Maine Local Section

Maine ACS Website

2017 Maine Local Section Student Awards

2017 Student Award included certificate and $100

Biographies of Students:

Colby: Alexandru Plesa – Alex is a graduating senior who will be pursuing a doctoral degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2017. Alex is double majoring in Biology with a biochemistry concentration and in Chemistry and maintains a 4.01 GPA. He conducts independent research at Colby with Professor Ronald Peck.

Bowdoin: Charles Grimes Gerrity – Charles has an excellent academic record and conducts independent research at Bowdoin with Professor Ben Gorske.

Husson: Samantha Martin -- Sam’s academic performance at Husson University has been outstanding throughout her entire undergraduate curriculum. She will be graduating Summa Cum Laude May 6, 2017 with a GPA over 3.9. I have been her chemistry advisor since her freshman year at Husson and have been impressed with her work ethic and her genuine curiosity in chemistry and the sciences in general.

Last summer Sam obtained a summer internship doing analytical chemistry at Jordi Labs in Mansfield, Massachusetts. She loved it and they were impressed with her abilities and performance. They told her there is an analytical chemistry position waiting for her once she finishes her degree. She accepted the position and will start this summer not long after graduation.

UNE: Kenneth Mei – Ken has consistently impressed us in his chemistry coursework, working hard and achieving a high level of success. He has also participated in undergraduate research both over the summer of 2016 and the 16-17 academic year. His research project includes modeling the solubility of polar organic compounds in pure supercritical carbon dioxide as well as sc-CO2 with a small amount of water. He presented his work at the Spring 2017 ACS National Meeting. After graduation, he is planning on attending graduate school with a focus on physical chemistry.

UMaine: Han Nguyen – Han is the epitome of an outstanding graduating senior at the University of Maine. She is not only a strong student academically with a GPA of 3.85, but also a skilled young scientist. Her academic achievements are even more impressive as she has excelled in her coursework while compressing the bulk of her chemistry classes into the final three years of her four-year degree after switching majors in her first year. Han has been working with Professor William Gramlich on synthesizing and studying carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels for biomedical and anti-biofouling applications. She quickly became independent in the laboratory, designing her own experiments, and accomplishing tasks in a timely manner. Han will be attending Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) for a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering after graduation.

Spring Maine ACS (MEACS) Spring Meeting @ University of New England – Thursday April 13th 2017

MEACS members are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. John Warner, titled “Green Chemistry: The Missing Element”. Dr. Warner is the President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute and is considered to be one of the “fathers of green chemistry”. The lecture will be held at 6:30 pm on the UNE Biddeford campus in the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, Room 205; coffee and cookies will be available before the talk, and the UNE Chemistry Club (an ACS Student Chapter) will be demonstrating some green chemistry outreach activities.

Before the talk, MEACS members are invited to meet Dr. Warner and socialize at a gathering at the Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery in Saco from 4-6 pm.

Dr. Warner’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Maine Local Section of the American Chemical Society (MEACS), the UNE Department of Chemistry and Physics, and the UNE Department of Environmental Studies.

Important links:

UNE campus map with parking information: http://tinyurl.com/mxegmx5

Address for GPS: 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine, 04005

Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery: http://www.therunofthemill.net/

Address for GPS: 100 Main St., Saco, Maine, 04072 (parking is below the mill building by the river)

About John Warner: http://www.warnerbabcock.com/people/john-warner-ph-d/ 

Lecture abstract:

Green Chemistry:  The Missing Element 

Imagine a world where all segments of society demanded environmentally benign products! Imagine if all consumers, all retailers and all manufacturers insisted on buying and selling only non-toxic materials! The unfortunate reality is that, even if this situation were to occur, our knowledge of materials science and chemistry would allow us to provide only a small fraction of the products and materials that our economy is based upon. The way we learn and teach chemistry and materials science is for the most part void of any information regarding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental harm. Green Chemistry is a philosophy that seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design stage of a materials process. It has been demonstrated that materials and products CAN be designed with negligible impact on human health and the environment while still being economically competitive and successful in the marketplace. This presentation will describe the history and background of Green Chemistry and discuss the opportunities for the next generation of materials designers to create a safer and more sustainable future.

