Summer 2021 Filter Press Your quarterly newsletter of the georgia section of the american chemical society

In this Filter Press

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Recognizing the 2021 Herty Medalist, Prof. Anne-Frances Miller
  • Senior Chemists Committee Update
  • Spring 2021 National Meeting Councilor Notes
  • Congratulations to our Chemistry Olympiad students!
  • Celebrating the legacy of Barbara Broadway
  • Call for volunteers

Letter from the 2021 Chair, Jason Lye

Dear Georgia Section Members,

First of all, thank you for your continued membership and support of this historic section of the American Chemical Society. It is my pleasure to serve as your section chair this year, and despite safety-related limitations on events, the club continues to thrive. Chemistry has a long history in the state of Georgia, and continues to drive appreciable economic value to the state as well as to the nation through exports. The state of Georgia is home to over 400 chemical companies, producing almost $13 BN in chemical product sales, approximately one quarter of which is exported overseas. Historically, chemistry has always played an important role in this state: Indeed, it is a little known fact, confirmed by our section historian Dr. Don Hicks, that the Georgia tagline "The Peach State” actually evolved over time from the original slogan “The Pitch State”, reflecting the scope of production and supply of this early chemical product from the state of Georgia.

The section theme for 2021 is “Building Bridges”, reflecting the American Chemical Society values of inclusion of diverse groups, as well as a strengthening of collaboration between the section and other professional organizations in the area. In 2020, the section adapted to the adverse conditions imposed by nature and proudly collaborated with non-ACS organizations including: The Georgia IP Alliance, Georgia Bio, the @Promise Center, as well as the Centers for Disease Control. We look forward to continued reinforcement of those early bridges, and the establishment of additional bridges that may make sense for our section. In particular, with the help of the Minority Affairs Committee, I hope that we are able to build additional bridges with more diverse academic institutions, enabling mentoring of a new generation of chemists. This through outreach, as well as through venue selection of (hopefully) in-person events for the later part of the year.

As many of you understand, all of the local section events are actualized by the hard work of our 100% volunteer led organization. We are always keen to elicit the help of new volunteers to make our programming better than ever. Officially serving as a volunteer offers great personal & professional networking opportunities, chances to meet new friends and socialize -- and besides, volunteer work is always such a great resume builder and a superb conversation starter in interviews. Please get in touch with me or any of the section leadership team if you would care to find out more about opportunities with us.

Our hard working volunteers have a great program lined up for the remainder of the year, so be on the look-out for future event invitations, such as the family oriented Summer "Bond-B-Que", as well as the Junior & Senior Chemists Recognition event and the Holiday Party to name a few. Thank you all once again for your interest and support of the local section; we look forward to seeing you either virtually or in person at our next event.

Kind Regards,


Jason Lye Ph.D.

Chair, American Chemical Society Georgia Local Section

Recognizing our 2021 Herty Medalist

Professor Anne-Frances Miller is the recipient of the 2021 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. A member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, Prof. Miller is an international leader in studies of enzymatic redox catalysis, in particular mechanisms by which proteins control bound cofactors to optimize specific reactivity. The goal of this work is to extract general principles that can aid the design of man-made materials and devices to capture, store and transduce electrochemical energy from renewable sources. Her service to the profession and society includes serving as chair of the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry, strengthening public trust and interest in science via copious outreach, and citizen science activities in the area of water quality.

The gold Herty medal will be presented at the 87th Herty Award Celebration in September 2021. Prof. Miller will also be a keynote speaker at the Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS).

Photo Credit: B. Koß

Senior Chemists Committee Update

Participation in the ACS Senior Chemists Committee provides our experienced community of chemists the opportunity to stay active after retirement, by continuing to contribute their valuable expertise. As we all know, the ongoing advancements in chemistry touch every aspect of modern life and build on the accomplishments of those who came before. So, being able to share information and insights between the generations always has value.

