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U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program proudly announced the extraordinary performance of the Alpha Kappa Team at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 15, 2017, in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

 

Harrison Wang of The Hinsdale Central High School, IL, won the fifth highest ranking gold medal;

Steven Liu of Monta Vista High School, CA,

Joshua Park of Lexington High School, MA, and

Brendan Yap from Carmel High School, IN also earned gold medals.

 

The USA Team competed against 293 students from 75 countries.

 

Congratulations Team USA for this great achievement!

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad is proud to announce the finalists who will represent the U.S. at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhom Pathon, Thailand, July 6 - 15, 2017.

 

The members of the U.S. Team Alpha Kappa are:

 

Steven Liu of Monta Vista High School, CA, Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Joshua Park of Lexington High School, MA, Northeastern Local Section             

Harrison Wang, from Hinsdale Central High School, IL, Chicago Local Section

Brendan Yap, from Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section; and

 

Alternates:

1st alternate: Jeffrey Shi of Marcellus High School, NY, Central New York Local Section

2nd alternate: Aniket Dehadrai of Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, OK, Oklahoma Local Section; 

 

 

The Team U.S. will travel to Thailand accompanied by mentors:

  1. Dr. Michael Danahy, Bowdoin College, ME, College Mentor
  2. Dr. Patrick Chan, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, NY, High School Mentor
  3. Dr. Christine Saber, Gannon University, PA, College Mentor

 

Congratulations and we wish the U.S. Team lots of luck in Nakhom Pathon!

The Committee on Corporation Associates provides funding for ACS Local Sections and International Chapters to promote industry-focused events at the local section and international chapter level. Events such as job fairs with local chemical employers, résumé writing workshops, networking receptions, and panel discussions with industry leaders benefit local section and international chapter members employed in industry.

 

Upon review and approval of submissions, Corporation Associates will fund up to $1,000 to help subsidize the costs associated with hosting these events.

 

To apply for the grant, visit the Corporation Associates webpage.

 

Deadline for submissions is July 1. Winners be notified no later than September 15.

The 9th edition of Chemistry in Context is here! And on June 16 & 17 you can attend a workshop to learn how to best use the text with your curriculum. Designed to teach chemistry at the undergraduate level to non-majors, CiC addresses real-world issues and extracts the chemistry involved, as opposed to traditional texts that teach about atoms first and then make the real-world connection. For $100 you can spend a-day-and-a-half with four authors to learn more about the features the book offers a chemistry course.

 

Information: Visit www.acs.org/cic or email CiC@acs.org

Register: http://bit.ly/2mZQxs6 (registration closes May 24)

Are you looking for a creative way to recognize an outstanding K–12 teacher of chemistry in your area?  Consider sponsoring their membership to the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)!

 

AACT was launched by ACS in 2014 to provide customized support for precollege teachers.  It makes a great gift for award winners, new teachers, and everyone interested in improving their chemistry classroom.  AACT members also receive access to an online library of classroom resources, a periodical about teaching chemistry in the K–12 classroom, a subscription to ChemMatters, and more. 

 

To learn more about how to sponsor AACT membership for a local teacher, please visit teachchemistry.org/sponsor.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 class of ACS Fellows; the deadline for nominations is April 6, 2017. The selection of ACS Fellows is based on two criteria:

 

  • Documented excellence and leadership that has an impact in the science, the profession, education, and/or management
  • Documented excellence and leadership in volunteer service, based on specific results achieved, in service to the ACS and its membership and community.

 

Nominations are submitted online and are solicited from ACS National Committees, Local Sections, and Divisions, as well as from individual members. ACS looks forward to receiving your nominations and the opportunity to recognize our members who are making an impact. Please visit www.acs.org/fellows for additional information.

 

  • CALL FOR PAPERS

Abstracts are open for submission from January 4, 2017 to February 13, 2017. Submit for presentation at the 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) held June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, Virginia.

This premier conference on green chemistry and engineering gathers hundreds of participants from industry, government, and academia every year to share research as well as education and business strategies to ensure a green and sustainable future.

If you are interested in contributing your part to GC&E by presenting a paper, or would like to see a listing of topics to be covered, visit the technical track program page at this year’s conference website.

 

  • STUDENT AWARDS

Deadlines for student green chemistry awards start February 13, 2017!

Apply now for the Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship, Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award and ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Student Travel Grants. Outstanding scholars, from undergrad to post-doc to early career, have the opportunity to receive travel reimbursement to present their research, be recognized for excellence in research,  and advance their careers through participating at green chemistry conferences or trainings. For more information, please click here.

 

  • EARLY REGISTRATION (Starts Feb. 15)

Register for the lowest rates to the 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) held June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, Virginia. Early Registration opens tomorrow, February 15, through April 28!

This premier conference on green chemistry and engineering hosts over 500 participants annually from around the world in industry, government and academia to share research breakthroughs as well as business and education strategies to ensure a green and sustainable future.