News From 2017 Spring ACS Meeting in San Francisco

See Councilor's Corner tab for the latest news from San Francisco

December 2014

 

NERM 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Dec 2014

A new Newsletter has been posted: Maine ACS Section Dec Newsletter 

 

 

 ChemFest 2014

 

Although attendance was affected by the aftermath of the Nov. 2 Nor’easter/blizzard, 40 chemistry students and their teachers from three nearby schools showed up at the annual ChemFest hosted by the UMaine ACS Student Group.  They were treated to presentations on candy and sugars by Dr. Jason Bolton, Prof. of Food Science at UMaine  and one on polymerized sugars and other polymers by Dr. Will Gramlich, Prof. of Chemistry.  The students also enjoyed mystery polymer buckets, candy samples, and the usual ice cream prepared with liquid nitrogen.


Several other NCW events occurred around the State including Mole Day celebrations at middle and high schools but no reports were received.


R. E. Buntrock

NCW Coordinator pro tem, MEACS 

  Congratulations!

Dr. Brian Frederick has been elected to serve as Chair of the ACS Maine section for 2014 and 2015.  Thank you!
 

 MEACS Newsletter, Oct 2013 

 As another academic year begins, we’d like to bring you up to date on ACS activities in the Maine Section.  Please post this newsletter on bulletin boards and circulate it to colleagues who my want to become more active.  For anyone who wants to join the ACS, please visit http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content and click on “Join ACS” near the top right portion of the webpage.

Our Maine local section sponsors a variety of great activities and we always welcome volunteers to help out!  Activities include working with our ACS student chapters for National Chemistry Week and Earth Day activities, as well as local section activities that include organizing and supporting students to go to regional (e.g. NERM) and national ACS meetings, the Chemistry Olympiad, outreach to schools, visits and tours of our colleges and universities, and student and teaching awards. We are also always looking for new ideas!

We are seeking a local section member to run for Chair this fall. The Chair works with the executive committee (Councilor, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.) to help support local section activities, many of which are ongoing from year to year! If you are interested in volunteering or running for Chair, please email our ACS Maine Councilor, Mitchell Bruce at mbruce@maine.edu.

 Leadership opportunity: our Maine section would be happy to support the Chair or a volunteer to attend (all expenses paid) the ACS Leadership Institute next January. Participants in the local section track learn about how to plan and organize new local section activities as well as to find grant opportunities to fund activities!

We are also seeking someone to coordinate the Chemistry Olympiad program (see description of our 2013 Chemistry Olympiad activities below)! The Chemistry Olympiad coordinator contacts high school teachers who administer an exam to qualify students to come to a college or University in the spring for a special classroom and lab test. This is a wonderful educational experience for both teachers and students, with the potential to compete internationally! If you are interested in volunteering your time to help with the Chemistry Olympiad, please email our present Chemistry Olympiad coordinator, Bob Buntrock: buntrock16@roadrunner.com.  Bob has run it for many years but is stepping down this year.  THANK YOU BOB FOR HELPING SO MANY STUDENTS!  Our section also would like to thank Bob Kirk, the UMaine general chemistry lab manager, and many chemistry graduate students, who help run this lab activity at the University of Maine. Please contact Bob if interested buntrock16@roadrunner.com.   

2013 National Chemistry Olympiad

 2013 National Chemistry Olympiad

For the 9th consecutive year, MEACS participated in the Chemistry Olympiad program (USNCO).  One hundred ninety four students from 11 Maine high schools took the qualifying exam in March.  Ten of the top scorers, from 6 schools, took the National exam on April 13 at Aubert Hall at UMaine.  This three part exam, total of almost 5 hours, is scored nationally and the top 20 scorers were invited to the USNCO Study Camp at the Air Force Academy.  From this group, 5 were chosen to represent the US in international competition, this year in Moscow.

MEACS has never had a nationally ranked student.  However, we view the entire process as educational for all students and teachers who participate.  Feedback on local exam performance as well as certificates of participation are sent to the participating teachers.

