Newsletter of the Cincinnati Section of the
American Chemical Society
Vol. 38, No. 6 - February 2001
|Deadline for Submission||Womens' Chemist Committee|
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CINTACS - The official newsletter of the Cincinnati Section, American Chemical Society
|Editor..........................................Bruce S. Ault||
Advertising.....................Michael L. Stegemiller
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, FAX 745-5767, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission deadline will be approximately March 1, 2001 for the April issue. Electronic submission is strongly preferred, except for original photos. All materials should be sent to:
Dr. Bruce Ault
Department of Chemistry
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221
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From the Chair
125 years ago, a few chemists put down their retorts and sat down to
discuss their common interest. The inception and
organization of that meeting has created today, the largest technical organization in the world. Yes Roger, it’s the American
Chemical Society’s 125th Anniversary. We will kick-off the ACS Anniversary Year at our February meeting at the Phoenix
Downtown. What could be more fitting than to have one of our own senior members Dr. Joseph S. Cantrell, Professor
Emeritus, Miami University making a presentation on Chemistry in the Antarctic. This is a far cry from the chemistry that was
done in the late 1870’s.
According to one of our local newspapers, Joe is considered “one of the oldest people ever to spend an extended period of time on the continent”. This gives me great inspiration knowing my life continues after 60. Come and see Joe drilling 15 foot holes through the ice taking water samples, making friends with the penguins, seals and Polar bears (oops, wrong ice area). All kidding aside, this should be an interesting and informative evening. The meal should be great and who knows, we may get to sing Happy Birthday.
Linda Sand, a teacher at the Loveland Primary School has made a request
to our section. She is in need of at least 26 scientists
to participate in a Science Day at the Loveland Ohio school on March 23, 2001. The school has approximately 630 children
in grades 1-2. The goal is to invite scientists from different fields into the school and spend the day making presentations to the
children about particular fields of science. The talks/demonstrations should be about 20 minutes long. The 6-8 year old group
of students will rotate through to hear the talks every 30 minutes. Since the children are of young age, this should make it a
particularly interesting challenge for those who participate. I think this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with the
community and promote your science field of interest.
The media, both newspaper and television, will be invited to cover this
event. Companies and organizations may put up a
poster in the school lobby during the event. Those interested in participating may contact Linda Sand at
As I stated last month, Rick White, Proctor and Gamble, has afforded
his time to organize a workshop in April or May on
LC/MS: Fundamentals and Applications by Instructors O. David Sparkman and Frederick E. Klink. Those interested can
contact Rick at email@example.com.
This continues to be a busy year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with suggestions and desires for additional involvement. See you at the February meeting.
Rick Fayter - Cognis Corporation - (513) 482-3156 - Rick.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Buddies in Chemistry
On Saturday, March 10th, the chemical educators’ discussion group will be hosting a six-hour workshop at the University of Cincinnati. Five hands-on chemistry activities will be tested and discussed by middle school/high school teaching partners. All materials and lunch will be provided at no cost to the attendees. The intent is to bring together teaching “buddies” from the same school district to work and learn together and establish a professional link that will follow them back to their classrooms. A registration packet has already been mailed to teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. If you have not received one, please contact Linda Ford at email@example.com. Questions concerning the workshop can also be directed to Linda.
Linda is still looking for volunteers
to help during the workshop. You do not need to be in education to attend
or to help! You just have to have a keen interest in broadening hands-on
chemistry in Cincinnati classrooms.
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The Younger Chemists Committee hosted a discussion group coinciding
with the December local section meeting. The meeting was an opportunity
for young chemists to get together and discuss our scientific backgrounds
in more detail than what usually comes up in conversation. We had
a good turnout that was an even mix of graduate students and industrial
chemists. A roundtable discussion was held where each person introduced
himself or herself, and gave highlights of undergraduate, graduate, and
industrial research that had been done. The graduate students learned
how their research skills could be useful in industry, and the industrial
chemists were able to make more local contacts in different fields of chemistry.
The Younger Chemists events are continuing to grow in attendance, and we
are working on events suggested at our last planning meeting. If
you would like to get involved with the YCC, contact Ron Horwitz (firstname.lastname@example.org,
or 513-351-1300), or Rhonda Patschke (by email at email@example.com).
