The TarHelium
   Volume 39, Issue 4                                                                                                           March 2009

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The TarHelium is a publication of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.
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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 2009 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 MAY 1, 2009.

Distinguished Lecturer Award:

The NC ACS Distinguished Lecturer award was 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:
The nomination package should include a nominating letter summarizing the contributions the nominee has made to the NC ACS Local Section and a CV.

Completed applications should be sent not later than MAY 1, 2009 to:


The North Carolina Section of the ACS (NC ACS) is pleased to announce its annual call for undergraduate scholarship applications. Up to three scholarships of $4,000 each may be awarded to undergraduate students who will actively be conducting research in the chemical sciences. The decisions to award one or more scholarships, and the amount(s) of these scholarships, are within the sole discretion of the Executive Committee of the NC ACS. Two of the scholarships will be named in honor of distinguished NC ACS members, Dr. Ernest Eliel and Mr. Howie James.

    Dr. Eliel was a W. R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and was a central figure in the field of stereochemistry. Some of his many awards, accomplishments, and recognitions, include being a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, and receiving the Lavoisier Medal of the Chemical Society of France. He served as President of the American Chemical Society, and received its highest recognition, the Priestley Medal, in 1995.

    Mr. Howie James was an Executive Technical Sales Representative with the Waters Corporation and a long standing member of the Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group (TCDG). He was very active in planning and executing TCDG workshops, seminars, and the annual Triangle Symposium and Instrument Exhibit.

Additional details and eligibility criteria for the undergraduate scholarships are presented below. If you have any questions concerning the application instructions or requirements, please contact Keith Levine ([email protected]).

How to Apply:

Award Details and Requirements:

  • Award recipients will be required to present their research findings at an NC ACS Conference, TCDG Conference, an ACS regional or national meeting, or a similar venue.
  • Award funds will be distributed in two payments. The first payment ($3,500) will be sent to the academic department where the student is conducting research. These funds can only be used by the student or the student's advisor to pay for reagents, instrument components or labware, copies, books, software, student travel costs for presentation of scholarship-funded research results, and the student's research salary.
  • The second payment ($500) will be presented directly to the student upon completion of a presentation of research findings at one of the above described venues.
  • As part of the scholarship, all award recipients will be presented with an ACS student affiliate membership.


Thursday, May 21, 2009
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
NCSU, Raleigh, NC

Things to look for:
  • 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).
  • Poster: Local student competition; local university and industry research; vendor developments.
  • Exhibit-Only Registration: FREE!!
  • TCDG Election: Opportunity to vote for TCDG Officers.


  • Dr. Russell Grant, LabCorp
    Title: The Roadmap and Realization of Ultra High Throughput Quantitative Bioanalysis.

  • Dr. M. Arthur Moseley, Duke University School of Medicine
    Topic: The use of UPLC coupled with accurate mass tandem mass spectrometers for 1) biomarker discovery and biomarker verification (predictive of treatment response in HCV clinical patients); 2) characterizing infectious disease progression in cell lines; 3) determination of phenotypes of drug treatment and acquired drug resistance in human breast cancer cell lines.

  • Dr. David C. Muddiman, North Carolina State University Keck Mass Spectrometry Facility
    Topic: About Ovarian Cancer Proteomics and Glycomics - Discovery and Validation Concerns.

  • Dr. Ira Lurie, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    Topic: Recent Advances in the Use of Liquid Phase Separation Techniques for the Analysis of Seized Drugs.

  • Dr. Nathaniel Hentz, North Carolina State University Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center
    Topic: HPLC and Mass Spectrometry Analytical Technologies as they apply to training a new biomanufacturing workforce for tomorrow.

  • Dr. Shoji Nakayama, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory
    Topic: An Introduction to per- and poly-fluorinated compounds including their environmental toxicity and the analytical challenges to proper method development and detection using LCMS-based techniques.


26th Triangle Chromatography Symposium and Instrument Exhibit
Thursday, May 21, 2009
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
NC State University, Raleigh, NC

The symposium program will cover many facets of chromatographic and related science. In addition to invited speakers, up to 25 student posters (4' � 8') will be presented. Posters are solicited for any aspects of chromatographic technique, application, and related areas.

