Newsletter of the Cincinnati Section
of The American Chemical Society
Volume 36 - Number 4
January 1999
Editor Ed Burton
Advertising: Jackie Hoofring
Liaison: Julia Bedell
Stuart Oehrle

CINTACS is published eight times a year (October 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:


The submission deadline for the next (Febuary 99) Newsletter is tentatively set for Monday, December 21, 1998.

All materials should be sent to:
Dr. Edward Burton
Procter & Gamble,

In This Issue ....

Call for Nominations
Meeting Program - January 20 Contest
Speaker & topic Coordinator Needed
Deadline for Submissions to CINTACS Educational Grants

Unraveling the Past Through Chemistry

Joseph B. Lambert
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Chemistry serves archaeology in a number of different ways. The chemical composition of an inorganic artifact such as pottery or glass can help determine whether it is authentic, how it was made, when it was made, where its raw materials came from, and over what routes it was traded. Organic artifacts are more difficult to analyze, but nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy permits some of these same questions to be answered. Compositional analysis of bone can provide information about ancient diet. Chemistry also can help locate new archaeological sites and help preserve artifacts that have been excavated.

About the Speaker

Joseph B. Lambert is Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He was born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended Alamo Heights High School. He received his undergraduate education at Yale University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1962) and carried out his graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1965). In 1965, he returned to Illinois to begin his work at Northwestern. His research has been divided among the areas of organic reaction mechanisms, organosilicon chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance, conformational analysis, and archaeological chemistry. Lambert has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1968-70), a Guggenheim Fellow (1973), a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1978), and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (1997-98). He has been a visiting lecturer in Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Poland. He was awarded the National Fresenius Award in 1976 and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1981. In 1987, he received the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. In 1989, he received the Fryxell Award from the Society for American Archaeology in recognition of his chemical contributions to archaeology. He was elected a Fellow of the Illinois State Academy of Science in 1992 and received the National Catalyst Award for excellence in teaching by the Chemical Manufacturers Association in 1993. He received the Northwestern University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994. He was the 1998 recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. He was the founder and continues as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. He is past chair of the ACS Subdivision of Archaeological Chemistry, past president of the Society of Archaeological Sciences, past chair of his department, and past chair of the ACS Division History of Chemistry.

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From the Chair

To kickoff the New Year our meeting on Wednesday, January 20 will be joint with Iota Sigma Pi at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. This is also Student Affiliate Night and I urge all advisors of student affiliate groups to encourage participation of your students. Two discussion groups will precede dinner and are timely topics for students approaching graduation (see Monthly Meeting Announcement).

The section once again achieved a high level of participation in National Chemistry Week. Demonstrations were conducted at 23 libraries within the tri-state area by 40 volunteers. Nearly 1900 children and their parents attended these demonstrations. Our current Treasurer graced the front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer Metro section which surely gave an additional boost to attendance. We also hosted demonstrations at the Museum Center where approximately 1500 people were in attendance. I would like to thank all who volunteered their time to provide these very popular demonstrations and especially our NCW Coordinator, Ed Fenlon.

I would like to thank Dan McLoughlin for hosting the December meeting at Xavier University. We had excellent speakers for the discussion groups and an excellent after dinner lecture.


Jim Knittel, Chair

College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati

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January Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 1999
The Phoenix
812 Race Street, Downtown

Meeting Jointly Sponsored with Sigma Iota Pi

Student Affiliate Night
Featured Speaker
Dr. Joseph B. Lambert

Northwestern University

  Career Enhancement:
Dr. Ted Logan, Former Associate Director of Technical Recruiting, P&G
"Employability: Getting and Keeping a Job"
  Iota Sigma Pi:
Dr. Susan Marine, Miami University Middletown
"Career Beginnings: What Every Chemist/Technician Should Know"
6:00 SOCIAL HOUR - Terrace Room, 3rd floor, University Center
7:00-8:00 Dinner: Cost: $24
Chicken breast with Dijon-cherry cream sauce, Caesar salad, fresh vegetables and potato, rolls and butter, carrot cake, coffee and tea 

Note: A vegetarian dinner is available upon request. Please ask for vegetarian when making your reservation.*

Dr. Joseph B. Lambert, Northwestern University
"Unraveling the Past Through Chemistry"

Dinner reservations: Call the section answering line at 558-1224 or email Include your name with correct spelling, affiliation, and menu choice. Reservations must be received by Monday, January 18 at 10:00 AM. If you have any difficulties, please call Donna Taylor at 558-0979. As a reminder, if you decide you must miss a meeting after you have made reservations, please call to cancel. If not, the section will have to charge you for the dinner because it will be charged for the dinner.

