Local ACS Section Logo
Chemical Bond title
Volume 62, Number 6 September, 2011

In this issue

go to St Louis Award to Dr Lucinda Buhse

go to St Louis Award symposium and banquet (come)

go to Cub Scouts go to Camp Chemistry

go to Nominate for CS&T Award

go to Midwest Regional Meeting reminders

go to Report from the picnic

go to Bond Briefs • tour speaker to talk on molecular wires • National Chemistry Week preview • YCC Career Night

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

RSS feed Subscribe

Our advertisers

American Polymer Standards, Inc.
Chemir Analytical Services
Huffman Laboratories, Inc.
micron inc.
Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

Place an ad in the Chemical Bond

next contents  Lucinda Buhse, US Food & Drug Administration, wins 2011 St Louis Award

portrait of Dr Lucinda Buhse

Dr Lucinda (Cindy) Buhse

Dr Lucinda (Cindy) Buhse is the 2011 winner of the Saint Louis Award, given annually by the St Louis Section–ACS. Dr Buhse is Director of the Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis (DPA) in St Louis, a laboratory for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr Buhse received a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College, performing undergraduate research with Professor Luther Erikson. She followed with a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California–Berkeley Professors John H Clark and George C Pimentel. Her thesis work involved the picosecond dynamics of solvation.

After graduate school, Dr Buhse began her career at Rohm and Haas in 1986, where received two patents for her work on polyimmides. In 1994, Dr Buhse moved to St Louis to work for Sigma Chemical, first as Validation Engineer in the Diagnostics Division. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Production Supervisor and then to Production Manager. From there, Dr Buhse moved to the Engineering Division as Validation Manager, followed by a position as Quality Control Manager in the Fine Chemicals Division.

Dr Buhse joined the FDA in 2001 as Deputy Director of the St Louis-based Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis, and was promoted to Division Director in 2004. The St Louis laboratory is involved in analytical methods development for rapid screening of pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, and pharmaceutical ingredients, and for characterization and comparison of drugs such as biologics, transdermals, and inhalation products. The laboratory also protects public health by providing analytical testing for the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She has been involved in the identification of drugs illegally added to dietary supplements and the investigation of heparin during the recent adulteration crisis. During her time at the FDA, Dr Buhse authored or co-authored over 70 papers and has appeared multiple times as an invited speaker.

Dr Buhse’s husband, Dr Steve Kinsley, teaches Organic Chemistry Laboratory courses at Washington University. They have one daughter: Emma, 18, is attending University of Chicago this fall and is interested in studying Anthropology.

next previous contents St Louis Award Symposium and Banquet

...honoring the 2011 recipient
Dr Lucinda Buhse
Director, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis (DPA) in St Louis
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

St Louis Award Symposium

Friday, October 14 at 2 pm
Department of Chemistry, Louderman Hall Room 458, Washington University

2:00 Dr Jeff Cornelius, Principia College; Chair, St Louis Section–ACS: Welcome and general introductions
2:05 Dr Steven Kinsley, Washington University: Introduction of Dr Buhse
2:10 Dr Lucinda Buhse, Director, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food & Drug Administration, Saint Louis and 2011 St Louis Award Recipient: General remarks & introduction of Dr d’Avignon
  Dr D André d’Avignon, Washington University, symposium chair
2:15 Dr Moheb M. Nasr, Office of New Drug Quality Assessment, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food & Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD
Development and implementation of global pharmaceutical quality standards: International Conference of Harmonisation (ICH)
3:00 Dr Susan Strahan, Goddard Earth Science & Technology Center, Universities Space Research Association, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, MD
Stratospheric ozone in the 21st century: are chemistry-climate model predictions credible?
3:45 Refreshment break
4:15 Dr Jeffrey Owrutsky, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
Spectroscopy and dynamics of nanosystems
5:15–6:30 Reception adjacent to the symposium room
Parking: use Washington University’s multilevel Millbrook Garage located on Throop Drive. The symposium site, Louderman Hall, is adjacent to the southeast corner of Millbrook Garage. October 14 is during fall break, so ample parking will be available. Throop Drive can be accessed directly off Forest Park (aka Millbrook) Blvd or by entering Snow Way from Big Bend Blvd. A campus map is available at parking.wustl.edu/parkingmap_2010.pdf (pdf, 3.3 MB). Millbrook Garage is #85 and Louderman Hall is #65 on this map. Room 458 is at the east end of Louderman Hall.

St Louis Award Banquet

banquet icon

Saturday, October 15, at Glen Echo Country Club, 3401 Lucas & Hunt Road, St Louis, MO 63121. Driving directions on the Glen Echo website.
6:30 pm cocktails (open bar), 7:00 pm banquet, 8:00 pm program

Please send reservations by October 12th to:

Lawrence Barton, Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
315 Benton Hall (MC 27)
University of Missouri–St Louis
Saint Louis, MO 63121
email lbarton@umsl.edu
phone 314.516.5334
fax 314.516.5342

Make checks payable to St. Louis Section-ACS and note any special dietary limitations:

Name(s) _______________________________________________________

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

Special dietary limitations, if any ___________________________________

micron inc. placement
Huffman Laboratories placement

next previous contents  Cubs’ Camp Chemistry

A neat trick with food coloring and detergent generates ephemeral art.

