|Volume 41, Issue 1 November 2010|
Marc ter Horst, Chair
J. T. Bursey,
J. T. Bursey,
The TarHelium is a publication of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.
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FAREWELL TO RETIRING TARHELIUM EDITORDear Friends and Colleagues,
For the past four years, I have served as the Editor for the TarHelium. It has been a great experience to work with such a diverse group of experts (e.g., faculty, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students) to bring chemistry news to the NC ACS Local Section membership. With chemistry such an interdisciplinary field, I hope the broad array of articles and information was useful and interesting. With the transition to an all-electronic newsletter, Judi Price and I tried to make the newsletter interactive, colorful, and interesting. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Judi Price as our Copy Editor and wish her much rest and relaxation in full retirement. As I hand the Editorship to Lyn Francisco, I know she will expand the depth and breadth of the TarHelium even more. I wish you all the best in your professional society endeavors.
Nicolle Tulve, Ph.D.
FAREWELL TO RETIRING TARHELIUM COPY EDITORIt is with a bit a sadness that I step down as TarHelium Copy Editor, a position I had maintained for more than 10 years. I have had the privilege to work with Nicolle Tulve for the past several years and before that with Keith Levine. Both were wonderful editors and a pleasure to work with. My thanks to you both!
Now it is time to move on and truly enjoy my retirement life. My husband, Norm, and I live on the Intracoastal Waterway outside of Beaufort, NC where we enjoy boating, fishing and golf. I also love playing handbells for the First United Methodist Church in Morehead City. As you can see, my life is full, and my husband and I are truly enjoying our retirement.
Best of luck to the TarHelium staff in the coming years.
INTRODUCING NEW TARHELIUM EDITORDear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I embark on this journey as your new Editor of the TarHelium. My thanks go to Charlie Goss and Marc ter Horst for suggesting this opportunity to me. I hope to continue the tradition that Editors before me have established to bring the most timely and relevant news to you in the chemistry community.
I must also mention that this Editorship is now a paid position. This will, hopefully, ensure that the newsletter design and content may be "cutting edge" and brought to you in as timely a manner as possible. Of course, I cannot do this without your help. Please remember that this is your newsletter, and it can only be as good as the information you bring to it. Please feel free to contact me at any time with story ideas or other items which you would like to see in future issues of the TarHelium.
Many thanks go to the Executive Committee for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to working with you and serving as your Editor.
Maria "Lyn" Francisco, Ph.D.
MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL SECTION OFFICE
ELECTION OF 2011 NC-ACS OFFICERSInstructions for casting your ballot are given below. Biographical information on the candidates is given above.
CASTING YOUR BALLOT—Please vote electronically by clicking here. If you cannot vote electronically, please place your PRINTED BALLOT into an envelope and place the plain, sealed envelope into an envelope. The outer envelope must be signed across the seal, and your name printed so that the Nominating Committee can verify your membership.
Please send your ballot to:
Printed/mailed ballots (see below) must be post-marked by November 27, 2010.
-- Contributed by Melissa Pasquinelli
Each year, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT center.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2011 awards and are due by Dec. 1. Recipients are honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics and Technology.
The SMT Center recognizes North Carolina businesses each year that have helped their communities and schools by contributing resources, volunteers, and opportunities in SMT education. Past recipients have included GlaxoSmithKline, SAS Institute, and Novozymes.
The SMT Center also recognizes innovative partnerships between organizations that have help shape STEM excellence in North Carolina. Recipients have included Granville Education Foundation Technology Committee, Shodor, N.C. Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN), and the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development.
Other awards include outstanding educators, outstanding administrators, student leadership, and the champion award for individuals who have shown exemplary support of STEM education outside of their occupation.
Recipients of the awards are honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Profiles of the individuals or organizations honored are featured on the SMT Center Web site.
Profiles of the individuals or organizations honored will be featured on the SMT Center website. For details on how to nominate a candidate, visit the award page.
-- Contributed by Melissa Pasquinelli
The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is a five-year award available to outstanding science and/or mathematics teachers in North Carolina public primary and secondary schools. The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science and/or mathematics content and who have outstanding performance records in educating children.
This five-year award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science and/or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. Special consideration will be given to teachers working in hard-to-staff, economically disadvantaged classrooms in North Carolina. The award also offers schools and school districts the opportunity to fully develop teachers as leaders in the field.
Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers provide $175,000 over a period of five years ($35,000 per year) to eligible teachers in the North Carolina public school system.
Application Deadline: January 18, 2011
-- Contributed by Ken Tomer
The 124th Meeting of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society was held September 28, 2010, at the Solutions Center in RTP, and was a huge success. Our projected attendance, based on 2009 numbers, was approximately 110 attendees and 80 poster presentations. Final advanced registration totaled 180 and 90 poster submissions. Needless to say, we are very excited about the tremendous increase in participation this year.
