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Student poster presenters can win a prize!
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate.
The Kalamazoo area has always been historically rich with exciting chemistry. Please join us and share the area’s wealth of exciting chemistry by bringing a poster of your chemistry accomplishments. Your poster can either be newly prepared or a recycled poster from a previous event. This Mixer invites local academic and industrial chemists from all areas of chemistry: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical, in addition to Food and Medicinal Chemistry. See you there! Present Science, Network, Mingle, Celebrate Kalamazoo Chemistry.
This year KACS will host Professor Timothy F. Jamison (MIT) during its annual poster session. He will present a keynote speech on continuous flow chemistry. Poster presenters should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 3 to reserve an easel by sending: (a) the title of the poster, (b) a list of authors, and (c) institution information.
Abstract: Flow chemistry has the potential to revolutionize the synthesis of organic molecules. Flow systems can reduce reaction times, increase efficiency, and obviate problems often encountered in scaling up. In addition to these important practical advantages, flow chemistry expands the “toolbox” of organic reactions available to scientists engaged in the synthesis of molecules – from small-scale experiments to large-scale production. These benefits are a direct result of several features of flow synthesis that batch synthesis typically cannot achieve, for example, the ability to control fluid flow precisely, the access to temperature and pressure regimes not usually considered to be practical, and the enhanced safety characteristics of flow chemical systems. In this lecture we will discuss some of our investigations in this area in the form of case studies, wherein a specific target or family of organic molecules has served as an inspiration for the development of new methods of organic synthesis in flow.
By Lydia Hines
We have an immediate need for an Education Committee Chair, a very important role in our Local Section organization, as Education is a highly valued outreach for us. Descriptions of the responsibilities for this role can be found here.
By Lydia Hines
We want to extend our thanks to Dr. André Venter for agreeing to be a candidate for the position of treasurer, to Dr. Lydia Hines for agreeing to stand for re-election as councilor, and to Dr. Brian Eklov for agreeing to continue as chair for a second year.
Ballots for this election will be distributed through Survey Monkey and we trust that you will vote.
Please consider offering your service to your Section - our immediate need right now is to identify one or more members who are willing to serve the Section in the capacity of chair-elect beginning in 2016 (election to be held in 2015). Descriptions of the responsibilities for this role can be found here.
By Sarut Jianrattanasawatt
On September 12, 2014, the WMU Chemistry Club and the Chemistry Graduate Student Association hosted an ice cream social for the graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry. With more than 40 people in attendance, students were able to make new connections, get to know the student organizations*, as well as catch up with old friends. All in all, this event met its aim of introducing the new students to the more established members of the department.
* WMU Chemistry Club for undergrads, Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA), and NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers)
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 (University of Notre Dame) and Dr. Dustin Mergott (Eli Lilly) have agreed to be our keynote speakers. Dr. Tom Lane (Past-President, ACS) will be giving the Award address at the banquet on Friday evening.
Visit the meeting website for updates on program and other breaking news…
By Lydia Hines
Saturday, October 11, was a beautiful day in Kalamazoo, a day for families to take a trip to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum for our Section’s annual National Chemistry Week outreach event. As in the past 27 years the staff and volunteers at the Museum collaborated with KACS members to present a successful event which was excitedly received by all who attended, parents and children alike – at least 800 visitors.
More than fifty volunteers from our Section – from Kalamazoo College, WMU, KVCC, Zoetis, Pfizer, Gull Lake High School and Kellogg’s, to name some – presented 24 hands-on activities for 4 hours non-stop; some of the activities were the old stand-bys like slime, dancing milk, volcano, and super-absorbent polymer; others were new, like how to detect sour candies from those which are not, to ways to be a Kitchen spy; the Mentos-pop geyser was another favorite. The theme this year was The Sweet Side of Chemistry &endash; Candy. A large number of written materials for Grades 4-6 and High-School-age young people were happily received by eager children and adults – parents, scout leaders, teachers – who were there.
Our event got some publicity through the AP Wire service (courtesy a Press release from the Museum Director); there was additional publicity in the Museum’s quarterly publication Museon and their volunteer newsletter; an article in the Three Rivers Commercial-News; advertisements in the Kalamazoo Gazette; articles and invitations in our Section e-newsletter, and e-blasts; and a flier supplied to K-12 teachers with the request that it be sent home with their students – some were. On the morning of the event, museum staff presented one of our activities live on our local TV station! Three weeks prior to the date of the event the publication Celebrating Chemistry, for children Grades 4-6, along with the announcement flyer, was distributed through our Section’s Public Libraries’ children’s rooms.
Through this article I would like to extend a heart-felt Thank You to all our volunteers and the able staff at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Since the deadline for submission of entries to National ACS is not until November 15, the results of this part of the event are not in yet, but all K-12 teachers whose e-addresses are in hand received an invitation (and a subsequent reminder) to have their students participate in this opportunity for prize money. The deadline for submission locally is not until November 10, so stay tuned…
We congratulate our Kalamazoo-based Stryker in being ranked as number 42 in the list of Top Chemistry-Related Companies to Work For in the January 16, 2014 issue of Fortune magazine (see page 34 of C&E News 13 October 2014).
By James Kiddle
The co-program chairs are soliciting suggestions for technical session topics for the 2015 Joint Great Lakes Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society to be held May 27 - May 30, 2015 in Grand Rapids. The overall theme of the meeting is Chemistry – A Grand Enterprise and will focus on three main areas: food, health, and the environment.
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