Approximately forty Cub Scouts from North St Louis County engaged in fun and educational chemistry activities during the summer. Section members helped the scouts and their parents conduct colorful experiments using common household items. The event was held at St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley.

Staff members kept the Cub Scouts busy. Cub Scouts returned the favor.

next previous contents CS&T Award seeks nominees

The St Louis Chemical Science and Technology Award is presented to a chemist in the St Louis area who has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and scientific contribution. Criteria used to judge the award include technical proficiency, presentations, coaching/teamwork, and additional professional activities. The award will consist of a plaque, a $500 honorarium, and dinner for the awardee and a guest at Recognition Night in March, 2012.

To be eligible, the nominee should have an Associate, Bachelor, or Masters degree in chemistry or a chemistry-related curriculum. The nominee need not be a St Louis Section–ACS member to be eligible.

Letters of nomination must be received by December 16 of the year preceding the award. The nominating letter should address the criteria above. A current work address, phone number, fax number, and email address should be provided for both the nominee and the nominator.

To submit a nomination, contact the Chemical Science and Technology Award coordinator, Adrienne Mazdra.


American Polymer Standards Corporation
8680 Tyler Boulevard, Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: 440-255-2211 Fax: 440-255-8397

next previous contents  Midwest Regional Meeting 2011

MWRM2011 logo

The 2011 Midwest Regional ACS Meeting, hosted right here in St Louis by your very own local section, is fast approaching. By the time you read this, the deadline for submitting abstracts will have passed, so the technical program is pretty much set, with 13 special-topic symposia, and over 400 talks and posters on tap.

The early registration deadline is September 30th, so you still have a whole month to register and qualify for reduced-fee attendance. Fortunately, you won’t need to worry about the September 19 deadline for room reservations in the ACS block; you’re already home.

The meeting website is continually updated with the latest information on program, events, exhibitors, deadlines, etc. Please visit there for answers to your questions. And then register.

There are a couple of special events we especially want to bring to your attention.

14th Annual Women Chemists Luncheon

... in conjunction with the Regional Meeting Diversity Luncheon

The guest and speaker is Nancy Jackson, American Chemical Society President, speaking on Leadership and Diversity, October 20th, 12 noon–1:30 pm in the Matterhorn Room at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel.

All are welcome, but reservations are requested by October 6th to Janet Wilking (wilkingj@umsl.edu, 314.516.6436) or Cristina De Meo (cdemeo@siue.edu, 618.650.3170).

Leadership Development Workshops at very special rates

The ACS Saint Louis and Wabash Local Sections are sponsoring two ACS Leadership Development Workshops at the ACS Midwest/Great Lakes Regional Meeting. The courses were developed for ACS leadership, but the skills learned are transferable to your workplace. Professional chemists and teachers are encouraged to attend. ACS grants to the St Louis and Wabash Valley Sections allow us to offer these workshops at significantly reduced fees—a huge 90% off the regular fee—in order to encourage wide participation. Each course is $15 for members, $30 for non-members, and $5 for unemployed members, students, teachers. You can register for one or both courses on the ACS Leadership Development web page. For more information, contact Alexa Serfis, barnoski@slu.edu or 314.977.3241.

  • Collaborating Across Boundaries, October 21st, 8 am–12 noon, with facilitator Jason Ritchie: Leaders in many roles (especially at more senior levels) need to be able to work effectively with leaders and members in other roles and units to accomplish their objectives. This course provides leaders with strategies and tools to make collaboration more productive including developing common goals, ensuring equity between what parties bring and what they gain from the effort, gaining members’ commitment, and establishing trust and resolving conflict.
  • Developing Communication Strategies, October 21st, 1–5 pm, with facilitator Frankie Wood-Black: As a senior leader, you will encounter an increasing number of opportunities to represent your organization to outside parties, stakeholders, and media, often under pressure and in high visible situations. This level of communication requires a higher understanding of communications to ensure the best representation possible. This interactive course introduces you to executive level communications where you will learn how to skillfully communicate new insights, keep others informed, report on new endeavors, and communicate in an interesting and compelling manner.
Chemir Associates placement

next previous contents Life is a picnic

For the 7th annual St Louis Section picnic on June 18th, our venue returned to Tower Grove Park, where the picnic got its start six years ago. The day threatened a little rain, but didn’t deliver, and the temperature stayed reasonably centered in the high double digits.

Section Chair Jeff Cornelius stepped up to act as planner and host, filling in for the Past Chair (whose job it really is) Shelley Minteer (who is ensconced in Utah now). Smartly, Jeff brought a strong intercontinental contingent of summer students with him to act as grillmeisters and additional minglers. Attendees comprised a mix of old reliables, who simply wouldn’t miss a picnic, and several new faces, new either to St Louis or to the ACS or both or spouses thereof.

