|Volume 40, Issue 4 March 2010|
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ACS Polymer Discussion Group
Richard D. Gilbert Award Symposium
for Students in Polymer Science
Thursday, May 13, 2010
*Papers must be submitted by April 16, 2010 at 5 pm to Prof. Wendy Krause (email@example.com). 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 (descriptive figures are encouraged). 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 "lastname_firstinitial-10.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 pm on April 30, 2010. Please send questions to email@example.com.
TWO NC SECTION OUTREACH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: YOUTH JAMBOREE AND WRAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS WEEKEND
On Saturday, April 24, the Local Section will participate in a Youth Jamboree in the Holshouser (Village of Yesteryear) Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. This event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., is a combined event involving youth from Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Other groups will probably be added before the date. This will be our first time participating in this event, so it will be a learning experience, but we will be doing booth presentations like those at the NC State Fair. Information about the event may be found at: http://www.ncyouthjamboree.org/.
On the weekend of Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, the Local Section will participate in the WRAL Health and Wellness Weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds. This is the same event at which the Local Section has exhibited for several years under different sponsorships. Information may be found at http://www.networkevents.tv/raleigh/.
We will need volunteers from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. Again we will do booth demonstrations, including making butterflies, similar to the demonstrations that we do at the State Fair.
If you can volunteer for all or part of either event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the event, times you would be available and if you would be willing to work multiple days.
WRAL HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPOpresented by Clear Channel Raleigh
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Jim Graham Building
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. Free Admission.
Event Brochure: http://www.networkevents.tv/events/raleigh2009.cfm
ACS Fellows Program - Call for NominationsThe ACS Fellows Program recognizes members for their contributions to the chemical sciences and outstanding service to ACS. The ACS Fellows Program opened nominations for 2010 Fellows on March 1. Nominations will close on Friday, May 7, 2010.
Program guidelines, including eligibility requirements, and instructions for submitting a nomination are available on the ACS website: http://www.acs.org/fellows.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: MARCUS E. HOBBS AND DISTINGUISHED LECTURER AWARDSThe Marcus E. Hobbs 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 becoming Chair in 1945. 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 2010 NC ACS Local Section Dinner Meeting in the fall.
Nomination packages should be forwarded to Dr. Al Tonelli at the contact information listed at the end of this article. The nomination deadline for both awards is MAY 1, 2010.
Distinguished Lecturer Award:
Completed applications should be sent not later than MAY 1, 2010 to:
-- Contributed by Keith Levine
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@example.com).
How to Apply:
40th ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY
Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.
Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.
The dates of some of our local area activities are listed below:
Chapel Hill - April 10, 2010Chapel Hill celebrates sustainable living at Earth Action Day. Enjoy an afternoon of interactive exhibits and demonstrations, live entertainment, and local food. Take action by deliberately shaping your attitudes and behaviors that preserve the environment.
Get involved and serve your community! Volunteer Application (PDF)
In addition, the Town is selling discounted rain barrels, sharing with composting demonstrations, and hosting tours of the Landscape Art installations of Southern Community Park.
Check this website for additional information.
Raleigh - April 17, 2010Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 9 am- 5 pm
Help NC GreenPower green-up the environment! Do you care about a cleaner environment? NC GreenPower is a nonprofit organization working across the state to help generate more energy from renewable sources, like the sun, wind and organic matter. As an NC GreenPower volunteer, you'll help us spread the word about our program by volunteering for us at an awareness table. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you are able. Teams of people are welcome, and training will be provided. It’s a fun-filled day dedicated to sustainable living.
Throughout the day, we’ll:
Durham - April 24, 2010April 24, 2010
12 noon - 5 p.m.
The 2010 Earth Day Festival is presented by Durham Parks and Recreation along with Keep Durham Beautiful and will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 12 noon - 5 p.m. in downtown Durham at the CCB Plaza and Historic Parrish Street.
Earth Day participants will enjoy great music, food, participate in “green” activities and learn about the many solutions to the environmental issues we are facing.
