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Features - Year 2002
2001 Milwaukee Section Award
Jai P. Nagarkatti Honored at the November Meeting
At the November meeting, Jai P. Nagarkatti, President of Sigma Aldrich Fine Chemicals, was awarded the 2001 Milwaukee Section Award. In attendance were many previous winners of this prestigious award. A complete listing of the award recipients may be found in the November 2000 issue of the Amalgamator or here.
2001 National Chemistry Week
The first week of November, 2001 was National Chemistry Week. The theme was Chemistry of Art. The Milwaukee Section had several activities for the week. These activities are posted on the Amalgamator web site and the reader is urged to look there for further information. These web pages were created by Alan Thompson.
Discovery World Demonstrations
Headed by Tom Holme of UWM, and staffed by volunteers from the chemistry departments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carroll College and Marquette University, a series of shows were performed at Discovery World in Milwaukee for area middle school students. (A description of these demonstrations may be found on the Amalgamator web site.)
Web Scavenger Hunt
Tom Holme had set up a competition for high school students. The competition was in the form of a scavenger hunt that was to be done on the Internet. They had to find answers to 25 questions about Chemistry and Art on the web and report the found web address. There were 75 teams of 2 students registered before the competition started. One third of the registrants had submitted "finds". Questions that were researched on the Internet included (1)Sterling silver is sometimes used in artistic jewelry. What is the composition of this alloy? What is it's melting point? (2) Johann Sebastian Bach used iron-gall ink when he wrote his music compositions. What chemical provided the iron of this ink? What plant provided the "gall"? (3) What is the chemical composition of the pigment that is called Egyptian Blue? The Internet sites and answers to these and the other questions may be found on the Amalgamator web site, along with the team standings and scores. The first, second and third place winners are shown here.
Our thanks go out to the graders of the Web Scavenger Hunt. They were Jackie Behnke of Aldrich Chemical, Edine Heinig of Cooper Power, Tom Holme of UWM, and Alan Thompson of UWM. Alan Thompson also created the Web Scavenger Hunt web pages.
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Seven ACS student affiliates chapters have been awarded grants to host the undergraduate programming at their 2002 regional meeting. Undergraduate programming at regional meetings provides many benefits for both students and other meeting attendees. Students have access to professional services and can participate in activities planned just for students. The regional meeting program for undergraduates also helps build a network between students and professionals in the chemical sciences. In addition, the host chapter gains experience and financial management skills by planning and carrying out the undergraduate program.
Undergraduate programming at regional meetings can include a variety of events such as student research poster sessions, oral presentations, career workshops, tours, and social events. The student affiliates chapters listed below will host the undergraduate programming at their 2002 ACS regional meeting.
For more information about undergraduate programming at regional meetings, contact Emily Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-227-5558, ext. 6188.
The American Chemical Society's Women Chemists Committee (WCC) will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2002. Only two other professional organizations – Iota Sigma Pi and the Red Cross – have had longer-standing subgroups dedicated to the advancement of women.
In commemoration of the WCC Diamond Jubilee, the committee will celebrate in high style at the ACS regional meetings and at both ACS national meetings next year. The theme for the 75th Jubilee is "Diversity in the 21st Century – Advancing Women in Science", and will be highlighted in Presidential Plenary Events and multiple symposia in Orlando and Boston. Check the WCC website:
The "Sloan Career Cornerstone Series" is now available to high schools, universities, career centers, associations, and corporations for $50 instead of the list price of $350. The series includes sets of nine career focused CD-ROMs or nine videotapes that were developed with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in a partnership between: American Chemical Society, American Geological Institute, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Physics, American Mathematical Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Mathematical Association of America, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.
The nine topics include career paths available to chemists, chemical engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers and computer scientists, geoscientists, materials science and engineering professionals, mathematicians, mechanical engineers, and physicists. Videotapes are each between 25 and 64 minutes in length, and CD-ROMs include extensive careers, salary, and careers profile databases plus Internet links. For more information, or to purchase at the discount level, visit www.careercornerstone.org.
CHAIRPERSON-ELECT for 2003
Serves as Chairperson in 2004
Kristene Kae Surerus
Kristene Kae Surerus received her Ph.D. in Physical Biochemistry in 1989 from the University of Minnesota. She then received a Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship from Los Alamos National Laboratory followed by a postdoctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently Kristene is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she has been employed since 1993. She teaches courses in biochemistry, physical chemistry and general chemistry and her research program is focused on the chemistry of iron, with an emphasis on how iron is utilized by biological organisms. She is a member of ACS and AAAS and is a past secretary of the Milwaukee section of ACS
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 1995 (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 2003-2005
Thomas A. Holme
Thomas Holme is an Associate Professor and Director of General Chemistry at UW-Milwaukee. He has served as Councilor for the Milwaukee Section for the past two years. As a Councilor he has been appointed to the Committee on Public Relations and Communications. He has served as Chair of the National Chemistry Week activities for the section for the past two years. He is a speaker for the ACS Speakers Service, traveling on six circuits in the past three years. This summer he will take over as the Director of the ACS Examinations Institute which will be moving to UWM. His scientific interests lie in computational chemistry of main group elements, particularly boron or silicon, and the role they play in physiological processes.
