Newsletter of the Cincinnati Section

of the

American Chemical Society

Volume 35 (1)
October 1997

Senior EditorEdward Burton
Assistant EditorDianne Sod
LiaisonJulia Bedell
AdvertisingJackie Hoofring
Stuart Oehrle

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; 745-5686 or 745-5767 (FAX).

Every member is urged to send in their e-mail address. The message should consist of the e-mail address in the "From" area and the full name of the member in the "Subject" area of the message format. Send this information via e-mail to: ACS@UCRWCU.RWC.UC.EDU


The submission deadline for the next Newsletter (November 1997) is Wednesday, September 17, 1997.

Deadline for the December 1997 issue is Wednesday, October 15, 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


Dianne Sod

In This Issue ....



Wednesday, October 8
(UC Faculty Club)
Oesper Banquet
Awardee & Featured Speaker: Dr. Rudi Marcus, California Institute of Technology, (Physical Chemistry)
Poster Session in lieu of Discussion Groups
Wednesday, November 12
(Miami University)
Featured Speaker: Dr. James Cowan, The Ohio State University, (Inorganic Biochemistry)
Discussion Groups:
Wednesday, December 3
(Xavier University)
Featured Speaker: Dr. Steven Zimmerman, University of Illinois, (Organic Chemistry)
Discussion Groups:


Dr. Rudolph Marcus
Named 1997 Oesper Award Recipient

Rudolph A. Marcus was born in Montreal, Canada and received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University in 1943 and 1946. After post-doctoral research in experimental gas phase reactions at the National Research Council of Canada he became a post-doctoral fellow in theoretical chemistry with O.K. Rice at the University of North Carolina. At U.N.C. he formulated the RRKM theory of unimolecular reactions. In 1951 he joined the faculty of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and subsequently developed the theory of electron transfer reactions, for which he later received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Professor Marcus' research has covered a variety of other areas in physical chemistry, including reaction coordinates and Hamiltonians, semiclassical theory, and intramolecular dynamics.

Professor Marcus has received many awards, including the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the National Medal of Science, the ACS Peter Debye and Irving Langmuir Awards, and the Pauling, Richards, Gibbs, Chandler and other medals. He is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London and of the Royal Society of Canada. His hobbies include skiing, tennis, music and history. He and his wife Laura, whom he met and married in 1949, have three sons.


Annual Poster Session
Cincinnati Section of The American Chemical Society

The annual Cincinnati Section Poster Session will be held this year in conjunction with the Oesper Banquet at the University of Cincinnati. Posters will be displayed Wednesday, October 8, 1997, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the UC Faculty Club. The Oesper Banquet will follow. One does not have to go to the banquet to participate in the poster session. We would like to have participants from ALL schools and companies in the Cincinnati Section, including undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and industrial chemists. To register (be sure to include the title of your poster, and the name and affiliation of each author) or if you have any questions, please contact Allan Pinhas by mail (Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172), by telephone (556-9255), or preferably by E-mail ( The deadline for submission of poster titles is October 1, 1997.


From the Chair

Greetings and welcome to another year's activities of the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations to Dr. Rudi Marcus, winner of the 1997 Oesper Award and speaker at the Oesper Banquet on October 8 at the University of Cincinnati. Our annual Poster Session will occur at this meeting; I urge ACS members, students, or others to prepare a poster for display during social hour. Allan Pinhas is in charge of the session; please see a note from him elsewhere in this issue for directions for submitting a poster.

A substantial program that should appeal to a wide variety of interests has been assembled for the year. I urge you to attend as many of the talks and discussion groups as possible. Our meetings range geographically from Oxford, Ohio to Highland Heights, Kentucky and points in-between. No sub-discipline of chemistry is represented more than once in the after-dinner talks, and the discussion groups increase the variety even more.

