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Volume 63, Number 3 March, 2012

In this issue

go to Report from Career Management Seminar X

go to Science Fairs, coming and going

go to Awards (2) seeking nominees

go to Banquet Season (reserve now)

go to Bond Briefs: • LinkedIn “careers” group • picnic preview

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents  Tenth in a Series: Career Management for ... You?

The seminar series Resources for Career Management for Chemists in a Challenging Market met for its tenth installment: Career Training and Tools on Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Washington University’s McMillen Lab Sciences Room 311.

The evening started off with dinner. Then our first speaker, Lisa Balbes, a Career Consultant with the American Chemical Society (and our section’s Career Services Coordinator), spoke on What You Don’t Know About Leadership - and the ACS Can Teach You!. She highlighted the ACS model of competency for effective leaders and reviewed the leadership courses that the ACS offers.

Our second speaker, Adam Myers, Assistant Director at BASi Pharm Analysis Services, spoke on Chemical Career Strategies: Maximizing Your Toolbox. He began by giving a brief overview of his career before getting into the key tools that he has learned and used. After both speakers were finished the floor was opened for questions. Then many of the attendees stuck around to network and talk to the speakers. There were 29 people in attendance.

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Lisa Balbes explaining the ACS Leadership Courses that are offered

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Attendees network with speakers Lisa Balbes (center, in pink sweater) and Adam Myers (in front of screen, in tan sport coat) after the seminar

Valentino Stella portrait

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Missouri–St. Louis


The Fifteenth Annual
Robert W. Murray Lecture

Valentino Stella

University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
at the University of Kansas

will speak on

The Case for Prodrugs

Monday March 19, 2012
Lecture at 4:00 pm in 104 Stadler Hall
Reception 3:30 pm adjacent to the Lecture Theater

There will be a post-lecture reception in the Center for Nanoscience

Professor Valentino Stella is co-leader of the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s drug discovery and experimental therapeutics program. His research centers on the application of physical/organic chemistry to the study of factors affecting drug delivery. He is known for his work in improving drug stability and solubility especially as these relate to the preformulation of anticancer and antiAIDS drugs. He also studies the use of prodrugs to overcome problems of solubility and stability and is the inventor of fosphenytoin, a safe injectable form of sodium phenytoin, Viread, fospropofol (Lusedra). Current research on prodrugs include the use of prodrugs with greater safety profiles compared to the parent molecules, drug targeting via prodrugs, and novel prodrugs of tertiary amines, hindered alcohols, phenols, imides, and amides. He is also studying the use of novel cyclodextrins that can be used safely in parenteral formulations as well as for oral applications. His work led to the discovery of Captisol, which is now approved for use in five US products, Vfend, Geodon, Abilify, Cerenia and Nexterone.

Parking is available in the West Drive parking garage.

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next previous contents Science Fairs, coming and going

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It’s mid-season for area science fairs, with one down and two to go. You might think of it as the All-Star break. The indomitable science fair coordinator would love to hear from you if you’d like to judge at either (or both) of the remaining fairs. No experience necessary! Call or email Sheryl J Loux at 636.237.5149 or sjloux@gmail.com.

Your participation as a judge would be greatly appreciated!

In news from “Opening Day”, the 2012 Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair is history, and here’s how it wrapped up:

Savannah Est, 1st place winner in Grades 9–12 Honors Division

Casey Mareschal’s project, the 1st place winner in the 5th–8th Grade Division


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Phone: 440-255-2211 Fax: 440-255-8397

next previous contents Two Big Awards Seek Nominees

Nominate for the St Louis Award

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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 April 30 are considered for award presentation 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 can be found on the St Louis Award web page.

Nominate for the Midwest Award

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Letter from Jim O’Brien, Midwest Award Chair:

As the Midwest Award Chair for the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society, I solicit your assistance in identifying candidates for the 2012 Midwest Award. The St. Louis Section of the ACS established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944 to recognize in a public fashion, the outstanding achievements of an individual made in chemistry in the Midwest region. The award is conferred each year 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 17 Local Sections that participate in the Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS (sections are listed in the programs for Midwest Regional Meetings). Nominees can be from industry, academia, government, or those working in private practice, and they need not be members of the ACS.

The 2012 Midwest Award will be presented at the 47th Midwest Regional ACS Meeting to be held in Omaha, Nebraska, October 24-27, 2012. The ceremonies held on Thursday, October 25, will feature a Midwest Award Symposium and the Midwest Award Lecture. The award, consisting of a medallion and a cash honorarium, is conferred at the Award Banquet. A condition of the ACS Midwest Award is that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture, and attends the Awards Banquet.

