Public Affairs Meeting and Award Presentation
+ Pre-Dinner Talk, "ACS Resources for Chemical Safety"
+ Pre-Dinner Poster Session
- Director of Regulatory Affairs -
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
"Public Policy and the Impact of Aquatic Invasive Species"
Presentation of the Public Service Award to the
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
MARCH 23, 2018
MAIN SITE: UIC
Lisa Frede will give an overview of who the Chemistry Industry Council of Illinois is, what they do, and how they represent the chemical industry in Illinois. Ms. Frede will also highlight one of the many public policy issues that CICI deals with and how this multi-faceted topic effects the chemical industry in Illinois.
- 5:30 - 6:30 Registration, Social Hour, Poster Session
- 6:00 - 6:30 Pre-Dinner Talk by Irena Cesa
- 6:30 - 7:30 Dinner
- 7:30 - 7:40 Announcements
- 7:40 - 7:45 Presentation of the Public Affairs Award
- 7:45 - 8:40 Lecture by Ms. Lisa Frede
- MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Univ. of Illinois - Chicago
- STREAMING LOCATION #1: North Central College (Naperville)
- STREAMING LOCATION #2: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)
Undergraduates are invited to present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:
"ACS Resources for Chemical Safety"
by Irene Cesa
- Chicago ACS, Environmental and Lab Safety Committee Chair -
ABSTRACT: In 2017 the American Chemical Society incorporated safety as a core value in its Strategic Plan for 2017 and Beyond. In combination with the other core values of the society, the ACS strategic plan supports the fundamental responsibility of the society to safeguard the health of the planet through chemical stewardship. The mission of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety is to promote and advance positive safety cultures by providing authoritative resources in support of safety as a core value. In this presentation, I will discuss ACS resources related to safety and success of the chemical enterprise in education, research and development.
DINNER - Depends on location:
|MAIN SITE:||UIC||Buffet catered by Pompeii:
• House Salad (Romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions & Italian Vinaigrette)
• Cookie, water
• Choice of entree:
• Chicken Parmigiana (with marinara, ricotta cheese and mozzarella with spaghetti)
• Eggplant Parmigiana (vegetarian) served with Marinara topped with fresh seasoned ricotta and melted mozzarella and pasta
|REMOTE SITE #1:||North Central College||no dinner provided, but you are welcome to bring your own
|REMOTE SITE #2||Purdue University - Northwest||no dinner provided, but you are welcome to bring your own
Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, March 20
Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, March 22
PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS. Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions
BIOGRAPHY- MAIN SPEAKER
Lisa Frede has been the Director of Regulatory Affairs for CICI since July 2001. Lisa is located in the Des Plaines office and represents the interests of CICI members before several regulatory bodies, including the Illinois EPA, OSHA, and the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Lisa serves as co-chair to the Technical & Policy Workgroup which works with the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee for solutions to prevent the transfer of aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi Basins. Prior to joining CICI, Lisa work for Will County Environmental Health Division as an inspector. Lisa is a 1996 graduate of Aurora University.
BIOGRAPHY- PRE-DINNER SPEAKER
Irene G. Cesa is a member of the Committee on Chemical Safety for the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves as Chair of the Environmental and Lab Safety Committee for the Chicago Section of the ACS. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Oakland University and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Irene is retired from Flinn Scientific, Inc. in Batavia, IL, where she served as Director of Technical Services, Technical Editor for the Flinn Scientific Laboratory Safety Course and the Flinn Best Practices for Teaching Chemistry Video Series, and as Senior Editor for the Flinn ChemTopics™ Labs series of high school lab manuals. Prior to joining Flinn, Irene taught chemistry at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH, and also worked as an industrial research chemist for the Lubrizol Corporation. Irene Cesa is the author of the college chemistry lab manual, Laboratory Experiments for General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, and she has presented more than 100 workshops relating to chemical safety and chemistry lab activities at national, regional, and local science education conferences
MAIN LOCATION - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
University of Illinois - Chicago
Molecular Biology Research Building, Herman Auditorium
800 S. Ashland Ave/entrance on Morgan ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
PARKING: $8.50 cash/credit
Paulina St. Parking Structure
915 S. Paulina; Chicago, IL 60607
STREAMING LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
STREAMING LOCATION #1:
North Central College
Wentz Science Center, Ratio Hall (2nd floor)
131 S. Loomis St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Purdue University Northwest
Gyte Building, Room 240
2200 169th St.