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Loveland Primary School, in Loveland, Ohio is planning a Science Day
for March 23, 2001. Their goal is to introduce these children
to various types of science and the people who work in that field.
One or more volunteers are needed to represent chemistry and all that it
contributes to society at this event. The participants can be professionals
in their fields, undergraduate students, or graduate students. People
who participate will be asked to spend the entire day at the school.
They will need to prepare a 20 minute talk or demonstration for the children.
Approximately every 30 minutes a new group of students will rotate through
the talk. The children are ages 6-8, so obviously a very simple presentation
would be required. The presentations will begin at 9a.m. and end
at 2:30. Lunch will be provided for the presenters.
The media will be invited to cover the event, both television and newspapers. Presenters can put up a poster in the lobby of our school the week of Science Day. If you are willing to represent the field of chemistry at this event, or if you have any questions, please contact Linda Sand, Loveland Primary School Vice-President, at LSAND@CINCI.RR.COM. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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of Section Meetings by Individuals:
A Challenge and an Opportunity
Some of our Section members have reached the point in their lives where
they are giving more serious thought to charitable donations. This
is driven by both genuine generosity and by knowledge that the IRS will
capture at death between 50 and 80% of estates above $1.3MM (changing slightly
upward over the next few years). When we think of charitable contributions,
most of us think of schools, churches, PBS, NPR, National Geographic Society,
and several others. Unfortunately, with rare but important exceptions,
the Cincinnati Section of the American Society doesn’t make the list.
This is unfortunate because the Section needs funding to provide valuable
activities and services. Donations to the Section are just as tax
deductible as for the aforementioned organizations.
My proposal is to have a few individuals contribute $1000 each to sponsor a monthly Section meeting of their choice. I would start this off with a contribution of $1000, contingent upon four other members doing the same. We need 5-6 of these contributions each year.
Presently our meetings are funded by solicitation from local industries, a time consuming task that is getting more difficult each year, with very uneven participation. With success of this proposal for individual support, we would continue to solicit money from local industries, but use the monies for other programs in the Section, including increased award stipends for students, travel grants for teachers to further their education and improve chemistry teaching skills, and other programs already in progress but suffering from insufficient funding.
The talks and discussions provided at each Section meeting are aimed at keeping members up to date on chemistry based subjects. These meetings and their accompanying Social Hour also provide a valuable opportunity for networking, contacts, and learning about other local industries (products, directions, personnel needs, acquisitions, and even helpful information about the health of these companies). Over the years I have built networks and contact lists from these meetings and Social Hours that helped me do my job better, and I frequently conduct small business issues at these gatherings. Utilized properly, our Section meetings and Social Hours are educational opportunities for all members who attend, and funds for sponsorship are critical to their continued success.
Do I have 4 Section members to join me at $1000 each, to sponsor five meetings? you can pick your own meeting, your support is tax deductible, and you’ll be helping your Section support this important activity while releasing other monies to more substantially support programs now in progress.
I can be reached for questions on this proposal at e-mail: TJLOGANCIN@AOL.COM or by telephone: 513-385-8856.
Ted J. Logan
Councilor and Board Member, Cincinnati Section, American Chemical Society
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Elected Positions in the Section
The Section Nominating Committee requests nominations for the following elected positions within the section: First Vice-Chair Chair-Elect, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, Alternate Councilor and Councilor. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2001. Nominations should be sent to:
Frank H. Ebetino
Procter & Gamble
PO Box 8006
8700 Mason-Montgomery Mason, OH 45040-8006
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Retired Engineers and Scientists of Cincinnati
Luncheon Meeting Schedule - (at
February - May, 2001
RESERVATIONS may be made and INFORMATION is available by telephoning RESC contacts at either (513) 231-7831 or (513) 751-8035.
Tuesday, Feb. 20 Technology
Joe Shomaker, Cultural Resource Manager, Fluor Fernald, Beginning with the areas prehistoric peoples, Joe will describe the artifact findings and newer technologies which assist preservation or restoration in compliance with regulations to honor the native Americans.
