Kansas City Local Section

April 2017 Newsletter

ACS KC Local Section

Annual Award Ceremony

(Honoring the best performing students in the local selection examination for the 2017 International Chemistry Olympiad, Outstanding Chemistry Teachers and Special Members of our Section)

 

WHEN: Monday, April 10, 2017; 5:30pm

WHERE: Princess Garden Restaurant, 8906 Wornall Rd, KCMO

SPEAKER: Bill Gutheil

TALK TITLE:The Search for Magic Bullets”

MENU: Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon, Steamed Dumplings, Hot & Sour Soup, Shrimp & Fish Fillet with Rice Wine Sauce, General Tso Chicken, Beef Sauteed with Chinese Vegetables, and Sweet Red-Bean Sesame Ball (Dessert)

COST: $15 (Award winners and their families will be free of charge) 

PLEASE RSVP by contacting Sarah Leibowitz: Sleibowitzacs@gmail.com by:

Thursday, April 6th.    Thank you!

 

Upcoming Events:

ACS National Meeting:

April 2-6, 2017 in San Francisco CA

253rd American Chemical Society  National Meeting & Exposition

Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes

Register today at:  www.acs.org/ACSSF17

 

US Chemistry Olympiad:  Screening exams were held March 16 & March 18, 2017 at Liberty North High School and the University of Central Missouri (UCM) respectively.  The National Exam will be held on April 22, 2017.

EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22, 2017!!

The MARCH FOR SCIENCE will be held on Earth Day, April 22.  This march is endorsed by the National ACS and will be held locally in Kansas City in Washington Square Park on Grand Boulevard from 10am-2pm. We hope to see you there!!to add text, images, and other content

           Omaha City Mini-ACS Regional Section Collaborative Event:

Omaha NE, April 21 & 22, 2017 (We have an ACS grant for travel and housing.) 

Friday: Drug Design and Delvery; Saturday: Sustainability.  Participating Sections: Omaha, Kansas City, Nebraska, Kansas State University, Wichita, and Wakarusa

 

Friday, April 21, 2017:

5-6pm: Arrival (Harper Centre, Creighton University)

6-7pm: Poster Presentation and Social Hour

7-8pm: Keynote Talk on Drug Design and Delivery; Dinner

8-9pm: Social Networking

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017:

9-10am: Student Event

10-11:15am: Sustainability Talks

11:15-11:45am: Lunch

11:45am-12:30pm: Earth Day Event

1:00-3:00pm: Omaha Zoo Guided Tour

3:00pm: Conclusion of Event

*Submit Poster or talk titles and abstracts to Dr. Harsh Chauhan by April 15th at: harshchauhan@creighton.edu

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ABOUT OUR APRIL DINNER SPEAKER…

Dr. Bill Gutheil

Dr. Gutheil received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo in 1983, and his PhD in 1989 from the University of Southern California.  He then performed postdoctoral research, first at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Professor Burt Vallee in the areas of protein biochemistry and molecular biology, and then at Tufts University under the Direction of Professor William Bachovchin in the areas of bio-organic chemistry and drug development.  Dr. Gutheil received his first faculty appointment at Meharry Medical College in Nashville TN in 1994, and then moved to the UMKC School of Pharmacy in 2000.  His research has primarily focused on bacterial cell wall biochemistry over the last 25 years.  He also has interests in Biophysics and Analytical Biochemistry.  He established and oversees the UMKC School of Pharmacy Metabolomics and Drug Discovery Shared Instrumentation resource, which houses two liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectroscopy instruments (LC-MS/MS).

ABOUT HIS TALK:  “The Search for Magic Bullets”

 

Man’s imagination has long been captivated by the realization that certain concoctions can have profound pharmacological effects – some good, some bad.  The scientific revolution propelled this interest into the realm of using chemistry as a means to identify new pharmacologically active agents, or, “magic bullets”.  This effort has met with many early and ongoing successes.  However, in the area of antimicrobial agents we are now at risk of losing the ability to counter pathogenic bacteria due to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Can science meet this challenge, or are we doomed to live in the “post-antibiotic era”?

