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Volume 61, Number 6 September, 2010

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go to St Louis Award, 2010: William Buhro
go to St Louis Award Symposium and Banquet
go to Retirees wanted to train for outreach
go to YCC Career Night continues series
go to Sixth Picnic report
go to Bond Briefs
go to Meetings and Seminars
go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents  William Buhro, Washington University, wins 2010 St Louis Award

Professor William E Buhro was raised in Portage, Michigan, near Kalamazoo. He earned an AB in Chemistry in 1980 at Hope College, where he was introduced to chemical research on metal-catalyzed cyclopropanation by Michael P Doyle. Buhro began his graduate work with John A Gladysz at UCLA and moved with him to the University of Utah–Salt Lake City in 1982. There he met his wife, Regina Frey, and pursued graduate research in organometallic chemistry, earning a PhD in Organic Chemistry (from UCLA) in 1985. Winner of a Chester Davis Research Fellowship for advanced studies at Indiana University, Buhro was a postdoctoral fellow from 1985-1987 with Malcolm H Chisholm, where he studied metal-phosphorus and metal-metal multiple-bond chemistry.

portrait of Dr William Buhro

Dr William Buhro

Buhro joined the Department of Chemistry at Washington University as an assistant professor in 1987. He was named a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (1991-1996), and has received three teaching awards. Buhro was Secretary of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2005-2007) and since 2002 has served as an Editor of the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials. He was appointed the George E Pake Professor in Arts & Sciences in 2006. In 2010, Buhro assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry and in July was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. (The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members for their contributions to the chemical sciences and outstanding service to the ACS.)

Buhro’s research is in materials chemistry and nanoscience. His research group is best known for discovering the solution-liquid-solid (SLS) synthesis of semiconductor quantum wires. During his Washington University career, Buhro has studied molecular routes to materials, nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials, and the growth mechanisms of nanoparticles, nanowires, and nanotubes.

Buhro’s wife, Dr Regina Frey, is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Chemistry and Director of the Teaching Center at Washington University. Buhro and Frey have two sons. Walter, 20, is a sophomore at Washington University planning to major in physics and English. First-grader Jonathan, 7, completed his first triathlon in the summer.

next previous contents St Louis Award Symposium and Banquet

...honoring the 2010 recipient
Dr William E Buhro
Professor of Chemistry
Washington University in St Louis
Friday, October 15
Room 300, Laboratory Sciences Building
Washington University

2:00 Dr Shelley Minteer, Chair, St Louis Section: Welcome and general introductions
2:05 Dr Joseph J H Ackerman, Washington University: Introduction of Dr Buhro
2:10 Dr William E Buhro, Washington University, 2010 St Louis Award recipient: General remarks
  Dr Sophia Hayes, Washington University, Symposium session chair
2:15 Dr Richard A Loomis, Washington University, Colloidal Semiconductor Nanowires — Can They Behave as Model 1-D Quantum Systems?
3:00 Dr Sara E Skrabalak, Indiana University, Aerosol Synthesis of Shape- and Architecture-controlled Particles
3:45 Refreshment break
4:15 Dr Daniel R Gamelin, University of Washington, Unusual Photoluminescence Phenomena in Colloidal Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals
5:15–6:30 Reception in the Rettner Gallery, adjacent to the symposium room
Symposium participants and attendees can park in Washington University’s multilevel Millbrook Garage located on Throop Drive. The symposium site, the Laboratory Sciences Building, is located immediately adjacent to the Millbrook Garage, roughly at the midpoint along its length. October 15 is fall break at the University. Ample parking will be available. Throop Drive can be accessed directly off Forest Park (aka Millbrook) Blvd or by entering off Big Bend Blvd on Snow Way. A campus map is available at parking.wustl.edu/parkingmap_2010.pdf.

St Louis Award Banquet

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Kemoll’s, One University Square, St Louis, Missouri 63102
6:00 pm Cocktails, 7:00 pm Banquet, 8:00 pm Program

Please send reservations by October 14th to:

Samir El-Antably
3546 S Grand Ave
St Louis, MO 63118

Make checks payable to St. Louis Section–ACS

Name(s) ____________________________________________________

Number attending _____ × $55 each = amount remitted $____________

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next previous contents  Seeking Retirees
Eager to Make An Educational Impact

setting up for States of Matter activity

Simple equipment and simple setup serves up “States of Matter” to a large group of kids

One of the most popular outreach programs sponsored by the St Louis ACS section is Chemistry is pHun! Sheryl Loux is offering training in this program for retired ACS members in an effort to expand its reach and impact in the St Louis area.

The 20 Chemistry is pHun programs in calendar year 2009 — all given by Sheryl — have had an educational impact on 837 students in 10 or more schools. Program activity has started strongly this fall. The program modules offered by Sheryl are “States of Matter”, “Chemistry is pHun”, and “Atoms and Molecules”, and for high schools, “DNA extraction from strawberries”.

kids having fun with learning

Kids having fun and learning; is there a better way to spend a day—for them or for you?

The “States of Matter” program was designed for elementary students and is popular in the Rockwood School District for the 2nd and 3rd grades. The states of matter are explored with solid, liquid, and gas states of mainly water, demonstrating the addition or release of energy in the form of heat when changing physical states. Examples of plasma are mentioned and “Gluep” is made to show a substance that has properties of both liquids and solids.

