Historically, although the role of professional-chemists has shifted little in the past thirty years, the duties of technicians has shifted significantly. In 1964, the ACS recognizing the shifting role of the chemical technician in the work place appointed an ac hoc Committee on Technicians Activities (CTA) chaired by William G. Young, Vice-Chancellor of UCLA. Two principle issues have dominated the attention of the ACS groups concerned with technicians: professionalism and education. An early action of the CTA was to encourage technicians to form TAGs affiliated with their local ACS sections.
Who or what then is a TAG? Two definitions are required, first what is a chemical technician and then what is a TAG. A chemical technician, as defined by the ACS, is a person who does not meet the qualifications stated in the definition of a chemist but whose training includes successful completion of a two-year post-high school level chemistry curriculum leading to an Associate Degree, or the equivalent work in a Baccalaureate program, or the equivalent knowledge gained by experience. The primary work of a chemical technician is conducting experimentation and/or correlating information to help solve problems and/or discover new chemical knowledge. A chemical technician's work is generally directed by a chemist, chemical engineer, or a person with equivalent training or experience. TAG is the acronym use by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Division of Chemical Technicians, Inc. (TECH) for Technician Affiliate Group. Therefore these are groups of chemical technicians affiliated with their local ACS section.
These groups of technicians while affiliated with and deriving some financial support from the local section are autonomous. They provide programs, continuing education activities, and networking opportunities unique to the working technician. At the same time they provide the local section with a valuable source of membership and a pool of people to support public activities.
By 1972, TAGs were planning programs, presenting continuing education activities, and publicizing the contributions of technicians to the local chemistry community. These TAGs were the driving force for the formation of the NCCTA (National Conference of Chemical Technician Affiliates) in 1972. This organization was the forerunner of TECH which was granted probationary status by the ACS in 1991 and attained full division status in 1994. TAGs are the building block of TECH and the major source of its membership and leadership.
In closing , the affiliation of the TAGs with the local ACS sections has many benefits for both groups among them are:
John Engelman is a Technician Specialist working at S C Johnson. He came here 2 years ago when S.C. Johnson purchased DowBrands from the Dow Chemical Company. He is the Chair-Elect for the Division of Chemical Technicians, Inc. of the American Chemical Society. John is interested in forming a TAG affiliated with the Milwaukee Section. Anyone who may be interested, or just knowing more about TAGs, may contact John at 262-260-6280 or email@example.com.
The National Chemistry Week Program at Discovery World Museum, Milwaukee was a rousing success. The weeklong effort from November 8-12, 1999, presented 33 shows were to more than 2200 students from over forty schools in the Milwaukee area representing grades from 3rd to 88.
Mike McKinney, the section NCW coordinator was assisted by Vaughn Ausman and Iwona Nowak of Marquette University. He was also assisted by Tom Durene and Steve Atwell from Discovery World who greatly gave assistance in our efforts through programming and fund raising.
Recognition is extended to ATO Findley, Inc., Brady Corporation and Aldrich Chemical Company for their generous donations to Discovery World.
As usual, this years program was dependent on the many volunteers who generously volunteered their time and expertise to make the program a success.
Photos courtesy of Mary Doyle
Please welcome our new members to the section. We hope they will find their affiliation both enjoyable and professionally rewarding.
Colin W Brown
Charles G. Carter
Dena Leners Kai Li
Peter Y. Mizuki|
Timothy B. Peiprzyca
Paul J. Rauch
Catherine M Rice
Benedict J. Tucker
We are indebted to Henry Peppler of Whitefish Bay for donating his complete collection of amalgamators, ranging from 1953 to present, many of which are bound. Henry Peppler was editor of the amalgamator from September, 1953 through May, 1956. With this donation, it will be possible for the section to maintain two collections of amalgamators. One will be at the UWM Chemistry Library with issues from 1945 to present. The other will be at the Marquette University Chemistry Library with issues from 1953 to present. We are all indebted to Henry for his generous donation.
It has come to the attention of the editor that the student affiliate members of the ACS do not receive the amalgamator. Since it will be hard to maintain a mailing list for each affiliate member who might desire the amalgamator, it would be feasible to send a couple of copies to each SAACS group. So those SAACS groups that wish to have two copies of the amalgamator sent to them, contact the editor (e-mail will be just fine) at the address on the back cover of this issue stating your desire to receive the amalgamator and the mailing address to where the copies are to be sent.
