and attend the conference in person.
The deadline to apply for the student travel grants is April 30, 2022. The CACA will notify the awardees before the conference.
The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Young Investigation Awards (YIA) and Student Excellence Awards (SEA). These awards are selected annually to recognize outstanding scientists and students who have made exceptional contributions to the development of separation science and its applications.
Young Investigator Awards (2) Sponsored by Advanced Materials Technology (https://www.advanced-materials-tech.com/)
Dr. Ting Ruan and Dr. Imad Haidar Ahmad have been selected to win the 2022 CACA Young Investigator Awards.
Dr. Ruan is a professor at State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ruan excels in the identification of novel environmental organic pollutants using multiple chromatography-mass spectrometry techniques. His work has resulted in 55 publications in SCI-sourced journals with 2294 citations in total and an h-index of 31. He is the first or corresponding author in 29 papers published in top journals, including Environ. Sci. Technol., and Trends in Anal. Chem. He has been invited as Guest Editors/Associated Editors in journals in analytical chemistry and environmental science research fields.
Dr. Ahmad is a Principal Scientist and Scientific Supervisor for Analytical Chemistry Enabling Technologies in the R&D Department at Merck in New Jersey. Dr. Ahmad is an expert in two-dimensional liquid chromatography. In his postdoctoral work, he developed and investigated ultra-high stability stationary phases with unique selectivity. His paper on “Improved Synthesis of Carbon-Clad Silica Stationary Phases” was selected as a top ten in the field for 2013 by the Chemical and Engineering News. He is the first author for 20 out of his 39 publications, which include 2 front cover articles for Anal. Chem. He has over 50 presentations in international and national conferences, including 8 invited lectures in universities and the industry.
Student Excellence Awards (2) sponsored by MAC-MOD Analytical (https://www.mac-mod.com/)
Jake Melby and Yen-Yu Yang have been selected to win the 2022 CACA Student Excellence Awards.
Mr. Jake Melby is a Ph.D. student under the direction of Professor Ying Ge at the University of Wisconsin. He obtained his B. Sc. at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, in 2016. His research focuses on top-down proteomics by developing small-scale size exclusion chromatography (SEC) with mass spectrometry enabling effective size-based separations using minimal amounts of sample.
Mr. Yen-Yu Yang is a Ph.D. student at the University of California Riverside, under the direction of Professor Yinsheng Wang. He received his M. Sc. at the National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2016 and B. Sc. degree at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, in 2014. Yen-Yu’s expertise focuses on scheduled liquid chromatography-multiple-reaction monitoring (LC-MRM) MS analysis.
Award Selection Process and Presentation
The selection process is based on research accomplishments/innovations, the number of publications and impacts, and the service record to the scientific community. The CACA award committee is chaired by Dr. Perry Wang of the U.S. FDA, and consists of four other CACA executive board members: Dr. Michael Ye of Millipore Sigma/Supelco, Professor Yi He of the City University of New York, John Jay College, Dr. Tao Chen of Genentech, and Dr. Michael Dong of MWD Consulting.
All four awards (plaques and cash awards, $1000* for YIA, and $500* for SEA) will be presented to the winners at the CACA dinner networking event at PittCon. (*The winner who cannot attend Pittcon 2022 will only receive a plaque).
CACA is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote networking and career development for its members. CACA hosts frequent webinars, workshops, symposia, and dinner networking events at Pittcon, HPLC, and EAS Conferences to provide forums for sharing technical information in separation sciences and the development of collaborative relationships. Additional information is available at www.ca-ca.org.
Call for Nominations for the 2021 CACA Student Excellence Awards
Sponsored by Mac-Mod Analytical
The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) invites applications for two 2021 CACA Student Excellence Award. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of separation science and its applications, especially in the field of chromatography. The 2021 CACA Student Excellence Award (SEA) is supported by Mac-Mod Analytical (http://www.mac-mod.com/ ) and will be announced and virtually presented at Pittcon 2021 (March 8-12, 2021). A $500 cash award and a plaque will be awarded to each winner.
The CACA Student Excellent Award is open to all CACA members who are graduate students at the time of the award session. Two awards are planned at this time.
* To register as a member by joining the CACA group on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1857030. There is no membership fee.
The CACA Awards committee will evaluate application packages. The applicants are judged on the originality and overall quality of research, significance to the advancement of separation science, and other supporting factors.
An application package must consist of the following items,
The candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by any separation science experts in the field. The 2021 CACA Student Excellence Award application deadline is December 31, 2020. The awardee will be selected by the CACA Awards Committee and notified by January 15, 2021. Details of CACA and its free membership are listed at http://www.ca-ca.org/.