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Chemical Bond, April 2020

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Vol. 71, No. 4, April, 2020

  • Awards Night 2020: Y’all come! 3 March 2020

    Edit (March 12, 2020): if this is the first you’re hearing about Awards Night, please be aware that it has been cancelled due to community health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will make arrangements for award winners to receive their awards and appropriate recognition at a later date.

    Save the date!

    Awards Night will be held this year from 6-9 pm on Tuesday, April 21st. The success of last year’s event brings us back to Vue 17 for our venue, in the University Club Tower across from the Galleria. It is on the 17th floor, thus Vue “17”; sunset views of the city come as a no-cost extra.

    Vue 17
    1034 S. Brentwood Blvd, Suite 1700
    Saint 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 $30 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, Elizabeth Bergman.

  • STLACS COVID-19 Response 12 March 2020

    Coronavirus schematic by CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM, reprinted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #23312. Public Domain.

    As gatherings all over the country and world are being cancelled to safeguard community health, we must sadly announce that several of our most popular events are meeting the same fate.

    • Bowing to social distancing, the April 9 Board meeting will be held remotely. All who are able to join, please email You will receive a Zoom link and password by reply. Social “chatting” starting at 6pm. Business beginning at 6:30pm. All please submit any agenda items and/or “can’t be there” reports by April 2.
    • The High School Chemistry Contest, scheduled to be administered on March 13 and 14, has been cancelled.
    • Coffee/Cocktails with Chemists: the next event in this series was scheduled for March 18. It is cancelled. We’ll evaluate conditions next month to determine if we can resume the series. If you’re subscribed the the Meetup group, you’ll know just about as soon as we do.
    • Spring ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, scheduled for March 22-26, has been cancelled (terminated). “Terminated” is their word for it (strange)! If you have made arrangements to attend, please check out the FAQ for actions to be taken.
    • Recognition Night, scheduled for March 28, has been indefinitely postponed. We will evaluate conditions as they develop and reschedule for late spring, summer, or early fall.
    • Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT), scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled.
    • Awards Night, scheduled for April 21, has been cancelled. We will make arrangements for award winners to receive their awards and recognitions outside the context of a banquet setting.

    Not yet cancelled, postponed, or “terminated”:

    • Local Section Picnic, is pretty far out there, scheduled for June 21, so for now, it is a GO … unless this stuff is still crowding us as summer begins. Stay tuned.
  • PPE donations urgently needed 25 March 2020

    At this time, two of our regional hospitals have put out urgent calls for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, lab glasses, face shields, and so on. If your organization wishes to donate such items to meet the current critical medical need, please see below and contact the individuals cited.

    If any other regional medical sites contact us later with similar pleas, we will update the information here.

    • Washington University Medical School

      We can only collect unused commercial PPE at this time. If you can donate, please contact:

    • Saint Louis University Hospital

      PPE donations, please email Brent Gurley. As of today, our caregivers have what they need to safely deliver care. However, these items are in high demand nationwide and supplies are limited. Like other health systems across the country, we are working to conserve supplies, as well as finding new supply sources for certain items. This is necessary to ensure we continue to have what we need in the days and weeks ahead.

  • How did we miss this, Samina? 26 March 2020

    You know how we try to keep you in the loop when one of ours gets national attention? (No? Well, we do do that!) So it’s a bit disappointing when our Chair-Elect, Samina Azad, has been cited in C&E News, and we blew right by it. [Also, it’s a bit embarrassing when someone is a month behind in reading his or her (probably his) C&E News.]

    During the event in Washington, DC, ACS Career Pathways facilitator Samina Azad presented tips on how to get an interview and how to negotiate a job offer.

    We did ask you to save-the-date, September 12th, when the national ACS Career Days roadshow comes to Saint Louis. (We’re still hoping that will happen.) What we didn’t know is that Samina has been active as a presenter at previous Career Days. This article from the 24 Feb 2020 Chemical & Engineering News not only tells, but also shows, Samina speaking at the Washington, DC, event on the topic of landing an interview.

    The photo is not great. That vaguely human-shaped object that’s farthest from the camera in a large conference room? That’s Samina. Talking. About interviews and negotiation. You can be forgiven for not remembering what a “conference room” is in this time of the plague.

