Publications of the LVACS

OCTAGON Editor and LVACS Webmaster:
T. Michelle Jones-Wilson

   East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania  
   Department of Chemistry 
   200 Prospect Street
   East Stroudsburg, PA 18301





The OCTAGON is the newsletter of the LVACS. The OCTAGON has been continuously published since 1918.  There are currently 8 issues that chronicle the activites of the LVACS published each year. 

Back issues of the OCTAGON post 2003 are archived on this website.  Click OCTAGON in the side bar.  Prior to 2003 paper copies are archived at the libraries of Lafayette College and Lehigh University. 

The LVACS website has been active since 2005.  It has been redesigned many times including a major overhaul in 2011 and this most recent update in July 2012.

Both the OCTAGON and are foucsed on informing and serving members of the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. To accomplish this task we need help from our members.  We want to know about what you do! Please submit pieces of interest to the chemistry community for publication in the OCTAGON. Articles about chemistry or science in the Lehigh Valley are always welcome. Let us know about upcoming events, educational opportunities or job openings. For questions about submission of articles or information to the OCTAGON or the website please contact the editor and webmaster. General submission guidelines are provided below.

Submission guidelines:

The OCTAGON is published eight times per academic year, September through May. Each issue generally arrives three weeks before a section meeting. Thus the deadline for submissions is approximately one week earlier or 4 weeks prior to publication. Please email the editor at for specific questions about deadlines for any issue. Email submissions to or direct your announcements for the web directly to the appropriate committee chair.


A note about formatting:

Please submit text as simple .txt files, or you may paste the text into an email. If you use later versions of MS word please do not submit documents as .docx files. I cannot always read all content in .docx formatted files. It would be best to use the -save as- option, generally found under the file menu, to save the document as .txt. Also images embedded (pasted) in MS word (particularly later versions) are problematic to extract and put in the newsletter while retaining good image quality. Whenever possible, please submit images in a standard and web ready format such as .png .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .tiff or .bmp as individual files, rather than images embedded within a document. If the placement of images is critical you could submit two versions (one embedded so that I can see where you would like images placed) and the other as separate files so that I may maintain figure resolution.

It has been a pleasure to serve the members of the LVACS as editor and webmaster since 2001