Hammond, IN 46323
Street address (entrance location)
Chicago, IL 60607
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$15.00 MAIN SITE - AIChE Member
$17.00 MAIN SITE - Non-member
$0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture-only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Lecture-only
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A Chain Reaction for Peace
Given the tumultuous political situation in the Middle East, it is important - perhaps now more than ever - to foster new grassroots collaborations in the region. Imagine a room with Israeli, Palestinian, and Syrian scientists collaborating on regional issues while also building friendships. For many, this seems impossible. At the Malta Conferences, this is the norm.
The eighth Malta Conference (Malta VIII) was held Dec. 10-15, 2017, in Malta. Malta VIII had workshops that focused on chemical, biological, and nuclear security; air and water quality; sustainability of energy and materials resources; medicinal chemistry, organic and biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology; science and technology education at all levels; and entrepreneurship and innovation. A total of 26 oral and 39 poster presentations were given in the workshop sessions by participants from the Middle East and Morocco. During the workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation, participants dove in and envisioned companies that would require cross-border collaboration. For example, Israeli and Gazan participants developed the concept of a start-up company, Every Drop Counts, for the conservation of water resources.
Every two years since 2003, top scientists from throughout the Middle East have come together to tackle regional issues despite the hostility among their governments. At the Malta Conferences, the goal is to create a critical mass of scientists to start a chain reaction for peace, to stop demonizing the unknown other, and to resolve regional problems. More than 600 Middle East scientists and 15 Nobel laureates are now in the network.
Politicians see national boundaries; the environment does not. Many aquifers in the Middle East are shared, and pollution knows only one sky. Therefore, no matter how polarized politics can get, there are many environmental issues that one nation alone cannot solve - only regional collaboration can truly have an impact.
So at this year’s conference, a resolution concerning water quality in Gaza was drafted and approved overwhelmingly by the participants from the Middle East. This resolution, coauthored by scientists from Israel and Gaza, addressed the most critical aspects of the humanitarian water crisis in Gaza while calling on “the international community to establish a task force that will be able to overcome the political difficulties and will enable professional treatment of the water and environment.” As a result of the relationships developed at the conference, Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians were able to work together toward a common goal.
An Israeli participant said, “Do you know what it means for us to spend five days talking to scientists from countries that otherwise we would never have a chance to meet? We develop friendships and collaborations. Where else can we do it?”
The Malta Conferences continue to face a number of logistical challenges. One of the toughest is finding a host country that will issue a visa to all participants. There are scientists coming from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian Authority, and Morocco. For Malta VIII, I [Lerman] was up at 3 a.m. before the conference began to ensure that Iranian and Syrian scientists would be able to attend. At the end, all invited participants received a visa. Other obstacles include securing all the funding needed for each conference and dealing with the lack of money to employ paid staff. All the fundraising and the organizing of the conference is done by volunteers who serve on the Malta Conferences Foundation Board of Directors.
Despite all obstacles and against all odds, the Malta Conferences continue to play a crucial role for science diplomacy in the Middle East.
This article was reprinted with permission from C&EN; it originally appeared in the January 22, 2018, issue, p. 2. Ben Margolin graduated from Brandeis University in 2017.
Chemists Who Became Public Figures
Our March meeting focuses on Public Affairs. I decided to take some time to reflect on public figures with degrees in Chemistry.
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She graduated with a BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. She specialized in X-ray crystallography under the supervision of Dorothy Hodgkin, who later went on to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964.
Angela Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. After failing physics she decided to pursue Chemistry at the University of Leipzig to prove she could master the subject. Who says chemistry isn’t easy. She graduated with a degree in physics and physical chemistry before earning a PhD in quantum chemistry from the German Academy of Sciences. So we see she was very determined to get back into physics.
Chaim Azriel Weizmann was first president of the new State of Israel from 1949–52. In 1900 he obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Weizmann was engaged in organic chemistry research, concentrating on dyestuffs and aromatics where the Weizmann Institute of Science was named after him
I couldn’t find any details about Pope Francis’s degree but he did fine graduating as a chemical technician.
John M. Deutch was the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1995 and Director of Central Intelligence from 1995 until December 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemistry (physical chemistry) from MIT. John has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science, and Provost. He published over 140 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues. He clearly continued to support chemistry in public policy.
And finally Lawrence Douglas Wilder, the first African American to serve as governor of a U.S. state. In 1951, he graduated with a BS degree in chemistry from Virginia Union University.
This is a very short summary of public figures that started off with chemistry degrees. Some have clearly continued to support science as their careers have progressed, for others it is not as clear.
Anthony Toussaint, PhD
Chair, ACS Chicago Section
Excellence in High School Teaching of Chemistry
Name of Award: The Chicago Section Award for Excellence in High School Teaching of Chemistry
Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry or a chemical science in the Chicago section.
