Committee Chairs Needed
We have filled most of the positions on our board; however, there are two that I would like to specifically bring to your attention; namely Development and Publications Business Manager. Development is about obtaining sponsorships and grants. This year I’d like to have a greater outreach with corporations in the area. I recently learned that the chemical industry is the second largest employer in this area. Sponsorships can simply be a $100-200 donation to support one of our program meetings. We will also acknowledge your company at our program meeting as well as on our website. Grants are a bit more elaborate here; we are typically looking for $500 and above to help support our outreach events. If you have experience writing grants, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The Publications Business Manager role is to solicit advertising for our Chemical Bulletin. This is a great way of advertising your products and services to our 4,500 members in the greater Chicagoland area.
While there are important positions we’d like to fill, I don’t want to underscore the point that we have other open positions. Membership affairs – recruiting new members and maintaining current members; Continuing Education, hosting continuing education events from our local faculty as well as National ACS; Chicago School Board Liaison, this is a great opportunity for a Chicago College or CPS educator; Employment & Professional Relations. Fran Kravitz and I are temporally filling this position, but we’d be happy to hear from anyone interested in this field.
Finally, beware, you may hear from me regarding filling one of these positions
Anthony Toussaint, Ph.D
Chair, ACS Chicago Section
MARIE S. CURIE GIRL SCOUT
CHEMISTRY DAY PROGRAM
The 2018 Marie S. Curie Girl Scout Chemistry Day program will be held on three Saturdays in 2018: North Central College, April 14; Oakton Community College, April 21, and Valparaiso University, April 28. The purpose of this patch is to give girls ages 10 to 18 the opportunity to learn about chemistry through lecture and laboratory, the careers available in various areas of chemistry and to talk and interact with female role models who are chemists.
We are currently looking for women chemists or women in a related area of science to help as mentors for this program. Mentors will meet with small groups of girls during lunch and describe their career as a woman chemist, educational requirements needed to be a chemist, and opportunities available in chemistry. We need at least 10 mentors at each site. Lunch is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. and pizza will be provided. Please contact Fran Kravitz by email at [email protected] if you are interested.
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
Origins of Chicago’s Minority Affairs Committee
Recognizing that February is Black History Month, it is timely to reflect on the Chicago Section’s efforts to encourage and support members of underrepresented minority communities in the chemical enterprise. Today we have a standing committee (Chaired by Columbia College Distinguished Prof. Charles Cannon since 2010) that supports these aims, but it wasn’t always the case.
Prior to 1993, the American Chemical Society did not apparently have permanent resources specifically dedicated toward minority support. The Project SEED effort (Summer research Experiences for Economically Disadvantaged high school students) had been underway since 1968, but it was not targeted to specifically address the needs of minority professionals or post-secondary students.
The executive level of the National ACS started prioritizing minority concerns in the early 1990’s. In 1991, the National ACS board launched the Task Force on Minorities in the Chemical Sciences. In 1993, it was replaced with the ACS Executive Director’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Minority Underrepresentation in the Chemical Sciences.2 The panel was chaired by John Crum, the ACS’ Executive Director; this indicated that ACS considered these matters worthy of attention at the highest levels of the Society. The panel brought in expertise from a diverse array of institutions. It included Dr. Carlos G. Gutierrez, (California State University - Los Angeles), Shirley Malcom (AAAS), Norbert Hill (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), Antonio Navarro (former Director of Radio and TV Marti), and Allen Heininger (former ACS President). The recommendations of that panel sparked creation of the National ACS’ Committee on Minority Affairs, which was formed in 1993 with fourteen members and one consultant, and which was chaired by Dr. Gutierrez.,
National events spurred action in Chicago. The task force mentioned above issued a report entitled “Board Retreat on Minority Affairs” by ACS President Heindel, which was distributed to the Chicago ACS Board in September 1994. Jim Shoffner (1976 Section Chair and longtime active board member) led a discussion of the report and its recommendations at the October Board meeting, where Seymour Patinkin suggested the establishment of a local ad hoc Minority Affairs committee. Patinkin also said it should be chaired by Charlotte Lee, who consented. In addition to Shoffner and Patinkin, other members who volunteered to work on the committee included Ann Levinson, Marcia Phillips, Stan Seelig and Nat Gilham.
The local ad hoc committee proved to be quite active! In November 1994, the group decided to focus efforts on “Hispanic and Afro-American” chemists and students, and to reach out to the Black Chemists Society for cooperative endeavors. Plans were also made to secure funding supporting minority teachers’ travel to conferences, develop a list of minority and women speakers for Chicago ACS meetings to raise their visibility, and invite them to perform demonstrations at Chemistry Day.
