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Volume 65, Number 5 May, 2014

In this issue

go to Keeping up, with the Chemical Bond

go to Kids and Chemistry Celebrate Earth Day

go to Picnic June 14th: reserve before you forget

go to Awards Night

go to Greater St. Louis Science Fair

go to Meetings and Seminars

go to About the Chemical Bond

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next contents Keeping up, with the Chemical Bond

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next previous contents Kids and Chemistry at the Saint Louis Science Center for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

Ashley and Austin Hander experiment with starch indicator for the Enzymes experiment at the Kids and Chemistry at the Saint Louis Science Center for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day on 4/26/14.

As many as 500 people stopped by the Kids and Chemistry tables at the Saint Louis Science Center for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day on 4/26/14. Demonstrators and kids had a great time discovering which foods contain starches and that some laundry detergents have enzymes added to break down food spills on the laundry. All enjoyed the crushing cans demonstrations and many viewed the DNA models on display. Sheryl would like to thank Christopher Glass and Donald Sartor for leading, and GSM Sundaram, Sierra Knighten, Jordan Rabus, and Marty Rhine for helping instruct. Reported by Kids and Chemistry Coordinator—Sheryl Loux (sjloux@gmail.com)

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next previous contents The Tenth Annual St Louis Section Picnic

The tenth annual St Louis Section Picnic will be at Tilles Park in the Skow Shelter on June 14 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 Ziad Ramadan.

— 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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next previous contents Awards Night

Awards Night at Maggiano's Restaurant.

Awards Night was held on Tuesday, April 15, at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Following a delicious dinner, St. Louis Section Chair Dr. Jim O’Brien (UM-St. Louis) spent a few minutes describing the various section activities including awards given and received by the Section. Dr. Brian Gau, Sr. Research Chemist at Sigma, gave an upbeat synopsis of his career path which included references to Luke Skywalker, and congratulated the students on their success reminding them of a quote from Chris Hardwick, ‘Nerds make the shiny things…” The winners of the high school chemistry contest were announced by Dr. Myron Reese (McKendree College). The Outstanding Junior Award winners were announced by Dr. Mike Hauser (St. Louis Community College Meramec). Ms. Bojono Opacic received the Chemical Science and Technology Award, presented by Dr. Adrienne Mazdra (St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley). High School teacher Ms. Donna Malkmus (Francis Howell School District) received the Teaching Excellent Award, presented by Ms. Sandi Mueller (John Burroughs School). Many thanks to Vic Lewchenko for the excellent photographs of the festivities.


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next previous contents Greater St. Louis Science Fair

1st Place Honors 9-12, John O’Keefe, Grade 12, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, St. Louis, MO.


    First Place: John O’Keefe, “An Investigation of the Molecular Interactions between Cinchona Alkaloids and Chiral Alfa-hydroxyphosphonate Esters”, Grade 12, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, St. Louis, MO.

    Second Place: Diana Boone, “Heavy Metal Contamination of Creek Water in the Old Lead Belt and New Lead Belt Areas of Missouri”, Grade 11, Cor Jesu Academy, St. Louis, MO.

    Third Place: Emily Schueppert, “Development of GC/MS Methods of Analysis for Isothiocyanates in Brassica Rapa and Other Plants”, Grade 12, Cor Jesu Academy, St. Louis, MO.


    First Place: Marcus Thornton, “Galvanic Cell” Grade 11, Pattonville Senior High School, Maryland Heights, MO.

    Second Place: Darsh Bhakta, “Hydrogen Fuel Cell”, Grade 12, Pattonville Senior High School, Maryland Heights, MO.

    Third Place: Nicole Pallesen, “Determination If Time After Being Picked Influences the Vitamin C Content in Citrus Fruit, Calamondin”, Grade 11, St. Joseph's Academy, St. Louis, MO.


    First Place: Emily Dickson, “The Mystery of the ‘C’: Studying the Effect of Storage Time on Ascorbic Acid Content of Oranges”, Grade 8, Parkway C2 Middle School.

    Second Place: Conner Copanas, “Testing Effectiveness of Antiacids”, Grade 6, Gateway Science Academy Middle & High, St. Louis, MO.

    Third Place: Aditya Prabhu, “The Effects of Water Temperature on Surface Tension and Viscosity”, Grade 7, McKinley Classical Junior Academy , St. Louis, MO.


    A congratulatory letter + a purple participation ribbon were each given to 338 chemistry-related entrants this year.

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 and driving directions). 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 $25 ($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 8
Social hour: 5:30 pm
Business meeting: 6:30 pm (suspended for dinner when served)
Future meetings: September 11, October 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 Jim Edwards, jedward5@slu.edu.

May 2
Rob Morrison
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Candidate Analysis in the BioPharmaceutical Industry: Case study – Antibody Conjugates

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 5
Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Katherine Block, Senior Scientist at Novartis Clinical Trial Center of Excellence (Genoptix)
A Perspective on the Path to Industry

Washington University

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

May 1
Patrick van der Wel
University of Pittsburgh
Solid-State NMR Characterization of the Amyloid Core and Flanking Regions of Polyglutamine-Containing Aggregates

May 8
H-E Mahnke
University of Berlin

August 28
Greg Bowman
Washington University School of Medicine

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