Amount of Award: $1000, a plaque and membership for one year in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT).
Committee in Charge of Award and Budget: Awards
The awardee is to be chosen annually by a selection committee composed of the Awards committee chair, the High School Education committee chair and the College Education committee chair. If any of the committees are headed by co-chairs, only one of the committee co-chairs may serve.
Who May Nominate: Any individual, except a currently enrolled student of the nominee or a member of the award selection committee, may submit one nomination in any given year. The awardee should recently (within the last two years) have taught chemistry at an area high school. We will not consider self-nominees.
Required Components of Nomination Portfolio:
- The Awards Committee will consider only complete nomination portfolios.
- A complete portfolio shall consist of
o Nomination Information Form;
o Nominator Recommendation Letter of not more than 750 words submitted by the nominator according to the guidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form;
o A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession; NOTE: This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.
o NOTE: Some commentary on student reaction to the work of the nominee should be included in the nominating recommendation letter for a well-rounded portfolio.
Instructions: Submit nominations via the website:http://chicagoacs.org/form.php?form_id=32&c=1 by July 1 of the year that the award is to be given.
Presentation of Award: The award will be given by the Section at the Chicago Section’s Education Night.
Back when I was in middle school (1970’s) we were required to take art class where we made different lots of different things such as pottery, learning how to draw in perspective, and we made a rubber stamp. I have no recollection what I carved into my stamp but it recently came upon me that the Chemical Bulletin was a place that had quite the artist of rubber stamps. I was given a plaque with five of the stamps used back in the 50’s and so I thought I would share these with you over the course of the year. These were all done by James A. Wuellner of Standard Oil Co. He was the artist and Assistant Editor of the Chemical Bulletin back in January of 1955. This first sketch was published in November 1954. These can be seen in their original format by using the Northwestern University Library Online http://books.northwestern.edu/viewer.html?id=inu:inu-mntb-0005391474-bk and there are 16,937 images starting with the 1919 Chemical Bulletin. This first stamp comes from the image #14,593. I hope you enjoy them!
- Paul Brandt
1918, When Two of the Four Horsemen Visited the Chicago Section
Pestilence and War, two horsemen of the apocalypse, were affecting the Chicago Section in 1918, and Section Chair L.V. Redman addressed them in his “Chairman’s Letter” in the December Chemical Bulletin. Further analysis shows War inadvertently empowered women in chemistry.
Though the flu season of 2017-18 has affected many across Chicagoland, it bears no comparison to the great influenza pandemic of 1918. That year, a particularly deadly strain of influenza spread across the world, infecting over 500 million people and killing between three and five percent of the world’s population. In Chicago, it was worst between September and November 1918.
To help slow the spread of the 1918 outbreak of this highly communicable disease, health authorities demanded cancellation of public gatherings, so the Chicago Section temporarily suspended its regular monthly meetings. Curiously, the Bulletin contained no mention of the cancellations, but Redman mentioned in December,
“After an enforced suspension of our meetings due to the severe pandemic of influenza and pneumonia the Chicago Section has resumed its regular meetings.”
Perhaps cancellation notices were deemed too negative for publication. Redman maintained a positive tone concerning World War I, describing the return of troops:
“A few months ago we were bidding farewell to many of our younger members who were taking up Uncle Sam's burden to help make the world a decent place to live in. The next few months will present to us the happy duty of welcoming back the boys who left us for military duty.”
Redman was keen to ensure that returning chemists return to their professional jobs and enjoy the economic boom of reconstruction. He optimistically declared:
“We are entering a period never before experienced by any nation. We are the victors and have all the pride and thrill of victory the initiative and power for expansion remain in our hand.”
Despite his effort to champion the returning soldiers as heroes and anticipate economic success, he had to acknowledge that War had taken a tremendous toll on the world. Many who went abroad to fight never came back. He tried to give U.S. deaths a good “spin” by comparing them to Europe’s:
“Our total casualties, lamentable as they are, number less than ½% of the man power of the country. Considering our vast resources and our unlimited man power the war has left us practically untouched. I say practically when I think of the European nations carrying a war burden equal to one third of the total value of their country and a loss in man power which is close to 20% of their effectives when the war started.”
For perspective, ½% of today’s Chicago Section is 20 chemists, and ½% of today’s U.S. population is approximately 1.5 million. Losing 20 colleagues is better than losing 800, but that would be no comfort to their families, friends, and labmates.
WWI’s drain on human resources did have one positive impact: many women started working in the laboratory when men left to become soldiers. Once the remaining soldiers returned home to resume work, if they were able, the chemistry enterprise needed to determine how to manage the women who had grown accustomed to their lab positions.
