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Volume 61, Number 3 March, 2010

In this issue

go to Banquet season: come to one or all
go to Battle of the Burets results
go to ACS Short Courses right here in River City
go to Science Fairs down to the wire for volunteers
go to Nominate for an award
go to Marcus Award competition slated
go to Bond Briefs: Earth Day & Picnic
go to Meetings and Seminars
go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents Banquets (we’ve got ’em)

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As we solicit nominations for our flagship awards (below), we enjoy the fruits of last year’s nominations and honor some winners.

Recognition Night: On the Town with ACS

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
Saint 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
Saint Louis, MO 63103
phone: (314) 977-3624
email: minteers@slu.edu

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

Awards Night: The dinner with a slew of honorees

Join us on April 19 in honoring the winners of:

Maggiano’s, 2 Boulevard Saint Louis, Richmond Heights (across Brentwood Blvd from the Galleria), map. Free parking in the garage.
Cost is $20. RSVP by April 12 to Pat Burrell-Standley, standley@mvp.net. Send check payable to St Louis Section–ACS to:

Pat Burrell-Standley
1716 Eldon Ridge Court
Chesterfield, MO 63017

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next previous contents Battle of the Burets winners and ... more winners

Three finalist teams

The three finalist teams before their head-to-head-to-head championship titration

On Thursday February 25th, 21 teams from 11 local high schools gathered to participate in the Battle of the Burets competition sponsored by the St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society and St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley.

Teams of two students were judged on their ability to accurately determine the normality of an unknown acid solution in six minutes. The top team from each of three preliminary rounds advanced to a winner-take-all championship round. Both Pattonville entries and a single team from Clayton topped their divisions and advanced to the finals. The Clayton team of Meredith Redick and Ian Miller took top honors.

Place Teammates School Teacher
1st Meredith Redick, Ian Miller Clayton Nathan Peck
2nd Rachel Roemmich, Gina Glogovac Pattonville Kathleen Shearrer
3rd Bryan Lopez, Meagan Galluzzo Pattonville Kathleen Shearrer

Roemmich and Glogovac titrating

Pattonville’s Rachel Roemmich and Gina Glogovac show the tension of the final round

First place winners receive award

Clayton High champions Meredith Redick and Ian Miller (in lucky hat) receive their trophy from Sue Dudek

next previous contents ACS Short Courses in our backyard

For the first time ever, ACS will be offering a selection of short courses right here in Saint Louis. The courses, all scheduled for the second half of April, will be held in the Eric Newman Education Center at Washington University Medical Center.

Here’s what available, with links to full course descriptions:

And here’s where to register for Saint Louis Short Courses.

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next previous contents  Only Two Science Fairs Remaining: Judges Needed

Will you be a judge for the St Louis Section’s Science Fair awards? Volunteer for one or both of these opportunities by contacting Sheryl J Loux at 636-237-5149 or email sjloux@gmail.com.

Your participation as a judge would be greatly appreciated!

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next previous contents  Award Season is Open

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.

Call for Nominations: Saint Louis Award

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
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130

Nominations should include a nominating letter, two or more seconding letters from individuals who have had a close professional affiliation with the nominee, a brief biography, a description of the nominee’s accomplishments, and a list of publications and patents. Additional details, including a list of previous winners, and citations for recent winners, can be found at www.stlacs.org/events/stlouisaward.html.

Call for Nominations: Midwest Award

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 obrien@jinx.umsl.edu. 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


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next previous contents Marcus Award Competition Slated at SLU

The 2010 Leopold Marcus Award competition will be held Monday, April 12 at 4 pm in Baer-Fuller Hall (Lecture Hall 2) on the campus of Saint Louis University. The Leopold Marcus Award was established by the late Jack and Gertrude Marcus in memory of his father. It is administered by the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University and the St Louis Section–ACS.

The competition consists of presentations based on the undergraduate research projects of senior chemistry majors at Saint Louis University. The candidates, chosen by the faculty, will each make a 15-minute presentation.

The winner of the award is determined by vote of the professional chemists in the audience. All ACS members are invited to attend and are eligible to vote. Baer-Fuller Hall is one of the underground lecture halls behind Busch Center at the intersection of Grand and Lindell Boulevards. Refreshments will be available after the competition. For further information, contact Bruce Kowert at 314-977-2837 or kowertba@slu.edu.

next previous contents Bond Briefs

Earth Day in Saint Louis

We have an event scheduled at the Saint Louis Science Center’s May Exhibition Hall for “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day”. All we know right now is ... it’s April 24th, and Greg Wall is working on the particulars. If you’re interested in more information or in helping out, that’s gwall37@msn.com.

It’s picnic time (soon)

The 6th Annual Member Picnic is set for Saturday, June 19, from 12 noon to 5 pm. The location is the Windegger Shelter at Tilles Park in Ladue.

Bring the family! Just $5 per person. Kids under 12 free. Please reserve by June 14th so we can plan for food and drink, and crowd control. More details and reminders as the date approaches. In the meantime, questions and reservations to:

Bill Doub
1430 Neffwold Ln
Kirkwood, MO 63122-7004
phone: (314) 651-7514

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next previous contents meetings and 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 Shelley Minteer, phone 314-977-3624 or email minteers@slu.edu 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: Mar 11
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future meetings: Apr 8, May 13

Saint Louis University

Seminars start at 12 noon in Lecture Hall 3 (Kelly), except as noted. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314-977-2850.

March 5
Mark Steinmetz
Marquette University

March 19
Reza Sedaghat-Herati
Missouri State University

University of Missouri–St Louis

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.

March 1
Kevin Shaughnessy
University of Alabama
Designing Ligands for Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling: Importance of Steric and Electronic Properties

March 8
13th Annual Robert W Murray Lecture
Daniel G Nocera
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Personalized Energy for 1 (x 6 Billion)

March 15
Scott Weinert
Oklahoma State University
Control Over the Architecture of Singly-Bound Oligogermanes and their Structure/Property Relationships

Washington University

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

March 11
Doug Sammons
Monsanto Corporation

March 18
Norito Takenaka
University of Miami
Asymmetric Catalysis with Helical Chiral Pyridines

previous contents About the Chemical Bond

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