Awards ... conferred and received

St Louis, the Award-Winning Section

Recognition Night

Awards Night Banquet

Midwest Award

St Louis Award

High School Chemistry Contest

Outstanding College Chemistry Students

YCC Young Researcher Travel Awards

Regional Science Fairs

Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher

Distinguished Service Award

Chemical Science and Technology Award

Salutes to Excellence

St Louis Chemical Technician Award (ret.)

St Louis, the Award-Winning Section

In current events, the St Louis Section has added to its trove in 2009. Arindam Roy’s energy, organizing skills, and recruitment of other officers created a continual series of meetings and special events that benefited younger—and not-so-younger—chemists throughout the year. The YCC brought home the 2009 ChemLuminary Award for Best New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee.

Keith Stine and Arindam Roy with activities poster

Keith Stine, advisor, and Arindam Roy, Chair, represented the YCC chapter at the Washington, DC, national meeting where they accepted the “Best new local section YCC” ChemLuminary Award on behalf of the St Louis Section.

St Louis delegation to the 2009 Washington DC national meeting

Section members in attendance at ChemLuminary Awards (seated or kneeling, l to r): Alexa Serfis, Keith Stine, Lisa Balbes, Bill Doub, Donna Friedman; (standing): Eric Bruton, Arindam Roy

And here’s a list of the awards our Section has won since we seriously started keeping track in 1980.

Year* Garlands Garnered
1979 Outstanding Performance, Large Section
H. Burnham Tinker, Chair
1980 Outstanding Performance, Large Section
Lawrence Barton, Chair
1983 Outstanding Performance, Medium-Large Section
Charles Hobbs, Chair
1986 Outstanding Performance, Medium-Large Section
Phyllis Bennett, Chair
1992 Outstanding Performance, Medium-Large Section
Donna Friedman, Chair
Phoenix Award, NCW Best Event in a Museum or Library
Special Recognition for Outstanding Public Relations Program
1993 Outstanding Performance, Medium-Large Section
Sadiq Shah, Chair
1994 Certificate of Excellence, Medium-Large Section
Hal Harris, Chair
1995 Certificate of Excellence, Medium-Large Section
Jed White, Chair
1996 Outstanding Performance, Medium-Large Section
A. Greg Wall, Chair
1997 Phoenix Award, Most Creative National Chemistry Week Activity
“Noble Neon”
Outstanding Younger Chemists Committee Event
for NCW events
Outstanding Performance, Medium-Large Section
Robert M. Friedman, Chair
Most Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event
for travel award program
1998 ChemLuminary Award, Best International Chemistry Celebration Event
A. Greg Wall, organizer
ChemLuminary Award, Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee
1999 Certificate of Excellence, Large Section category
Francis Botts, Chair
2000 Outstanding Performance, Large Section category
Pauline Bellavance, Chair
“Activity or Program that Best Addresses the ACS Strategic Thrusts”
for Chemical Progress Month
Certificate of Excellence, Most Innovative Use of Technology
Sue Dudek, committee chair
2001 Certificate of Excellence, Large Section category
Sue Dudek, Chair
“Commendable Award”
Saint Louis University ACS Student Affliates
2002 Outstanding Performance, Large Section category
Lisa Balbes, Chair
Outstanding Kids & Chemistry Program Award
Certificate of Excellence, Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement
Certificate of Excellence, Most Innovative Use of Technology
2003 Outstanding Local Section Career Program, Large Section category
Lisa Balbes, Career Program Coordinator
Certificate of Excellence, Outstanding High School Student Program
Certificate of Excellence, Local Section/Division Interaction
Certificate of Excellence, Large Section category
Bijan Khazai, chair
2004 Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award, Large to Very Large Section category
Lisa Balbes, Career Program Coordinator
2005 Outstanding Performance, Large Section category
Ted Gast, Chair
2006 ChemLuminary Award, Student Affiliate Interaction Award
Alexa Serfis, Chair
2008 ChemLuminary Award, Outstanding New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee
Arindam Roy, YCC Chair; Keith Stine, Section Liaison
2010 ACS Fellow elected:
William H Buhro, Washington University
2011 Outstanding Local Section Career Program
Lisa Balbes, Career Program Coordinator
Outstanding Leadership Development Program
Alexa Serfis, Program Organizer
ACS Fellows elected:
Leah O’Brien, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
Lawrence Barton, University of Missouri–St Louis (emeritus)
Donna Friedman, St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley

*National ACS awards are conferred after the year for which the award was actually won. To disambiguate, we give here the year of the actual activity cited in the award, not the year in which the award was conferred.