Bob Buntrock has been the USNCO coordinator for the last 9 years and has received excellent assistance from Maine high school chemistry teachers as well as UMaine staff and students.  However, we are seeking a replacement for the upcoming years, including 2014, since he will be unable to be the primary coordinator.  However, he will be available for consulting.  A procedures manual is available on the MEACS website under the USNCO Chemistry Olympiad button.  Contact Bob if interested buntrock16@roadrunner.com.  Preparations and invitations begin in Oct. and Nov.

NCW 2013 

NCW is Oct. 20-26, 2013 with the theme: Energy Now and Forever.  For more details on the NCW theme this year see: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html .

The University of Maine ACS Student Group is planning for ChemFest, the UMaine celebration of NCW, for the week of Oct. 28. Look for more information soon. 

 NERM 2013 

The New Haven section of the American Chemical Society will be hosting the 2013 NorthEast Regional Meeting (NERM). The meeting will feature two wonderful keynote speakers. On Thursday, October 24 2013, Dr. Donna Nelson, professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, will speak about her experience as a science advisor to the television show “Breaking Bad”. This will be followed by an address from Dr. Marinda Wu, ACS President on the evening of Friday, October 25, 2013.

There are several special symposia scheduled for the meeting:

·       Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences

·       Nitrogen Heterocycles: A Tribute to the Pioneer of Pyrimidine Chemistry

·       Phosphodiesterases as Drug Targets for CNS Disorders

·       Synthesis and Application of Isotopically Labeled Molecules

·       Biochemistry

·       Nanoscience

·       Green Chemistry (Two Sessions): 21st Century Workforce Skills and Green Chemistry: Success Stories.

·       Small Chemical Businesses (Three Sessions): Resources for Startups, Best Practices for Entrepreneurs and True Stories of Success 

Additionally, the meeting will include an undergraduate program, career workshops, ACS Leadership Development Courses and a workshop on Forensic Chemistry given by Dr. Howard Harris from the University of New Haven. Program information and registration can be found at http://nerm2013.sites.acs.org/

The Maine ACS section would like to thank Dr. Brian Frederick for his coordination of UMaine’s student participation in NERM 2012, as well as representing our section in Maine’s 100 Year Celebration of the founding of our local section! THANK YOU!

 

 MEACS has five 50-year members.  They are:

 

Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Dowd, Kittery Point

Mr. J. Albert McDaniel, Farmington

Dr. Ernest L. Plummer, Pittston

Dr. John J. Santos, Ogunquit

Mr. Millard C. Spencer, Sebago

Congratulations!  Certificates have been sent. 

Spring 2013 Student Awards

MEACS annually requests nominations of outstanding students from chemistry departments at Maine colleges and universities.  Certificates and award checks are sent by the MEACS Treasurer to the schools in time for awarding the students before the end of the school year.  Congratulations to the 2013 awardees:

 

Tracy Bantegui    Husson Univeristy

David Born    Bates College

Douglas Farrell    Bowdoin College

Tatsiana Koscuik    University of Southern Maine

Sean P. Naughton    University of New England

Katarina Sirka    Colby College

Valerie L. Smith    University of Maine

 

ACS National Meetings and Leadership Institute, 2013

Dr. Mitchell Bruce, Maine’s ACS Councilor, served as Chair of the Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC) in 2013. At the spring national ACS meeting in New Orleans, he presented to Council a new formula for distribution of the allocation of money to local sections. This motion passed. At the fall national ACS meeting in Indianapolis, he presided over the ChemLuminary Awards by presenting 13 national awards. Also, Council voted, on the recommendation of LSAC, to approve a request from the Syracuse Local Section to change its name to the Central New York Local Section. Council also approved a recommendation from LSAC that the Monmouth County Local Section (in New Jersey) be dissolved, effective January 1, 2014, due to a decline in activity over the last several years. The North Jersey Local Section has contacted LSAC and will submit a petition in 2014 to annex the Monmouth County territory. This brings the total number of local sections to 186 next year. In January 2013, Dr. Bruce helped organize the local section track of the ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas TX, which included a new workshop format that was well received by the 120+ attendees. A summary of ACS Council actions appears on the MEACS website. 

OLD BUSINESS 

2012 Elections

In November, 2012, MEACS held its 2nd consecutive electronic election.  Those elected were:

Chair, Bob Buntrock, Buntrock Associates, Orono

Chair-Elect, David Heroux, U Maine Farmington

Unfortunately, David Heroux stepped down when he moved out of the state.  

