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It's Time For Party Night!
May 7, 2018 (Webmaster)
The annual Section Party Night will be held Thursday, May 31, at Rhinegeist Brewery. Join us for an evening of tasty food and beverage selections as we gather one last time before summer arrives.
Registration will close on Tuesday, May 22, so get more info and register now.
Advanced registration is required and pre-payment online via Paypal is preferred (and saves you money!).
2018 Science/Chemistry Teachers of the Year
April 30, 2018 (Webmaster)
The Cincinnati Local Section of the American Chemical Society has selected Ken Revell of The Seven Hills Middle School (shown left accepting the award from awards committee member, Lynn Hogue) as its Middle School Science teacher of the year. Ken brings patience, enthusiasm, and energy to his classroom. He has a wonderful rapport with his students as well as a deep concern that all his students succeed in science. Ken uses a variety of approaches during his well-designed lessons that are experiential in nature and often project-based. (A “friendly” competition to build wind turbines is a culminating project for his students in May.)
Ken realizes that students learn in different ways, so each class gives students an opportunity to learn in different modalities. Lectures are kept to a minimum and students move frequently between activities he has set up in the classroom. After becoming concerned that all 8th graders took the same Physical Science course even though their ability in math was very different, he designed two courses that taught the same concepts of chemistry and physics but were tailored to the math ability of the students. Student success in science is paramount in all his classes.
Besides being an outstanding classroom teacher, Ken is a conscientious member of the school community. Besides curriculum development, he sponsors the Middle School Science Club and has support science learning at the elementary level by building a grow light system for the first-grade science classroom. Revamping and refurbishing the community garden was a special project. Ken worked mostly outside of school hours and provided a lot of the labor for the project. He also had his students design and construct learning stools so younger students can work safely in the community garden.
Bill Waskowitz, Head of the Seven Hills Middle School, said, “Ken is that rare Middle School teacher who knows that developing positive and appropriate relationships with students is what matters most. Because of his calm and supportive demeanor, Ken has been able to develop students who love “doing” science!
For 2018, the Cincinnati Local Section of the ACS has selected to extraordinary teachers to share the award. Each has demonstrated high-quality practices, devotion to their students, and dedication to their school and the community.
Paul Gansle of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (shown right with Judson Haynes, Cincinnati Section chair) was on a path to promising career in Pharma but felt a passion to teach and a desire to make others love chemistry as much as he did and so his career path changed directions. Because of these traits, Paul has become an outstanding teacher who is diligent and hard working. He teaches honors and AP chemistry at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. In 2016, he created an Organic Chemistry curriculum at the high school level that provides his students with what they need to succeed in a college level Organic Chemistry course. Paul has elevated the level of chemistry at his school and is a key person in moving the school forward.
Paul’s classroom and methods are very student centered. His lessons prepare his students for the critical thinking and problem solving that are necessary beyond the classroom and in the real world. His principal, Dean Nicholas, says “Paul is devoted to his students and always has a smile and a positive attitude. He is the unique teacher who can push and challenge students at every level of the curricula, yet one never hears a student complain about him or his class. Students know concretely that he is their champion and committed to their success. “
Making sure his students succeed is key to Paul’s success as a teacher. He was instrumental in bringing new technology to the school that is used by other faculty members and students alike. Through an app, students can text him when they have questions or problems they cannot solve. Paul gives up Saturdays and evenings to host problem solving sessions with his students in preparation for the AP exam. Additionally, he organizes visits to local industries, so his students can learn about careers in chemistry and build their network. Paul also keeps in touch with students that have graduated, often rendering advice on courses to take and career choices.
All these attributes are why Paul Gansle has been selected as one of the High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year.
Susan Savage of Indian Hill High School (shown left with Judson Haynes, Cincinnati Section chair) has been teaching chemistry for 24 years but has never lost her passion or enthusiasm for teaching or her students. Susan possesses all the characteristics of a great teacher. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of chemistry which she can communicate to her students in ways they can understand. Susan develops relationships with her students and shows that she truly cares about them. She understands how students learn and she knows how to motivate and engage all her students through innovative and diverse lessons. Susan has high expectations for all her students and is untiring in her efforts to help them find success.
Susan, a lifelong learner, has taken many professional development courses and has stood out as a teacher leader. She has developed many attention-getting lessons that she willing shares with her peers. Susan is also a mentor to other teachers and takes the time to collaborate with her peers to ensure their success and the success of students.
