The Newsletter Of The Cincinnati Section
American Chemical Society
Vol. 37, No. 2 October, 1999

In this issue

October Meeting Announcement From the Chair Industrial Innovation Awards
Reservations Chemical Educatorsí Meeting Women Chemist's Committee
Oesper Symposium Schedule Call for Award Nominations Younger Chemists
Milt Orchin 85.5 Birthday National Chemistry Week E-Mail Addresses Wanted

The 1999 Oesper Banquet and October Monthly Meeting, co-sponsored by the
Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati


Professor George S. Hammond
Bowling Green State University

with after-dinner speaker:
Professor Richard Caldwell
University of Texas at Dallas

"George Hammond's Scientific Legacies"

About the Speaker

Richard Caldwell received his B.Sc. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Hammond during 1964-65, before becoming an assistant professor at Cornell University. In 1971, he moved to the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is now Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

About the Awardee

George S. Hammond, currently Senior McMaster Fellow at the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green University is one of the leading scientists of the 20th century. Hammond almost single-handedly created the field of mechanistic organic photochemistry, the study of the interaction of light with organic molecules. The work that Hammond did is directly or indirectly involved in billions of dollars of industrial sales in diverse markets. Important examples include: photoimaging, the process for creating computer chips; solar energy harvesting; non-silver halide color and three-dimensional imaging; and phototherapy for neoplastic and infectious diseases.

Hammond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has won the highest honors of the American Chemical Society, including the Priestly Medal, the Award in Chemical Education and the James Flack Norris Award. Hammond has also served as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, Head of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, and Vice Chancellor for Science at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Most recently, Dr. Hammond has been instrumental in creating a materials science program in a liberal arts college setting at Bowling Green State University.

Editor Bruce S. Ault
Advertising Sameer Choudhary

CINTACS is published nine times a year (September through May) by the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. All changes of address should be sent to Emel Yakali at Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236, phone 745-5686 or FAX to 745-5767.

Every member is urged to send in his/her 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 December CINTACS is set for Thursday, October 14, 1999. Electronic submission is strongly preferred. (except for original photos). All materials should be sent to:

Dr. Bruce Ault
Department of Chemistry

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From the Chair

Greetingís colleagues! We are now launching fully into our section program! October and the next few months will be a busy time for our section with lots of opportunities to participate in a variety of programs. This monthís section meeting offers to be as stimulating as ever with the Oesper Award and Banquet. Please note, this meeting will feature an informal poster presentation by members of the University of Cincinnati Chemistry Department. This forum is a great opportunity to identify common interests and to build new scientific relationships.

I hope this CINTACS also reaches you in time to be a final reminder of the first Education Discussion Group of the year on October 12 at McAuley High School. See last months CINTACS, our section website, or contact Linda Ford ( for any additional details. I thank Linda for her efforts to organize these activities in our section. We are continuing to try to make sure we have all of the teachers on the mailing list for CINTACS. Please email Bruce Ault ( with your proper mailing address if you are not receiving our section publication.

Recently, we were well represented by members of our section at the September 218th National meeting of the American Chemical Society. More details will be available from our councilor reports. A true highlight was the nomination or our section for a Phoenix award. Local sections such as ours were honored at the "ChemLuminary Awards" event for a variety of their National Chemistry week activities last year. Our section members were invited to this event, sponsored by the Membership Division of the National ACS, and it is a tribute to the excellent program in our section led by Ed Fenlon and Stephanie Fenlon. Ed is still looking for more volunteers to help with the National Chemistry week efforts this current year. Please contact him (, 745 3361) if you are interested in becoming involved with chemistry demonstrations and other activities with the youth in our region. Please come out and help the section build on its previous successes. We are also encouraged that we can continue to receive more visibility nationally in future Phoenix award ceremonies, and take it as a challenge to go beyond one nomination next year. We also thank Susan Ross for bringing the section additional visibility, with a presentation of a poster on the 98/99 activities of our section at this awards event and at the "Sci Mix" event in the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. The "Sci Mix" event was cosponsored by the National Women Chemists and Younger Chemists Committees. Thus, I am pleased to see the section maintain a presence with these organizations nationally as well.

Finally, I want to continue to remind our section members that we are in the most important and final year in planning the CMACS (CENTRAL REGIONAL MEETING OF THE ACS in May 2000. Stay in touch with the updates on its progress at the conference web site: and begin making your own plans and reservations to attend, present research, and better get to know your chemistry colleagues in the region. Contact Ray DíAlonzo (, 626 1977) if you are interested in getting more involved. Please spread the news of this meeting to your colleagues or at any conferences you attend. Fliers for this purpose can be supplied by our organizers.

I continue to look forward to working with the membership this year and please do not hesitate to contact me with your suggestions and desires for additional involvement. Please note there may still be a few vacant chair positions and many committees are still looking for members. We hope you will consider joining one or more of them. See you at the next section meeting, and letís continue to work together to make our section an exciting source of activities for members of our profession in the Cincinnati area.