St Louis, the Award-Giving Section

Recognition Night

The Recognition Night Banquet, traditionally held in March, gives us the opportunity to acknowledge those who have served our Section and our profession.

Highlights from the most recent Recognition night are here.

Awards Night Banquet

This event, held during April, honors the winners of:

A report from the most recent Awards Night Banquet and details on the next one, when available are here.

Midwest Award

For complete details on the Midwest Award, including qualifications, current and past winners, and the nomination process, go here.

Saint Louis Award

For complete details on the St Louis Award, including qualifications, current and past winners, and the nomination process, go here.

High School Chemistry Contest

The award is based on a written test given in March. There are two divisions. The Regular Division exam is given to students who are in their first year of high school chemistry; the Advanced Division to those taking their second high school chemistry course. Each exam has a multiple-choice section and then a “tie breaking” section that consists of short-answer and essay questions. The 2012 winners are listed below.

Regular Division
Place Student School Teacher
1st Elaine Reichert Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
2nd Joshua Zeid Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
3rd Jeffrey Cheng Clayton High School Mike Howe
4th Jonathon Brand Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
5th Aaron Argyres Clayton High School Mike Howe
HM Shiori Tomatsu Clayton High School Mike Howe
HM William Nickerson John Burroughs School Eric Knispel
HM Noah Youkilis Clayton High School Mike Howe
HM Alexander Wei Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
HM Alex Yoffie Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
HM Jason Roodman John Burroughs School Sandra Mueller
HM Louis Wang Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
HM Ari Ginsparg Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
HM Joseph Mayer Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
HM Sasha Ashall John Burroughs School Eric Knispel
Advanced Division
Students who do well in the Advanced Division qualify for the National Chemistry Olympiad. Names of qualifiers for the National Chemistry Olympiad exam are in italics. No more than two students may qualify from a single school.
HM = honorable mention
Place Student School Teacher
1st Runpeng Liu Ladue High School Carl Tenpas
2nd Apoorva Sharma Clayton High School Nathan Peck
3rd Ellie Gund Clayton High School Nathan Peck
4th Paul Lisker Clayton High School Nathan Peck
5th Noam Kantor Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM Cynthia Sung Visitation Academy Steven Bockhold
HM Meizi Liu Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM Harrison Garrett Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM Gray Harlan Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM Dylan Schultz Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM Dan Zeng Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM David Behrend Clayton High School Nathan Peck
HM Sharjeel Zahid Parkway Central High School Ken Greathouse
HM Nick Goel John Burroughs School Sandra Mueller
HM William Wysession Clayton High School Nathan Peck

High School Chemistry Roll of Honor

Special achievements by our high school chemistry contest winners
Year Student School Achievement
2008 Andrew Liu Parkway Central High School
Teacher: Ken Greathouse
Bronze Medal at International Chemistry Olympiad, Budapest, Hungary
2012 Runpeng Liu Ladue High School
Teacher: Carl Tenpas
Qualified for International Chemistry Olympiad study camp, one of 20 students nationwide

Outstanding College Student Awards

Outstanding College Student Awards are presented to chemistry students in their junior year at local colleges. An Outstanding Chemical Technology Student Award is given to a student at St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley. The award consists of a $100 honorarium, a framed certificate, and an engraved brass plate which is held on a perpetual plaque at each institution.

