|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on November 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Dear ACS members
The 2017 Great Lakes Regional Meeting will be held in Fargo, North Dakota on June 27th to 30th 2017. Our theme is Energy and Sustainability and as conference chair, I am inviting you to not only attend (think of this as a save the date) but also offer the chance to be involved either though hosting a symposium or in other capacities. Some relevant links are provided below and I hope you will take the time to check these out. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me directly ([email protected]). I have also attached a save the date flier to this email so feel free to distribute as you see fit.
Graeme R. A. Wyllie
(conference chair GLRM 2017)
Our website is located at http://www.glrm2017.com/index.html
We are still open to submissions for new sessions or if you are interested in volunteering to host a session or simply review papers, contact our programming chair Seth Rasmussen ([email protected]) by December 15th. Details of the symposia so far can be found at http://www.glrm2017.com/symposia.html
Several awards are planned to be awarded at the meeting. These include the Stanley Israel award for Diversity, the P3 (Partners for Progress and Prosperity) Award, the E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society and the Regional Awards for Excellence in High School Teaching. We will be soliciting nominations very soon but provisional details can be found at http://www.glrm2017.com/awards.html
Details on our expo and contact information can be found at http://www.glrm2017.com/expo.html
Dr Graeme R. A. Wyllie
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Concordia Science Academy Coordinator
Chair Elect – Red River Valley Local ACS Section
Conference Chair Great Lakes Regional ACS Meetiing 2017
Department of Chemistry
901 8th Street S.
Moorhead, MN 56562
e-mail: [email protected]
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on October 7, 2016 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
Now we accept mini-grant proposal year round. If you have any good idea, send us half page proposal. We will make a decision in two weeks and send you a check! For the details of requirement of mini-grant proposa, take a look at the announcemnt on May 10, 2016. Ask me if you have any questions at [email protected]
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on October 7, 2016 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Ames local section of American Chemical Society is celebrating one hundred years anniversary of the local section establishment. We have FREE dinner to all the local section members (catering from Olde Main with $30 value)--yes, regardless whether you pay the voluntary section due or not--, especially including retired members, partially thanks to the small grant from ACS Senior Chemist Committee. All you need is to register your spot no later than by Nov 3rd, and show up on time. Senior members can bring their one important partner for FREE. Just make it sure to separately register her/him with your ACS ID. Sorry, no other guests are allowed due to limited seating.
Time: Nov 10th, Thursday, 5:30pm.
Place: Hach Hall North Lobby, Iowa State University
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on September 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Thomas Holm, Professor at Iowa State University, will give a talk intended for general public, next Wednesday, Sep. 14, at Torrent Brewing on the fundamental chemistry and physics behind global warming.
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on September 8, 2016 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
I do not have specific ideas, but if you are interested, you are welcome to apply. I would strongly support you.
Young-Jin, ACS Ames Local Section Chair/
LSAC is sponsoring two pilot grants with funding available to local section members to support key ACS strategic initiatives:
Facilitate member participation in virtual events though a Local Section Virtual Event Participation Grant;
Mutual Exchange of Expertise in Technologies: Project MEET
Virtual Event Participation Grant
Local Sections can be awarded seed funding to plan and implement hardware and/or software infrastructure to facilitate the ability of Section members to participate in events from a remote location. LSAC can fund up to $1,500 per application submitted. Read more about this funding opportunity and apply.
Local Sections can be awarded funding to plan an event that brings together senior chemists with youth ages 3-17 for a mutual exchange of expertise and technological know-how. For example, senior chemists could provide a demonstration of engaging chemistry drawn from their own professional experience, and the children could capture a video on smartphones to share with the senior chemists how to upload the video to a YouTube channel, or share it with a friend on various social media outlets. Activities and technology would depend on the interests and expertise of the participants. Mini-grants are available up to a maximum of $400 for an activity sponsored by an ACS Local Section. Apply for this funding opportunity.
Important Note: Monday, October 17th is the deadline to submit applications for both the LSAC Virtual Event Participation Grant and Project MEET.
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on September 8, 2016 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
ACS-Council meeting report (Fall 2016)
252nd ACS National Meeting
August 21-25, 2016
Maria Bohorquez (Drake University) attended the ACS Council meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 representing the ACS Ames local section as Alternate Councilor. Full reports will be posted on the ACS Website as they become available.
The following are some highlights of the meeting:
1. Highlights from Committee Reports & Important information for general distribution
1.1 Tom Holme, Iowa State University is the recipient of the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, sponsored by Cengage Learning and the ACS Division of Chemical Education. (2017)
1.2 Chemical Safety Committee
• A new report has been published: download it at: www.acs.org/safety
Request printed copy at: [email protected]
1.3 Project SEED Committee
o Maria Bohorquez has been serving as Associate to the Committee on ACS Project SEED since 2015.
o >10,000 students have participated in undergraduate research since 1968.
o 2018-50th anniversary celebration (Maria Bohorquez will serve on the organizing committee for this event). It would be very interesting to expand the number of institutions supporting Project SEED projects in Iowa, number of partners (high schools), and external funding.
