|Volume 39, Issue 1 September 2008|
J. Brown, Chair
The TarHelium is a publication of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society. |
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NC ACS DINNER MEETINGSEPTEMBER 16, 2008
Mez Mexican Restaurant, RTP
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Open to non-members and members
Speaker: Dr. Ned Heindl
More information to be posted on the NC ACS Local Section website.
Fall 2008 NC ACS LOCAL SECTION MEETINGTuesday, October 28, 2008
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hamner Conference Center
The Fall meeting will feature posters (with hors d'oeuves), Awards (Marcus Hobbs Service, NC ACS Distinguished Speaker), and other topics of interest to NC ACS members and chemists in our local Section area.
The 2008 Marcus Hobbs Award will be presented to Dr. Joan T. Bursey. Dr. Bursey has served the NC ACS Section for more than 20 years, most of that time as its Treasurer.
The 2008 NC ACS Distinguished Speaker Award will be presented to
A Call for Posters will be emailed to the NC ACS membership, local Universities, and other interested parties in the near future. Student posters will be judged to compete for Cash Awards of $300, $200, and $100 (1st - 3rd place, respectively). In addition, all students submitting a poster receive a complementary registration to the Section Meeting.
2008 Marcus E. Hobbs Award Recipient NamedJoan Tesarek (Te-SAR'-rek) Bursey grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she received her bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from Creighton University in 1965. She earned her Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of California - Berkeley (once or twice she caught the exquisite pleasure of drifting tear gas there during that interesting period) in the field of mass spectrometry. She has one of the few Ph.D. diplomas around signed by a President of the United States -- Ronald Reagan was governor of California at the time she got her Ph.D. and diplomas were signed by the California governor, who later went on to become President of the US!! She came to UNC as Maurice Bursey's postdoc in mid-1969, and they were married at the end of 1970. Her name was changed in galley proofs of an article in JACS, which caused international replies (Fred McLafferty said, "I know you're supposed to find good permanent positions for your students, but this is farther than most of us would go".) and some years later occasioned a poster at a symposium on strange occurrences sponsored by the Division of the History of Chemistry entitled "A Wedding Announcement in JACS". We even saw students taking notes from the poster!
After the university's current anti-nepotism policy did not permit a renewal of her contract, she worked with David Rosenthal and Edo Pellizzari in the RTI mass spectrometry center. Later she took a position at Radian Corporation's laboratory on Airport Boulevard, becoming a well-respected expert in environmental testing and analysis. When Radian was purchased by Dow and the federal government saw a conflict in a Dow lab's continuing its contract work with EPA, the laboratory was purchased by Eastern Research Group, until then a company of meeting facilitators and economists in Massachusetts. She added to her national and international stature there until the Bush Administration's quiet strangling of the EPA budget caused ERG's contract not to be renewed and there was a reduction in their staff by more than half. Currently, she works in a program for seniors at the EPA facility in Research Triangle Park.
Joan has a long list of publications in mass spectrometry, and an even longer one in environmental analysis. She is much sought after as a speaker at EPA gatherings and has been a consultant to the government of the Philippines in her specialty.
2008 NC ACS Distinguished Speaker AwardMichael Crimmins was born in E. St. Louis, Illinois on January 3, 1954. He received his B.A. degree from Hendrix College (1976) and his Ph.D. from Duke (1980), where he worked on synthetic applications of intermolecular photochemical cycloadditions under the direction of Professor Steven W. Baldwin. He was a postdoctoral associate at the California Institute of Technology working with Professor David A. Evans from 1980-81. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor (1988) and Professor (1993). In 2001 he was named George and Alice Welsh Distinguished Term Professor and assumed the position of Mary Ann Smith Distinguished Professor in January 2003. He is currently Chair of the Department of Chemistry at UNC.
Professor Crimmins' research interests are in the development of new synthetic methods and their application to the total synthesis of biologically active compounds. A variety of new synthetic methods have been developed in his laboratories including stereoselective intramolecular photochemical cycloadditions, asymmetric aldol addition reactions of chlorotitanium enolates, tandem conjugate addition-cyclization reactions, radical fragmentation and rearrangement reactions, methods for spiroketal synthesis, and ring closing metathesis of medium rings. His research group has completed the total synthesis of more than thirty architecturally complex natural products.
