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Volume 61, Number 8 November, 2010

In this issue

go to YCC hosts Chemistry Career Night, Take Three
go to Report from National Chemistry Week (with pics)
go to Continuity Dinner (y’all come!)
go to Bond Briefs: Hal Harris on Irrationality
go to Meetings and Seminars
go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents YCC Hosts 3rd Annual Career Night

Tonight’s panel of experts: Garland Marshall, Courtney Starks, David Berberich, and William Abraham

The third annual Chemistry Career Night convened in the Lab Science Building at Washington University on September 15. Organized by the Younger Chemists Committee of the St Louis ACS Section, the event featured four distinguished speakers from industry and academia. The speakers addressed career topics and perspectives of particular interest to younger chemists, including undergraduates, graduate students, academics, and those early in their industrial careers.

Before the presentations, there was time for attendees and speakers to network and enjoy light refreshments. The main event began with an introduction to the ACS local section by Keith Stine (YCC advisor), followed by YCC Chair Eric Bruton. Eric spoke about the YCC, welcomed the audience of about 70 attendees, and introduced the YCC officers and members who coordinated the event.

The guest speakers of the evening were

Each speaker shared some career experiences and talked about the industries s/he has worked in. They also offered career advice seasoned by their respective backgrounds. After the talks, the speakers formed a panel to answer questions from the audience for about 15 minutes.

Following the formal program, everyone moved back to the spacious Rettner Gallery for dinner and another opportunity to network. Many took advantage of the opportunity to talk with the speakers and with each other.

The event was supported financially by the St Louis Section–ACS. Saint Louis University provided printing of the program booklets and signs. Washington University graciously provided the meeting space and facilities.

Garland Marshall reminds us that scientists need to stay optimistic when facing difficulties

William Abraham talks with two attendees after the program

next previous contents Report from National Chemistry Week

Sheryl Loux shows an up-and-coming scientist how enzymes are used in digestion and cleaning

Kids and Chemistry coordinator Sheryl Loux has reported from the Saint Louis Science Center, where Kids and Chemistry helped celebrate National Chemistry Week. About 700 people were served on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Sheryl led the “Enzymes aid digestion and cleaning” activity. Chris Glass played Sherlock “Starch Scavenger Hunt” Holmes. And Don Sartor directed the demolition derby, “Air Molecules Crushing Cans”. Volunteers Zannette Robinson and Greg Wall helped with crowd control and participant processing.

Don Sartor crushes cans for the delight and edification of all

Chris Glass tests for starch in foods with a very small and a very tall audience of two

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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 usual board meeting to celebrate the year’s achievements, recognize certain members, announce the Distinguished Service Award (conferred in March), 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.

At the top of the agenda this year, there will also be a brief General Meeting of the Section to vote on amendments to the Section Bylaws. The amendments are intended to (a) bring the objects of the Section in conformity with those of the Society and the Section’s Articles of Incorporation, (b) modify eligibility requirements for recipients of the Midwest Award, (c) modify dates and procedures to conform with current practice, and (d) clarify language.

The amendments will be considered en bloc. A 2⁄3 majority vote of the members present and voting is required for adoption. The Bylaws with proposed changes marked up are posted on the website. Please review prior to the meeting, so you are prepared to cast an informed vote.

Please join us: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Glen Echo Country Club, 3401 Lucas and Hunt Rd, St. Louis, MO 63121
5:30 pm social hour with open bar (beer, wine, soft drinks)
6:30 pm dinner and meeting

Reservations required by December 1st to:

Dr. Shelley 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
Name(s) _______________________________________________________
Number attending _____ × $35 each = amount remitted $____________
Choice of entrée (number of each): fish _____ or steak _____

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next previous contents Bond Briefs

Hal Harris to speak on irrationality

We have our illiteracy (can’t read/write) and our innumeracy (can’t count/compute). What should we call our “can’t think logically”? Dysscientia? Unscientificalityness? Asciancy? Our own Hal Harris will be speaking in the St Louis Academy of Science Science Café series on Irrational Scientific Ideas. You can be sure his talk will be the epitome of rationality.

Be there November 3, 7:30–9 pm, at the St Louis Zoo (River Camp). The event is free including free parking at the zoo’s south lot. Water, lemonade, and coffee will be available. For information about the entire lineup of Academy of Science seminars, including more details about Hal’s talk, see here.

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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 $24 ($12 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: Nov 11
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm

Next month: Dec 9 Continuity Dinner (see here for reservation and details about the agenda). There will be a General Meeting of the Section in conjunction with the Continuity Dinner, for the purpose of voting on proposed bylaw amendments. All St Louis Section–ACS members are eligible to vote on issues at the General Meeting, and a quorum’s worth of attendance is important, so please come and lend your voice.

Saint Louis University

Seminars are on Fridays at 12 noon in Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall, unless noted otherwise. Refreshments follow. For more information, contact Dana Baum, dbaum1@slu.edu.

Nov 5
Nils Walter
University of Michigan
Scientists Watching Action Movies: Single Molecule Enzymology of Natural and Engineered RNA (DNA, Protein) Nanomachines

Nov 12
Mark Schell
Southern Methodist University
Inhibiting Anions Transformed into a Sequence that Enhances Reactions

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.

Nov 1
Luigi Panza
Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
The glycolipid game in the immune system

Nov 8
Peter Wolczanski
Cornell University
Azaallyl Ligands: Ancillary and Not-So Innocent

Nov 15
Shubhra Gangopadhyay
University of Missouri–Columbia
Applications of Nanostructured Materials for Chemical and Biological Sensing

Nov 29
Robert Blankenship
Washington University
Photosynthetic Antenna Systems: Where Light Interfaces With Biology

Washington University

Seminars are in McMillen 311 at 4 pm unless otherwise noted. For information, contact: Liviu Mirica, mirica@wustl.edu.

Nov 4
André Sanov
University of Arizona
Photoelectron Imaging of Exotic Ions, Radicals and Intermediates: Insight into Bonding and Reactivity

Nov 9
Manfred Reetz
Max Planck Institute
Laboratory Evolution of Stereoselective Enzymes: A Prolific Source of Catalysts for Asymmetric Reactions

Nov 11
Gary Brudvig
Yale University
Water Oxidation Chemistry of Photosystem II and Artificial Systems

Nov 18
Thomas Pettus
University of California, Santa Barbara
Inhibition of Telomerase with Small Molecules: Efficient Total Syntheses of β and γ Rubromycin

previous contents About the Chemical Bond

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