Vol. 72, No. 4, May, 2021
- Notes from the Editor 30 April 2021
- The number of fully vaccinated people across the country and in the St. Louis region continues to rise, as does my hope for a semblance of summer normalcy. One summer normalcy that will continue is the Chemical Bond will be on its usual publishing hiatus for June-August, returning with the September issue. If you have stories or announcements, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post them to the web site and be featured in the September mega issue.
- The Midwest Regional Meeting has been scheduled for this October in Springfield, MO. Initial section topics can be found at the web site, with more information on registration coming soon.
- Lastly, we will be sending out a member survey at the end of May. We ask you to keep a look out and please respond. The responses will help the local section provide programming tailored to the needs and interests of our members.
Editor, The Chemical Bond
- Melanie Shedd Awarded the 2021 High School Chemistry Teaching Award 8 April 2021We would like to congratulate Melanie Shedd on receiving the High School Chemistry Teaching Award, sponsored by the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society. This award was created to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry. Melanie has taught students chemistry at Principia Upper School in St. Louis, MO since 2005 and has been the department chair since 2014. She also is the Co-Chair of the St. Louis Region High School Chemistry Teachers Group (S.L.A.C.K.E.R.S.) that meets to discuss new ideas, activities, strategies, and labs in chemistry.
Mx. Shedd believes in developing future-ready students who are prepared to be change agents, effective communicators and collaborators, and innovators. Her courses reflect a balance of rigorous yet relevant material to keep the students engaged and active. She leverages project-based learning with authentic performance tasks where students can demonstrate their transfer of knowledge. Some student-driven performance tasks include: creating a soap company, developing different aquaponic and hydroponic systems to address food insecurity, testing the water quality of various local bodies of water to inform land management decisions, and creating chemistry games to teach elementary school children about the periodic table of elements.
Melanie Shedd is an excellent example of what a determined and gifted teacher is capable of in the science classroom even under the extra stresses of the current challenges. Congratulations and thank you for embodying the very spirit of this award.
- Be on the lookout for 2022 officer nominations 28 April 2021
Yes, you read that right, 2022 planning is on the agenda. In the next few weeks, you will receive a Google Forms link about nominations for the election in which officers are elected for terms beginning in 2022. Please consider nominating one or several of your talented colleagues, or yourself, to participate in the governance of the local section and contribute to building excitement in the local chemistry community.
If you would prefer not to use an online service, you can send this pdf to the section secretary by email (email@example.com) or you can print the ballot and mail it (Henry Rohrs, 440 South Gore Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119).
Please keep in mind that you should use only one method to nominate people: the Google Forms link, e-mailing the pdf to Henry, or snailomailing Henry.
- UG coaching series closes on diverse career paths 30 April 2021
The third and final coaching workshop for the Spring was held on April 14, once again with 20+ attendees and engaging discussions. We started with a presentation from Samina Azad on interviewing and how to convince the hiring team that you are the right fit for their role and organization. We also talked about salary negotiation.
Then our three invited presenters, chemists in traditional and non-traditional roles, talked about their career paths:
- Laura Lloyd, Senior Associate Scientist, Analytical R&D at Pfizer
- Susan Hartmann, Elemental Strengths coaching and consulting
- Eric Bruton, Chemist at Boeing
Laura, a recent graduate from SIUE, initially took on contract positions to build work experience until she landed a permanent scientist role with Pfizer. She talked about the importance of persistence in the job search process. One other key advice nugget: “Do the homework to know who the employer is and their vision/mission and product portfolio, before going to the interview. Be prepared to talk about what they do, why it is interesting to you and how you can contribute. It shows the employer that you are really interested and serious about working with them.”
Suzy described her career path, starting as a R&D chemist, then moving into a non-traditional role in Procurement and Supply Chain a few years down the road. She explained one particular transferable skill from her R&D days that helped her excel in the Supply Chain role: she was very good at analyzing data to understand trends in R&D, and found that same skill is key to success in supply chain and procurement planning.
Eric recapped his journey and talked about the various roles he held in industry, giving examples of projects that he worked on so the students could get see the breadth of projects they may work on as chemists in industry.
This wraps up our workshops for the Spring. Stay tuned for information on the Fall workshops, and best of luck to the new graduates in finding excellent opportunities!
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