Seeking to put Chicago’s Minority Affairs Committee on more permanent footing, in March 1995 Lee asked the Board to give it “standing committee” status. At that meeting Herb Golinkin (1984 and 2001 Section Chair, and current Section Comptroller and Career Counselor) mentioned such a move would require laborious revision and subsequent National approval of the Section bylaws. Committed to ensuring the success of Minority Affairs, Bylaws Chair Bob Buntrock proposed new bylaws language that included the committee in the list of standing committees in May 1995. Golinkin moved to approve the language, and the board passed it without objection. The next month, the Minority Affairs Committee was officially listed in the Section Budget, with resources of $500. In September 1995, Lee gave the first report as a standing committee.
One great legacy of the original committee is the continued service of Prof. Charles Cannon (1982 Section Chair). When Lee started the committee, Cannon was a member along with Patinkin, Shoffner, Gilham, Philips, Levinson, Sushama Dandekar, and Rajashree Sen (who is still a frequent attendee of Section meetings). Today, Cannon leverages the considerable creative talent at Columbia College to conduct STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) activities with Chicago Public Schools. For example, in a collaboration with Scientists for Tomorrow, he engaged in a hands-on activity where students built LED holiday ornaments and learned the science behind them; you can see the video of the event here: https://vimeo.com/194983570 . He also helps CPS science teachers develop proficiency and pedagogical excellence. Further, he collaborates closely with local colleges that have significant minority populations, ensuring that their educators tap the resources available to them, and that their students get the support they need to pursue careers in chemistry.
If you would like to help Chicagoland underrepresented minority students and professionals thrive in the world of chemistry, please contact Prof. Cannon: [email protected] .
- Josh Kurutz, Section Historian
 Chemical Bulletin, May 1994.
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, September 1994; Report of Chair Sharon Northrup
 Subject of NSF documentary: http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/james-shoffner-1
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, October 1994; Report of Jim Shoffner
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, November 1994; Report of Charlotte Lee
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, March 1995; Report of Charlotte Lee
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, May 1995; Bylaws report
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, June 1995; Budget Director’s report
 Minutes of the Chicago ACS Board, September 1995; Minority Affairs report
 Chemical Bulletin, May 1995
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Baby It’s Cold Outside!
Two different sized ziplock bags; Water; Calcium Chloride ice-melt pellets
In the large bag, put the ice-melt pellets in so that it is about one-fourth full. Fill the small bag about half full with water and make sure that it is sealed well. Place the water bag inside the large ziplock bag and remove as much air as possible and seal the large bag. When you are ready to use the hand warmer, squeeze the water bag till it breaks open or open it up so that it can mix with the ice-melt. Make sure that the large bag is sealed so it doesn’t leak all over. The heating will begin immediately and last for 20-60 minute
Different hand warmers work in different ways. The one that you are making works because some salts (like calcium chloride – CaCl2), when dissolving in water give off heat while others take in heat and get cold. These are called exothermic and endothermic processes, respectively. The calcium ions and the chloride ions are stuck together in the crystal; when you add the water to the salt, the bonds are broken and that will require heat. However, as the Ca-Cl bonds are broken, new bonds are being made between the water and the calcium ions and water and chloride ions. The making of these bonds releases heat – a lot more heat is released here than the heat that was required to break the calcium and chloride bonds. Therefore, the overall process generates heat that you can feel through the ziplock bag.
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- Paul Brandt
February 8: Chicago ACS Section Board Meeting
February 11: FermilabFamily Open House at the Lederman Science Center from 1-5 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult (There’s plenty for the grown-ups too). Most appropriate for children in grades 3 and up. http://ed.fnal.gov/events/openhouse/
February 16: Chicago ACS Section Dinner Meeting.
February 24: 34th Annual Engineers Week Expo at the Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus at 201 East Loop Drive, Wheaton (10:30 – 3:30) “Engineering New Horizons”. http://appliedtech.iit.edu/engineersweek
February 26 – March 1: Pittcon 2018 will be in Orlando, FL. http://pittcon.org/
March 8: Chicago ACS Section Board Meeting
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
Chemistry of Concrete! Join the Chicago ACS for our annual Chemistry Laboratory Visit and learn about materials used in construction industry
Principal Scientist, Material Laboratory Services
- CTLGroup -
"Concrete chemistry: Secrets to a modern day construction marvel"
February 16, 2018
at CTLGroup, Skokie, IL
Don Broton will present a talk on cement and concrete chemistry. The news constantly reminds us that our infrastructure is in need of repair. Much of the infrastructure utilizes concrete, a most under recognized building material for the general public. We walk on it, drive on it, take off and land on it, and it forms the very foundation that most structures are built on. Portland cement is the glue that holds the rocks and sand together in a formable high strength concrete product. This presentation will be an overview of cement and concrete chemistry and the analytical techniques used for cement production and their use in failure analysis.
