|Volume 38, Issue 3 February 2008|
J. Brown, Chair
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SUMMARY OF NC ACS LOCAL SECTION ACTIVITIES FOR 2007Due to the efforts of our Executive Committee and many additional volunteers, 2007 was an interesting and productive year. Below are some of the highlights of this past year's activities:
As one who has seen all of these great activities in action, I recommend them to all NC ACS members, and hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to take part in one or more of them, to become active in our Local Section, and to suggest additional activities which will increase public awareness of and appreciation for Chemistry and us as Chemists.
2007 NC ACS Local Section Chair
REMARKS FROM THE 2008 NC ACS CHAIRWe have changed our Section's annual meeting format to include one meeting in the spring (March or April) and another meeting in the fall (September or October). The spring meeting will have a "popular science" theme. The fall meeting will focus on our annual Distinguished Speaker and Marcus Hobbs awardees. Each event will be a dinner + poster session + speaker meeting, with an emphasis on networking / socializing.
Our Spring 2008 meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18th at Porter's City Tavern, 2412 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Our March monthly Executive Committee meeting will begin at 4:30 pm, open to Section members and their guests. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and our speaker overlapping with dinner, starting at 7:30 pm. Dr. Thomas Holme will present "Chemistry, Society and Science Fiction." Advance registration will be available; please join us for an entertaining evening!
2007 was a strong year for our Section. THANK YOU to all the volunteers who organized and ran the many activities and programs, and to all the members who participated! Key activities are highlighted below.
Our Local Section Meeting was held on April 21st in the French Family Science Center at Duke University. The program included a keynote presentation by Dr. Alan Tonelli of NC State, 2007 Distinguished Speaker Awardee, on "Polymers from the Inside Out"; 45 oral and 25 poster presentations; and science demonstrations by Dr. Kenneth Lyle of Duke.
Project SEED, a partnership between the NC ACS and The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, provides a development program for disadvantaged chemistry students. In 2007, the program included 23 students, with sites at Duke, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill, including a residential program at Duke. For 2008, there will be 20 residential students and 30 non-residential students in the program.
Laura Sremaniak, Melissa Pasquinelli and Sara Paisner continued to develop our Women Chemists Committee (WCC) membership. WCC hosted its first event at Biaggi's restaurant in Cary, with 40 attendees. WCC also held a networking breakfast meeting during our Local Section Meeting on April 21st. WCC has established a list serve to facilitate communication among interested women.
NC ACS received 15 scholarship applications in the spring, and made two $2,000-scholarship awards to Zhouhui Joe He of NC State, and Jason Robert Brown of Duke.
NC ACS underwrote development, together with Amphora Pharmaceuticals, of a chemistry-related "hands-on" program at the Contemporary Science Center focused on electrophoresis. The program was kicked-off in April.
At the NC State Fair we again hosted a booth, where we performed daily stage shows focused on the states of matter. We also participated in celebrating National Chemistry Week with educational activities at the NC Museum of Natural History. We again supported the Chemistry Olympiad.
Our Discussion Groups continued to be active in 2007. The Polymer Discussion Group held three meetings, two of which included guest speakers. The Triangle Area Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group held five meetings with visiting speakers, with average attendance of 50 people. The Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group held its Chromatography Instrument Exhibit and Symposium in May, with 6 keynote speakers and 250 attendees.
NC ACS hosted several Tour Speaker events in 2007. A Science Cafe was held in January with 50 attendees. Events in February and October included speaker presentations on the "Chemistry of Brewing" and "The Greening of Environmental Chemistry".
Please volunteer your time and expertise to help continue our activities into 2008 and beyond. You can contact me ([email protected]), 2007 Chair Alan Tonelli ([email protected]), or Chair-Elect John Hines ([email protected]) for more information. Thanks again to everyone for their help in 2007. We look forward to seeing you at future NC ACS activities.
ELECTION INFORMATION-Contributed by Sol Levine
In the recently completed election, a total of 78 ballots were received; 4 of these were invalid since there was no means of ensuring they came from a member. (The ballot should have been in an unmarked envelope inside the one being mailed with a completed return address). Most of these ballots came after the email reminder and two included a note stating that perhaps more people would vote if:
There were choices among the candidates instead of having just the number of candidates necessary to fill the positions. Comment: The nominations chair and committee has the assignment of presenting a slate of candidates for each of the offices to be elected; this was done via personal, phone, and email contact. A call for nominations is also sent out at the same time; there were no responses to this call. There was also space for write-in candidates on each ballot; there were no write-in candidates. Hence, the ballot contained one nominee each for chair-elect and secretary as well as 3 each for councilor and alternate councilor.
