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Volume 64, Number 3 March, 2013

In this issue

go to Banquet reminders: reserve now

go to Picnic June 15th: reserve before you forget

go to Celebrate Rita Levi-Montalcini

go to Science Fairs, coming and going

go to Battle of the Burets: sorta swordplay

go to Nominations still open for two big awards

go to Undergrad Research Symposium April 12th ... please register now

go to Bond Briefs: some meetings hosted by sister orgs

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents Banquets: two big ones coming

We have two special events coming up that we celebrate with colleagues, honorees, and of course, food. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend one or both.

(1) Recognition Night

The big announcement was in last month’s Chemical Bond, but there are still a few days before the reservation deadline. The event is March 9th, 5:30–9 pm, at Sapore Italian Café, 451 S Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122; you can reserve your place at a table until March 3rd.

You can reserve on-line (preferred) or send the information below to:

Ziad Ramadan
Nestlé Research Center–St Louis
One Checkerboard Square
St Louis, MO 63164
email: Ziad.Ramadan@rd.nestle.com

Name(s) ______________________________________________________
Number attending ______ × $25 each = amount remitted $_______._____
Choice of entrée (number of each): tilapia ____ pasta ____ chicken ____

Make checks payable to St Louis Section–ACS, and mail to:

Vic Lewchenko
354 Larkhill Ct
Webster Groves, MO 63119

(2) Awards Night

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This year, Awards Night is Monday, April 15th, at Maggiano’s on The Boulevard (across Brentwood Blvd from the Galleria, map).

5:30 – Reception/social hour
6:30 – Dinner
7:15 – Awards program

Student winners and their teachers receive a complimentary dinner; others may attend for $20 each. RSVP by Wednesday, April 9, to the Awards Night coordinator, Leah O’Brien at lobrien@siue.edu or 618.650.3562. Reception/check-in at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, awards program at 7:15 pm. Winners of the High School Chemistry Contest, the High School Chemistry Teacher-of-the-Year, and the Outstanding Junior Chemistry Students at area colleges and universities are all recognized.

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next previous contents And then there’s the picnic

Map to Skow Shelter in Tilles Park

The ninth annual St Louis Section Picnic will be at Tilles Park in the Skow Shelter on June 15 from 11:30 am–4 pm. That’s the county Tilles Park, not the city one: confusing, right!?

Bring the family! Just $5 per person, kids under 12 free. Please register by June 10th.

If you have questions please email Eric Bruton.

— lunch at 12:00 PM
— games
— networking
— of course great people!

Location: Tilles Park, 9551 Litzsinger Road (at McKnight Road), Saint Louis, MO 63124

Make checks payable to St Louis Section-ACS. Mail checks to:

Vic Lewchenko
354 Larkhill Ct
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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Microbiology for Cosmetic Formulators
by Dr. Koenig with Kimberly-Clark

We are pleased to announce the SCC St. Louis Chapter is hosting a joint technical meeting for the first time with the SCC Midwest Chapter.
Dr. Koenig with Kimberly-Clark will be speaking at the Midwest Chapter technical meeting in Chicago, IL. The St. Louis Chapter will view his presentation via the internet through a webinar format. We will be able to hear his talk and ask questions as if we were there!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
WHERE: Vida Cantina
St. Louis Galleria
1137 Saint Louis Galleria
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
COST: $30.00/person (pay on-line
or at the door)
AGENDA: 5:00-5:30 Cocktails and Social
5:30-6:30 Webinar Talk
6:30 - ? Dinner

Please visit our website
www.stlouisscc.org for abstract,
biography, and the menu options.

RSVP to Tiffany Collis by
Monday, March 11, 2013
*Limited seating is available*

next previous contents Rita Levi-Montalcini: What a Life!

Rita Levi-Montalcini. Photo © Presidenza della Repubblica, used by permission.

On December 30, 2012, Rita Levi-Montalcini died at the age of 103. A Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Levi-Montalcini also led a life of distinction in politics, women’s rights, and education. She was on the faculty of Washington University in St Louis from 1946 until her retirement in 1977.