For 2012, the winners are:

Outstanding chemistry student awards:

Outstanding chemical technology student award:

YCC Young Researcher Travel Awards

The St Louis Section’s Younger Chemist Committee supports this award for undergraduate research students to travel to the Midwest Regional Meeting and present their research. The award helps cover costs including registration, travel, and accommodations, as well as poster printing if the student’s institution does not have printing facilities. The student will be responsible for upfront payment; expenses up to $250 will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts to the YCC Chair. Up to two awards will be made each year.

Application details: The application should include • a copy of the abstract to be submitted; • two letters of recommendation for the student (including one from the mentor of the student, who may be at another institution/company if the research was performed during an REU/internship); • copy of transcript with coursework/grades (does not need to be official); • letter from the student describing their career goals and reasons for wanting to attend an ACS meeting, and indicating which session of the meeting they intend to present at (no more than two pages in length); • description from the Department of the financial support that they have committed to the student for travel (if any).

Students should begin the application by filling out the form found at All other application materials should be sent to

In 2012, the Midwest Regional Meeting will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, October 24–27. Please encourage your students to continue or start doing research and to present their work this Fall.

Marcus Award

The Leopold Marcus Award was established by Mr Jack Marcus of Missouri Analytical Company and his wife, Gertrude, in memory of his father, Leopold Marcus. It is administered by the Saint Louis University Department of Chemistry and the St Louis Section–ACS. The Leopold Marcus Award competition is held on the campus of Saint Louis University.

The competition consists of presentations based on the undergraduate research projects of senior chemistry majors at the university. The candidates, chosen by the faculty, each make a 15-minute presentation. The winner of the Marcus Award is determined by vote of the professional chemists in the audience. All ACS members are invited to attend, as are all teachers of chemistry from high schools and other universities as well as chemists from the industrial sector and government laboratories. The winner receives a cash prize of $200 and a letter of citation. The other finalists receive $100 and a letter of citation. The winner, finalists, and other participants receive their awards and citations at the Awards Night Banquet of Chemical Progress Week.

Refreshments are available after the competition.

... and the 2009 winner is ...

Xiaoming Shi was named the winner of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Leopold Marcus Award competition held at Saint Louis University on April 1, 2009. Shi was chosen on the basis of his presentation, Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier. Nitrosyl Bipyridyl Rhenacarborane Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Use as Drug Delivery Vehicles, carried out under the direction of Dr Paul Jelliss.

In addition to Shi, the other finalists in the competition were:

For further information, contact Bruce Kowert at 314-977-2837 or

Regional Science Fairs

Science Fair season, March to May, is another opportunity for you to help encourage and develop the next generation of scientists: participating in judging at a Science Fair.

The St Louis Section presents special awards to chemistry and chemistry-related projects at regional science fairs. High School and Junior High School winners receive prizes from the section (science books and more), while all elementary school participants with chemistry related projects receive participation ribbons. We do our own selection and judging of these projects; you are qualified and needed to help.

Judging a science fair is a great, low-impact way to get involved with the community and the section. If you are available and wish to judge any of this year’s fairs, please contact the science fair coordinator.

Results for 2012 are in:

Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award

High school teachers don’t get nearly enough respect ... unless they are also the football coach. Winning the High School Chemistry Teaching Award could help. Nominations by students, colleagues, administration—even parents—are welcome. The award, presented at the Awards Banquet in April, consists of a plaque and a $500 honorarium; the awardee is automatically nominated for the Midwest Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching and the national ACS James Bryant Conant Award.

Nominees should exemplify excellence in the teaching of high school chemistry. In addition to outstanding classroom work, the nominee should have contributed in other aspects of teaching, such as professional growth, curriculum development, course materials preparation, workshop participation, chemical or educational research, or publications.

The nomination packet must include the following items:

From the Nominee:

  1. the Nominee Information Form
  2. your current teaching assignment including course titles and grade levels. What is your involvement in extracurricular activities?
  3. on a separate sheet, a statement of not more than 500 words in which you present your teaching philosophy or otherwise describe your commitment to the profession.
  4. a curriculum vitae or résumé that includes a list of honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession; limited to no more than two pages of activities within the last five years.