More people would vote if this could be done electronically. Comment: National and division elections are now done electronically; the Local Section Activities Committee is presently working on local sections being allowed to use this means of voting. Our section is pushing them to get this in place by the time our next election comes around next November. If this does not seem like it will happen in time, we are looking at two other means of having an electronic election. Our by-law change to allow electronic balloting was approved in 2007.
With all of the above said, the election results are as follows:
It is also worth noting that our section size has increased to the point where we now have 6 councilors and alternates, an increase of 1 over the current year.
Look for the call for nominations in the fall of 2008 if you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee of the NC SECTION.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE STATE FAIR ACTIVITIES-Contributed by Bill Switzer
The 2007 North Carolina State Fair was held from October 12 - 22, which missed by one day including National Mole Day. Again this year, we participated in the Our Land, Our Legacy exhibit. We had 50 different volunteers who worked 4.5 hour shifts for the 10 days of the fair. Two of the volunteers were a 7th grader and his father from Sampson County who claim that they have never missed our exhibit at the State Fair. With credentials like that, how could we pass up the chance to make them honorary ACS volunteers for a day; they worked one of the shifts. The father says that the family has a hard time taking the State Fair t-shirt off of his son long enough to wash it.
Volunteers came from a number of companies, organizations, government laboratories, and academic institutions including: Accelrys, Alpha Chi Sigma (NCSU, UNC-CH, and RTP Professional Chapters), Bayer CropScience, Campbell University, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Dow Reichhold, Duke University, Enthalpy Analytical, Fisher Clinical Services Inc., Forbo Adhesives LLC, GlaxoSmithKline, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the State of North Carolina, Division of Air Quality, Talecris Biotherapeutics, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake County Public Schools (Broughton and Southeast High Schools, Raleigh). In addition, several self-employed and retired members participated. The Section appreciates not only our many volunteers, but also the companies, agencies, and institutions for which they work.
The exhibit attracted over 112,000 visitors which was a 14% increase from last year and was 13.5% of the visitors to the fair. The NC Section did 44 hour-long stage shows on the states of matter which accounted for over 56% of all of the stage shows. One of our corporate contributors provided a PowerPoint loop, "Science for a Better Life", that played continuously in the exhibit. Another, the Research Triangle Institute, provided a video, "Improving the Human Condition", which aired 3 times on the stage.
As part of the exhibit, we participated in a scavenger hunt. Visitors are required to answer a question that is asked at each booth. Our question this year was: "Which two of the ag chem companies operating in the State of North Carolina produce enzymes for converting plant mass into biofuels?"; the focus of the exhibit was the roll of agriculture in energy production. We have identified eight companies which both hire chemists in the general area of agricultural chemistry and operate in the State: Arysta LifeScience of North America, BASF Agricultural Products, Bayer CropScience, Etigra, Novartis Animal Health and Pet Wellness, NovoZymes, Nufarm Americas, and Syngenta. Both NovoZymes and Syngenta produce enzymes for biomass conversion. President Bush visited NovoZymes in February, 2007 where he made a major energy policy speech. We gave away 23,000 t-shirts as part of this activity.
The stage shows were highlighted by demonstrations of the properties of all four states of matter. One of our standard demonstrations is plasma light sources such as neon signs and fluorescent lights. This part of the demonstration fits particularly well with another exhibitor, Progress Energy, the local electric power company, who was giving away free compact fluorescent light bulbs. The stage shows focused mostly on applications and properties of liquid nitrogen, liquefied butane, dry ice, and liquefied carbon dioxide, which freezes by boiling. We demonstrated our model of the internal combustion engine, which used fuel alcohol. This demonstration discussed the conversion of chemical energy into mechanical energy and the roll that converting states of matter from a small volume of liquid fuel into a big volume of hot gases plays in making an engine work.
The booth exhibit again helped younger kids made coffee filter butterflies. The booth demonstrations included the Cartesian diver, soft drink cans that float and sink in water, iron metal in cereal, soap bubbles that float and inflate in carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide that flows and can be poured. They were again big hits, but one of the biggest hits was a new demonstration of a carbon dioxide bubble machine made from a 2 L soft drink bottle and plastic plumbing supplies that used dry ice and soap solution to generate large bubbles that kids could catch in their hands, bounce off of dry fabrics and watch as they shrink from the carbon dioxide diffusing from the bubbles.
The Section again looks forward to participating in the State Fair in 2008.
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DINNER, SOCIALIZING, AND SPEAKER
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
PORTER'S CITY TAVERN
2412 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC
4:30 pm NC ACS Executive Committee Meeting
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Speaker: Dr. Thomas A. Holme,
Check the Local Section Website for more information.