As informative and enjoyable as our monthly dinner meetings may be, they represent only a fraction of the activities sponsored by the section. We have active participation in National Chemistry Week, Kids in Chemistry, various education initiatives, and other activities that will come to your attention during the year. Especially important are the activities of the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC). Isabel Caputo and Susan Ross are very interested in involving younger chemists in our activities and they deserve our support. Note that this is the 10th anniversary of National Chemistry Week and special activities are being planned for that observance. I urge you to volunteer for these activities and/or to suggest others that you think would be appropriate for the section.

Next summer, the 1998 International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry will be held in Cincinnati. Many members of the section will be involved in that meeting and more will appear about it in future issues of Cintacs. The section will be hosting a Central Regional ACS meeting in the year 2000.

A list of the elected officers of the section is included in this issue of Cintacs. Next month's issue will have a list of the committee chairs. These names will soon be available on our section's Web Page (, as will other activities of the section. Please contact me or any of these individuals to volunteer or offer suggestions. Sincerely,

Bill Oliver
Department of Chemistry
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099




Cincinnati Section Award

On behalf of the ACS Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC), I am pleased to inform you that the Cincinnati Local Section will receive a Certificate of Excellence for your section's performance in 1996. You [Deanna Ashing] and the other members of the Cincinnati Local Section are to be congratulated for the program which your section conducted. As tangible recognition of your activities, a Certificate of Excellence will be sent to your section in September.

This Certificate recognizes the hard work of many officers and the support and enthusiasm of the section membership; together you have carried out an exemplary program of service to your communities. The image of chemistry and of chemists is built upon and sustained by the personal activities of ACS members at the local level. Your dedication to the goals of the Society and willingness to provide service beyond that which is expect set an example for others to follow.

Again, on behalf of the members of the Committee on Local Section Activities, I extend sincere appreciation for an outstanding year and wish you all continued success in your local section's programs.


C. Gordon McCarty, Chair
Local Section Activities Committee

{This is an excerpt from a letter sent to Deanna Ashing}


Know Your Section

The latest demographic report from National ACS lists our total membership at 1,698. Of these 1161 are full members; others are Associate Members (227), Emeritus Members (134), Student Members (72) and Student Associate Members (29). Of the 1698, 77.5% are male, 42.9% have Ph.D. degrees, 16.6% have Masters degrees and 35% hold Bachelor's degrees.

Most members are clustered in the 6-25 "years of service" bracket, with 266 in the 6-10 year bracket. 227 in the 11-15 year bracket, 169 in the 16-20 year bracket and 136 in the 21-25 year bracket.

Sixty-eight percent of our members are between 26 and 55 years of age. The highest bracket is 36-40 years of age with 238 members. We have 167 members over the age of 71.

Analytical, with 284 members, is the highest "primary field" of chemistry listed. This is followed by Organic (177), Medicinal/Pharmaceutical (130), and Environmental (118). Twenty-five primary fields are listed by Section members.

We have 124 Chemical Engineers and 211 "Other" in our 1698 membership.

When asked to indicate "Primary Function," members chose 38 different categories, with Industrial Applied Research 9175) and Industrial Product R&D (127) topping the list. Graduate students and PD's make up 113 of the total. "Research Professor" and "University/College Teacher" accounted for a total of 121 members. Other functions include Government positions, Consultants, Industrial Technical Management, Quality Control, Technical Service, and many others in that total show a very diverse employment pattern.

These demographic reports are the basis of our dues allotment from National ACS. They are also of value in planning local activities and programs to target our members' needs. I have a demographic report for each of the 189 local sections and one for the 152,00 National membership for those interested in making comparisons. In my cursory examination of the National demographic report, I see no major deviations from our Section's statistics.

Ted Logan


Applications Invited for the Ullyot Scholarship

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce the availability of the Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot Scholarship Fund. The goal of the Ullyot Scholarship is to advance public understanding of the importance of the chemical sciences to the public welfare.

