The May 2021 Chemical Bulletin Print

Next Meeting

Raychelle Burks, PhD

Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry - American University


7:00 - 8:30 PM, Friday, May 21
Virtual Meeting


Are you a chemist that loves to play the game of thrones, trekking across the stars, marveling at superheroes, and shambling along with the walking dead? The intersection of pop culture and science offers us limitless opportunities communicate within both our areas of scientific expertise and our fandoms. Join Dr. Burks in exploring how the intersection of fandoms and science allows for authentic communication, knowledge building, mutually beneficial dialogue, and - importantly - fun!Prof Raychelle Burks


• 7:00 - 7:05  Announcements - Sherri Rukes, Section Chair
• 7:05 - 7:10  Introduction
• 7:10 - 8:00  Main Presentation - Raychelle Burks, PhD
• 8:00 - 8:25  Q&A Period
• 8:25 - 8:30  Wrap-up


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After working in a crime lab, Dr. Burks returned to academia, teaching, and forensic science research. Her research team is focused on the development of colorimetric and luminescent sensor arrays for the detection of analytes of mainly forensic and national security interests with accompanying image and chemometric analysis. Beyond the bench, Dr. Burks is a popular science communicator appearing regularly on TV, radio, podcasts, and print outlets. Most recently, she was a series regular in the Smithsonian Channel show "The Curious Life and Death Of..." and writes a science-meets-true crime column called “Trace Analysis” for Chemistry World. In 2020, she was awarded the American Chemical Society's Grady - Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public.

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Write For the Bulletin!

Chicago ACS Section seeks volunteers to work on bulletin

Do you have a talent for writing, editing, creating, formatting, collaborating or publishing . . . or all of the above?

Put your skills to work on the Chicago Section’s flagship monthly newsletter, The Chemical Bulletin!

Contact Sherri at [email protected] today — We need you!


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Call to Action

Call for Abstracts: 
Webinar Series for Early Career Chemists

JAWSChem, or Just Another Webinar Series in Chemistry, is a virtual seminar series for chemists in the early stages of their careers (e.g., undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs, as well as people in industry and government/national labs). The aim of this seminar series is to fill the void of missed conferences and provide a platform for junior researchers to share their work with the worldwide chemistry community.

There is currently a call for abstracts from the chemistry community. Additional information about times and talk length can be found on the abstract form and JAWSChem website. Follow along on Twitter (@JAWSChem) and attend upcoming presentations.

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Safety First Minute

The Story of More Book Review

 - A “Safety First!” Minute -

Safety First reports in The Chemical Bulletin are brought to you by the Environmental and Lab Safety Committee of the ACS Chicago Section. Most of our reports focus on chemical health and safety issues originating in our workplaces, at home, or in the public sphere. Last month the Chicago Section celebrated Earth Week with a variety of engaging activities and programs dedicated to reducing adverse environmental―and safety―consequences of climate change. To truly make an impact, however, we need to keep the spirit of Earth Week alive for longer than a week, a month, or even a year. How can we inspire lasting change that will improve and sustain the environment for future generations? That challenge is explored in a recently published (2020) book by Hope Jahren, award-winning scientist and noted author.

Cover of The Story of More by Jahren

The book is called The Story of More, and its subtitle, How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here, aptly portends its promise. Human and scientific progress acts as a force for good in the world. Its benefits are not uniformly distributed across the globe, however, and the need for material resources and energy to both feed and fuel a society based on consumption has led to real changes in the Earth’s climate, and to deleterious effects on the environment. The Story of More is not a screed, and not a diatribe. It is based not on fear, but rather, like the author, on hope, suggesting practical steps, big and small, that each of us can take every day to avert the potential for greater harm to the environment in the future. As Hope Jahren states in a chapter focused on climate and weather, “My own goal is to inform you, not to scare you, because teaching has taught me to know and respect the difference.”

The Story of More is noteworthy in the way the author combines mountains of historical and statistical information with memories, stories, and anecdotes of her childhood growing up in rural Minnesota. The personal perspective provides both insight and humor, making the book a quick and engaging read. One example of the author’s wry, some might say dry, sense of humor: Jahren begins a chapter about the wastefulness of our throwaway society with the following description of her home state. “Pig’s Eye, Minnesota (zip code 55102), is not as glamorous as it sounds.” (Note for the record that Pig’s Eye is the original name for Saint Paul, Minnesota!)