2012 Maine Section Meeting 

A business meeting of MEACS was held on Dec. 4, 2012, at Aubert Hall, UMaine.  Following the business meeting, Dr. Jason Bolton of the UMaine Cooperative Extension gave a presentation on the brewing of beer.  See the full report on the website for further details.

Fall 2012 Newsletter:

We are celebrating our 100th anniversary of the ACS Maine Section in 2012!  

We celebrated the 100 Year Anniversary at NERM 2012 in Rochester, NY this September 30-October 3. There was an ice cream social Tuesday afternoon, October 2, 2012 as well as a celebration at the NERM awards banquet.

Chem Fest 2012 in celebration of National Chemistry Week, was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Aubert Hall, with over 100 students, teachers, and invited guests in attendance. Cary James, Finley Richmond, and James Killarney 

We held a section meeting on Dec 4, 2012. A summary is shown below: 

MEACS Section Meeting, Dec. 4, 2012, Orono

A meeting of the Maine Section of the American Chemical Society was held at room 428, Aubert Hall, University of Maine, Orono, at 7:10 PM.  Minutes of the meeting follow.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Bob Buntrock.  In attendance were Chair Buntrock, Treasurer Franocis Amar, as well as Barbara Cole, Brian Frederick, and Karl Bishop.

Dr. Amar gave the Treasurer’s Report , which will appear in the annual report.  With more than $64,000 in assets, MEACS is more than solvent and reasonable suggestions for spending are welcome.  MEACS has supported student travel to ACS meetings for students from both USM and UMaine as well as NCW/ChemFest functions.  Contact Dr. Amar with any suggestion for safe, more rewarding online banking investments.  

A discussion ensued on student members and the success of Student Groups.  Amar pointed out that the continued success of the UMaine group was partly due to election of officers on an annual calendar basis rather than on school year.  Buntrock also commented that in his experience with student groups in three ACS Sections, good, continuing leadership from both students and advisors was essential.  Bishop said that the Student Group at Husson U had evolved into a science group due to small numbers of students with overlapping interests.  He said that he’ll advise that they go to calendar year elections for continuity of leadership.

The election results for offices of 2013 were announced.  Robert Buntrock is Chair and David Heroux, UMaine Farmington is Chair Elect.

The following awards to MEACS members were announced.  Certificates have been sent to the awardees.

50 year members

        Dr. Robert Buntrock, Orono

        Donald Tillson, Belgrade Lakes

60 year members

         E. Glenn Caswell, York

Results of 2016 Maine Local Section Election

Elected: Chair (one year term): Dr. Brian Frederick 

Electred: Treasurer (two year term):  Dr. Natalie Machamer

Elected:  Secretary (two year term): Dr. Jim Ford

Participation: 5.1% of members voted. Thank you!

 

We also wanted to thank outgoing Treasurer, Dr. François Amar for his outstanding service to the Maine local section!

2016 Maine Section Excellence in Student Achievement Awards

In May of 2016, we announced the winners of our Maine Section Excellence in Student Achievement Awards. Here is the list with our congratulations!

Peter Novello (Bates College)

Graham Clark (Bowdoin College)

Bowdoin: Graham Clark
Colby: Xi Yang
Husson: Amber Davis
UMaine: Elizabeth Grant
UNE: Meredith Capuco
USM: No response
St. Josephs: Cassandra Leech
Bowdoin: Graham Clark
Colby: Xi Yang
Husson: Amber Davis
UMaine: Elizabeth Grant
UNE: Meredith Capuco
USM: No response

Xi Yang (Colby College)

Amber Davis (Husson University)

Elizabeth Grant (University of Maine)

Meredith Capuco (University of New England)

Cassandra Leech (St. Josephs College)

Some Recent Highlights 2015-16

Highlights of the two past years:

* Student Chapters of the ACS at University of New England and UMaine organized National Chemistry Week activities around the theme of “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry”.  Thanks to Amy Kiersted, at UNE, for taking on the role of ACS Student Group Coordinator, as an extension of her work on the ACS Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board. 

*  MEACS provided funding to several student groups to attend the National ACS meeting and the North East Regional Meetings in Binghamton (Oct. 2016) and Ithaca (June 2015).