RICHARD D. GILBERT AWARD SYMPOSIUM FOR STUDENTS IN POLYMER SCIENCE-Contributed by Russell Gorga
The Polymer Discussion Group of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society announces its annual Richard D. Gilbert Award Symposium. The symposium will give students engaged in polymer research a forum in which to share their results, and to see other current work in the RTP area. Participants will compete for the Richard D. Gilbert Award in Polymer Science.
WHO: RTP area graduate students engaged in polymer research
WHAT: Student Research Symposium and Award Competition
WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2008.
WHERE: NC State University Club
Papers are due FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008*. WHY: Honor Professor Richard D. Gilbert, who was a leading teacher and researcher in polymer science in North Carolina
Gain valuable experience in presenting your research results
Improve your professional exposure and be recognized by area students, university faculty, and industrial scientists for your research efforts
PRIZES: Cash Prizes for First Place, Second Place, Third Place
* Papers must be submitted by FEBRUARY 29th at 5:00 PM to Prof. Wendy Krause (via email to [email protected]). Papers should consist of two 8-1/2" x 11" pages. The first page should consist of single-spaced text, while the second may contain any combination of single-spaced text, figures, tables, and references. Submissions should be in PDF format. Papers must include the name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address of the student and faculty advisor.
Papers will be judged on scientific content, merit, and presentation. Since the emphasis will be on the student's own work, the number of authors should be minimal. However, acknowledgements of colleagues and citations of other key research in the area are encouraged. The top three abstracts will be chosen for each student to present their work as a 15-minute lecture at the Symposium. Each will be honored with a certificate and a cash award. The remaining entrants will present their research in a poster session. A certificate and cash award of will be made for the most outstanding poster, based on the same criteria as above.
The Polymer Discussion Group thanks Lord Corporation for providing the awards.
NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK AT THE NC MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCESSaturday, October 20, 2007
-- Contributed by Meredith Storms, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Event Coordinator for the NC ACS Local Section's participation in National Chemistry Week
The NC ACS teamed with staff at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (http://www.naturalsciences.org/) to provide a day of educational activities in celebration of National Chemistry Week (NCW). Chemistry stage shows and hands-on experiments at this outreach event were related to the 2007 theme, "The Many Faces of Chemistry". In addition, posters of noteworthy chemists, as well as ideas for careers in chemistry, were on display for Museum visitors. Dr. Meredith Storms (University of North Carolina at Pembroke) once again served the Local Section as the NCW event coordinator. She and her team of volunteers received many positive comments from the 2,687 people who visited the Museum during the event. The event continues to be a great success and consistently attracts a large crowd for an exciting celebration of National Chemistry Week.
Al Tonelli (NCSU) demonstrates "Big Molecules: Polymers the Stuff of Life and Commerce"
Volunteers included folks from the ACS Student Affiliates in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and NCSU, NCSU Department of Food Science, NCSU chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity, NCSU College of Textiles, Fayetteville State University, Duke University PLU, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Environmental Protection Agency, Broughton High School, NCDENR - Division of Air Quality, Scotland Early College High School, and Meredith College.
Sarah Crider and Marina Dickens (Duke University) demonstrate "The Leakey Faucet"
CALL FOR NOMINATIONSThe Executive Committee invites all NC ACS members to nominate worthy individuals for the MARCUS E. HOBBS SERVICE AWARD and the NC ACS DISTINGUISHED LECTURER AWARD. Descriptions of these awards are listed below. Both awards will be presented at the 2008 NC ACS Local Section Dinner Meeting in the fall.
Nomination packages should be forwarded to Sol Levine at the contact information listed at the end of this article. The nomination deadline for both awards is MARCH 30, 2008.
The Distinguished Lecturer Award:
For the NC ACS Distinguished Lecturer award, established in 1982, the nomination package should include a nominating letter summarizing the nominee's research contributions, a CV, and up to two additional letters of support. Past award winners can be found at:
The Marcus E. Hobbs Service Award:
The Marcus E. Hobbs Service Award was established in 1988 to recognize members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society. The award was named for Marcus E. Hobbs, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, a model member who worked closely with the North Carolina Section since serving as Chair in 1945. Past award winners can be found at:
For the Marcus Hobbs award, the nomination package should include a nominating letter summarizing the contributions the nominee has made to the NC ACS Local Section and a CV or complete the forms at:
Completed applications should be sent no later than March 30, 2008 to:
Dr. Sol Levine
When: Thursday, January 31st, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Where: Room 2002 Duke North Building (Main Hospital)
Join Emily Buehler (http://www.twobluebooks.com/author.php) author of Bread Science: The Chemistry and Craft of Making Bread, and Frank Ferrell from Ninth Street Bakery, as they discuss the science of baking. We will have samples, sandwiches, pastries, and drinks at this fun and free event, and Emily will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC).
Please RSVP to [email protected] so we have plenty of baked treats for everyone.
