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Current Issue of The Crucible – January 2017
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.
Pittsburgh Section ACS Pittsburgh Award and Distinguished Service Award Banquet
The annual Awards Banquet for the ACS Pittsburgh Section was held on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at the Grand Concourse in Station Square. Professor Neil Donahue was the recipient of the 2016 Pittsburgh Award, in recognition of his significant scientific accomplishments. Neil is also a former Chair of the local ACS section. In a break with tradition, the Service award was made to the sister societies, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), in recognition of their important contributions to promoting science and their ongoing support of the Pittsburgh ACS section. Karen Johnson, SSP Chair, and Melinda Stevens, SACP Chair, were present to receive the Distinguished Service awardee on behalf of the societies.
The ceremony was held after the dinner and was begun by Evonne Baldauf who recognized the contributions of former ACS Section chairs. Eight former chairs were present to celebrate.
The Distinguished Service Award was established in 2007 to recognize outstanding volunteer service to the section. Mackenzie Speer described the contributions of the SACP and SSP and presented the award to Melinda Stephens and Karen Johnson. A former Distinguished Service Award winner, Dr. Richard Danchik was in attendance.
The Pittsburgh Award was established in 1932 by the Pittsburgh Section of the ACS to recognize outstanding leadership in chemical affairs in the local and larger professional community. Professor Linda Peteanu, Professor and Chair of chemistry at the Carnegie Mellon University, introduced her colleague, Dr. Neil Donahue. Former Pittsburgh Award winners, Dr. David Waldeck and Dr. Kris Matyjaszewski, were present to celebrate the event.
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.