CHAIRPERSON-ELECT for 2001
Serves as Chairperson in 2002
Thomas L. McLinn
Thomas McLinn is a Senior Research Scientist at the Thomas Edison Technical Center of Cooper Power Systems, where he has worked in the Analytical Services Department at Franksville, Wisconsin since 1987. Tom analyzes pure metals, alloys and ceramics. In addition, he does weld, corrosion and failure analysis, and he is currently involved in the paints and coatings laboratory.
Tom received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1981. He received an M. S. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Calvin O. Huber.
Tom has been an active member of the Milwaukee Section of the ACS since 1981. Previous local section activities include tabulating election ballots in 1986 and 1987, working on the first National Chemistry Week committee in 1988, serving on the Milwaukee Section Award committee as a member from 1992 to 1994, and being the Membership chair since 1995.
Tom is also a member of the American Society for Materials International, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and an affiliate of IUPAC.
TREASURER for 2001
Beth Shepard joined Aldrich Chemical Company in 1986, where she is currently employed. After two years in the Technical Services Department, Beth transferred to the ESHRA (Environmental, Safety, Health & Regulatory Affairs) Department where she has worked on a variety of projects, including SARA Right-To-Know reporting and facility off-site plans for the Milwaukee County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Beth Shepard received a BSc degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
SECRETARY for 2001
Kevin W. Glaeske
Kevin W. Glaeske (b. 1966) is an assistant professor of chemistry at Wisconsin Lutherin College. He received two bachelors degrees from Beloit College (1988) in both Chemistry ansd Classics. Upon graduation, he studied synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Utah under F. G. West. He received his PhD in 1955 (The Synthesis of α-Amino Acid Derivatives and Study of Transfer of Chirality in the Stevens Rearrangement) and was called to teach chemistry at Wisconsin Lutheran College the same year. Additionally, he has had a brief postdoctoral stint at Marquette University in the laboratory of Dr. W. Donaldson.
Four area students were awarded the first travel grants in a new program initiated by the Milwaukee Section to aid students with monies to travel to national chemistry meetings when they are presenting a paper or poster. Dario Stacchiola (UWM), Fawn Uhl (Marquette), Bridget Gnadt (Carroll), and Kelly Chun (MCW) were the current recipients of the travel awards.
Dario Stacchiola of UWM won the best student poster prize at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco in March, 2000 for his poster entitled "Studying the Surface Chemistry of Catalytic Reactions at Realistic Pressures: Silver Catalyzed Epoxidation of Ethylene.". Dario is a graduate student under Professor Eddie Tysoe, and his poster may be found on the web at the UWM Chemistry Site http://alchemy.chem.uwm.edu/research/tysoe/posters/dario1/index.html.
High School Teacher of the Year
Menomonee Fall High School
Paul Kipping (right) with Tony Antony at the May meeting.
On March 18, 66 area high school chemistry students representing 23 high schools competed in the opening round of the Chemistry Olympiad exam. Top scorers on the exam include Simona Rosu and Bart Grinwald of Hartford and Jeremy Holland of J.I. Case at the introductory level, and Aaron Struck of Kettle Moraine and Andy Shawaluk of Arrowhead who placed first and second at the advanced level. These students will be recognized during the May sectional meeting.
Based on the results of this exam, nine students will compete during the second round. Joining Struck and Shawaluk will be Brian Farley and Alexander Keyel of Case, Scott Budzien of Cedarburg, Marit Gould of Oconomowoc, Chris Bermant of Arrowhead, Ryan Bruskiewicz of Marquette and Megan Grunert of Menomonie Falls. These students will be competing for an opportunity to attend the national training camp and positions on the US Chemical Olympiad Team. This year the International competition will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Recognized at the may meeting were (left to right) Aaron Struck of Kettle Moraine, Jeremy Holland of J.I. Case, Andy Shawaluk of Arrowhead, and Simona Rosu of Hartford. Presenting the awards was Tony Antony (left).
Dale Boger of the Scripps Research Institute and the 1999 recipient of the ACS-Aldrich Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Chemistry, gave a talk on the synthetic aspects of DNA research at the February meeting at UWM. He also spent several hours discussing his research with students at Marquette and UWM.
