Southwest Georgia Section IYC2011 4th Quarter Activities:
NCW 2011 activities took place at:
Dr. Nedialka Iordanova coordinated the following events:
- Madame Curie movie presentation at Georgia Southwestern on Thursday Oct 13
- Georgia Southwestern chemistry demonstrations on Oct 18 for about 50 students
- Georgia Southwestern Swimming Club activity on Saturday Oct 22
Dr. Subhash Goel coordinated and presented chemistry demos at the following schools:
- Satilla Elementary School on Monday October 17 for about 200 students
- Boxton Elementary School on Tuesday October 18 for about 100 students
- Coffee Middle School on Friday October 21 for about 600 students
Dr. Donna Gosnell coordinated VSU’s Science Saturday on October 8 for about 80 students
Dr. Linda de la Garza coordinated the NCW 2011 Illustrated Poem Contest Oct 17 – Oct 26
The Southwest Georgia Section would like to recognize our ACS members and volunteers that made these events possible, thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication.
About NCW 2011 Illustrated Poem Contest:
The Southwest Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsored the National Chemistry Week 2011 Illustrated Poem contest: Chemistry: Our Health, Our Future! The topics for the poems were related to chemistry and health such as vitamins, medicine, nutrition, and hygiene. A total of 124 poems from thirteen schools were submitted in 4 categories and the winners were determined with the help of faculty from the English and Chemistry Departments of Valdosta State University on October 26, 2011. The best poem awards and $50 prizes went to: a) A’vyon West from West Town Elementary (K-2nd grade); b) Kyra Grier from W. G. Nunn Elementary (3rd-5th grades); c) Sara Knighton from Valwood School (6th-8th grade) and d) Kitra Cates from Lowndes High School (9th-12th grade)
Honorary mention diplomas were awarded to: Tiwaloluwa Salami (Kindergarten) from Highlands Christian Academy; Catherine Morris (1st) and Victoria Goss (5th) from St. John School; Raven Ford (5th) from W. G. Nunn Elementary; Anna-Grace Grantham (6th) from Coffee Middle School, Emma Parrott (8th) from Valwood School, and Michael G. Crozier (8th) from Thomas County Middle School.
The awards will be presented at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Madame Curie on Saturday November 12, 2011 at the Valdosta-Lowndes South Georgia Regional Library on Woodrow Wilson Drive, Valdosta, GA. From 3 to 5 pm there will be chemical demonstrations by VSU faculty, and children will test drinks for vitamin C and extract DNA. At 4 pm everyone is invited to learn about the Curie’s work in the special presentation of the 1997 movie The Animated Hero Classics: Marie Curie.
All contestants received a participation diploma and teachers of the winners got $50 gift cards for educational supplies for their classrooms.
Marie Curie's Celebration at 100 years of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The Southwest Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society thanks the Department of Chemistry at Valdosta State University for their organization at hosting the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Marie Curie Nobel Prize in Chemistry. On Friday November 11, 2011, twenty four participants enjoyed the movie Madame Curie, and book raffle winners were: Marc-Edwin Saint-Louis, Kathy Cates, and Jia Liu. We also thank the many ACS volunteers that interacted with the public at South Georgia Regional Library and we would like to recognize the staff at the SGRL, especially Suzie Butts the coordinator of children’s activities for their collaboration at the Saturday November 12, 2011 event. 55 students and their families were in attendance; they performed experiments, watched the movie The Animated Hero Classics: Marie Curie, and enjoyed the Periodic Table cupcakes.
The winners of the NCW 2011 Illustrated Poem Contest Chemistry-Our Health, Our Future! and their teachers picked up their awards at these events.
Pictures of both events are posted in the Facebook page: Science Saturday Chemistry at VSU.
Chemistry Seminar on Health: “At the Interface of Alzheimer's Disease and Intelligent Materials”
The Southwest Georgia Section will host guest speaker: Dr. David G. Lynn, Professor of Molecular Biochemistry from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. The talk will take place Monday December 5, 2011 at Georgia Southwestern University, Americus, GA.
The California Section continued the momentum for IYC 2011, as we started to wrap up the year:
- Our section's WCC kicked off the 4th quarter with a tour of the cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and a talk by Prof. Darleane Hoffman, "Some Career Highlights and Influence of Marie Curie on Women Scientists",
- In keeping with the IYC quarterly themes, our October section meeting was on electrochemical techniques for early detection of cancer, and we also offered two days of short courses on this topic for our members,
- Our monthly Science Cafe continued in October with Professor Heino Nitsche on, "The Post-Japan Tsunami Era: Is Nuclear Energy still an Option?"
