|Volume 61, Number 2||February, 2010|
Retirees: want to feel like a kid again?
Outstanding High School Teacher, 2010
Award Season is Open
2010 Budget Clears Board of Directors Hurdle
Science Fair Judging Opportunities Feb–May
Recognition Night: On the Town with ACS
Bond Briefs: Battle of the Burets
Meetings and Seminars
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About the Chemical Bond
It’s wildly popular, but we'd like it to be widely popular, too. Our series of programs for elementary to high school science students reached almost 1,000 kids in 2009, and has a strong start in 2010.
Sheryl Loux leads the series as part of the Education Committee of the ACS local section:
Sheryl offers these programs primarily to the Rockwoods Schools, near her home. With visits to at least 10 schools—837 students in all—she has had a huge impact on learning, fun, and the future of science and scientists. But she alone can’t make the program all it can be. There are dozens more school districts in the Section’s territory that have not been reached, and thousands more students that are ready to be turned on to science. If you’re not convinced by the good you can do, how about what comes back? Here’s a thank-you note Sheryl received from one of her second-grade States of Matter participants.
Sheryl is a tireless promoter of these programs as a fabulous way for retired ACS members to get involved, remain in touch with young people, and thus stay young themselves. If you’d like to find out more about bringing these programs to a school district near you, the best way is to audit one or a few of Sheryl’s appearances. Contact Sheryl J Loux by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 636-237-5149. But be careful. Her enthusiasm is contagious.
While we’re on the subject of science in the schools...
The winner of the coveted Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award for 2010 has been announced. It is Eric Knispel of John Burroughs School. Mr Knispel is automatically nominated for the Midwest Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching and the national ACS James Bryant Conant Award.
Eric Knispel joined the John Burroughs School faculty in 2002. He teaches chemistry at the sophomore and eighth grade levels. He has had exotic experiences teaching chemistry in Africa (as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe and at a private school in Tanzania), as well as on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. He used his talents to “make things work” with a limited budget in those situations. Here, he uses those talents to have his sophomores make biodiesel in the laboratory and then use the fuel to power putt-putt boats. These boats are made by his students using equipment from the Industrial Technology program. They race the boats in water troughs in the chemistry laboratory to experiment with gas laws.
Eric, the Industrial Technology teachers, and his high school students have used the same biofuel to power a high-mileage vehicle for a state competition. This fall, Eric has also scaled up the biodiesel production by building a fifty-five gallon processor, where he converts used cooking oil to fuel school vehicles. Students will soon be involved in this green chemistry innovation on campus.
On the eighth grade level, he has introduced several new topics into the curriculum, such as the conservation of energy and an “Element Experts” project. He has really made a difference with the ideas associated with energy in this curriculum. The celebration of elements on the Periodic Table is one of the most popular events in science at this level. Each student is given an element to research and each must organize a PowerPoint presentation for the class. He works with their computer teacher to make sure all references are cited, and color schemes, movies, and animations are appropriate.
Eric is a member of the American Chemical Society, and his school website (science.jburroughs.org/eknispel/chemistry.html) contains the syllabus for each of his classes as well as pictures of his students doing various labs. He supplies appropriate pictures of laboratory set-ups for his students to download and use in writing laboratory reports. In his non-school life, he is active in his church and serves on its board of trustees. He and his wife, Brenda, have two small boys.
Our Section’s two premier awards, the St Louis Award and the Midwest Award, are conferred in separate ceremonies in October, but the run-up begins now, with calls for nominations. Surely you know some real winners! Check out the eligibility criteria, and make your feelings known. We’d like to have two great pools of nominees to consider this year, like we did in 2009, and we can’ do it without you.
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 Chemical 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 March 31 are considered for award presented 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
As the Midwest Award Chair for the St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society, I solicit your assistance in identifying candidates for the 2010 Midwest Award. The St Louis Section of the ACS established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944 to recognize outstanding achievements in chemistry in the Midwest region. The award 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. 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 private practice, and need not be members of the ACS.
The 2010 ACS Midwest Regional Award will be presented at the 45th Midwest Regional Meeting to be held October 27-30 at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita, KS. The Midwest Award Banquet on Friday, October 29, will feature the Midwest Award Lecture and the presentation of the award, consisting of a medallion and a cash honorarium. A condition of the Midwest Award is that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture and attends the Award Banquet.
Nominations should include a nominating letter, two or more seconding letters, a curriculum vitae, a brief biography, documented and objective information regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee, and if the nominee is an academician, a list of persons who have received advanced degrees under her or his direction. Please submit nine copies of all nomination materials to me at the address given below. All nomination materials must be received on or before the deadline of March 31, 2010. Additional details, including a list of previous winners, and citations for recent winners, can be found at www.stlacs.org/events/midwestaward.html.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com. Thank you for your assistance.