The St Louis Section Women Chemists Committee and SIU–Edwardsville will jointly host a celebration the life of Rita Levi-Montalcini and International Women’s Day on March 16th at 10 am in the SIUE Engineering Building 1033.

Rita Levi-Montalcini grew up Jewish in Italy under fascism. Her passion for education and science gave her the strength to challenge her society’s norms, where being a woman meant to be illiterate, and being Jewish meant to be deported and most likely killed. She overcame these odds to earn her medical degree summa cum laude from the University of Turin. After living with her family in hiding for the last year and a half of the war, she was recruited by Viktor Hamburger to Washington University in St Louis, where she accomplished her Nobel-winning work on nerve growth factor, and stayed until her retirement in 1977. She won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 with Stanley Cohen for their discovery of nerve growth factor. In 1987, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Ronald Reagan.

Later in her life, she created a foundation that every year provides financial support for education of women in Africa. At age 92, she was appointed “Senator-for-Life” by the President of Italy.

SIUE chancellor Julie A Furst-Bowe will host this event. Susan Tyler-Hitchcock, who wrote her biography (Amazon, B&N) will describe her inspirational life.

This event is open to the community, so please share with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. The event is free, but please register. Readers of the Chemical Bond (that would be you, yes) have a special extended registration deadline: March 8th. Don’t miss it.

next previous contents Science Fairs: one down and two up

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It’s almost All-Star break for area science fairs. Volunteers are still needed for the two upcoming fairs. If you’d like to judge at either (or both) (no experience necessary!) (if you’re reading this, you’re qualified), call or email Sheryl J Loux at 636.237.5149 or sjloux@gmail.com.

Your participation as a judge would be greatly appreciated!

Results are in for the home opener: the 2013 Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Bryan Love, 2nd Place Honors Grades 9-12

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next previous contents Sorta swordplay at Battle of Burets 2013

On Wednesday, February 20th, twenty teams from 10 local high schools braved frigid temperatures and the oncoming snow/ice storm to participate in the Battle of the Burets competition sponsored by the St Louis Section–ACS and St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley.

Teams of two students competed to accurately determine the normality of an unknown acid solution within a six-minute time period. This year’s competition was fierce, with over half of the participating teams scoring within 0.5% of the known, secret value. How many of our readers could do this well?? As the phenolphthalein-pink hues diminished, teams from Parkway West High School, Villa Duchesne, and Westminster Christian Academy advanced to this year’s title round. Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan from Villa Duchesne took top honors.
Place Students School Teacher/sponsor
1st Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan Villa Duchesne Kathleen Danzo
2nd Daniel Pollman and Nathan Cherian Westminster Christian Academy Andrew Shaw
3rd Laura Santanagelo and Ryan Schlueter Parkway West Jan Keller

The Villa Duchesne teams (Rachel Arnold and Mary Hogan with trophy, Meghan Grojean and Nicole Saville providing team spirit) celebrate their winning titrations. Battle Coordinator Bruce Ritts presented the trophy.

next previous contents You can still nominate for these two awards

One of our most important activities is recognizing excellence in the professions of chemistry. And two of the most important ways we do it are our signature awards: the St Louis Award and the Midwest Award. If you know any chemists who meets the eligibility criteria, don’t hide them under a bushel basket. Nominate!

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 Chemistry 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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Your assistance is solicited in identifying candidates for the 2013 Midwest Award. The St Louis Section–ACS established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944. 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 Local Sections that participate in the Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS. Nominees can be from industry, academia, government, or those working in private practice, and they need not be members of the ACS.

The 2013 award will be presented at the 48th Midwest Regional ACS Meeting in Springfield, MO, October 16-19, 2013, hosted by the Ozark Section. Ceremonies, usually held on Thursday of the Meeting (October 17 this year), will feature a Midwest Award Symposium and the Midwest Award plenary lecture by the awardee. The award, consisting of a medallion and a cash honorarium, is presented by the St Louis Section Chair at the Midwest Awards Banquet. A condition of the award is that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture and attends the Midwest Awards Banquet.

