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The ECI local section, WCC, and YCC will be hosting events through out the week of October 22nd-28th.  A summary of the events can be found below:

 

Pumpkin Carving: Monday, October 23 at 6 PM - 7 PM at the CLSL-A Atrium

The YCC and WCC invite you to join us for the Annual Pumpkin Carving event hosted in the CLSL-A Atrium. All students, faculty, staff, and their families and friends are welcome. The event is free and light snacks will be provided. We have limited painting and carving supplies so please bring your own tools if you have any.

Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/NcrC2VJr21vTeRut1

RSVP is required to get a pumpkin.

 

Program-in-a-Box Tuesday, October 24 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM at Pizza M

Join the Younger Chemists Committee at Pizza-M for this fall's Program-in-a-Box: Chemistry Rocks! In addition to learning a bit about geochemistry with fellow science lovers, there will be free pizza provided. All are welcome!

 

Chemistry Rocks! Demonstrations and Invited Lecture October 27th at 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the Urbana Free Library

The East Central Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to participate in a National Chemistry Week (NCW) celebration from 3:30-5:30 PM on Friday, October 27th at the Urbana Free Library! These hands-on activities feature geochemistry demonstrations led by our volunteers. After the demonstrations, stick around for an educational talk about how biology and chemistry interact with geology by our invited speaker Bruce Fouke. This event is appropriate for grades K-12 (and those young at heart). Demonstrations will be from 3:30pm-4:30pm and Bruce's talk will start at 4:30pm.

Austin Cyphersmith

Chemistry Rocks!

Posted by Austin Cyphersmith Oct 17, 2017

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The East Central Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to participate in a National Chemistry Week (NCW) celebration from 3:30-5:30 PM on Friday, October 27th at the Urbana Free Library! NCW encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to participate in our events with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. The NCW 2017 theme is "Chemistry Rocks!", exploring the chemistry of rocks and minerals. The hands-on activities will feature geochemistry demonstrations led by our volunteers. After the demonstrations, stick around for an educational talk about how biology and chemistry interact with geology by our invited speaker Bruce Fouke. This event is appropriate for grades K-12 (and those young at heart).

 

Demonstrations will be from 3:30pm-4:30pm and Bruce's talk will start at 4:30pm.

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For the past thirteen years, the Illinois Sections of the ACS have sponsored and run a science tent in the Conservation World section of the Illinois State Fair.  This year, the tent is scheduled to be open from August 10 through the 19th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds 801 Sangamon Avenue Springfield, IL 62706. Volunteers are still needed for the event, specifically for especially the 2nd shift (12:30pm to 4pm) of Thu-Sat (8/17-8/19) and take down of the tent on the 19th at 7pm.  If you would like to volunteer for this please sign up here or email me directly. We have some funds available for travel reimbursement, so please email me if you intend to go and volunteer, we can reimburse you for gas.  If anyone would like a ride to the fair, I will leave at 10am on Saturday the 19th, just email me.  In the past volunteers have been able to gain entrance to the fair for free. There will also be free pizza for all volunteers.

 

Further information about the tent can be found below:

 

The tent is an outreach of the Illinois Local Sections developed to enhance the public’s awareness of the contributions of chemistry to our everyday lives and the nation’s economy. This will be our 14th year hosting this activity. We provide information to the public on science by way of science demonstrations, hands-on activities, information for teachers (including a CD with over 200 chemistry experiments), and literature and give-aways for the public. This annual event allows children of all ages to have fun learning about chemistry. Last year, we had over 10,000 visitors to our tent including many who join us every year.

 

In the past, your Section has provided funding and volunteers to make this all possible. We need your help again to be one of our sponsors of this valuable outreach activity promoting the positive aspects of chemistry. We impact a large number of visitors ranging from young children to adults, representing a wide range of education and occupations, and allowing Illinois chemists to communicate the value and fun of chemistry.  The funds that we raise are used to help offset the cost of demo and hands-on supplies, rental equipment, our space, and give-aways. Any monetary amount is welcome, suggested levels are from $100 and up. Checks can be made payable to the Chicago Section American Chemical Society State Fair Account. As in the past, we will promote your Section’s name as a sponsor at the front of the tent as well as on our State Fair website and the informational CD distributed to over 300 Illinois school teachers that visit the tent annually. Also, you will be able to include this activity in your annual report to National. Our State Fair website is at: http://www.acsillinoisstatefair.org.