Anyone wishing to present a poster should send an abstract of not more than 150 words to the poster session chair by e-mail (or mail) at the address below. Abstracts must be received by May 7, 2009 to ensure consideration.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters submitted by students. All accepted student posters will automatically be considered for prizes, but competition is limited to the first 16 entries if more are received due to judging-time constraints.

For more information on the Symposium, please visit

The registration fee will be waived for poster presenters.

Poster Session Chair:

Check the TCDG website for more information as it becomes available:


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

Richard D. Gilbert Award Symposium
for Students in Polymer Science

Thursday, April 9, 2009

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:   At the NC State University Club (4200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC) on Thursday, April 9, 2009. Papers are due THURSDAY March 19, 2009.*


  1. Honor Professor Richard D. Gilbert, who was a leading teacher and researcher in polymer science in North Carolina
  2. Gain valuable experience in presenting your research results
  3. Improve your professional exposure and be recognized by area students, university faculty, and industrial scientists for your research efforts

PRIZES:Monetary Prizes for:
    First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Top Poster

    *Papers must be submitted by March 19, 2009 at 5 pm to Prof. Wendy Krause ([email protected]). Papers should consist of no more than two 8-1/2" x 11" pages. The style of the papers should be similar to an ACS extended abstract. Formatting is left to the authors� discretion, but the font size must be 11 point or larger. Papers must include the name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address of the student and faculty advisor. Submissions should be in PDF format with a file name in the format of krause-w_09.pdf.

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 selected, and those three students will 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 will be made for the most outstanding poster, based on the same criteria as above.

Note: students wishing to present a poster and not be considered for the top three prizes may do so by submitting a brief abstract to Prof. Wendy Krause ([email protected]) by 5 pm on April 2, 2009. Please send questions to [email protected]

The Polymer Discussion Group thanks Lord Corporation for providing the awards.


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.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Planet Earth Celebration
Saturday, April 18
11 am - 6 pm

More than 70 stations will provide visitors with much needed information on sustainable innovations available right here in the Triangle that promote more socially and environmentally aware lifestyles.

New attractions this year include:

  • Burt's Bees "Happy Burt Day" Bonanza Tent sale in celebration of their 25th anniversary
  • Whole Foods' "Bag Out in Style" Fashion Show
  • "Patty's Green" live action eco-style musical show for young people
  • Trash parade
  • Paperhand Puppet's creative pageants

Returning this year:

  • Kids Zone, courtesy of the Scrap Exchange Activity by the Marbles' Kids Museum
  • Don "The Junkman" Knaack, playing a series of jams throughout the day on instruments made from 100% recycled materials
  • Live music throughout the day, featuring the Connells, Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies, The Huguenots and Razpa.

The Museum will also host the 9th annual North Carolina Sustainable Design Competition which challenges college students around our state to create a design that incorporates green building practices in a way that is affordable and practical for actual construction. Statewide winners will see their design built as part of the grand prize.

Visitors are encouraged to use an alternate means of transportation to travel to and from the celebration like taking the bus or riding a bicycle.

Prairie Ridge, the Museum's 38-acre field station for wildlife, sustainable living and experiential learning, will also host Earth Day activities. From 9 am to noon on on Saturday, April 18, visitors can learn more about invasive species and participate in the removal of them. For information contact Brian Hahn, [email protected], 919.733.7450 ext 674.

For more information on any of the Earth Day activities, feel free to log onto or contact Steve Popson, Assistant Marketing Director, at 919.733.7450, ext. 379 or [email protected].

Planet Earth Day Celebration 2009, brought to you by the Museum in partnership with Burt's Bees, with support from the City of Raleigh and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, will be a green festival, managed and operated in a way that will minimize its footprint, and will optimize use of goods and services that respect the Earth.

Durham Earth Day Celebrations

About the Durham Earth Day Festival 2009:

Date: Saturday April 25, 2009
Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran St.)
and on Historic Parrish Street
in Downtown Durham
Theme: Go Green

"Go Green" to this year�s celebration to enjoy great food and live music on the CCB Plaza. There will also be hands-on green activities and demos, the annual Earth Day Parade, and learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market. The Durham Earth Day Festival is presented by the City of Durham Parks and Recreation and Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc., in partnership with The Durham Skywriter, SEEDS, Eartheal, TROSA, the departments of Water Management and Solid Waste, the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and the Division of Stormwater Services.