By rooting the stories she tells in real life with real people, Hope Jahren is able to weave together seemingly disparate themes, from the food we grow (and waste!) to the energy we use, demonstrating their interconnectedness as well as their impact―altered air, warming weather, melting ice, rising waters. In this way the stories coalesce into just one story, which is, as the author has named it, the Story of More.

Hope Jahren devotes the last section of her book to a series of appendices called “The Story of Less,” in which she encourages readers to examine their values and take small, meaningful steps to make a difference in what’s important to them. For some, this might mean reducing electricity use, for others, decreasing food waste, and for still others, curtailing travel. Whatever our individual contributions might be, we can all embrace the old adage that “None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something!”

- Submitted by Irene Cesa

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Letter from the Chair

Thanks to everyone who attended our April monthly meeting! I was pleased that so many ACS members from across the country—from Rhode Island to California—also participated. Members of the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses, who put on a weekly SCHB Happy Hour, joined us to learn about North Shore Distillery. It was such a great surprise, and I loved the sense of inter-Section/Division collaboration. It was a wonderful event and many of us are looking forward to visiting the distillery in the future. Maybe we can have an event at the distillery sometime soon!

Our members and friends came together to hear a fascinating talk about distilling various liquors. Every chemist likely remembers learning the technique of distillation at some point in their education. Well, this is distilling on a larger scale, and some might even think the distillation of spirits is a more practical application than most. The talk by Master Distiller Derek Kassebaum covered the differences between making whiskey, rum, tequila, and brandy, as well as how vodka and gin are produced. It is fascinating how some of these liquors are so similar, and yet the addition of just one ingredient makes them so very different. I never knew how vodka and gin are so closely related but that many people prefer one over the other. If you missed our monthly meeting, please go to (under the Events menu) to view the video of the talk.

As the school year winds down, we are going to hold a small virtual celebration for all educators, students, and high school graduates who pivoted and made this unprecedented school year a success. As a teacher, I understand completely how challenging the year was, and I feel for the graduates that might not have had a “normal” senior year. For the class of 2021: remember all the unique stories about your last few years at school because those stories are making your experience so different than that of older generations (and the generations to come). You will have great stories to tell in the future!

Our speaker for the May meeting is Raychelle Burks of the television series Outrageous Acts of Science and the ACS Reactions Video Series. Raychelle (at right in photo) is a wonderful speaker and provides insights on the connections between pop culture—whether in movies, comics, television shows, books—and STEM topics, especially chemistry. I have watched her on Outrageous Acts of Science and heard many of her talks online. I also had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a National ACS meeting, when she spoke to K–12 educators. I know the May program will be a positive experience for science enthusiasts and for students of all ages. Please join us on May 21. The virtual event will be a great way to celebrate educators!

Rukes (L) and Burks (R)

Please have a look at the article on page 6 about the Reactions videos from ACS. This series has some of the best videos to use in your classroom if you are an educator; they can also help your children at home under-stand the many applications of chemistry in our lives. The videos, which are 3–5 minutes in length, are catchy, interesting, and thought-provoking, and they capture the essence of chemistry.

We still have many great events and opportunities planned for our members and community alike in 2021. Be sure to check for updates, information and opportunities to participate in all the fun and excitement we have in store! I LOVE seeing so many of our members participating in our virtual meetings and volunteering in our great ventures. Please think about joining us! We welcome new ideas and volunteers all the time. My goal is to make our Local Section even better and more innovative than ever.

If you have ideas for future meeting themes, please consider filling out a SHORT SURVEY. I personally would like to know what our members think and to hear any connections, concepts, ideas, etc. You may also reach out to me personally at [email protected] to contribute comments, questions, or ideas. Thank you!    

- Sherri R.


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For Teachers

Teachers’ Resource Spotlight #1:
Mobile Version of a Wonderful Website for the Periodic Table

A couple of years ago, the chemistry world celebrated the 150-year anniversary of the periodic table. (Fun aside: Every year in my chemistry classes, we honor Dmitri Mendeleev, a major discoverer of the periodic table, around the time of his birthday on February 8). The periodic table is a vital, useful, versatile tool for chemists. As a teacher, I want students to find out more about the 118 elements that make up the periodic table, but in a way that is not too time-consuming or feels like busy work. In the past I have used books, such as Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks or Napoleon’s Buttons by Penny Le Couteur, to help students appreciate the wonder of what the elements can do. Lately, however, this project has become more challenging to achieve because of factors such as Covid-19 and the limited number of books that I actually have. What are some alternative resources for learning about the elements?