The topic of the December 1918 regular meeting was, “Present Employment of Women as Chemists” (note that at the time many women were employed as “Analysts”, and the title “Chemist” was one to which they graduated after additional training). The meeting even included a series of short speeches on “Pointers for Women in Chemistry” – four talks given by three men and one female physician.
Modern ears will detect a strong element of condescending “mansplaining” here. The accompanying article entitled “Woman’s Place in Chemistry” reads:
“The great conflict whose close we are witnessing has revealed woman as a potent force in chemical lines. … Will they wish to be known as lady chemists? Will they accept the same ethical code in employment as the man? Do they desire to become and remain analysts or will they show a special aptitude for research? Is the teaching of chemistry to be their forte?
While we can hope that attitudes have improved since 1918, we must remain conscious that anti-woman, pro-war, and anti-science sentiments still abound. Much work must still be done to strengthen the position of women in chemistry, which is why ACS has Women Chemists Committees. We must acknowledge the terrible costs of war and not glorify armed conflict for the sake of honoring survivors. Further, we must learn from history and be prepared for the next pandemic, despite the increasing efforts of anti-vaccination ideologues. Even if the current influenza season isn’t as deadly as 1918’s, you should still get your flu shot!
- Josh Kurutz, Chicago Section Historian
(With thanks to Mike Koehler, who pointed out the 12/1918 Chairman’s Letter)
Project SEED Scholars
You may have noticed in the January 29 issue of C&EN (and the November issue of the Chemical Bulletin) that three Chicagoland Project SEED students were winners of the 2017-2018 college scholarships. These are one year nonrenewable awards of up to $5000 to help cover tuition and fees for their first year of college.
Janiel Cortes graduated from Barrington HS in Carpentersville. Cortes conducted research under the mentorship of James Devery at Loyola University Chicago. His title is “The Application of Carbenes as Hydrogenation Catalysts”. Cortes is an Alfred & Isabel Bader Scholar majoring in chemistry at Loyola.
Another Alfred & Isabel Bader Scholar is Mir Faiz Rehman who graduated from Nicolas Senn HS in Chicago. His research mentor, Chad Eichman at Loyola University guided Faiz to his research project titled “Investigation of the Uses of Different Catalysts, Such as Chlorinated, Iodinated, or Brominated Products in Order to Conduct Hydroarylation Reactions that are more Atom Efficient & Use Less Toxic Reagents”. He is at the University of Illinois – Chicago where he is majoring in biochemistry.
After graduation from Elmwood Park HS, Rocco Molinelli will attend the University of Chicago beginning in the Fall of 2018 majoring in chemical engineering. He conducted research, and will continue his work in a gap year, with Wei Tsung Lee at Loyola University. The title of his research is “Use of Vanadium to Create Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes”. Rocco is an Ashland Scholar. .
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- Josh Kurutz, Co-Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee
Amazon Smile Link
Whenever you use our Amazon Smile link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2287522 , to start shopping on Amazon, the Chicago Section receives a percentage of your purchase, with no additional cost to you. It's easy, free, and supports one of your favorite organiza- tions, so why not use it?
Just to let you know how things are going, as of May 2017 we received $29.41 but Amazon only pays out when a minimum is available so we have not received monies every quarter. We get 0.5% of what people spend so that is ~ $5800 in spending. Every little bit helps and Thank You to those who have linked already!
- Avrom Litin
March 8: Chicago ACS Section Board Meeting
March 10: Chicago ACS Local Chemistry Olympiad at Loyola University and North Central College
March 13-14: 10th Annual AIChE Midwest REgional Conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology. https://www.aiche.org/chicago
March 14: Illinois Science Council - Pi Day pi K Fun Run/Walk. Starting time is 6:28 (2*Pi) PM. At Fleet Street Sports in three locations around Chicago. Cost is $21.41. For further details, see http://www.illinoisscience.org/events/pi-day-pi-k-3-14-mile-fun-run-walk/
March 15: ChemWest at LaneTech HS, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. For further details see http://www.chemwest.org/
March 15 – 18: NSTA’s National Conference “Science on My Mind”, Atlanta, GA. http://www.nsta.org/conferences/national.aspx
March 18 – 22: 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition “Nexus of Food, Energy & Water”, New Orleans, LA. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/national-meeting.html?sc=meetings_170818_mtg_NO18_od
March 23: Chicago ACS Section Dinner Meeting.
April 14: The Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program at North Central College
April 21: The Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program at Oakton Community College
April 28: The Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program at Valparaiso University
June 18: You Be The Chemist National Challenge