Directions: Room 2002 Duke North Building is located on the second floor of the main hospital: Go up the main elevators and follow signs to 2002 (parking available in the garages on Erwin Road across from the hospital entrance or on Trent Drive next to the main Duke South entrance). (http://map.duke.edu/?bid=7547).
Sponsored by the Duke Chapter of Sigma Xi.
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
NCSU, Raleigh, NC
Twelve seminars will be offered by exhibiting vendors concurrent with the Symposium and Instrument Exhibit. Titles and times will be announced as they become available.
The Instrument Exhibit area will feature the largest concentration of vendors for chromatographic instruments and supplies in the Southeast region.
The Booth Layout and the Guide to Exhibitors will be posted on the web when it becomes available.
Information for Vendors to register as Exhibitors (booth reservation) is also available on the booth layout page on the web.
A student POSTER competition is presented in the Exhibit Hall. Poster submission information will be available on the web page soon. Check back often if you are considering submitting a poster for the meeting.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Check the website frequently! Updated information posted daily. Hope to see you at the meeting!
The Department of Chemistry of Duke University staged Chemistry under the Stars on October 2, 2007 on the lawn of the new French Family Science Center. This event was the third in a series of Evening of Chemistry chemical demonstration presentations, which are part of the chemistry department's outreach endeavors.
The goals of the outreach program are to promote chemistry and the people who do chemistry, to stimulate interest in young people to consider pursuing a career in chemistry or a closely related field, and to support instructors with their instructional programs by providing motivational demonstrations that they can discuss further with their students. Dr. Ken Lyle, lecture-demonstrator, oversees Duke's chemistry outreach program including the training of students to perform chemical demonstrations at a variety of venues and for different age groups.
Forty-two individuals were involved in the Chemistry under the Stars chemical demonstration show ranging in age from 5 to 58 and included graduate and undergraduate students, a post-doc, an instructor and her family, a lab manager, the department's secretary and her husband (a chemist), and the children of one of Duke's professors of biochemistry. The presenters performed 20 chemical demonstrations for an audience of about 150 invited teachers, students, and parents residing in the Triangle area. Professor Warren, head of the department, welcomed the audience. The Phi Lambda Upsilon graduate student academic honor society sold ice cream and soft drinks.
Listed below are the 20 demonstrations and the presenters who performed them.
The theme for next year's show has already been determined. The Fundamental Principles and Laws of Chemistry. Contact Ken Lyle for more information at: [email protected].
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
NC Biotechnology Center, RTP, NC
This workshop will provide both the novice and seasoned chromatographer with an introduction and overview of the theory, practical approaches, and use of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometer detection (LC-MS) in the analytical laboratory, including theory, practical operation and real-world examples. Emphasis will be placed on analytical-scale analysis of small molecules in environmental, industrial and pharmaceutical applications. In addition, biological applications and MS-directed isolation/purification will be discussed.
The course fee is $50 per person and pre-registration is required. Send registration and check by Friday, February 18th to the TCDG (John Hines or James Blake) as described on the Registration Flyer (soon to be available on the web site). Because of space, seating is limited to 75 persons.
About the Instructors
The course instructors are Laura Mulderig, a Quadrupole MS Specialist with Waters Corp. and John Van Antwerp, Business Manager, Quadrupole Products with Waters Corporation.
Laura Mulderig received her BA in biology from Johns Hopkins and her MS in analytical chemistry from Drexel University under the direction of Kevin Owens. Currently, she is a Representative for Waters Corporation's quadrupole LC/MS products in the Eastern United States, but has also served in sales and technical support roles for both HPLC and LC/MS products since joining the company eight years ago. Laura spent many years with DuPont's Agricultural Products department, prior to joining Waters, developing methods for trace level analysis using multi-dimensional HPLC and LC/MS(/MS) approaches.
John Van Antwerp received his BA in Chemistry from Rutgers University in 1975. He spent the next 13 years at Roche in the analytical development group developing HPLC assays for the animal health products group. He has been with Waters Corp. for the past 20 years, and for the last 15 years has been involved in LC/MS for Waters. He is currently the Business Manager Quadrupole Products for the Americas.
Workshop Schedule and Content Outline
May 17-18, 2008
16TH ANNUAL EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS CONFERENCEAre you interested in inspiring seventh grade girls to be scientists, mathematicians, and engineers? Presenters and guides are needed for the 16th Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference! The 2008 Expanding Your Horizons Career Conference will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm at North Carolina State University. The conference is a great opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of our North Carolina girls who come from across the state to be inspired by women in science, mathematics, and engineering. There's sure to be a place for you to help, and your contribution is greatly needed.
The 2007 Spring Scholarship Recipients were:
Jason Robert Brown, Duke University
Zhouhui Joe He, NC State University