The TarHelium
   Volume 38, Issue 4                                                                                                     March 2008

 Nicolle S. Tulve,

 Judi Price,
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 M. Pasquinelli,
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  J. Hines, Chair-Elect
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The TarHelium is a publication of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.
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What's in this Issue


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

412 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC.
Tel.: 821-2133.

4:30 pm NC ACS Executive Committee Meeting
Open to Section Members and their guests
6:00 pm Poster Session
(Please register in advance)
6:00 pm Cocktails
Hors d�oeuvres provided by NC ACS; cash bar.
A mystery networking game will spark conversations!
7:00 pm Fixed-Menu Dinner
Caesar or mixed green salad - grilled bay-raised salmon, herb-roasted half chicken, house-made fettuccini, or marinated flat iron - cr�me brulee or warm chocolate cake
7:30 pm Speaker:
Dr. Thomas A. Holme

�Chemistry, Society, and Science Fiction�

Fixed-Menu Dinner - Subsidized Advance Registration:
$20 per person; $10 per student; limited to the first 60 persons. Advance registration requires receipt by NC ACS of full payment by Friday March 14th.

Mail check together with registrant name(s) and an email address to: Joan Bursey, Treasurer NC ACS, 101 Longwood Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

All advance registrations will be confirmed by email on or before March 14th. Receipts will be available upon request at the event. Cancellations are subject to discretion of NC ACS. Guests can also directly pay Porters at the event for their own fixed-menu dinner costs ($30 + tax and gratuity). Students without an advance registration will receive a $15 fixed-price dinner subsidy, limited to the first 30 persons.

Directions and Parking. In Raleigh, turn off Hillsborough Street near Bruegger�s Bagels onto Logan Street. Turn left onto Chamberlain Street and then turn left into public parking lot behind Bruegger�s. Pay at the pay box in center of the lot. Free parking is also available along the surrounding streets.

For poster registration or questions, please contact either:

Jay Brown (919) 522-0312;


Melissa Pasquinelli (919) 515-9426;


North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society
ACS Polymer Discussion Group

Richard D. Gilbert Award Symposium for Students in Polymer Science

Thursday, March 27, 2008

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:  NC State University Club
                (4200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC)
                Thursday, March 27, 2008.


The 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 E. 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
1307 Legacy Green Avenue
Wake Forest, NC 27587


May 17-18, 2008
10 am to 5 pm

Jim Graham Building
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

This FREE-to-the-public event is designed to capture the attention of tens of thousands of health conscious consumers and offers dancing, aerobics, health tests and screenings, jazzercising, soccer, rock climbing, a community blood drive and much more! Tons of fun family activities combined with important health and medical information to help our community get healthy and fit. We expect to see more than 35,000 people from the Triangle area at this one-of-a-kind event!

The NC ACS Local Section will host a chemistry activity booth at the Expo. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Darrell Coleman at


Thursday, May 15, 2008
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
NCSU, Raleigh, NC (home page) (event page)

Dr. Eric Milgram
Metabolon, Inc.
Durham, NC
"Elution-Based Separations are Essential for Success in Metabolomics"
Dr. Jim Stephenson
RTI International
Title to be announced
Mr. Don Wright
Don Wright and Associates, LLC
Georgetown, TX
"Carthage Bottoms Area Odor Study: A Missouri Test Case for Odorant Prioritization as a Prelude to Instrument Based Downwind Odor Monitoring Protocol Development"
Dr. K. H. Lee
Natural products
Title to be announced
Two additional speakers will be added and announced on the website


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.


  • Lunch: Served on-site as part of the registration fee

  • Exhibitor Seminars: Seminar Rooms where Exhibitors will give presentations on state-of-the-art topics

  • Prize Drawing: Contributions by many of the Exhibitors � Grand Prize contributed by the TCDG

  • Refreshments: Available in the Exhibit Hall (AM and PM)

  • Continuing Education: GLP/GMP Certificates of Attendance)

  • Posters: Local student competition; local university and industry research; vendor developments

  • Exhibit-Only Registration: FREE !!

  • TCDG Election: Opportunity to vote for TCDG Officers.

Check the website frequently! Updated information posted daily. Hope to see you at the meeting!


Friday, April 25, 2008
EPA Campus
109 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

Map of EPA conference facilities -

What is the NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair?

The annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair, now in its 11th year, is one of the largest assemblies of biomedical organizations and young scientists in Research Triangle Park, NC. Targeting postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students, the Career Fair provides these young scientists an opportunity to explore a myriad of fields and create a contact network as they plan for their future careers in the biomedical sciences.

