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March Newsletter and Meeting annoucment #1

Posted by Joseph Ward on February 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM Comments comments (2)

 

First March Meeting

 

 

Thursday, March 3,   7:30pm

“Li-air batteries at Argonne National Laboratory”

Lecture Hall 201, Starr Science Bldg, Rockford College

Speaker:   Dr. Lynn Trahey

Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

 

 

Dinner at:       6:00 PM:      Dos Reales Restaurant, 5855 E. State Street, Rockford, IL

Evening Talk:    7:30 PM:     Starr Science Bldg, Room 201, Rockford College

 

Dinner Reservations to:  Ms. Glenda Riggins at (815) 226-4152 by Thursday, March 3, 12:00 pm.

 

 

 

Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS members and non-members; high-school teachers $5

The lecture itself is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

About the Speaker:     

 

Dr. Trahey received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Science, Technology, and Society from Syracuse University.  She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007.  There her research (in the group of Prof. Angelica Stacy) focused on thermoelectric nanowire synthesis and characterization.  After a joint postdoctoral appointment at Northwestern University (under Prof. Harold H. Kung) and Argonne National Laboratory (under Dr. Michael M. Thackeray), Lynn transitioned to become a staff scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage group at Argonne.  Lynn conducts materials research in a number of areas, with specialties in electrodeposition, porous alumina synthesis, and intermetallic anodes for Li-ion batteries.  

 

 

November Metting

Posted by Joseph Ward on November 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (0)

 November Meeting (September Redux)

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

 

 

“Crime Scene Investigation”

 

by  Rebecca Hooks

Crime Scene Investigator, Illinois Forensic Science Lab -- Rockford

 

 

Dinner:                        6:00PM:  Dos Reales Restaurant, 5855 E. State Street, Rockford, IL

Evening Talk:              7:45PM: Starr Science Bldg, Room 201, Rockford College

 

Dinner Reservationsto:   

 

Ms. Glenda Riggins at  (815) 226-4152 by Tuesday, November 16, 12:00pm.

 

 

 

      Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS and Sigma Xi members and non-members; high-school teachers and students $5.    Remember, one does not have to be an ACS member to attend a lecture or dinner. While there is a small charge for dinner,the lectures are free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

 

 

 

 

Why the repeat of September?

 

Ms. Hooks was to have been our September speaker.  However, her job as a CSI called her away at the last minute to a crime scene in Belvidere, so she was unable to speak thatnight.  We are fortunate that she has agreedto reschedule her talk for the 16th of this month. 

 

 

The Speaker

 

Rebecca Hooks graduated from Eastern Illinois University as a zoology major andchemistry minor.  Shortly afterwards, CSI Hooks began working as an autopsy assistant for Board Certified Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Larry Blum, where her duties included the removal, weighing,and dissection of organs to determine a cause of death and doing research atthe University of Illinois School of Medicine in Rockford, Illinois.  She still assists Dr.  Blum part-time and has attended over 180 0autopsies.  She was recruited by theIllinois State Police Crime Scene Services Command and entered the IllinoisState Police Academy in 2002.  She workedpatrol in District 15 for 3 years and then transferred into the ISP Crime SceneServices Command in 2006.   CSI Hooks processes various types of crime scenes and specializes in bloodstain patternanalysis. 

 

 

Note:

 

The Local Rock River Section of the ACS will hold its annual elections at this November meeting.  Why not consider serving as an officer of the section? 

 

          

From the ACS:  Considerpartnering with a science teacher in your community. 

 

Who inspired you to be a scientist?  Be the inspiration for the next generation by partnering with a middle- or high schoolscience teacher this year or next. Assist a teacher in simple ways like answering questions from students,cleaning out the chemical cabinet, or assisting students as they conduct lab experiments.  The ACS will reimburse youup to $500 for science materials and equipment purchased for your work with the teacher and students.  Find out more and enroll in the program by contacting ACS staff at ScienceCoaches@acs.org.

