Spring 2019 Filter Press The newsletter of the georgia section of the american chemical society

Photo Credit: Norman Robinson III and the family of Percy Julian

Join us to celebrate the legacy of Percy Julian and the 2019 Percy Julian Award Recipients.

A cup with the chair...

Cheryl Trusty, 2019 Chair of the Georgia Local Section

Hello everyone! I am pleased to share with you several items in this Spring issue of the Filter Press. First, I’d like to introduce my theme for 2019. Since 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table, I wanted to refer to the elements of the Periodic Table in some way. And since our ACS’s President’s theme is Collaboration, I wanted to incorporate that into this year’s theme as well. So I combined the two to get: Elements of Collaboration.

I have three major goals this year. One is to ensure that our section truly does incorporate Elements of Collaboration in all or our events and interactions this year.

Another goal is to appoint several new committees to work on some things for our section. I have appointed a Standing Rules Committee, which I tasked to develop a draft standing rules document to supplement our bylaws. Next, working with Jahari Soward, we are revitalizing our Government Affairs Committee. Jahari has taken the lead on this and her first action has been introducing a proclamation for local and state government officials to officially recognize 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table. I am also appointing a Long-Range/Strategic Planning Committee and a Membership Committee. More on those later! I have also appointed an audit team to review the financial records.

My last goal has already been implemented! It is to develop an online system to sync calendars and scheduling of events to prevent meeting conflicts. This new system will also make writing reports, hopefully including the annual report, easier. A grateful thank you to Jahari Soward and Tyler Kinner for working so hard on this for our Section. And a shoutout to everyone that is working so hard to participate in the process to make it work smoothly. Thanks to everyone for making this dream a success!

Lastly, we were informed by National ACS very late last year that we needed to get our own, i.e., a new, website host. I am so thankful to David Gottfried for moving our website to a new web host and for revamping our entire site in the process. Excellent job David! Thank you so much David! I am eternally grateful. Our new website address is acsga.org. If anyone has any comments or questions, you can contact me through the website or at chair@acsga.org.


Charles H. Herty Award

Professor Lisa McElwee-White is the recipient of the 2019 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast.

Prof. McElwee-White is Colonel Allen R. and Margaret G. Crow Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at The University of Florida. She is being recognized for introducing mechanism-based design of organometallic precursors for fabrication of thin films and nanostructures and for her many outreach contributions and service to the American Chemical Society.

The gold Herty medal will be presented at the 85th Herty Award Celebration in September 2019. Prof. McElwee-White will also be a guest lecturer at the Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS). (Photo Credit: Lisa McElwee-White)

What we've been up to in March and April...

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week is in full swing! We've been sharing the power of chemistry in environmental sustainability and learning the science (and art) of making paper. We're planning to reach nearly 1000 students through our Earth Week events alone.

Are you a teacher or leader that wants to bring CCEW activities to your school next year?

Photo credit: Ajay Mallia

Photo Credit: WCC Education Committee

The Chemists of the WCC shared their love of the periodic table as part of #IYPT2019 and the Atlanta Science Festival. Thanks to the team for organizing an event that reached over 2000 children and their families as part of ASF.

State Superintendent Richard Woods participates in chemistry outreach activities funded by the ACS Georgia minigrants programs. Congratulations to Megan Chang of Walton HS, who was awarded a minigrant for her elementary school outreach programs. Thanks to Ann Baxley, Walton HS teacher and ACS member, for her mentorship and sponsorship of the project.
Photo Credit: Tyler Kinner
Photo Credit: Heather Abott-Lyon

Chemistry Olympiad

Thanks to Dr. Heather Abott-Lyon of KSU, who pulled off another successful Chemistry Olympiad. Students from across north Georgia polished their chemistry skills and put them to the test. Results will be announced on acsga.org!

You be the Chemist Challenge

Thanks to Dr. Ajay Mallia of GGC for hosting out first You be The Chemist Challenge! Middle school students from across metro Atlanta learned about careers in chemistry and put their knowledge on the line for the awards. We're looking forward to another successful event next year.

Educational Outreach

To learn more about any of our educational outreach efforts, email education@acsga.org


Do you have a chemistry-centered outreach event idea you want to bring to life?

Submit a proposal to the ACS Georgia Mini Grants Program. The mini-grants enable activities intended for improving public understanding, appreciation and knowledge of chemistry and the chemical sciences in the greater Atlanta region. A committee of local section members will review proposals based on the basis of creativity, coherence and the expected number of people impacted.

Science Coaches

Science Coaches is a joint American Chemical Society (ACS) and AACT educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program pairs chemists (coaches) with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers accepted into the program will have the opportunity to form a valuable relationship with a coach.

A coach and an AACT teacher member partner together for one school year. The coach and teacher may apply together or may apply individually and be matched with someone who is geographically nearby (when possible). Teachers and coaches are required to meet at least six times during the school year. Through their participation in Science Coaches One-on-One the teacher’s school will receive a $500 donation (check) from the American Chemical Society or the teacher will receive a $550 gift certificate from Flinn Scientific to enhance science education.

Project SEED

Are you a teacher or rising high school junior or senior? Learn more about Project SEED, an ACS program designed to support disadvantaged students in exploring careers in chemical research.

Submit completed applications to Ajay Mallia at amallia@acsga.org.

ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award for 2019: Holly Davis!

Holly has been an active member in the ACS Georgia Local Section for many years, including leadership positions - not to mention our current Treasurer!

She also serves at the national level as the Chair on the Committee on Community Activities. She's had an active role in crafting this year's CCEW and NCW activities for the American Chemical Society.

Ajay Mallia, 2019 Past Chair, presented the Salutes to Excellence Awards at the March meeting to other notable volunteers of the Georgia Local Section.

This award is a recognition that gives ACS local sections, technical divisions, regional meetings, and national committees an opportunity to underscore outstanding accomplishments, achievements or service for individuals who have made a positive impact on everyday life.

Congratulations to our volunteers!

Dr. Terry Say

Dr. Ron Hunter

Ms. Stephanie Kofsky-Wofford

Dr. Heather Abbott-Lyon

Dr. Sarah Winget

Announcement from the Atlanta Chapter of ASME:

Come tour and learn about the Roswell Firelabs. Founded in 2018, the Firelabs is a new makerspace in Roswell. Join us on April 27 at 10 am for an exclusive preview, tour and talk about the makerspace be fore the official grand opening in May.

Thank you for reading. Please email filterpress@acsga.org with questions, comments, or concerns.

Don't forget to bookmark our new website, acsga.org!

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