I recall stumbling across a useful tool about the periodic table in 2011 (during the International Year of Chemistry) and revisited this tool in 2019 when we celebrated the International Year of the Periodic Table. The original version of this interactive, web-based resource was an initiative of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and it can still be found on their website: Since some students, however, forget to bookmark websites, and others don’t remember to look for hyperlinks or other information on my website or on Google Classroom, I have been on the lookout for other ways for students to access this material. I was delighted, therefore, to recently come across an article from the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education describing an innovation by Professor Vasco D. B. Bonifácio of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. Bonifácio created a mobile-friendly, linked version of the periodic table!

Illustraiton for interactive online periodic table

The quick-response coded audio periodic table of the elements (QR-APTE) was developed using the free RSC online resources. The paper appeared early on in the use of QR codes in our daily lives, and Professor Bonifácio also described other ways in which QR codes could be used in a chemistry classroom. Moreover, the potential of QR-APTE technology is such that it can be used to create powerful tools to teach chemistry to blind and visually impaired students in a mobile-learning environment, as well as students who need help with organizational skills. (See article at:

If you want your students to learn more about the elements, whether ones that they believe they know something about, or others that they know nothing about, this QR coded periodic table with links to RSC podcasts about the elements is a valuable go-to resource for your classroom. With this resource, students can use their smartphones and just listen―on the bus, in the car, or at home―to interesting facts about the elements of the periodic table.

Teachers’ Resource Highlight #2:
ACS Reactions Video Series

There is a section in the Illinois State Science Standards called the science and engineering practices. The skills or practices described in these standards include: Asking questions and defining problems, using and developing models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information ( While most teachers have students carry out investigations, fewer teachers may ask students to present their findings in some way, and many teachers undoubtedly struggle with helping students frame their questions in a scientific manner and engage in scientific argument to discuss evidence for their claims and explanations. The ACS has created an amazing online resource called Reactions, consisting of almost 200 individual, short videos, that will help engage and motivate your students to “argue”―in the scientific sense, of course!

The videos in the Reactions series may be used right away, from the first day of class, to spark interesting discussions and get students thinking. Video topics are all based on the chemistry of everyday things, and their purpose is to show students how chemistry is connected to so many ordinary aspects of their daily lives, from why your coffee tastes and smells delicious to the science of your favorite Super Bowl snacks. How can you use these videos to strike up interesting conversations in your classroom?

One video that comes immediately to mind is: Is it OK to Pee in the Ocean? The title alone is sure to grab your students’ attention (or at least snicker), and most students will likely have some kind of opinion about it. Think back to your own youth and your mother or father telling you not to pee in the ocean, or maybe, just to avoid hassle, sure, go ahead, it’s ok. Because you looked up to your parents, you probably believed them. But did you ever wonder whether it was true?

Is it OK to Pee in the OceanzWhen you ask students this question in class, you may find that many students have probably done it, although few may admit to it at first. To get students to think about the question from an environmental (or science) perspective, ask them the following questions:

  • What do you already know about this?
  • What do you need to know to answer it?
  • What other questions do you have relating to this topic?
  • Explain – what is your working explanation to answer the question?


Once students have had time to answer the questions on their own, have a discussion about the first two bullet points. Because the overarching question is one that everyone has some idea or opinion about, students feel ok discussing their views. This type of discussion can be a great icebreaker for the first day of school. Once the discussion on the first two questions has ended, students can use different color pens or pencils to alter their original working explanations if desired. The process of thinking about a question, listening to other ideas, and modifying or changing your explanation models what scientists do when they conduct research and synthesize information to arrive at a conclusion. After a spirited discussion the students will be eager to watch the video and get the “right” answer. What a great way to talk about science topics and get students to start opening up without the pressure they put on themselves to always be correct! Besides, doesn’t everyone want to know whether their parents were correct when they said “it’s ok to pee in the ocean”? Watch the video to find out!

