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    Next Meeting

    2018 Basolo Medal Lecture and Reception

    Prof. Edward I. Solomon

    Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry
    - Stanford University -

    "Activating Metal Sites for Biological Electron Transfer"

    Friday October 26
    4:30 Lecture at Northwestern's Tech. Inst. (Evanston)
    6:00 Reception & Dinner at Hilton Orrington (Evanston)


    Metal sites in biology often exhibit unique spectroscopic features that reflect novel geometric and electronic structures imposed by the protein that are key to reactivity. The Blue copper active site involved in long range, rapid biological electron transfer is a classic example. This talk presents an overview of both traditional and synchrotron based spectroscopic methods and their coupling to electronic structure calculations to understand the unique features of the Blue copper active site and their contributions to function. The relation of this active site to other biological electron transfer sites is further developed. In particular ultrafast XFEL spectroscopy is used to evaluate the met-S-Fe bond in cyt c, and its control by the protein (called the “entatic state”) in determining function (electron transfer vs. apoptosis).

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    • 4:15 - 5:45  Registration at Technological Institute
    • 4:30 - 4:45  Refreshments before lecture
    • 4:45 - 5:45  Introduction and Lecture in Room LR3, Technological Institute
    • 5:30 - 6:00  Move to Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL
    • 6:00 - 7:00  Reception at the Hilton Orrington Heritage Ballroom
    • 7:00 - 8:00  Dinner at the Hilton Orrington
    • 8:00            Presentation of Medal


    • Salad: Romaine wedge, shredded smoked gouda cheese, dried cherries, spiced pecans, champagne-herbed vinagrette
    • Choice of entree:
       - Rosemary and panko crusted chicken, dijon demi-glace with whipped mashed potatoes
       - Seared beef medallions
       - Seared Arctic char (fish)
       - Roasted root vegetable risotto (vegetarian), arborio rice, goat cheese, butternut squash, turnips, rutabega, thumbelina carrots, cinnamon & nutmeg
    • Chef's choice of vegetable and starch
    • Dessert: chocolate lava cake (decadent chocolate cake filled with rich chocolate ganache, served with berries and whipped cream)
    • Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Monday, October 22
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, October 25

    QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]).


    Edward I. Solomon grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida, received his Ph.D. at Princeton (1972) and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ørsted Institute in Denmark and at Caltech. He started his career at MIT in late 1975, became a full professor in 1981, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1982 where he is now the Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Photon Science at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He has been a visiting professor in France, Argentina, Japan, China, India and Brazil. He has received ACS National Awards in Inorganic Chemistry, Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, The Bader Award in Bioinorganic Chemistry, the Ira Remsen Award and The Kosolapoff Medal, the Centenary Medal from the RSC, The Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award and a range of other recognitions. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the ACS and the AAAS.

    Professor Solomon’s research is in the fields of Physical-Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Theoretical-Inorganic Chemistry. His focus is on spectroscopic elucidation of the electronic structure of transition metal complexes and its contribution to reactivity. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of metal sites involved in electron transfer, copper sites involved in O2 binding, activation and reduction to water, in structure/function correlations over non-heme iron enzymes, in correlations between metalloenzyme and heterogeneous catalysis and in the development of new spectroscopic methods.


    LECTURE (4:30 - 5:45):
    Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
    Technological Institute, Room LR3
    2145 Sheridan Rd.
    Evanston, IL 60208

    RECEPTION & DINNER (6:00 -8:30):
    Hilton Orrington, Heritage Ballroom
    1710 Orrington Ave.
    Evanston, IL 60201


    PARKING: Free after 4:00, $8 before; ~$4 in lot near reception (see map)


    $35.00 - Member
    $35.00 - AIChE Member
    $37.00 - Non-member
    $0.00   - Lecture only

    $any-amount   Individual Donation
    $any-amount   Company Sponsorship
    $any-amount   Donation to Project SEED
    $15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements
    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

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    State Fair

    Illinois Sections Of The ACS At The Illinois State Fair

    by Fran Kravitz and Milt Levenberg,
    Co-Chairs of the Illinois Sections of the ACS State Fair Project

    The science tent opened on Friday, August 10 in the Conservation World of the Illinois State Fair. This was our 15th year providing information to the public on science through science demonstrations, an expanded hands-on activity area, information for teachers (including a CD with over 200 chemistry experiments), and literature and promotional items for the public.