The third annual Ullyot scholarship, which well be awarded for summer 1998, offers a stipend of $3,500 plus modest travel and research support. The purpose of the stipend is to support a minimum of four weeks research on the heritage of the chemical sciences utilizing the resources of CHF's Othmer Library of Chemical History in Philadelphia, other area libraries, and associated resources.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a one-page description of their proposed research, an outline of a specific product as an outcome of the scholarship, and the telephone numbers or e-mail addresses of two references. The proposal should demonstrate how the resources of the Othmer Library are relevant to the applicant's project. Applications must be received by January 30, 1998 and should be sent to Leo Slater, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Telephone (215) 925-2178 extension 224, fax: (215) 925-1954.

The Othmer Library houses primary sources from the sixteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, with emphasis on the last 100 years. The Library maintains a wide array of reference books and secondary literature on the history of the chemical sciences and technologies; personal papers of outstanding chemist and industrialists; and the archives of professional organizations. The core of the Library - over 40,000 volumes that span the era from the Civil War through World War II - forms an unrivaled resource for the history of American chemical business and technology.

The Chemical Heritage Foundations was established in 1982 by joint action of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The Foundation seeks to advance the heritage of the chemical sciences by collecting and disseminating information about historical resources; encouraging research, scholarship, and popular writing; publishing resource guides and historical materials; conducting oral histories, etc.

For more information on the Chemical Heritage Foundation, visit our Internet pages at



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ACS Congressional Fellowship

The ACS Office of Legislative and Government Affairs is seeking applicants for its Congressional Fellowship Program for the 1998-1999 term. The program places an ACS member in a congressional office to :

Applications are due January 1, 1998 and must include a letter of intent, a resume, and two letters of reference. The letter of intent should be two pages in length explaining your reasons for applying and your background in science and public policy, as well as what you would seek to accomplish as a Fellow. The letters of reference are to be sent directly to ACS. ACS provides a stipend in the high $40,000's and an additional allowance for relocation expenses. Support from other sources, such as a present employer, may be allowed. The position is available in the fall of 1998.

Application materials should be sent to:

Congressional Fellowship Program
Office of Legislative and Government Affairs
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

For more information, please contact Margaret Carey at (202) 872-4467 or


The Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society



The Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society has funds available for the purpose of improving chemical education in the geographic area served by the local section (OH: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties; KY: Boone, Campbell,and Kenton counties; IN: Dearborn and Ohio counties). The Educational Grants Committee was established to make recommendations to the Cincinnati Section Board of Directors for the disbursement of these funds.

The committee hereby invites applications for these grants from all members (teachers, students, industrial chemists, etc.) of the chemical community in the service area of the section. Applications will be accepted and reviewed three times during the year according to the following schedule.

FebruaryFebruary 1, 1998March 15, 1998
MayMay 1, 1998May 30, 1998
NovemberNovember 1, 1998December 15, 1998

Grants will be awarded for such activities as attending educational workshops, participation in summer research programs, innovative education programs, instructional equipments, etc. Proposals which incorporate the use of funds from other agencies or corporations, including the agency or corporation with which the applicant is affiliated, will be given preference in the selection process. Funds will generally not be awarded for the purchase of common supplies or chemicals. However, any application which meets the basic criteria for which the fund was created will be given serious consideration. Grants will be, in most cases, limited to $1,500; exceptional proposals will be considered for larger amounts. No school or organization will be allowed to receive more than one (1) award per calendar year. Within one year from the time the grant is awarded, a report describing the used of the funds and the impact that the project had is expected to have on improving chemical education is to be forwarded to the committee chairperson.

For further information or an application, please contact:

Ginger Tannenbaum
Fairfield High School
8800 Holden Blvd.
Fairfield, OH 45014

(513) 942-2999 {work}
(513) 829-3698 {home}

To return to the local section page.

HTML version prepared on September 15, 1997 by Jeffrey.Nauss@UC.Edu.