Raleigh, North Carolina Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day Raleigh at the North Carolina Musuem of Art 2009

Celebrate Earth Day in the Museum Park with great music, guided park tours, children�s workshops, environmental educators, eco-friendly craft vendors and more. Concessions provided by Blue Ridge, the museum restaurant

Dates & Times: 04/18/09 - 11 am - 3 pm

For More Information:: Website

Ticket Info: Purchase Tickets Online
Admission to this event is free of charge.

Venue:North Carolina Museum of Art

    One of the premier visual arts museums in the Southeast, featuring a collection spanning 5,000 years, from classical to contemporary, plus a 164-acre Museum Park. Hosts special exhibitions, family activities, classic fi lm series, lectures and workshops, plus concerts and fi lms in the Museum Park amphitheater. A meal at Blue Ridge, The Museum Restaurant, and a stop in the Museum Store complete your visit. Free general admission (fee for some exhibitions and programs). Hours: closed Mondays; visit website for more. Museum temporarily closed for major expansion project Summer 2009 � April 2010, while Museum Park remains open.

2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
Info: (919) 839-6262

Capital Area Transit is offering a system-wide bus fare free day on April 19th. Visitors are also encouraged to bike to events, CAT buses are equipped with bike racks for riders who may want to bike to a bus stop and ride to the event.

Chapel Hill, NC Celebrations

Live Green: Every Day is Earth Action Day
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 12 PM � 5 PM
UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Earth Action Day, will bring Earth Day to UNC's Morehead Planetarium in downtown Chapel Hill. A free event for the whole family, Earth Action Day will provide a fun-filled afternoon of learning through demonstrations, and performances.

The Town of Chapel Hill in cooperation with Briar Chapel and Duke Energy, will present the 2009 Earth Action Day Celebration.

See also the article in "The Carrboro Citizen" by Susan Dickson:


Submission deadline: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Help the U.S. EPA spread the word about water quality and environmental stewardship.

We're looking for educational videos that inspire people to help protect our streams, lakes, wetlands, and coasts. Two winners will each receive $2,500 and their videos will be featured on EPA's Web site.

Complete contest rules and answers to frequently asked questions are available at: .

NBC 17 Health and Fitness Expo

May 30-31, 2009; 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.


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.


We will be hosting the SERMACS meeting in 2012. The organizing committee meets on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month. If you are interested in joining the organizing committee, please contact Charlie Goss at [email protected]. Thank you!!


Submission Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2009

Win $100 and FREE meeting registration

The 2012 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS 2012) will be hosted by the North Carolina Local Section and will be held in the Research Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). The SERMACS 2012 Planning Committee invites submissions of designs for the logo to be used in conjunction with this meeting. The logo will be used on the meeting website, stationary, promotional materials, etc.

The creator of the design selected for the meeting will receive a $100 gift card and a fully paid registration to SERMACS 2012. The competition is open to all ACS members residing in the Southeast Region and to all graduate and undergraduate chemistry majors attending schools in the Southeast Region.

Please submit logo design entries in electronic format to Ken Lyle ([email protected]) by Monday, June 1, 2009.


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2009 NIEHS Biomedical Career Fair

EPA Campus
Research Triangle Park, NC
Friday, May 1st, 2009




7:45-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast (Building C Rotunda)

Sign up for Networking Luncheon

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Room C111-ABC)

Allison Schorzman , Ph.D., Co-Chair, NIEHS Career Fair Committee

9:00-10:00Keynote Address (Room C111-ABC)

�Putting Your Science to WORK: Practical Career Strategies for Young Scientists�
Peter S. Fiske, MBA, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer of PAX Mixer, Inc. and PAX Water Technologies

10:20-11:30Visit Company Exhibits (Lakeside Hallway)
or attend Session I (concurrent sessions)

    A. Science Communications (Room C111-A)
    B. Tenure Track Research Investigator in Academia (Room C111-B)
    C. Science Policy, Administration, and Regulatory Affairs (Room C111-C)
    D. Workshop: CV/Resume writing for Jobs in Industry (Room C112)
11:30-1:50Networking Luncheon (Rooms C112, C113, C114)