    Over 8,916 visitors went through the tent during the ten days of the fair. This year, we closed the tent on Sunday, August 19, the official end of the Illinois State Fair. Fair attendance was up from last year but we have seen better attendance during our early years at the fair. This year, heat was a big factor in fair attendance as well as the past ticket and parking fees increase and the early start of schools as compared to when we began this project. We also notice that we may not be as accurate in our attendance counts. We have opened the sides of the tent to reduce the temperature inside the tent. This has resulted in visitors entering the tent from several different directions making it extremely difficult to obtain an accurate count.

    Our location was the same as last year. We are grateful that there was no significant rain but instead we battled the heat. The design of the tent was similar to last year but the sides of the tent were lifted to combat the heat. Photos from the Illinois State Fair Tent are available at:

    Approximately 68 volunteers worked in the tent from setup to tear down. This is slightly up from last year. Six local ACS sections (Chicago, Decatur-Springfield, Illinois Heartland, and Mark Twain) participated in this year’s fair along with 7 colleges and universities (Illinois College, Illinois State University, North Central College, Roosevelt University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, University of Illinois-Springfield and Wilbur Wright Chicago City College).

    We wish to thank our sponsors: Chicago Section, Decatur-Springfield, Illinois Heartland, Illinois-Iowa, Joliet, Mark Twain and Rock River Sections of the ACS; AAAS; ACS Committee on Chemical Safety; ACS Office of Science Outreach; ACS Committee on Project SEED; ACS Division on Chemical Education, Charles Cannon, Richard Cornell, Kaycie Dunlap, Fisher Scientific, Ken Fivizanni, Fran Kravitz and Daniel Edelman, Illinois State University, Department of Chemistry, Milt Levenberg, Avrom Litin, Frank Salter, NorthStar Credit Union, United Soybean Board, and Wizardcraft.

    We also wish to thank our planning committee members for their hard work throughout the year. They are Harsh Bapat, Charles Cannon, Karen Cochran, Fran Kravitz, Avrom Litin, Craig McLauchlan, Milt Levenberg, Frank Salter, and Linghong Zhang.

    The 2019 Illinois State Fair is just around the corner. We will be holding a planning meeting within the next couple of months. We are always looking for new members to join the planning committee. All meetings are by conference call. Won’t you join us and become part of this growing outreach program? Please contact Fran Kravitz at [email protected] if you are interested.

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    Great Lakes Regional ACS Meeting

    GLRM 2019

    by Barb Moriarty, Co-Chair GLRM 2019 Committee

    The 2019 Great Lakes Regional Meeting (GLRM) will take place at the Sheraton in Lisle, IL on May 1-4, 2019. The theme of the meeting is Chemistry Connections: Careers, Education & Sustainability. The meeting will focus on the intersections between education, chemistry careers and sustainability. There will be sessions on sustainability, the frontiers of inorganic chemistry, energy, functional materials, education in chemistry, organic chemistry, bio-related science, physical chemistry and spectroscopy, consumer chemistry and frontiers in electrochemistry. In addition, there will also be a general session. There will also be a program for High School Teachers on Saturday, May 12. Finally, a number of poster sessions are also planned.

    Workshops are a very important aspect of the meeting. A number of workshops are planned for the meeting which will cover POGIL, research-based lab experiences and career and academia development using online platforms. Additional topics for workshops are in the works.

    The plenary lecture will be given by Sir Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University). Dr. Stoddart was the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

    Some fun events, like an ice cream social, are also planned.

    More information on the meeting is available at the website

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    Community Activities

    National Chemistry Week
    Illustrated Poetry Contest

    by Avrom Litin, Community Activities Co-Chair

    The Chicago Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poetry contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Winners of the Local Section’s contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poetry Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win more prizes! The deadline is Monday, October 29th. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entry in four age groups. The theme is “Chemistry is Out of This World (topics related to space). Details can be found at

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    Job Opening

    Chair, Department Of Chemistry,
    Illinois Institute Of Technology

    The Department of Chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Chair beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. The incoming Chair is expected to be an active leader and researcher who fosters continued growth, promotes innovative educational programs, and increases research engagement with other entities within and beyond academia. The candidate must have a proven record of leadership in academic settings, strong research and publications, significant external funding, and excellent interpersonal management and communication skills.

    With a very diverse student body of nearly 8000, Illinois Tech is a private, research university with programs in engineering, science, humanities, psychology, architecture, business, design, and law. IIT is located in a city park-like campus in the heart of the city of Chicago. Payscale ranked IIT 40th in the United States as a university for graduates’ 20-year Return-On-Investment in 2016.