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Earth Day is Saturday April 22 and the 2017 theme is "Chemistry Helps Feed the World," exploring the role of chemistry in agriculture and its impact on the planet. Our goal this week is to build awareness of chemistry at the local level and to bring international focus to environmental causes, such as clean air, water, and energy.  We would also like to highlight some other local earth day events listed below:

 

March for Science: Champaign-Urbana

April 22nd 5-7pm at Orpheum Children’s Science Museum

The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces its support of the March for Science to be held on Earth Day, April 22. The March, which coincides with the annual ACS event called Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED), aligns with the Society’s key goal of fostering understanding and appreciation of science by the public, the media, and policymakers. The official ACS statement can be found here March for Science Statement - American Chemical Society. A lot of ECI, WCC, YCC, Student Chapter members will be attending the local march at the  Orpheum Children's Science Museum. Please feel free to join us!

 

“License to Farm” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

April 26th 7-9pm at Big Grove Tavern

The ECI local section of the American Chemical Society will be presenting a screening of the "License to Farm". A panelist discussion will follow the film in which the audience will have a chance to ask questions about the film, GMOs, and how farmers and scientists can better inform consumers.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  Food will be provided.

 

Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms

April 29th 3-5pm at The Bread Company

Hosted by the Younger Chemists Committee

Your East Central Illinois(ECI) section of the Younger Chemist Committee(YCC) of the American Chemical Society invites you to join us for a panel discussion on genetically modified organisms. Our panelist will be sharing their perspectives on the topic and answering questions from the audience.

Confirmed Panelist Include: Dr. Stephen Moose | UIUC Professor Department of Crop Science, Sarah Buckman | Outreach Coordinator Common Ground Food Co-op

Join us on Thursday, March 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at Pizza M as the ECI Local Section and the Younger Chemists Committee host the ACS Program-in-a-Box webinar on the chemistry of sports.  Free pizza will be served at 5:30pm, this is a great time to get to know your fellow chemists!  The webinar will start at 6pm, followed by a Q&A session.

 

Discover the materials that chemists are creating to enable athletes to perform better and stay safer, as well as how analytical chemistry is advancing to detect performance enhancing substances in order to keep the playing field level for everyone.

 

During the webinar you'll learn about:

  • How Shear Thickening Fluids can be used for impact protection and concussion mitigation
  • Textile Innovation within the sports performance categories
  • How fiber formulation and materials innovation will make or break a brand
  • How analytical science can help deter drug misuse
  • How mass spectrometry provides the optimum tool for the job
  • Why analytical chemists should remain vigilant and use state-of-art analytical tools to detect newly-emerged doping agents.

 

See you there!

 

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The Women Chemists Committee along with the East Central Illinois ACS will be co-hosting an Ice Skating event on Wednesday, January 11th from 7:30-9:30 pm at the UIUC Ice Arena (406 E Armory Ave., near the corner of 4th and Armory). All the East Central Illinois local section members are invited. Feel free to bring your family and friends! Admission and skate rental is FREE, even for non-UIUC family members. Light snacks provided in party area to left of refreshment stand. Please RSVP here: Doodle: 2017 ECI-WCC Ice Skating

 

See you there!

-Austin

 

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Save the date for the 2017 Great Lakes Region Meeting!

 

Abstract Deadline: April 24, 2017

Meeting Dates: June 27-30, 2017

Meeting Location: Fargo, ND

 

In addition to the 6 voting Districts to which ACS members are assigned, there also are 10 geographical Regions. Regions were historically developed during the time of war when travel to National meetings was difficult. Today, regional meetings are still held by local sections in venues that are more accessible to graduate and undergraduate students, younger faculty members and to those in industry who had modest travel support. In addition, they also provide valuable networking possibilities to all participants.

 

The East Central Illinois local section is within the Great Lakes Region and local sections within this region host meetings every other odd-numbered year. Future meetings include the 2019 Chicago and Joliet section co-hosted meeting and 2021 meeting hosted by the Minnesota Section. Then, in 2023, we are happy to announce that our very own East Central Illinois local section will be co-hosting a region meeting with the St. Louis section!

 

More information here:

http://glrm2017.com/index.html

http://greatlakesregionacs.sites.acs.org/

Please join me in welcoming the 2017 East Central Illinois Local Section leadership team!

