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Current Issue of The Crucible – May 2017

May 2017


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 our Latest Travel Grant Winners!

We had a record number of applications this round, but 3 students rose to the top of the stack!  Undergraduates Caelin Celani and Halie Tucci from Washington and Jefferson College and Graduate Julia Cuthbert from Carnegie Mellon University will represent the section at the fall national meeting in Washington D.C. from August 20-24!  Congratulations, Julia, Halie, and Caelin!

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.

2017 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Poetry Contest Recipients

“Chemistry Helps Feed the World”

As part of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2017 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) celebration, the Pittsburgh Section ACS sponsored an illustrated poem contest for students in grades K-12. Students could pick topics related to the 2017 CCED theme “Chemistry Helps Feed the World.” 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 Committee on Community Activities. National ACS CCED poetry contest winners will be announced in May 2017. And the winners of the 2017 Pittsburgh Section ACS’s CCED poetry contest:

K-2 Grade:  No entries received.
3-5 Grade:  Ananya T. (5th Grade), Boyce Middle School (Teacher: Mrs. Susan Fleckenstein)
6-8 Grade:  Thomas P. (6th Grade), Home School (Teacher: Susan P.)
9-12 Grade:  Michaela P. (11th Grade), Ringgold High School (Teacher: Mrs. Kim Leasure)

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

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

Hear Latest Travel Grant Winner, Mikaylah Glenn’s Story

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

Interested in a Piece of Pittsburgh Section History?

Thank you to Carlow University’s ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, we can now enjoy past issues of our section newsletter, The Crucible.  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.

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