The Alabama Section of the American Chemical Society

Announcements and Events Page

Please check back here often or bookmark this page for important information about happenings in the Alabama Local Section.

Alabama Local Section Annual Awards Banquet.

This year’s award banquet will be held at Silver Coin at 6pm on May 2nd . Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Larry DeLucas. Dr. DeLucas is currently the principle scientist at Aerospace Corporation and was NASA's first civilian scientist-astronaut.

Alabama Local Section Event at McWane Science Center.  October 27, 2018, 10 am – 4 pm.

 The Alabama Local Section will conclude its celebration of National Chemistry Week when our Local Section and the Student ACS groups partner with McWane to celebrate National Chemistry week on 10/27 with demonstrations and activities all day long (10am till 4pm).  The Alabama local section will be running activities provided by a National Science Foundation grant for " Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry". 

 We need volunteers.  Volunteers will also need to come, if possible, for a short training session TBD.  To volunteer, contact Tracy Hamilton at  Volunteers with family members will receive tickets for admission to McWane Center.

Fall 2018 Councilor's Report

The Alabama Local Section Councilor's Report from the 256th National Meeting in Boston is available.

October Local Section Program and Meeting October 23, 2018 (Mole Day)

 Our next Alabama Local Section Program and Meeting will occur on Mole Day and begin our celebration of National Chemistry Week. 

We will gather for the ACS Program in a Box, Voyage to Mars, Red Plant Chemistry.  Sam Lemonick of Chemical & Engineering News will guide us through the chemistry and challenges of long-term space travel as well as the materials, biochemistry, and astrochemistry that will make a manned mission to Mars possible. 

Our program is hosted by the Birmingham Southern College and UAB Student ACS groups and will take place at two locations at 5:30 pm on 10/23 (Mole Day)

·      BSC (Stephen Science Center, room 334) and

·      UAB (Chemistry Building, room 101).

Pizza and drinks are provided and sponsored by AACS.


What You Will Learn

·       How the Curiosity Rover has revealed the geologic history of Mars, and how this knowledge can help inform us about the environments that existed on the surface of Mars, and even Earth, during the time when life evolved

·       The unique challenges of long-term space travel and a profile of the current work to ensure that humans can survive the voyage

·       What is the current state recycle waste research that will help sustain valuable materials for astronauts during long deep-space missions using biopharmaceutical production


2018 Alabama Local Section Awards Dinner

Mark your calendars and look for more details to follow.  The spring Alabama Local Section Awards Dinner and program will be hosted by Silver Coin Indian Grill this year on Tuesday, May 8th! Join us for dinner and awards at 6:30PM at 3321 Lorna Rd, Hoover, Al. 35216.  Cost is $10, but for students there is no charge.  Please RSVP at

Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Pamela J. Sims, Pharm. D., Ph. D. Pamela Sims, recently retired as Professor of Pharmacokinetics in the Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences at Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (SUMSOP).  Dr. Sims earned her B.S. Pharmacy from the University of Florida, her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).  Prior to Samford, she served on the faculty of Idaho State University (ISU).  

 Dr. Sims holds a faculty appointment in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry Department of Pediatrics.  She provides courses and lectures in Pharmacology to the Post-doctoral Dental Residents and a Part II Board Review in Pharmacology to fourth year Dental students.  Dr. Sims also lectures in pharmacology courses for the Nurse Anesthesia and the Physical Therapy programs at Samford University.  

 Dr. Sims publishes and lectures nationally and internationally concerning topics on Dental Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacology and Pedagogy.

Earth Day at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

For Earth Day this year, the Alabama local section is hosting a table at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 21st from 11 am till 4 pm! The theme is Dive into Marine Chemistry
We will hand out the Celebrating Chemistry brochure, aimed at elementary and middle school children.  Come join us.  A PDF that you can view and print for your own family is available for download.

The website for Earth Day at the Gardens is


Braggs and Brew

Come join us at Braggs and Brew on Thursday, April 5th, at the Beer Hog in Pelham. This is a casual event that starts at 6PM, and the Hog is located at 112 Bowling Ln, Pelham Al 35124

Spring 2018 Councilor's Report

The Alabama Local Section Councilor's Report from the 255th National Meeting (March 18-22, 2018) in New Orleans is available.

February 2018 Local Section Meeting

Our February Local Section meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 27th, at 5:45 pm in the Stockham Parlor on the Birmingham-Southern College campus. The event features a Latin cuisine dinner (5:45 pm) that is free for students and $10 for non-students. To RSVP for this event, please go to

The program will be an ACS broadcast on Opioids -- Combating Addition with Chemistry.


Join us for this special broadcast as we explain what makes these compounds so addictive, the treatments and medications that are being used to help those who suffer, and profile the work that chemists are doing to make prescription pain killers safer and harder to abuse.  Interact with our expert panel of medical experts and chemists to discover why this problem has become so widespread and how the power of chemistry can be used to fight the rising tide of addition. 

Spring 2017 Councilor's Report

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

February Local Section Meeting at BSC


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

Alabama Local Section Winter 2017 Newsletter

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. 

Councilors Report from Fall National ACS Meeting

The Councilor's Report from the Fall National ACS Meeting is now available.

Alabama Local Section Fall Newsletter

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.  

Birmingham Site of 2021 SERMACS

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.

Alabama Local Section Summer Newsletter


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.

Student Travel Award Application Deadline -- August 23rd


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  Submit an application using either

WORD format at  or PDF format at

September 2016 Local Section Meeting

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: 

May 2016 Local Section Meeting

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:

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

 StudentHigh School
 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


Local Section News

UAB SAACS is hosting Mad Scientist Day on May 17th. More information can be found at
Our local section is now has a Facebook group page! Join the group by going to and request to join:

Spring Local Section Newsletter

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.

April 2016 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: If you need a map of the Birmingham-Southern College campus, here is one.

2016 ACS Spring National Meeting Councilor's Report

The Councilor's report from the 2016 ACS Spring National Meeting in San Diego is now available.


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February 2016 Local Section Meeting

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

See the Newsletter for details and Dr. Pedigo biographic information.  A map of Samford’s campus can be found here. 

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.

NEW!!!!  Alabama Local Section Newsletter

We have a new quarterly Newsletter and you should have received it as an email attachment on February 3, 2016.  A copy is available here.  Try your hand at suggesting a name for this Newsletter.  Details are given in the Newsletter.

February 2018 Local Section Meeting

Our February 2018 Local Section meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27th with dinner at 6pm followed by the program at 7 pm.  This will be held in the Stockham Building on the campus of Birmingham Southern College.