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Current Issue of The Crucible – April 2017

April 2017

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Congratulations to our 2017 70 Year Members

For the first time in 2017, the ACS Pittsburgh Section is celebrating with 4 members who have been with the ACS for 70 years!  Thanks for your dedication and service!
Robert Christman
John Piatt
Laurence Streff
John Tierney

Congratulations to our 2017 60 Year Members

The ACS Pittsburgh Section celebrates the dedication and service of our 2017 60 year members:
Fred Abraham
Richard Hood
George Klein
George Wollaston

Congratulations to our 2017 50 Year Members

The ACS Pittsburgh Section celebrates the dedication and service of our 2017 50 year members:
Paul Birckbichler
Kenneth Hartman
Richard Henderson
Dale Keairns
Robert Konig
Robert Lingg
Richard Nugent, Jr.
Charles Ruffing

Spring ACS Councilor’s Report Now Available

Thank you to ACS Pittsburgh Section Councilor Rich Danchik for writing the latest Councilor report.  Read the report Spring 2017 – San Francisco, CA.

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Bidwell Outstanding Student Award Winner – Tyler Siedlecki

The Pittsburgh Section/Bidwell Outstanding Student of the Year is presented to a member of each graduating class of the Bidwell Training Center Chemical Laboratory program (two classes per year) selected from nominations received from the staff. The award is a plaque, presented at a graduation ceremony.  Congratulations, Tyler!

Congratulations to our 2017 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) Winners

Each year, the Pittsburgh Section sends judges to the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Heinz Field.  The Fair, held on Friday, March 31.  Congratulations to our Winners!

Intermediate:  Got Milk?
Maile Oravitz – Providence Heights Alpha School
Teacher –  Linda Cessar

ACS Pittsburgh Section Chair-Elect, Dr. Kristi Kauffman, Intermediate Winner Maile Oravitz, and ACS Pittsburgh Section Chair Dr. David Waldeck


Senior:  Solid electrolyte interface effects on dendritic growth in Li-ion batteries  
Sahil Doshi – Upper Saint Clair High School
Teacher – Connie Gibson

ACS Pittsburgh Section Chair Dr. David Waldeck, Senior Winner Sahil Doshi, ACS Pittsburgh Section Immediate Former Chair Dr. Evonne Baldauff

2017 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest – “Chemistry Helps Feed the World”

The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. Contest is open only to students who live in the following Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio counties:
Ohio: Jefferson
Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset, Venango, Washington, & Westmorland
West Virginia: Brooke, Hancock, & Ohio

See CCED post for more information!  Good luck!

Congratulations to our Newest Travel Grant Winner

Congratulations to Mikaylah Glenn, a senior from California University of Pennsylvania.  She is the recipient of the latest ACS Pittsburgh Travel Grant.  She will present her work “Sol-Gel Synthesis with Applications to Fireworks” in San Francisco in April.  Congratulations, Mikaylah!

Interested in a Piece of Pittsburgh Section History?

Thank you to Carlow University’s ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, we can now enjoy a past issue of our section newsletter, The Crucible.  This one is from January 1920.  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.

Pittsburgh High School Student Onyah Sheely is named Project Seed Scholar

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED has announced the winners of its 2016–17 college scholarships. The recipients, who were selected from participants in ACS’s Project SEED research program, received one-year nonrenewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to help cover tuition and fees during their freshman year of college.  Onyah Sheely is a graduate of Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh. Under the guidance of Robyn Francis at Covestro, Sheely conducted research titled “Competitive Comparisons between Multiple Carbonate Grades.” Sheely is majoring in chemistry at Howard University.  Thanks, Robyn and Covestro and good luck and congratulations, Onyah!

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