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Current Issue of The Crucible – August 2016

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Pittsburgh Section Mourns the Loss of 1984 Pittsburgh Award and 2013 Distinguished Service Award Winner Gerald “Jerry” Carlson

It is with deep sadness that the Pittsburgh Section of the ACS reports the passing of a highly esteemed member of the section, Gerald “Jerry” Carlson. He is the only person in the history of the section to win both the Prestigious Pittsburgh Award to recognize outstanding leadership in chemical affairs in 1984 and the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding volunteer service to the section in 2013.  He also served as Chair of our local section in 1982.  Here is a link to Jerry’s full obituary.

Presenter Dr. Mordecai Treblow with 2013 Distinguished Service Award Winner Dr. Gerald Carlson

Presenter Dr. Mordecai Treblow with 2013 Distinguished Service Award Winner Dr. Gerald Carlson


Pittsburgh Section Mourns the Loss of Long Time Member Dr. Mordecai D. Treblow

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On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the ACS lost a beloved member, colleague, and friend, Mordecai Treblow.  In 2015, he celebrated 60 years of ACS membership.  Click to read Mordecai’s full obituary.

Mount Lebanon Freshman Hannah Jones wins 1st Place in 2016 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poetry Contest


Hannah Jones CCED 2016 Poetry Contest

2016 Call for Pittsburgh Award and Distinguished Service Award Nominations

Nominate your colleague for the prestigious Pittsburgh Award or Distinguished Service Award.  The deadline is September 12, 2016.  Nominate for the Pittsburgh Award using 2016 Pittsburgh Award Nomination Form.  Nominate for the Distinguished Service Award using 2016 Distinguished Service Nomination Form.  Nominations can be sent to Pittsburgh ACS Section Chair-Elect, David Waldeck at dave@pitt.edu.

Volunteer with a Teacher as an ACS Science Coach

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Make plans now to help an elementary, middle, or high school teacher provide students with wonderful experiences learning chemistry throughout the 2016-17 school year – become an ACS Science Coach.

Chemists and chemical engineers bring a fresh perspective when they visit a classroom and show students how the science they are learning applies to real life. Teachers value their contributions as they help plan, suggest demos and labs, mentor science clubs, and serve as role models to students. “My role in Science Coaches is to spur innovation and excitement within each student and tie that to lifelong learning and career opportunities,” says Sammy Bell, director of process chemistry at Avalon Laboratories and volunteer science coach for a high school teacher in Suwanee, GA.

The ACS Education Division is expanding the Science Coaches program to accommodate the growing presence of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) by requiring each teacher who wants to partner with an ACS Science Coach to be a teacher member of AACT. Teachers must be AACT members at the time they submit their applications. Science Coaches who invite a teacher to participate in the program are also introducing that teacher to the many benefits of AACT membership. In addition to providing volunteer chemists to the program, ACS will also donate $500 to each school with a science coach-AACT member partnership. This grant can be used to purchase science classroom supplies such as goggles or molecular modeling kits, or to provide experiences like field trips to a nearby chemistry laboratory.

Graduate students, retirees, and chemistry professionals at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply to participate in the Science Coaches program for the 2016-17 school year. For more information about applications and enrollment, which is open until September 9, 2016, visit www.acs.org/sciencecoaches.

Pittsburgh Section Offers Travel Grants for Student Members

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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