* The Section continues the Award Program to recognize excellence in student achievement in chemistry at the undergraduate level.  Thanks to Natalie Machamer (UMaine) for coordinating with the Chemistry Departments at Bates, Colby, Bowdoin, and St. Joseph’s Colleges, UMaine, Husson University, Univ. of New England, and the Univ. of Southern Maine.

* The Section held two Climate Science Workshops at UMaine and Unity College in Oct. 2016 to provide scientific and chemical background and hands-on laboratory experiments for middle school and high school teachers to use in classrooms across the state.  Thanks to Frank Shaw, Jim Webb, Nicky Spaulding, Paige Brown (Bangor HS), Steve Norton, Jim Killarney, the UMaine Students Chapter and MEACS members, as well as Unity College, the University of Maine’s Dept. of Chemistry, Laboratory for Surface Science, Climate Change Institute, and the RISE Center, for co-sponsoring the events.

* The Chemistry Olympiad has been coordinated for the past two years by Jim Killarney (Unity College).  In April 2016, teachers across the state administered the exam to 158 students and the finalists competed in the Local Section exam and Lab Practical.

Fall 2016 Councilor Report and Goverance Summary

Dear Maine Local Section Colleagues,

Greetings from Philadelphia. The meeting was well attended and there were lots of interesting scientific presentations and important Council actions included a significant discussion to comment about the ACS Presidential Task Force on the U.S. Employment of Chemists. Click here for a summary of the Governance Issues and Actions.

I continue to serve on the Committee on Committees (ConC). We are currently conducting a survey to gain information on the level of diversity present on all national committees (approximately 680 ACS members, associates, and consultants). We were very happy to report that our participation rate was already about 70%. The survey continues to be open until early September. ConC has also started working towards the ACS Leadership Development Conference, to be held next January, where we will be running a New ACS Chair's track at the conference.

We will be holding our local section election this fall. We welcome suggestions for anyone who wants to be considered. The list of positions open will be communicated in the next several weeks.

Sincerely,

Mitchell Bruce, Maine Local Section Councilor, August 26, 2016 

Oct 23, 2015 MOLE DAY

On Oct. 23—Mole Day—the ACS Student Chapter of the University of Maine, Orono, held their annual ChemFest.  Local high school chemistry teachers and their students were invited to campus that afternoon and evening for a series of experiments and brief presentations, sandwiched around a pizza supper, on the 2015 NCW theme of Chemistry Colors the World.  The presenters are all from the University of Maine.  Dr. Andrea Mauery, Art Dept., spoke on the chemistry of art pigments, Dr. Natalie Machamer, Chemistry, spoke on the chemical forensics of art forgery detection, Dr. Sara Lindsay, Marine Sciences, spoke on bioluminescence of marine organisms, and Dr. Mike Mason, Physics, spoke on gold nano particles.  The students gold nano particles, demoed chemiluminescence with luminol and bleach, prepared Prussian Blue and white paint pigment, concluded with the ever popular clock reaction.  The evening was topped off with freshly prepared liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Thanks go to the UMaine Student Group, Elizabeth Grant, Chair, Will Gramlich faculty advisor, for an excellent and inspiring thematic presentation.

Robert E. Buntrock, Past Chair, NCW Coordinator, Maine Section ACS, buntrock16@roadrunner.com

Educator Workshops on Climate Science Oct 2015

A workshop sponsored by the Maine ACS Section is planned for Oct 3, 2015 at the University of Maine and Oct. 10, 2015 at Unity College. Both will be from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM. Details can be found on the attached flyer: Educator Workshops on Climate Science.

Council News from Boston 2015 Fall ACS Meeting

New information has been posted in Councilor's Corer about the ACS Council news from Boston.

July 2015 entry: Calling all Coaches …

To build on its initial success the ACS is seeking to expand its Science Coaches program.  During the school year, coaches volunteer support to K-12 science teachers.  ACS hopes to expand the program from 200 to 250 coaches for the 2015-2016 school year.  Grants of $500 are made to each school at which a coach volunteers which should help to acquire science supplies.