F. Hal Ebetino
Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals

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E-mail Address, Please

May we please have your e-mail address? For those of you who have provided e-mail addresses, we're sending out monthly meeting notices via e-mail as a secondary distribution mechanism. Please send your e-mail address to:

We will use these addresses for meeting notices and other official section business only. Thank you.

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October Monthly Meeting
and 1999 Oesper Award Banquet
October 28, 1999

University of Cincinnati Faculty Club


5:30 - 7:00 pm Registration, Social Hour and UC Graduate Student Poster Session
7:00 pm Dinner Teriyaki chicken with ginger-orange sauce, or roast pork loin with sautéed apples and brandy sauce. salad, vegetable, potato, dinner roll, and coffee or tea, turtle cheesecake. 
cost $24.00, to be paid at the door.
8:00 pm Presentation of the 1999 Oesper Award to Professor George Hammond 
Professor Richard Caldwell "George Hammond's Scientific Legacies"

Dinner Reservations: Call the section answering line at (513) 622-2495 or e-mail Include your name (complete with correct spelling), phone number, affiliation and menu selection. Please specify if this is your first Cincinnati ACS meeting when making your reservation. All reservations must be received by noon, Monday, October 25. If you have any difficulties, please call Vicki Libbin at (513)622-2495. As a reminder, if you decide you must miss a meeting after you have made reservations, please call to cancel. If you do not cancel, the Section will have to charge you because it will have been charged by the Faculty Club. Payment will be received at the door. Guests are always welcome; emeritus, unemployed, new, and student members are half price.

Directions: If you approach by I-75, take the Hopple Street exit and turn left at the light. You will pass over the highway. At the next light go "straight" (straight here is really about a 45 degree turn to the left). You are now on Martin Luther King Drive. Continue up King to the fourth traffic light; you will reach the first light rather quickly, the second one about a half mile after that, the third after going up a long hill and the fourth as you continue eastward with the campus on your right. Turn right onto campus, and then right into the garage.

If you approach Cincinnati from I-71S, get off at the Taft Street exit, exit 3. At the light at the end of the exit go straight for about 1.3 miles. At this time, Hughes High School is directly in front of you and you must turn; take a right turn onto Clifton Avenue from the far right lane. The University is now on you right side. Continue north on Clifton to King; turn right (eastbound) on King and follow to the first light. Turn right onto campus, and then right into the library garage.

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Women Chemists Committee to Meet

There will be a meeting of the Women Chemists Committee on Saturday November 13 at noon at the Greenbriar Clubhouse in Mason. Dr. Susan Marine, Miami U. Middletown and Dr. Jeanne Buccigross, College of Mt. St. Joseph will be the speakers. The title of their talk will be "Iota Sigma Pi, A Century of Women in Chemistry". They will present an overview of the mission and goals of Iota Sigma Pi and the professional and student awards that are available through Iota Sigma Pi. There will be a potluck lunch preceding the speakers. For information or directions please check the WCC website at If you plan to attend or would like more information please contact us at

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Industry Innovation Awards

The 32nd Central Regional Meeting to be held May 16-19, 2000, in Covington, KY, will feature four industry innovation awards for the first time. Industry innovation awards are fairly new for regional meetings. Their creation was encouraged by ACS National as part of an effort to better recognize industrial chemists and chemical engineers for their creative contributions to the field of chemistry. The four awards will be in pharmaceutical chemistry, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry and chemical engineering. For details about the awards and nomination process, visit the Meeting's web site at Questions on the Awards Program may be addressed to:

Dr. Ted J. Logan, Chairman, Awards Program
Nomination deadline is 2/15/00.

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The Department of Chemistry of the University of Cincinnati would like to invite you to the 85.5 birthday party for Professor Milt Orchin. The party will take place on Friday, December 10, 1999, at the UC Faculty Club. The party will start about 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. After dinner, there will be a presentation by Prof. Orchin entitled "Teaching: A Lifetime of Learning".

The dinner selections are Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast or Filet of Norwegian Salmon. The price for the cocktails and dinner is $25 per person, payable at the door. The price for full time students is $12. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ms. Kim Carey by e-mail ( or by phone (556-0293) before Monday, November 22, 1999. Please be sure to include your dinner selection when you contact Kim. If you have any questions, please call Marshall Wilson (556-9200).

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Chemical Educatorsí Discussion Group

All educators, K through 12, are welcome to join this discussion group. Its main goal is to establish an educatorsí network for sharing teaching activities and classroom practices, for increasing involvement in ACS-sponsored events, and for encouraging professional growth opportunities via ACS. In the recent past, the groupís meetings were primarily attended by high school chemistry teachers. It is hoped that meetings can broaden their appeal to physical science teachers in grades K through 8. To suggest ways to make the groupís work more inclusive, please e-mail the chair, Linda Ford, of Seven Hills School ( She is in her first year as chair and very open to new ways more effectively serve all teachers needs and to establish stronger links between ACS and the teaching community. Four teachers have graciously volunteered to help lead: Cathy Fike of St. Henry High School, Kathy Austin of Princeton High School, Mike Geyer of Deer Park High School, and Ed Escudero of Summit Country Day School.