Nominations should consist of: a nominating letter for the nominee and two or more seconding letters; a CV for the nominee; a brief biography for the nominee; and documented and objective information regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee. If the nominee is an academician, a list of persons who have received advanced degrees under her or his direction should be provided. Please submit nine copies of all nomination materials to me at my work address, which is given below. All nomination materials must be received on or before the deadline of March 31, 2012. Material postmarked by that day or earlier will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact me at obrien@jinx.umsl.edu. Thank you for your assistance.


Dr Jim O’Brien
Chair, 2012 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 ’Tis the Season ...

... to celebrate colleagues, achievement, service, and excellence. Can’t think of a better way than with camaraderie, good food, and a night out. Choose to attend one or both of our signature spring banquets. But for Recognition Night, better hurry: the reservation deadline is ... soon!

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Recognition Night

March 10 is Recognition Night 2012. Please join us at CJ Muggs, 101 W Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO (map).

5:30 pm—Social hour with open bar (beer, wine, soft drinks)
6:30 pm—Recognition Night dinner and festivities

Reservations are required for Recognition Night. Cost is $25 per person. To reserve your place(s) at this grand event, please return the reservation form or a facsimile with choice of entrée and check by March 5 to:

Eric A Bruton
Jost Chemical
8150 Lackland Rd
St Louis, MO 63114

or email eric.bruton@gmail.com

Make checks payable to St Louis Section–ACS
Name(s) _______________________________________________________
Number attending _____ × $25 each = amount remitted $____________
Choice of entrée (number of each): steak _____ or fish _____

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Awards Night: Dinner and awardees galore

Join us on April 16 to honor the winners of:

Maggiano’s, 2 Boulevard Saint Louis, Richmond Heights (across Brentwood Blvd from the Galleria), map. Free parking in the garage.
5:30 social hour, 6:30 dinner, 7:30 program
Cost is $20. RSVP by April 9, and send check payable to St Louis Section–ACS to:

Leah O’Brien
Department of Chemistry
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026

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next previous contents Bond Briefs

Link In for Career Group

Our section’s intrepid career services coordinator has requested this reminder: Join the “Chemistry Careers in St Louis” group on LinkedIn! We post info about job openings, upcoming seminars, internships, news, and all sorts of chemical industry-related information. Anyone is welcome to join.

So even if you’re gainfully and happily employed, it’s good advice to keep your finger on the pulse of the local employment scene. Join, and if you don’t need help yourself, maybe you can offer to help someone else.

Picnic preview

We have a date and a venue. Please keep your calendars clear on Saturday afternoon, June 9th, for the Eighth Annual Section Picnic at the Chinese Shelter in Tower Grove Park. This is the same location as last year, if that helps any. We’ll provide more details as soon as we can engrave them in stone.

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The Department of Chemistry and the Chemistry Club
announce the
36th Annual William J. Probst Memorial Lecture

Dr. Mark von Itzstein

Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Australia

Viruses in the 21st Century — an Alternative Approach to Tackling Viral Diseases

Monday, April 23, 2012
7:00 pm Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

Additional Probst Lecture
Rotavirus and Host-Cell Glycan Interactions
Monday April 23, 2012
10:00 am, Science Building Rm 3114

Mark Von Itzstein portrait

Dr von Itzstein is famous worldwide for the design, synthesis and biological testing of the anti-influenza drug, Relenza®. This discovery consolidated the use of carbohydrates and carbohydrate-recognizing proteins as drug discovery targets. Relenza® is today the leading drug in the treatment of patients infected with influenza viruses.

Funds generously provided by:
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, SIUE Office of the Provost, Graduate School,
College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Chemistry Club
and Student Activities Fees

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: Mar 8
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future meetings: Apr 12, May 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, rmccull2@slu.edu.

Mar 2
Marvin Meyers
Saint Louis University Center for World Health Medicine
Discovery of novel antimalarial agents

Mar 9
Gavin King
University of Missouri
A precision force microscope for biophysics

Mar 23
Philip Bevilacqua
Penn State University
RNA: Functional complexity from molecular simplicity

Mar 30
Daniel Romo
Texas A&M University
RNA: Inspired by bioactive natural products, extraordinary forums for studies at the chemistry/biology interface

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.

Mar 5
Colleen Scott
Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
Development of silicon-containing fluorescent biosensors

Mar 12
Lillian Chong
University of Pittsburgh
Molecular simulations of protein binding events

Mar 19
15th Annual Robert W Murray Lecture
Valentino J Stella
University of Kansas Dept of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The case for prodrugs

Apr 2
Francesco Perry
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.

Mar 1
Joshua Maurer
Washington University

Mar 5, 2 pm
Jennifer Bartels
Washington University
Graduate student seminar, TBA

Mar 8
Kendall Houk
University of California–Los Angeles

Mar 22
Andrei Vedernikov
University of Maryland

Mar 29
Daniel Romo
Texas A&M University

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