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR for 2003-2005
Diana L Bergmann
Diana has been an active member of the Milwaukee Section of ACS for the past 2 years. She is currently Chairman of the Membership Committee for the Milwaukee Section. Diana also serves on the Curriculum Advisory Board for the MATC Chemical Technology Department, and is a member of the local organization, Women In Science. She is Associate Technical Manager at Hydrite Chemical Company, where she has been employed since 1997. She has also worked at U.S. Oil Company in Kimberly, WI (1996-97) and Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, MO (1995-96). Diana graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1994 and completed graduate courses at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship and spent 3 months at the University of Utah.
Starting this summer, UW-Milwuakee will be host to the ACS Exam Institute. It is being moved from Clemson University where it has been housed for the last several years. The Exam Institute will be housed in the teaching wing of the Chemistry Building on the UWM campus. The institute will be under the direction of Thomas Holme, who is currently a councilor for the Milwaukee Section.
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Please congratuale the following members of the Milwaukee Section for reaching their 50th year as a member of the American Chemical Society this year.
Werner W. Brandt
Shao Lin Chem
|William A. Rowe|
Robert M. Uschan
Robert R. Walters
The Council of the ACS is considering by-law changes that will considerably change the way that Local Sections and technical Divisions receive their funding. The primary objective of this change is to increase the amount of funding in both categories. There is no proposed increase in dues to accommodate this change.
The Presidential Task Force that devised the recommendations upon which these changes are predicated has created a web site. It can be found at: http://web.umr.edu/~fblum/acs/bylaws.info.html. All members are welcome to investigate this change and contact your councilors with feedback. Councilors for the Milwaukee Section are Dimitri Gorjestani whose email is email@example.com and Thomas Holme whose email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Clich here for the complete councilor report.
The process for by-law changes involves two steps. At the National Meeting in Boston in August, the petition to change the by-laws will be considered by the Council and comments from the floor will be part of the consideration. Then, the petition will come before the Council for a vote at the Spring National ACS meeting in New Orleans. Input to councilors from the broader membership is encouraged in advance of either step in the process.
The fully computerized and Internet-accessible NECH, debuting at the Boston meeting, is a vast improvement over the previous method which required many employers to scramble to set up last-minute interviews onsite. Among the many improvements is that job seekers can post their resume online weeks before the meeting. This affords job seekers additional time to prepare for their interviews such as researching the prospective company.
For employers, the principal benefit of online interview scheduling is that they can immediately setup interviews after reviewing resumes. And they can use the private NECH email system to contact job seekers for more information.
For both job seekers and employers, NECH's "new way of doing business" will allow attendees to set up their calendars more effectively, thus leaving more time for their onsite interviews.
Visit the following web site for more information: http://chemistry.org/careers
The National Science Foundation Chemistry Division has instituted a program of Research Sites for Educators in Chemistry (RSEC) in recognition of the need to encourage research and experiential learning at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) in the US. The Site at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville offers US PUI faculty in chemistry, biology, and other related fields opportunities for NSF-supported fellowships aimed at enhancing both research and teaching in chemistry and related disciplines at Fellows' home institutions. Postdoctoral fellowships are available (at lower priority) for prospective PUI faculty who are US citizens or permanent residents
NSF/RSEC now offers Fellows flexible research visits of 2-15 months at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) and/or at a research-active institution, including Oak Ridge National Lab, UT-Chattanooga, University of the South (Sewanee), University of North Carolina-Asheville, Berea College, and Procter & Gamble. Research hosts at UT and the "partner" institution(s) will help each Fellow establish collaborations sustainable beyond the term of appointment though "catalyst" grants of up to $7000 upon completion of the Fellowship. Funding is also provided for sabbatical and/or summer salary, displacement and travel expenses, and supplies.
Teaching activities will be limited to no more than one course per semester (none in the summer), providing an opportunity to share teaching ideas while being actively engaged in state-of-the-art research. Support is now available for a qualified student from the Fellow's home institution for research with the Fellow during and/or after the Fellowship.
Details about the program, including an on-line application form, are available at http://www.chem.utk.edu/~rsec/, or by contacting the RSEC Program Director: Dr. Kelsey D. Cook, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1600, email@example.com 865-974-8019
Applications can be submitted at any time, but should be received by mid-January for Fall start dates and mid-July for Spring start dates.
The Examinations Institute of the Division of Chemical Education has moved its office and changed Directors. After operating from Clemson University for the past 10 years, this institute is now hosted by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
The new Director of the Institute is Professor Thomas Holme of the UW-Milwaukee Chemistry Department. He assumed his responsibilities on July 1. The former Director is Professor Dwaine Eubanks of Clemson University.
