Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Midwest Astrochemistry Meeting 2015

March 6-7, 2015

Cedar Falls, Iowa





The 5th meeting of the Midwest Astrochemistry Consortium will be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on March 6-7, 2015.  Dr. Ricardo Arevalo, Research Space Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will be our keynote speaker. The title of his talk is "IT'S A TRAP! A REVIEW OF THE MOMA INSTRUMENT ABOARD EXOMARS 2018, AND OTHER ION TRAPS IN SPACE OR UNDER DEVELOPMENT." The keynote address will take place at 4:30 Friday evening with the poster session to follow. Please check back regularly for further updates.

The Midwest Astrochemistry Consortium seeks to foster communication and collaboration between the astrochemists in the region, a diverse interdisciplinary group of astronomers, experimentalists, and theorists who contribute to tackling the wide spectrum of astrochemical problems.  Developing and mentoring the next generation of astrochemists, providing a support network for early career astrochemists, and promoting awareness of the field are also priorities of the consortium.

To learn more about the mission and activities of the MWAC, visit the consortium’s website:

We have continued to keep costs as minimal as possible, in part to encourage graduate and undergraduate student attendance and participation.  Please circulate this announcement to other members of your group who may not be on our mailing list.  We expect that most of those who attend will be able to limit their stay in Cedar Falls to one night.

REGISTRATION:  Registration will be done through regular mail using the form that can be downloaded below. The fee is $35 per person if paid by February 27th, or $40 thereafter. Registration forms may be emailed to to lock in registration fee.  It includes dinner on Friday evening (pizza), as well as break snacks and a box lunch on Saturday.  The costs of the meeting are being partially defrayed by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) through a RID grant to Dr. Joshua Sebree.


NOTE: Multiple registrations can be sent together and covered with a single check. The mailing address is:

MWAM15 Registration
c/o Joshua Sebree
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
243 McCollum Science Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA  50614-0423

ABSTRACTS:  Each abstract should fit on a single 8-1/2 x 11” page.  Provide a title, author list with the presenting author underlined, author, affiliations, contact information for a least the presenting author, and the abstract.  Use at least 1” margins on all sides.  Figures and other supplemental material is encouraged, as long as everything fits on one page within the specified margins.  PDF and Word files are preferred.  No color, please.  Abstracts should be emailed to Please use one of the following as a subject line:

MWAM15 abstract:  PREFER TALK


The number of slots for contributed talks is limited, but we encourage students to consider presenting a talk instead of a poster.  Presenters will be notified whether they will be giving a poster or talk as soon as possible after the abstract deadline, which is February 20, 2015.

TRAVEL:  In addition to driving, the University can be reached by plane service, mostly through either the Waterloo or Cedar Rapids airports.  Campus maps will be available for download shortly before the meeting convenes.

TRAVEL GRANTS:  In order to encourage graduate and undergraduate student attendance, we are excited to offer several travel grants to offset travel expenses.  To benefit the most students possible, both individual and group travel grants will be awarded.  DEADLINE FOR TRAVEL GRANTS IS 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015. Travel grant application forms can be downloaded here and should be emailed to  The funds for these grants are provided by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) through a RID grant to Dr. Joshua Sebree.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Blocks of rooms have been set aside at the following hotels.  Please mention MWAM15 (or block name) when making your reservation.  Both hotels offer a free hot breakfast in the morning. Book soon, since the posted rates will only be available until the dates noted below!

Country Inn and Suites (1 mile walk to campus)

2910 South Main Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50613


Block Name:  MWAM15

Rate per night:  $104.00 plus tax – available until February 6th


Wingate by Wyndham (3.2 miles to campus)

1614 Technology Parkway

Cedar Falls, IA  50613


Block Name:  UNI Midwest Astrochem 15 (Group Code MWAC)

Rate per night:  $85.41 plus tax – available until February 18th


A variety of other accommodations are also available in Cedar Falls and can be located and booked via the internet.

PARKING/DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS: The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is located on the top floor of McCollum Science Hall (#43 on the campus map). If needed, there is a dock available at the east end of McCollum Science Hall for unloading. Free parking is available in the "A" lot as noted on the map. It is a short walk to McCollum Science Hall from the parking lot.

We have also included maps to the UNI Campus from the Wingate and Country Inn and Suites.


We look forward to seeing you at the University of Northern Iowa in March!


MANY THANKS go to the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for their generous support of this conference! Please visit their website at