Depending on the needs of the teacher, support could include demonstrations, planning lab sessions, career planning, and Q&A.  The program and some of the volunteer coaches are described in a recent article in C&EN (

http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i24/ACS-Seeks-Science-Coaches.html ).  One of the highlighted coaches is Amy Keirstead, an organic chemistry professor at the University of New England in Biddeford.  She works with Seth Staples, the AP Chemistry Teacher at Sacopee Valley HS in Hiram (Seth is also an ACS member).  For more information on several other volunteers, link to http://cenm.ag/sciencecoaches.


At this point we don’t know of any other Science Coaches in the Maine Section.  Please send more information if you know of any.  For further program information on the program and applications to join, due by Oct. 30, visit www.acs.org/sciencecoaches.


For career planning in general, MEACS has resources available for careers in chemistry including careers other than lab or professorship.  Contact Bob Buntrock, buntrock16@roadrunner.com .

 

News from Denver 2015 ACS meeting (March 22-26), 2015

News from Denver has been posted in Councilor's Corner

 

Announcing NERM 2015

 

NERM  2015

 

2015 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting Ithaca, NY

June 10-13, 2015

 

http://nerm2015.sites.acs.org

 

Call for Papers

in the following areas:

 

Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Education, Environmental Chemistry, Food and Nutritional, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Legacy of Minority Institutions, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical

Chemistry, Undergraduate Posters

Chemistry,
Biochemistry,
Chemical
Education,
Environmental
Chemistry,
Food
and
Nutritional
Biochemistry,
Inorganic
Chemistry,
Legacy
of
Minority
Institutions,
Materials
Chemistry,
Medicinal
Chemistry,
Organic
Chemistry,
Physical
Chemistry,
Undergraduate
Posters

 

Abstract Submissions close on Monday, April 6, 2015

 

Online submission http://nerm2015.sites.acs.org/ 

 

Download flyer

December 2014

 

Newsletter Dec 2014

A new Newsletter has been posted: Maine ACS Section Dec Newsletter 

 

 

 ChemFest 2014

 

Although attendance was affected by the aftermath of the Nov. 2 Nor’easter/blizzard, 40 chemistry students and their teachers from three nearby schools showed up at the annual ChemFest hosted by the UMaine ACS Student Group.  They were treated to presentations on candy and sugars by Dr. Jason Bolton, Prof. of Food Science at UMaine  and one on polymerized sugars and other polymers by Dr. Will Gramlich, Prof. of Chemistry.  The students also enjoyed mystery polymer buckets, candy samples, and the usual ice cream prepared with liquid nitrogen.


Several other NCW events occurred around the State including Mole Day celebrations at middle and high schools but no reports were received.


R. E. Buntrock

NCW Coordinator pro tem, MEACS 

  Congratulations!

Dr. Brian Frederick has been elected to serve as Chair of the ACS Maine section for 2014 and 2015.  Thank you!
 

 MEACS Newsletter, Oct 2013 

 As another academic year begins, we’d like to bring you up to date on ACS activities in the Maine Section.  Please post this newsletter on bulletin boards and circulate it to colleagues who my want to become more active.  For anyone who wants to join the ACS, please visit http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content and click on “Join ACS” near the top right portion of the webpage.

Our Maine local section sponsors a variety of great activities and we always welcome volunteers to help out!  Activities include working with our ACS student chapters for National Chemistry Week and Earth Day activities, as well as local section activities that include organizing and supporting students to go to regional (e.g. NERM) and national ACS meetings, the Chemistry Olympiad, outreach to schools, visits and tours of our colleges and universities, and student and teaching awards. We are also always looking for new ideas!

We are seeking a local section member to run for Chair this fall. The Chair works with the executive committee (Councilor, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.) to help support local section activities, many of which are ongoing from year to year! If you are interested in volunteering or running for Chair, please email our ACS Maine Councilor, Mitchell Bruce at mbruce@maine.edu.

 Leadership opportunity: our Maine section would be happy to support the Chair or a volunteer to attend (all expenses paid) the ACS Leadership Institute next January. Participants in the local section track learn about how to plan and organize new local section activities as well as to find grant opportunities to fund activities!