 

ECI Local Section Officers

  • Chair: B.K. Sharma
  • Chair-Elect: Austin Cyphersmith
  • Immediate Past Chair: Kali Miller
  • Treasurer: Laura Sonnichsen
  • Councilor: Amy Nicely
  • Alternate Councilor: Ellen Keiter
  • Secretary: Carolyn Levinn
  • Webmaster: Thomas Bearrood

 

Younger Chemists Committee Officers

  • Chair: Bailey Jackson
  • Co-Chair: David Stevens
  • ACS Liaison: Alexander Moore
  • Board Coordinator: Elena Montoto
  • Public Relations Officer: Aya Kelly
  • Financial Officer: Kenan Tokmic
  • Web Master: Brenda Andrade

 

Women Chemists Committee Officers

  • Chair: Kimberly Lundberg
  • Vice Chair (ECI Liaison) : Corryn Neumann
  • Secretary: Tabitha Miller
  • Treasurer: Marina Philip
  • Social Chair: Cecilia Gentle
  • Day Camp Co-Chairs: Michaela Carlson, Courtney Ford
  • Web Administrator: Kim Ta

The ECI ACS local section, WCC, YCC,  SACNAS, and ACS Undergraduate Chapter would like to thank you for contributing to the First Annual ECI Undergraduate Research Conference. We enjoyed learning about all of research undergraduate are performing in our region, appreciate the time commitment from our volunteers and judges, and thank the professors who supported their students' participation. View photos from the conference here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskLZHrRN

 

Congratulations to our award winners:

  • WCC:  Paige DeGarmo (UIUC), Audrey Rex (EIU), Julia Zuo (UIUC)
  • SACNAS: Amanda Cowfer (UIUC), Cristian Ocampo (UIUC), Andrea Salazar (UIUC)
  • ECI: Thomas Dieter (UIUC), Brenton Hull (EIU), William Lau (UIUC), Kang Yong Loh (UIUC), Steven Szymanski (UIUC), Nathan Reed (UIUC)

 

Thanks again to our 2016 sponsors:

  • Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)
  • Viscofan USA Inc.
  • Bennett Technologies

 

We look forward to seeing you all next year!

ECI's Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) is now accepting nominations for the 3rd YCC Executive Board! More information about each position is available on the google form below. Executive board members must be ACS members and under the age of 35. Please nominate graduate students, faculty, staff, post docs, and industry professionals meeting these criteria!

 

YCC is accepting both self nominations and nomination of others who you think would be excellent candidates for this upcoming year.  These nominations are due 11/25 FRIDAY MIDNIGHT.

 

Google form to nominate: https://goo.gl/forms/4ipgmP9RTkXCa3i22

Email contact: eci.ycc@gmail.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ECI.YCC

Kali Serrano

ACS on Campus!

Posted by Kali Serrano Oct 27, 2016

The Chemistry Library at UIUC is planning an ACS on Campus event for Thursday, November 10th. This outreach event is geared towards faculty, students and post-docs and brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communications and career development to present seminars and workshops. Featured presenters include Illinois alum Dr. Joan Brennecke, Journal of Chemical Engineering Data; and our own Professors Catherine Murphy as Deputy Editor of Journal of Physical Chemistry and Jonathan Sweedler as Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Chemistry. This will be held in the Illini Union between 12:15 and 5 pm. Lunch and snacks are included. Walk-ins are welcome but ACS requests registration at http://acsoncampus.acs.org/event/?ee=159 

 

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Kali Serrano

2017 Elections

Posted by Kali Serrano Oct 13, 2016

Dear ECI Members,

 

The nomination period for our 2017 election is now open. All positions are listed below with a short description of responsibilities. If you wish to nominate yourself or a colleague for an open position, please send an email to east.central.illinois.acs@gmail.com by Sunday, October 23rd and include a short (<1000 character) description of the candidate and their qualifications.