The Exams Institute traces its roots to 1930, soon after the Division of Chemical Education was established. Currently 45 different exams at the college and high school level are offered to the Chemistry Education community through the Institute. National norms for these exams are calculated and published so educators can reliably compare the performance of their students to these national norms. All exams sold by the Institute are considered "secure" exams.
Many of the 45 exams currently marketed by the Institute are for college level general chemistry. In addition to exams for the full year course, separate exams are available for the first or second term as well as exams that emphasize conceptual questions with less reliance on numerical manipulations.
All exams are produced by committees of volunteers. Committee members meet at national meetings to craft and revise multiple choice questions. These questions are pulled together into two trial exams. Volunteers from around the country give the trial exams to their students and report student answers for the questions. The committees then meet to select the final set of questions based on statistical analysis of performances on the trial versions. A typical general chemistry exam takes two years and 4-5 meetings of the committee to develop. Many volunteers describe their experience on the committee as a significant learning opportunity.
In addition to the examinations, test-item banks, drawn from former exams and trial exam questions that are not included in the final version can be purchased. A packet for assessment of small-scale laboratory experiments is also available.
Recently, student study guides have been produced and are popular items. The study guides can be purchased at a reduced price by Student Affiliates groups to be used in fund-raising activities for their clubs. Currently study guides have been produced for general chemistry and organic chemistry.
The new Director, Dr. Holme, is a Professor of Chemistry at UWM and is Director of General Chemistry there. He received his PhD from Rice University in 1987 and has been on the faculty at UWM for 8 years. The Associate Director of the Institute is Dr. Joseph Bariyanga. Dr. Bariyanga is a native of Rwanda and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry at UWM.
The Examinations Institute is overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Division of Chemical Education. The Trustees meet on Sunday morning at each national meeting of the Society and they set policies for the Institute. Institute operations are financed by the sales of the assessment materials it produces.
More information about the Institute can be found at its web site at http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/chemexams. The site includes information about materials available and their cost, the history of the institute, national norms of exams that are available and volunteer opportunities. Contact information is available at this home page as well.
The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) is in the final stages of revising the guidelines for the chemistry education option as part of the ACS approval process for undergraduate chemistry programs. In addition to revising the guidelines, CPT is considering the addition of a chemistry education minor. The Committee would like your comments on the proposed changes to the guidelines. For more details, please visit the CPT website at http://chemistry.org/education/cpt.
The highlights of the proposed revisions to the requirements for the chemistry education option would include the following:
The requirements for the minor would be:
The 23rd Annual ALMA (Analytical Laboratory Managers Association) Conference is scheduled in St. Louis on Thursday, October 17, 2002. Preceding the conference will be three workshops that may be of particular interest to ACS Members.
Both the conference agenda and the workshop descriptions can be viewed at our website at http://www.labmanagers.org.
Mendeleev, the great Russian, proposed in 1904 the inclusion of a new Group Zero in front of Group I in the periodic table to accommodate the elements helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon recently discovered by Sir William Ramsay and his pupils. But Mendellev adds a new (and later discredited) idea. Helium belongs to the second row of the table along with the elements from lithium to fluorine, and therefore hydrogen needs a companion "inert" gas with an atomic weight less than that of H. This proposed new element, let us call it y as Mendeleev did, should have an atomic weight of 0.4 or less. It may be identical with "coronium" "whose spectrum was first observed by Young and Harkness in the solar corona during the eclipse of 1869. Nasini, Anderlini, and Salvadori considered that they had found traces of coronium in their examination of the spectra of volcanic gases(1893)."
It is interesting to note that apparently simple questions, such as the atomic weight and placement of beryllium in the periodic table were still controversial in 1904. While Parsons finds an atomic weight of 9.113 (O = 16) placing Be firmly in Group 2 the Russian chemist Tanatar suggest that beryllium is quadrivalent with an atomic weight of 18.2 which is more in accord with its specific heat and the Law of Dulong and Petit.
Under General and Physical Chemistry Walker refers to an electrical theory of the structure of the atom as advanced by J.J.Thomson: "He assumes an atom to consist of a large number of negative electrons in a sphere of uniform positive electrification. The negative electrons are arranged in concentric shells….The results which he obtains for systems containing different numbers of corpuscles in their rings offer a very close analogy to the variation in the valency of atoms in the periodic system…The non-valent atoms, helium and its congeners, find a natural place in the system, and the breaking up of the atoms of radioactive elements, with great liberation of energy, find a satisfactory analogue in electrical atoms of many corpuscles (high atomic weight) arranged in the shells in groups." If you wish to follow up this fascinating subject, Thomson's article is in volume 7 of the Philosophical Magazine for 1904, starting on page 237.
Reported by Harold Goldwhite, California State University, Los Angeles