A biographical sketch of Dale Boger and an abstract of his talk at the February meeting may be found at http://alchemy.chem.uwm.edu/amalgamator/meetings/m2000/feb0meet.html.
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Congratulations to the following members of the Milwaukee section who are completing 50 years on membership in the American Chemical Society this year. They will be our special guests at the November 17th meeting at Alverno.
|2000||E. Alexander Hill||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
|1999||Jung-Ja P. Kim||Medical College of Wisconsin|
|1998||James Kincaid||Marquette University|
|1997||Jose J. Fripiat||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
|1995||Stan J. Flashinski||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
|1994||Clinton Lane||Aldrich Chemical Company|
|1993||Etzer Chicoye||Miller Brewing Company|
|1992||Charles A. Wilkie||Marquette University|
|1991||George Keulks||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
|1990||Daniel Bloch||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
|1989||James Cook||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
|1988||Dmitri Gorjestani||Cook Composites|
|1987||Vincent S. Bavisotto||Miller Brewing Company|
|1986||Robert Fitch||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
|1985||Richard Bayer||Carroll College|
|1984||W. Keith Hall||UW-Milwaukee|
|1983||Norman Hoffman||Marquette University|
|1982||John R. Rogers||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
|1981||Albert W. Jache||Marquette University|
|1980||Harris L. Friedman||Lakeside Laboratories|
|1979||Kazuo Nakamoto||Marquette University|
|1978||Glenn Svoboda||Cook Composites|
|1977||Frederick J. Kohls||Ladish Company|
|1776||Harley G. Loeffler||Chris Hansen Laboratories|
|1975||William K. Miller||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
|1974||Allan G. Boyes||Allis Chalmers; Freeman Chemical|
|1971||Alfred Bader||Aldrich Chemical Company|
|1970||Merle G. Farnham||Chris Hansen Laboratories|
|1969||Beatrice Kassell||Marquette Medical School|
|1968||John Jenkins||Pittsburgh Plate Glass|
|1967||Stephen E. Freeman||Freeman Chemical|
|1966||Henry J. Peppler||Universal Foods|
|1965||Enos H. McMullen||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
|1964||Hamilton Pinkalla||American Biosynthetics|
|1963||Armand J. Quick||Marquette Medical School|
|1962||Carroll E. Inhoff||Allis Chalmers|
|1961||August E. Orthmann||Orthmann Laboratories|
|1960||John H. Biel||Lakeside Laboratories|
|1959||Henry B. Merrill||Eisendrath Tanning|
|1958||J. Vernon Steinle||S.C. Johnson Wax Company|
According to a newly released survey of ACS members, "Lifetimes in Chemistry: A Report on the American Chemical Society's Mature Career Chemist Study of members Ages 50 Through 69", nearly three times as many women as men took a career hiatus of at least six months and for different reasons. The study said women most often reported the hiatus was for "family responsibilities", while men said they were "involuntarily terminated". Women also said it helped their career. To receive a free copy of the full report, please call ACS at 800-227-5558 or e-mail email@example.com.
John Fortman of Wright State University captivated an audience of nearly 100 individuals at the September meeting in Port Washington with his talk featuring excepts from popular movies that contained references to chemistry and science. The following picture was taken while John and his wife Margie mingled with members and guests during the social hour at the meeting.
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The 2nd Annual Parkside Regional Science Fair will be held March 16-18, 2001 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. This fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science Fair. The Parkside Regional Science Fair was organized last year to replace the Science Fair that had been held at Marquette University for many years. After Marquette University chose to no longer host a fair, we felt it was important to continue to provide a venue where students from eastern Wisconsin could compete and have an opportunity to advance to the Intel International Science Fair. The 1999 Fair was supported by generous donations by Abbott Laboratories, Aldrich Chemical Co., Isabel and Alfred Bader, S.C Johnson, Wisconsin Electric Power, the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance..
We would like to continue to build on the foundation we started last year but we need your help. This help is in three main areas:
We are also obliged to provide the winner of our fair and an accompanying adult a trip to the Intel International Science Fair in San Jose CA in May 2001. Get involved, and encourage your company and business to support this community-based activity. If you and your fellow employees are involved it is easier to ask your businesses to provide financial support. Or let me know who to contact and I will call them.
For more information about the Parkside Regional Science Fair please see our web site at: http://www.uwp.edu/academic/stec/scienceFair.htm
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December 29, 2000