Huron Valley Section

Welcome!

Here are some upcoming events and announcements for our Section.

Volunteers needed at 2 events at the Ypsilanti Whittaker Library

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Volunteers needed for the Ypsi Library Lab - STEM Fest!

Library Lab- STEM Fest             
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The Huron Valley section of the American Chemical Society and Cayman Chemical is sponsoring Library Lab - STEM fest at the Ypsilanti Whittaker library (5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti) on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 2-4 PM (https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/library-lab-stem-fest/ ).

Volunteers are needed to organize and/or help run hands-on science demonstrations for children (ages 6-16) for the following demos:

  • Dress like a scientist
  • Take home a Silver mirror
  • Crystallization
  • DNA from strawberries
  • Take home a Lava Lamp
  • Cornstarch/water A non-Newtonian fluid
  • Yeast balloons
  • Take home some Slime
  • Oscillating clock
  • Can crushing
  • Take home a chromatography flower
  • Make glue from milk
  • Dry Ice and liquid nitrogen experiments
  • Elephant toothpaste

We will have tables for a few more demos so please offer any other ideas you would like to organize and/or work on.

Please contact Paul Dobrowolski (pdobrowolski@caymanchem.com) or Kourtney Goode (kgoode@caymanchem.com) to volunteer or offer your idea for a hands-on demo by March 29th.  Let us know which demo you would like to work on too.

ACS Fellows Program is accepting nominations for 2019 Fellows

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program is accepting nominations for 2019 Fellows.  The ACS Fellows Program recognizes ACS members who have both documented excellence and leadership that has an impact in the science, the profession, education, and/or management and documented excellence in volunteer service, based on specific results achieved, in service to ACS and its membership and community.  The online nomination system will close Monday, April 1, 2019.  

Local Section Nominations

Each Local Section may submit as many nominations as there are Councilors authorized for the Local Section.  Nominees must be current members of the Local Section.  The primary nominator must be an Officer, Councilor, or Alternate Councilor of the Local Section, or some other Local Section member specifically designated by the Chair to prepare the nomination on behalf of the Local Section.  However, secondary nominators need not be members of that nominating Local Section.  If the Chair is not the primary or a secondary nominator, he/she must attest that the individual is indeed being nominated on behalf of the Local Section.  If the Chair is one of the nominees, then the attestation must be supplied by another Officer, Councilor, or Alternate Councilor of the Local Section.

Nominees and primary and secondary nominators must be current members (including retired and emeritus members) in good standing of the American Chemical Society.  However, current members of the ACS Fellows Selection Committee, ACS Fellows Oversight Committee, ACS Board of Directors, and current ACS staff are not eligible to be nominees or primary or secondary nominators.

How to Submit a Nomination

To submit a nomination, go to www.nominatefellow.acs.org.  This URL takes you to the online nomination system, which fully integrates with the ACS membership database.  Please note that the system opened for nominations on February 1. Resource documents to inform and facilitate the nomination process are available at www.acs.org/fellows.

Reminder: Changes Implemented in 2017

  1. The Code of Conduct section language was updated and an explanation is required for a ‘No’ response in the online nomination form.
  2. A ‘Summary of Impact/Significance’ field was added to the Volunteer Service to the ACS Community and Contributions to the Science/Profession sections of the online nomination form.

Please note that unlike other topical ACS awards, where the reviewers have expertise in the area of the award, ACS Fellows reviewers are not expected to be experts in a nominee’s professional field.  Given this, we emphasize the importance of clearly communicating, via letters of recommendation and the nomination form sections, the nominee’s important achievements and the impact of those achievements in both his/her professional and volunteer activities.

Last year many Local Sections submitted nominations, and we hope that even more will participate this year.  We also encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to submit nominations.  Nominations are also accepted from ACS National Committees, Technical Divisions, and individual members and all nomination types are weighted equally in the review.

If you have questions, please email us at fellows@acs.org.

Call for Award Nominations: 2019 ACS Central Regional Meeting (CERM)

Nominations are requested for the following awards to be presented at the 2019 CERM Meeting, June 3-8,   2019 in Midland, Michigan during the awards ceremony on June 5th:

·   ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED) Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

·   E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

·   Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences

The Central Region of the ACS consists of the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia which includes the following local sections: Akron, Central Ohio Valley, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Erie, Huron Valley, Indiana, Indiana-Kentucky Border, Kanawha Valley, Michigan State University, Midland, Northeastern Indiana, Northeastern Ohio, Northwest Central Ohio, Penn-Ohio Border, Pittsburgh, Southern Indiana, Toledo, Upper Ohio Valley, Western Michigan, Wooster.

Deadline for submissions: April 3rd, 2019

 

ACS Division of Chemical Education Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching:

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Central Region. 

Nature: The Region Award consists of a $1, 000 cash award and a plaque. Reasonable travel expenses to the Regional Meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.  A certificate/plaque may also be provided to the recipient’s institution for display.  In some cases, the awardee may be asked to give a keynote address and/or participate in a symposium with other teachers.

Rules of Eligibility: Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or support form in any given year.  Local Sections within the Region are especially encouraged to submit nominations for the award.  The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) on at least a half-time basis.  The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:

·         The quality of the nominee’s teaching; unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized;

·         The nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students;

·         Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences;

·         A willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement;

·         Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.

Required components:

1.       A complete application that consists of the Nominee Information Form, the Nominator Information Form, the Nominator Recommendation of not more than 750 words submitted by the nominator according to the guidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form.

2.       A curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession.  This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.

