|Volume 41, Issue 2 February 2011|
Ken Tomer, Chair
J. T. Bursey,
J. T. Bursey,
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As the Chair of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society for 2011, My term of office started on January 1, and this being the first issue of the TarHelium for this calendar year, I’d like to introduce myself to those who do not know me (and to say hello to those who do). I’m Kenneth Tomer. I was elected Chair-Elect in 2010 and automatically succeeded to the position of Chair for 2011. I can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]. I am succeeding Marc ter Horst who was Chair last year (and currently continues to serve as Past-Chair). The first thing I would like to do is to give thanks to Marc for the outstanding job he has done as Chair. I know that I will be calling on his experience many times in the coming year.
This year is the International Year of Chemistry with a theme of "Chemistry—Our Life, Our Future." The IYC 2011 objectives are: increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, increase interest of young people in chemistry, generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mme. Marie Curie Nobel Prize. The North Carolina Section is looking forward to participating in the celebration and activities throughout 2011.
Our first activity of the IYC2011 was a science café held on Tuesday, February 1, at the Top of the Hill restaurant's Back Bar in Chapel Hill. The topic was climate change and featured Dr. Frank Princiotta, Director of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division of the USEPA. This science café was part of a nationwide effort by ACS for local sections to hold cafés on this date. Please see more below.
During the year, the Local Section is looking to strengthen the ties between the Section and the local discussion groups that are affiliated with the Section. One way we plan on emphasizing the ties between the discussion groups and the Section is to co-sponsor a meeting with the discussion groups. The topics of the discussion group meetings should tie in in some way with the four quarterly themes of the IYC (environment, energy, materials and health). The first will be co-sponsorship of the Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group Workshop on the paperless laboratory, February 15. A second co-meeting has been planned for September 14th with the Triangle Area Mass Spectrometry discussion group. The speaker will by Dr. Andy Hoofnagle, U Wash, and the topic will be Clinical Protein Analysis.
ACS Publications is holding a two day meeting, ACS on Campus at UNC-CH, February 17-18. The meeting includes seminars, networking and training. Further information can be found at http://pubs.acs.org/page/4librarians/acsoc/unc.html.
Additional Section events (dates TBA) include a wine tasting and seminar on wine making and a seminar on chemistry and impressionist paintings. These activities will be posted on the section web page when more information becomes available.
The Section will continue to emphasize chemical education by continuing support for Project SEED, NC State Fair activities, Chemistry Day activities, Chemistry Olympiad, scholarship support of undergraduate chemistry students, Women Chemists Committee, Fiesta de la Pueblo, and the North Carolina Academy of Science’s Annual Meeting.
—Marc ter Horst
What a busy year! There were new activities hosted by the Women Chemists Committee. Students in Project SEED continue to impress us with the poster presentations at the sectional meeting, competing on the national level, and graduating Ph.D.s. Plans for SERMACS are taking shape as we look to fill the Raleigh Convention Center in November 2012. Participation in the NC State Fair was highlighted by the participation of many volunteers.
The Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group (TCDG) hosted their annual symposium and exhibit. The Polymer Discussion Group (PDG) held six meetings and sponsored the annual Richard D. Gilbert Award Symposium. The Triangle Area Mass Spectrometry (TAMS) Discussion Group held seven meetings and awarded four students a small travel stipend to attend a national mass spectrometry meeting (ASMS). The Triangle Magnetic Resonance (TriMR) discussion group partnered with the David H. Murdock Research Institute and Bruker Biospin for a day-long NMR symposium on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.
I enjoyed working with the talented group of chemists on the executive committee. Coordinating events that support the interests of the section’s 2500 members is no simple task. There is a constant challenge to arrange events that are most convenient and beneficial to chemists. They do a fantastic job as stewards of the local section.
There’s more to come in 2011, the International Year of Chemistry, including the formation of the North Carolina Government Action Committee. NC GAC is a non-partisan group of ACS members providing information and assistance to legislators. More information is on the way as the committee develops.