The “Chemistry is pHun” program is designed for 4th grade and up and covers pH, a review of states of matter, dissolution, chemical reactions, and various polymers.

Another program for K-3 is “Atoms and Molecules” where the periodic table of elements is introduced and water molecules are made with marshmallows for atoms and toothpicks representing electron bonds.

If you would like offer some of these programs in a school district close to where you live, please contact Sheryl J Loux by email, sjloux@gmail.com or 636.237.5149 to discuss the programs.

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next previous contents Younger Chemists Committee presents Career Night

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Wednesday, September 15
6:00–8:00 pm
Lab Sciences Building, Room 300 and Rettner Gallery
Washington University

Event includes

Expert Panel

The Younger Chemists Committee of Saint Louis (YCC STL) and the Saint Louis Section of the American Chemical Society cordially invite you to attend Chemistry Career Night. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Bruton, eric.bruton@gmail.com. On-site parking is free for attendees. Just print this parking permit and leave it on your dashboard.

We hope you will be able to participate in this unique opportunity to explore possible careers in chemistry.

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next previous contents Report from the 6th Annual St Louis ACS picnic

picnickers gravitate to shade for food and conversation

Picnickers gravitated to the shade of the pavilion for food, drink, and conversation

visiting ducks didn't mind the heat or the sun

Ducks were just passing through, but were not averse to scavenging among the orts.

On June 19th, the Sixth Annual Picnic repeated at Tilles Park, this time at the scenic Windegger Shelter beside the Tilles Park lake and duck hatchery. Weather this year was not as salubrious as in 2009, with afternoon temperatures in the low 90s and a relentless sun. Yet, many diehard picnickers and a few new faces came out anyway. Led by able grillmeister Bill Doub, the crowd managed to do away with creditable numbers of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, and signature bratwursts — and to wash them all down with a satisfying selection of supercooled beer.

The sun and heat did dampen enthusiasm for games, however. Though Sheryl Loux again brought her Kubb set, this year’s crowd preferred the shade of the pavilion to the rigors of the playing field.

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next previous contents Bond Briefs

NCW is right around the corner

This year’s theme: Behind the Scenes with Chemistry! (including the exclamation point), which translates to “finding chemistry in unexpected places.” The national ACS page for NCW has lots of background, ideas, and resources for local celebrations.

The big windup event at the Saint Louis Science Center will be on Oct 23, 10am to 4pm, on the Dinosaur Overlook, this year corresponding perfectly to Mole Day. More details as they become available.

If you have an NCW event you want to publicize, or for which you want to solicit volunteers, or if you want to volunteer, contact the NCW coordinator, Greg Wall at 314.435.6487 or gwall37@msn.com

MWRM is right around the NCW corner

The 45th Midwest Regional Meeting picks up almost exactly where National Chemistry Week leaves off. This year, it’s hosted by the Wichita Section on October 27–30 in, of all places, Wichita.

Deadlines for presenters are September 3, so get on it if you’re speaking or postering. Plain attendees still have some time. Check out the details at 2010mwrm.sites.acs.org/. The 46th MWRM, in October of 2011, will be hosted by yours truly, the Saint Louis Section. So if you’re involved in the local hosting committee, or if you’d like to get involved, the Wichita meeting will be a good place to see it done and take a measurement on the bar, so we can be sure to surpass it next year.

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: Sep 16 (note special date: third Thursday)
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future meetings: Oct 7 (note special date: first Thursday), Nov 11

Saint Louis University

Fridays at 12 noon in Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall, except as noted. At publication, all topics were TBA. For more information, contact the Chemistry Department, 314.977.2850.

Sep 3
Lane Baker
Indiana University

Sep 10
Kevin Moeller
Washington University

Sep 17
Justin Gallivan
Emory University

Sep 24
Shi-Jie Chen
University of Missouri–Columbia

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.

Sep 13
Hal Harris
University of Missouri–St Louis
Physical Chemistry for Everyone

Sep 20
Eugene Pinkhassik
University of Memphis
Porous Nanocapsules with “Invisible” Walls

Sep 27
Mary Jo LaDu
University of Illinois–Chicago
Apolipoprotein E: Amyloid-β42 Interactions and Alzheimer’s Disease

Washington University

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

Sep 2, 4pm in Lab Sciences 300
Kennedy Lecture by Harry Gray
California Institute of Technology
The Solar Army

Sep 3, 11am in McMillen 311
Kennedy Lecture by Harry Gray
California Institute of Technology
Electron Flow Through Proteins

Sep 9
Paul Jelliss
Saint Louis University
Aluminum Nanoparticles Passivated by Polymerized Epoxides

Sep 16
Brent Sumerlin
Southern Methodist University
New Stimuli-responsive Macromolecules: Polymer-protein Conjugates and “Sweet-tooth” Micelles

Sep 23
Andrei Tokmakoff
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Dynamics of Proton Transfer in Aqueous Hydroxide Solutions

Sep 30
John Peters
Montana State University
Insights into the Biosynthesis and Evolution of Complex Iron-sulfur cluster–containing Hydrogenases and Nitrogenases

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