The discussion groupís first meeting will be held on October 12 at McAuley High School located at 6000 Oakwood Avenue in College Hill. The evening begins with a social time at 6:30 PM followed by the meeting from 7 to 9 PM. Teachers who attended ChemEd99 in August will share their favorite activities. National Chemistry Week and Year 2000 ACS events will also be discussed. Please plan to join us.

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National Chemistry Week is November 7-13

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is right around the corner and the section still needs demonstrators!!! The section was nominated for a Phoenix award for our NCW efforts last year. Letís keep up the good work! Demo ideas and training will be provided to any novice demonstrators. All volunteer demonstrators receive a free NCW T-shirt. Any high school or undergraduate student helpers are also paid to help. Please contact Ed Fenlon ( or visit the NCW portion of the sectionís web page ( for more information.

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Younger Chemists Wanted!

Are you a younger chemist who would like to learn more about chemistry opportunities in the Cincinnati area? Do you want to be more involved locally with the ACS? The Cincinnati Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) is seeking steering committee members to reenergize and to reformat the YCC and its professional & social networking program.

Who is the YCC? The Cincinnati YCC is made up of younger chemists (professionals and students between 18 & 35 years old) who are attracted to its professional development and public outreach activities in a casual setting. Within the past three years, the Cincinnati YCC has been recognized nationally for its creative events, including its popular company tours, and more recently, for its brown bag lunch sessions on career-related topics for graduate students.

To continue this success and to offer these and new events, the YCC would like to initiate a larger, stronger core group to serve as a steering committee. This steering committee would be able to develop its own ideas and program or collaborate with other local section committees on joint projects. Since weíre busy people, steering committee meetings will be as efficient as possible.

If you are curious to learn more about the YCC and/or would like to consider being a steering committee member, please feel free to contact me anytime (see below). In late October, an informal get-together with interested members will be arranged as the first YCC steering committee meeting. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you.

Susan Ross
Cincinnati YCC Chair

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The 1999 Ralph and Helen Oesper Symposium
Friday, October 29, 1999
The Vernon Manor Hotel, 400 Oak Street
Cincinnati, Ohio, 513-281-3300

8:30 am

Professor Douglas C. Neckers
Bowling Green State University
"New Chemistry in 3 Dimensions"

9:15 am

Professor Richard A. Caldwell
University of Texas at Dallas
"Time-resolved Photoacoustic Calorimetry: Techniques, Results, and Prospects"

10:00 am


10:15 am

Professor and Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
Washington University
"Molecular Photochemistry at Interfaces"

11:00 am

Dr. Angelo Lamola
Rohm and Haas
"Streams from Georgeís River - (Assorted Research Topics Through the Years)"

11:45 am

Dr. Thomas Dougherty
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
"Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer"

12:30 pm


2:00 pm

Professor Michael A. J. Rodgers
Bowling Green State University
"Ultrafast Photodynamics of Metallophthalocyanines"

2:45 pm

Dr. David F. Eaton
DuPont Photopolymer and Electronic Materials
"Industrial Aspects of Photochemistry, with Useful Examples"

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Professor Nicholas J. Turro
Columbia University
"The ĎCage Effectí: From the Gas Phase to the Molecular Solvent Cage to the Supramolecular Cage to the Superdupermolecular Cage"

4:30 pm

Introduction of the Guest of Honor
Professor R. Marshall Wilson

"Chemical Dynamics, the Heartland of the Science"
Professor George S. Hammond
Bowling Green State University
For further information contact:

Kim Carey
Department of Chemistry
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0172
(513) 556-0293
or R. Marshall Wilson
Department of Chemistry
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0172
(513) 556-9261

Visit our web site at:

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Award Nominations Solicited

Cincinnati Chemist of the Year

The Section Awards Committee requests nominations for the 2000 Cincinnati Chemist of the Year. This award, given annually since 1950, recognizes professional accomplishments of a member. The 2000 Chemist of the Year will be the featured speaker at the February meeting.

Deadline for nominations is November 17, 1999 (at the meeting).

Cincinnati Research Assistant of the Year

The Section Awards Committee requests nominations for the 2000 Cincinnati Research Assistant/Chemical Technician of the Year. This award, given annually, recognizes job skills, safety, teamwork, leadership, publications and presentations, reliability, communications skills, and additional professional and community activities. A Chemical Technician/Research Assistant is defined as a person whose training includes successful completion of a two year post-high school chemistry curriculum or equivalent work in a Baccalaureate program, or equivalent knowledge gained by experience. The 2000 award will be presented at the February meeting. The winner will be the sectionís candidate for the National award.

Deadline for nominations is November 17, 1999 (at the meeting).

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 December 9, 1999 (at the meeting).

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

Henry R. Greeb
Awards Committee Chair

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