Again this year, we had another successful National Chemistry Week (November 5-11, 2000). This years theme was "Kitchen Chemistry", and during the week, a series of demonstrations were performed at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee. The presentations were put on by groups from UWM, Carroll College and MATC. A food drive was organized to benefit "Second Harvest". 558 pounds of food was collected by the SAACS groups.
Vince Purpero Alan Schwabacher
Jean Pierre Faye
Gina Granger and Robert
Gehrung (Carroll) demonstrate
the Tower of Foam.
Mary Froemming (Carroll) blows off some smoke.
Marcia Collins (UWM) burns water and a dollar bill.
Vince Purpero prepares some Oobleck.
Mark Flintrop, Amy Anschutz and Mary Froemming (Carroll) ligh the whoosher bottle.
Alex Hill received the 2000 Milwaukee Section Award at the November meeting at Alverno College. His talk, titled "Time and Chemistry", discussed his approaches to research. (Click here for Alex's abstract and biographical sketch.) The meeting was well attended and many past Milwaukee Section Award recipients were in attendance.
Alex (l) receives award from Jim Cook (r) with Jackie Behnke (c) looking on.
Alex Hill during his talk.
Alex gettting animated.
Alex's Family - (l-r) Daughter Adrea and husband Kurt Krezner, Barbara Hill and Alex.
On October 19, 2000, Dennis Curran of the University of Pittsburgh gave a fascinating talk entitled "Fluorous Synthesis techniques: From Separating Mixtures to Making Mixtures". The talk describes a technique where fluorous-tagged molecules can be separated from non-tagged molecules by solid phase extraction.(Click here for Dennis Curan's abstract and biographical sketch.)
MATC is looking for industry representatives to serve on the
The Committee advises MATC on industrry trends, recommends curriculum, and reviews program outcomes to better prepare students for entry-level positions.
Chemical Technician Advisory Committee
If interested, please contact:
The ACS College Chemistry Consultants Service (C3S) is a think tank of educators and professionals who are committed to promoting positive change in chemistry education with in the United States and its territories. The fundamental goal of C3S is to help colleges and universities provide their students with the highest quality education possible. C3S consultants offer expert advice and assistance in problem solving to chemistry departments and institutions of higher learning. In it's 34 year history, it has had many success stories. Through C3S visits, schools have realized many benefits including safer laboratories, preparation for ACS/CPT approval, revised curricula, and successful grant proposals.
For additional information please contact:
The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society has established an award designed to recognize a woman from a two year or four year institution for her efforts in overcoming hardship to achieve success in chemistry. The award consists of a plaque, $250 and up to $500 in travel expenses to the fall ACS national meeting. The recipient will be recognized at the WCC Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon, August 28, 2001, at that meeting.
Nominations must be received by May 1, 2001. Submissions should be sent to the Women Chemists Committee, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Nominees must submit a letter requesting the award, one letter of recommendation, and school transcripts. The request should contain nominee name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address as well as explain the hardships the student has overcome and her current successes.
At the University of Iowa is a web site that lists NSF-REU chem-related programs for undergraduates. Currently there are about 60 programs listed, which include information about location, broad research focus, stipend, expenses paid, dates, and application deadline. There are also links to the individual programs. In many cases, students can apply on line.
CHAIRPERSON-ELECT for 2002
Serves as Chairperson in 2003
Steven M. Levsen
Steven M. Levsen is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Mount Mary College (MMC), where he has served essentially as the head of the chemistry department since 1998. In this position, his primary emphasis has been upon the development of the undergraduate chemistry program and upon teaching. (Steven has taught 132 credits since receiving his degree in 1997.) In 1999, he received a grant for an undergraduate research initiative at MMC to further investigate experimental methodologies established in his doctoral research. In addition, he is an instructor for the College of Professional Studies at Marquette University where he teaches an accelerated course which integrates chemistry, biology and physics.
Steven received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1988. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Marquette University in 1997 under the direction of Dr. Sheldon E. Cramer. His research and resulting thesis entitled, "Intermolecular and Intramolecular Diastereoselective Transformation of Prochiral Organophosphorus Compounds" which in part was supported by the S.C. Johnson Wax and the Department of Education, focused on the transfer of chirality using asymmetric induction. He has received numerous fellowships, including the most recent as a Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Marquette University in 2000 with Dr. William Donaldson.
TREASURER for 2002
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 2002
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.