Highlights of the Career Fair

  • Keynote Address: Jane Chin, Ph.D.,
    President, MSL Institute
    Bliss-Success: Where Do You Find Yourself?

  • Career-Specific Panel Discussion Sessions:
    • Clinical Contract Research Organizations
    • Patent Law and Technology Transfer
    • Government Agencies
    • Non-Tenure Track Research Positions
    • MBA/Ph.D. Careers
    • Science Writing/Medical
    • Communications
    • Industry
    • Academia - Teaching and Tenure-Track

  • Networking Opportunities
    • Company Exhibits
    • Luncheon and Dessert Reception

If You Are Attending The Career Fair...

If you will be joining us for this year's NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair we ask that you please select which category of information best fits you.


Postdoctoral fellow and advanced graduate student interested in attending the 11th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair, find more information here.


Panelists selected to participate in the 11th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair, find more information here.


Companies interested in having an exhibitor�s booth at the 11th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair, find more information here.

Our sponsors are:

For additional information, send an email to:

For additional information, check out the website:


The first Earth Day in 1970 rallied over 20 million Americans from around the country and on college campuses to get involved in environmental "teach-ins." Conceptualized by Gaylord Nelson and organized by Denis Hayes, Earth Day events featured the largest grassroots mobilization in US history. Out of these events emerged what has come to be known as the environmental movement and the first environmental legislation - the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. For the 20th anniversary in 1990, Denis Hayes again led the effort and more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated worldwide. Due in large part to the efforts of hundreds of local organizers, Earth Day is now an anticipated annual event in April.

Earth Day Celebrations Around Our State

Durham Earth Day Festival 2008

Saturday April 19, 2008
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Durham Central Park
Theme: It's Easy Being Green

The Durham Earth Day Festival 2008 is presented by Keep Durham Beautiful and the City of Durham Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the City of Durham Stormwater Services and Solid Waste Departments, SEEDS, the Scrap Exchange, the Festival for the Eno, Durham Central Park, Inc. and The Community Green Guide.

Raleigh Earth Day Celebration 2008
Saturday April 19, 2008

Burt�s Bees and the State of North Carolina will be holding the Planet Earth Celebration on April 19 on Fayetteville Street. The all-day celebration will feature bands, activities, a green bazaar, artists and other Earth-friendly exhibits. The City of Raleigh will feature exhibits focusing on water conservation and the City of Raleigh�s Solid Waste Services composting, recycling, and mulching initiatives.

The participants in the Planet Earth Celebration have taken a pledge to make the day a zero-waste and zero-carbon footprint event, using only items that can be composted or recycled and leaving no trash behind.�

�Prepared by David Blount Public Affairs Specialist Public Affairs Department

Asheville Earth Day 2008
April 22, 2008
7:00 pm�12:00 midnight

A concert event presented by Asheville-based Earth Fare and sponsored by other environmentally-conscious businesses, will feature winning bands chosen by popular vote, as well as an Asheville�s own Designer Fashion Show featuring recycled materials, and an after-concert dance party.�

The concert, which will raise funds for earth-friendly projects, is scheduled for April 22 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Orange Peel. The event is being organized by Quality Forward, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate.

Other Websites to Visit:


Duke University -

UNC-Chapel Hill -


2008 Call for Undergraduate Scholarship Applications

Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students who will be actively conducting research in the chemical sciences. The exact scholarship amount will depend on the number of awards. Please note that only undergraduate students within the North Carolina Local Section of the American Chemical Society are eligible.

Scholarship money can be used to supplement the needs of the student�s work in the laboratory in the form of research reagents, copies, books, and computer software. The scholarship money may not be used for tuition, boarding or housing costs. Additionally, the scholarship winners and their advisors will be invited to dinner and networking with the NC ACS Local Section Executive Committee Members. The scholarship grant becomes available for work beginning as early as May 12th, 2008 and expires before the start of the fall semester 2009.

Application deadline: Friday, April 18th, 2008

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online scholarship application form found at the following url:

Previous scholarship winners are posted at:

Contact Bryce Chaney ( for any questions concerning the application instructions or requirements


ACS Division of Chemical Education
Southeastern Region of the American Chemical Society

2007 Recipient, Tom Boyd
The McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN

First Call for Nominations

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Southeastern Region.

Award: The Award Program consists of a $1000 check from the ACS Division of Chemical Education and a Salutes to Excellence plaque. These will be presented at the 2008 SERMACS Meeting in Nashville, TN which will be held during Nov. 12-15, 2008 (see The SERMACS Regional Board will provide travel reimbursement for the recipient.

