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Volume 63, Number 4 April, 2012

In this issue

go to Report from Recognition Night

go to Science Fairs, coming and going

go to St Louis Award: nominate now

go to Awards Night (reserve now)

go to CS&T Award to John Hemminghaus

go to Battle of Burets report

go to Bond Briefs: • Chemists Celebrate Earth Day × 2 • Experience presenting at the Undergrad Research Symposium

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents  Report from Recognition Night

Recognition Night 2012 was another great time to reminisce about the history of the Section. At this year’s Recognition Night, the section honored the six 50-year members and two 60-year members who were present. In total, we honored twelve 50-year members and eleven 60-year members this year.

Alexa Serfis was officially recognized with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award, announced way back in December.

We also honored our Immediate Past Chair Jeffrey Cornelius. By bylaw, the IPC gives a talk on ... just about anything. Jeff’s was based on his course on Chemistry and Art, which he teaches at Principia College.

The Section also recognized John Hemminghaus as the 2011 Chemical Science and Technology Award winner for demonstrating a very high degree of professionalism and scientific contribution at Monsanto.

To help recognize our many honorees, twelve past Chairs of the Section attended, along with many current and former board member and friends.

The full report with more pictures and details will be posted here.

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50-year ACS members honored this year at Recognition Night (left to right): Darwin Novak Jr, J Daniel Kelley, James E Bundschuh, David Garin, Anthony F Kardis, Harold Harris, and sneaking into the picture Eric Bruton, the current Section Chair

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60-year ACS members honored at Recognition Night: Edwin Metzner and Carl Frieden

Jeff Cornelius on Chemistry and Art

Jeffrey Cornelius, 2011 Chair, presenting his talk Chemistry and Art

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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


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next previous contents Science Fairs, coming and going

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Science fair season approaches its grand finale, the Greater Saint Louis Science Fair on May 2. The indomitable science fair coordinator would love to hear from you if you’d like to help with the judging. 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!

The results are in for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 12 Science Fair held March 17, 2012:

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next previous contents Nominations still open ...

...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.

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next previous contents Awards Night—be there!

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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

next previous contents Meet the winner: Chemical Science and Technology Award

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Meet John Hemminghaus, 2011 Chemical Science & Technology Award winner

Congratulations to John Hemminghaus, the winner of the 2011 Chemical Science and Technology Award.

John Hemminghaus is a 2001 graduate of Truman State University with a biology major and a chemistry minor. He is a Research Chemist at Monsanto Company, responsible for development of new formulations to support the global Roundup® herbicide business. His career at Monsanto began with a series of summer internships between 1998 and 2000. During this period, John developed an understanding of the role field and greenhouse bioefficacy testing play in herbicide development as well as stability and performance requirements necessary for a product as widely distributed as Roundup.

After a brief stint at Tyco Healthcare in St Louis, where he synthesized radiolabeled drug intermediates, John returned to Monsanto in support of the US launch of Roundup WeatherMAX. His formulations work led to his first patent application on a highly concentrated Roundup formulation having improved tank-mix compatibility with co-herbicides. In the next role, John overcame the challenge of stringent eye toxicity requirements in South America by developing several formulations meeting the commercial requirements in the region. This project led to the filing of his second patent application covering Roundup formulations containing alkoxylated quaternary amine surfactant systems. Also in this role, John commercialized his first product, Fosato, in Argentina. He demonstrated a high level of professionalism with his team members and stakeholders, interfacing with other chemists, regulatory scientists, manufacturing and process engineers, and commercial teams in St Louis and in South America.

John’s current role supports Roundup formulation development for Monsanto’s global business. He supervises and mentors two contract technicians and is responsible for developing new technologies and supporting the manufacture and commercialization of new formulations. This role requires him to apply his experience in surfactant chemistry and process chemistry to respond to varied regulatory, business, and technical drivers to ensure Roundup continuous success in the market place. Over the past five years, John has made several key presentations to product development teams and commercial teams internally.

