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So when you look at the pretty fall colors on the trees remember it is all about chemistry.
By Doug Williams
The 6th Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference will take place on 12 November 12 2014 at the Kellogg Center, Michigan State University. This year’s theme is Cultivating Next Generation Solutions. Keynote speakers are Eric Beckman, (Co-director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, University of Pittsburgh), Bruce Dale (Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Director of Bio-based Technologies, Michigan State University) and Deanna Cullen (chemistry teacher at Whitehall High School). The conference will feature a student poster contest and sessions on pollution prevention, lowering product toxicity, leveraging non-competitive industry partnerships and bio-manufacturing. The event is cohosted by the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality and Michigan State University. Major sponsors include Dow Chemical, Ecology Center, Herman Miller, Steelcase and PVS Nolwood Chemicals. Registration is $100 ($25 for students). See the Michigan DEQ website for more details.
By Doug Williams
The Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation will kick off its 2014-15 Spark Series Year of Science with a Science & Engineering Festival on Nov 7-8 at Gull Lake High School (7753 N. 34th St., Richland, MI). The Nov 7 program is for 3000 area middle school students but events on Saturday, Nov 8 are open to the public from 9 am – 4 pm, free of charge. Mind Trekkers, a nationally acclaimed STEM roadshow from Michigan Tech University, will be featured (see ). Our Kalamazoo Section of ACS is a financial sponsor of this event. We encourage you to mark your calendar and check it out.
By Lydia Hines
We have an immediate need for candidates for Kalamazoo Section Chair-Elect and Treasurer.
There is also an urgent need for a Chair for the KACS Education Committee, a very important role in our Local Section organization, as Education is a highly valued outreach for us.
This year’s theme is The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy. Hands-on activities, take-home science fun information for anyone ages 2-102.
We will be having another Science Café, this time on the theme of Art! Mark your calendars for Thursday 23 October (mole Day), our speaker will be Mr. James Engelmann, Exhibition Designer, Cleveland Museum of Art, on Art Changes. Invite any friend or colleague interested in the subject. Location and time: Richmond Center, 2nd Floor, WMU Campus, 6:02 pm.
KACS will host Prof. Timothy F. Jamison from MIT as the keynote speaker. More details to follow.
By Lydia Hines
Plan now to attend our Art Science Café on Mole Day, Thursday 23 October 2014 at 6:02 pm. We will meet at the Richmond Center on the WMU campus on the 2nd floor; there will be refreshments in the lobby.
Our speaker will be Mr. James Engelmann, an artist, teacher and designer. He works as an exhibition designer at the Cleveland Museum of Art and teaches Design Principles at Kent State University; he is a son of our current KACS chair and creator of the unique pictures of our Section chair for his column in our newsletters.
The title of his presentation is Art Changes. Jim explains:
We live in an age of visual abundance where the tools of art production and distribution are remarkably accessible. Brilliantly colorful and durable imagery, which would have been printmaking feats in the past, are now sent as throw away mailers to our homes. Art innovation, however, is not unique to our time. Material and technical innovations are as old as art itself and they have consistently changed the way images are produced, the nature of those images, and the art experience. In this lecture I will examine some of these developments from the past - from techniques for synthesizing pigments to the development of optics. These innovations and many others have changed what we expect art to be and have gradually made possible the pictorial mania of today.
By Brian Eklov
Ken Fivizzani, the retired Manager of Chemical Safety Programs at Ondeo Nalco and chair of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety gave a talk titled, Who Pays for Safety Failures in the Chemistry Laboratory? on 23 Sept at Kalamazoo College. Twenty three members of the section (From K College, WMU, and a variety of industrial groups) attended Dr. Fivizzani’s talk, which highlighted a number of recent cases where safety issues were brought to the attention of the broader community and the public. A discussion of the wide-raging ramifications followed, and continued into the questions after the talk. It is clear that issues of chemical safety have a broad impact - from those who suffer injures or lose work, to institutions that lose stature, and perhaps even a loss of future funding for research and chemical education.
By Lydia Hines, co-general chair
Mark your calendars and offer to assist in the successful implementation of this ACS Meeting to be held at the Amway Grand Hotel/DeVos Place in Grand Rapids on Wednesday through Saturday, May 27-30, 2015. Participate along with about 1000-1400 other chemist in an affordable venue.
Offer to chair a symposium in your area of Chemistry, and/or invite your students and colleagues to present papers orally or in poster form, to help with registration, with assisting our visitors to the area, with keeping exhibitors happy with their surroundings, and by attending technical sessions and social events, etc.
Dr. Scott Denmark (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign), Dr. Joan Brennecke (Univesity of Notre Dame) and Dr. Dustin Mergott (Eli Lilly) have agreed to be our keynote speakers, and Dr. Tom Lane (Past-chair, ACS) will be giving the Award address at the banquet on Friday evening.
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