Other videos―questions, really―in the Reactions collection include why do smartphones explode, and which is a better bomb detector, dog or machine. These are just some examples of the many everyday chemistry questions that are explored and answered in quick, 3–5 minute videos. The video series was created by the American Chemical Society “to uncover the chemistry of everyday life.” To learn more about Reactions and browse the topics in the collection, visit the ACS website at:

You can also follow ACS Reactions on Twitter [@ACSReactions], Instagram [@acsreactions], Facebook [@acsreactions], and YouTube [Reactions] to receive alerts about new videos when they are released.


ALL K-12 Educators can receive Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for attending our Monthly Meetings. Register for the meeting as a “CPE” or “CPDU” attendee at


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Chemistry Olympiad

Chemistry Olympiad Local Exam

We had 91 students take the local Chemistry Olympiad Exam this past weekend, and 19 have qualified to take the National Olympiad exam, Part I, on April 17. I want to thank the teachers and proctors who guided all 91 students; they should all feel proud of their work and performance. As in the past, we will not be releasing scores, but please pass on to your students our thanks and congratulations for their work and effort, particularly in this challenging year. Teachers, please pass on congratulations and thanks to all the parents of these students; they could not have done so well without their parents' love and guidance.   

- Russ Kohnken

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From the Editor's Desk

Dear Readers,

As a follow-up to last month’s song verse about newer elements, inspired by Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical whimsy and Tom Lehrer’s Elements song, this issue features “The Modern Doctor Chemical” by Frank T. Gucker, Jr., which was originally published in these pages in 1932. (Would anyone like to perform it at a program meeting? Regional meeting?)

Thanks go out to the following section members and others for their contributions to this issue—either for contributing content or using their talents behind the scenes—Josh Kurutz, Sherri Rukes, Russ Kohnken, Jason Romero, Andrea Twiss-Brooks and members of the program, education, and outreach teams, Milt Levenberg, Herb Golinkin, Irene Cesa, Raychelle Burks, Ken Fivizzani, Helen Dickinson, and a team of graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Please note that we have a new advertiser, Laboratory Equipment Services LLC, which was co-founded by section member Nic Gerst.

As you can see, the bulletin is a collaborative venture. If you or a colleague is interested in helping with the preparation of the monthly bulletin, please contact Sherri Rukes ([email protected]). We can use talented members to assist with the writing, formatting and publishing of our newsletter. Consider this a personal invitation to put your skills to good use. And we take the summer off!

It is a privilege to serve as your bulletin editor. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this issue. 

~~ M. E. S. ~~


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Upcoming Webinars


Live Webinars are Free and Open to the General Public but Require Pre-Registration

WED May 5 at 2–3 pm ET
How to Survive Life in Chemistry in a Post-COVID-19 World

WED May 12 at 2–3 pm
How Industry is Driving Sustainability

THUR May 13 at 2–3 pm
Nanosafety: Emerging Research Perspectives


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Deadline:  June 1, 2021

Purpose:  To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry or a chemical science in the Chicago section.

Amount of Award: $1000.00, a framed certificate, and membership for one year in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers.

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.

Nomination Portfolio*:  A nomination portfolio consists of a completed Nomination Information Form, a Nomination Letter, one or more Recommendation Letters (maximum of 750 words), and a two-page resume or CV.

Submission of Nomination: Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee by e-mail (send to [email protected] with the subject line denoting “High School Excellence Award Nomination”) by June 1.  Please include your name, phone number, and email address.  Alternatively, you may submit the nomination online using the link above.  Please include your name, phone number, and email address.  Alternatively, you may submit the nomination online using the link above.

* Please Refer to the Complete Set of Nomination Instructions at the Link Provided Above


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Chicago ACS Finances

Financial Information for the Chicago Local Section
- Accrual Basis -

(prepared by Herb Golinkin, Section Comptroller)

Chicago ACS 2020 Profit and Loss statement

Chicago ACS balance Sheet


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Special Feature

The "Polio Plus" Statue

The “PolioPlus” statue located at the Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston commemorates the advent of the polio vaccine in 1955 and the subsequent ending of the polio pandemic across most of the world. The figures represent a Rotarian administering the vaccine to the children of the world. Award-winning sculptor Glenna Goodacre designed the statue. Goodacre also designed the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., as well as the U.S. dollar coin featuring Sacagawea. The statue pictured here was dedicated in June 1991. Similar statues reside in Denver and Omaha. (Photo by Margaret E. Schott)


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From the Archives

"The Modern Doctor Chemical"

The Modern Doctor Chemical” was composed by Frank T. Gucker, Jr. and published in the June 1932 issue of The Chemical Bulletin. The verses were reprinted in Industrial & Engineering News, News Edition, “Emanations” column, Dec. 1932, Vol. 10, No. 24, p. 312.   N.B.: The correct spellings for names used in these verses are Planck, Goudsmit and La Mer.