John currently lives in the Crestwood, MO area with his wife and two children.

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next previous contents  Battle of Burets win to MICDS

On Wednesday, February 29th, 21 teams from 12 local high schools participated in the Battle of the Burets competition at St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley. Teams were judged on their ability to accurately determine the normality of an unknown acid solution in six minutes. The top team from each of three preliminary rounds—Kirkwood, MICDS and Clayton—advanced to the winner-take-all championship round. Daniel Kaganov and Adrienne Brauch from MICDS took top honors.

Place Teammates School Teacher
1st Daniel Kaganov and Adrienne Brauch MICDS Mark Autry
2nd Katherine Nachbar and Tyler Ponder Clayton High School Nathan Peck
3rd Michael Rath and Ben Neuhaus Kirkwood High School Lisa Autry

Champions Daniel Kaganov and Adrienne Brauch (center) with BoB coordinator Bruce Ritts (left) and their teacher/coach Mark Autry (right)

next previous contents Bond Briefs

Celebrate Earth Day with some fellow chemists

The St Louis Section will be celebrating Earth Day at the Saint Louis Science Center, Dinosaur Overlook, from 10 am to 4 pm on April 21st. This year’s theme, “Rethinking Recycling—It’s Easy to be Green,” brings international focus to environmental causes such as fresh air, clean water, and renewable energy. Volunteer to help us promote the positive role that chemistry plays in preserving the Earth: contact Greg Wall, gwall37@msn.com or 314.435.6487.

...or celebrate Earth Day with some other fellow chemists

Kids and Chemistry will be at the Saint Louis Science Center for Earth Day, from 10 am to 4 pm on April 21st, hosting three tables with activities for children: • Enzymes for Digestion and Cleaning • Starch Scavenger Hunt • Crushing Cans or Gluep. If you would like to volunteer to help with any of these activities, please email Sheryl J Loux sjloux@gmail.com). Volunteers are asked to help for a minimum of two hours; their parking will be free (entrance is always free).

Experience presenting: Undergraduate Research Symposium

Area undergraduate chemistry students, register to enter the Undergraduate Research Symposium, poster and oral presentations of your work, 5–7:30 pm, Sigma-Aldrich, 2909 Laclede Avenue, St Louis, MO 63103

Certificates of participation to all; awards for exceptional presentations. Use the registration form to enter. For additional information, contact Eric Bruton, eric.bruton@jostchemical.com, 314.817.0097 or Pegah Jalili, Pegah.Jalili@sial.com.

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: Apr 12
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Business meeting: 7:15 pm
Future meetings: May 10, Jun 9 (picnic, no BoD), Sep 13

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.

Apr 13
Elena A Guliants
University of Dayton

Apr 19, 4–7 pm
SLU–Sigma-Aldrich Lecture
Josef Michl
University of Colorado

May 4
Edward Nikonowicz
Rice University
Structural Studies of the T box Riboswitch and its tRNA Ligands

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.

Apr 2
Francesco Peri
University of Milano–Bicocca
Exploring biology with small organic molecules: new sugar-derived compounds targeting the LPS/TLR4 signaling in humans

Apr 9
Colleen Jonsson
University of Louisville
Strategies to discover small molecules as probes for biological systems and drug discovery

Apr 16
Carol Deakyne
University of Missouri–Columbia

Apr 30
25th Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Stephen A Kolodziej
How a few careful decisions led to my career in chemistry

Washington University

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

Apr 5
Dudley Herschbach
Harvard University

Apr 12
Gail Fanucci
University of Florida
Elucidating the Mechanism of Drug Resistance in HIV-1 Protease via Pulsed EPR Spectroscopy

Apr 19
Sunil Suxena
University of Pittsburgh
ESR Spectroscopy Identifies Inhibitory Cu(II) Sites in a DNA Modifying Enzyme to Reveal Determinants of Catalytic Specificity

Apr 26
Scott McLucky
Purdue University
Gas-phase Bioconjugation: A New Direction in the Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Peptides and Proteins

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