From the Nominator:

  1. the Nominator Information Form
  2. nominator recommendation of not more than 1,000 words. This statement should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:
    · the quality of the nominee’s teaching: unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized
    · the nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students
    · extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences
    · a willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement
    · evidence of leadership or active involvement within the profession
  3. at least one, but not more than three, letters of support; one must be from the teacher’s current principal or supervisor. Additional letters of support may be sent by colleagues, members of the American Chemical Society who are familiar with the nominee’s achievements, or former students and parents of former students.

Please submit the nomination packet by December 1, either electronically or by snail mail, to the High School Chemistry Teaching Award chair.

... and the winner is ...

Kathleen Dwyer, 2011 HS Chem Teacher Award

Kathleen Dwyer, 2011 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher

The winner of the 2011 Award for High School Chemistry Teaching is Kathleen Dwyer of the Maplewood–Richmond Heights School District.

Ms Dwyer has taught chemistry in the Maplewood–Richmond Heights school district since 2001. She received awards in 2007 as Educator of the Year from the Missouri Consortium for Science Research and The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. In 2008, she received the Pfizer Award as Science Teacher of the Year. She has also worked on scientific programs and projects in Belize and Colombia. In addition to numerous extracurricular activities in science, Kathleen has been involved in community volunteer activities such as Speakers for Science, Girl Scouts, and children’s art events and theatrical productions.

Past Winners include:

Year Winner Institution
1975 Jim Stevenson  
1976 Frank Quiring Clayton High School
1977 Tony Kardis Horton-Watkins High School, Ladue
1978 Jean Ratliff Parkway South High School
1982 Marie Sherman Ursuline Academy
1983 Kathy Dombrink McCluer North High School
1985 Harold Gebhardt Visitation Academy
1986 Mary E Harris John Burroughs School
1987 Steve Vaughn Belleville High School
1988 Kim Viehland Chaminade College Prep
1989 Linda Kralina Mary Institute/Country Day School
1990 Joe Clark Clayton High School
1991 Nathan Peck Mary Institute/Country Day School
1992 Janet Hurley Parkway Central High School
1993 John Oliver Lindbergh High School
1994 Robert Becker Kirkwood High School
1995 Sandra Mueller John Burroughs School
1996 Milbry McDowell Clayton High School
1997 Allan Burbank Chester (IL) High School
1998 Andrew Dwight Shaw Westminster Christian Academy
1999 Joanna Enoch Collinsville High School
2000 Pamela S Abbott Roxana High School
2002 Marilyn Jean Ackerman Mary Institute/Country Day School
2003 Jeanette Hencken Webster Groves High School
2004 Frank Cange Trinity Catholic High School
2005 Rosemary Davidson St Joseph’s Academy
2006 Michael Howe Clayton High School
2007 Sandy Burkhard-Canellas Ladue High School
2008 Sara Knobloch Triad High School, Troy, IL
2009 no winner
2010 Eric Knispel John Burroughs School
2011 Kathleen Dwyer Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School
2012 no winner

St Louis Section–ACS Distinguished Service Award

This award, established in 1993 by the Board of Directors, is intended to recognize distinguished service by a member of the Section through excellent contributions, outstanding leadership, and continuing service to the Section. The Steering Committee nominates a member of the Section for a Distinguished Service Award, and the nominee must be ratified by the Board of Directors.

The award consists of a plaque, and is presented at the Recognition Night banquet. The award is supported by funds of the Section.

Past winners include:

Year Awardee
1993 Henry C Godt
1994 Samir El-Antably
1995 G Brooke Hoey
1996 Thomas P Layloff
1997 Phyllis R Bennet
1998 John A Bornmann
1999 Lawrence Barton
2000 Clayton F Callis
2001 J Edmund White
2002 Ramon Mount
2003 Donna Friedman
2004 Greg Wall
2005 Sam Tuthill
2006 Sadiq Shah
2007 Hal Harris
2008 Bruce Ritts
2009 Eric Ressner
2010 Keith Stine
2011 Lisa Balbes
2012 Alexa Serfis

St Louis Chemical Science and Technology Award

The St Louis Chemical Science and Technology Award is presented to a chemist in the St Louis area who has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and scientific contribution. Criteria used to judge the award include technical proficiency, presentations, coaching/teamwork, and additional professional activities. The award will consist of a plaque, a $500 honorarium, and dinner for the awardee and a guest at the annual Awards Night.

