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Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Miller Auditorium Thursday May 5, 2016 7:30 pm AltonBrownTour.com
KACS has reserved a block of tickets for members who are interested in attending the Alton Brown Live show on Thursday, May 5th at 7:30 PM. The well-known television personality and author has a knack for explaining kitchen science in an engaging and entertaining manner. Don’t worry, though, our tickets are out of the “splash zone”. The KACS seating will be near the back of the orchestra level, and tickets are $35 each (after our KACS subsidy).
Please contact Brian Eklov at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seats.
By Brian Eklov
Each January, ACS hosts the ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas, TX. This event provides vital training on how to lead with great success. Participants gain an understanding of the essential elements of effective leadership and an opportunity to interact with other local section and technical division officers and ACS governance. Leadership development courses help participants develop core skills important in ACS leadership roles as well as in the workplace.
This year was my second opportunity to attend the ACS Leadership Institute. As always, the weekend was packed to the gills with sessions covering a wide array of topics related to the ACS’s local sections, and I was able to attend sessions that complemented my previous experience at the conference. Due to the networking prompted by this event, we are currently working on joint events with the St. Joseph Valley and Milwaukee Local Sections, so watch our newsletter and Facebook page for announcements!
If you would like to hear more about the ACS Leadership Event and learn how you can attend or otherwise participate, please contact me at email@example.com .
For the thirty-fifth consecutive year, the KACS is sponsoring a chemistry examination competition for all high school students in Allegan, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. The competition consists of a preliminary and final examination. This year the preliminary examination will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at all high schools that register. High scorers will be invited to the final examination on April 23, 2016 at Western Michigan University where they will compete for twenty scholarships. If you would like more information, contact a high school chemistry teacher or email the KACS test coordinator: James Kiddle ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
At its annual spring award reception the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society honors an Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher from one of the three counties (Allegan, Kalamazoo, Van Buren) in our Local Section. This year we are asking for your cooperation in identifying qualified candidates. The applicant for Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher should be able to impart to students a strong understanding of basic chemical principles while inspiring students to choose a career in chemistry. The ideal applicant would use innovative teaching methods and be active in keeping current with the field of chemistry.
To nominate a candidate contact Andre Venter: email@example.com
By Elke Schoffers with Photos by Denis Billen
KACS hosted its annual poster session titled "Sustainable Science - Recycle a Poster" at Bell's Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo on Nov. 10, 2015. This event is now in its fifth year and was made possible through a generous grant from Zoetis. It not only features research posters but typically also hosts a keynote speaker during this very social gathering. Poster setup, registration and mingling began at 5 PM. Over 70 people enjoyed the atmosphere of this public event; 51% of the attendees were ACS members.
The audience was excited to learn about the latest efforts to control and cure malaria from the keynote speaker. At 7 pm Dr. Karson S. Putt began his seminar, which was titled "Inhibition of an erythrocyte tyrosine. kinase prevents Plasmodium falciparum egress and terminates parasitemia". In his role as Managing Director, Putt oversees over 110 faculty members and over 600 students at the Purdue University Center for Drug Discovery. During the presentation he explained how inhibition of a specific enzyme can arrest malaria. This is a breakthrough finding. According to the World Health Organization, one child dies from malaria every minute, and half of the world’s population remains at risk of infection. Because this threat is expected to rise as drug resistance continues to eliminate established treatment options, the search for novel anti-malarial therapies has intensified. There are over 200 million infections of malaria every year, which is endemic in Africa, South and Central America, and South East Asia.
The original speaker for this event was Kristina Kesely. However, just 9 days before her visit to Kalamazoo she received word that human trial studies in Vietnam were approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and Purdue IRB. Within less than a week's notice Kesely and her team had to prepare for a month-long visit to South East Asia to gather data for their novel therapy. This was an exciting development but it also meant that someone else needed to fill in for her. Organizers were happy to learn that Putt could step in on short notice.
Event visitors had a chance to enjoy hot appetizers and beer from 5 to 9 pm while listening to the keynote speech and reviewing the posters that were given by scientists from Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and Zoetis. There were 21 new or "recycled" (from a previous conference) posters, including a total of 15 student presenters. This year, there were also three cash prizes drawn from poster presenters who submitted their abstracts by November 4. The winners were Basil Ahmed, Wisam A. Alisawi and Harry Chanzu.
If so, then you already know that our Facebook page is where you are first made aware of local section events, interesting science-related current events, and national ACS news!
If you have not yet liked our page, then here is your chance to remedy that deficiency and be entered in a drawing to win a copy of "Mauve" by Simon Garfield. The subtitle of this book, “how one man invented a color that changed the world” is not an exaggeration. This fascinating read explains how William Perkin’s 1856 experimental mishap revolutionized organic chemistry, while also forever changing the fashion, perfume, flavorings, and bleaching industries.
To be eligible to win the book you must be a KACS member living in the continental United States. Prior to the drawing on Tuesday, March 1 st , you must do the following:
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