A selection of the ...

... new faces at this year’s picnic

Our grillmeister, Kevoh (Calvin) Nyapete, one of the very helpful “volunteers” who came with Jeff Cornelius

This is almost all the people who were still there when someone shouted, “Group photo!” For some reason, all of Jeff’s summer students adsorbed to Eric Bruton: from the left, they are Kevoh (Calvin) Nyapete (Kenya), (Eric), Godfred Fianu (Ghana), Garrett Fielding (USA), and Brian Kamusinga (Kenya). Everyone else in the photo appreciated their help and good cheer. Behind the camera: photographer Vic Lewchenko.

next previous contents Bond Briefs

Wayne Jones to talk on molecular wires

ACS tour speaker Wayne Jones, SUNY–Binghamton, will visit St Louis to speak on Molecular Wires and Devices, 7:30 pm on September 29th at Sigma-Aldrich R&D Center, 2909 Laclede Ave, St Louis (map). Refreshments will be available. RSVP to Jeff Cornelius by Sep 28, phone 618.374.5296 or email jeff.cornelius@principia.edu. When you arrive at the site, please use the main entrance on the circle drive and pick up name tag.

“Our Health, Our Future” theme for NCW 2011

NCW logo

The theme for this year’s National Chemistry Week is Chemistry—Our Health, Our Future! The activities that are planned will demonstrate concepts in chemistry that are related to nutrition, hygiene, and health. More information about National Chemistry Week is available at www.acs.org/ncw.

Varied activities are held during National Chemistry Week, including many hands-on science experiments designed for children. All experiments and other activities are conducted and supervised by chemists, with safety and learning as the top priorities.

You can help make our biggest outreach event a success and make a difference for scientific literacy. By participating in NCW, you can share your knowledge and understanding of chemistry and how it relates to our health and our future. If you want to conduct an activity or volunteer for ones already planned, contact Greg Wall at 314.435.6487 or gwall37@msn.com. The St Louis Section’s NCW Chemistry Expo will be at the St Louis Science Center on October 29th 15th (updated Sep 19) from 10 am to 4 pm.

YCC continues its Career Night series

This fall’s Chemistry Career Night will be Thursday, September 15th, 6–8:30 pm in Room 250 and the Rettner Gallery, Washington University Lab Sciences Building. A panel of industry leaders will discuss their careers and host a question & answer session. There will be ample opportunity for networking, food and beverage, and free (yes, free) admission.


  • Dr Janet Hendrickson, Partner, Senniger Powers
  • Robert Dittrich, Research Chemist, NP Laboratories, Nestlé Purina Pet Care
  • Erik Hall, Criminalist II–DNA, St Louis County Crime Lab
  • Dr Joseph Ackerman, Professor, Washington University

RSVP by Sep 13 to ycc@stlacs.org.

Sigma-Aldrich Corp. placement

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 the section Chair 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: Sep 8
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future meetings: Oct 13, Nov 10

Saint Louis University

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

Friday, September 2
Mike Roper
Florida State University
Microfluidic devices for synchronization of islets of Langerhans

Friday, September 9
Mike Nichols
University of Missouri–St Louis
Insights into amyloid-β structure and biological activity

Friday, September 23
Phil Bevilacqua
Penn State University
RNA: functional complexity from molecular simplicity

Friday, September 30
Grigoriy Yablonsky
Saint Louis University
Chemical kinetics: decoding complexity

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.

Monday, September 12
Cynthia Dupureur
University of Missouri–St Louis
Biochemical travels with phosphorus

Monday, September 19
Huw Davies
Emory University

Monday, September 26
Francesco Peri
University of Milano–Bicocca
Exploring biology with small organic molecules: new sugar-derived compounds targeting the LPS/TLR4 signaling in humans

Washington University

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

Kennedy Lecture
Moungi G Bawendi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thursday, September 22
Friday, September 23

Thursday, September 29
Shannon Stahl
University of Wisconsin

previous contents About the Chemical Bond

The Chemical Bond is published at www.stlacs.org January through May and September through December by the St Louis Section–American Chemical Society. If you would like to receive email notification when each issue is posted, you can subscribe to the bond.remind listserv. You can also follow the link to “Manage bond.remind options” from the home page at www.stlacs.org.

If you use an RSS reader, you can subscribe to our  RSS feed, which includes notices of Chemical Bond issues and timely postings about chemistry-related events in the Saint Louis area.

Editor Eric Ressner 314.962.6415
Assistant Editor & Advertising Manager Sue Saum 314.513.4808
Business Manager Donna Friedman 314.513.4388

Correspondence, letters to the editor, etc., should be emailed to editor@stlacs.org
or mailed ℅ St Louis Section–ACS, PO Box 410192, Saint Louis, MO 63141-0192

Copyright © 2011 American Chemical Society and the St Louis Section–ACS