Nominations should consist of: a nominating letter and two or more seconding letters; a CV for the nominee; a brief biography for the nominee; and objective documentation 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 on or before April 1, 2013. Material postmarked by that day (April 1, 2013) or earlier will be accepted. If you have questions, or to submit a nomination, please contact:

Dr Jim O’Brien
Chair, 2013 ACS Midwest Award
ACS–St Louis Section
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Missouri–St Louis
One University Blvd
St Louis, MO 63121
email obrien@jinx.umsl.edu or phone 314.757.5717

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Have you considered pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry? Here at UMSL, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a thriving graduate program that includes a Master of Science degree program, obtainable by completion of graduate-level courses. Classes for all graduate courses (for Ph.D. and Masters candidates) are held in the evenings with courses at the graduate level being available in organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. Evening classes allow our graduate students to work full time while taking courses. The department has a strong research emphasis as well as a dedication to teaching but is of medium size, allowing substantial interaction between faculty and students.

Masters Degrees can be obtained by graduate coursework only, MS (non-thesis), or by a combination of graduate coursework and research culminating in a written thesis, MS (thesis). These degree programs may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis with entry to the program possible in August or January. The part-time MS (non-thesis) remains a particularly popular option for chemists with Bachelors degrees who are employed locally in St. Louis and are looking to upgrade their qualifications. Contact us by phone or e-mail for an application package, for more information or to arrange a visit to campus. Further information about the department can be found on our website: www.umsl.edu/chemistry/.

next previous contents Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 12th

Our traditional event featuring posters and oral presentations by undergraduate research students from any and all area colleges and universities: April 12, 5–7:30 pm, at the Sigma-Aldrich Research Center, 2909 Laclede Avenue, St Louis, MO 63103.

Certificates of Participation are awarded to all; awards presented for exceptional talks and posters. Everyone must register to attend, whether presenting or not. Registration details and venue map are here. For additional information, contact Pegah Jalili, Pegah.Jalili@sial.com.

next previous contents Bond Briefs

Some upcoming meetings from sister scientific societies:

Society of Cosmetic Chemists

The St Louis Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is hosting a chapter meeting on March 12th, featuring socialization, dinner, and a talk from Dr Koenig of Kimberley-Clark, Microbiology for Cosmetic Formulators. See the display ad elsewhere in this issue.

The same organization is hosting the annual scientific seminar in St Louis, June 6th and 7th at Union Station. There will be a cocktail reception on Wednesday, June 5, at the Missouri Botanical Garden. If you are interested in attending the reception or the seminar, check for details at the St Louis Chapter website).

Heading to Pittcon?

Chromatographers who are planning to attend Pittcon are invited to Chromatography Night at the Union League, 5:30–8:30 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA. Admission by ticket only. Tickets may be requested at http://wcdg.squarespace.com/pittcon-2013.

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 14
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Business meeting: 6:30 pm (suspended for dinner when served)
Future meetings: Apr 11, May 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, rmccull2@slu.edu.

Mar 1
Travis Holman, Georgetown University

Mar 22
Daniel Falvey, University of Maryland

Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville

Mar 11
Probst Lecture
Christopher Cummins, MIT
10 am in Science Building room 3114
Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Recognition in a Supramolecular Container Molecule
7 pm in the Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center
Nitrogen and Phosphorus: Fertilizer from the Atmosphere to the Oceans
Map shows both venues.

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 4
Colin Combs, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
Does the Alzheimer’s amyloid precursor protein have a role in obesity?

Mar 15 at 1 pm in 104 Stadler
16th Annual Robert W Murray Lecture
David W C MacMillan, James S McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Merck Center for Catalysis, Princeton University
Photoredox catalysis in organic synthesis

Mar 18
Keith Pannell, University of Texas–El Paso
Fun-laden research on BODIPY dyes

April 1
Keith Woerpel, New York University

Washington University

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

Mar 1, 11 am in Rebstock 215
Leopold Marcus Lecture
Ad Bax, NIH
Weak alignment offers a new NMR view at protein structures

Mar 19, 20
Kennedy Lecture
Ernest J. Moniz, MIT

Mar 26
Jim Mayer, University of Washington

Mar 28
Edward Solomon, Stanford University

Mar 29, 2 pm in McMillen 311
Yuefei Shen, Washington University

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