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The American Chemical Society in Vermont

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Willem Leenstra Named a 2015 American Chemical Society Fellow

Posted by Senthil Natesan on October 12, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The American Chemical Society’s ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 to recognize members of the ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. Prof. Willem Leenstra was one of 78 newly elected members for 2015

The ACS Fellow distinction is somewhat unusual compared to the fellow status in other scientific societies in that particular attention is paid to service to the ACS. At the Boston National Meeting, a reception in honor of the 2015 inductees, each Fellow was recognized with a brief description of contributions. Prof. Leenstra’s entry highlighted the following:

Contribution to the science/profession: Pioneered research to understand the structural details and photophysics of mixed-pendant, layered materials. specifically, arene-derivatized zirconium phosphonates have shown promise as nanoparticulate pressure sensors.

Contribution to the ACS community: Completed 25 years as a Councilor after being Green Mountain Local Section Chair and Secretary. Served as General Chair of the Northeast Regional Meeting twice. National-level Committee appointments have included Local Section Activities, Meetings & Expositions (Chair), and currently, Budget and Finance.

Congratulations Willem !!                      

Seminar on Taking Aim at Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Posted by Senthil Natesan on October 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

You are cordially invited to the following seminar (the abstract, along with registration information and directions is attached here)


The registration fee is $15. RSVP to Dick Milius (rmilius[at]norwich.edu) or alternatively register through http://acssymposium.com/paypal-gms.html by Friday, October 16, 2015.

 

 

Sincerely,

Green Mountain Local Section


Microwave Chemistry: Not Just For Your Kitchen Anymore

Posted by Senthil Natesan on February 27, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Time: Talk at 5.30 PM - Dinner at 7.30 PM

Location: Math-Science Complex, Room U125, Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Microwave Chemistry: Not Just For Your Kitchen Anymore

 by

Michael B. McGinnis, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Professor of Chemistry

Norwich University

 

Abstract

The microwave oven was discovered in the 1940s, but not popularized until the 1960s with the introduction of a counter-top model. Chemists in the 1980s first reported that microwaves could be used to catalyze reactions. Around 2000, industrial strength microwaves were introduced and 2002 saw the first wave (only 20) of significant publications with laboratory-grade, industrial microwaves. Today, thousands of peer-reviewed microwave articles are published each year. This presentation will examine at the young history of the microwave, current developments of microwave assisted organic reactions (MAOS) and gaze into the future of microwave chemistry.

 

Dinner at Sarducci's in Montpelier at 7.30 p.m. (20 min drive from Norwich campus)

 www.sarduccis.com

If you wish to join us for dinner at 7:30 (after the talk), please RSVP

 Dick Millius at 802-485-2228 or via e-mail to rmilius[at]norwich.edu. We would like an approximate headcount as soon as possible, but by theend of the business day, Monday, March 16 at the latest. For directions, use maps.google.com.

Driving Directions to Norwich University

 From the south:

• Take I-89 North to Exit 5 (Northfield-Williamstown, VT Rt. 64)

• Turn left at the bottom of the ramp

• Follow Rt. 64 for about 3 miles to the intersection with VT Rt. 12

• Turn right onto Rt 12.

• Follow Rt 12 about 1.5 miles to Norwich University

• At the yellow blinking light, turn right into Parking Lot A. If lot A is filled, there is parking adjacent to Kreitzberg library- the large white structure next to the Math-Science complex.

• The Math Science building is directly across the street from the lot. Rooms are numbered sequentially. U125 is on the first floor.

 From the north:

• Take I-89 South to Exit 5 (Northfield-Williamstown, VT Rt. 64)

• Turn right at the bottom of the ramp

• Follow Rt. 64 for about 3 miles to the intersection with VT Rt. 12

• Turn right onto Rt 12.

• Follow Rt 12 about 1.5 miles to Norwich University

• At the yellow blinking light, turn right into Parking Lot A. If lot A is filled, there is parking adjacent to Kreitzberg library- the large white structure next to the Math-Science complex.

• The Math Science building is directly across the street from the lot. Rooms are numbered sequentially. U125 is on the first floor.

 

Join us to learn about "The Discovery of Insulin"

Posted by Senthil Natesan on February 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Date: Tuesday, April 28th 2015

Time: 5:30-7.00 pm

 Venue: Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

The Discovery of Insulin

​by

 Benjamin Littenberg, MD

Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine and Professor of Nursing,

University of Vermont

   Abstract:

The isolation and medical application of insulin in 1922 was a major milestone in the history of medicine and chemistry. What were the steps leading up to it? How did scientists build the knowledge base needed to make available one of the most important and beneficial compounds ever isolated? What does the story of insulin have to say about how we do science in the 21st century? How do science, medicine, personalities, politics, luck and skill combine to make success or failure? What has happened to insulin and diabetes since then? How can such a wonderful advance be used for good...and for ill?

Chemistry Olympiad 2015 Announcement

Posted by Senthil Natesan on January 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Green Mountain Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be participating in the 2015 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools.

 Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). For the past thirty years, the United States has sent a team of four students to compete with nations around the world at the IChO. The students participate in both theoretical and laboratory examinations over several days. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the best performers, and the IChO provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers from other countries. This year the international event will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-28, 2015.

 My immediate task is to encourage you and your students to participate in this program. The identification of the four-member U.S. team begins at the local school system level. It is the responsibility of the Green Mountain Local Section (GMLS) to nominate ten students from the state of Vermont to take the USNCO national examination. In order to identify these students, we have decided to conduct a preliminary screening of students through a written examination, consisting of multiple choice questions, administered by a teacher or sponsor at your school in mid March.

 I encourage your school to participate in this academic Olympiad. All students who participate will be recognized and presented with a certificate. Ten students will be selected to take the USNCO national exam in late April, and they and their teacher/sponsor will receive special recognition from the Green Mountain Local Section along with a $25 cash prize for the students and $50 in ACS store credit for the sponsors. We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward chemistry.

 We encourage you to enter students from your school in this competition. Details on how to enter can be found here. The registration deadline is January 23, 2015. Thank you for helping promote chemical education in Vermont.

Sincerely,

 Heather D. Bean

2015 USNCO coordinator

 


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