    Session I � 11:50-12:35
    Session II � 1:00-1:45
Workshop: �Thinking on your Feet� by the Transactors (11:45-1:00; Room C111-AB)

Visit Company Exhibits (Lakeside Hallway)

Dessert Reception (Rotunda)

1:50-3:00Visit Company Exhibits (Lakeside Hallway)
or attend Session II (concurrent sessions)

    A. Science Outreach (Room C111-A)
    B. Industry-Small Biotech (Room C111-B)
    C. Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (Room C111-C)
    D. Workshop: �Thinking on your Feet� by the Transactors (1:45 -3:00, Room C112)
3:20-4:30 Visit Company Exhibits (Lakeside Hallway)
or attend Session III (concurrent sessions)

    A. Teaching Intensive Careers (Room C111-A)
    B. Industry-Big Pharma (Room C111-B)
    C. Science in Action (Room C111-C)
    D. Workshop: CV/Resume writing for Government Jobs (Room C112)



New York, Paris, 30 December 2008 - The 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 as International Year of Chemistry, placing UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at the helm of the event.

Ethiopia submitted the U.N. resolution calling for the Year, which will celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humanity. The Year will also draw attention to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014. National and international activities carried out during 2011 will emphasize the importance of chemistry in sustaining natural resources.

Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of the world and the cosmos. Moreover, molecular transformations are central to the production of food, medicines, fuel, and countless manufactured and extracted products. Through the Year, the world will celebrate the art and science of chemistry, and its essential contributions to knowledge, to environmental protection, and to economic development.

"The International Year of Chemistry" will give a global boost to chemical science in which our life and our future are grounded. We hope to increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry, increase young people's interest in science, and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry," declared the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Professor Jung-Il Jin.

"I welcome the opportunity to celebrate chemistry, one of the fundamental sciences," said the Director-General of UNESCO, Ko�chiro Matsuura. "Raising public awareness about chemistry is all the more important in view of the challenges of sustainable development. It is certain that chemistry will play a major role in developing alternative energy sources and in feeding the world's growing population," he added.

The year 2011, the 100th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize in chemistry to Mme Maria Sklodowska Curie, will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of women to science. The Year also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (IACS), which was succeeded by IUPAC a few years later. IACS and IUPAC were established to address the needs for international scientific communication and cooperation among chemists by standardizing nomenclature and terminology.

In 2007, the IUPAC Council unanimously endorsed the plan to obtain the proclamation of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. Less than a year later, UNESCO's Executive Board recommended the adoption of such a resolution which was submitted by Ethiopia and agreed to support all efforts leading the UN General Assembly to declare 2011 the International Year of Chemistry.

IUPAC was formed in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia. For nearly 90 years, the Union has succeeded in fostering worldwide communications in the chemical sciences and in uniting academic, industrial and public sector chemistry in a common language. IUPAC is recognized as the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, standardized methods for measurement, atomic weights and more. In recent years, IUPAC has been pro-active in establishing a wide range of conferences and projects designed to promote and stimulate modern developments in chemistry, and also to assist in aspects of education and public understanding of chemistry. More information about IUPAC and its activities is available at

UNESCO, founded in November 1945 as a specialized agency of the United Nations, contributes to the building of peace, the alleviation of poverty, to sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture, and communication. In fulfilling its mission, UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse - for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge - while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. Through these activities, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 193 Member States and six Associate Members. Its programmes in natural sciences focus on mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development in the areas of basic sciences, science education, ecological and earth sciences, water sciences and climate change. More information about UNESCO and its activities in the natural sciences is available at

Contacts: Jung-Il Jin, IUPAC President
Tel : +82 2 3290 3123
E-mail: [email protected]
c/o IUPAC Secretariat
Tel.: +1 919 485 8700
E-mail: [email protected]

Nicole Moreau, IUPAC Vice President
Tel : +33 1 49 77 94 02
E-mail: [email protected]

John Malin, Chair, IYC2011 Management Committee
Tel.: +1 703-524-5553
E-mail: [email protected]

Peter Mahaffy, Chair, IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education, IYC2011 Working Group
Tel.: +1 780-465-3500 x 8043
E-mail: [email protected]
Julia Hasler, UNESCO Focal point for IYC2011 Tel.: +33 1 45 68 38 97
E-mail: [email protected]
see also:

Volunteer Opportunity for the NC ACS Local Section

NC 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 Jay Brown, 2008 NC ACS Chair, to discuss this volunteer opportunity.


