Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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46th Annual Awards Gathering

Monday 06 May 2019

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46th Annual Awards Gathering KACS Celebration 2019

May 5, 2019 was a pleasant day in Kalamazoo in many ways, one of which was the annual gathering of KACS members along with students and parents/friends in the chemistry building at Western Michigan University (WMU) for the presentation of awards to long-time ACS members, deserving students and teachers as well as to other KACS members in our local section area (Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties). It was an amiable group of approximately 80 gathered for the hors d’oeuvres in the lobby graced by a large Periodic table whose internationally- recognized 150 th anniversary is this year. Awards were presented immediately after this light supper to one graduating senior from WMU and one from Kalamazoo College, each nominated as outstanding by the respective school’s chemistry department faculty, and to Mr. Jon Taylor, chemistry teacher from Portage Central High School who, according to his students, is “the best teacher they have had in their lives”. To receive his 50-year membership certificate from the American Chemical Society was Dr. Wade Adams, and to receive the Volunteer service award from the ACS Committee on Community Activities was Dr. Thomas A. Runge who spear-headed the writing of the successful application for the National Historical Chemical Landmark presented in 2019 to our community in recognition of the 1950-1990 Kalamazoo Steroid Chemistry Work done at The Upjohn Company. Following those recognitions came the presentation of certificates and prizes to 6 outstanding chemistry students nominated by their HS teachers, as well as to 20 students with exemplary scores on a 2-tiered examination given by our section’s Education Committee. All present seemed to be very appreciative of the examination program and the recognition it offers; it was conceived and implemented by Dr. Adams, our 50-year member, when he was chair of our Section in 1982! The following pictures of the three groups of students show the pleasure experienced by all those present…

Competitive exam honorable mentions

Honorable mention awardees from the competitive exam

Competitive exam awardees

Top 8 awardees from the competitive exam

Outstanding student awardees

Outstanding Chemistry Students as nominated by their high school teachers