|Volume 64, Number 3||March, 2013|
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We have two special events coming up that we celebrate with colleagues, honorees, and of course, food. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend one or both.
The big announcement was in last month’s Chemical Bond, but there are still a few days before the reservation deadline. The event is March 9th, 5:30–9 pm, at Sapore Italian Café, 451 S Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122; you can reserve your place at a table until March 3rd.
You can reserve on-line (preferred) or send the information below to:
Nestlé Research Center–St Louis
One Checkerboard Square
St Louis, MO 63164
Number attending ______ × $25 each = amount remitted $_______._____
Choice of entrée (number of each): tilapia ____ pasta ____ chicken ____
Make checks payable to St Louis Section–ACS, and mail to:
354 Larkhill Ct
Webster Groves, MO 63119
This year, Awards Night is Monday, April 15th, at Maggiano’s on The Boulevard (across Brentwood Blvd from the Galleria, map).
5:30 – Reception/social hour
6:30 – Dinner
7:15 – Awards program
Student winners and their teachers receive a complimentary dinner; others may attend for $20 each. RSVP by Wednesday, April 9, to the Awards Night coordinator, Leah O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618.650.3562. Reception/check-in at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, awards program at 7:15 pm. Winners of the High School Chemistry Contest, the High School Chemistry Teacher-of-the-Year, and the Outstanding Junior Chemistry Students at area colleges and universities are all recognized.
The ninth annual St Louis Section Picnic will be at Tilles Park in the Skow Shelter on June 15 from 11:30 am–4 pm. That’s the county Tilles Park, not the city one: confusing, right!?
Bring the family! Just $5 per person, kids under 12 free. Please register by June 10th.
If you have questions please email Eric Bruton.
— lunch at 12:00 PM
— of course great people!
Location: Tilles Park, 9551 Litzsinger Road (at McKnight Road), Saint Louis, MO 63124
Make checks payable to St Louis Section-ACS. Mail checks to:
354 Larkhill Ct
Webster Groves, MO 63119
On December 30, 2012, Rita Levi-Montalcini died at the age of 103. A Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Levi-Montalcini also led a life of distinction in politics, women’s rights, and education. She was on the faculty of Washington University in St Louis from 1946 until her retirement in 1977.
The St Louis Section Women Chemists Committee and SIU–Edwardsville will jointly host a celebration the life of Rita Levi-Montalcini and International Women’s Day on March 16th at 10 am in the SIUE Engineering Building 1033.
Rita Levi-Montalcini grew up Jewish in Italy under fascism. Her passion for education and science gave her the strength to challenge her society’s norms, where being a woman meant to be illiterate, and being Jewish meant to be deported and most likely killed. She overcame these odds to earn her medical degree summa cum laude from the University of Turin. After living with her family in hiding for the last year and a half of the war, she was recruited by Viktor Hamburger to Washington University in St Louis, where she accomplished her Nobel-winning work on nerve growth factor, and stayed until her retirement in 1977. She won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 with Stanley Cohen for their discovery of nerve growth factor. In 1987, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Ronald Reagan.
Later in her life, she created a foundation that every year provides financial support for education of women in Africa. At age 92, she was appointed “Senator-for-Life” by the President of Italy.
This event is open to the community, so please share with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. The event is free, but please register. Readers of the Chemical Bond (that would be you, yes) have a special extended registration deadline: March 8th. Don’t miss it.
It’s almost All-Star break for area science fairs. Volunteers are still needed for the two upcoming fairs. If you’d like to judge at either (or both) (no experience necessary!) (if you’re reading this, you’re qualified), call or email Sheryl J Loux at 636.237.5149 or email@example.com.
Your participation as a judge would be greatly appreciated!
On Wednesday, February 20th, twenty teams from 10 local high schools braved frigid temperatures and the oncoming snow/ice storm to participate in the Battle of the Burets competition sponsored by the St Louis Section–ACS and St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley.
Teams of two students competed to accurately determine the normality of an unknown acid solution within a six-minute time period. This year’s competition was fierce, with over half of the participating teams scoring within 0.5% of the known, secret value. How many of our readers could do this well?? As the phenolphthalein-pink hues diminished, teams from Parkway West High School, Villa Duchesne, and Westminster Christian Academy advanced to this year’s title round. Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan from Villa Duchesne took top honors.
|1st||Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan||Villa Duchesne||Kathleen Danzo|
|2nd||Daniel Pollman and Nathan Cherian||Westminster Christian Academy||Andrew Shaw|
|3rd||Laura Santanagelo and Ryan Schlueter||Parkway West||Jan Keller|
One of our most important activities is recognizing excellence in the professions of chemistry. And two of the most important ways we do it are our signature awards: the St Louis Award and the Midwest Award. If you know any chemists who meets the eligibility criteria, don’t hide them under a bushel basket. Nominate!
Nominations are solicited for the St Louis Award, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Company and administered by the St Louis Section–ACS. Nominees should be individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of chemistry and demonstrated potential to further the advancement of the chemical profession. The awardee is selected by a review committee constituted by the St Louis Section–ACS. The award, consisting of a $1,500 honorarium and a plaque, is presented at the St Louis Award Banquet held in October during National Chemistry Week.