To be eligible, the nominee should have an Associate, Bachelor, or Masters Degree in chemistry or a chemistry-related curriculum. The nominee need not be a St Louis Section–ACS member to be eligible.

Letters of nomination must be received by December 21 of the year preceding the award. The nominating letter should address the criteria above. A current work address, phone number, and fax number must be provided for each nominee. Please include an email address.

To submit a nomination, contact the Chemical Science and Technology Award coordinator.

The Chemical Science and Technology award winner is ...

John Hemminghaus photo

Meet John Hemminghaus, 2011 Chemical Science & Technology Award winner

Congratulations to John Hemminghaus, the winner of the 2011 Chemical Science and Technology Award.

John Hemminghaus is a 2001 graduate of Truman State University with a biology major and a chemistry minor. He is a Research Chemist at Monsanto Company, responsible for development of new formulations to support the global Roundup® herbicide business. His career at Monsanto began with a series of summer internships between 1998 and 2000. During this period, John developed an understanding of the role field and greenhouse bioefficacy testing play in herbicide development as well as stability and performance requirements necessary for a product as widely distributed as Roundup.

After a brief stint at Tyco Healthcare in St Louis, where he synthesized radiolabeled drug intermediates, John returned to Monsanto in support of the US launch of Roundup WeatherMAX. His formulations work led to his first patent application on a highly concentrated Roundup formulation having improved tank-mix compatibility with co-herbicides. In the next role, John overcame the challenge of stringent eye toxicity requirements in South America by developing several formulations meeting the commercial requirements in the region. This project led to the filing of his second patent application covering Roundup formulations containing alkoxylated quaternary amine surfactant systems. Also in this role, John commercialized his first product, Fosato, in Argentina. He demonstrated a high level of professionalism with his team members and stakeholders, interfacing with other chemists, regulatory scientists, manufacturing and process engineers, and commercial teams in St Louis and in South America.

John’s current role supports Roundup formulation development for Monsanto’s global business. He supervises and mentors two contract technicians and is responsible for developing new technologies and supporting the manufacture and commercialization of new formulations. This role requires him to apply his experience in surfactant chemistry and process chemistry to respond to varied regulatory, business, and technical drivers to ensure Roundup continuous success in the market place. Over the past five years, John has made several key presentations to product development teams and commercial teams internally.

John currently lives in the Crestwood, MO area with his wife and two children.

Previous St Louis Chemical Science and Technology Award Winners

Year Winner Affiliation
2005 Anna Wokovich Food and Drug Administration, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis
2006 Barry Parnas Pfizer Corp
2007 Mike Rogers IQsynthesis
2008 John Baldus Pfizer Corp
2009 Adrienne Mazdra St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley
2010 no award
2011 John Hemminghaus Monsanto Company

Salutes to Excellence

The Salute to Excellence Award is used to recognize an individual, process or company that has made a positive impact on the place of importance of chemistry on everyday life. The St Louis Section has presented several of these awards over the years.

Dr Lincoln Diuguid
presented November 11, 2000

Dr Lincoln Diuguid

Dr Lincoln Diuguid, shown in an advertising brochure for DuGood Chemicals

The St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to recognize the positive impact on the everyday life of a practitioner of chemistry by awarding the Salute to Excellence award to Dr. Lincoln I. Diuguid. After receiving his BS from West Virginia State College in 1938, he went to Cornell University and received his MS in organic chemistry in 1938, and a PhD in organic chemistry in 1945.