Other North Carolina Celebrations Websites:
13th ANNUAL NIEHS BIOMEDICAL CAREER FAIR
EPA Campus Main Building (Building C)
109 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Map of EPA conference facilities (http://www.epa.gov/rtp/campus_map.pdf)
Hope to see you there!
27th TRIANGLE CHROMATOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM AND INSTRUMENT EXHIBIT
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Things to Look for:
Registration is now available. Check the TCDG website for more information: http://www.rtpnet.org/tcdg/symp.html.
Check the TCDG website for more information as it becomes available: http://www.rtpnet.org/tcdg/symp.html.
FIVE NORTH CAROLINA TEACHERS RECEIVED A $175,000 CAREER BOOST
--Contributed by North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Center
February 25, 2010
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, announce the inaugural recipients of the Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers. The $175,000 award provides career support for outstanding North Carolina science and mathematics teachers.
The recipients include four high school teachers and one elementary school teacher from school districts across the state. They are:
The award provides $175,000 over five years to these N.C. public primary and secondary teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science or mathematics content, and have outstanding performance records in educating children. The North Carolina State Board of Education has provided salary support to ensure the teachers receive a 12-month contract.
“The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is providing an outstanding opportunity to support five excellent teachers and their collaboration with other educators in our state and nation,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I congratulate these five recipients, and we look forward to seeing the excellent work they will continue to do in our state to benefit mathematics and science education.”
In addition to salary support, the award provides $10,000 per year to be used at the discretion of the teacher for professional development activities, travel and registration to meetings or conferences, hiring substitutes, networking with colleagues, and capacity building opportunities at the school or school district. The teachers will have opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science or mathematics teachers.
The teachers will also have $10,000 per year to purchase needed equipment and supplies for that teacher’s classroom or laboratory, or be shared with the teacher’s school or school district.
The awardees were selected from a nominated pool of applicants and interviewed by the program’s advisory committee.
The National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, highly recommends strengthening the skills of K-12 science and mathematics teachers. The Washington-based Business-Higher Education Forum estimates that over the next decade, schools in America will need 200,000 or more new teachers in science and mathematics.
SERMACS 2012NC ACS will be hosting the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the ACS (SERMACS) in November 2012. The Planning Committee meets on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month in person at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP and online via WebEx (for those who want to attend remotely).
Volunteers are needed for the following positions:
If you are interested in joining the organizing committee, please contact Charlie Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!!
Current Planning Committee Members are listed in the table below.
2011 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CHEMISTRYThe IYC 2011 will be a year-long celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind in which anyone can participate. You can coordinate an activity, engage in a project, or simply share an idea. Join in now and become part of something special.
For more information, visit the IYC website at http://www.chemistry2011.org/.
POLYMER DISCUSSION GROUP SPRING 2010 SEMINAR SCHEDULE
Contact Dr. Russell Gorga for more information.
The Federation was founded in order to combine many small meetings, previously organized by individual societies, into an annual meeting that covers the whole of analytical chemistry.
For more information, www.FACSS.org
2YC3 190th CONFERENCE (Southern Region)
November 12-13, 2010
Wake Technical Community College
Northern Wake Campus
Join us as a presenter or participant in the 190th conference of the 2YC3. The conference will focus on green chemistry and what it means for educators in the two-year undergraduate chemistry curriculum. There will be concurrent symposia, panel discussions, and workshops available to choose from. Topics may include green chemistry in the lecture or the lab, the role of technology in greening our courses and other relevant educational topics.
Call for Papers
We are currently extending an invitation to all faculty interested in contributing to the program. We are looking for presentations, workshop leaders, or panel discussions on topics relevant to green chemistry and/or the field of chemical education.
Contact Program Chair:
More information and registration available at www.2yc3.org
We are interested in re-invigorating the YCC. If you are interested in helping, please email an Executive Committee member. Thank you!