Highlights of the Meeting included:
POSTER AWARDS AT THE 124th NC SECTION MEETING
-- Contributed by Ken Tomer
We continued to recognize excellence in poster presentation at the Section Meeting. This year the posters were again divided into three judging categories: 1) High School/Project SEED; 2) Undergraduate; and 3) Graduate. The posters were judged by three judges selected from the NC-ACS Executive Committee and past Chairs of the Section. Judges did not judge posters in sessions in which they had a student presenting. The quality of all the posters was very high which made for difficult decisions. Typical comments from the judges included: "Very difficult to select the three top posters, let alone choose the top one. Almost all were spectacularly good. I was impressed with the professional bearing of the students, too—so unusual to see among science students who haven't received their bachelors' degrees yet." "... I had a difficult time selecting the winners of the undergraduate student poster because of the many excellent contributions from many Universities and Colleges." "I judged the SEED students' poster session. The quality of posters was quite impressive. I did not get to talk with the third judge, but both ... and I thought that the posters were of quite outstanding quality. The posters addressed all aspects of chemistry, and most of them were well presented. Most of the students appeared to be quite excited to about their summer research experience as well as to be at the ACS meeting to be presenting their work. Overall, it was very difficult to decide the winner." After much discussion, however, the judges agreed on three winners in each category. Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated! The winners were:
NC-ACS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
-- Contributed by Keith Levine
The North Carolina Section of the ACS (NC-ACS) is pleased to announce three recipients of 2010 NC ACS undergraduate scholarship awards: Alice Pilo, Manu Mysore, and Varun Puvanesarajah.
Alice Pil (UNC-CH) was awarded with the scholarship named in honor of Dr. Ernest Eliel, who 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. Alice’s research project explored high-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS). Her work involved modifying planar FAIMS device designs in order to improve ion transmission and resolution of the separation. Alice completed her work under the direction of research advisor Dr. Gary Glish.
Manu Mysore (Duke University) was awarded with the scholarship named in honor of Mr. Howie James, a former employee of the Waters Corporation who provided long-standing support and commitment to the Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group (TCDG). Manu studied the fundamental processes that result in iron uptake in bacterial species. His research efforts at Duke University were conducted under the direction of his advisor, Dr. Alvin Crumbliss.
Varun Puvanesarajah (UNC-CH) was awarded with a NC-ACS scholarship for his project studying different isoforms of palladin, a 90-92 kDa protein with a role in animal cell motility. Varun’s work at UNC-CH was completed under the direction of his research advisor, Dr. Carol Otey.
For each of the award recipients, funds ($3,500) were sent to the academic department where the research was conducted. Funds could be used to cover reagents, instrument components, labware, copies, books, software, or travel costs associated with presentation of award research, and the student’s salary. In addition, each student received $500 for presenting their research findings at the 124th NC-ACS Sectional Meeting. Once again, congratulations to each of this year’s winners! For additional information about the NC-ACS scholarship, please contact Keith Levine at email@example.com or look in future issues of this newsletter.
2010 NC-ACS DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER
-- Contributed by Ken Tomer
NC SECTION HELPS SET RECORD ATTENDANCE AT NC STATE FAIR
--Contributed by Jim Chao and Bill Switzer
The 2010 North Carolina State Fair set an all-time attendance record thanks to great end-of-season weather from Oct. 14-24. For the first time ever, paid attendance exceeded one million visitors! For 12 of the last 14 years, the NC Section has had a booth at the NC State Fair. The booth has moved among exhibits over these years, but again this year it was set up in the "big tent" that housed the Green NC Exhibit. The Section participated by putting on eight 30 minute live chemistry shows every single day. We had 82 different volunteers from 26 different companies and schools. Between 4 and 8 volunteers filled 31 shifts during the 10 1/2 days of the fair. The State Fair estimated that 106,545 people (very nearly 10% of the attendance) visited the exhibit. Most of those visitors stopped by the booth to chat with our volunteers, and many of them stayed an extended time to watch the demonstrations.
In addition to the booth demonstrations, we did 82 stage presentations. This number is significantly bigger than in past years because the exhibit organizers asked us to restrict our shows to 30 minutes per time slot, but they gave us twice as many time slots. We chose to give back-to-back presentations that were completely different, so that visitors could watch a full hour of demonstrations if they chose to do so. The organizers estimated that we presented to 3,191 visitors which was 59.7% of the people who saw stage shows at the exhibit. We averaged about 40 people per presentation but had nearly 100 at the largest presentation. As usual, some of the smaller groups were the most enthusiastic.
In the photo slideshow below, Darrell Coleman and Sol Levine were shown during one of their live shows, entertaining an oftentimes standing room only crowd of almost 100 fairgoers. Explosions and other chemistry demonstrations have caused many attendees to come back for daily shows year after year. The stage shows, along with our many volunteers, made for a good time by all. I (Jim) should know as my daughter, Jamie Chao at 10 years old, never fails to enjoy making yet another chromatography butterfly, and this year she attempted also to make silly putty! Thanks to the many Section volunteers and to Bill Switzer, Sol Levine, Ken Lyle and Darrell Coleman, our organizers, for making this a really big year!
The State Fair was by far the largest of 4 similar outreach activities done by the NC Section in 2010. In addition to the State Fair, we had booth exhibits for two weekend events, the WRAL Health and Fitness Exposition and La Fiesta del Pueblo, and one day-long event, the Youth Jamboree, that brought together a number of youth organizations. La Fiesta del Pueblo was the first event where a significant number of the audience were Spanish speaking. The visitors seemed to appreciate our effort, which made the event a big success. We want to thank the many volunteers who worked at all four events. We hope that you will volunteer again and encourage other friends to volunteer. Even if you are unable to volunteer, please attend these events to experience the enthusiasm volunteers bring to the shows and the interest visitors show in science. Also keep your eyes open for other venues where the Section can present.
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.
We are interested in re-invigorating the YCC. If you are interested in helping, please email an Executive Committee member. Thank you!
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
NC-ACS LOCAL SECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGSThe NC-ACS Local Section Executive Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Meeting dates are: December 1st, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6, May 4th, and June 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!
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.
NC-ACS POSITIONS AVAILABLE