Tuesday, Mar. 20 Digital Photography Update
Richard White, RESC member, retired P&G metallurgical engineer will describe how the latest digital equipment allows the typical "pro-sumer" 35-mm camera traveler new convenience and skills, including tips and cautions, as well as coordination with accessories including laptop or desk computers and software.
Tuesday, Apr. 17
Egypt - Cruising Up the Nile
Fae Audre Rice & Harold Rice, RESC members, retired Science teacher & electrical engineer respectively, will describe the wonders of ancient kingdoms along the Nile from Alexandria to Abu Simbel including Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, and many temples, as well as the Pyramids and Sphinx at Gizeh.
Tuesday, May 15 Trends in Medical Surgical Laser Therapy
11:30 AM (at Quality Inn Central)
Judy Chamberlain, RN, MSN, Consultant and Lecturer on Laser Safety. With a background as Nurse and the Laser Safety Officer at Christ Hospital, she will describe structure and function of lasers and tissue response, with examples of primary uses. Also, the hazards, and controls necessary for safety of patients and providers.
Plant Tour Schedule January through May 2001
Thursday, Mar. 22
General Electric Aircraft Engine
10:00 AM Museum and Assembly Plant - Evendale, OH
View the evolution of turbojet engines from the first US built one to the CF-6 that powers largest planes today and its assembly Followed by lunch at Cookers, Springdale.
Wednesday, Apr. 18 Cintas - "The Uniform
People" - Mason, OH
Witness uniform tailoring and logo embroidering, warehousing, and order handling processes of this major uniform supplier. Followed by lunch at Lone Star Steakhouse, Mason.
Wednesday, May 9 Fernald
- EPA Clean-up Site - Ross, OH
A bus tour of this project which includes structure and process facilities demolition, aquifer restoration, and low level nuclear waste handling and preparation for removal. Followed by lunch at Bier Haus, Miamitown.
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Year 2001/02 Programming Ideas, Anyone?
We're in the midst of figuring out the program for next year. One thing for which we should always be looking is the new, different, better idea. What have you seen elsewhere which was a "hit"? What are YOUR interests in Chemistry? Do you have ideas on how to involve the general public and make them aware of the benefits and "fun" of Chemistry?
We will have one or two more meetings to discuss programming during the next few months. Please show YOUR interest in the section and its programming by volunteering to be on this programming committee.
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Research Assistant Wanted
To perform and document laboratory experiments. To carry out duties
associated with maintaining laboratory organization. Full- time salaried
position. Required qualifications: minimum Bachelors degree
in chemical or biological sciences. Desired qualifications: laboratory
experience in molecular biology and biochemistry. Send letter of
application, résumé and list of three references to Brenda
Blacklock, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hughes Hall 244, Miami
University, Oxford, OH 45056. Screening of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Miami University
is an equal opportunity employer.
Results-Oriented Chemist Sought
Cincinnati Specialties manufactures specialty organic chemicals including
saccharin, corrosion inhibitors and chemical intermediates including ethyl
anthranilate. We have a need for an experienced chemist. Varied assignments
1. New product formulation
2. Analytical method development for new products. Methods: HPLC, GC, UV spectrophotometry, potentiometic titrations.
3. Customer technical service. Provide recommendations on analytical methods and product uses.
4. Evaluate new products for corrosion by electrochemical and weight loss methods.
5. Measure physical properties and stability of new products.
6. Trouble shooting for manufacturing and customer problems.
7. Prepare concise written summaries of work done.
Qualifications include: At least a Bachelor's degree in chemistry
and analytical experience. Good working knowledge of computer software
and hardware needed. Experience in analytical method development especially
valuable. Need a self-starter with a "can do" attitude and good interpersonal
skills. Interested chemists please contact:
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Womens' Chemist Committee
Call for Applications for Travel Awards
For postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate women to make their first research presentation at a scientific meeting. For more information and an application form, contact Cheryl Brown at (800) 227-5558, ext. 6123, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 15, 2001 (meetings between 7/1/01 - 12/31/01)
Sept. 15, 2001 (meetings between 1/1/02 - 6/30/02)
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