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The Kansas City Section of the ACS recognizes one exceptional Industrial/Research Chemist ($500.00 award)

 

Awards description

The Awards Committee of the Kansas City Local Section of the American Chemical Society (KC-ACS) is seeking nominations for 2017 Industrial Chemist award to be given to a deserving member of Kansas City community. The award recognizes an Industrial Chemist/Research Chemist who has made great strides in the development of chemical scientific research, outstanding entrepreneurial chemical contributions and has furthered the field of chemistry through teaching and outreach on STEM activities. Other indicators of exceptional performance may include

  • Exceptional quality of the nominee’s work 
  • Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession
  • The nominee’s ability to mentor and coach others
  • List of nominee’s most significant outcomes: publications, products, patents, achievements, consequences, etc. (up to 20 outcomes)
  • Summary of the significance and impact of their work on the field/discipline and on the chemical enterprise
  • Innovativeness of the approaches used
  • Potential or realized impact and benefits of the work on society
  • Service to the scientific community broadly defined
  • Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences. Candidates do not have to necessarily satisfy all the above stated line items.

To be eligible the applicant’s place of work must be located within the KC-ACS local section catchment area. Interested? Verify your employment location eligibility on http://webapps.acs.org/lslookup/local_search.jsp . Send your completed application packet to Innocent Pumure at pumure@ucmo.edu  or mail it to the address given below. Your application packet should reach Innocent Pumure on or before Friday, March 31, 2017.

 

 

American Chemical Society

 

January 25, 2017

American Chemical Society

Kansas City Section                                                        

Awards Committee                                                          

Dear Chemistry Teacher:

The Awards Committee of the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is seeking nominations for the ACS High School Student Awards for 2017. Information about the Award is given below:

The ACS High School Student Awards

The Kansas City Section of the ACS annually recognizes two area high school students for their achievements in chemistry. The purpose of these awards is to stimulate interest in chemistry and to encourage high school students to pursue careers in chemistry. Two high school students will be selected to receive the ACS Award ($500 each). 

The Selection Process

Students will be selected based on their USNCO exam scores.

Award Rules

  1. Only High School students who participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) are eligible to be nominated.
  2. Students must be nominated in a letter from their chemistry teacher describing their accomplishments and merit for the award.
  3. A second letter of reference must also be provided from another teacher, counselor, or administrator.
  4. A third letter must be provided by the student describing their academic accomplishments (cumulative GPA and class standing if known) and the role chemistry will play in their academic future.

How to Nominate:  The nominating teacher will gather all three letters and will e-mail them to me by March, 31st, 2017.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me with any questions.

 

Sincerely,


Innocent Pumure, PhD.

School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences

University of Central Missouri

PO Box 800

Warrensburg, Mo 64093

 

email:   pumure@ucmo.edu

phone: (660) 543-4143

 

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                               American Chemical Society

January 25, 2017

American Chemical Society

Kansas City Section

Awards Committee

 

Dear School Principals, Chemistry Educators, Students, and Parents:

The Awards Committee of the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is seeking nominations for the 2017 ACS High School Chemistry Teacher Awards.  Teachers, please forward this document to whomever you deem appropriate. 

Please take a few minutes to consider the qualifications of the chemistry teachers in your school and recommend anyone who has made outstanding contributions during their teaching career.

Information about the Awards and the nomination procedure is given below:

The ACS High School Chemistry Teacher Awards

The Kansas City Section of the ACS recognizes two area high school chemistry teachers for excellence in chemistry education. Both winners receive $500 cash awards and a grant to be used towards attending the regional ACS meeting in the fall of 2017. KC-ACS will sponsor the top recipient of this award as its nominee for the National Chemistry Teacher Award.

How to Nominate

A chemistry teacher may be nominated in one of two ways:

1. Nominations by Principal and Teacher– two letters of recommendation, one from the nominee’s principal and one from a peer teacher will be e-mailed directly to pumure@ucmo.edu

2. Nominations by High School Students – Students will submit either (a) a letter telling us about the teacher, co-signed with comments by a parent, or (b) two letters, one each from student and parent.  The letter(s) should be e-mailed directly to pumure@ucmo.edu

Nomination forms accompany this document and my email address is on the nomination forms.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is March 31st, 2017.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me with any questions.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

   

Innocent Pumure, PhD.

