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The 2011 annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC) will be held October 21-22 at Beloit College.

Meeting Registration or Update

To register for the meeting, use your complete email address. Your initial password will be the one word theme of the meeting. Click here to register or update now. You can come back later and modify your choices or check the attendance list. In addition to registering for the meeting, you should also make hotel arrangements by contacting the hotels directly. See Lodging below.


The program theme is "Energy."

In addition to the usual discussion groups we plan to have participants do some hands-on activities that MACTLAC members use in their courses such as making solar cells, fuel cells, photoelectrochemical cells, synthesizing and characterizing biodiesel, or measuring energy content of food and fuels. See the registration/update page for a list of activities.

Our plenary speakers will be

Richard Amasino, "The bioenergy landscape"
Professor of Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Amasino is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, and Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Dr. Amasino’s research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of how plants flower in response to seasonal cues.  He has won numerous University of Wisconsin teaching awards and has several funded projects to involve undergraduate students in original research and to develop accessible genetics-based teaching units for K-12 science.

Mark Petri, "Advanced Energy Research"
Technology Development Director
Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate
Argonne National Laboratory

Mark C. Petri coordinates and develops applied and basic research programs aimed at sustainable energy production and transmission, as well as the laboratory’s fossil energy research programs. The work has included research on alternative energy sources, including advanced liquid transportation fuels and photovoltaic systems. Dr. Petri received his Ph.D. from Purdue University through the School of Materials Science and Engineering.  He recently completed a one-year assignment in Washington, D.C., as the Science and Technology Advisor to Illinois Senator Richard J. Durbin.  In April 2010 he was named by Purdue University as an Outstanding Materials Engineer.

Friday, October 21
10:30-12:45Executive Council Meeting

1:00-1:15Arrival and Welcome
1:15-2:15Plenary Session I
Mark Petri, Advanced Energy Research, Argonne National Laboratory
2:30-3:45Activity 1*
3:45-4:30Vendors, Refreshments, and Posters
4:30-5:15Activity 2*
5:15-6:00Vendors and Social Time
6:00-7:15Banquet. See registration/update page for details.
7:30-8:30Plenary Session II
Richard Amasino, The bioenergy landscape, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Saturday, October 22
8:15-9:30Activity 3*
9:30-10:15MACTLAC Business Meeting
10:15-10:40Break and Refreshments
10:40-11:55Activity 4*
12:00Optional box lunch and head home

12:00-1:30Executive Council Meeting

*A choice of discussion groups and hands-on class and laboratory activities. See registration/update page.


You might get a special rate if you mention Beloit College but the reduced rate deal for the MACTLAC Conference has now expired.

Beloit Inn (next to campus)
500 Pleasant St.
Beloit, WI
866-362-5507 (toll free)
Complimentary continental breakfast.

Fairfield Inn (near I-90/I-43 exit)
2784 Milwaukee Rd.
Beloit, WI
800-228-2800 (toll free)
Wi-Fi access, Early Eats™ breakfast, indoor pool.

Holiday Inn Express (near I-90/I-43 exit)
2790 Milwaukee Rd.
Beloit, WI
868-HOLIDAY (toll free)
Complimentary continental breakfast and evening hospitality.

Additional hotels are also available.


Beloit is located at the border between Wisconsin and Illinois at the intersections of I-90, I-39, and I-43. The Science Center is located at the former intersection of Pleasant Street and Emerson Street, GPS coordinates 42.50472, -89.03125

Driving directions: From I-90 Exit 185A, take Wisconsin 81 (Milwaukee Road) into Beloit. When you cross some railroad tracks, the road splits. Take the left fork (Milwaukee Road), signed for Beloit College. Take the third right (Emerson Street). The Science Center will be in front of you when the road ends, number 11 on the Campus Map. You are welcome to park on the street or in any campus lot.


If you need assistance, you may contact
George Lisensky

Last updated October 26, 2011