January 2014 Newsletter- Get it while it's hot!
[▼ Expand/shrink] Annual Poster Session
The Annual Poster Session is a tradition of long standing in the Dayton Section. As a tradition, the venue is rotated among the area universities. A number of outstanding undergraduate and graduate poster presentations are awarded prizes. Poster presentations from faculty/professional researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students are welcome.
In addition to poster awards, we
will also recognize an outstanding junior chemistry major from each college and university within the
Section’s boundaries with the Patterson College Chemistry Award.
[▼ Expand/shrink] Breaking Science: Joint Meeting with Cincinnati Section
We co-hosted with the Cincinnati Section a meeting on Thursday, March 27th at 6:00 pm.
Dr. Donna Nelson, science advisor to Breaking Bad, will be giving a presentation at this meeting entitled "Breaking Bad: My Experiences as Science Advisor" at this meeting
Pre-registration is required by March 24th, with subsidized prices and additional discounts for students, emeriti, unemployed members, and K-12 teachers. For further information and online registration, please visit the Cincinnati section's website at http://www.acscincinnati.org/meetings/meetings.php.
[▼ Expand/shrink] TechFest 2014
As in previous years, our section hosted a popular stand at Techfest 2014, held on February 15-16 at Sinclair Community College. We organized several hands-on experiments for members of the public of all ages. We thank Amit Sharma and Wayne Cook for their tireless effort in organizing this, and to all the volunteers involved in presenting these experiments!
[▼ Expand/shrink] Social Media
[▼ Expand/shrink] Call for Volunteer Tutors
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is looking for tutors for their after-school tutoring program for Chemistry. Tutoring occurs on Mondays - Fridays at 3:30 - 4:30 pm, with a particularly critical need on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tutors will be matched to individual students and provided with textbook, course outline, and reference and help as needed from the counselor and teacher. Those interested should contact Meg Draeger at email@example.com.
[▼ Expand/shrink] Section Outreach to Rural and Urban Schools
Using funds obtained from a Local Section Innovative Project Grant in addition to our profit from our hosting the 2010 Central Regional ACS Meeting, the Dayton Section has actively engaged middle and high school students from rural and urban areas in chemistry and chemistry related activities.Volunteers from the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), the Departments of Chemistry at the University of Dayton (UD) and Central State University (CSU), and their respective Chemistry Clubs, participated in three separate outreach events.
At Warner Middle School (Xenia Community School) and Thurgood Marshall High School (Dayton Public School), activities included a discussion about the periodic table and how the elements combine to form compounds used in everyday life. The students also used IYC Activity Kits provided by the American Chemical Society at no cost, for a precipitation experiment. Based on that experiment, the students wrote essays that included their original hypothesis, observations, conclusions, as well as how this activity piqued their interest in science. Students with the top two essays from each of the seven classes were awarded Texas Instruments TI-36 scientific calculators and offered the opportunity to attend a two-week NSF-funded science camp hosted by CSU.
Outreach efforts at DECA involved demonstrating the oscillatory nature of the Briggs-Rauscher reaction, the effect of concentration gradients (the Tomato Juice Rainbow) and the behavior of materials at extremely low temperatures using liquid nitrogen. Students participated in the liquid nitrogen demonstration by freezing and shattering flowers and bananas, shrinking balloons, as well as watching a ping-pong ball whirl around the floor after puncturing it and filling it with liquid nitrogen. The event ended with a discussion about college courses, specifically chemistry and other natural science classes.
To date, approximately 100 young minds have been positively impacted by these outreach efforts. The Dayton Section plans to continue these activities and seeks to provide resources to improve and augment Dayton Public School's current chemistry programs. We are actively seeking donations from local industry to support our outreach efforts.