Message from the Chair

John Fackler Dear visitors to the Local Section 450, Texas A&M website:

As the 2012 year draws to a close, I wish to remind you of some of the Local Texas A&M Section L450 events which will be described briefly at our Annual Meeting October 26, 2012 at Messina Hof Winery. We are pleased that Dr. Nancy Dickey, former President of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and The American Medical Association will be our banquet speaker. She was the first female to become President of this organization and is also a member of the prestigious American Institute of Medicine.

This year we sponsored the United States National Chemistry Olympiad. Forty-nine students took the examination on March 6. Ms. Casey Akin, an Advanced Placement teacher at A&M Consolidated, organized the exam with the help of Ms. Kristen Jones and our Section. The second stage examination was taken by two persons from College Station and was handled by Ms. Jones and Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt. Neither student qualified for the opportunity to represent the US but their performance was Outstanding in several categories.

The proposal submitted to the ACS to support a Local Section initiative was partially funded. It has helped us establish a chapter of NOBCChE on campus, to promote our efforts to encourage African American young people to consider careers in chemistry and chemical engineering. Professor James Batteas has spearheaded the effort with help and ideas from Professor Kim Dunbar. Both Professors co-advise the Chapter which has 10 members. Financial support also was obtained from A&M Chemistry Department and the Dean of the College of Science. Two NOBCChE members attended the National meeting in Washington in September and the Chapter hope to have a spring symposium in 2013.

Special congratulations are in order to Professor Oleg Ozerov, our Section Past Chair, who recently received the American Chemical Society’s Award in Pure Chemistry at the San Diego meeting. I believe that he is the first Texas A&M Recipient of this award given to an outstanding chemist under 35 years of age before April 30 of the year of the award.

Our first major social event, the Cotton Award Symposium for Excellence in Chemical Research, took place on April 24. Professor R. Graham Cooks, of Purdue University was this year’s recipient. Along with him Professors Alan Marshall of Florida State U. and Donald Hunt of U. Virginia were speakers at the symposium. A nice banquet at Christopher’s followed.

This year’s Scott Medal winner was Professor Judith Klinman of the University of California, Berkeley who spoke on September 14. Professors Carrie Wilmot of the U. Minnesota and Vahe Bandarian, U. Arizona, were invited speakers to participate with Klinman. Christopher’s World Grille hosted the banquet.

Take time to become active as ACS members in our Chapter. Write to me, Christian Hilty, our Secretary or Tadhg Begley, our Chair Elect, of your interest.

John P. Fackler, Jr., Chair

 

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