- We held a special October section meeting featuring Sudip Mukhopadhyay on the principles and economics of photovoltaic cells,
- We had a spectacularly successful NCW celebration at Helms Middle School, continuing our 15 year tradition of offering an evening of hands-on science demos to students, teachers, and parents of economically disadvantaged communities (see our other posts on this on the ACS Network),
- Galen George, our 2010 winner of our Community College Teaching Award, presented “Elements and Alchemy: Wizard to Scientist” to a packed audience at Santa Rosa Junior College,
- Our section had a big presence at the hugely successful Bay Area Science Festival in early November, with over 21,000 members and the general public coming to this event,
- Yau-Man Chan presented a wildly entertaining talk to a packed audience at our November Science Café, “From Copernicus to GPS: Celebrating Great Ideas in Science”. This event, in conjunction with the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, was our best Science Café ever, in this first year of monthly science cafes.
- And finally, we head into the holidays with a repeat performance by our YCC, with Chemistry Christmas Caroling planned in San Francisco on December 14th!
On behalf of John Gerlach, Chair of the Southern Nevada Local Section:
"The Southern Nevada Local Section held a poster contest for high school students using the theme of "Chemistry in My Life." All Clark county high school students were eligible. Instructions for the contest were distributed to high schools in September after the start of the school year. The contest has several prizes with first prize $500 for the student and $250 for the teacher. We had 146 entries that are being judged this weekend. An awards meeting is planned for Dec. 9. The talk for the awards meeting will be Avogadro's Number ( that will keep with our sections theme)."
Posted on behalf of Christophe Guillion of the Lehigh Valley Section:
"On December 1, 2011, an International Students' Chemistry Poster Session was held at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, by the Lehigh Valley ACS Section. The event was themed as "Chemistry is Global" and was focused in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry. Attached herein is the announcement of that meeting which was a joint event of the Lehigh Valley ACS and AIChE Local Sections.
A $500 grant to the Lehigh Valley Local Section from the Local Section Activities Committee was used to print a set of student-generated posters displayed and discussed at the meeting.
Eight groups of international students studying in the Lehigh Valley from Poland, France, India, China, Syria, Greece, Kenya, and Ghana prepared posters on academic and industrial chemistry in their home nations. Members from area industries (Air Products, Merck, Mineral Specialties, J. T. Baker, National Battery, and Copperhead Pharmaceuticals) discussed the details of chemical industry with each student presenter and dozens of eye-opening comments were heard among the participants, "How appropriate that the French do research on perfumery, wine-making and cheese chemistry!" "I never knew that the Kenya was the source for pyrethrin insecticide." "I just read Madame Curie was Polish." and "Generic pharmaceuticals have sure become one of India's fastest growing businesses."
The speaker, Steven D. Young, retired Vice President for Basic Research at Merck and Acting Head of Chemistry for BeiGene LTD in Beijing, China, spoke on "The Globalization of Medicinal Chemistry in 2011." Dr. Young was introduced by former ACS President, Paul S. Anderson. Sixty-six chemists and chemical engineers attended the meeting."
Please see pictures below.
Posted on behalf of Aruna Arakali (Section Chair) and Karen Grant (event coordinator) of the Richland Local Section:
"The chemistry club and faculty at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR., held the Saturday Science in Ontario, OR on November 12, 2011. This outreach was geared towards minority students (although it was open to any interested person). The activities revolved around the four IYC themes. This event was coordinated by Prof Anna Cavinato, and was made possible with IYC grant from ACS.
Another IYC celebration event was held in Richland WA., on November 18, 2011. This event was held at Washington State University campus and about 75 people attended the event. The success of the event was due to the efforts of Richland Section committee members and volunteers. The committee had planned this IYC event expecting it to be a learning and social experience for students. The event activities provided the students an opportunity to display their science projects, learn about the rich chemistry heritage in our region, meet talented people and well wishers.The highlight of the event was the display of quilts / posters and recognition of ACS Fellows & 50yr / 60yr members. The quilts were prepared by Washington State University-Tricities campus and Columbia Basin College students. The making of nobel laureate squares for the two huge quilts was a unique chemistry project. These quilts displayed the nobel laureates' contribution to chemistry/mankind. The quilt squares were judged at the IYC event. This project was coordinated by Prof Karen Grant. The posters were presented by students from Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR. The posters reflected students interest in chemistry research projects and their enthusiasm for pursuing higher learning goals. The poster presentations were coordinated by Prof Anna Cavinato.
The quilts will be auctioned off after the end of IYC. I have also included two pictures of the finished quilts. They were both exceptional pieces of work and far surpassed my expectations as to creativity and quality. The first quilt has the early years, 1901 – 1959 and the second quilt has the later years, 1960 – 2010. There were too many years to put on one quilt. The students at both schools learned a great deal about the history of chemistry from this project and were very proud of their achievement.