The Modern Doctor Chemical

[Air, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Modern Major-General”]

I am the very pattern of a modern Doctor Chemical;
I send to all the journals my remarks and views polemical.
I’ve studied mathematics till I think in terms vectorial
And scorn the plodding soul who seeks for molecules pictorial.
The calculus is food for babes; I love a complex var-i-able
And state a simple law in terms the layman thinks are terr-i-able.
I can talk of relativity and space-time for a month or more
And integrate eliptically to terms the (n +1)th or more—
And yet my hand and mind are seized with palsy and paralysis
When I essay that dreadful task—a chemical analysis.

I’ve mastered all of physics, wave mechanics and spectroscopy;
There’s not a Plank or Einstein whose sage remarks are lost to me.
I know the private life of such electron ’round the nucleus
Their inner quantum numbers and their interactions dubious.
I outdistance Bohr and Summerfeld in matters theoretical
Anticipated Goudsmid with electron spins heretical—
And yet my heart is filled with woe and dismal trepidation
When in the lab I’m faced with an organic preparation.

I surpass Debye and Hückel in their views intertopical,
Dumbfound LaMer and Sandved with equations not canonical;
I can compute the entropy from levels in the molecule
And fill the journal page by page with integrals symbolical.
And any other quantity expressed by an e-qua-tion—
Yet still the old-time chemist shakes his sides with vulgar merriment
When I confess how I detest performing an experiment.


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Historical Feature

Centennial of Marie Curie’s Visit to Chicago

The archives of The Chemical Bulletin record the visit by Marie Skłodowska Curie to America and to the Chicago area in 1921. (Her second visit to America was in 1929.) Curie was awarded the Gibbs Medal during a banquet held at the Congress Hotel on June 14, 1921, one hundred years ago.

A detailed, lively, and often hilarious report on the Gibbs proceedings was published in the July-August 1921 issue. It unfolds in dramatic style, complete with theatrical subheadings, such as Behind the Scenes at the Dinner and Before the Footlights. The schedule for the evening, however, did not go as planned, as a consequence of Professor Curie’s late arrival.

In addition to Madame Curie’s award presentation speech, there were other talks by “ultra-distinguished guests” which punctuated the evening. These speakers commented on Dr. Curie’s discovery of radium as it impacted various branches of science, including chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and medicine. From the sound of things, Mme. Curie was pleased to have been selected as the 11th recipient of the Gibbs Medal. She was the first woman and second non-American to have been so honored.

Marie Curie visit to Chicago 1921

Photo: Marie Curie (in foreground) and one of her daughters (back right) near Lake Michigan. (Northwestern University archives; thanks to Kevin Leonard, archivist) 

The Hathitrust website currently hosts the downloadable and searchable 1921 bulletin containing this information. See also the June issue to read about Curie’s scientific work.


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Great Lakes Regional ACS Meeting

Great Lakes Regional Meeting
June 6–9, 2021

"Elevating the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Chemistry"

REGISTER NOW for the 2021 Virtual ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting (GLRM). Cost of early registration before May 3 is $25 for all categories except 50-year members (free); after May 3, $30.

Participate in technical symposia, flash talks, and workshops along with chemical professionals, students, and educators. Beginning as early as June 5, take part in a career fair and networking opportunities and award ceremonies. The GLRM is being hosted by the Minnesota Local ACS Section and will also serve as the Central Regional Meeting.

  • The meeting will take place online (ACS Zoom platform) from Sunday, June 6 at 7 AM though Wednesday, June 9 at 10 PM.
  • Symposia format: Flash talks will be offered in lieu of poster sessions. These live talks will be 7 minutes in length (3–4 slides) and grouped in pods. Once 4-6 flash talks are completed there will be a Q & A for all presenters in the pod.
  • Talks by graduate students and postdocs will usually be 15 min long while other presenters will each have 25 min.
  • A virtual career/graduate fair will be held at the meeting. Companies, colleges, and more will be represented at the fair.

