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By Lydia E.M. Hines
75th Anniversary Celebration
6151 Portage Road
Thursday 23 February 2017
18:00 - 21:30
Our Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society (KACS) will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with a dinner event on the main floor of the Air Zoo on the evening of Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6-9:30 pm.
We will have time to socialize, reminisce, celebrate our accomplishments, enjoy dinner, and be treated to a presentation on the SR-71. The Executive Director of the ACS will join our celebration, and we will have access to four of the Air Zoo's event experiences (including the simulators and the 4-D theater) for those who would like to take advantage of them!
We hope you will join us at this family-friendly event. The cost for dinner for each attendee age 12 years and older will be $10.00 (young people under 12 may come at no cost) so please plan to join fellow KACS members that evening for this special party!
If you plan on attending, please register by completing the registration form. See you there!
By Elke Schoffers (KACS Publicity and ACS Symposium Organizer)
KACS' commitment to supporting Climate Change began last year by including a half-day session Climate Science Symposium at the American Chemical Society Joint Great Lakes / Central Regional Meeting (ACS JGLCRM), on May 27th, 2015, in Grand Rapids, MI. The symposium brought together climate change researchers, from the field of Environmental Science and Climatology with policy makers, to discuss problems and share solutions related to regional and global climate change. The conference also included societal topics on climate change.
KACS continued its support for climate change education this year by co-sponsoring a half-day symposium at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA, on March 15, 2016, titled The Science and Perception of Climate Change. The goal was to disseminate the latest research updates and to identify ways that help engage a more scientifically literate public that in turn would be more supportive of the sciences and its practitioners.
The symposium featured scientists from a broad background to discuss the risks, responsibilities, politics and policies of climate change. The symposium was well attended with up to 70 attendees and concluded with a panel discussion titled When Facts Don't Matter. Among others, the lineup included Bassam Shakhashiri (past ACS President), Jerry Bell (U. of Wisconsin, ACS Climate Science Toolkit developer) and Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan), who is the author of How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate. Presentations by the invited speakers, along with their affiliations and their presentation titles, are listed below.
The symposium organizers, Elke Schoffers and Sherine Obare, are grateful to KACS, the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and other sponsors for their support. Additional symposia have been scheduled for the 253rd and 254th ACS meetings in 2017. Please continue to read the KACS newsletters for updates on climate change.
By Elke Schoffers (KACS Publicity) with Photos by Denis Billen (DB Family Photography)
KACS hosted its annual poster session titled Sustainable Science – Recycle a Poster at Bell's Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo on Nov. 15, 2016. For the 6th year in a row, KACS organized this public event, which was made possible through a generous grant from Zoetis. As before, there were many research posters in addition to a keynote speaker. Over 110 people attended this social gathering; 49% of the attendees were ACS members.
Dr. McTier discussed the discovery and development of sarolaner (Simparica®) in Zoetis' labs here in Kalamazoo in his talk Discovery and Development of Simparica® – A Novel Companion Animal Isoxazoline Parasiticide. He is Therapeutic Area Head for Companion Animal Parasitology and Research Director in Global Therapeutics Research, Veterinary Medicine Research and Development at Zoetis in Kalamazoo, MI. This drug is a novel isoxazoline derivative and has unique structural features important for its potency and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties.
Event visitors had a chance to enjoy hot appetizers and beer from 5 to 9 pm while listening to the keynote speech, mingling and reviewing the posters that were given. There were 28 new or "recycled" (from a previous conference) posters highlighting scientific results from Zoetis, Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University (WMU), among others. Some work was done in collaboration with other institutions. There were 15 student presenters from WMU; 8 from Kalamazoo College and one student from Portage High School. The local section also gave out three $50 cash prizes, which were drawn from the pool of poster presenters who submitted an abstract early. KACS Treasurer Andre R. Venter delivered the prizes to the winners: Lainey R. Barber, Nicole L. Burke and Haider Faraj.
The prize winners presented these posters:
The Kalamazoo Local Section also used this popular event as an opportunity to get feedback from all visitors by distributing a paper survey. The Executive Committee thanks all the participants for filling out the questionnaires, and the data is currently being reviewed. Last but not least, the KACS Board is grateful for the financial support that Zoetis has provided to help defer the expenses associated with this event.
By Lydia Hines
As part of our National Chemistry Week celebration in 1994 our Local Section invited Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, a chemistry professor from Texas A&M, to speak on his research on the chemistry of the wood used in Stradivarius violins. He gave his presentation at the Dalton Recital Hall at WMU where we had invited violinists from the Kalamazoo Symphony with their "name violins", as well as Edith Hines, a young aspiring violinist at the time who used one of Dr. Nagyvary's violins, for a recital - this would offer "comparisons" of the various violins. Our Section received a Phoenix Award (now called ChemLuminary Award) for that unique event. Dr. Nagyvary is from Hungary; he is now retired and has written a memoir describing his experiences as a young student in Eastern Europe under adverse political circumstances.
Violence and Violins: The Making of a Hungarian Refugee by Joseph Nagyvary can be sampled and purchased at Amazon.com or at violenceandviolins.com.
The dates has passed for abstract submission, however please consider supporting this event by attending!
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