Newsletter of the Cincinnati Section
of The American Chemical Society

Volume 36 - Number 7
April 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,

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 (May 99) Newsletter is tentatively set for Monday, April 12, 1999

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

In This Issue ....
From the Chair Meeting Program - April 14 From the Chair Elect
Speaker & topic Discussion Groups High School Teacher Award
CMAS 2000 Announcement Call for Nominations Short Course

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A Philatelic View of Chemistry and Allied Sciences

Dr. David G. Hendricker
Ohio Unversity


Employing a light-hearted anecdotal approach, the development of chemistry will be illustrated using some of the over 3,000 postage stamps that have been issued by more than 200 countries that relate to this topic. Along with the many famous individuals whose likenesses are found on stamps, other scienfitic subjects that have been identified include glassware, sumbols, elements, equations, apparatus, formulas and chemical processes. Some issues contain errors in design that make for "new and interesting" chemistry. Colorful examples of each of these various subjects will be provided using a selection of some 80 stamps.

About the Speaker

David G. Hendrikcker, Professor of Chemistry at Ohio Unviersity, was born in Aurora, Illinois. His undergraduate work was done at Northern Illinois University (which changed its name each of the four years he attended), and his M. S. and Ph. D. are from Iowa State University. He joined the faculty of Ohio University in 1965. In 1972 he held a position as Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. During 1977, he was a Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Chubu University in Nagoya, Japan. The modification of polymeric material with nitrogen- or phosphorus-containing ligands to afford metal-binding sites is of particular interest to his research group. Since 1985, he has served as Associate Editor of Philatelica Chimica et Physica, an international journal devoted to the study of chemistry and physics on stamps. In additon, he has presented several posters/papers at ACS meetings and published over a dozen articles dealing with science and stamps.

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From The Chair

Our April meeting this year will follow a slightly different schedule than the previous two years. This year there will be two discussion groups prior to our featured speaker, Dr. David Hendricker of Ohio University at 6:30 pm. Dr. Hendricker will be providing us with "A Philatelic View of Chemistry and Allied Sciences". This should be a very interesting, especially for our students and parents who will be present. We are looking forward to seeing our high school award winners again this year and our annual awards to elementary, junior high and high school teachers. I would like to thank John Williams for once again doing a wonderful job administering the tests and the awards.

Now that the year is winding down I would like to express my appreciation to several individuals for their support over the past few months. Once again Stuart Oehrle has done a wonderful job on the advertising front for CINTACS. Diana McGill has been a tremendous help in dealing with our many and varied sites for meetings. Both Bill Oliver and Karlyn Schnapp have provided a great deal of advice to me and helped me get over some of the hurdles that always seem to crop up when you least expect them. And last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Donna Taylor for her help with the reservation line, name tags, etc.

I am currently planning our annual Party Night. This year we will once again have an evening riverboat cruise. The date and cruise line have not been finalized but we should have this information for you by this month’s meeting.


Jim Knittel, Chair
College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati

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April Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 14, 1999
Northern Kentucky University


5:30 – 6:15 Board Meeting: University Center Room 107 (Faculty/Staff Lounge)

Discussion Groups:

Colloid Discussion Group: University Center Room 303
Dr. Charles D. Eads, Procter & Gamble
"Influence of Molecular Shape on Mixed Micelles and Molecular Solutions"

Education Discussion Group: University Center Room 116
General Group Discussion

6:15 – 7:15 Keynote Speaker, University Center Theater

Dr. David G. Hendricker, Ohio University

"Philatelic View of Chemistry and Allied Science"
7:30 Banquet and Awards Presentation, cost $13, University Center Ballroom
Menu: Sliced Top Round of Beef, Savory Baked Chicked, Parslied Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Tossed Salad, Rolls, Black Forest Cake, Iced Tea and Coffee.

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, April 12, noon. 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 it. Payment will be received at the door. Guests are always welcome; emeritus, unemployed, new, and student members are half price.

Directions: From Downtown or Northern Cincinnati suburbs, take I-71 (or I-75 or I-275) to I-471 south. Approximately six miles from the Ohio River, I-471 highway ends as it merges with U.S. 27. At the second stop light, turn right onto Nunn Drive, the entrance to Northern Kentucky University. Follow Nunn Dr. straight through campus and park in lots G, K, or L. The University Center is across Nunn Dr. from Regent's Hall.

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Outstanding Service Award

The Section Awards Committee request nominations for the Outstanding Service Award. This award is to be presented annually to a member of the Section in recognition of outstanding service to the Cincinnati Section and the field of chemistry. Nominees for this award must be members or affiliates of the Cincinnati Section. The 1999 Outstanding Service Award will be presented at the Party Night Section meeting in May. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 1999.

