Iota Sigma Pi: Aurum Iodide Chapter

Announcement for Meeting

Friday: November 3, 2017

Speaker Allen LaPointe

Vice President, Environmental Quality, Shedd Aquarium

Maggiano's Little Italy- Old Orchard
4999 Old Orchard Ctr Ste A28
Skokie, IL 60077

6:30 pm Social Hour
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Speaker

All are welcome to attend!  



Appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms, Tomato Caprese

Salads: Italian Tossed, Spinach

Pastas: Four Cheese Ravioli w/ Pesto Alfredo Sauce, Baked Rigatoni & Meatballs w/ Smoked Italian Cheese

Entrees: Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Saltimbocca

Desserts: New York Style Cheesecake, Double Chocolate Brownie


COST: $55


Cash bar with beer, wine, and cocktails


RSVP: by Evite or to Teresa Bixby, by

Saturday October 29, 2017

Speaker’s Biography

An expert in environmental quality and water resources, Allen La Pointe is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the environmental quality in all of Shedd’s animal habitats. As part of Shedd’s world-class animal care team, La Pointe and his staff of water-quality specialists work to replicate the precise conditions of each animal’s home in the wild.

La Pointe began his career at Shedd in 1997 as the aquarium’s chemist. Since then, he has played an integral role in the development of life-support systems and environments for Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef and the Abbott Oceanarium.

La Pointe is researching water quality in region 9 of Guyana, South America. His work in Guyana is part of a larger project to conduct rapid fish assessments on the Rupununi and Rewa River systems. Likewise, La Pointe is working on water-quality conditions in relation to arapaima migration patterns in the same region. Arapaima are the largest scaled freshwater fishes in the world and are endangered in most of their historic range.

La Pointe received his Bachelor of Science degree in aquatic zoology at Southern Illinois University and an MBA at the University of Phoenix. In his spare time, he is an avid hunter, fisherman and opera patron.

La Pointe has spoken previously on Water Chemistry for Aquatic Life and on Ocean's Health.