Rules of Eligibility: Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or support form in any given year. Local Sections within the Southeast Region are especially encouraged to submit nominations for the award. The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) on at least a half-time basis.

The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:

  • The quality of the nominee�s teaching; unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized;
  • The nominee�s ability to challenge and inspire students;
  • Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences;
  • A willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement;
  • Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.

Submission of Nominations: Nominations are solicited from Local ACS Sections within the Southeast Region. Forms for the Nomination, Teachers Statement, and References are available through the following websites:

The Southeastern Regional Board will select the recipient. All nomination and supporting materials for the 2008 Award must be received by June 1, 2008.

We are restricting the number of reference letters to two, but we do allow coauthors on the two reference letters. Also, the nominator does not need to be a reference. For the 2008 Award, the SE Regional Board has also adopted a new policy to allow two nominations per local section. Teachers nominated for the Regional Award do not have to be Local Section Nominees. We will follow the model for National ACS Awards and keep a teacher�s nomination active for a period of three years.

Additional Information: Contact Greg Grant by email at, by telephone at 423-425-4143, or by mail at Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403.


We will be bidding to host the SERMACS meeting in 2012. We are looking for hard-working, energetic individuals who would like to participate on the organizing committee. If you are interested, please contact one of the Executive Committee members who can provide you with more information. Thank you!!


The Changing Face of Chemistry in the 21st Century

September 24-27, 2008

Riviera Hotel and Casino
2901 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109


Southern Nevada Local Section
Two Year College Chemistry Consortium

During the past 200 years chemists have been major contributors to the changes that have created today�s multifaceted world. How are chemists and chemistry adapting to a complex, ever-changing interdisciplinary future? Come to WRM 2008 and learn.


  • Advances in Chemometrics
  • Agriculture & Food Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Biosensors and Electrochemistry
  • Careers in Chemistry for the 21st Century
  • Chemical Education, K-20
  • Energy, Conventional
  • Energy, Renewable
  • Forensics, Chemical
  • Forensics, Nuclear, Homeland Security.
  • Green Chemistry and Engineering
  • Macromolecular Architectures
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Preparation and Analysis of Nanoparticles: Identification by SEM, TEM, STM, or Other Methods, Quantitation, Toxicity
  • Radionuclides, Speciation, Fate, Transport
  • Small Chemical Businesses
  • Strategies for Combating Cancer
  • Water Treatment Technologies: Personal Care Products, Endocrine Disruptors, Perchlorates, Public Health Issues, Water Resources



For further information please check:


J. Brown
(Brown Law Office), Chair-�08
J. Hines
(RTI), Chair-Elect-�09
M. Pasquinelli
(NSCU), Secretary �07
J. T. Bursey
Treasurer �07-�09
N. S. Tulve
(EPA), TH Editor �06-present
E. C. Bigham
(GSK), Dir. District IV
A. L. Crumbliss
(Duke), Councilor �07-�09
R. A. Palmer
(Duke), Councilor �07-�09
L. Sremaniak
(NCSU), Councilor, '08-'10
B. Chaney
(Cirrus) , Councilor, �08-�10
S. Paisner
(Lord), Councilor, �08-�10
N. Oberlies
(RTI), Alt. Councilor, '07-'09
K. Lyle
(Duke), Alt. Councilor, �07-�09
K. Tomer
(NIEHS), Alt. Councilor, �08-�10
K. E. Levine
(RTI), Alt. Councilor, �08-�10
A. Tonelli
(NCSU), Chair �07,
Alt. Coun.�08-�10
C. Goss
(GSK), Past Chair '06
S. Levine
(NCSU, Ret.), Past Chair '05
D. Coleman
(BPCTi), Past Chair �04
J. A. Myers
(NCCU), Past Chair �03
S.C.J. Sumner
(RTI), Past Chair, �02
C. M. Balik
(NCSU), Past Chair, �01
B. E. Sturgeon
(NIEHS), Past Chair, �00
G. H. Wahl, Jr.
(NCSU), Past Chair �99
M. M. Bursey
(UNC), Ex Officio
K. A. Cutler
(NCCU) , Project Seed Ex Officio
E. L. Eliel
(UNC), Ex Officio
K. Dawes
(NCSU), PDG, Ex Officio
S. Movassaghi
(Bayer), TCDG, Ex Officio
T. M. O�Connell
(GSK), TMRDG, Ex Officio
B. N. Chaney
(Cirrus), Scholarship Chair

Updated: March 16, 2008

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