Professor Crimmins' research has been recognized by a number of awards. Included in these is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1986. In 1994 he was awarded an American Cyanamid Faculty Fellowship, was recipient of an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society in 2001 and received the Charles H. Herty Medal from the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society in 2004. In addition, he received a university wide teaching award, the Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching in 1999. He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry and a member of the scientific advisory board of Chimerix, Inc.
Enantioselective Synthesis of Heterocyclic Natural Products
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!!!Volunteer to help out at the State Fair (October 16 - October 26). For more information and to sign up, please contact Bill Switzer at email@example.com.
For more information checkout the State Fair website at:
Mark your calendar now for SERMACS 2008 �Living and Working in a Material World� to be held at Music City Sheraton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on November 12-15, 2008. Check the website for complete details:
September 24-27, 2008
Riviera Hotel and Casino
Southern Nevada Local Section
Shake, Rattle and Roll:
Registration" On-line registration for the WRM and the Special Events is open
Special Events :
Call for Papers:
see also Education Program
Education poster session – Undergraduate chemistry research
Education poster session – Secondary teacher research and best practices
Chemistry in Context – Environmental and forensic chemistry
Teaching AP chemistry
Using technology in the chemistry classroom
Best practices and best activities in secondary chemistry
Best practices and best activities in tertiary chemistry
Another symposium, Challenges to Science in the 21st Century: Women as Leaders, has been organized by 2006 ACS President E. Ann Nalley and Dr. Jeanette Van Emon. In addition to Dr. Nalley, speakers include 2008 ACS Board Members Bonnie Carpenter, Janan Hays, and Marinda Wu. Dr. Keith Vitense, Councilor from the Wichita Falls Duncan Section will discuss mentoring. Dr. Kathleen O�Leary Havelka, Global Business Manager for Lubrizol will be the featured speaker at the Women Chemists Committee Luncheon on Thursday.
Complete details of the Meeting can be printed from the attached pdf file. Western Regional Meeting Information Flyer
ACS SHORT COURSE CIRCUIT - DURHAM, NCSeptember 29 - October 3, 2008
Registration has opened for the American Chemical Society Short Course Circuit to be held in Durham, NC, September 29 - October 3, 2008.
The following courses are being offered at this circuit:
For over 30 years, ACS Continuing Education has been a respected source for chemists who wish to advance or update their skills. We offer courses and webcasts on a variety of topics throughout the year, and in a number of locations. Please visit us online at www.acs.org/shortcourses to see everything we have to offer, or contact us at 1-800-227-5558 X4508 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK2008 Theme: "Having a Ball with Chemistry"
(October 19 - 25th, 2008)
National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.
Watch the NC Museum of Life and Sciences website (http://www.ncmls.org/visit/events) for more information on National Chemistry Week activities.
COMING SOON - LOCAL SECTION ELECTIONS!!Our Local Section elections will be coming up this Fall and there are presently four (4) positions to be filled: Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Alternate Councilor and Councilor.
The Nominating Committee will be proposing a slate for these positions; this is a call for nominations "from the floor."
Any active member may nominate themselves or any other active member for any of the positions noted. Please: if you nominate another person, ensure that he/she is willing to be nominated and, if elected, serve in the position noted.
The duties of each of these positions can be found on our Section website at:
NOTE: These positions are for multiple year terms and the Chair-Elect for 2009 will be the Chair in 2010.
To submit your nomination, email Sol Levine at email@example.com not later than October 1, 2008.
NC ACS Local Section Participation at the NBC17 Health and Fitness Fair and Polar Palooza EventsThe NBC 17 Health and Fitness Fair on May 17 and 18 drew large crowds and seemed to be well received. There were 11 volunteers over the two-day period, including: Darrell Coleman, Jim Ellenson, John Holland, David Houck, Ken Krebs, Sol Levine, Ken Lyle, Richard Palmer, Craig Stanton, Bill Switzer, and Alan Tonelli. David Houck was a first time volunteer. The demonstrations focused mostly on states of matter and density as a property of the states of matter. They were the same as those normally done at the state fair, which includes activities with liquid nitrogen and dry ice, as well as making coffee filter butterflies. Feedback from the volunteers noted that we did not have a very strong connection between our exhibit and the theme of health and fitness. The only activity that might be marginally connected is the Coke/Diet Coke sinking/floating experiment which shows the difference in the amount of sugar. Another that we could have done was to show that iron in cereal is metallic iron.