We are also seeking someone to coordinate the Chemistry Olympiad program (see description of our 2013 Chemistry Olympiad activities below)! The Chemistry Olympiad coordinator contacts high school teachers who administer an exam to qualify students to come to a college or University in the spring for a special classroom and lab test. This is a wonderful educational experience for both teachers and students, with the potential to compete internationally! If you are interested in volunteering your time to help with the Chemistry Olympiad, please email our present Chemistry Olympiad coordinator, Bob Buntrock: buntrock16@roadrunner.com.  Bob has run it for many years but is stepping down this year.  THANK YOU BOB FOR HELPING SO MANY STUDENTS!  Our section also would like to thank Bob Kirk, the UMaine general chemistry lab manager, and many chemistry graduate students, who help run this lab activity at the University of Maine. Please contact Bob if interested buntrock16@roadrunner.com.   

2013 National Chemistry Olympiad

 2013 National Chemistry Olympiad

For the 9th consecutive year, MEACS participated in the Chemistry Olympiad program (USNCO).  One hundred ninety four students from 11 Maine high schools took the qualifying exam in March.  Ten of the top scorers, from 6 schools, took the National exam on April 13 at Aubert Hall at UMaine.  This three part exam, total of almost 5 hours, is scored nationally and the top 20 scorers were invited to the USNCO Study Camp at the Air Force Academy.  From this group, 5 were chosen to represent the US in international competition, this year in Moscow.

MEACS has never had a nationally ranked student.  However, we view the entire process as educational for all students and teachers who participate.  Feedback on local exam performance as well as certificates of participation are sent to the participating teachers.

Bob Buntrock has been the USNCO coordinator for the last 9 years and has received excellent assistance from Maine high school chemistry teachers as well as UMaine staff and students.  However, we are seeking a replacement for the upcoming years, including 2014, since he will be unable to be the primary coordinator.  However, he will be available for consulting.  A procedures manual is available on the MEACS website under the USNCO Chemistry Olympiad button.  Contact Bob if interested buntrock16@roadrunner.com.  Preparations and invitations begin in Oct. and Nov.

NCW 2013 

NCW is Oct. 20-26, 2013 with the theme: Energy Now and Forever.  For more details on the NCW theme this year see: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html .

The University of Maine ACS Student Group is planning for ChemFest, the UMaine celebration of NCW, for the week of Oct. 28. Look for more information soon. 

 NERM 2013 

The New Haven section of the American Chemical Society will be hosting the 2013 NorthEast Regional Meeting (NERM). The meeting will feature two wonderful keynote speakers. On Thursday, October 24 2013, Dr. Donna Nelson, professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, will speak about her experience as a science advisor to the television show “Breaking Bad”. This will be followed by an address from Dr. Marinda Wu, ACS President on the evening of Friday, October 25, 2013.

There are several special symposia scheduled for the meeting:

·       Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences

·       Nitrogen Heterocycles: A Tribute to the Pioneer of Pyrimidine Chemistry

·       Phosphodiesterases as Drug Targets for CNS Disorders

·       Synthesis and Application of Isotopically Labeled Molecules

·       Biochemistry

·       Nanoscience

·       Green Chemistry (Two Sessions): 21st Century Workforce Skills and Green Chemistry: Success Stories.

·       Small Chemical Businesses (Three Sessions): Resources for Startups, Best Practices for Entrepreneurs and True Stories of Success 

Additionally, the meeting will include an undergraduate program, career workshops, ACS Leadership Development Courses and a workshop on Forensic Chemistry given by Dr. Howard Harris from the University of New Haven. Program information and registration can be found at http://nerm2013.sites.acs.org/

The Maine ACS section would like to thank Dr. Brian Frederick for his coordination of UMaine’s student participation in NERM 2012, as well as representing our section in Maine’s 100 Year Celebration of the founding of our local section! THANK YOU!

 MEACS has five 50-year members.  They are: 

Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Dowd, Kittery Point

Mr. J. Albert McDaniel, Farmington

Dr. Ernest L. Plummer, Pittston

Dr. John J. Santos, Ogunquit

Mr. Millard C. Spencer, Sebago

Congratulations!  Certificates have been sent. 