- 5:30 - 6:30 Registration
- 5:45 - 6:30 Laboratory Tour to Include Materials Testing Labs, Petrography Labs and Concrete and Mortar Labs.
- 6:30 - 7:30 Dinner in CTLGroup Cafeteria (Chicago ACS providing food)
- 7:30 - 7:45 Introductory remarks by Tony Toussaint, Chicago Section Chair
- 7:45 - 8:30 Lecture by Don Broton
- 8:30+ Networking
- MAIN SITE (With live speaker): CTLGroup (Skokie)
- STREAMING LOCATION #1: College of Lake County - Southlake (Vernon Hills)
- STREAMING LOCATION #2: Univ. of Illinois - Chicago (Chicago)
- STREAMING LOCATION #3: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)
- STREAMING LOCATION #4: North Central College (Naperville)
PRE-DINNER EVENT: Laboratory Tour
Laboratory Tour to Include Materials Testing Labs, Petrography Labs and Concrete and Mortar Labs.
DINNER - Depends on location:
|MAIN SITE:||CTLGroup||BUFFET: Tequila lime chicken, garden salad, and fettuccini with broccoli & garlic oil, rice pilaf, roasted vegetable medley, dinner rolls, dessert, and a beverage
|REMOTE SITE #1:||College of Lake County - Southlake||Choice of:
- Panera Box Lunch Turkey Sandwich OR
- Mediterranean Vegetarian Sandwich
(both come with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage)
|REMOTE SITE #2||University of Illinois - Chicago||Choice of:
- Panera Box Lunch Turkey Sandwich OR
- Mediterranean Vegetarian Sandwich
(both come with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage)
|REMOTE SITE #3||Purdue University - Northwest||no dinner available - feel free to bring your own
|REMOTE SITE #4||North Central College||no dinner available - feel free to bring your own|
Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, February 13
Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, February 15
PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS. The Section must pay for all dinner orders. No-shows will be billed. Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions
Mr. Broton has been analyzing cement, concrete, mortar and related geological materials for over 30 years. Mr. Broton has used laboratory services to help buyers and sellers of product settle disputes related to composition or performance issues. Mr. Broton has recently certified 22 cement, limestone and silica fume Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) now available from the National Institute for Standards and Technology. Mr. Broton has instructed courses at the Portland Cement Association including Basic Concrete, Advanced Concrete, Troubleshooting Concrete Field Problems, X-ray Fluorescence and the Kiln Course. Mr. Broton is responsible for using research grade XRF and XRD instrumentation for crystalline silica applications, small spot analysis using monocapillary optics and complete crystal phase analysis.
MAIN LOCATION - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
5400 Old Orchard Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077-1030
PARKING: Free in the lots in front and back of the building
STREAMING LOCATIONS - DIRECTIONS and PARKING:
College of Lake County, Southlake CampusRoom V336-340
1120 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3195
Map and directions: http://chicagoacs.org/images/downloads/Maps_of_venues/clc_southlake_mapdir.pdf
University of Illinois at Chicago
SES Building, Room 138
Chicago, IL 60607
PARKING: $8.50 cash/credit
Parking Lot 5, on Morgan just North of Roosevelt
1135 S. Morgan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
STREAMING LOCATION #3:
Purdue University Northwest
Gyte Building, Room 240
2200 169th St.
Hammond, IN 46323
Street address (entrance location)
Chicago, IL 60607
North Central College
Wentz Science Center, Room 356
131 S. Loomis St.
Naperville, IL 60540
$15.00 MAIN SITE - Member
$15.00 MAIN SITE - AIChE Member
$17.00 MAIN SITE - Non-member
$15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Member ticket
$15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - AIChE Member
$17.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Non-member ticket
$15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Member ticket
$15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - AIChE Member
$17.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Non-member ticket
$0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture-only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Lecture-only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - Lecture only
$0.00 REMOTE SITE #4: Lecture-only
$15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements
$0.00 Individual Donation
$0.00 Company Sponsorship
$0.00 Donation to Project SEED
$10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue