Vol. 70, No. 4, April, 2019
- Sophia Hayes dishes on He: an endangered element 15 March 2019
Sophia Hayes, our Chair-elect, is also Professor of Chemistry at Washington University. Much of her research is focused on NMR techniques, and you know what that means: massive superconducting magnets. And you know what that means: a need for super-low temperatures.
Sophia is therefore concerned about the dwindling supply of helium, which is used as a cryogenic liquid (around 4 K) to cool her magnets. She has become something of a go-to person for commentary about this “endangered element.”
Sophia served as a science consultant for a joint ACS/PBS video on the who, what, and why of the helium crisis. It’s less than five minutes, so give it a look.
And if you are interested in a more technical, in-depth take on the issue, Sophia will be co-hosting an ACS webinar, Helium: An Irreplaceable Resource and Why We Must Conserve It, on Thursday, April 11, at 1 pm (CDT). ACS members can register here for the free webinar.
- Just one day: Organic Chemistry Day at Mizzou 18 March 2019
Go west, young (or not) person: the Chemistry Department at University of Missouri–Columbia is hosting the 32nd annual Organic Chemistry Day on April 13th.
Take a break from preparing your taxes to attend a day of talks and networking opportunities. Speakers from all over, including Bruce Hamper of University of Missouri–St Louis, speaking on Adventures in Continuous Flow Processes: From Pharmaceuticals to Beer.
You can find all the information on the event website, including complete schedule of talks, venue information, local information about lodging and dining, and more.
- Periodic Table Celebrations Continue, in Spain! 25 March 2019
To celebrate the 150th year of the periodic table, the University of Murcia, Spain hosted an international symposium titled Setting Their Table: Women and the Periodic Table of Elements. Several members of the St. Louis Section-American Chemical Society presented.
Dr. Reni Joseph, Professor of Chemistry, St Louis Community College presented on Ida Noddack, Lise Meitner and the Manhattan project. Dr. Bill Ulhand from Curium pharmaceuticals spoke about Ernest Rutherford’s famous alpha scattering experiment that led to the discovery of the atomic nucleus. Dr. Elaine Jurkowski, Professor at SIUE Carbondale covered women’s issues at the time Rutherford was developing his concept of the atomic nucleus, and women’s issues in science today. The symposium was well attended and had a good international representation. Pictures from the event are available on the official web site.
Submitted by Dr. Reni Joseph.
- Recognition Night – The 2019 Edition 25 March 2019
Reported by Suzy Hartmann
Recognition Night was held on March 16, 2019 at Balaban’s in Chesterfield. The evening celebrated our 50 and 60 year members as well as our 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
The evening started with an active social hour, where old friends reconnected and new friends were made. Following dinner, Chair Suzy Hartmann welcomed the guests and presented certificates to the 50 and 60 year members in attendance. The St. Louis Section thanks these dedicated members for their contributions to the section and to the chemical sciences.
- 50 Year Members: Paul Eckler, William Mees, Marvin Raymond, Ron Smith
- >60 Year Members: Leo Malone, Bruce Phillips
Jeff Cornelius was presented with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award for his past and current contributions to the section. Jeff has held multiple leadership roles with the section including Education Committee Chair, Undergraduate Research Symposium Chair, Secretary, Director, and Chair succession. He currently serves as Treasurer.
Past Chair, Ben Barth was presented with his Past Chair pin and a plaque. These gifts did not come for free as Ben gave a talk immediately after taking possession of these items. His presentation “Chemistry for Pre-Pharmacy Students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy” provided the audience with an overview of the steps Ben and other faculty members at St. Louis College of Pharmacy have taken to continuously improve student outcomes.
Many thanks to all who attended, and congratulations to the honorees. More photos from the event can be found at the STL ACS Flickr website.
The section would also like to acknowledge the 50, 60, and 70 year members who were not in attendance for their years of dedication and service.
- 50 Year Members: David Habermehl, Eric Ressner, Mark Wrighton
- 60 Year Members: John Craddock, Ronald Downs, Kurt Moedritzer, John Wagenknecht
- 70 Year Members: Henry Horner, Quentin Thompson
- Wilde wins our 2019 High School Chemistry Teaching Award 29 March 2019
Congratulations to Arthur Wilde, the 2019 American Chemical Society, St. Louis Section, High School Chemistry Teaching Award Winner!
Mr. Wilde has taught at Bayless High School in St. Louis since 2011. He has received several awards for the innovative teaching techniques in his chemistry classes, including the Bayless High School Teacher of the Year Award. He has continually found ways to make chemistry an approachable, relatable, fun and memorable subject to his diverse group of students through real-world applications.
Mr. Wilde has incorporated new technologies and techniques into his classroom and is always looking toward the horizon to see what authentic tools and lessons he can incorporate into his learning environment. He is currently working on his Ed.D. through the University of Missouri St. Louis and continues to find ways to enhance his teaching in and outside of the classroom.
- Sally W. Schwarz is the 2019 ACS St. Louis Section Chemical Science and Technology Award Winner 29 March 2019
Submitted by David Rhee
It is my distinct pleasure to announce the winner of the 2019 American Chemical Society, St. Louis Section, Chemical Science and Technology Award; Sally W. Schwarz, R. Ph., M.S., B.C.N.P. Currently a Professor of Radiology and co-director of Cyclotron Facility at Washington University in St. Louis, she has made outstanding contributions to radiopharmaceutical sciences over three decades. She has worked both in clinical nuclear medicine and in radiochemistry research in development of new radiopharmaceuticals and in translation of those radiopharmaceuticals to humans for diagnostic use.
