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Volume 64, Number 5 May, 2013

In this issue

go to Nominate next year’s officers

go to At Earth Day, Kids & Chemistry was the big show

go to Reminder: come to the picnic June 15th

go to Outstanding college student award winners

go to We have an Intl Chem Olympiad qualifier ... again!

go to Bond Briefs: • watch for details on next LDF module • bring your high school students to UMSL’s Chemistry Career Day

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents Nominate next year’s section leaders

The St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society requests nominations for officers, directors, councilors, and alternative councilors to stand for election in the Fall of 2013. If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, for any or all of the offices, you have one of three options to submit the nominations. Whichever option you use, nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2013 (received electronically or postmarked by):


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

next previous contents Picnic reminder: don’t forget the picnic!

clip-art of picnic fare

Remember the picnic: June 15, 12 noon to 5 pm at the Skow Pavilion, Tilles Park, corner of Litzsinger and McKnight Roads in Ladue (circled on the park map)! A cross-section of our section—newbies and long-timers; young and ... less young; chemists and non; adults and children; hotdoggers and hamburgerers; beer-sippers, soda-swillers, and water purists—will defy the Second Law of Thermodynamics to share picnic fare, soda, beer, games, talk. Bring the family! Just $5 per person (kids under 12 free). Please reserve by June 11th so we can plan for food and beverages. Questions to Eric Bruton. Make checks payable to St Louis Section–ACS and bring them with you or mail them to:

Vic Lewchenko
354 Larkhill Ct
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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next previous contents Chemists—lotsa chemists—celebrated Earth Day

Kids and Chemistry was in full-view demo-mode at the Saint Louis Science Center for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day on April 20th. As many as 500 people stopped at tables staffed by Kids and Chemistry coordinator Sheryl Loux; leaders Christopher Glass and Donald Sartor; and instructors Pegah Jalili, Benno Orschel, Shadi Ansari, Marty Rhine, Jeffrey Russ, and Denise Brengard. The great staff turnout helped us present to an impressive public Earth Day turnout.

Demonstrators and kids had a great time discovering which foods contain starches and that some laundry detergents have enzymes added to break down specific components of food spills. All enjoyed the crushing cans demonstrations and many viewed the DNA models on display. Sheryl would like to thank all the member and groupies who turned out to help with demonstrations and instruction.

Sheryl Loux and Pegah Jalili instruct how “Enyzmes Aid in Digestion and Cleaning.”

Mirah Brengard experiments with filling a cup with a water bottle for the “Enzymes” activity.

Benno Orschel and Don Sartor demonstrate “Crushing Cans.”

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next previous contents Our outstanding college students

Outstanding college students 2013 (from left), Michael Boucher, Steven Doonan, Elisa Murray, Victoria Francis, Hung Nguyen, Christopher Mejias, Aaztli Coria, Sampson Marsh, Tara Stacey, Kyle Gilbert, Garbriela Mejia, and Garrett Fielding

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Outstanding Junior Chemistry Student awards for 2013. Each college and university in the local section territory chooses its winner; all were feted at Awards Night.

  • Michael C Boucher and Christopher Mejias (co-winners), Washington University
  • Aaztli Coria, Maryville University
  • Steven Doonan, Saint Louis University
  • Garrett Fielding and Gabriela Mejia (co-winners), Principia College
  • Victoria C Francis, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
  • Kyle E Gilbert, Greenville College
  • Elisa Murray, Lindenwood University
  • Hung Nguyen, University of Missouri–St Louis
  • Tara Stacey, McKendree University

And the Outstanding Chemical Technology Student award to:

  • Sampson Marsh, St Louis Community College–Florissant Valley
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next previous contents Runpeng Liu qualifies for IChO ... again!

Runpeng Liu

Runpeng Liu: we don’t have an updated publicity photo from his agent yet;-) this is him/he last year.

Runpeng Liu, junior at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, has qualified for the second time to attend the International Chemistry Olympiad boot camp at the US Air Force Academy June 4–19. He is one of twenty high school students nationwide competing for four spots on the US team bound for the 45th annual International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Moscow, Russia, July 15–24, 2013.

We have not had a repeat national qualifier in our Section in recent memory, but apparently it’s not that unusual. Nine of the 20 qualifiers this year have been there before. May the best students win, of course, but we wish Runpeng hearty good fortune. And well done, Marina Smallwood, Runpeng’s mentor/coach/teacher at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School this year

next previous contents Bond Briefs

Leadership: not just for leaders

The new Leadership Development Forum completed its second module in March:

Execution: Translating Strategy into Action

and now we are planning Module 3 for this Fall. Look for details on topics, dates, and locations on our website and in emails. We look forward to seeing you at the LDF Module 3 events. And remember, these programs can be a big help in your career, whether you’re in a leadership position or not.

Chemistry Career Day at UMSL is set for May 17

High school chemistry teachers: help introduce your students to careers in chemistry and biochemistry: to hear about it and see it being done. After a brief introduction to typical career options, graduate students will lead a tour of research laboratories and instrument facilities. The UMSL Chemistry Club will put on some chemistry demonstrations. And the morning will wrap up with a pizza-etc lunch.

Signup deadline extended: If you would like to bring a group to Career Day, please respond by Friday May 10, 2013, to either Donna Lemp (314.516.5313 or lempd@msx.umsl.edu) or Michelle Haley (314.516.5311 or haleym@umsl.edu); let us know how many students will accompany you so food and tour group arrangements may be made.

Parking, lunch, and the event itself are all free. Additional program details can be obtained from Keith Stine (314.516.5346 or kstine@umsl.edu) or Jim O’Brien (314.516.5717 or obrien@jinx.umsl.edu).

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: May 9
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Business meeting: 6:30 pm (suspended for dinner when served)
Future meetings: June 15 (picnic, no business transacted); Sep 12; Oct 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.

Sigma-Aldrich Lectures
Peter Dervan, California Institute of Technology
May 1, 3–5 pm in Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall
Molecular Recognition of DNA by Small Molecules. From Discovery to Invention, a Historical Perspective
May 2, 9:30–10:30 am in the Sigma-Aldrich R&D Center, 2909 Laclede Avenue, St Louis, MO 63103, Room 1610
Regulation of Gene Expression by DNA Binding Py-Im Polyamides. Chemistry for Transcriptional Therapy
Dr Dervan’s research focuses on design and synthesis of small molecules that exhibit sequence-specific regognition of DNA, with implications for customized control of gene expression.

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.

May 6
Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Kim Gorman, President, Paternity Testing Corporation, Columbia, MO
Life after Benton Hall: Places the Chemistry Path can Lead

Washington University

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

May 2
Bart Bartlett, University of Michigan
Designing Chemically Robust Metal Oxides for Visible-Light Photocatalysis: Toward Solar Z-Scheme Water Splitting

May 9
Ryan Davison, American Chemical Society
Federal Policy

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