Nominations for this award should be sent to:

Henry R. Greeb

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High School Teacher of the Year

Chris Ennis is the 1999 High School Chemistry Teacher of the year. Mr. Ennis has taught chemistry at Mason High School for the past 7 years. He is co-Principal Investigator for PACT (Partnership for the Advancement of Chemical Technology), a NSF funded effort involving a consortium of educators, industry, professional societies, adn governmental bodies. He is the leader in piloting the nationally recognized PACT Ambassador program. The Ambassador program is composed of teams of high school teachers, college/university educator, and a person from industry who bring industrial science into the high school classroom, and students and teachers into industry.

Chris is highly regarded by administrators, parents, and students. He is always willing to help students gain a firm conceptual grasp of chemistry.

Please join the awards committee in congratulating Chris Ennis!

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CMACS 2000 Volunteers Wanted

On May 16-19, 2000, the Section will host the 32nd Central Region ACS Meeting (CMACS 2000). Excellent progress is being made towards planing for the meeting. The meeting will take place at the new Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Sessions for the technical program are two-thirds complete. Five Regional awards will be presented and our web site ( is in the final stages of construction. Please contact one of these chairs if you would like to help in a particular area. Additional technical session chairs are needed. Some vacant committee chairs are also listed. If you would like to chair one of these committees please contact Ray D’Alonzo .

General Chair
Ray D’Alonzo,

Vice General Chair
Roger Parker, e-Mail:Rog

Vacant Committee Chair Positions
Chemical Technicians Program
Employment Clearing House
Student Affiliate Program

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A Message From the Chair-Elect

We are nearing the annual handoff between current and new officers in the local section, and many of us have been busy planning next years activities. As chairman, beginning July 1, I am expecting to enjoy working with this new team as much as I have with the current officers. The election of any of the nominee’s, announced last meeting, will lead to a very strong leadership team, and we appreciate their willingness to help the section in such a significant way. I want to also take a moment to thank our current section chair, Prof. Jim Knittel, and his current team of section officers for their tireless efforts to organize another great year for the section.

Over the next few months we will be finalizing plans for next year's section meetings. I have been very lucky in particular because Jim Knittel has provided so much help in putting together a program-planning team for the year 99/2000. Traditionally, this has been left almost entirely to the chair-elect. Thus with the help of Susan Ross, Ted Logan and Jim, we have a very interesting speaker program evolving for the coming year. Thanks also go to Jeff Hayes and Larry Doemeny for additional help on these efforts.

Some of the exciting speakers already in line for next year include Madeline Jacobs, editor of C&E News and Flint Lewis, Director of the National ACS’ OLGA (Office of Legislative and Government Affairs). As always, we will hear lectures from the Oesper Awardee at UC and the Local Chemist of the Year. Other potential lecture topics range from speakers in local industries and universities to topics in forensic science, flavor chemistry, and maybe even the US Space Program.

We will continue to need additional help from the membership to chair or serve on a variety of committees. As you find the time and interest, please let me know, as I will have a continuing list of important functions to support the section, where you should find fulfilling roles that will make a big difference to us all. We are encouraged by the new energy we are seeing in the Women’s Chemistry Committee, the continued Chemistry Week activities, and other educational and subgroup activities, in which our members are actively involved. We have also been very active in technical conferences this past year, sponsoring the XIVth International Phosphorus Chemistry Conference last July in Cincinnati, and this will continue for us in a big way over the next year, as Ray D’Alonzo, General Chair, heads a team in the local section sponsorship of the May CMACS 2000 regional meeting. Please see the web page on this conference for regular updates of these activities:

Finally, I would like to hear any and all input from the membership as I work with the current leadership and future officers to improve the management and growth of our section. We are particularly concerned about the declining attendance at our section meetings and will be taking a number of steps to try to improve this situation. Different meeting formats, price structures, and new membership initiatives are all currently under consideration. Please contact me with your comments on this and other topics, by e-mail ( or phone 622-3630 at any time.

I look forward to sharing another enjoyable year of activities with you in the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society.

Hal Ebetino
98/99 Chair Elect, Cincinnati Section

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Statistical Analysis of Laboratory Data
 (two day short course)

May 18, May 19, 1999 -  (Tuesday, Wednesday)
Embassy Suite -  Blue Ash,OH

For details, see
Member Fee 
Non-member Fee 
Unemployed ACS members
  $  75

Registration Deadline  April 30, 1999

Rick White 
Procter & Gamble 
Winton Hill Technical Center
6210 Center Hill Ave.
Cincinnati, OH  45224
Mahvash Banisalam
University of Cincinnati
Raymond Walters College
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, OH  45236
791-0338, 745-5777 or -5615

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