COUNCILOR for 2002-2004
Prior to his retirement in 1998, Dimitri Gorjestani was Director of Analytical Services and Quality Management for COOK COMPOSITES & POLYMERS (FREEMAN CHEMICAL), having been associated with the company since 1966. Before FREEMAN CHEMICAL, he was engaged in the R&D work at ALLIS-CHALMERS MFG. CO. (1963-1966), THIEM CORPORATION (1961-1963) and ALDRICH CHEMICAL (1960). Since his retirement, Dimitri has been consulting manufacturers of reinforced plastics and coating resins materials.
As a member of the ACS since 1960, Dimitri has held the offices of Program Chairman, Chairman and Past Chairman in the Milwaukee Section, and presently holds the office of Councilor. He was also the winner of the MILWAUKEE SECTION AWARD in 1988. At the national ACS level, he served the Chemical Abstract Services as a translator and abstractor of the Russian scientific journals and patents.
Dr. Gorjestani received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Oberlin College in Ohio and a Doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Tehran, Iran.
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR for 2002-2004
Bud is a past chairman of the Milwaukee Section of the ACS. He is currently serving as alternate councilor of the local section. He has also served as chair of exhibits at the 31st Great Lakes Regional Meeting held June 1-3, 1998. Before his retirement, he was Project manager for the MILSOLV Corporation, where he also served a Operations Manager and as General Manager of Zeol Corp. (a subsidiary). He graduated from the Univ. of Akron with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and completed graduate courses at the Univ. of Detroit. Bud has an extensive background in the chemical industry: He havs served as President of the National Association of Chemical Recyclers and on the Governor's task force for streamlining permitting in the State of Wisconsin. He was also Manager of the Adhesives & Sealants Laboratory for the Chemical Division of Chrysler Corp. and President of Aldo Products Co.
2001 Teacher of the Year
Mukwonago High School
Pam Tersine, the Milwaukee Section of the ACS Teacher of the Year enjoys teaching gweneral chemistry and advanced placement chemistry at Mukwonago High School. She has previously taught physical science and earth science. Before teaching she worked in the laboratories of PPG Industries coatings and resin dividion, and at Kelsey-Hays developing the anti-lock breaking system for mini vans. She is marrid and has two children. When not in school, she can be found around a body of water (fresh or salty) as her family enjoy most water sports.
The Teacher of the Year has their name engraved on a plaque along with the names of the other winners. The teacher receives the plaque for the year to be displayed in their school.The names currently on the plaque are listed below.
|2001||Pam Tersine||Mukwonago High School|
|2000||Paul Kipping||Menomonie Falls High School|
|1999||Cathleen Johnston||Muskego High School|
|1998||Nancy Smith||Waterford High School|
|1997||Margaret Watzke||Brookfield Central High School|
|1996||Nancy Jacobson||Burlington Catholic High School|
|1995||Erling Antony||Arrowhead High School|
|1993||Kal Larsen||Nathan Hale High School|
For the second consecutive year, the U.S.A. received the top gold medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). David Kurtz of Idaho Fall took the top gold medal at the 32nd IChO held July 2-11, 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Charles Duan, a graduate of Beverly hills High School, CA, was also awarded a gold medal. Bronz Medals were awarded to Luke McSpadden, a graduate of the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, Oklahoma City, and Albert Wang of Bellaire High School, TX.
The 2000 IChO students were mentored by Jesse Bernstein, Hawken School, Gates Mills, OH; Nadine Szczepanski, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL; and Jane Nagurney, Scranton Preparatory School, PA.
Each year, 20 high school chemistry students spend two weeks preparing for the IChO at a study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. They are chosen from a pool of nearly 10,000 high school students nationwide. They receive instructions from the Air Force Academy professors and from their mentors. At the conclusion, a four member team is named to participate in the IChO with teams from about 50 other countries. The 33rd IChO competition will be held in Mumbai (Bombay), India on July 6-15, 2001.
Sixty two introductory and advanced level students representing nineteen high schools in the Milwaukee area took part in the local level of competition leading to the 2001 National Chemistry Olympiad exam. The top nine scores from this exam proceed to the second level of competition which will be held on 20 April at Carroll College. In addition, the top two scorers from each level earn $50 savings bonds. The top scores were recorded by Mike Melbye (right top) of Racine Horlick and Frank Chemotti of Cedarburg. Others joining them for the second round of competition include Mike Gesinski and Ryan Bruskiewicz of Marquette High, Alexander Keyel and Jeremy Holland of Racine Case, Tim Eng and Lucas Eckels of Arrowhead and Sean Conrad of Kettle Moraine. The two top scores from first year chem students were recorded by Anna Carriveau of Arrowhead and Andrew Wagner (right bottom) of Racine Horlick.
