Newsletter of the Cincinnati Section

of the

American Chemical Society

Volume 34 (4)
December 1996

EditorEdward Burton
Assistant EditorDianne Sod
AdvertisingJackie Hoofring

CINTACS is published nine times a year (September through May) by the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society in cooperation with the Oesper Collection in the History of Chemistry of the University of Cincinnati. All changes of address should be sent to Emel Yakali at Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236; 7455686 or 7455767 (FAX).

In This Issue ....



The submission deadline for the next Newsletter (January 1997) is Wednesday, December 4, 1996. Deadline for the February 1997 issue is Thursday, January 2, 1997.

All materials should be sent to:

Dr. Edward Burton
Procter & Gamble
P. O. Box 538707
Cincinnati, OH 45253.

Telephone:(513) 627-1494
FAX: (513) 627-1233

OR Dianne Sod at e-mail:



Wednesday, December 4
(Xavier University)
Featured Speaker: Dr. Steven Bachrach, Northern Illinois University, (Chemistry on the Internet)
Section Poster Session (in lieu of discussion groups)
Wednesday, January 22
(The Phoenix)
Featured Speaker: Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, Texas A&M University, (Decoding the Stradivaris)
Discussion Groups: Chemical Information
Thursday, February 20
(Quantum Chemical Co.)
Featured Speaker: Cincinnati Chemist of the Year
Discussion Groups: Biochemistry and Colloid


December Meeting Features Dr. Steven Bachrach

Steven M. Bachrach received his B.S. in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1981 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He held a Director's Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1985 to 1987 before joining the faculty at Northern Illinois University, where he is now a professor of chemistry. Dr. Bachrach's research interests include theoretical organic chemistry and the use of the Internet for disseminating chemical information. His efforts in theoretical chemistry have focused in interpretation of electron density and elucidation of reaction mechanisms. On the Internet, he has established a number of networked databases for chemists and has hosted many electronic conferences. Dr. Bachrach is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi. He has published over 50 papers and one book, The Internet: A Guide for Chemists.


Internet Tools and Electronic Journals:
A New Medium for Chemical Publication

Guttenberg's invention of movable type changed the course of history by providing a means for mass production of books, leading to the spread of knowledge beyond the elite. The Internet holds promise for producing a similar revolution in information exchange. In this talk I will discuss some of the new Internet tools (Java, browser plugin modules, ActiveX, VRML) that allow for chemists to present chemistry in new ways. More importantly, these tools provide a mechanism for chemists to present information that could not previously be exchanged in a simple manner. The application of these tools to publication of chemistry will be discussed, particularly within the concept of the design of electronic journals.


From the Chair

December marks the half way point in my term as Chair of the Section. To date, I have found this experience to be quite challenging at times yet also very fulfilling when I see the level of interest and enthusiasm in so many of our Section members.

The December meeting will again feature the Section poster session at Xavier University. This poster session is in lieu of the discussion groups. This event serves as a great opportunity for local members to see the different areas of chemistry the local chemical community is involved in. Many area graduate students participate in this event and I encourage everyone to attend and meet these students. The poster session will be followed by an after dinner talk given by Dr. Steven Bachrach from Northern Illinois University. Steve will talk about chemistry resources on the internet and in particular, electronic publishing.

I would like to thank all of those members who took time out to complete the membership survey. This information is vital to the Section and helps us to better focus and direct future efforts.

The first Kids and Chemistry Training session was held October 19. The event was organized by the Kids and Chemistry Leaders Diana McGill, Kathy Gibboney, Cindy Brittain and Roger Parker and was held at Northern Kentucky University. I would like to thank all of them for the efforts they put in to make this a successful event. If you would have liked to participate in this workshop but were unable to, a second training session will be held in the Spring and will be advertised in a future CINTACS.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for the January meeting. Our featured speaker is Dr. Joseph Nagyvary from the Texas A & M who will talk about his efforts directed towards recreating the Stradivarius.


Karlyn Schnapp


ACS National Awards
Call for Nominations

1997 American Chemical Society Regional Awards in High School Teaching; Deadline: December 1, 1996

James T. Grady James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public; Deadline: February 1, 1997

This award is intended to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding reporting directly to the public, which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemiStry.

Francis P. Garvan John M. Olin Medal; Deadline: February 1, 1997

This award is intended to recognize distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists who are citizens of the US.


ACS Career Services Report

In late September, I participated in an ACS training program with about 20 people from local sections all over the country including three other sections from Ohio. Ted Logan from our own section played an important role as the employer representative, and we benefited from his presentation on industrial hiring practices and the current job market. The purpose of the meeting was to learn about the many services, programs and materials that National has available for unemployed chemists and those considering a career change. Even for employed chemists satisfied with their current position, it is important to stay current enhance skills and increase versatility.

The goal of the program is to have local sections provide career services at the "grass roots level." Some services can best be performed by local sections, such as compiling a list of local employers of chemists (one has been prepared for our section) and offering the opportunity to network at local meetings. Many of the employments services ACS offers are free. Through publications, workshops, presentations, consultants, videotapes, and the internet: information and services include:

If you would like more information or have suggestions on how ACS can be of more help, call Janna Strobel at 489-7184 or 755-9411 (home).


Education Science Dates for 1996-1997








ACS Seeks Role Models:
Working Chemists with Disabilities

The American Chemical Society is seeking chemists, chemical engineers, and those who work in the chemical sciences with disabilities to be profiled in a booklet that will illustrate how those with mobility, visual, speech, hearing, chronic health, invisible, and learning disabilities can work productively in the chemical professions. The booklet will also show through photographs and illustrations the successful strategies and workplace modifications used by chemists with disabilities.

If you are willing to be interviewed for possible inclusion in the booklet, please contact Allison Edmondson by e-mail, You may also contact her at 800-227-5558 x2120; or write to her at the American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036.


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