Susan is also a cross-country coach. The same traits that make her an excellent teacher has had a positive impact on her student athletes. She recognizes how athletics are important for developing and promoting school engagement.
Susan has a positive impact on students whether she is teaching AP chemistry or coaching student athletes. In the classroom or on the field, she brings out their best.
If Susan sounds too good to be true, the following is an email sent to her from a past student who is now in college. Please give it a read.
Dear Mrs. Savage:
Last week I received exciting news from my chemistry professor that I finished with the highest overall grade in his class of 250 students. I wanted to reach out to you to thank you for preparing me to be successful in college chemistry. I will admit that your class is quite difficult, but the content and methods that I learned in your class put me miles ahead of my collegiate classmates, many of whom also took AP Chem. You always expected the absolute best out of me, which forced me to truly learn and understand the material. So thank you for putting in so much effort every day to ensure that your students are well prepared for the academic and social challenges that face them as they go through college. If you ever have any doubt that if all your effort is worthwhile, I can assure you that you are changing lives everyday in the classroom, and helping to mold future scientists, engineers and doctors of this country. I cannot than you enough for the impact you have had on me, and I hope that your future students are able to get as much out of your class as I did.
Teacher and Student Award Night for 2018
April 15, 2018 (Webmaster)
Join us Wednesday, April 25, as we celebrate our annual Teacher and Student Award night at Northern Kentucky University. In addition to recognizing student achievement in chemistry in the past year, we'll also present this year's outstanding educators of the year awards.
Online pre-registration is required and pre-payment via Paypal is greatly appreciated. The deadline for registration is Friday, April 20.
For more information and to register, please click here.
P&G STEM Apprenticeship for Summer 2018
April 15, 2018 (Webmaster)
The Procter & Gamble STEM Apprentice Program offers high school seniors interested in studying Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math in college an opportunity to
gain real experience in a technical laboratory job before you even step foot on a college campus.
The application period ends May 4, 2018th. For more information and to apply, visit this
March 9, 2018 (Judson Haynes)
The March meeting at Miami University on Thursday, March 29, will honor the Cincinnati Section's Researcher and Chemist of the Year for 2018. This year's awardee for Researcher of the Year is Carrie Furnish (top right), Scientist at Procter & Gamble. Dr. Ann Hagerman (bottom right), Professor and Assistant Chair at Miami University's Department of Chemistry, will be awarded Chemist of the Year.
Dr Hagerman will also be the featured speaker for the evening, presenting “Plant Polyphenols: Structure-function diversity from the natural world”.
Online pre-registration is required and pre-payment via Paypal is greatly appreciated. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 23. For additional information and to register please
January 28, 2018 (Webmaster)
The February Meeting of the Cincinnati Section will be held Thursday, February 22, at Mount St Joseph University. The featured speaker for the evening is Dr. William R. Heineman. Dr. Heineman is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. His talk will focus on "Electrochemical Sensors for Biomedical and Environmental Applications".
Online pre-registration is required and pre-payment via Paypal is greatly appreciated. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 15. For additional information and to register please
January 28, 2018 (Jackie Thomas)
The Third Annual NOBCChE/UC Science Bowl and Science Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018. The event will run from 8AM – 3PM at the University of Cincinnati. Organizers are currently looking for volunteers to help with the event.
Call for 2018 Teacher of the Year Nominations
January 28, 2018 (Mike Weaver)
We are looking to recognize outstanding teachers with our Excellence in Teaching Awards. These are teachers who create excitement in student learning and have inspired students in the classroom to careers in science-related fields. All levels - High School, Middle School and Primary School – are all eligible and each level will be awarded separately.
Nominating a teacher is easy! Just let us know who should be awarded and why – short email or call – and we will do the rest.
Help us find candidates by forwarding this information to your friends and family!
January 3, 2018 (Judson Haynes)
Happy New Year Cincinnati ACS Section Members! The year 2017 was landmark for the Cincinnati ACS Section! Under Chair Mark Laskovics’ leadership,
the Cincinnati ACS Section delivered a productive year of programming. From Awards Night to the Oesper Meeting, many Professional Chemists and
Chemists-in-training experienced chemical knowledge enrichment, professional development and genuine fellowship.
Also, 2017 was highlighted by the October celebration of the section’s 125th Anniversary! continue reading