2. Highlights from Committee Reports & and Feedback needed from members of the local section
2.1 Nominations and Elections
o The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to [email protected] N&E has established the Vote 20/20 Task Force, charged with examining all aspects of nominations and elections for ACS national offices, and designing an enhanced process to be in place by the year 2020. Proposals will be presented in the spring meeting in 2017.
Encourage all ACS members to send comments to [email protected] on:
o Aspects of the current ACS National Election process that you like the most.
o One major change that you would like to see about the ACS National Election process.
o What you like about how other organizations elect their leaders.
o What you expect to be different in the National Election process in the future.
2.2 Petitions to Amend the Constitution and Bylaws
New petitions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws must be received by the Executive Director no later than December 14 to be included in the Council agenda for consideration at the spring 2017 meeting in San Francisco. Contact the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws with any questions or requests for information at [email protected]
o Petition for removal of officers and councilors (pages 114-116)-Council will vote in 2017.
o Petition on the rights of affiliates (pages 117-119)-Council will vote in 2017.
3. Potential ideas to pursue by the local section
Committee on Local Section Activities
Check 18th Annual ChemLuminary Awards Celebration.
2016 Outstanding Performance winners:
Erie, Brazospot, Midland (membership), Tampa Bay (partnership development), Kentucky Lake (most innovative new activity or program)
4. Actions of the Council
4.1 Nominations and elections:
♣ By electronic ballot, the Council elected Harmon B. Abrahamson, Lissa A. Dulany, Andrea B. Twiss-Brooks, and Sally B. Peters for a 2017-2019 term, Martin D. Rudd for a 2017-2018 term, and Karl S. Booksh and Ella L. Davis for a one-year term, 2017, on the Council Policy Committee.
♣ By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lisa M. Balbes, Thomas H. Lane, Amber S. Hinkle, Alan M. Ehrlich, and Alan A. Hazari for a 2017-2019 term and Neil D. Jespersen for a one-year term, 2017, on the Committee on Nominations and Elections.
♣ By electronic ballot, the Council elected Wayne E. Jones, Jr., D. Richard Cobb, Stephanie J. Watson, Dee Ann Casteel, and Emilio X. Esposito for three year terms, 2017-2019, on the Committee on Committees.
5. Other Council Actions
5.1 Continuation of Select Committees
♣ On the recommendation of the Committee on Committees, the Council voted to approve the continuation of the Committee on Analytical Reagents, and the Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
5.2 Change in Local Section Territory
♣ On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the Permian Basin Local Section to annex the Texas counties of Pecos and Brewster, and the petition from the Upper Peninsula Local Section to annex unassigned and adjacent territory, and one Michigan county (Menominee) now currently assigned to the Northwest Wisconsin Local Section.
5.3 Unemployed Members’ Dues Waiver
♣ On the recommendation of the Committee on Membership Affairs, the Council approved a petition to amend the ACS Bylaws to extend the Unemployed Members’ Dues Waiver, which will extend waivers for unemployed members’ dues from the current two years to three years, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
5.4 Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct
♣ On the recommendation of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, the Council approved the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
5.5 Charter Bylaws
♣ On the recommendation of the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, the Council approved the Bylaws for Divisions in Probationary Status and the Charter Bylaws for New Local Sections.
5.6 International Chemical Sciences Chapters
♣ On the recommendation of the Committee on International Activities, the Council approved the establishment of ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters in Greater Beijing, Southwestern China, and Iraq, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
♣ The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; acknowledging President Donna Nelson’s service as presiding officer of the Council; and in gratitude for the officers and members of the Philadelphia Local Section, the host Section for the 252nd National Meeting, the divisional program chairs and symposium organizers, and ACS staff.
5.8 Special Discussion
The Council conducted a special discussion to gather input on proposed recommendations from the ACS Presidential Task Force on the U.S. Employment of Chemists. The task force has been examining and considering all known influences that can impact employment in the chemical sciences. Councilors were invited to share their thoughts, comments, and suggestions on the proposed suggestions to date, in preparation for the report’s expected release later this year.
6. Reports of officers and events organized for 2017
President-Elect Allison A. Campbell provided some details about the three themes she will focus on during her presidency: Science Advocacy, Science Literacy, and Chemistry as a Global Enterprise.
• Under Science Advocacy she launched a working group that will host an event entitled “Chemistry on the Hill” in 2017.
• Presidential symposia organized for the meetings in San Francisco in 2017 (Spring) include: “Energy for a Low Carbon Future: Grand Challenges for Chemistry” and “Holy Grails in Chemistry”.
• Presidential symposia organized for the meeting in Washington DC in 2017 (Fall) include: ”Building a safety Culture Across the Chemical Enterprise” and “ The Chemistry of Our Planet: Understanding and Mitigating Environmental Impacts”
7. Interesting Events
7.1 Talented 12: This is the second year that Chemical & Engineering News celebrates “The Talented 12”
7.2 Kavli Foundation Lecture Series
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
Newly elected, three-year councilor Javier Vela from ISU, and alternate councilor Maria Bohorquez from Drake, will regularly attend ACS national meetings to represent the Ames Local section. As per national ACS policies, the local section co-sponsors the councilor's travel to national meetings. Because many of the members do not attend the national meeting, the councilor will share the national ACS news with the local members.
