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Volume 60 Number 8 November, 2009

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go to Chemical Bond ... be sure to keep up
go to Success Again—Chemistry Merit Badge 2009
go to The Scouts need your help!
go to It’s that time of year again ...
go to Will you be needing the Chemical Bond mailed?
go to Come to the Continuity Dinner
go to Meetings and Seminars
go to Need Event Reminders?
go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents Chemical Bond: Be Sure to Keep Up

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Last month, we announced in this space that the Chemical Bond would be going all-electronic starting with the January, 2010, issue. We’ve already started down that road with print and web renditions in parallel starting last May. All the content of the print version is in the web version, plus

We know, though, that if the Bond doesn’t arrive proactively in your postal mailbox every month, you can easily lose your connection to the Section and the local chemistry scene. So ...

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next previous contents Success Again—Chemistry Merit Badge 2009

On September 19th, 47 Boy Scouts from all over St Louis and part of Illinois came to Jost Chemical Company to learn about chemistry and earn a merit badge. They learned about the four main fields of chemistry, made Cartesian divers, separated solutions, got oil and water to mix, and took a tour of a working chemical manufacturing plant.

The 25 professional chemists and chemistry students who helped at the event found the boys to be “interested, polite, cooperative, and generally a lot of fun.” The event was sponsored by the St Louis Section–ACS and Jost Chemical Company. Door prizes were furnished by Monsanto and AmerenUE Pure Power.

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Bill Doub introduces the four main fields of chemistry
Ed. note: Four? Can you say “Biological”?

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Happy Scouts show off their hands-on activities

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next previous contents The Scouts need your help!

The ACS–St Louis Section sponsors chemistry clinics for local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The Boy Scouts earn their Chemistry Merit Badge in a half-day event. The target age group is 11–13 or so. Approximately 40 boys learn about the scientific method, laboratory safety, industrial chemistry, and some fundamental chemical principles. The boys have a great time, and there is always a waiting list. Numerous section members and college student affili ates assist with this event, providing supervision, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The event starts early in the morning and finishes with lunch and merit badge counselor review in the early afternoon. The past two years, it has been held on a Saturday in September at Jost Chemi cal Company.

The Girl Scout Chemistry Interest Project is geared toward high school girls. This event has been held at Saint Louis University, and can accommodate 10 participants. College student affiliates assist with this nearly day-long event that has taken place on a Saturday in October or November. The girls learn about UV-vis spectroscopy and apply it to analyze sunscreen; they discuss scientific ethics; they learn about some hot topics in chemistry; and they take an experiment in pH testing into the community to satisfy their service requirement. The event starts in the morning—lunch is provided—and concludes late in the afternoon.

In the past, these clinics have been supported by a grant from national ACS. The grant has expired. These events are enormously popular, but we are unable support them fully without additional funding, either donations or a participant fee (definitely not our preference). About $800 will cover the expenses of the two programs at the current level of participation. More funding would allow us to accomodate more kids.

If you would like to make a donation to sup port these programs, please contact the Section Chair. No donation is too small, and your support is greatly appreciated.

William Doub, Section Chair
1114 Market Street
St Louis, MO 63101-2045
phone: (314) 539-3816
fax: (314) 539-2113
email: william.doub@fda.hhs.gov and ucr1975@sigmaxi.net
(please send to both addresses)

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next previous contents It’s that time of year again ...

Autumn leaf colors

...when trees turn colors and leaves drop. If you haven’t raked, blown, or mulched yet, you have a thick carpet of red, orange, yellow, and brown leaves on your ground. If you have, those leaves are only in your gutters.

The pretty colors show up when leaves quit producing chlorophyll as the weather turns colder. No longer masked by abundant green chlorophyll, these less abundant pigments can now show their true colors.

Structures of leaf pigments
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next previous contents Will you be needing ... ?

Will you be needing the webBond printed and mailed to you?

Note: this item is pertinent only for the paper Chemical Bond. Besides, if you’re reading this, you can get to the internet, so your answer is “no.” —Ed.

If you won’t be able to access the webBond on the internet starting in January, we’ll print it and mail it to you on request. It won’t be as pretty as the booklet format you’re used to, but it will provide all the information you need to keep up with Section news and activities.

Please help us adhere to the spirit of our web-only Bond. Request mailing only if you can’t get to the internet. Cut this item out—your contact information will be on the other side—confirm your request below, and mail to:

St Louis Section–ACS
P.O. Box 220291
Saint Louis, MO 63122-0291

Yes, please mail a printed copy of the webBond to me at the address on the other side. This request is effective for all issues in 2010 or until I send you other instructions.

Printed name _________________________________________________

Signed ______________________________________________________

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next previous contents Come to the Continuity Dinner

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Every December, the St Louis Section holds a fancier than average board meeting to celebrate the year’s achievements, recognize certain members, and pass the gavel to the new slate of section officers. There is also the Henry Godt Memorial Lecture, recapping the past year, which is given by a surprise speaker.

For many members, this is the only event they attend each year. Please join us on December 10 at Glen Echo Country Club: social hour and open bar (beer, wine, soft drinks) at 5:30 p.m; dinner at 6:30 and the meeting will begin during dinner. Cost is $30.00 per person. Please send the reservation form on page 6 with your payment by December 1.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Glen Echo Country Club,3401 Lucas and Hunt Rd St. Louis, MO 63121
5:30 pm Social hour, open bar (beer, wine, soft drinks)
6:30 pm Dinner and meeting

Please send reservations by December 1st to:

Dr. William Doub
1114 Market St., Rm. 1002
Saint Louis, MO 63101
(314) 539-3816

Make checks payable to St. Louis Section–ACS
Name(s) _______________________________________________________
Number attending _____ × $30 each = amount remitted $____________
Choice of entrée (number of each): fish _____ or steak _____

next previous contents  Meetings & Seminars

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 to Glen Echo CC 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 Bill Doub (william.doub@fda.hhs.gov or 314.651.7514) at least a week in advance. Usual cost of the dinner is $20. Members wishing to become active in section activities are welcomed for their first dinner as guests of the section.

Date: Nov 12
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm

Next month: Dec 10 Continuity Dinner (see here for reservation)

Saint Louis University

Seminars start at 12 noon in Room 12 Monsanto Hall, except as noted. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314-977-2850.

November 6
Dr Dana Dattelbaum
Los Alamos National Laboratory

November 19
Sigma-Aldrich Seminar, 9:10 am, Busch Student Center 253B-C
Dr Ronald A Siegel
University of Minnesota
Top-down and Bottom-up Strategies for Sensors and Dynamic Hormone Delivery

University of Missouri–St Louis

Fridays 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. All topics were TBA at press time

November 9
Sophia Hayes
Washington University

November 16
Xumu Zhang
Rutgers University

November 30
Renee D Jiji
University of Missouri–Columbia

Washington University

Seminars are in McMillen 311 at 4 pm unless otherwise noted. For information, contact Lev Gelb, gelb@wustl.edu.

November 5
Walter D Loveland
Oregon State University
Synthetic paths to the heaviest elements

November 12
Steven M Holmes
University of Missouri–St Louis

November 19
Richard L Axelbaum
Washington University

next previous contents Need event reminders?

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Would you like an email reminder of upcoming ACS events and activities? Join the ACS reminders listserv. Email Alexa Serfis at barnoski@slu.edu and ask to be put on the list. You can also add or remove yourself at the website, stlacs.org, and click on Event reminders—subscribe or Event reminders—unsubscribe. Subscription comes with a money-back no-spam guarantee.

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previous contents About the Chemical Bond

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