Dr Jim O'Brien
Chair, 2010 Midwest Award
ACS St Louis Section and
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Missouri–St Louis
One University Blvd
St Louis, MO 63121-4400
Every January, the main order of business at the Board of Directors meeting is the budget proposal for the coming year. Treasurer Ted Gast presented the proposal from the Steering Committee. Discussion centered on actual 2009 expenditures (as opposed to budget allocation) and differences between 2009 and 2010 line items. There were some general comments on the salutary effect of the more conservative budgeting process adopted the past few years, and a big round of mutual congratulations because we were able to allocate $5,000 of the income from the dues increase to the Saint Louis Award endowment.
After minor adjustments in a few line items, the full budget was passed by acclamation. For your edification, here are the actual numbers. [Note: revised Feb 14, 2010 to correct transcription errors: Professional Activities Committee was omitted, and some Special Events were double-counted.]
|National ACS allotment||15,268|
|Other general income||0|
|Chair Elect Travel||500|
|Past Chair Travel||800|
|Other Expenses subtotal||5,500|
|Board Meeting Expenses||1,500|
|Professional Activities Committee||2,700|
|Publicity and Public Relations||1,075|
|St. Louis Award Fund||5,000|
Note that we routinely underspend our budget lines by 15-20%, so what looks like a deficit plan almost certainly will not be in practice.
Your participation as a judge would be greatly appreciated!
Please join us in the clubhouse at Glen Echo Country Club on Saturday, March 13th, to celebrate and honor members who have helped make this section great. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented, new 50- and 60-year members will be honored, and Bill Doub will give the traditional Past Chair’s address. There will also be plenty of time for schmoozing, seeing old friends, and meeting new ones.
To reserve your place(s) at this grand event, please return the reservation form by March 6th.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at
Glen Echo Country Club
3401 Lucas and Hunt Rd
St. Louis, MO 63121
6 pm Social hour
7 pm Dinner and festivities
Please send reservations by March 6 to:
Shelley D Minteer
Department of Chemistry
Saint Louis University
3501 Laclede Ave
St Louis, MO 63103
phone: (314) 977-3624
Make checks payable to St. Louis Section–ACS
Number attending _____ × $30 each = amount remitted $____________
Choice of entrée (number of each): salmon _____ or beef _____
The St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society and St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley are pleased to announce the Battle of the Burets competition for 2010. This contest for high school chemistry students matches teams from local high schools against one another in a test of titration speed and accuracy.
The contest will be held on Thursday, February 25, at St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley, beginning at dawn (well, not really ... it’s actually starting promptly at 6 pm).
For more information, including story and photos from the 2009 Battle, see here. To enter a team from your high school, or for questions, contact:
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 Shelley Minteer, phone (314) 977-3624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least a week in advance. Usual cost of the dinner is $20 ($10 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: Feb 11
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future Meetings: Mar 11, Apr 8
Seminars are on Fridays at 12 noon in Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall, except as noted. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314.977.2850. All titles were TBA as of publication date.
Dr Bejamin Gung, Miami University of Ohio
Dr Ryan Bailey, University of Illinois
Dr Maria Nagan, Truman State University
Dr Martin Egli, Vanderbilt University
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.
Dion Cantu, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Co-sponsored by the Center for Nanoscience and the Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rakez Kayed, University of Texas Medical Branch
Amyloid and tau oligomers in neurodegenerative diseases
Leah O’Brien, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
Electronic Spectroscopy of Platinum-Containing Diatomic Radicals
Jackson Lay, University of Arkansas TBA
Kevin Shaughnessy, University of Alabama
13th Annual Robert W Murray Lecture
Daniel G Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Personalized Energy for 1 (x 6 Billion)
More information about the speaker and his abstract can be found on the UMSL website.
Seminars are Thursdays at 4 pm in McMillen 311 unless otherwise noted. For information, contact Lev Gelb, email@example.com.
Craig Ogle, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Preparation and Characterization of Cu(III) Intermediates in Organocuprate Chemistry
Simon North, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
Direct Imaging of Atmospheric Radical Photochemistry: From Energetics to Detailed Dynamics
Yiying Wu, The Ohio State University
Oxides, Graphene and their Composites for Li-ion Batteries and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Victor Gruev, Washington University, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Learning from Polarization-Sensitive Eyes in Nature and Designing Better Imaging Systems
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