At the time of the nomination, nominees must not have previously received the Midwest Award or any national ACS-sponsored award. Nominees must be members or affiliates of the St Louis Section of the ACS. Nomination packets received by April 30 are considered for award presentation in October.
Nominations can be sent at any time to:
Joseph J H Ackerman
Department of Chemistry
Campus Box 1134
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
Nominations should include a nominating letter, two or more seconding letters from individuals who have had a close professional affiliation with the nominee, a brief biography, a description of the nominee’s accomplishments, and a list of publications and patents. Additional details can be found on the St Louis Award web page.
Your assistance is solicited in identifying candidates for the 2013 Midwest Award. The St Louis Section–ACS established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944. The award is conferred each year on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry. These contributions must have been made during a period of residence in the geographical area defined by the territories of the Local Sections that participate in the Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS. Nominees can be from industry, academia, government, or those working in private practice, and they need not be members of the ACS.
The 2013 award will be presented at the 48th Midwest Regional ACS Meeting in Springfield, MO, October 16-19, 2013, hosted by the Ozark Section. Ceremonies, usually held on Thursday of the Meeting (October 17 this year), will feature a Midwest Award Symposium and the Midwest Award plenary lecture by the awardee. The award, consisting of a medallion and a cash honorarium, is presented by the St Louis Section Chair at the Midwest Awards Banquet. A condition of the award is that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture and attends the Midwest Awards Banquet.
Nominations should consist of: a nominating letter and two or more seconding letters; a CV for the nominee; a brief biography for the nominee; and objective documentation regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee. If the nominee is an academician, a list of persons who have received advanced degrees under her or his direction should be provided. Please submit nine copies of all nomination materials on or before April 1, 2013. Material postmarked by that day (April 1, 2013) or earlier will be accepted. If you have questions, or to submit a nomination, please contact:
Dr Jim O’Brien
Chair, 2013 ACS Midwest Award
ACS–St Louis Section
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Missouri–St Louis
One University Blvd
St Louis, MO 63121
email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 314.757.5717
Our traditional event featuring posters and oral presentations by undergraduate research students from any and all area colleges and universities: April 12, 5–7:30 pm, at the Sigma-Aldrich Research Center, 2909 Laclede Avenue, St Louis, MO 63103.
Certificates of Participation are awarded to all; awards presented for exceptional talks and posters. Everyone must register to attend, whether presenting or not. Registration details and venue map are here. For additional information, contact Pegah Jalili, Pegah.Jalili@sial.com.
Some upcoming meetings from sister scientific societies:
The St Louis Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is hosting a chapter meeting on March 12th, featuring socialization, dinner, and a talk from Dr Koenig of Kimberley-Clark, Microbiology for Cosmetic Formulators. See the display ad elsewhere in this issue.
The same organization is hosting the annual scientific seminar in St Louis, June 6th and 7th at Union Station. There will be a cocktail reception on Wednesday, June 5, at the Missouri Botanical Garden. If you are interested in attending the reception or the seminar, check for details at the St Louis Chapter website).
Chromatographers who are planning to attend Pittcon are invited to Chromatography Night at the Union League, 5:30–8:30 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA. Admission by ticket only. Tickets may be requested at http://wcdg.squarespace.com/pittcon-2013.
St Louis SectionACS Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of each month, usually at the Glen Echo Country Club ( map). Meetings are open to all members, and all are encouraged to attend. Elected officers and chairs of major committees vote on questions put to the Board; others in attendance have voice but no vote.
If you want to attend for dinner, please contact the section Chair at least a week in advance. Usual cost of the dinner is $24 ($12 for post-docs and unemployed members). Members wishing to become active in section activities are welcomed for their first dinner as guests of the section.
Date: Mar 14
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Business meeting: 6:30 pm (suspended for dinner when served)
Future meetings: Apr 11, May 9
Seminars are on Fridays at 12 noon in Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall, unless noted otherwise. Refreshments follow. For more information, contact Ryan McCulla, email@example.com.
Travis Holman, Georgetown University
Daniel Falvey, University of Maryland
Christopher Cummins, MIT
10 am in Science Building room 3114
Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Recognition in a Supramolecular Container Molecule
7 pm in the Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center
Nitrogen and Phosphorus: Fertilizer from the Atmosphere to the Oceans
Map shows both venues.
Mondays at 4 pm in 451 Benton Hall, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments 15 minutes prior to seminar time. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314.516.5311.
Colin Combs, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
Does the Alzheimer’s amyloid precursor protein have a role in obesity?
Mar 15 at 1 pm in 104 Stadler
16th Annual Robert W Murray Lecture
David W C MacMillan, James S McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Merck Center for Catalysis, Princeton University
Photoredox catalysis in organic synthesis
Keith Pannell, University of Texas–El Paso
Fun-laden research on BODIPY dyes
Keith Woerpel, New York University
Seminars are in McMillen 311 at 4 pm unless otherwise noted. For information, contact: Liviu Mirica, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 1, 11 am in Rebstock 215
Leopold Marcus Lecture
Ad Bax, NIH
Weak alignment offers a new NMR view at protein structures
Mar 19, 20
Ernest J. Moniz, MIT
Jim Mayer, University of Washington
Edward Solomon, Stanford University
Mar 29, 2 pm in McMillen 311
Yuefei Shen, Washington University
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