Spring 2013 Student Awards

MEACS annually requests nominations of outstanding students from chemistry departments at Maine colleges and universities.  Certificates and award checks are sent by the MEACS Treasurer to the schools in time for awarding the students before the end of the school year.  Congratulations to the 2013 awardees:

Tracy Bantegui    Husson Univeristy

David Born    Bates College

Douglas Farrell    Bowdoin College

Tatsiana Koscuik    University of Southern Maine

Sean P. Naughton    University of New England

Katarina Sirka    Colby College

Valerie L. Smith    University of Maine

 ACS National Meetings and Leadership Institute, 2013

Dr. Mitchell Bruce, Maine’s ACS Councilor, served as Chair of the Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC) in 2013. At the spring national ACS meeting in New Orleans, he presented to Council a new formula for distribution of the allocation of money to local sections. This motion passed. At the fall national ACS meeting in Indianapolis, he presided over the ChemLuminary Awards by presenting 13 national awards. Also, Council voted, on the recommendation of LSAC, to approve a request from the Syracuse Local Section to change its name to the Central New York Local Section. Council also approved a recommendation from LSAC that the Monmouth County Local Section (in New Jersey) be dissolved, effective January 1, 2014, due to a decline in activity over the last several years. The North Jersey Local Section has contacted LSAC and will submit a petition in 2014 to annex the Monmouth County territory. This brings the total number of local sections to 186 next year. In January 2013, Dr. Bruce helped organize the local section track of the ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas TX, which included a new workshop format that was well received by the 120+ attendees. A summary of ACS Council actions appears on the MEACS website.

 OLD BUSINESS

 

2012 Elections

In November, 2012, MEACS held its 2nd consecutive electronic election.  Those elected were:

Chair, Bob Buntrock, Buntrock Associates, Orono

Chair-Elect, David Heroux, U Maine Farmington

Unfortunately, David Heroux stepped down when he moved out of the state. 

 2012 Maine Section Meeting 

A business meeting of MEACS was held on Dec. 4, 2012, at Aubert Hall, UMaine.  Following the business meeting, Dr. Jason Bolton of the UMaine Cooperative Extension gave a presentation on the brewing of beer.  See the full report on the website for further details.

Fall 2012 Newsletter:

We are celebrating our 100th anniversary of the ACS Maine Section in 2012!  

We celebrated the 100 Year Anniversary at NERM 2012 in Rochester, NY this September 30-October 3. There was an ice cream social Tuesday afternoon, October 2, 2012 as well as a celebration at the NERM awards banquet.

 

Chem Fest 2012 in celebration of National Chemistry Week, was held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Aubert Hall, with over 100 students, teachers, and invited guests in attendance. Cary James, Finley Richmond, and James Killarney 

We held a section meeting on Dec 4, 2012. A summary is shown below: 

MEACS Section Meeting, Dec. 4, 2012, Orono

A meeting of the Maine Section of the American Chemical Society was held at room 428, Aubert Hall, University of Maine, Orono, at 7:10 PM.  Minutes of the meeting follow.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Bob Buntrock.  In attendance were Chair Buntrock, Treasurer Franocis Amar, as well as Barbara Cole, Brian Frederick, and Karl Bishop.

Dr. Amar gave the Treasurer’s Report , which will appear in the annual report.  With more than $64,000 in assets, MEACS is more than solvent and reasonable suggestions for spending are welcome.  MEACS has supported student travel to ACS meetings for students from both USM and UMaine as well as NCW/ChemFest functions.  Contact Dr. Amar with any suggestion for safe, more rewarding online banking investments.  

A discussion ensued on student members and the success of Student Groups.  Amar pointed out that the continued success of the UMaine group was partly due to election of officers on an annual calendar basis rather than on school year.  Buntrock also commented that in his experience with student groups in three ACS Sections, good, continuing leadership from both students and advisors was essential.  Bishop said that the Student Group at Husson U had evolved into a science group due to small numbers of students with overlapping interests.  He said that he’ll advise that they go to calendar year elections for continuity of leadership.

The election results for offices of 2013 were announced.  Robert Buntrock is Chair and David Heroux, UMaine Farmington is Chair Elect.

The following awards to MEACS members were announced.  Certificates have been sent to the awardees.

50 year members

        Dr. Robert Buntrock, Orono

        Donald Tillson, Belgrade Lakes

60 year members

         E. Glenn Caswell, York

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