 

Past Chair (1 year term, chair becomes past-chair) - CLOSED

  • Continuing appointment: Kali Miller
  • Head of recruiting committee
  • Awards Coordinator
  • File Annual Report for year in office

Chair (1 year term, chair-elect becomes chair) - CLOSED

  • Continuing appointment: B.K. Sharma
  • Serve as spokesperson for the local section
  • Direct section activities
  • Oversee section governance and executive committee activities
  • Make standing committee appointments

Chair-Elect (1 year term, 3 year commitment) - OPEN

  • ECI Nominee: Austin Cyphersmith
  • Represent the section at the ACS Leadership Institute
  • Serve as Program Chair for planning all section events
  • Host invited speakers
  • Recruit volunteers

Treasurer (1 year term) - OPEN

  • ECI Nominee: Laura Sonnichsen
  • Account for all section money and maintain accurate records
  • Prepare budget report for each executive meeting
  • Request allotment payment from Society and member/affiliate dues collection
  • File IRS forms and annual financial report
  • Write reimbursement checks
  • Oversee yearly funding requests and reports for affiliated groups

Councilor (3 year term, next election in 2018) - CLOSED

  • Continuing appointment: Amy Nicely
  • Represent section at national ACS Council meetings
  • Report actions of Council to section (at meetings, on website, etc.)
  • Approve local section annual report
  • Serve as archivist

Alternate Councilor (3 year term, next election in 2018) - CLOSED

  • Continuing appointment: Ellen Keiter
  • Serve in the absence of the Councilor

Secretary (1 year term) - OPEN

  • ECI Nominee: none
  • Maintain membership lists/records and group emails
  • Correspond with local section membership using Real Magnet
  • Assist chair and councilor to compile the annual report materials

Webmaster (1 year term) - OPEN

  • ECI Nominee: none
  • Manage the section calendar, ACS Network blog, and social media accounts
  • Update website (HTML experience suggested, but not required)
  • Publish newsletter each semester

 

Thank you for your participation!

Immediately following our invited lecture on October 28th from 1-2 pm in 33 Roger Adams Laboratory, we will vote and approve our new bylaws! This is an exciting event because they were last changed in 1998. If you would like to participate in voting, please view the proposed bylaws ahead of time.

 

Proposed bylaws: http://eastcentralillinois.sites.acs.org/resources.htm

Current bylaws: https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/charter/lsbylaws/east-ce ntral-illinois.pdf

The ECI local section is sponsoring two main events on Friday, October 28th in celebration of National Chemistry Week! NCW encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to participate in our events with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. The NCW 2016 theme is "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry", focusing on the chemistry of forensics and more.

 

  1. The East Central Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to participate in a National Chemistry Week celebration from 3:30-4:30 PM on Friday, October 28th. These hands-on activities feature forensic-themed chemical demonstrations led by our invited speaker, Lynn Hogue. This event is appropriate for grades K-12 (and those young at heart).
  2. You have always known chemistry was fun; now share your love of the science with the public! See how easy it is to reunite the fun, hands-on with the mental, minds-on aspects of chemistry while promoting a positive image of our science. Lynn Hogue from Miami of Ohio will be presenting to professional chemists, sharing activities and ideas for successful outreach. Please join us on Friday, October 28th from 1-2 pm in 33 Roger Adams Laboratory.

 

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The American Chemical Society East Central Illinois Section and the University of Illinois Undergraduate Student Chapter extend an invitation for all undergraduates and professionals in the chemical sciences to attend the  First Annual ECI American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference will be held on  Saturday, November 12th 2016 in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

 

The conference will feature poster presentations from undergraduate students in the section. Most abstracts will be accepted and a wide variety of research topics will be considered. This event is co-sponsored by the UIUC Undergraduate Student Chapter, the ECI Women Chemists Committee at UIUC, the ECI Younger Chemists Committee, and the SACNAS chapter at UIUC. Abstracts for presentation are due Sunday October 2nd and general attendees must register by Sunday October 30th.

 

Please see the invite letter and powerpoint advertisement below to circulate to your students or showcase in classes. The conference provides a forum for undergraduate researchers to display their work, learn more about ACS programs and activities, and network with professionals from the surrounding schools and industries. Its timing in the fall semester allows undergraduate students to network and establish connections that might be useful for job and graduate school applications. Spread the word to anyone involved in undergraduate research!

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at  east.central.illinois.acs@gmail.com . More information can be found on our website at  http://eastcentralillinois.sites.acs.org/researchconference.htm.

 

Invite letter: http://eastcentralillinois.sites.acs.org/Flyers/conference%20invite%20letter.pdf

Event flyer: http://eastcentralillinois.sites.acs.org/Flyers/ECI%20Research%20Symposium%20Adv ertising.pdf

 

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