3.       At least one, but not more than three, letters of support, not more than 400 words each.  One must be from the teacher’s current principal or supervisor.  Additional letters of support may be sent by colleagues, members of the American Chemical Society who are familiar with the nominee’s achievements, or, former students and parents of former students.

If you know of a deserving candidate for the Excellence in High School Teaching award, please submit the requested criteria, as a PDF attachment, to Diana Deese at dkdeese@dow.com (electronic submissions are preferred and a response will indicate nomination has been received) or, at the address given below.

Diana K. Deese

ACS-CERM/Midland Section Awards Chair

The Dow Chemical Company

633 Washington St.

1897 Bldg / E65

Midland, MI 48667 

E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society:

Purpose: To recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Regional Activities

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be a member of the American Chemical Society residing in a local section within the region, and will have made significant contributions to their Region of the American Chemical Society. The volunteerism to be recognized may include a variety of activities, including but not limited to the initiation or sponsorship of a singular endeavor or exemplary leadership in the region. Past and present members of the ACS Board of Directors and staff are ineligible for this award.

Nature and Establishment: This award was instituted in 2006 by ACS President E. Ann Nalley as part of her presidential initiative to recognize ACS volunteerism.   It was Dr. Nalley’s wish that the award continue in perpetuity at each regional meeting.  The award consists of a plaque honoring the recipient with an imbedded medallion commemorating Dr. Nalley. 

Deadline for submissions: April 3rd, 2019

Nomination forms can be found at:   this link

Diana K. Deese

ACS-CERM/Midland Section Awards Chair

The Dow Chemical Company

633 Washington St.

1897 Bldg / E65

Midland, MI 48667

 

Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Science:

Sponsor: ACS Committee on Minority Affairs

Purpose: The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.

Nature: The award consists of a medal and a $1,000 grant to support and further the activities for which the award was made. The award also will include funding to cover the recipient’s travel expenses to the ACS regional meeting at which the award will be presented.

Rules of Eligibility: Nominees may come from academia, industry, government, or independent entities, and may also be organizations, including ACS Local Sections and Divisions. The nominee must have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of persons from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women who participate in the chemical enterprise.  The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of nomination
  • A CV or resume containing relevant diversity promotion activities and factual data on outcomes
  • At least one, but no more than three supportive letters, one of which must come from the nominee’s ACS Local Section. Mailing address, phone number

Contact Information:

American Chemical Society
Department of Diversity Programs
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-776-8003
Email: Diversity@acs.org

Application: Apply Online by March 1st, 2019 at:

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/other/diversity/stan-israel-award.html

 

If you know of a deserving candidate for the Excellence in High School Teaching, E. A. Nalley, or, S.C. Israel award, please submit the requested criteria as a PDF to our nominations committee at the address given below (with the exception of the S.C. Israel Award which is submitted online). Additional letters of support for the candidate are desirable. Email submissions are preferred.

Mail/Email (as a PDF attachment) all materials to:

Diana K. Deese

ACS-CERM/Midland Section Awards Chair

The Dow Chemical Company

633 Washington St.

1897 Bldg / E65

Midland, MI 48667

Sidney Harris Cartoons

In addition, a contest will be held in which ACS members can submit “one original cartoon caption.” 

Cartoonist Sidney Harris will draw a cartoon based on the winning caption, and the grand prize winner will receive the original cartoon. The runner-up will receive an autographed copy of one of Harris’s most famous cartoons chosen by Harris. More details will follow.Funded by the ACS Innovativ Grant Program and hosted by the Division of History of Chemistry, eminent cartoonist Sidney Harris will provide 12 previously unpublished cartons to the ACS Local Sections for use in their Newsletters or monthly website announcements beginning January 2019.  Here are links to the first cartoons!

Harris cartoon with commentary_January 2019.pdf 

Harris cartoon with Hoffmann with commentary_February 2019.pdf 

Win your own Sidney Harris original cartoon!  A contest will be held in which ACS members only can submit “one original cartoon caption” of 35 words or less.  Cartoonist Sidney Harris will draw a cartoon based on the winning caption.  The grand prize winner will receive the original cartoon based on the winning caption.  The runner-up will receive a personally autographed copy of one of Harris's most famous cartoons chosen by Harris.  Deadline is April 1, 2019.  

For more information and the official entry form, go to:  http://acshist.scs.illinois.edu/index.php

Cartoonist Sidney Harris will draw a cartoon based on the winning caption, and the grand prize winner will receive the original cartoon. The runner-up will receive an autographed copy of one of Harris’s most famous cartoons chosen by Harris. Mo

Councilor Report from the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans - Nina Contis

Here is Nina's report from the New Orleans meeting held in mid-March - report

Here is the expanded report from National ACS entitles Councilor Talking Points: Summary of Governance Issues and Actions - ACS report

Congratulations to Chenxin Jayson Song -High Honors on the 2018 USNCO Exam!

Chenxin Jayson Song from Pioneer High achieved High Honors on the USNCO National Exam.  He was one of 50 students to make the High Honors List. 

Congratulations Chenxin! Here is his picture.

2018 Huron Valley ACS Section's 50 and 60-Year Members

We are pleased to pass on the recent announcement of our local section members who have reached major milestones in their ACS membership in 2018.  If you know any of these members on this list, please congratulate them!

 

SIXTY-YEAR MEMBER

Dr. James Kaltenbronn

 

FIFTY-YEAR MEMBERS

 

Dr. Dennis Finseth

Mr. Larry Taylor