There are many ways to continue to contribute, as more time is available after retirement. Years of experience in an area provide not only deep insight into pertinent facts and scientific techniques, but also into the complex implications of results achieved. The senior chemists’ community can continue to provide their years-earned insight and expertise through consulting to industry and to government. This type of senior consulting work has allowed related industries to create innovation in areas where industry needed experienced technical input from those in specialized areas. Likewise, participation on the government side can support more meaningful and targeted policies and regulation development.

Most importantly, senior chemists can work to foster an interest in chemistry in the next generation, through involvement of senior chemists in programs focused on K-12 education, undergraduate networking, and mentoring.

As the 2021 Chair of the ACS Atlanta Section Senior Chemists Committee, I will be contacting our senior chemists’ community shortly to discern interests and ideas of how we can make the most meaningful and impactful contribution moving forward. We have a lot to share with the rest of our fellow chemists and chemists-to-be.

Please join the new ACS GA Section Senior Chemists Facebook group, as a way to stay connected:

For more information, I also encourage you to visit the ACS Senior Chemists Website at www.seniorchemists@acs.org.

Linda Marquez

ACS GA Section 2021 Senior Chemists Committee Chair

Review the Spring 2021 Councilor Talking Points to stay up-to-date on the business of the American Chemical Society.

Congratulations to our 2021 Chemistry Olympiad finalists!

(Student - School, Teacher)

Jeffrey Ding - Parkview High School, Miranda Rouk

Tianyu Dong - Northview High School, Rebecca Bingham

Vishaal Ganesh - Wheeler High School, John Cody

Joshua Ingleson - Walton High School, Meri Cain

Kayla Kim - Wesleyan School, Isiah Hill

Kyunghwan Lim - Chattahoochee High School, Jessica Ames

Melissa Liu - Northview High School, Rebecca Bingham

Daniel Shen - South Forsyth High School, Amanda Colavito

Ervin Song - Milton High School, Karol Higgins

Mira Srinivasa - The Westminster Schools, Tina Davis

Erin Suh - Chattahoochee High School, Jessica Ames

Albert Tang - The Westminster Schools, Tina Davis

Margaret Wei - Johns Creek High School, Jonathan Anderson

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Celebrating the legacy of ACS Georgia member and chemistry educator, Barbara Broadway

Barbara Jean Beach Broadway was born on October 24, 1945, to Sarah Virginia Robinson Beach and Thomas Morton Beach, Sr., both of whom she survived. She had a sister, Virginia Anne Beach, whom she also survived, and a brother, Thomas Morton Beach, Jr., who lives in northern Virginia with his wife Beverly. Barbara received a BS at Radford College and an MS at Georgia State University. Between those two degrees, on June 14, 1969, she married James Ronald Broadway, whom she met while attending the University of Tennessee, whereupon, as she often told people, she received her MRS. She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years; her son, Thomas Weston Broadway; her daughter-in-law, Natalie Brooke Broadway; her granddaughter, Skylar Brooke Broadway; and her grandson, Thomas Jackson Broadway.

Barbara Broadway taught chemistry, including AP Chemistry, at Dunwoody High School in DeKalb County for thirty-two years and then as a half-day teacher taught chemistry, including International Baccalaureate Chemistry, at Tucker High School for six years. During her years at Dunwoody, she served as the chairperson of the science department, sponsored the science club, created a water quality team, and participated in a US-USSR teacher exchange program. She was Dunwoody's STAR teacher seven times and Georgia's first Presidential teacher when Georgia's Presidential scholar chose her as the teacher who had the greatest academic impact on him.

Both Barbara and her student were invited to the White House where they met President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden. During her tenure at Tucker High School, she established the Tucker High School Foundation. Outside of school, she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority for exceptional women educators, and the American Chemical Society, in which she was a rare high school teacher among college professors. Beloved by her family, friends, colleagues, and students for her kindness and generosity and admired for her accomplishments and intellect, Barbara Broadway passed away in her sleep on March 22, 2021.

Call for volunteers

As we ramp up for a return to face-to-face events and outreach in the Fall, we need your help! We are seeking section members who would like to co-organize events in their area, support with existing events, and help maintain the section's virtual presence.