Professor Schwarz is one of the most recognized radiopharmacist, both nationally and internationally where she made contributions in the scientific, educational, regulatory domains over decades. She served on the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Expert Committee for 10 years, involved in revising definition of the production and quality control requirements of PET radiopharmaceuticals for research use. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Nuclear Pharmacy Special Interest Group and became an APhA fellow in 2009. She also served as the Nuclear Pharmacy advocate on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory Committee for the Medical Use of Isotopes (ACMUI) for 6 years. She was a past President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). She has been involved in training pharmacy students as part of the PharmD program at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the University of New Mexico.
She believes in the science of Nuclear Medicine and that it brings tremendous benefit to the patients. During her career, she had one major goal, to provide high quality clinical and clinical research radiopharmaceuticals for the patients. She believes she has achieved this goal, though she will always continue to pursue it.
- The Committee on Minority Affairs visits U. City High 30 March 2019
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- High School Chemistry Contest Winners for 2019 Announced 31 March 2019
The High School Chemistry Contest competition was held on March 8th and 9th this year at University of Missouri–St Louis. Myron Reese, contest coordinator, has reported the results.
Places are based on a written test. The Regular Division exam is open to students who are in their first year of high school chemistry (other than an AP course); the Advanced Division is for those taking a second year of chemistry or AP chemistry. Each exam has a multiple-choice section and then a “tie breaking” section that consists of short-answer and essay questions.
Clayton and Ladue dominated the Advanced Division, with four of the top five places hailing from Clayton High School and one from Ladue Horton-Watkins High School. Among Honorable Mentions, we find Marquette, Parkway, and Lafayette represented as well.
Among Regular Division winners, we saw a bit more diversity. Three high schools (John Burroughs, Clayton, and Marquette) among the top five, and additionally St Louis University High appearing in the HM’s.
Congratulations to all of the 2019 winners, listed below, and to their teachers. All are invited to Awards Night, April 15th, as guests of the Section to be recognized for their achievement.
We also hope to see many of the Regular Division competitors returning next year to make their marks in the big league.
HM = honorable mention Regular Division
For students taking their first year of a chemistry class, other than AP chemistry
Place Student School Teacher 1st Megan Li John Burroughs School Eric Knispel 2nd Koray Akduman Clayton High School Brad Krone 3rd Lawrence Liu Marquette High School Cathy Farrar 4th Grace Homann Clayton High School Brad Krone 5th Sriharsha Gonuguntla Marquette High School Cathy Farrar HM Daniel Gatewood St. Louis University High School Mary Russo HM Jennifer Li Marquette High School Cathy Farrar HM Michael Tu John Burroughs School Eric Knispel HM Madeline Blatt Clayton High School Brad Krone HM Hanji Sun St. Louis University High School Mary Russo HM Harry Chen Ladue Horton Watkins High School Sarah Barton HM Kylie Goldfarb John Burroughs School Eric Knispel HM Rahul Jasti John Burroughs School Jaclyn Yetter HM Kevin Hickey St. Louis University High School Mary Russo HM Noah Kennedy Clayton High School Brad Krone HM = honorable mention Advanced Division
For students taking a second year of chemistry or an AP chemistry class, this is a qualifying round for the National Chemistry Olympiad.
Place Student School Teacher 1st Zacharia Hadjri Clayton High School Nathan Peck 2nd Junyi Su Clayton High School Nathan Peck 3rd Christopher Ye Ladue Horton Watkins High School Alyson Levine 4th Lenny Chen Clayton High School Nathan Peck 5th Kevin Kotzbauer Clayton High School Nathan Peck HM Shelei Pan Ladue Horton Watkins High School Alyson Levine HM Aaron Zoll Clayton High School Nathan Peck HM Rincon Jagarlamudi Marquette High School Cathy Farrar HM Andrew Lee Parkway Central High School Beth Karfs HM Elvis Wei Lafayette High School Cristina Marasigan HM Janvi Huria Marquette High School Cathy Farrar HM Nathan Koch Clayton High School Nathan Peck HM Moses Schindler Ladue Horton Watkins High School Alyson Levine HM Myles McCarthy Clayton High School Nathan Peck HM John Wang Clayton High School Nathan Peck
- These are our outstanding junior chemistry students (2019 edition) 31 March 2019
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Outstanding Junior Chemistry Student awards for 2018. Each college and university in the local section territory chooses its winner; all are feted at Awards Night on April 15.
College or University Student * ACS-approved programs Saint Louis University* Sravya Ainapurapu Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville* Dalia Hassan Webster University Samantha Kruse Principia College Ava Lesko Maryville University Michael John Lippincott University of Missouri–St Louis* Michael McDonald Washington University* Joseph Spellberg Lindenwood University Annika Teschke Greenville College Brenna Wiens
- Awards Night 2019 31 January 2019
Save the date!
Awards Night will be held this year from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Monday, April 15th, 2019. The venue this year is Vue 17, located across from the Galleria. It is on the 17th floor, so the views of the city as the sun sets will be something to see!
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd, Suite 1700
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free parking is available in surface lots and the garage.
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 will all be recognized.
6:00 PM – Reception/social hour
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – Awards program
Whether you’re coming to applaud a particular honoree or you’re an interested bystander, all are welcome. Student winners and high school teachers receive a complimentary dinner; others may attend for $25 each. Those wishing to attend the award ceremony only may arrive at 7:15. All attendees must RSVP by Wednesday, April 10th, to the Awards Night coordinator, Leah O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-650-3562.
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