Javier Vela's report from Spring ACS Meeting 2016 in San Diego:
I recently came back from ACS, where I had the chance to attend the At Large Councilor and District meetings. I also participated as an associate (observer) in the International Activities Committee (IAC) meeting. While several items were presented and discussed, there are no major news or changes to report. As part of the Councilor responsibilities, I will seek to enter a new national committee, since my IAC term is up. The call opens up in a few weeks from now, and specific openings will only become known at that time.
Some things that caught my attention:
- The at large meeting had about 500 PhD Chemists in a single room, and it lasted for over 4 h! Members of the audience could approach microphones and ask questions and offer suggestions. Among points that repeated often, people seem genuinely and understandably concerned about the anti-immigrant/anti-visa tone of some recent ACS initiatives and Committee reports, perhaps as an indirect consequence of the sad affairs of national politics. There were also repeated concerns about perceived discrepancies in the yearly jobs report; it appears that the statistics reported count only active ACS members who respond to the surveys, and people feel this greatly skews the jobs data.
- ACS appears to be primarily run by a group of very capable staff who, in many instances, are non-chemistry professionals. They do a fine job, in my view, managing such a large and successful scientific organization. However, actual career chemists, including elected ACS Presidents, have a more limited and primarily ceremonial role in running the society. Just an observation!
- From the International Activities Committee (IAC)3: There will be a new international meeting similar to PacifiChem, oriented toward the nations of the Atlantic. It's unclear if the conference will be called AtlantiChem, but it will be similar to PacifiChem, and occur every five years. The first edition is scheduled for Cancun in January 2017 or 2018.
I saw several of our students and colleagues at the meeting - including Kingston, who had a cold and had lost his voice! (hope you are feeling better)
Maria will be attending the Fall ACS in Philadelphia to represent the local section, and is serving in the national ACS Project SEED committee.
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
To promote professional development of local high school chemistry teachers, we will support their AACT (American Associate of Chemistry Teachers) membership ($50/year) for the first year. Below is the details.
* She or he should be a high school chemistry teacher of the school district within the limit of Ames Local section.
* We support only the first year membership. You should pay yourself and send us the receipt (email is fine), then we will send you the reimbursement.
* If you are not sure whether you are qualified, please check with the Ames Local section chair.
* This program is subject to funding availability, but we intend to continue for the foreseeable future.
* Please let the chemistry teachers know in your area.
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
Thanks to the healthy budget of the Ames local section, we have some funds available we would like to use to promote public awareness of chemistry in the local area. Here's some guidelines:
a. Deadline: There will be two deadlines per year: Jun 1st and Jan 1st. This is intentional to meet with the deadlines of ACS innovative project grants, that are due Jun 30th and Jan 31st, so that we may get some money back from ACS or provide more fund through ACS.
b. Fund size: The size of each grant is up to $500, but could be flexible depending on specific needs. We expect we will have more awards in the first two years, and intend to continue in the coming years subject to fund availability.
c. Eligibility: Any ACS local section member or anybody involved in chemistry education (e.g. high school chemistry teachers) can apply.
d. Form: Please send the chair ([email protected]) a half page proposal before the due date. Include 1) project title, 2) name of proposer and contact information (email, phone, mailing address to send a check), 3) project details, 4) expected impact, 5) data/time/place of the event (if applicable), and 6) any supporting information (if applicable).
e. Supported projects: Any activity that will enhance public awareness of chemistry. Examples include, but not limited to:
i) Chemistry lab equipment for high school or middle schools.
ii) College undergraduate club for science demonstration to public (such as SCUM at ISU that are currently funded).
iii) Chemistry related event preferentially for public education/awareness.
f. If you are currently being funded (e.g., SCUM), you don't have to re-apply.
g. We are especially interested in funding high school chemistry labs. Please send this message to your local high school chemistry teachers, and encourage them to apply. The high school has to be located within the boundary of Ames local section. Ames Local section currently covers Hamilton, Hardin, Boone, Story, Marshall, Polk, and Jasper county.
h. Any inquiry is welcome to the chair.
i. If we have too many high-quality proposals, some projects may be funded in the next cycle.
|Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on May 10, 2016 at 11:50 AM||comments (1)|
Centennial Dinner to celebrate centenial anniversary of Ames Local section
Details are to be determined, but please mark your calendar for now. Tentative plan includes to have an invited lecture and recognition ceremony of members with fifty and sixty years of services. These will take place in Hach Hall, the new chemistry building at Iowa State University, completed in 2010. This will be an excellent opportunity to have a social gathering between our members, which we have not had for a very long time. In addition to professional members, student members and retired members are all welcome. Please suggest us any idea regarding the program or speaker. Stay tuned! More information is coming early fall.