Quilt 1: Early Years of Chemistry: 1901 – 1959
Quilt 2: Later Years of Chemistry: 1960 – 2010
Posted on behalf of Thomas Junk, current Chair of Ouachita Valley Local Section:
"Super Science Fridays" held at the Main Branch of the Ouachita Parish Library:
October 21: The students reached a broad cross section of the community with this event. Elementary age students also learned about Marie Curie and examined some elements from periodic table as well as common uses for elements. Individual stations were set up and the children moved from table to table learning about sugars, acids and bases, carbon dioxide and of course made slime. About 15 children and their parents participated. The library staff actually kept us an extra hour because they had so many questions.
October 22: 12 students participated in Spooky Science at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum in Monroe, LA. For three fun-filled hours, the students helped children make slime, play with carbon dioxide bubbles, talk about the effects of sugar and acids on teeth, and did a short 10 minute demonstration every half hour. In addition, more of the student affiliates helped to prep all the materials needed for the big event. The director of the museum estimated that between 75 and 100 children came through the museum over the three hour period. An informational board about the Pennies for Pur program was also set up in the entry hall to the museum.
Please see accompanying pictures.
Experiments in the Library:
Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum:
Posted on behalf of Howard Hendrickson (Central Arkansas Local Section Chair):
To celebrate IYC, Hendrix College hosted a dinner to honor students from Rwanda who are majoring in chemistry and biochemistry at Arkansas colleges and universities. The event was underwritten by a grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) to the Central Arkansas Section of the ACS, with supplemental funding from the Hendrix Office of International Programs.
(Supplementary information and pictures here.)
The event began with a showcase of chemistry and biochemistry research presented by 12 Rwanda Presidential Scholars from Hendrix, Harding University, Philander Smith College, and the University of Central Arkansas. In addition, nine other chemistry and biochemistry majors attended to observe their fellow Scholars' research and participate in animated discussions about new research. The chemistry or biochemistry majors invited their advisors and research directors, allowing fifteen faculty members and other researchers to be recognized as dedicated and inspiring mentors and fostering excellence in research. Faculty from Hendrix College, University of Central Arkansas, Philander Smith College, Harding University, and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) attended this event.
As students and faculty mingled before dinner, it was clear that both had a passion for continued development of ideas. Many students credited their mentors for fostering an attitude that Chemistry and biochemistry can and will play a pivotal role in the continuing development of Rwanda. During dinner, at four tables where students and faculty sat together, the conversation continued to revolve around application of undergraduate research to real-world problems.
Also, from August through October, approximately 12 High School seniors and juniors from Mt. St. Mary Academy for Girls took water samples from 4 different locations in the Little Rock, Arkansas Area. These students used these data to fulfill requirements for their Group 4 projects, which are required for International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry degree. The data were sent to ACS as part of the international effort to access regional water quality across the globe.
Posted on behalf of Aruna Arakali, 2011 Chair of the Richland Local Section:
The chemistry club and faculty at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR., held the Saturday Science in Ontario, OR on November 12, 2011. This outreach was geared towards minority students (although it was open to any interested person). The activities revolved around the four IYC themes. This event was coordinated by Prof Anna Cavinato, and was made possible with IYC grant from ACS.
Another IYC celebration event was held in Richland WA., on November 18, 2011. This event was held at Washington State University campus and about 75 people attended the event. The success of the event was due to the efforts of Richland Section committee members and volunteers. Refer to the attached flyer for details. The committee had planned this IYC event expecting it to be a learning and social experience for students. The event activities provided the students an opportunity to display their science projects, learn about the rich chemistry heritage in our region, meet talented people and well wishers.The highlight of the event was the display of quilts / posters and recognition of ACS Fellows & 50yr / 60yr members. The quilts were prepared by Washington State University-Tricities campus and Columbia Basin College students. The making of nobel laureate squares for the two huge quilts was a unique chemistry project. These quilts displayed the nobel laureates' contribution to chemistry/mankind. The quilt squares were judged at the IYC event. This project was coordinated by Prof Karen Grant. The posters were presented by students from Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR. The posters reflected students interest in chemistry research projects and their enthusiasm for pursuing higher learning goals. The poster presentations were coordinated by Prof Anna Cavinato. The following ACS fellows and members were recognized for their contributions.
Fellows: Jean Futtrell, Bruce Kay, Yong Wang, Gregg Lumetta, and Janet Bryant
50-year Members: John Campbell, Richard Hermens, David Dodd, Mathias Lardy, David Lini
60-year Member: Richard Nightingale
It was truly a pride for the Richland Section to honor the Fellows / service members / students, and recognize their accomplishments and contributions to chemistry. On behalf of ACS, the Richland section gave the chemistry ambassador button / sash to the recognized individuals. Also, the KIDS Discover Chemistry magazine copies were distributed for handing out to school students.