    Education and Experience


    • Ph.D. in Chemistry
    • Current academic rank of tenured full professor (or equivalent non-U.S. rank)
    • Leadership experience applicable to an administrative position in an institution of higher education
    • A distinguished record of research and of teaching

    Department of Chemistry at IIT

    The Department of Chemistry has a rich history at IIT, with distinguished faculty members and alumni, and active research programs in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary areas involving energy, materials science and health science. In addition to the Ph.D. and Master of Science degree programs, the department has a large professional Master’s program, and also offers co-terminal degree programs (five-year programs to complete both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees) and certificates. We also offer five new undergraduate programs areas in: Bioanalytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Medicinal Chemistry. Please visit for further information.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Chair of the Department of Chemistry is expected to provide leadership by overseeing strategic planning at various levels, instructional planning with the Associate Chair, and directing collaborative grants. The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for a vigorous department that fosters new efforts at the forefront of 21st century chemistry research and education. The Chair shall evaluate faculty for tenure and promotion decisions, as well as provide mentoring to individual faculty. Additional duties include overseeing curriculum and program development, resource allocation, and instructional and administrative staffing; and conducting reviewing, reporting, and decision-making supporting the department’s role within IIT.


    Applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (including contact information for 4-5 references) as a pdf file to: [email protected] The position will be open until filled, but complete applications received by October 15, 2018, will have priority consideration.

    Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity within its community. It actively seeks applications from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.

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    Who Is This?

    Who Is This? – Chemistry Day, 1991

    by Josh Kurutz, Section Historian

    The Chicago Section archives are rich in photographs. Unfortunately, many are not annotated, so we have no written records identifying who is in them. We need your help elucidating our historical records. If you know (or even suspect you know) the identity of someone in these photos, please send an email to [email protected]. The Historian will then create appropriate records, properly store the photos, and place scans of selected photos in accessible locations online.

    This month, we cover a set of photos taken on Saturday, November 9, 1991. According to the October 1991 Chemical Bulletin, this was the final day of National Chemistry Week, which was celebrated with three days of activities. Day 1 (Nov. 2) included a “Battle of the Burets” (a titration contest), various demonstrations by local teachers, a special “Weird Science” show by Lee Marek and colleagues, exhibits by various companies and organizations, and a talk by David Stoney (McCrone Research Inst.) on “Chemistry in Forensic Science.” Day 2 (Nov. 6) focused on a forum entitled “Chemical & The Public: Today’s Questions, Tomorrow’s Answers”. Day 3, the subject of this set of photos, included several activities:

    • “Interstate Battle of the Burets”
    • Chemistry for Kids of All Ages (demonstrations by Milwaukee and Rock River area teachers – Stan Seelig, organizer)
    • “Chemistry Through the Arts” – a dance performance by students of Columbia College
    • Battle of the Burets award ceremony
    • College Chemistry Bowl (Gayle Marks)
    • “Is It Chemistry or Is It Magic?” by Drs. Otis Rothenberger and Jim Webb (Illinois State U.)

    What we know so far: It is likely that people A and B in the first photo are Drs. Rothenberger and Webb, since the uncropped photos show ISU logos, but we do not know which is whom. The other photos show people receiving awards, but we don’t know which award is being presented in any photo. Some people are ACS figures, and some appear to be teachers with their students. The Bulletin indicates Gayle Marks and John Hand were involved, so they may have been present. It appears Tom Kucera organized the event, and Gayle E. O’Neill was Section Chair at the time, so they may be in some photos.

    If you recognize anyone in these photos please send an email to [email protected] indicating the letter associated with each person and that person’s name. Please feel free to add any other information about the people or events involved! We would love to know employers, types of work they performed, where they earned their degrees, etc. Further, we are eager to hear your stories about attending the event. Please tell stories, reminiscences, etc. and share any photos, programs, or other materials from past ACS events.

    And don’t forget to attend THIS year’s Chemistry Day, October 27 at College of DuPage! It’s history in the making, and it’ll be “Out of This World”!



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    ChemShorts for Kids

    How Do These Stick With No Glue?

    by Paul Brandt, Editor

    As I’m about to go off to the Illinois State Fair again, I’m reminded of a nifty experiment that I saw there last year, courtesy of the always entertaining Frank Salter.

