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Current Issue of The Crucible – April 2017

April 2017

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Pittsburgh Section Mourns the Loss of the 2014 Pittsburgh Award Winner, Dr. Jeffry D. Madura

Jeffry Madura

The Pittsburgh Section learned of the passing of one of its esteemed members and the 2014 Pittsburgh Award Winner, Dr. Jeffry D. Madura.  Jeffry had been a Professor at Duquesne University since 1998.  Read Duquesne’s Press Release here.  Jeffry made a huge impact on our local section, our region, and the chemistry community at large.  He will be missed.

From Timothy R. Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Duquesne University:

I am deeply saddened to share with you news of the sudden passing of Dr. Jeffry Madura, professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (BSNES). He was 59.

Dr. Madura first joined Duquesne in 1998 and served as chemistry and biochemistry chair from 2000-2010. He was well known among his students and highly respected by his colleagues.

Please join me in expressing sympathy to his family, friends, colleagues and students.

Some of Dr. Madura’s various honors include the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award in 1997; the 2002 BSNES award for Excellence in Service; the 2007 BSNES Award for Excellence in Scholarship; and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007. In 2013, he was selected as Duquesne’s inaugural Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences.

Dr. Madura, who received more than $10 million in external research funding during his career, investigated computational chemistry and biophysics models, designing molecules that will physically and chemically fit where they are needed to interrupt signals for pain and other conditions associated with addiction, Parkinson’s and Huntingdon’s diseases.

In 2008, Dr. Madura was inducted into the Duquesne University Office of Research Hall of Fame. He was named a second-time inductee in 2015 as a Hall of Fame Gold Card recipient for his commitment to enhancing Duquesne’s reputation as a research institution. 

Dr. Madura published more than 100 papers in physical chemistry and chemical physics, and was co-editor of the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling. He also co-authored Principles of Physical Chemistry by Kuhn, Foersterling and Waldeck and the textbook General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications.

In 2011, Dr. Madura was elected as a prestigious American Chemical Society Fellow (ACS) in recognition of his contributions to science and his years of service to the ACS. “Receiving this award is a real honor and most importantly to me, it is a great day for science at Duquesne University—and in particular the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,” Dr. Madura said in 2014 when he received the Pittsburgh Award from the Pittsburgh Section of the ACS for his outstanding leadership in chemical affairs in the local and larger professional community.

In addition, Dr. Madura managed the JDM Group through the Center for Computational Sciences at Duquesne. The group features interdisciplinary research projects by University students who work with faculty from Duquesne, Pitt, Chatham and Washington and Jefferson College.

Dr. Madura earned a B.A. in chemistry from Thiel College in 1980; a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Purdue University in 1985; and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Houston from 1986-1990.

Dr. Madura is survived by his wife Colleen and sons Brandon and Peyton.

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

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!

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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