We need your ideas!

 

 

 

 


Local Section Elections

Posted by Joseph Ward on November 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM Comments comments (0)


As required by the National ACS, our local Rock RiverSection will hold elections at its November meeting, on Tuesday, November16.   We will be electing

 

1)      Chair-Elect

2)      Secretary-Treasurer

3)      Councilor

4)      AlternateCouncilor

 

We encourage interested members of the section to nominatesomeone or to put in their name as a nominee for a particular office.  The duties are described below.  You can send your nominationto  the Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Hadley, at Rockford College.  The email address is:

 

fhadley@rockford.edu

 

 

Description of Duties of Local Section Officers

 

 

1.       Councilors represent their sections through their attendance and participation in Council

meetings, which are convened twiceyearly at the Society’s national meetings. Councilors are

responsible for keeping their sections informed on Society policies, programs, and actions.  The loca lsection also elects an Alternate Councilor who may be able to step in ifthe Councilor cannot attend the national ACS meeting.

 

2.       The Section Chair supervises, coordinates, and sets the overall direction ofsection activities.  He or she should provide leadership for the sectionofficers and committee chairs and delegate authority and responsibility asbroadly as possible.  The chair presides at all section meetings and, inmost cases, at all sessions of the Executive Committee, which should be convened frequently to monitor and assess the progress of currentactivities.   Assuring the timely filing of the section's annua lreport is another important duty of the office

 

3.       The Chair-Elect serves as program chair and has the principle responsibility for planning and arranging the section's meeting programs for the year during which he or she will be chair.

 

4.       The Secretary/Treasurer has, among other things, the following responsibilities

 

a.       Maintenance of the membership list (from bimonthly lists from the ACS) and other sectionrecords (e.g. bank account and any CD’s)

b.      On or before December 1 of each year, the section secretary must certify to theACS Executive Director the names and terms of office of all section councilors and alternate councilors.

c.       Certifying the credentials of alternate councilors and/or temporary substitute councilorschosen to represent the section at ACS Council meetings in the absence of the elected councilor(s)

d.      Puttingtogether and sending out the local section newsletters (with help from the Newsletter Chair, if that office is filled)

e.      Receive and disburse the section's operating funds and maintaining the local sectionaccount.

f.       Putting together the local section’s annualreport to the ACS, including its financial statement.

 

 

 


October Meeting and Newsletter

Posted by Joseph Ward on October 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM Comments comments (0)

October Meeting

Monday, October 18, 2010

 

“Distributed Generation of Algal Biofuel and Algal Based Bioproducts ”

 

by  Jun Yoshitani, P.E.

President, AlgaXperts LLC

 

 

 

Dinner and Talk:    6:00PM:  Sam’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, 6075E. Riverside (Riverside & Mulford)

 

Dinner Reservations to:   

 

Ms. Glenda Riggins at  (815) 226-4152 by Monday, October 18, 12:00pm.

 

Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS and Sigma Xi members and non-members; high-school teachers and students $5.  One does NOT have to be an ACS member to attend a lecture or dinner. While there is a small charge for dinner ($10), the lectures are free and open to the public.

   

 

 

 

About the Speaker

 

Mr. Yoshitani is president and co-founder of AlgaXperts LLC, a consulting and technology development firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. www.algaxperts.com He is apracticing professional environmental and renewable energy engineer(biomass/biofuel). AlgaXperts’ focus is to integrate algal cultivation intoexisting wastewater treatment plants in order to provide treatment (for removalof nutrients) and to produce algal biomass that can be used as feedstock forgenerating renewable bioenergy (biomethane, biodiesel, ethanol) and otherbiobased products (fertilizer). He and his partners are developing unique algaecultivation technologies.

 

He will provide an overview of algal biofuel industry as it exists today, what the opportunities and challenges are, and the direction of this rapidly emerging, and perhaps,game changing industry.

