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Current Issue of The Crucible – August 2017

August 2017


Looking for a CV or Resume Booster?  Consider Volunteering for the Pittsburgh Local Section!

The Pittsburgh Local Section is looking to fill the following positions on our 2018 Executive Committee:

  • Secretary (1 Year Term 2018)
  • Secretary-Elect (2-Year Term, 2018-2019)
  • 3 Directors (3-year term)
  • 1 Councilor (3-year term)

Want to learn more about the duties of the positions?  They can be found in our online Operations Manual!  Fear not in an unknown position – you have a team of committed volunteers ready to help you succeed!

If you are interested in being on the ballot or learning more about the positions, please reach out to 2017 Nominating Committee Chair, Dr. Evonne Baldauff at ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu.





National Chemistry Week is Coming!!!

Join the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society as we celebrate National Chemistry Week/ChemFest 2017 with the theme “Chemistry Rocks!

Where: Carnegie Science Center
When: Friday, October 27th (9 AM to 3 PM)
Saturday, October 28th (10 AM to 4 PM)

What’s Happening: Over 20 tables of hands-on experiments, activities, demonstrations, and theater shows.

The Pittsburgh Section ACS could use your help to make this year’s NCW celebration a success. Are you interested in volunteering to help with the event? Do you have an organization that would like to sponsor a hands-on activity at the event?

If you, or your organization, are interested in participating in this year’s NCW event, please contact:

Michael Mautino
Phone: 412-413-4792
E-mail: michael.mautino@covestro.com

For more information about the NCW celebration in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Section’s website at http://www.pittsburghacs.org/outreach/national-chemistry-week/or look us up Facebook at Pittsburgh ACS NCW. You can also find additional information about NCW on the ACS’s website at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html

The Pittsburgh Section’s 2017 NCW activities are sponsored in part by The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, PPG Science Education Council, PPG Industries Foundation, Covestro LLC, and the Carnegie Science Center.

Congratulations to 2016 Pittsburgh Award Winner Dr. Neil Donahue – Now Wins The Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest 

This award is one of the most prestigious honors provided by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. The award annually recognizes a chemist whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the public well-being, and has thereby communicated positive values of the chemical profession.  Congratulations, Neil!

50, 60, and 70 Year Member Celebration Luncheon

On Monday June 26, the Pittsburgh Local Section celebrated our 50, 60, and 70 year members with a luncheon at Mitchell’s Fish Market at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon.

From left to right: 2017 Chair David Waldeck, 50-year member Richard Henderson, 2016 Chair Evonne Baldauf




Congratulations to Todd M. Przybycien –  2017 ACS Fellow

Dr. Todd Przybycien from Carnegie Mellon University was one of only 65 ACS Fellows named in 2017.  This honor is bestowed upon members for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education, and public service.  Congratulations, Todd!

Congratulations to our Latest Travel Grant Winners!

We had a record number of applications this round, but 3 students rose to the top of the stack!  Undergraduates Caelin Celani and Halie Tucci from Washington and Jefferson College and Graduate Julia Cuthbert from Carnegie Mellon University will represent the section at the fall national meeting in Washington D.C. from August 20-24!  Congratulations, Julia, Halie, and Caelin!

2017 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest Recipients

“Chemistry Helps Feed the World”

As part of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2017 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) celebration, the Pittsburgh Section ACS sponsored an illustrated poem contest for students in grades K-12. Students could pick topics related to the 2017 CCED theme “Chemistry Helps Feed the World.” Poems could be any style (free verse, limerick, haiku, etc.). Entries were judged based upon relevance to and incorporation of the theme, word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation. Each 1st place winner will receive a check for $50 and their winning poem has been entered into the national ACS CCED poetry contest sponsored by the ACS’s Committee on Community Activities. National ACS CCED poetry contest winners will be announced in May 2017. And the winners of the 2017 Pittsburgh Section ACS’s CCED poetry contest:

K-2 Grade:  No entries received.
3-5 Grade:  Ananya T. (5th Grade), Boyce Middle School (Teacher: Mrs. Susan Fleckenstein)
6-8 Grade:  Thomas P. (6th Grade), Home School (Teacher: Susan P.)
9-12 Grade:  Michaela P. (11th Grade), Ringgold High School (Teacher: Mrs. Kim Leasure)

Congratulations to all our winners and GOOD LUCK at the national ACS CCED poetry competition!

Interested in a Piece of Pittsburgh Section History?

Thank you to Carlow University’s ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, we can now enjoy past issues of our section newsletter, The Crucible.  Thank you to Carlow as they continue to scan historic issues.  We will post them on our website as they become available!  Enjoy!

Pittsburgh Section Announces New Travel Grant Application

The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society has budgeted funds to help encourage undergraduate/graduate student participation in national and regional ACS meetings. The awards are intended to help defray meeting registration and travel-related expenses (lodging, transportation, per diem) for eligible students.  Click for the application.



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