The Milwaukee Section of the ACS has a program to award area students monies to help them attend a nation chemistry meeting when they are presenting a paper or poster. This program is in it's second year and four students were selected to receive $250 each.
This year's recipients are:
National Chemistry Week is fast approaching and we need both participants and volunteers for the many activities we will undertake. This year NCW is being held from November 4-10 and has the theme of "Celebrating Chemistry and Art". There are many ways to get involved, so consider one of the following...
Nominations are being solicited for the year 2001 Milwaukee Section Award The award was established in 1956 by the Milwaukee Section of the American Chemical Society to honor a Milwaukee Section member for outstanding contributions or service to the industry, the profession, or the Section in the Milwaukee area.
In 2000, the award recipient was Dr. E. Alexander Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chemistry Department.
Members of the Milwaukee Section, with the exception of those serving on the Milwaukee Section Award Committee, are eligible. A person who once was a member of the Section but by change of locale is no longer a member, is eligible provided the achievements for which that person is nominated shall have been accomplished during the nominee's membership in the Milwaukee Section.
Any member of the Milwaukee Section, except those serving on the Milwaukee Section Award Committee, may submit the name of an eligible person as a nominee. The nomination must also be in writing and must be submitted to the Section Secretary on or before September 1. The nomination must include a biographical sketch of the nominee, specific identification of the work or service which is the basis for the nomination, and an evaluation and appraisal of the nominee¡¯s accomplishments.
If you wish to submit a nomination, please contact:
In April 2001, ACS Department of Career Services published "Tips on Writing a Curriculum Vitae," a Professional & Workforce newsletter that provides guidance on how to develop this vital tool when seeking an academic position. While there is general agreement that an academic application should include these elements
-- a C.V., a strong cover letter, a research proposal and a teaching philosophy --
there is little consensus which one is most important. This article includes the advice of seven chemistry professors on how to write an effective C.V. For more information about the publication or other ACS Career Services products, please call 1-800-227-5558 or email: email@example.com.
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) now offers new ways to present results of searches in the STN online network, though the version 6.0 of its STN Express with Discover! personal computer software.
Version 6.0 has the capabilities for creating customized search reports that integrate text, images and chemical structures. Among the options introduced in the new version of STN Express are powerful tools for preparing reports and tables to present the information retrieved from STN databases:
ACS is proud to offer luxury biking and walking tours to top European destinations such as Provence, Tuscany, Ireland, the Italian Lakes, and the Czech Republic. Euro-Bike & Walking Tours, the premier active-travel company in the United States, conducts excursions featuring gourmet meals, fine accommodations, and the best routes in Europe! Guests of all abilities are welcome on these trips that last anywhere from 6 to 15 days. Personable guides handle all the details, including luggage. Trips are offered from April to October. ACS members receive a special discount.
For more information, please contact Euro-Bike & Walking Tours at 800/321-6060 or +1 815/758-8851, or visit their web site at http://www.eurobike.com. Be sure to identify yourself as an ACS member.
A Peer Mentoring workshop will be held this year on October 12 - 14 at the Doubletree Park Terrace Hotel, Washington, D.C. The workshop will start at noon on Friday (EST) and end at noon on Sunday. The ACS will cover all expenses for this workshop (including airfare, room, and board).
You should sign up to attend this workshop if you are interested in learning how to: (1) set-up a local peer-mentoring program; (2) retain new and younger ACS members; and (3) encourage the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the chemical sciences.
Attendees must have the consent of their local section chair to attend the workshop and be interested in establishing a local peer-mentoring program. Contact the ACS Department of Diversity Programs at 1.800.228.5558, press 16243# for information and to register now. You can also E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The ACS Committee on Chemical Safety has a new web site at http://chemistry.org/committees/ccs.
The section had to bring in substitute speakers for our September and October meetings due to the effects of world events on travel schedules. We thank Alfred Bader and Brice Bosnich for their interesting presentations.
Alfred Bader (right) was very kind at the last minute to come and speak to our group at Smith Brother's Fish Shanty in Port Washington on September 20, 2001. He talked about the early history of Aldrich Chemical. Those in attendance learned how the company came to be called Aldrich Chemical.
Professor Brice Bosnich of the University of Chigago (above center, talking with Chris Hewett, Mahmun Hosssain and Clint Lane) of the University of Chicago graciously agreed to our last minute invitation to speak at our October meeting at the UWM Union on October 18, 2001. His topic was the "Bimetallic Reactivity. One-Site Addition Two-Metal Oxidation Reactions".
Congratulations to the following members of the Milwaukee section who are completing 50 years of membership in the American Chemical Society this year. They will be our special guests at the November 16th meeting at Mount Mary College.
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November 5, 2001