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.

Postal mail:

    Manager, Member & Subscriber Services, ACS
    P.O. Box 337
    Columbus, OH 43210


    (800) 333-9511
    (614) 447-3776



The NC ACS Local Section Executive Committee will hold meetings on the first Wednesday of every Month. April 1st, May 6th, and June 3rd at the Hamner Institute in the Research Triangle Park at 4:30 pm. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


    The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences
    6 Davis Drive
    P.O. Box 12137
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2137


    Coming from I-40 WEST:
      Exit 280 Davis Drive
      Right onto Davis Drive
      The Hamner is the second campus on the left. (There is a left turn lane here).

    Coming from I-40 EAST:

      Exit 280 Davis Drive
      Right onto Davis Drive Continue through one stoplight
      The Hamner is the second campus on the left. (There is a left turn lane here).


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Who: RTP Employees*
What: Household Electronics Recycling
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009; 7am - 6pm
Where: Nortel�s Gateway Facility in RTP
4001 E. Chapel Hill Nelson Hwy (Hwy 54)

    Directions: From I-40 E or W take the Davis Drive exit and turn left at the end of the ramp. Take a left onto Hwy 54. At the first traffic light, take a left into Nortel and follow signs to the event.
How: You must download and bring a completed event form found here:

* This free event is only available to employees of companies/organizations located within the boundaries of The Research Triangle Park. No equipment from businesses!

Charitable Donation Opportunities:

Our partner group, Kramden Institute, Inc., is specifically looking for working laptops (700MHz or faster with power supply), any size LCD flat panel monitors, and USB thumb/flash drives to refurbish and donate to less-advantaged students in North Carolina. Donors may receive tax donation receipts. For more information, visit

[email protected] is a committee of the RTP Owners & Tenants Association focusing on environmental issues facing RTP companies. Established in 2002, the committee is funded by the RTP Service District. Special thanks to Nortel for hosting the event.

  Acceptable Materials:
  • Computer systems/monitors/peripherals (limit 3 systems per RTP employee)
  • Televisions 27�or smaller (no consoles)
  • Mercury thermometers/thermostats
  • Stereo/audio equipment
  • Desktop copiers/faxes
  • Cell phones
  • VCRs or DVD players

Materials NOT accepted:

  • Speakers larger than 18� per side
  • Televisions larger than 27�
  • Smoke detectors
  • Appliances
  • Office equipment (e.g. large copiers)
  • Other non-residential equipment
  • All other household hazardous waste

William Frederick Little, 1929-2009

--Contributed by Maurice Bursey

Bill Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina, and received his B.S. in chemistry, biology, and mathematics from Lenoir Rhyne College (now Lenoir Rhyne University). He held a Masters degree in physical chemistry and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UNC. After a postdoc with Sir Christopher Ingold at University College London, he was an instructor at Reed College in Oregon for a year, and then returned to UNC as an instructor in 1956. The next year he was made assistant professor. He became associate professor in 1961 and professor and chair of the chemistry department in 1965. In 1973 he was named Vice Chancellor for Development and Public Service, and in 1977 University Distinguished Professor. His final administrative position was as a Vice President of the consolidated university.

In 1957 he was made associate director of the Research Triangle Committee and given the responsibility of developing an inventory of chemical resources in the Triangle universities. He spent the summers of 1957 and 1958, and such time as was available during the academic years, as the Research Triangle's traveling salesman, visiting corporate vice presidents and directors of the major chemical companies in the eastern half of the United States, and telling them about North Carolina's determination to become a major scientific research center. As a result, many company delegations visited the Triangle to study the possibility of laboratory expansion here. His recruitment of Chemstrand Corporation led to the Research Triangle Park's first tenancy.