There were fewer people who attended the Polar Palooza event at the NC Museum of Natural Science, but those who did attend seemed very interested in the activities. A number of visitors spent a long time talking to volunteers. There were 9 volunteers, including: Michelle Arnold, Con McCormick, Richard Palmer, Karin Pihel, Ghada Rabah, Susan Roweton, Bill Switzer, Pete Vandeberg, and Jeff Whittaker. Of those, 3 were first time volunteers: Michelle, Ghada, and Susan. This event focused on the effects of global warming on polar regions, which gave us an opportunity to develop a whole new set of demonstrations focusing on unusual properties of ice. We had demonstrations showing that glaciers which either melt or break off into the polar oceans raise sea level, but that ice which is already in the ocean does not change sea level as it melts. We also showed that ice in the ocean melts at a lower temperature than ice on land, which says that if polar regions warm uniformly, oceans should melt before glaciers. In addition we showed that one consequence of global warming might be increased evaporation from warmer polar oceans that could drastically increase precipitation on polar continents and, therefore, possibly cause glaciers to rebuild. We did several demonstrations that did not support the stated hypothesis. We acknowledged that experiments always work, but experimental designs are not always correct. One of these demonstrations attempted to show that an atmosphere high in CO2 warms more than one low in CO2 by trapping more infrared radiation. Another attempted to show that water freezes, not solutions; hence ice that freezes from an ocean is water ice not salt water ice. Also it would be nice to show in a dramatic way that ice melts under pressure. The exhibit at Polar Palooza was especially successful.
In addition to the State Fair, Saturday, October 18 has been set aside at the NC Museum of Natural Science for celebrating National Chemistry Week. On this day we will again have numerous tables set up with activities for museum visitors. We will also do several stage shows during the day. The theme of National Chemistry Week this year is "Having a Ball with Chemistry". The theme is intended to relate to 2008 being an Olympic year. A web search on "2008 National Chemistry Week" should provide a link to activities and resources planned by the ACS. The NC Museum of Natural Science does a good job publicizing the National Chemistry Week activities so that we always draw large crowds. Because of the direct overlap with the NC State Fair, we will be strapped for volunteers, so please look for opportunities to volunteer that will be announced through the NC Section listservers and on the web page:
Anyone who has ideas for demonstrations that might relate to any of the themes 1) health and fitness, 2) global warming or 3) Green North Carolina, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL SECTION DISCUSSION GROUPS!!Information on the NC ACS Local Section Discussion Groups can be found at the following web link:
Discussion groups include:
Check them out and consider joining a discussion group.
PROJECT SEED PROGRAMThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Project SEED. The Project SEED program is a statewide, year-round science enrichment program. �The goals of the program are to financially support and encourage talented, disadvantaged North Carolina high school students to pursue terminal graduate and professional school degrees in chemistry, or chemistry-related science disciplines through a scientific research internship experience. �Students participating in Project SEED are placed in academic, industrial, and governmental laboratories for 8-10 weeks during the summer to conduct research under the mentorship of accomplished scientists.
Since 1968, the program has made it possible for more than 4,500 disadvantaged high school students to conduct research in chemistry laboratories.
Student applicants must have at least one of the following criteria for admission into the program:
Participating universities are: Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and NC State University. Last year more than 200 students applied to the program and only 40 were selected to participate in Project SEED.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant largely covers the costs of the program which run about $250,000 a year. In addition, each student receives a stipend to offset the loss of a summer job.
This August 17-21, in Philadelphia, a symposium will highlight the history of Project SEED, and former participants will offer their recollections of the program. Recent Project SEED students will present their posters during Sci-Mix. The Committee will also recognize long-time mentors and coordinators, who volunteer countless hours of their time and are crucial to the success of the program.
For more information regarding PROJECT SEED, contact Ken Cutler at:
SEMINAR SCHEDULES FOR THE LOCAL UNIVERSITIESDuke University Department of Chemistry Seminar Schedule:
For complete details and updates, check the online activity calendar at
Duke University Department of Biochemistry Seminar Schedule:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Chemistry Seminar Schedule:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Seminar Schedule:
North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry Seminar Schedule:
North Carolina State University Department of Biochemistry Seminar Schedule:
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!!