GLRM 2021

SYMPOSIUM SAMPLER – Agricultural and Food Chemistry • Analytical Chemistry • Biotechnology: Biologically Related Molecules and Processes • Chemical Biology • Chemical Business: Resources and Best Practices • Chemical Education Research • Chemical Research in Toxicology • Chemical Safety • Chemistry and the Law • Crystallography in the Undergraduate Curriculum • Distance Learning in Chemical Education • Green Chemistry • Medicinal Chemistry • Metal Organic Frameworks • Natural Product Synthesis • New Organic Reaction Development • Organic Chemistry at PUIs • Obtainable Sustainability in Industrial Applications • Reflections of Senior Chemists • Sustainable Polymers • Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry

WORKSHOP SAMPLER – GLRM will also host workshops for an additional fee.

Saturday, June 5 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
ACS CHAS Workshop: Empowering Academic Researchers to Strengthen Safety Culture

Monday, June, 7 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
ACS Chemistry and the Law Workshop

Tuesday, June 8 | 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Empowering Women in Chemistry Luncheon

Wednesday, June 9 | 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
The importance of patents in academia and how to quickly find relevant information

(Sponsored by Elsevier)


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Harris Cartoon

This Sidney Harris cartoon was originally published in EUREKA! DETAILS TO FOLLOW – Cartoons on Chemistry (2018). Used with permission.


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Arts & Literature Feature

Organic Chemistry in Verse

In bygone geologic ages—
Approximated by our sages—
Died the mammoth, kith and kin,
Just potential paraffin.

On their anaerobic shoulders
Lay the ocean, glacial boulders,
Without the faintest notion when
They would turn to kerogen.

The ocean tossed about in pain,
Dried up—its bottom land again.
And here and there we find the signs
Which indicate the anticlines.

On hydrocarbon chains and branches
Chemists cast their valence glances,
Found long straight chains and naphthalene ring.
O perfect crude—of thee I sing.

- Hartwell

Industrial & Engineering News: News Edition (December 20, 1932) Vol. 10, No. 24, page 312, “Emanations” column.


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Special Message

ACS Membership Renewal Offer

During the COVID-19 crisis, ACS is offering renewing members a one-year waiver on unpaid national dues for those who have suffered hardships due to the pandemic. If you have become unemployed or furloughed, have had your hours or wages reduced, or are facing illness or family care responsibilities, please contact Member Services at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-333-9511.


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Upcoming Events


Please refer also to the Section’s website and Chicago ACS Section Social Media

May/June            ACS WEBINARS LINK

May 9–11                        ACS Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM) – Peak Challenges, Oceans of Opportunities * FREE for students *

June 6–9                 Great Lakes Regional Meeting (GLRM) - see above

June 14–18            25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (Virtual) Sustainable Production to Advance the Circular Economy – reflecting the role of chemistry and engineering in creating a closed-loop economy for a sustainable future. Live sessions, poster presentations and networking opportunities.

August 22–26         ACS Fall National Meeting: Resilience of Chemistry        

September 17        Gibbs Medal Award Dinner

October 22            Basolo Lecture and Dinner


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Board & Committee Members

Chicago ACS Section Officers for 2021

Chair                Sherri Rukes               [email protected]
Vice Chair        Michael Koehler         [email protected]
Chair-Elect       Mark Cesa                  [email protected]
Secretary         Aleks Baranczak         [email protected]
Past Chair        Paul Brandt                 [email protected]
Treasurer         Jason Romero            [email protected]

For additional information see:

The mission of the Chicago Section of the ACS is to advance the chemical sciences and their practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.


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Bulletin Information

January 2021, Vol. 108, No. 5

Published by the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society

Editor: Margaret E. Schott

Historian and Online Editor: Josh Kurutz

Proofreaders: Irene Cesa, Helen Dickinson, Ken Fivizzani

ACS Chicago Section Office
Address: 1400 Renaissance Drive,
Suite 312
Park Ridge, IL 60068  (847) 391-9091
[email protected] 

Monthly:  September – June (10 issues)


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