    Materials: Two plastic cups, one balloon



    Start by blowing the balloon up to about ¼ the final size of the balloon. The balloon must be large enough that it will not entirely fit inside the cup opening. Have someone else hold the two plastic cups on each side of the balloon so that the balloon partially fits inside of the cups. Now continue to blow up the balloon while the other person continually holds the cups tightly against the balloon. The cups can be released (don’t pull on the cups!) and will stay attached to the balloon once you have blown the balloon up to about ½ the size that you want it to be. You can continue to blow up the balloon and the cups will stay attached.

    What’s happening?

    How much space is being taken up in the cup by the balloon when the cups are initially pushed against the balloon? That space is filled with air molecules (nitrogen and oxygen mostly). As the balloon is blown up further, the curvature of the balloon becomes less and less and the balloon takes up less and less space inside the cup. Those air molecules in the cup are now free to spread out over more space. That means that the air pressure inside the cup has lessened and you have created a small vacuum inside the cup and that is why the cup stays adhered to the balloon. Now see what happens as you slowly release the air from the balloon!


    To view all past “ChemShorts for Kids”, go to:

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    Scholarship Winners

    Project SEED Scholarships

    by Paul Brandt, Project SEED Scholarship Committee Chair

    As Chair of the Project SEED Scholarship Committee, it was incumbent upon me to announce the winners of the 2017 scholarships. Unfortunately that did not happen so before we know the results for 2018, here are last years winners:

    Mir Faiz Rehman from Senn HS who worked with Chad Eichman at Loyola University for one year and then for Hee Yeon Cho at Loyola his second year. Faiz was the first place winner earning a $2500 scholarship. He is attending the University of Illinois at Chicago and majoring in biochemistry.

    Rocco Molinelli graduated from Elmwood Park HS and worked with Wei-Tsung Lee at Loyola University for two years earning second place and obtaining a $2000 scholarship. He is majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Chicago.

    Brielle Ross attended Niles West HS in Skokie and worked with Dali Liu at Loyola University for two years. Brielle earned $1500 for placing third and is attending the University of Illinois.

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    Special Feature

    Rubber Stamps - 4

    by Paul Brandt

    The fourth stamp in this series is the simplest art piece but is recognized as the one that most pertains to chemists. Any chemist immediately recognizes the Bunsen burner. The artist of the previous three stamps in this series was James A. Wuellner and therefore this one is presumed to be his as well but this could be questioned as it does have a different feel to it. I was able to find four of the five stamps in the Northwestern archives of The Chemical Bulletin online, but this one was absent. The archives go from 1919 to 1960 (digitized versions are not available after that) although my search only went as far back as 1945 since I didn’t see any artwork from 1945-1950. The first stamp that I showed in this series was a cut of Wuellner’s back in 1954 before he first appeared as an Assistant Editor in 1955, so I think this stamp postdates 1954. Previous articles in this series have shown Woellner’s artwork from 1954, 1955, and 1958. It is therefore not unrealistic to expect that this fourth stamp was also done by Wuellner after 1960. I will have one more sketch coming in November, which I find to be “his” best – but since there is no mention of the artist, is it Wuellner? You will need to decide.



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    Election Information

    REMINDER: The polls for the Chicago ACS election are open until noon Friday Oct. 26. If you haven't already, VOTE! Log in with the credentials you received by email or postcard. Contact the Section office if you haven't received them after Monday October 8.

    See last month's article to review the candidates:



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    Calendar of Events


    October 8-11: Laboratory Management Conference sponsored by The Association of Laboratory Managers (ALMA), Philadelphia, PA. See details at

    October 13 and October 20: Volunteers needed for the Chicago Section ACS Boy Scout of America’s Chemistry Merit Badge program, noon to 1 p.m. on either Saturday, October 13 at College of Lake County in Vernon Hills or Saturday, October 20 at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines to discuss their chemistry career. Contact Fran Kravitz at [email protected] if you are available to help.

    October 19-20: MACTLAC Annual Meeting at Hillsdale College. This years’ theme is Chemistry in the Liberal Arts. For more information see details

    October 26: Basolo medal lecture with Dr. Edward Solomon (Stanford University) at Northwestern University. See details in this issue.

    October 27: National Chemistry Week at College of DuPage Health and Science Center (HSC) room 1234 and Atrium from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission is Free!

    October 27-28: Illinois Science Teachers Association Conference, Northern Illinois University. For more information, visit

    October 29: National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poetry Contest. See details in this issue.

    November 17: Chicago Section Dinner Meeting with Dr. Shahila Mehboob Christie of Novalex Therapeutics speaking on entrepreneurship.

    December 14: Chicago Section Dinner Meeting; Dwight Chasar of the Cleveland Local Section on Chemistry is for the Birds at North Central College.

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