School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences

University of Central Missouri

PO Box 800

Warrensburg, Mo 64093

 

e-mail: pumure@ucmo.edu

phone: 660-543-4143

 

March 2017 - Newsletter


 ____________March Activities 2017____________

 March Meeting W/Pizza

 

WHEN: Monday, March 20, 2017; 6:00pm

WHERE: Mag Conference Center at MRI, 425 Volker Blvd., KCMO

SPEAKER: Dr. Tom Hemling, Pres. & CSO, TCH Animal Health LLP

TALK TITLE: “Food Safety, Animal Health and Residue Avoidance in the Dairy Industry”.

MENU: We will have a variety of pizzas, soft drinks and beer

COST: $5

 *PLEASE RSVP to Sarah Leibowitz: Sleibowitzacs@gmail.com by Friday March 17th.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Science and Engineering Employment Panel and Networking Event

 

WHEN:  March 2, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm

WHERE: The Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the MWSU campus, 4221 Mitchell Avenue, St. Joseph MO 64507

WHO:  Undergraduate and Graduate students in MWSU Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering Technology departments meeting with regional employers.

Focus on the employment for laboratory and manufacturing in our regional science workforce.

Sponsored by: Missouri Western State University and the Innovation Stockyard.  Participants can RSVP by going to the MWSU Chemistry Dept. homepage or through Event Brite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mwsu-science-and-engineering-employment-panel-and-networking-event-tickets-30329232551

 

 

MARSEF & MJAS:  The High School divisions of MARSEF will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Missouri Western State University and will run from 8:00am-4:00pm.  We are continuing to look for volunteer judges.  If you are interested in finding out how you can help, please contact Dr. Jeff Woodford at (816) 271-5671 or email:  jwoodford@missouriwestern.edu for more information.  Thank you.

 ABOUT OUR SPEAKER…

 

Dr. Tom Hemling is currently President & CSO on TCH Animal Health LLP consulting in animal health and sustainable food production.  He has been in that role since 2016.  Prior to that he was with DeLaval/West Agro Division, DeLaval International AB, Product Portfolio Milk Quality and Animal Health in KC MO from 1991-2016.  There, he most recently served as Global R & D Manager/Vice President Technology Global (1999-2016).  Dr. Hemling has 24 years in management of international teams of R&D, microbiology, pre-clinical and clinical testing, quality assurance/quality control, technical service, and regulatory department: 30+ personnel; $5 million budget.  He has global experience in business development, technology licensing, and establishing joint development and clinical trial arrangements with universities, government research institutes and commercial research organizations.  He has 20 years of experience managing intellectual property strategies, has been a technical liaison with key domestic and international customers, has 25+ years of research experience in a range of industries including animal science, food safety, topical antimicrobials, hard surface sanitizers, food processing cleaners and sanitizers, pool chemicals, surfactants, metal working lubricants and corrosion inhibitors.  He has 100+ conference papers and technical publications to his name and also 13 patents both domestic and international.

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MARSEF & MJAS:

The High School divisions of MARSEF will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 in Agenstein and Remington Halls at Missouri Western University and will run from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.  JUDGES ARE NEEDED!!  Please see contact info below if you are interested in participating as a volunteer judge.

 

The St. Joseph School District will again be sponsoring the Junior High Divisions of the Missouri Junior Academy of Science (MJAS or “Academy”) and the Junior High Mid-America Regional Science and Engineering Fair (MARSEF or “Fair”).  The Academy and Fair will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Fulkerson Center on the campus of Missouri Western State University.  The Fair will begin with setup at 8:00 a.m. and should finish by 12:00 p.m.  Academy presentations will take place in conjunction with the Fair.  The awards ceremony will immediately follow.

 

To register for the Junior High division please visit the sites listed below:

To register for MARSEF:  https://goo.gl/forms/NWxb87kYV9fuix43

To register for MJAS:  https://goo.gl/forms/olsBVXTpDvpBUNcq2

The registration deadline is March 1, 2017.

