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Volume 62, Number 9 December, 2011

In this issue

go to Best seasonal wishes to all

go to Election results announced

go to Highlights of member survey

go to Last chance to reserve for Continuity Dinner

go to Bond Briefs: • Stats for Chemistry is pHun • New jobs group on LinkedIn

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents The Lede

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Regardless of your religious preference, including “none of the above”, everyone has something to celebrate this month—even if it’s only piggy-backing on someone else’s holiday to get some welcome rest and relaxation. In that spirit, have a wonderful holiday season, everyone! See you in 2.012 × 103.

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next previous contents Section election results announced

At the November Board of Directors meeting, Chair Jeff Cornelius announced the results of the balloting for next year’s officers, which took place during October. Valid ballots were cast by 146 members of the section. That is just under 10% of eligible voters, which might not seem like much, but it is actually quite good by our historical standards. This e-voting thing seems to be working out pretty well. But if you’re one of the other 90%, please consider voting in the election next year. We’ll remind you.

Candidates elected and serving in 2012 are:

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next previous contents Member survey results announced, too

Over 250 chemists filled out the member survey this past summer, enabling us to focus our resources and better serve your needs. The results showed the following:

This has been an outstanding year for the local section, with the Joint Regional Meeting in St Louis in October and numerous other events, but we cannot stop moving forward. If you are interested in participating in our programs, or have ideas for new programs that will impact the careers and lives of our members, feel free to send them to me, or bring them to a board meeting. We would love to hear from you!

Keep informed about upcoming events by checking the calendar on our website (www.stlacs.org) in addition to looking out for email announcements. I am always happy to answer any questions as well.


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next previous contents Come to the Continuity Dinner

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You still have a few days (until Dec 5) to reserve your seat at the Continuity Dinner, 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 incoming section officers. There will be a special Salute to Excellence announced here; come find out who! Finally, the Henry Godt Memorial Lecture recaps the past year, and is given by a surprise speaker. There are some members we see only once a year, and this is usually that once. Please join us.

Thursday, December 8
C J Muggs, 101 West Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119 (map)
Free covered parking in municipal garage behind restaurant, entry off North Gore Ave
5:30 pm social hour with cash bar
6:30 pm dinner, meeting, and Continuity events

Please send your reservation by December 5th to:

Dr Jeff Cornelius
Department of Chemistry
1 Maybeck Place
Principia College
Elsah, IL 62028

Make checks payable to St Louis Section–ACS
Name(s) ____________________________________________________
Number attending _____ × $20 each = amount remitted $___________
Choice of entrée (number of each): salmon _______ or steak _______

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next previous contents Bond Briefs

Reaching out, big time

Sheryl Loux reported to the Board on the Chemistry is pHun program for elementary schools. Not counting the one program still to come in December, there has been a 38% increase in the number of students Sheryl reached with these programs: 1,403 students in 36 programs, including several schools hosting for the first time. Wow! Just ... wow. If you’d like to share in the action and bring Chemistry is pHun to a school district near you, contact Sheryl J Loux, sjloux@gmail.com or 636.237.5149. She has established activities and offers training.

The transmogrification of chemjobsstl

Lisa Balbes, our Career Services coordinator, wants you to know that the Yahoo! group, chemjobsstl, has been reincarnated as the LinkedIn group, Chemistry Careers in St Louis. Join the group and keep on top of career information and job postings for St Louis area chemists.

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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 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: Dec 8 (special Continuity Dinner)
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner, festivities, and meeting: 6:30 pm
Future meetings: Jan 12, Feb 9

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.

Dec 9
Mike Harmata
University of Missouri–Columbia
Aspects of Serendipity in Organic Chemistry

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.

Dec 5
Dana Baum
Saint Louis University
Using Nucleic Acids as Catalysts and Sensors

Washington University

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

Dec 1
Emily Weiss
Northwestern University
Exciton Delocalization and Splitting at the Quantum Dot-organic Interface

Dec 6
Bo Li
Harvard University Medical School

Dec 8
Alison Ondrus
Stanford University

Dec 13
Ke Zhang
Northwestern University

Dec 15
Mingji Dai
Harvard University

Dec 20
Noah Burns
Harvard University

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