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Current Issue of The Crucible – December 2016

December 2016




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Congratulations to Our 2017 Pittsburgh Section Officers

The ballots have been cast and the results are in.  Congratulations to our newly elected officers:

Chair-Elect: Kristi Kauffman
Councilors: Kimberly Woznack and Robert Mathers
Director: Monique Hockman
Secretary-Elect: Mackenzie Speer

We wish you much success in your new roles.

Congratulations to our 2016 Pittsburgh Award Recipient – Dr. Neil Donahue, Carnegie Mellon University


Neil M. Donahue is a Pittsburgh native who diverted through Ann Arbor for his middle and high-school years, scattered inelastically off of Providence with a degree in Physics from Brown University before entering an entangled state in Cambridge between MIT, where he received a PhD in Meteorology (Atmospheric Chemistry) under Ron Prinn and Harvard, where he conducted extended postdoctoral research as the director of kinetics research in the laboratory of Jim Anderson. He boomeranged back to Pittsburgh in 2000, joining Carnegie Mellon University  with a joint appointment in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, later adding an appointment in Engineering and Public Policy. At CMU he was the founding director of the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies and now serves as the Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research as the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry.

He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and is recognized as a “highly cited researcher” by Thomson-Reuters. His research ranges from quantum chemistry to the experimental investigation of wood smoke. One focus area is the reaction dynamics of alkene ozonolysis, emphasizing collisional energy transfer and the behavior of both vibrationally excited and collisionally stabilized gas-phase carbonyl oxides (“Criegee” intermediates). A second area is the chemistry and physics associated with new-particle formation and growth in Earth’s atmosphere, which he studies as part of the CLOUD experiment at CERN. A third area is the coupled chemistry and phase partitioning thermodynamics driving the evolution of organic particulate matter.’

Congratulations to our 2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipients – Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP)

SACPcolor125 logoSSPBlue125 logoThe Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania Region. With proceeds from Pittcon, the societies support a wide variety of educational programs, grants, scholarships and awards. By educating the children and community, a new generation is being prepared to meet the future. 

Congratulations to our NCW 2016 Illustrated Poetry Contest Winners

The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society sponsored an illustrated poetry contest for students in grades K-12 in support of the 2016 National Chemistry Week (NCW) program. Students could pick topics related to the 2016 NCW theme “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.” First and second place winners were selected from four grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th. 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 entered into the national poem contest sponsored by the ACS’s Committee on Community Activities. Each 2nd place winner will receive a check for $25.   And the winners of the Pittsburgh Section ACS’s NCW 2016 illustrated poem contest:

K-2nd Grade No entries received.

3rd-5th Grade 1st Place: Eva C., Boyce Middle School
2nd Place: Asha S., Boyce Middle School

6th-8th Grade 1st Place: Nate G., Hopewell Memorial Jr. High School
2nd Place: Sam P., Jefferson Middle School

9th-12th Grade 1st Place: Rachael F., Ringgold High School
2nd Place: Mariah M., Shaler Area High School

Congratulations to all our local winners and good luck in the national contest!

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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