*For complete information, please visit:  https://www.sjsdk12.mo.us/Page/11475

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*Volunteer Opportunity:  If you are interested in volunteering as a judge for the High School division of MARSEF on Friday, March 10th, please contact Jeff Woodford at (816) 271-5671 or email:  jwoodford@missouriwestern.edu  Thank you!  Judging will begin

around noon and flexible afternoon times are available.

 

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US Chemistry Olympiad:  Screening exams are scheduled for March 16 & March 18, 2017.  The exam on March 16th will begin at 1:30p.m. at Liberty North High School; the exam on March 18th will begin at 10:30a.m. at the University of Central Missouri (UCM).  It should be noted that the screening exam can also be taken at a local high school if the students are unable to travel to either examination center on the scheduled dates.  Arrangements to have the screening exam taken at a local high school should be made via email with Dr. Innocent Pumure at pumure@ucmo.edu.

The National Exam will be held on April 22, 2017.

 

 

ACS National Meeting:

April 2-6, 2017 in San Francisco

253rd American Chemical Society

National Meeting & Exposition

Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes

Register today at:  www.acs.org/ACSSF17

 

 

Annual Student Awards Meeting: We are planning our Student and Teacher Awards Meeting for April 10, 2017; 5:00 pm. We will honor the awardees with dinner and a presentation at Princess Garden Restaurant in Kansas City. Mark it on your calendar and stay tuned for more information in our next publication!

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Friday April 21 & Saturday April 22

IPG (Innovative Project Grant):  Omaha, April 21,22 2017: 

Combining Science Presentations with the Omaha Zoo

Join surrounding sections from Omaha, Lincoln, Manhattan, and Kansas City for a trip to Omaha on April 21 for two days of networking, sharing science and exploring the Omaha Zoo!  More information to follow in this publication and on our website:  http://kcacs.sites.acs.org/ 

 

St. Louis Section

Of the

American Chemical Society

February 7, 2017

Nominations Sought for 2017 ACS Midwest Award

Dear Colleagues,

Your assistance is solicited in identifying candidates for the 2017 Midwest Award.  The St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944 to recognize the outstanding achievements in chemistry achieved by an individual in the Midwest Region.  The award is conferred annually on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry.  The contributions must have been made during a period of residence in the geographical area defined by the territories of the Local Sections that participate in the Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS.  These 17 Sections are listed in the programs for Midwest Regional Meetings (or call me to confirm eligibility).  Nominees can work in industry, academia, government, or in private practice.

The 2017 Midwest Award will be presented at the 52nd Midwest Regional ACS Meeting to be held in Lawrence KS, October 18-20, 2017 in association with the University of Kansas.  Ceremonies feature a Midwest Award Symposium and the Midwest Award Lecture.  The Award consists of a medallion and a cash honorarium; these are presented by the St. Louis Section Chair at the Midwest Awards Banquet.  Conditions of this Award include that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture, and attends the Midwest Awards Banquet; both events usually occur on the Thursday of the Midwest Regional Meeting (October 19, 2017 this year).

Nominations should consist of:  a nominating letter for the nominee and two or more seconding letters; a CV for the nominee; a brief biography for the nominee; and documented and objective information regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee.  If the nominee is an academician, a list of people who have received advanced degrees under her or his direction should be provided.  Activities that support the ACS in the Midwest Region constitute an added criterion.  Please submit nominations electronically via a single pdf file to the e-mail address given below.  All nominations must be received on or before the deadline of Friday March 31, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact me at obrien@jinx.umsl.edu or (314) 757-5717 (Cell phone).

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Jim O’Brien,

E-Mail address: obrien@jinx.umsl.edu

[2017 ACS Midwest Award Coordinator, and

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Missouri-St. Louis

One University Blvd.

