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Ames Local Section NCW Illustrated Poetry Contest

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Ames local section!

The Younger Chemists Committee is running an illustrated poetry contest in celebration of National Chemistry Week this year! The theme is "Chemistry is out of this world!" This year, the American Chemical Society will also be taking digital art for the illustration, so whatever your fancy, traditional or digital, please send in an entry of chemistry & space. :)

Posts must come with an entry form (please email for a copy!) and must be turned in Monday, October 8th (postmarked) or electronically Friday, October 12th.

Feel free to share!

Midwest Women Chemists Retreat

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The ACS Ames Local Section is supporting the 2018 Midwest Women Chemists Retreat. This event is an excellent opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to grow professionally and to develop strategies to address challenges that especially impact women in scientific careers. The retreat will be held Fri.-Sun., July 27-29, in Decorah, IA, and 50 attendees from Ph.D. granting programs across the midwest are anticipated.

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Great Lakes Regional ACS Meeting 2017

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments 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 ( I have also attached a save the date flier to this email so feel free to distribute as you see fit.

Thank you

Graeme R. A. Wyllie

(conference chair GLRM 2017)

Our website is located at


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 ( by December 15th. Details of the symposia so far can be found at


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



Details on our expo and contact information can be found at


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

Concordia College

901 8th Street S.

Moorhead, MN 56562


Phone: 218-299-4956

Mini-grant proposal for local section

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments 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

Registration for Centennial Dinner: Nov 10, Thursday

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments 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


Knowledge on Tap, Sep 14, 7pm

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments 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.

Mini-grant proposal for local section

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments 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.

Project MEET

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.

ACS-Council meeting report (Fall 2016)

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

ACS-Council meeting report (Fall 2016)

252nd ACS National Meeting

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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:

Request printed copy at:



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 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 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

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.


5.7 Resolutions

♣ 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


Local section councilor report

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments 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.


AACT membership support for high school chemistry teachers

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments 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.