He was responsible in part for the recruitment of the Research Triangle Institute's (now RTI International) first chemists in 1960. In 1967 he joined the executive committee of the Board of Governors of RTI and served as its chair for nine years. He also was a member of the executive committee of what was then the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology. His earliest research at UNC involved electrochemistry, aromatic fluorine chemistry, and ferrocene chemistry. After his first administrative stint, he returned to the chemistry department to study the organometallic chemistry of titanium, ruthenium, cobalt, nickel, and the platinum metals.

Bill's service to the North Carolina Section of the ACS was also noteworthy. He was chair of the section in 1963, and served as one of our councilors at national meetings for many years in the 1990s, resigning only when his administrative responsibilities in North Carolina overwhelmed his time. As a councilor, he served on the ACS Committee on Patents and Related Matters.

In 1970, Lenoir Rhyne gave Bill its Outstanding Alumnus Award; in 1980, UNC honored him with the Thomas Jefferson Award. RTI International named its medicinal chemistry building in his honor, and at UNC a plaque with his likeness designates a quad named for him within the new chemistry complex.

He leaves behind his wife and daughter. He was a genial man with a great sense of humor, soft spoken yet decisive, and a man who pushed to get things done. He will be remembered as much for his service to his University as for his tremendous contributions in making North Carolina the scientific powerhouse that it is today.


-- Contributed by Bill Switzer, NCSU

Because of instability in the job market, many chemists are particularly in need of networking opportunities--a service with which the NC Section can help, but only if we know of job opportunities and if we are able to contact our members. Please let us know about job opportunities and keep your contact information, especially your e-mail address, current with both the NC Section and National ACS. Even if you are not having problems with your position, please keep your eyes and ears open to help those who may be seeking employment.

Since the spring of 1994, the NC Section has operated the ncacs subscription listserve to announce jobs in the chemical sciences, as well as calls for volunteers for science-related events and announcements of special seminars at the universities or companies--events that are not officially sponsored by the ACS, but which might be of interest to chemists. If you have a job available in the chemical sciences, please consider posting it to the ncacs listserve. If you are subscribed, address the announcement to [email protected]. If you are not subscribed, either subscribe first or send the announcement to [email protected].

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J. Hines
(RTI), Chair 2009
541-6647[email protected]
M. ter Horst
(UNC-CH),Chair-Elect 2009
843-5802[email protected]
M. Pasquinelli
Secretary (2008-2009)
515-9426[email protected]
J. T. Bursey
Treasurer (2009-2010)
493-3025[email protected]
N. S. Tulve
TarHelium Editor (2006-present)
541-1077[email protected]
B. N. Chaney
Councilor (2008-2010)
206-7296[email protected]
J. L. Chao
(IBM, retired)
Councilor (2009-2011)
481-2060[email protected]
A. L. Crumbliss
(Duke University)
Councilor (2007-2009)
660-1540[email protected]
S. Paisner
(Lord Corporation)
Councilor (2008-2010)
[email protected]
L. Sremaniak
Councilor (2008-2010)
515-2937[email protected]
R. A. Palmer
Councilor (2007-2009)
660-1539[email protected]
R. Gorga
Alt. Councilor (2009-2011)
515-6553[email protected]
K. E. Levine
Alt. Councilor (2008-2010)
541-8886[email protected]
K. Lyle
(Duke University)
Alt. Councilor (2007-2009)
660-1621[email protected]
N. Oberlies
Alt. Councilor (2007-2009)
541-6958[email protected]
K. Tomer
Alt. Councilor (2008-2010)
541-1966[email protected]
J. Brown
(Law Offices of Jay Brown)
Past Chair 2008
522-0312[email protected]
A. Tonelli
Alt. Councilor (2008-2010), Past Chair 2007
515-6588[email protected]
C. Goss
Past Chair 2006
483-9755[email protected]
S. Levine
(NCSU, retired)
Past Chair 2005
453-2653[email protected]
M. Box
 [email protected]
M. M. Bursey
(UNC-CH, retired)
Ex Officio
493-3025[email protected]
K. A. Cutler
Project Seed Ex Officio
530-6172[email protected]
A. Davis
TCDG, Ex Officio
 [email protected]
S. Cooper
TCDG, Ex Officio
 [email protected]
T. M. O'Connell
TMRDG, Ex Officio
M. Fitzgerald
TAMS, Ex Officio
E. C. Bigham
Director, District IV

Updated: March 25, 2009

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