His research interests have taken him from the chemical process of reacting aviation fuel with formaldehyde to yield unsaturated C-9 alcohols that are later used to make dinonyl phthalates, to making a unique form of glass from the reprocessing of materials used in the manufacturing of beer, to identifying the chemical compound in antifreeze (benzothiazole) that causes corrosion of copper pipes in baseboard heaters. In the early 1970’s, Dr Diuguid’s research interest centered on his developing a method to determine the level of the thyroid hormone triiodothyronine (T3) in serum. He continues to pursue his research interests at his company, DuGood Chemicals, Inc, at 1215 South Jefferson Ave.

In 1997, he presented a talk on Potential Anticancer Derivatives of Benzothiazole, Pyridine, Piperdine and Satonic Acid at the Midwest Regional Meeting, Tantara, Osage Beach, MO.

St Louis Science Center
presented March 10, 2001

St Louis Science Center logo The St Louis Science Center was created by the merger of the Museum of Science and Natural History with the McDonnell Planetarium in 1983. The roots of the St Louis Science Center can be traced back to 1856, when the Academy of Science of St Louis was founded by a group of physicians, a lawyer, an engineer and a businessman. Its purpose was to maintain a museum collection and library, publish a journal, and interact with other scientists.

The museum moved from Lindell Blvd to Oak Knoll Park in 1958 and became known as the Museum of Science and Natural History. In 1971, voters in St Louis City and County approved the formation of the St Louis Metropolitan Zoo–Museum District. The ownership of the museum was then transferred from the Academy of Science to the new subdistrict.

The St Louis Science Center serves as a bridge between scientist and layperson, encouraging an understanding of ecology and the environment, humanity, technology, and the space sciences, and how they interrelate. By fostering an active interest in science and mathematics, the Science Center prepares people to make decisions that may shape the future and meet society’s need for scientific literacy. By enhancing the scientific literacy of those who visit, the Science Center has given non-scientists a better appreciation of chemistry, the chemistry around us and that everything is made of chemicals.

Dr William Knowles, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
presented March 2002

William S Knowles was born on June 1, 1917 in Massachusetts. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, his graduate work at Columbia University, followed by a research position at Monsanto.

After a brief stint in Dayton, OH, he was transferred to St Louis in 1944, where he has been ever since. While here, he showed that it was possible to use transition metals to make chiral catalysts for hydrogenation, thereby obtaining the desired mirror image form of the final product. His research quickly led to an industrial process for the production of L-DOPA, a drug that is still used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In 2001, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this work.

Marie Sherman
presented December 2002

Marie has a BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University and a MS in Chemistry from St Louis University. She worked at Eastman Kodak before moving to St Louis and Monsanto. She has been teaching chemistry at Ursuline Academy since 1967.

Marie has been a member of the ACS St Louis Section for 18 years, and has presented “Chemistry Is Fun“ programs for the past 15 years, giving about 25 programs per year at area elementary/middle schools. Marie serves on the Board of Publications for the Journal of Chemical Education, and has been a reviewer for this journal for many years. In 1989, she helped to found the Polymer Ambassadors, a group of pre–high-school teachers who promote the use of plastics and polymers in classroom activities.

She has given many presentations for teachers at National Science Teacher conventions, at Science Teachers of Missouri conferences, TIE conferences and the annual Interface conferences. She has received numerous awards, including the Regional Catalyst Award (1986), the National Catalyst Award (1996), and Outstanding Missouri Science Educator (2002).

Eric Ressner, Editor Chemical Bond
presented December 2003

Eric Ressner was smitten by chemistry in high school in spite of Mr B, who was a much better soccer coach than chemistry teacher. He received his BS in Chemistry from Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY, and his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas. An elective in molecular biology led him to a postdoc in Virology at SUNY Stony Brook.

Two teaching positions, at Colgate University and at Seton Hill College, helped him learn chemistry a lot better than he ever did as a student. He’s been plying his trade as a technical writer at Sigma since 1985. A stint as editor of the Chemical Bond seemed like a natural fit ... and he stayed for eight wonderful years!

Lisa Balbes, Founding Webmaven
presented November 2004

Dr Lisa Balbes received BAs in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis, and her PhD in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then spent several years at Research Triangle Institute conducting protein and small molecule modelling studies. In 1992, she founded Balbes Consultants (formerly Osiris Consultants), offering a range of services including technical writing, information architecture, web site design and maintenance. Her work has been published in Drug Discovery and Development, Scientific Computing and Instrumentation, The Alchemist, Genetic Engineering News, Chemistry, and Reviews in Computational Chemistry, among other places.