NEW NC ACS WEBSITE
-- Contributed by Melinda Box
The new website will have all the old content plus some new features. These will include an interactive calendar that provides section members the opportunity to post their own events, a photo gallery that will illustrate the section's past and present activities, a forum where section members can post local job announcements, and, eventually, on-line forms to facilitate event registration and volunteer coordination. The new site is almost ready. There are just a few things left to add, among them the TarHelium with newly digitized back issues to make our archive complete! The new address is http://ncacs.sites.acs.org/. Currently both sites are live, but at the end of October we will make the switch to the new site. In the meantime, take a look at our future website and pass on your feedback to email@example.com.
NC ACS ON LINKEDINMembers of the American Chemical Society who live in the region covered by the North Carolina Section can utilize this group to network, participate in topical discussions, post jobs and events, etc.
Visit the local section on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=1969660 .
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.
SCIENCE CAFÉ WEB LINKS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - TARHELIUM EDITORThe NC ACS Local Section is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the next TarHelium editor. The current TarHelium editor will be retiring in the Spring, 2010 at the completion of Issue 4, Volume 40. Currently, four issues of the TarHelium are published each academic calendar.
Interested persons are asked to contact Nicolle Tulve at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919)541-1077 to discuss this very rewarding opportunity! Thank you.
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.
EPA Announces Environmental Justice Video Contest: Faces of the GrassrootsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring an environmental justice video contest that challenges amateur and professional filmmakers to create videos that capture the faces of the environmental justice movement.
The Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity, environmental justice stories, and connect with others working to raise awareness of the movement.
Faces of the Grassroots will help EPA expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice, said Charles Lee, director of the Office of Environmental Justice. Participants can make a difference for the historically underrepresented in their community by using motion pictures to show the struggles and triumphs they have endured to advance environmental justice. Videos can focus on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. Examples would be a music video about climate change, or a video recording a successful environmental justice project that has made a community a healthier and happier place to live.
Awards will be given to the winning submissions in each category. The videos will also be featured on EPA's website and may be used as public service announcements. Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, April 8, 2010. EPA will announce winners in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Below are the categories and prize money:
More information: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/events/video-contest.html.
NOTES ON EARLY SECTION HISTORYThe idea for the North Carolina Section goes back to the thoughts of Charles Baskerville, a new faculty member at Chapel Hill, who in 1896 saw the dozen or so local sections of the American Chemical Society across the northern states, recognized their usefulness, and persuaded his colleagues across the state that North Carolina was the place to set up the first local section in the South. On Saturday, February 22, 1896, a number of chemists, mostly but not entirely from academe, met in Raleigh to decide if a local section should be established.
They elected Francis P. Venable, from Chapel Hill, as their president. Early on, some local sections had presidents, but that title was changed to chairman, and then chair. The first change must have been made in order to distinguish between the heads of the local sections and the president of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Venable, the best known chemist in North Carolina at the time, served three yearly terms as president. He must have impressed people, because within two years of his tenure as North Carolina Section president, he was chosen as president of the University of North Carolina. He served fourteen years and said it was fourteen years of his life wasted.
Early meetings were infrequent - once or twice a year - and must have been much like our annual meetings today, where members speak about their research. There were about a half dozen presentations at that first meeting. Their titles and authors are preserved in the first volume of the North Carolina Section minutes, which is stored at the North Carolina State Archives in the government complex in Raleigh. The Archives also have the second volume. There was a third volume, but its location is unknown: it was last in the possession of a section secretary who has since passed away. More to come………
TRIANGLE SOFT MATTER WORKSHOP
The goal of this workshop is to spark interactions and collaborations between the research groups in the Triangle area. The workshop format is very informal. All participants are encouraged to give soundbites of their current work and posters with more details.
More information available at http://trianglesoftmatter.wordpress.com.
NC ACS LOCAL SECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGSThe NC ACS Local Section Executive Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Spring meeting dates are: April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st.
Meetings are held at the Hamner Institute in the Research Triangle Park at 4:30 pm. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Get to know your Executive Committee! Get involved! Volunteer!