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Fall 2020 Filter Press Your quarterly newsletter of the georgia section of the american chemical society

In this issue of the Fall 2020 Filter Press...

  • 2020 Georgia Local Section Elections Information
  • November IP Lunch and Learn
  • Save-the-Date: Junior and Senior Chemist Recognition Ceremony
  • FREE Scrum training and certification from your local section
  • Letter from 2020 Past Chair, Cheryl Trusty
  • Our new podcast launches soon: Alkynes Atlanta - for "all kinds" of chemists!
  • National Chemistry Week is over, but the chemistry doesn't stop!
  • Teacher or small business? Let us help you with PPE
  • Local section racial equity plan - feedback solicitation
  • 2021 Herty Medal call for nominations
  • 2021 Chemistry Olympiad information
  • FREE resources for K12 teachers

Local section elections are upon us

All eligible section members will receive electronic instructions on how to access their ballot on Friday, Oct. 30.

Voting will be open from October 30th to November 14th.

If you want to receive a paper ballot or want to confirm your eligibility to participate in the election of local officers for the Georgia Local Section, please email elections@acsga.org by October 29th, 2020

Join us on Thursday, November 12th lunchtime for a virtual panel discussion: Patent Protection - Chemical & Biochemical Inventions.

Please log in and bring along your questions and your lunch, as three of Atlanta's leading patent attorneys offer their perspectives on chemical and biochemical patents.

Save the Date: Junior & Senior Chemists Virtual Event

Saturday December 12th, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Honoring our 50, 60, & 70 year members of the American Chemical Society and our student scholars and their teachers.

Looking for ways to improve your resume?

Earn an in-demand Scrum certification for free from your Georgia local section!

This class is ideal for those that want to up-skill themselves and expand their knowledge of Agile and Scrum frameworks as well as add the Scrum Master Certification to their resume. You will not only understand the fundamentals of Scrum and the Scrum Master role but learn how to leverage it to create highly collaborative, sustainable and high-performance teams, labs and research environments.

Class dates:

  • Nov 14, 2020 10:00 AM
  • Nov 15, 2020 10:00 AM
  • Nov 17, 2020 06:30 PM
  • Nov 19, 2020 06:30 PM

Letter from the 2020 Past Chair, Cheryl Trusty

Hello Members of the Georgia Local Section,

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve in the chair secession roles these past three years. I have enjoyed the chance to learn more about our local section and to help our section in this small way. As chair-elect, I planned 10 monthly meetings and two science cafes. During that year, Ajay Mallia, as current chair, was my mentor. He gave me the guidance I needed to do the job and the freedom to do it my way. Plus he gave me his phone number so when I had questions, I knew I could call anytime. And if I didn’t get things done in a timely fashion, he called me to keep me on track. Thank you Ajay for you invaluable mentorship!

During my chair year, I had several objectives:

  • To incorporate the Georgia section theme, Elements of Collaboration, into that year’s activities. I accomplished that goal.
  • Draft a Standing Rules document. I appointed a committee to work on this document. This committee is finalizing the draft and plans to present it to the executive committee for review and approval soon. It will be one of two prongs in a plan that will help new officers have a better direction when entering office in our Section.
  • Appoint a Long Range Planning, Government Affairs, & membership committees. I feel that a long range planning committee (a strategic planning session) where we as a group plan and agree on our objectives, our core values, our mission statement, a plan for officer recruitment and secession is the second prong to having a more coherent system for new officers to ease into their roles and for all of us to working together toward more unified goals. This committee got tabled due to the cost of training, but I feel we urgently need it as a section. The other two committees are still functioning.
  • Develop an online system to sync calendars and schedule events to prevent meeting conflicts. This system is in place and being used. Thanks to Jahari and Tyler for their hard work putting this together and maintaining it.
  • We also transitioned to a new website, thanks to David Gottfried’s hard work.
  • During my tenure as chair, we held 40 events submitted to ACS FORMS, including 4 executive committee meetings. We self-nominated for 16 ChemLuminary Awards, including Best Local Section.
  • Of these 16 self-nominations, we have been named as Finalists for 7 ChemLuminaries!

We are ChemLuminary Finalists in the following categories!

  1. ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs
  2. Most Creative & Innovative Use of the CCEW Theme
  3. Most Creative NCW Celebration Using the Yearly Theme
  4. Outstanding Community Involvement in CCEW
  5. Best Continuing Senior Chemists Activity within a Local Section
  6. Outstanding High School Student Program Award
  7. Outstanding U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

The Georgia local section will be hosting a virtual watch party for the ChemLuminaries on December 9th at 4:00 pm. Register below!

Be on the look out for our new podcast, Alkynes Atlanta - for all kinds of chemists!

Know someone (maybe you!) that has a chemistry story to tell? Email us using the button below!

National Chemistry Week may have ended, but the chemistry never stops with our new demonstration videos.

Check them out using the link below!

Teacher or small business? Let us help you with PPE. Get free ACS Georgia reusable masks by visiting bit.ly/acsgamaskrsvp

Like many organizations, 2020 has been a year of reflection and action as we work to improve equity in our own space. The racial equity working group has drafted the linked action plan. Although the work on many of these items is already underway by a diverse coalition of section leaders and members, we are actively seeking feedback and involvement in this process from our membership.

Review the action plan and provide feedback using the link below.

The call for 2021 Herty Medalists is now open. The Herty Medal recognizes outstanding chemistry in the US Southeast and is one of the longest running awards given by a local section of the American Chemical Society.

The ACS Georgia Section is soliciting nominations for the 2021 Charles Holmes Herty Medal, which recognizes the work and service of an outstanding chemist from the southeastern region of the U.S.

The award recipient will be given a gold medal and honored at a ceremony held in the fall by the local section. Nominees may come from academia, government, or industry and must have resided or worked in the Southeast for 10 years or more.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15, 2020. Complete the online nomination form here. Previous nominations remain active for three years, but nominators are welcome to update the candidate’s curriculum vitae and other materials each year.

Applications for the 2021 Chemistry Olympiad examination for the Atlanta metro region open in early December. Check back on our website (acsga.org) for more information at that time.

Are you a K12 teacher or do you know one?

To support Atlanta metro region teachers in finding resources for the teaching and learning of chemistry in hybrid and remote settings, the Georgia local section will be hosting a virtual teacher resource expo on November 7th from 10 - 11 am.

We'll be giving away a limited number of FREE AACT memberships! Learn more about the American Association of Chemistry Teachers at teachchemistry.org. AACT membership provides access to videos, simulations, lesson plans and more!

Thanks for reading! Questions or comments? Email newsletter@acsga.org