 

 

 

Councilor news from the Boston ACS meeting

 

Chong Zheng attended the ACS Council Meeting as am AlternateCouncilor at the 240th ACS National Meeting in Boston on August 25, 2010.  The main agenda of the Council Meeting was tovote on whether to accept a voting method that does not require a signedballot, such as clicker voting.  The reason for the petition of this Bylaw change is that the old ballot votingprocess is very slow as several hundred signed ballots need to be collected andcounted, while new electronic voting mechanism is much more efficient.  Our section voted for the change, as do allother sections.  The vote was unanimousfor the change of Bylaw III, Sec. 4(d) to allow electronic voting method.

 

There was also a straw vote on whether to change theCouncilor Meeting from Wednesday to Tuesday. The majority of the Councilors voted to keep the meeting on Wednesday, the main reason being that they can attend more technical programs on Tuesday. The real vote may come in the next ACS National Meeting.

 

April Meeting - Two Talks

Posted by Joseph Ward on April 12, 2010 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Kimberly Gray

Department of Civil andEnvironmental Engineering

Northwestern University

 

“The ModernAmerican City:  Can we ever make itsustainable?”

Tuesday, April 20, 4:00pm, Rockford College.

 

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Bldg, Rockford College, Rockford


A free ticket required, call the Box Office at 226-4100, 1-5pm

(Rockford College Forum Series Lecture, jointly sponsored by RockfordCollege Chapter of Sigma Xi)

 

“Progress in engineering photoactive nanocompositematerials for solar fuel production”

7:45PM: Starr Science Bldg, Room 201, Rockford College

Tuesday, April 20, 7:45pm, Rockford College

(Sigma Xi  / ACS lecture)


 

Dinner: 6:00PM:  Dos Reales Restaurant, 5855 E. StateStreet, Rockford, IL

 

Dinner Reservations to:   

Ms. Glenda Riggins at  (815) 226-4152 by Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 pm.

 

Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS and Sigma Xi members and non-members; high-school teachers$5


The lectures are free and open to the public.

 

 

Speaker:     Dr. Gray studied biology at Northwestern University and later earned her M.S. and Ph.D.degrees in environmental engineering at the University of Miami and at Johns Hopkins.  Her current research interestsare in environmental catalysis and physicochemical processes in natural andengineered environmental systems.  Hergroup is collaborating with materials scientists at NU to study photocatalyticmaterials, principally TiO2-based nanocomposites. An understandingof these materials may lead to their application in renewable energy (CO2reduction, water splitting), water recycling reactive membranes for chemicaloxidation and disinfection, photoactive carbon nanotubes for reactions andseparation) and air quality control (cabin air, building air handling).  Her group is also studying chemical fate innatural systems, including the role of algal biofilms in contaminant accumulation in stream sediments.  Suchstudies will help restore critical ecosystems. 

 

ACS honors three 50-Year Members from our Local Section

Posted by Joseph Ward on April 12, 2010 at 9:23 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to three members of the Rock River Sectionof the ACS: Leland Glenn Hay, Brock Spencer, and Joe Vaughn.  Glenn spentmany years as a chemist in the paint industry, while Brock and Joe were on the faculty at Beloit College and Northern Illinois University, respectively. 

 


ACS Short Courses

Posted by Joseph Ward on April 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM Comments comments (0)

ACS Short Courses Are Coming to a City Near You

 

In 2010, ACS will be visiting13 cities to bring quality training to our customers. Find out which courses are being offered in a city near you by visiting www.proed.acs.org/2010.  Upcoming course locations include

 

•           St. Louis, MO, April 19–21, 2010

•           Las Vegas, NV, May 24–26, 2010

•           Philadelphia, PA, June 21–25, 2010

 

The ACS Office ofProfessional Education has dramatically revamped its website and registration system so you can find the courses you’re looking for in no time. Bookmark thislink today: www.proed.acs.org. You can now search our short courses, webcastcourses, and ProSpectives Conferences by topic area, date, or location and evenbrowse our full instructor list.