  • Battle Royale with a hint of pink 28 March 2020

    Second-place finishers Mia Duchars and Erin Halligan on their way to “faint pink”

    That would be the 2020 Battle of the Burets.

    On the 24th of February, 38 students from seven area high schools competed in the “Battle of Burets”. Kevin Tucker, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at SIU Edwardsville, hosted/refereed/mediated the event.

    Each team completed six titrations, scored on relative error. The top team averaged less than 5 parts per thousand. Skill levels were amazing this year, with the top six teams all below 1% error. Those top six teams received trophies and a round of applause from the other participants. Students competed using personal protective equipment provided by their schools and considered suitable to the low level of risk present. Teachers are encouraged to, as funds become available, obtain additional personal protective equipment that will allow their students to engage in a wider range of activities.

    Congratulations to Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS) and teachers Kelly Anderson and Justin Little, who led their students Bonnie Sneider and Poulomi Rudrappa to a first place finish and Mia Duchars and Erin Halligan to a second place finish. The Clayton High School team (teacher Nathan Peck) of Koray Akduman and Noah Kennedy tied for third place with Keegan Pham and Louis Puder from St. Mary’s High School (teacher Kristine Ranciglio). Jan Keller led her team from Parkway West High School of Robert McKnight and Keelyn Legler to tie for fourth place. Also tying for fourth place were Rishi Bhattacharya and Eshaan Tibrewala from MICDS.

    Thank you to all of the teachers for encouraging your students to participate, and congratulations to all the participants on a job well done!

    The six medalist teams are all smiles

  • Call for Nominations for the 2020 ACS Midwest Award 24 February 2020

    Deadline Postponed to April 30, 2020

    The ACS Midwest Award, which originated in St. Louis, is conferred annually on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry. The contributions must have been made during a period of residence in the region defined by the territories of the Local Sections that participate in the Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS. Nominees can work in industry, academia, government, or in private practice. The St. Louis Section of the ACS sponsors and funds the Midwest Award.

    The 2020 ACS Midwest Award will be presented at the 55th Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS to be held at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield Missouri over the period October 21-23, 2020, we hope. The meeting is hosted by the Ozarks Local Section of the ACS. Ceremonies feature a Midwest Award Symposium, a Midwest Award Lecture and the Midwest Awards Banquet usually scheduled on the Thursday of the meeting. The Award consists of a medallion and a cash honorarium; it is presented by the St. Louis Section Chair at the Midwest Awards Banquet. Conditions of this Award include that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture and attends the Midwest Awards Banquet.

    Nominations should include:

    • a nominating letter for the nominee and two or more seconding letters
    • a CV for the nominee
    • a brief biography for the nominee
    • documented and objective information regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee.

    If the nominee is an academician, a list of people who received advanced degrees under their direction should be provided. Activities by the nominee that support the ACS in the Midwest Region constitute an additional criterion.

    Please submit nominations electronically via a single pdf file to the e-mail address given below. All nominations must be received on or before the new deadline, Tuesday March 31, Thursday, April 30, 2020 (11:59 pm CST) (deadline extended due to COVID-19 upheavals). The review panel (made up of chemistry professionals resident in the Midwest Region) also will consider unsuccessful applications for the ACS Midwest Award from the past two years.

    Please contact Jim O’Brien at or call (314) 757-5717 (cell) with further questions.

    Nominations should be directed to:
    Dr. Jim O’Brien,
    2020 ACS Midwest Award Coordinator
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of Missouri-St. Louis
    One University Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63121

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 $22 ($11 for post-docs and unemployed members). Bar service extra. Members wishing to become active in section activities are welcomed for their first dinner as guests of the section.

Date: Apr 9 (via Zoom)
Social hour, cash bar: 6:00 pm
Call to order: 6:30 pm (Board Meeting suspended during dinner service)
Future meetings: May 14 (TBD)

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.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

The Center for Clinical Pharmacology hosts a monthly seminar series in ARB 212 unless otherwise noted. For the most up to date information refer to the center’s seminar page or contact Jodi Maslin.

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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