 

 

The Kansas City Section of the ACS recognizes one exceptional Industrial/Research Chemist ($500.00 award)

 

Awards description

The Awards Committee of the Kansas City Local Section of the American Chemical Society (KC-ACS) is seeking nominations for 2017 Industrial Chemist award to be given to a deserving member of Kansas City community. The award recognizes an Industrial Chemist/Research Chemist who has made great strides in the development of chemical scientific research, outstanding entrepreneurial chemical contributions and has furthered the field of chemistry through teaching and outreach on STEM activities. Other indicators of exceptional performance may include

 

  • Exceptional quality of the nominee’s work 
  • Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession
  • The nominee’s ability to mentor and coach others
  • List of nominee’s most significant outcomes: publications, products, patents, achievements, consequences, etc. (up to 20 outcomes)
  • Summary of the significance and impact of their work on the field/discipline and on the chemical enterprise
  • Innovativeness of the approaches used
  • Potential or realized impact and benefits of the work on society
  • Service to the scientific community broadly defined
  • Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences. Candidates do not have to necessarily satisfy all the above stated line items.

To be eligible the applicant’s place of work must be located within the KC-ACS local section catchment area. Interested? Verify your employment location eligibility on http://webapps.acs.org/lslookup/local_search.jsp . Send your completed application packet to Innocent Pumure at pumure@ucmo.edu  or mail it to the address given below. Your application packet should reach Innocent Pumure on or before Friday, March 31, 2017.

 

 American Chemical Society

 

 

January 25, 2017

American Chemical Society

Kansas City Section                                                        

Awards Committee                                                          

 

Dear Chemistry Teacher:

 

The Awards Committee of the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is seeking nominations for the ACS High School Student Awards for 2017. Information about the Award is given below:

 

The ACS High School Student Awards

The Kansas City Section of the ACS annually recognizes two area high school students for their achievements in chemistry. The purpose of these awards is to stimulate interest in chemistry and to encourage high school students to pursue careers in chemistry. Two high school students will be selected to receive the ACS Award ($500 each). 

 

The Selection Process

Students will be selected based on their USNCO exam scores.

 

Award Rules

  1. Only High School students who participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) are eligible to be nominated.
  2. Students must be nominated in a letter from their chemistry teacher describing their accomplishments and merit for the award.
  3. A second letter of reference must also be provided from another teacher, counselor, or administrator.
  4. A third letter must be provided by the student describing their academic accomplishments (cumulative GPA and class standing if known) and the role chemistry will play in their academic future.

 

How to Nominate:  The nominating teacher will gather all three letters and will e-mail them to me by March, 31st, 2017.

 

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me with any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Innocent Pumure, PhD.

School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences

University of Central Missouri

PO Box 800

Warrensburg, Mo 64093

 

email:   pumure@ucmo.edu

phone: (660) 543-4143

 

 

                               American Chemical Society

January 25, 2017

American Chemical Society

Kansas City Section

Awards Committee

 

Dear School Principals, Chemistry Educators, Students, and Parents:

The Awards Committee of the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is seeking nominations for the 2017 ACS High School Chemistry Teacher Awards.  Teachers, please forward this document to whomever you deem appropriate. 

Please take a few minutes to consider the qualifications of the chemistry teachers in your school and recommend anyone who has made outstanding contributions during their teaching career.

Information about the Awards and the nomination procedure is given below:

The ACS High School Chemistry Teacher Awards

The Kansas City Section of the ACS recognizes two area high school chemistry teachers for excellence in chemistry education. Both winners receive $500 cash awards and a grant to be used towards attending the regional ACS meeting in the fall of 2017. KC-ACS will sponsor the top recipient of this award as its nominee for the National Chemistry Teacher Award.

How to Nominate

A chemistry teacher may be nominated in one of two ways:

1. Nominations by Principal and Teacher– two letters of recommendation, one from the nominee’s principal and one from a peer teacher will be e-mailed directly to pumure@ucmo.edu

2. Nominations by High School Students – Students will submit either (a) a letter telling us about the teacher, co-signed with comments by a parent, or (b) two letters, one each from student and parent.  The letter(s) should be e-mailed directly to pumure@ucmo.edu

Nomination forms accompany this document and my email address is on the nomination forms.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is March 31st, 2017.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me with any questions.

 

Respectfully,

 

Innocent Pumure, PhD.

School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences

University of Central Missouri

PO Box 800

Warrensburg, Mo 64093