There is room for others to be involved... Are you interested in Earth Day, National Chemistry Week, or Chemistry Olympiad? What about education, teaching or mentoring students in research – in academia OR industry? We are looking for someone for publicity, fund-raising, and outreach. Rich opportunities with SERMACS are on the way. If you have just thought about or are a little curious, contact one of the Executive Committee members.
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
CHARLES A. GOSS—2010 MARCUS HOBBS AWARDEE
--Contributed by Ken Tomer
Charles A. Goss, Ph.D
Editor's Note: This article was inadvertently omitted from the November issue of the TarHelium.
Charlie Goss works in the Chemical Development Process Analytical Technology group at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Research Triangle Park, NC. His main job is to provide process analytical chemistry support to cross-functional drug development teams responsible for providing the active pharmaceutical ingredient used in pre-clinical and clinical studies. He also serves as a technical resource in several areas such as separation sciences, electrochemistry, microscopy, and new analytical technologies.
Since 1996, Charlie has served the North Carolina Section of the ACS in a variety of roles, including:
Other contributions to the ACS include reviewer for Langmuir and Analytical Chemistry (since 1992) and reviewer for ACS Analytical Chemistry Fellowship applications (2000-2006). He also coordinates the GlaxoSmithKline Seminar Series on Analytical Chemistry with the Chemistry Department at UNC-Chapel Hill (since 1997) and was Associate Editor for GSK Chemicus, a GSK chemistry journal (2001-2005).
He received a B.A. (1985) in chemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he worked with Prof. Hector Abruña to synthesize new transition metal complexes containing ligand-based redox centers and to characterize their spectral, electrochemical, and electrocatalytic properties. He obtained a Ph.D. (1990) in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley for work with Prof. Marcin Majda to quantify lateral charge transport in self-assembled surfactant bilayers using microfabricated interdigitated array electrodes with new electrochemical methods and computer simulations. As a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Royce Murray at UNC-Chapel Hill (1990-1992), he used a variety of electrochemical and microscopy tools (optical, AFM, STM, SEM-EDX, Auger) to image electrochemical deposition of ultrathin (5-10 nm) dielectric polymer films, create laterally heterogeneous polymer nanostructures, and characterize surface blistering and layer-by-layer dissolution of graphite during anodic oxidation.
Charlie began his pharmaceutical industry career in 1992 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Analytical Development Laboratories at Burroughs Wellcome Co., where he helped to construct a high-sensitivity laser-based optical rotation detector for HPLC and used it to determine enantiomeric purity, identify impurities, and to measure specific rotations for difficult samples. He also began learning to develop new analytical methods (HPLC, CE, GC, titrations, polarimetry, spectroscopy, ROI, etc.) to support drug development. The excitement and personal satisfaction he found in this area led him to join Burroughs Wellcome permanently in 1994, and he has continued to advance drug development in positions of increasing responsibility at Glaxo Wellcome and now GSK.
-- 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 four scholarships of $4,000 each may be awarded to undergraduate students who will actively be conducting research in the chemical sciences. The decision 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. Three of the scholarships will be named in honor of distinguished NC-ACS members Dr. Ernest Eliel, Mr. Howie James, and Dr. F. Ivy Carroll.
Dr. Ernest 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.
Dr. F. Ivy Carroll is a Distinguished Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at RTI International. His many scientific achievements include the development of a diagnostic agent for Parkinson's disease and of other compounds as potential treatments for cocaine and nicotine addictions and other central nervous system disorders. In recognition of his work, Dr. Carroll was inducted into the American Chemical Society Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame in 2007.
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:
TCDG AND NC-ACS CO-SPONSOR PAPERLESS CALIBRATION WORKSHOP
—Contributed by John W. Hines
The Triangle Chromatography Discussion Group and the NC-ACS are co-sponsors of a half-day workshop titled "Features and Benefits of a Paperless Calibration System." This workshop, targeting practicing chromatographers, will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 8:25 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The workshop lecturer will be Jim Bufano, Senior Consultant with PCI, LLC.
