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Current Issue of The Crucible – May 2016

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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.

Pittsburgh Section/Bidwell Outstanding Student Award

Congratulations to Nathan Gloeckl as the recipient of the Pittsburgh Section / Bidwell Outstanding Student Award for the May 2016 graduating class of the Bidwell Technical Center’s Chemical Technology program!

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.

Congratulations to the 2016 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest Winners

As part of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2016 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) celebration, the Pittsburgh Section ACS sponsored a poetry contest for students in grades K-12. Students could pick topics related to the 2016 CCED theme “The Great Indoors – Your Home’s Ecosystem”. First 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 has been entered into the national ACS CCED poetry contest sponsored by the ACS’s Office of Community Activities and Committee on Community Activities. National ACS CCED poetry contest winners will be announced in May 2016. And the winners of the 2016 Pittsburgh Section ACS’s CCED poetry contest:

K-2 Grade:  Rhiannon R. (2nd Grade), College Square Elementary School (Teacher: Julie Stefanchik)
3-5 Grade:  Thomas P. (5th Grade), Home School (Teacher: Susan P.)
6-8 Grade:  Anna P. (7th Grade), St. Bernadette School (Teacher: Mary Chase)
9-12 Grade:  Hannah J. (9th Grade), Mt. Lebanon High School (Teacher: Susan Meer)

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


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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.


ACS Spring 2016 Meeting – San Diego, CA – March 13-17
Travel Grant Recipient Summary

Kaelyn Gresko

This spring I attended the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California with the help of the ACS Pittsburgh Section. This was the first ACS meeting I have attended. I was very excited to see what it had to offer, and I was not disappointed. There were numerous people to meet and countless events and symposiums to take part in.

The main reason for attending this event was to present my research poster, “Metals in Mushrooms of Western Pennsylvania,” in the Undergraduate Research poster session with about 2,000 of my peers. This was a wonderful opportunity. I had the chance to talk to various people who were interested in my findings. I also had the chance to talk with other students presenting posters.

While there were many symposiums to choose from, my favorite lecture series I listened to was the “Analytical Methodologies and Research Partnerships at the Interface of Chemistry and Art/Archeology.” This series focused on art, but it also focused on collaborating with different fields other than chemistry. There were many great speaker and topics, but my favorite was the “Technical Investigation of Josef Albers’s ‘Casa’ series by X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Imaging Studies” presented by Robert Bachman. In this talk, Bachman spoke about a painting in which the artist focused on color and geometry. The artist recorded all of the colors and brands of paints he used and where in his painting he used them on the back of his paintings. Bachman’s research focused on analyzing the paint.

Along with this symposium, I attended the international reception where I had the chance to talk to a student about her research she had conducted in Germany, and I also had the opportunity to network with many people. I also attended the Women’s Chemist Committee breakfast. This was great for meeting women chemists like myself. The breakfast also consisted of a presentation about online presence and what should and should not be posted online.

Overall I had an amazing time at the meeting this year, and I look forward to attending meetings in the future. I want to thank the ACS Pittsburgh section for providing the funds that allowed me to go.
Kaelyn Gresko Presenting ACS 2016

Yunyan Qiu

This spring, I feel honored to be funded by ACS Pittsburgh Section to attend the national meeting held at San Diego. As a fifth year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, I am been working on rational design of conjugated monomers and developing controlled methodologies to afford well-defined functional materials, under the supervision of Professor Kevin Noonan and Professor Tomasz Kowalewski.

During the meeting, I have presented my recent research entitled Towards controlled synthesis of conjugated polymers with functional side chains: An investigation of catalyst-transfer polycondensation for n-type materials at the PMSE general session. Last year, I presented my research results on utilizing Stille coupling in controlled polycondensation reactions and been able to network with experts in this field. This year, I am glad to meet with them again and discuss our recent effort in developing a nickel catalyzed Suzuki catalyst-transfer polymerization process to afford functional conjugated polymers. This protocol enables the side chain engineering of well-defined conjugated polymers with ester functionality. The presented method should serve as the entry point to obtain more complex architectures such as donor-acceptor copolymers with desired optoelectronic properties. After the talk, I received positive feedback and great suggestions from the audience.

Besides my own presentation, I also attended many other great talks and poster sessions, where I had the chance to network with chemists from other fields. All these experience have been really helpful for my postdoc applications and future careers. Overall, I am truly grateful for the travel funding by ACS Pittsburgh Section.

ACS Spring 2016 Qiu Travel Awardee

Congratulations to 2016 Student Chapter Winners 

Each year the Undergraduate Programs Office recognizes ACS Student Chapters for their work in promoting chemistry. At the 2016 National Meeting in San Diego, CA the following ACS Student Chapters located in the Pittsburgh region were recognized.  Congratulations to all student members!

Duquesne University
University of Pittsburgh
Waynesburg University

Bethany College
Saint Francis University
Seton Hill University

Honorable Mention:
Carlow University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Geneva College
Saint Vincent College
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Green Chemistry:
Duquesne University
Saint Francis University
University of Pittsburgh

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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