 


Feb. Meeting - 2/22/2010

Posted by Joseph Ward on February 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM Comments comments (0)

February Meeting

Monday, February 22, 2010

 

“How a Molecule Becomes a Drug”

 

Dr. Scott Goldie

Food and Drug Administration(FDA)

 Washington, D.C.

 

Dinner:            6:00 PM:  Dos RealesRestaurant, 5855 E. State Street, Rockford, IL

Lecture:          7:30 PM:  Starr Science Bldg, Room 201, Rockford College 

 

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Reservations to:    Ms. Glenda Riggins at (815) 226-4152 by Monday,Feb. 22, 12:00 pm.

 

 

Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS members and non-members; high-school teachers $5

The lecture itself is free and open to the public.

 

About the Speaker:

Dr.Goldie is a Regulatory Health Project Manager for Quality within the Office of New Drug Quality Assessment (ONDQA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research atthe Food and Drug Administration.  Inthis capacity, he oversees several long-term cross-disciplinary and cross-center initiatives.  He is also participates in the development and documentation of policies and proceduresrelated to management of the Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC)portion of new drug applications (NDAs) and investigational new drug applications (INDs). 

He serves as a mentor to several newer ONDQA project managers due to his extensive experienceas a CMC project manager before assuming his current duties.

Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Goldie was a Senior Scientist in Pharmaceutical Analysis at the former Shire Laboratories where he developed and validatedanalytical methodologies in support of drug delivery formulation development.

Dr.Goldie received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Wayne State University and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. Dr. Goldie is a former National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Post-Doctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standardsand Technology (NIST).  He has also obtained a Certificate in Public Health from Georgetown University.

 


News items from the ACS

Posted by Joseph Ward on February 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)

From the ACS

 

Transform YourClassroom with an ACS−Hach High School Chemistry Grant

 

The ACS−Hach High School Chemistry Grant is awarded to chemistry teachers withinnovative ideas that transform classroom learning, foster student development,and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Applicants can request up to $1,500 tosupport their ideas. Applications are due on April 1, 2010. Apply for theACS−Hach High School Chemistry Grant today at    www.acs.org/hach.

 

ACS Announces the2010 Schedule for Short Courses

 

Our 2010 Schedule is out! Find out which courses are being offered in what citiesat www.proed.acs.org/2010.

TheACS Office of Professional Education has dramatically revamped its website andregistration system so you can find the courses you’re looking for in no time.Bookmark this link today:   www.proed.acs.org.    You can now search our short courses,webcast courses, and ProSpectives Conferences by topic area, date, or locationand even browse our full instructor list. 

Weare continuously investing in new course development, so if you don’t see whatyou’re looking for, just drop us a line at    shortcourses@acs.org    and we’ll do our best to serve yourtechnical training needs. 

 

Launch of the ACSStrategic Plan for 2010 and Beyond

 

The ACS Strategic Plan for 2010 and Beyond has launched online(http://strategy.acs.org) and for mobile devices (http://strategy.acs.org/mobile).The plan continues to provide the Society with a blueprint of how to fullyrealize our vision of “Improving people’s lives through the transforming powerof chemistry

 


December Holiday Meeting

Posted by Joseph Ward on December 3, 2009 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (7)

December Holiday Meeting


When:     Monday, December 14, 2009

 

Dinner:    Sam’s Ristorante, 6:00 pm N. Riverside Blvd.and Mulford Rd., Rockford (SE corner)

                                                  Click here for a google map

 

Agenda: Discussion and Plans for the Spring Term

 

 

Reservations to:    Ms. Glenda Riggins at (815) 226-4152 byMonday. December 14, 12:00 pm.

 

 

Note:   Dinner will be $5 for ACS members and non-members; high-school teachers $5

 




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