This half-day workshop is intended to provide practicing chromatographers with a working knowledge on setting up and maintaining paperless system calibrations. The workshop will tackle the pros and cons, and will also provide an in-depth look on ensuring that compliance requirements (GLP, cGMPs) are met for their laboratory systems. The instructor will then demonstrate how such a system can be used to better track out of tolerance data, provide better analytical records, and reduce costs. Lastly, the requirements for implementing the changeover with regard to hardware, SOPs, and training of laboratory personnel will be defined.
Pre-registration is required and may be done by clicking here. If you would prefer to print a paper registration form and mail it in, click here to download the form. Registration costs: $15 (Faculty/Industry); students are free, but are required to pre-register.
About the Instructor:
Jim Bufano has been providing clients with high valued, quality consulting services since 2008 and has extensive FDA Regulatory experience in the pharmaceutical-biotech manufacturing arenas since 1985. His specialized areas of expertise include Calibration Program Development and Planning, Regulatory Assessments and Auditing, Maintenance, Engineering, Validation, and Commissioning & Qualification. Mr. Bufano's accomplishments include assisting various pharmaceutical-biotech manufacturing clients in starting a calibration program consisting of proper procedures, calibration software implementation and validation, procedure writing, instrument assessment, calibration management, and technical training. In addition, Mr. Bufano shares his expertise by facilitating many Calibration Discussion Group (CDG) events, he serves as an ISPE Instructor, and is a Section Coordinator for the National Conference of Standards Laboratories International (NCSLI). Mr. Bufano is also familiar with Regulatory Asset Manager (RAM) from Blue Mountain Quality Resources, an industry leader in Validated Asset Management software.
ACS ON CAMPUS COMES TO UNC-CHAPEL HILL
—Contributed by Bill Switzer
ACS Publications comes to UNC Chapel Hill February 17-18, 2011 for ACS on Campus: UNC, which includes two days of seminars, networking, and training.
The Publications Division has asked us to inquire if local section members would be willing to participate in the Alternative Careers in Chemistry session taking place February 18 as speakers and for networking. They are specifically looking for a patent attorney/agent and someone working in the EPA.
The local section is invited to participate in all events. The agenda can be accessed here and RSVP is required. Click on the image to the left to register.
SAVE THE DATE
WOMEN CHEMISTS COMMITTEE'S CHEMICAL MOMENT IN TIME
-- Contributed by Laura Sremaniak
The Women Chemists Committee shared a "Chemical Moment in Time" with other women around the world on Tuesday, January 18. This event was the kickoff to the International Year of Chemistry. We met for a social, networking event at Cafe Carolina in Cary. Other events around the world can be found by clicking here.
Front row L to R: Julie and Meghan; back row L to R: Maria, Savanna, Kim, and Laura.
PRINCIOTTA LED DISCUSSION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
-- Contributed by Ken Tomer
In conjunction with the International Year of Chemistry and other ACS local sections, the North Carolina Section sponsored a science café that took place on February 1 at the Back Bar in the Top of the Hill Restaurant in Chapel Hill. This science café was part of a nationwide effort by ACS for local sections to hold cafés on this date as part of the kickoff for the IYC. The topic was climate change by Dr. Frank Princiotta, Director of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division of the US EPA. Over 30 people attended this very interesting talk on an extremely important current interest. There was a lively discussion after the talk. We would like to thank Frank for presenting the talk and to the Top of the Hill Events staff, especially Hallie Sessoms, for helping with the arrangements.
RECOGNIZING 50- AND 60-YEAR MEMBERS OF ACSThe North Carolina ACS section would like to recognize 50- and 60-year members of the ACS.
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 [email protected]. 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 GROUPSInformation 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: March 2nd, April 6th, 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.
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