For the past decade Dr Balbes has been involved in ACS activities in a variety of capacities. She was chair of the St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society in 2002, was Webmaven from 1996 to 2004, and is currently Career Services coordinator and a presenter for the Division of Career Services. Starting January 2005, she will also assume the duties of the St Louis Section Treasurer.

In addition to her ACS responsibilities, Dr Balbes has been on the Executive Board of the St Louis Web Developers’ Organization since 1997, is Chair of Washington University’s APAP-St Louis South Committee, and Chair of the Corporate Sponsor Committee for the St Louis Chapter, Society for Technical Communications.

Lisa lives in Kirkwood with her husband Mark, and their two boys, Jack (13) and Alex (11). In her spare time, she does all types of needlework, and in 2000 won second place in the American Needlepoint Guild national competition.

Lisa is being honored for her service as local section Webmaven from 1996 to 2004.

Greg Wall
presented December 2011

The curiosity of chemistry and the world around him has been a part of Greg’s life from an early age. These early experiences evolved into a career in chemistry and sharing it with the community. At the University of Missouri–St Louis, he earned a BA in biology and chemistry in 1974 and his Missouri State Teaching Certificate in biology, chemistry, and general science in 1976. After teaching advanced chemistry at El Dorado High School in El Dorado, AR, in 1976 and developmental biology and chemistry at Holman Junior High and Pattonville High School, 1977-1980, he returned to the University of Missouri–St Louis, earning an MS in chemistry in 1981, and followed up with his PhD in 1985 from the State University of New York–Albany.

Upon returning to St Louis, he joined Technical Service at Sigma, now Sigma-Aldrich, sharing his love and knowledge of chemistry for 22 years before retiring in 2007. During that time, he became Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley (2005), University of Missouri–St Louis (2008), and Maryville University (2009), where he has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in chemistry. Greg has been teaching biology and chemistry at McKinley CLA, a gifted high school in the St Louis Public School District since 2009.

Greg is a 31-year member of the American Chemical Society, active in the St Louis Section since 1986. He has served on a variety of local and national committees including General Topics, Kids & Chemistry, Section Chair (1996), Committee on Community Activities, Community and Public Relations Committee, and Counselor for the Section. Greg has coordinated, developed, and presented over 50 public outreach presentations at public schools, museums, businesses, industries, and institutions. His Salute to Excellence is due to his extraordinary dedication to outreach; he has been the Section’s liaison to the St Louis Science Center, organizing National Chemistry Week activities and other events since 19xx.

Greg says, “We live in a chemical world, it’s all that matters, so to speak. Scientific literacy is the responsibility of chemists worldwide: to bring an appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of the effects that chemistry has on all of our lives.”

St Louis Chemical Technician Award

The St Louis Section Chemical Technician Award has been retired as of 2005. The illustrious previous winners are still illustrious, however, so it seems a shame to retire their honors along with the ongoing award.

A chemical technician is a person whose training includes successful completion of an Associate or Bachelors Degree in chemistry or a chemistry-related curriculum, or equivalent knowledge gained by experience. The primary work of a chemical technician is conducting experimentation and/or correlating information to assist in the solving of chemical problems.

The award was presented to a chemical technician in the St Louis area who had demonstrated a high degree of professionalism as a chemical technician. Criteria included technical skills, safety and housekeeping, relationship with co-workers, presentations, reliability, communication skills, contribution to team efforts, and additional professional activities.

St Louis Chemical Technician Award Winners

Year Winner Affiliation
1997 Gerald V. Hook Monsanto Company
1998 Steven E. Picker Washington University
Department of Engineering
1999 Norman R. Windsor University of Missouri–St Louis
Chemistry Department
2001 Anahid Birdwell Washington University
Medical School
2002 David Masters-Moore Pharmacia Corporation

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