Directions: The Phoenix is located at the corner of Ninth and Race (the next block over from Vine). Parking is available at the Garfield Place Garage, which is next door to The Phoenix on Ninth Street and is $3.00 after 5:00 pm.

From I-75: Take the Seventh Street Exit. Go to Vine and go north on Vine to Ninth St. Take a left onto Ninth.

From I-71: Take the Reading Road exit. Follow Reading Road past Liberty St. (it then becomes Central Parkway) to Walnut. Take Walnut south (one way) to Ninth, then a right onto Ninth.

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The section is in need of a volunteer to run a short course in the spring of 1999. This individual need not have prior experience. In the past these short courses have generated significant income to the section which offsets our expenses for monthly meetings and publications.

Please contact Jim Knittel.
Email -

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The Cincinnati Section of The American Chemical Society


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Grant criteria: Funds are to be used to improve chemical education in the area served by the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society.

Grant Proposal: The proposal should contain 300-500 words, double-spaced on official letterhead. It should describe the objective(s) of the project, how the project will be carried out, how the project would improve chemical education, how the program fits into the education program (if the applicant is from a school) and whom would benefit. Also, the proposal should contain a detailed budget which outlines expenditures, the amount being requested from the Educational Grant and the amount being requested from other sources.

Send five (5) copies of the application and the proposal to: Ginger Tannenbaum, Fairfield High School, 8800 Holden Blvd. Fairfield, OH 45014

Reports: Grant recipients are required to submit a report to the Committee within one year from the time of notification of the award. The report will include an outline of how the funds were used, what had been purchased, if anything, with the funds and what benefits have been derived thus far from the use of the funds.

Acknowledgment: It is requested that the major instruments purchased with the use of these funds be tagged with the following acknowledgment: "This equipment was purchased (in part) with an Educational Grant from the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society."

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Nominations Solicited
Outstanding Teaching Awards

Do you know a teacher who inspires his/her students? Fills them with a curiosity about the world of science and chemistry? The Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society is looking for these people - and honors three each year.

The High School Chemistry Teacher of the year is awarded annually, to recognize accomplishments of those of us who teach chemistry at the secondary school level.

The Middle School/Junior High School Science Teacher of the Year is awarded annually to honor science teaching at this level.

The Elementary School Science Teacher of the Year is awarded for excellence in elementary teaching.

All three awards recognize teaching ability, enthusiasm, mentoring skills, and other leadership activities. Nominees need not be members of the American Chemical Society. Generally speaking, anyone teaching in these capacities within 35 mile radius of downtown Cincinnati is eligible.

Deadline for nominations is January 15, 1999.

Nomination forms for each award may be requested from, and returned to:

Henry R. Greeb
Awards Committee Chair
c/o Hg Consulting, Inc.
6580 Dry Ridge Road
Cincinnati, OH 45252-1750
Phone: 513-385-8363
FAX: 513-385-8888

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Contest:What is it?

The answer is last month's contest was a muffle furnace. We had a much better response this month with seven responses. A random drawing was held and...

This Month's Winner is : Ray Boehringer

Contest to Continue??

In response to my plea last month. I received several positive responses with regard to continuing the "What is it?" Contest. I am still trying to decide if the column should continue. Please send me any feedback, one way or the other. If I receive another round of positive responses, I will bring back the contest.

Thanks to all of those who responded.

Ed Burton, Editor, E-mail:

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(a branch of the University of Cincinnati in Blue Ash)

is offering the following courses:

World of Chemistry(28-035-199-701) Winter Quarter 1999

World of Chemistry is a survey of fundamental chemical concepts, with an emphasis on applying chemistry to contemporary activities. It is ideal for anyone in industry who could benefit from an understanding of basic chemistry. No prior science of math background is needed.

Laboratory Safety(28-035-271-701) Spring Quarter 1999

This course provides the necessary information to work safely in a laboratory setting. Topics include essential aspects of safety such as storage, handling, disposal, emergency equipment, MSDS, and federal regulations. A prior chemistry course is required.

  Convenient telecourse format

  Four class meetings

Course assignments tailored to meet your company’s chemistry and safety issues

Convenient location and free parking

Instruction by full-time Universtiy of Cincinnati faculty

3 undergraduate credits each

TV and VCR are required

For more information call Raymond Walters College, Office of Outreach and Continuing Education at 745-5776

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