Chemistry Olympiad!!Three hundred and eighty students took the local Chemistry Olympiad exam for 2008, and 15 were selected from 8 schools to take the National exam, which includes the lab. Of the 15, one scored high honors and two scored honors. The high honors student was invited to participate in the study camp, but turned it down because he would have had to miss graduation and he was the valedictorian. For more information on the Chemistry Olympiad, contact:
NC ACS 2008 Undergraduate Scholarship AwardsThe Scholarship Committee of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society has selected the 2008 undergraduate scholarship recipients. The $1,500 awards will be used to help fund chemistry research through the purchase of laboratory reagents and materials. The award recipients were:
Sarah Beth McSpadden
Eric Emilio-Gerrit Butter
Congratulations to the award winners and to all of the students who submitted applications! For further information regarding future NC ACS undergraduate scholarship awards, please contact Keith Levine (email@example.com) for application instructions.
Myra Halpin, Ph.D., Wins Outstanding Educator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education from the SMT Center
--contact Lisa Rhoades
RTP, N.C. � The first annual SMT Awards were presented at the SMT Celebration on Saturday, April 19 in Cary, N.C. Sam Houston, President and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center), was on hand to announce the awards.
The Outstanding Educator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Myra Halpin, Ph.D. Halpin, a chemistry teacher at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, N.C., has received numerous teaching awards in the past, including the NC Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, Sigma Xi teaching awards and many others. She was selected as one of NASAs Teachers in Space.
She has partnered with Duke University to produce education modules that provide students with an opportunity to learn and apply concepts from chemistry and biology using topics from pharmacology. �Dr. Halpin�s commitment to improving not only her teaching, but the teaching practice of hundreds of other teachers is the reason we decided to give her this award� said Houston Other awards given at the ceremony included: The Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was shared with The Granville Education Foundation Technology Committee, and Shodor; The Champion of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Award was given to J. Donald Cline; The Business and Industry Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education was given to GlaxoSmithKline; and The Student Leadership Award of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Adam Meyer, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School.
For additional details and video, visit the SMT website at http://www.ncsmt.org/newsletter.php?action=Detail&id=324&categoryid=3
About the SMT Center
Founded in 2002, the SMT Center promotes and supports innovation in science, mathematics, and technology learning. Focusing on North Carolina�s elementary and secondary schools, the SMT Center works to provide all children in North Carolina with the necessary knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens and advance the economy of the state. For more information about the SMT Center, please see the website: www.ncsmt.org.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW NC ACS LOCAL SECTION MEMBERS!
Volunteer Opportunity for the NC ACS Local SectionNC ACS Local Section is Seeking a Highly Motivated Individual to Serve as the Marketing/Advertising Director.
The NC ACS Executive Committee (EC) seeks a marketing/advertising director to assist the EC in various activities. This is a volunteer position, as are all roles in the EC. Marketing efforts will be useful to the NC ACS in improving the visibility of the NC ACS in the local community and in increasing attendance at NC ACS events. Specific NC ACS activities for which the NC ACS seeks marketing expertise include, but are not limited to: boosting NC ACS membership; fostering an increase in student members; and encouraging attendance at the several events presented each year by the NC ACS. These events currently include a major meeting that features a Distinguished Lecture and Award; and one or more smaller meetings typically including dinner, cocktails and an entertaining speaker. Several times each year, the NC ACS electronically publishes a newsletter, "The TarHelium", to its membership. Advertising efforts, including sales of ad space in the TarHelium, will assist NC ACS in raising funds for its activities. The EC holds monthly meetings to address NC ACS business, which the marketing/advertising director will be encouraged to attend. Anyone having an interest in this position is invited to contact
to discuss this volunteer opportunity.
DOES ACS HAVE YOUR CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION?It is extremely important to keep ACS informed of your current contact information. If you have had a change in your address, phone number, or email address, please contact ACS to update your information. In addition to your old and new contact information, include your membership ID, which is the 8-digit number in the upper left hand corner of the C&E News address label when you correspond with ACS.