Join the conversation and experience the growing momentum around green chemistry and engineering at the 2017 GC&E Conference! For topics covered, visit the program page on the conference website.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program is now accepting nominations for 2017 ACS Fellows. The selection of ACS Fellows is based on two criteria:

  • Documented excellence and leadership that has an impact in the science, the profession, education, and/or management; and
  • Documented excellence and leadership in volunteer service, based on specific results achieved, in service to the ACS and its membership and community. 

 

Nominees and nominators must be current members (including retired and emeritus members) in good standing of the ACS.  Former members or deceased members will not be considered as nominees. Current members of the ACS Fellows Selection Committee, ACS Fellows Oversight Committee, ACS Board of Directors, and current ACS staff are not eligible to be nominees or nominators. 

 

Nominations are solicited from ACS National Committees, Local Sections, and Divisions, as well as from individual members. Self-nominations are not accepted.  Each nomination requires a primary nominator and two secondary nominators, each of whom must provide a letter of recommendation.  The online nomination form also requires the following nominee information: Code of Conduct, Award Citations, Professional Organization Affiliations, Volunteer Service to the ACS Community, Contributions to the Science/Profession, Honors and Awards, and Resume/CV. The Primary Nominator is responsible for submitting the nomination. 

 

Detailed guidelines and instructions for submitting nominations are at www.acs.org/fellows. The deadline for nominations is April 6, 2017 [11:59 PDT].

 

ACS looks forward to receiving your nominations and the opportunity to recognize our members who are making an impact.

The Stan Israel Award was established to recognize individuals and/or institutions that have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.  Nominees may come from academia, industry, government or independent entities, and may also be organizations, including ACS local Sections and divisions. The nominee must have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of person from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women that participate in the chemical enterprise.

 

The deadline for the following meetings CERM, MARM, NORM, GLRM, is March 1, 2017.  Please visit https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/other/diversity/sta n-israel-award.html for requirements and additional information.

The ACS Council Policy Committee is hosting the 2017 New Councilor Orientation Program & Reception for all newly elected Councilors and Alternate Councilors on Saturday, April 1, in San Francisco, CA starting at 3:30 PM with a reception to follow from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom III.  New Councilors and Alternate Councilors will have an opportunity to meet with other ACS leaders, learn more about the Society and ACS committees, and establish mentoring relationships. If you are a new Councilor or an Alternate Councilor, please mark your calendars for this event and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing in San Francisco!

 

More details regarding the orientation program will be posted to the Councilor Group on the ACS Network in January 2017 at https://communities.acs.org/groups/councilor-group.

 

 

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LSAC is sponsoring two pilot grants with funding available to local section members to support key ACS strategic initiatives:

Virtual Event Participation Grant

Local Sections can be awarded seed funding to plan and implement hardware and/or software infrastructure to facilitate the ability of Section members to participate in events from a remote location. LSAC can fund up to $1,500 per application submitted. Read more about this funding opportunity and apply.

 

Project MEET

Local Sections can be awarded funding to plan an event that brings together senior chemists with youth ages 3-17 for a mutual exchange of expertise and technological know-how. For example, senior chemists could provide a demonstration of engaging chemistry drawn from their own professional experience, and the children could capture a video on smartphones to share with the senior chemists how to upload the video to a YouTube channel, or share it with a friend on various social media outlets.  Activities and technology would depend on the interests and expertise of the participants. Mini-grants are available up to a maximum of $400 for an activity sponsored by an ACS Local Section. Apply for this funding opportunity.

 

Important Note:  Monday, October 17th is the deadline to submit applications for both the LSAC Virtual Event Participation Grant and Project MEET.

 

We are enthusiastic to review the various collaborative ideas put forth in your applications.

 

Any questions regarding these funding opportunities can be sent to lsac@acs.org.

A U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program proudly announced the success of the Alpha Iota Team at the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded August 1, 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

Alex Liu of The Village School, TX, won the eighth highest ranking gold medal;  Kevin Tang of Solon High School, OH, and Joyce Tian of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, earned silver medals, and Zilu Pan from Canyon Crest Academy, CA, won bronze medal.

 

The USA Team competed against 260 students from 66 countries.

 

Congratulations Team USA for this great achievement!

ACS recognizes 57 members this year for outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and the ACS community. The new Fellows will be honored in Philadelphia at a ceremony hosted by ACS Immediate Past-President Diane Grob Schmidt. Learn more about the 2016 class of Fellows at www.acs.org/fellows.

The Chemical Society of Washington and ACS are seeking speakers to discuss emerging developments in the chemical sciences for a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Technology Fair on July 12-13. Speakers can give their presentations at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, (just outside of Washington, D.C.) or via webcast. Presentations should be roughly an hour long and designed for patent examiners working in technologies related to your topic.

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     Photo credit: USPTO                                   Photo credit: Keri Moss Stearns

“You can’t relax for a second but it’s worth it!” Brian Colon-Rodriguez describes his schedule at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he is earning a chemical engineering degree and on the baseball team. In a brief interview Brian shares the similarities between baseball and chemical engineering, the best advice he’s received, and how the ACS Scholars Program has influenced his life.

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