[▼ Expand/shrink] 2014 Local Chemistry Olympiad Qualifying Exam/Patterson Chemistry Competition
This year's local Chemistry Olympiad Qualifying Exam and Patterson Chemistry Competition Exam will be held:
The competition is open to all students in the six-county service area of the section who are currently enrolled in, or have completed, a high school chemistry course. No registration fee is required; students will register on site. Each school will have two awardees: one from the Chemistry I class and one from the Chemistry II class, those being the school's highest scoring students on this exam. In addition:
- Top scoring students will be invited to enter an essay competition for cash awards.
- The top eight students (max 2 per school) will qualify to take the Regional Chemistry Olympiad Exam in April.
Full details of this competition are provided on this memo (PDF format).
[▼ Expand/shrink] Breaking Science: Joint Meeting with Cincinnati Section
We are happy to announce that we will be co-hosting 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] 39th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium
The technical program for next Wednesday's Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium is now available online.
This year's program includes 175 technical presentations in both morning and afternoon sessions. Our keynote session includes opening remarks by special guest Mr. C. Douglas Ebersole, Director of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory.
The invited keynote speaker is Mr. Dick Honneywell, Executive Director of the UAS Center & Test Complex, Springfield, OH. This year’s keynote presentation "Aerospace Leadership and the Emerging Role of UAS Technology" is a topic of growing national importance with ties to future development and economic opportunity in our region.
For more information on the symposium, including parking and directions for the Sinclair Conference Center, Downtown Dayton, please visit the conference website. (Free parking passes will be provided at the registration desk)
General Registration for the symposium is still open online.
Notes to US Government Employees:
- Current budget guidelines have limited the number of DoD attendees. The call to submit your name onto the final approved attendee list opened Sept 2013 and closed Feb 2014. Those who met this deadline and registered in time have been officially approved to attend.
- Due to current guidelines lunch cost for this one day meeting is not reimbursable by the government. Lunch is payable separately ($15) online by credit card or paypal. We recommend you complete your registration and payment online now to avoid long lines at the registration desk.
[▼ Expand/shrink] Spring 2014 Poster Session - April 1st, 2014
The Annual Poster Session is a tradition of long standing in the Dayton Section. This year we continue
to rotate the venue among area Universities. A number of outstanding undergraduate and graduate
poster presentations will be awarded with prizes of $100. The Dayton Section Officers invite you, your
colleagues, and students to present a poster relating to any area of chemical research.
Complimentary food and soft drinks will be provided by the Section. 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.
Venue: Atrium (Room 105, Ground Floor), Joseph C. Shouvlin Center, Wittenberg University [campus map]
Parking: Free parking is available in the lot on the south side of the Shouvlin Center, on
the corner of West Ward St. and N. Fountain Ave.
- 5:30 - 6:00 pm: Poster Set-Up
- 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Poster Judging
- 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Poster Viewing
- 7:30 - 8:15 pm: Awards
Call for Abstracts
Send abstracts of 250 words or fewer by noon on Monday, March 31, 2013 to
Prof. Leanne Petry by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For students, please indicate on the abstract if
you would like to be considered for an award and whether you are an undergraduate or
graduate student. Please use the standard ACS abstract format (example). Poster boards measure 4’ high by 6’ wide.
For posterity and reference: last year's abstracts (2013)
January 2014 Newsletter- Get it while it's hot!
[▼ 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!
Photos from TechFest can be found here.
[▼ Expand/shrink] Social Media
The Dayton Section has finally moved into the 21st Century and has established a Facebook page
. Please visit and like us for the latest news!
[▼ 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
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.
A global leader in the coatings and materials industry is looking for a talented Sr. Chemist skilled in developing printable coatings. This is an innovative company and a top growth technology. Interested persons should contact Karen Agoros at Towerhill Associates.
Contact Karen Agoros: phone: (401) 619-4625; cell: (401) 862-8890 email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Volunteers to Fill Vacant Committee-Chair Slots
The Section is in dire need of volunteers to Chair the following Committees:
Careers in Chemistry
If you have any questions about these or would like to volunteer for any of these slots, please contact the Chair, Dr. Leanne Petry.
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The Dayton Section
The beginnings of the Dayton Section date back to 1929. The first official Chair of the Section was Dr. C.A. Thomas, who served from 1931-1932. Our current membership exceeds 450, covering the counties of Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clarke, Preble, and Darke. Section meetings, featuring national and local speakers, are held monthly (except during the summer) and include a local poster session. In addition, our last meeting of the year honors our 50-year members.
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