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Chemical Bond, April 2019

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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

    At the conclusion of the night, the past (and current) chairs, 11 in all, posed for a photo.

  • Wilde wins our 2019 High School Chemistry Teaching Award 29 March 2019

    Arthur Wilde, Bayless High School, St. Louis, MO

    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

    Sally W. Schwartz, Professor of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis

    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!

    Vue 17
    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 or 618-650-3562.

meetings and seminars heading

Board of Directors

St Louis Section–ACS Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of each month, usually at the Glen Echo Country Club (map and driving directions). 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. The usual cost of the dinner is $20 ($10 for post-docs and unemployed members). Bar service and dessert are optional extras. Members wishing to become active in section activities are welcomed for their first dinner as guests of the section.

Date: Apr 11
Social hour, cash bar: 6:00 pm
Call to order: 6:30 pm (Board Meeting suspended during dinner service)
Future meetings: May 9

Maryville University

Seminars are approximately once a month on Thursdays, 4-5 pm. Details are available on the university’s seminar page. All seminars are free and open to the public. Contact Jason Telford for more information.

Saint Louis University

Seminars are generally on Fridays at 12 noon in Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall, unless noted otherwise. Refreshments follow. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the department’s seminar page or contact Brent Znosko,

University of Missouri–St Louis

Mondays at 4 pm in 451 Benton Hall, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments 15 minutes prior to seminar time. For timely information on visiting seminar speakers, contact the Chemistry Department, 314.516.5311, or visit the seminar schedule. The department has additional seminar series which are also accessible from this page.

Washington University

Seminars are in McMillen 311 at 4 pm unless otherwise noted. For information, consult the departmental events page. Related seminars, including endowed seminar series and the WU med school biochemistry series, are linked here as well.


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