The Spring 2017 national ACS meeting was held in San Francisco. Our Local Section Councilor, Tracy Hamilton, has returned from the meeting and filed his report.
Please check back here often or bookmark this page for important information about happenings in the Alabama Local Section.
Birmingham Southern College will be hosting the first Local Section meeting of 2017. Dr. Adam Kiefer, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Mercer University will be the guest speaker and talk about “Monitoring Mercury Emissions in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Communities.”
February 22, 2017 6:00 PM
130 Stephens Science Center, Birmingham-Southern College, 901 Arkadelphia Rd, Birmingham Al. 35254
Please join us for dinner and a presentation from Dr. Adam Kiefer, Associate Professor of Chemistry from Mercer University. Over the last three summers, Dr. Adam Kiefer has traveled with students to the cities of Portovelo and Zaruma in Ecuador through Mercer On Mission to carry out multiple service projects in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities.
Free dinner featuring Latin cuisine.
RSVP online by February 17th at http://doodle.com/poll/w35s9i7wa9r88ciu
The Alabama Local Section Winter Newsletter provides information on what is taking place in the local section. Meet your Chair-elect, Dr Joe March and learn about these upcoming events.
The Councilor's Report from the Fall National ACS Meeting is now available.
The Alabama Local Section Fall Newsletter contains a lot of local section information and super articles on what is taking place within the Local Section. Please download the Fall Newsletter to review and become up-to-date on your Local Section.
SERMACS is coming to Birmingham in 2021 hosted by the Alabama and Auburn sections of the ACS!. Here is the presentation made by Kate Hayden in Columbia, SC at the 2016 SERMACS that resulted in that decision.
The Alabama Local Section Summer Newsletter is packed full of local section information (future planned meetings and events) and excellent articles. Please download the Summer Newsletter.
The local section funds the Undergraduate Student Travel Award program to encourage undergraduates at colleges and universities within the Alabama Section’s geographical region to present papers/posters at ACS regional and national meetings. This invaluable experience provides excellent opportunities for networking with peers and other ACS members. The maximum award is $500 per meeting. The completed application must be submitted by 8/23! Review the requirements for participation and consider submitting an application using either Word or self-calculating PDF formats. While acceptance of the abstract is not required at the time of application, acceptance is required for receipt of the award.
Review the requirements http://alabama.sites.acs.org/PDF%20file/StudentTravelAwardProgram.pdf Submit an application using either
WORD format at http://alabama.sites.acs.org/PDF%20file/StudentTravelAwardForm.doc or PDF format at http://alabama.sites.acs.org/PDF%20file/StudentTravelAwardForm.pdf
Innovations in Nano Material Science
Please join us at Innovation Depot [Training Room, 1500 1st Ave. N., Birmingham, AL] on 9/15 for a dinner and seminar entitled "Nanotechnology Based Catalysts for the Electrochemical Synthesis of Low Carbon Fuels and Fertilizers". It will focus on developments in nano science by Oak Ridge scientist, Dr. Adam Rondinone.
Dr. Adam Rondinone received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and immediately joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Wigner Fellow. He is currently the leader of Helium-ion microscopy and chemical imaging research at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, and he is an expert on materials chemistry at the nanoscale. His research is focused on developing novel means to create functional nanomaterials for energy applications. He has served on various committees in service to ORNL, including two years as a Legislative Fellow in U.S. Senate working on energy and technology issues. He is also the outreach coordinator for the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.
This FREE event will begin at 6 pm at Innovation Depot on September 15th. Please RSVP by 9/10 at: http://doodle.com/poll/79hrizhk23sv2dp7
The AACS awards banquet will be held on May 12th, 6pm at Nabeel’s in Homewood. Dinner is $15/pp for members and guests. Please reserve your seats by May 9th through the doodle poll: http://doodle.com/poll/bsz99f43avq8rtfz
Venue: Nabeel’s of Homewood.
Address: 1706 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209
Time: 6:00 pm dinner followed by recognition of HIgh Chemistry Teacher of the year and ten (10) Chemistry Olympiad finalists and a speaker from Blondin Bioscience
The following are the 10 Chemistry Olympiad finalists and their respective high schools
| Gabrielle Orr || Cullman HS|
| Katie Harbin|| Cullman HS |
| Megha Tippur|| Auburn HS|
| Rei Zhang|| Auburn HS|
| Davis Tyler-Dudley|| Indian Springs|
| Matthew Hamrick|| Altamont School|
| Vivek Sasse|| Altamont School|
| Andy Kong|| Hoover HS|
| Wendy Jiang|| Vestavia Hills HS|
| Sarah Zhao|| Vestavia Hills HS|
UAB SAACS is hosting Mad Scientist Day on May 17th. More information can be found at https://www.uab.edu/news/student-experience/item/4657-uab-to-host-mad-scientist-day
Our local section is now has a Facebook group page! Join the group by going to and request to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1580462052282574/
The spring Alabama Section Newsletter is now available and contains a lot of information on happenings within our section. It also provides detailed information on our April 21st local section meeting.
The April 2016 Local Section Meeting will be an Earth Day event with Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper. He will talk about the impact of pollution on our lakes and rivers. So, mark your calendar for an April 21st evening meeting beginning at 6:00 pm in130 Stephens Science Center, Birmingham-Southern College. This is a FREE event and Silver Coin will provide us with some Indian cuisine. Please RSVP by 4/19 at: http://doodle.com/poll/22tgqgqegb3t7ran. If you need a map of the Birmingham-Southern College campus, here is one.
The Councilor's report from the 2016 ACS Spring National Meeting in San Diego is now available.
Our first meeting of 2016 will be on Tuesday, February 16th at 6 pm in Propst Hall, Room 314, at Samford University. Dr. Susan Pedigo, professor of chemistry from the University of Mississippi, will give a talk and demonstration on the chemistry of food. Dr. Pedigo will lead a discussion and demonstrations on the chemistry of French macaroons, croissants, and sourdough bread. She will also demonstrate how to make chocolate mousse in a blender! Sandwiches for dinner will be catered by Newks, while baked goods to sample will be provided by the Continental Bakery.
The event is FREE, but you need to RSVP by 2/12 at http://doodle.com/poll/9b7nvzdrv225gyem
To reach Propst Hall, enter the main gate of Samford from Lakeshore Drive. Turn right on Montague Drive. Propst Hall will be the first building on the right. Parking is available in a lot just past Propst Hall on the right or in the two-story parking deck at the top of the hill.