Tuesday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, we will be having our Christmas Party at "Painting with a Twist" in Evansville. We will be making a chemistry-themed painting, suitable for framing (see below)! Come and explore your "inner artist" with paint and canvas! It should be a lot of fun. The cost is $15 and wine/beer will be available for purchase on site. Food will be provided.
Outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors from local colleges and universities were recognized at our April meeting. The evening began with dinner at the Moonlite Bar-B-Q followed by award presentations and a talk given by Stacy Webb (University of Kentucky). Below is a photo of the award winners.
A few of us had a great time trying out our painting skills at Painting With a Twist for the annual Christmas Party. As you can see, a few of us actually have artistic talent! We plan to have another event at Painting With a Twist where we will paint a chemistry-themed painting - I hope you will join us.
Sunday, October 18 from 1 to 3 PM, students from UE and USI will host Chemistry Day at the Evansville Museum. Children and their parents will be treated to a series of science demonstrations as well as hands-on activities. Of course, this event is part of the ACS National Chemistry Week.
Outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors from local colleges and universities were recognized at our April meeting. The evening began with dinner at the Moonlite Bar-B-Q followed by award presentations and a talk given by Kyle Watson (Notre Dame). In addition to student awards, Bob and Nancy Flachskam were recognized for their many years of service to the Kentucky Wesleyan College Chemistry Department and the local ACS section. Bob and Nancy will be retiring this year. (Kyle Watson, the night's speaker, will be replacing Bob.) Below is a photo of the award winners along with Bob and Nancy.
On Saturday, April 18, local girl scouts worked to earn merit badges at the University of Southern Indiana. USI students and faculty helped the girl scouts perform experiments in the USI labs. For more photos, please click on "Photo Album of Activities" on the side bar.
The local section held a Panel Discussion of Women in Chemistry on the USI campus on March 31, 2015. Panelists included Dr. Elizabeth Jordan (Global Manager of the LEXAN Copolymers group at SABIC); Dr. Elaine Haub (Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University Southeast); Dr. DeAnna Long (Technical Sales Manager at Bachem); and Dr. Laura Schultz Hume (Senior Manager, Lexan Copolymers, HPP Process Technology at SABIC Innovative Plastics).
Dr. Bill Carroll, past president of the ACS, joined us in February. Bill talked about both industrial and academic sides of chemistry and the changes that we can expect in our profession in the coming years. After the talk a few of us joined Bill for dinner at Biaggi's Restaurant.
On Saturday, February 14, local boy scouts worked to earn merit badges at the University of Southern Indiana. USI students and faculty helped the boy scouts perform experiments in the USI labs. For more photos, please click on "Photo Album of Activities" on the side bar.
Students from our local colleges and universities presented posters of their research work at our annual poster session, held this year at the University of Evansville. We had a great turn-out of students, as you can see form the photo below. For more photos, visit the Photo Album Page of this website.
The 45th ACS Central Regional Meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, PA on October 29 to November 1, 2014. Please visit acscerm2014 for more information.
Our April meeting started with dinner at the famous Moonlite BBQ, followed by a lecture at the Kentucky Wesleyan College Campus. Before the lecture, awards were given to outstanding sophomore, junior and senior chemistry/biochemistry students attending Kentucky Wesleyan College, the University of Evansville, and the University of Southern Indiana. The talk was given by Dr. Chris Murdock, who described his work on the synthesis of breathing MOFs, which are metal-organic frameworks.
Twenty to twenty-five people attended the March meeting held on the UE campus. Many of those in attendance were students and they were excited to hear about the work going on at IU-Bloomington in Professor Silas Cook's group. Professor Cook spent much of his talk outlining his work with the synthesis of artemisinin, an anti-malarial that is found naturally in the wormwood plant. Presently artemisinin can be extracted naturally but at a price 10-times too expensive, according to the WHO. A major goal of Cook's work is to produce artemisinin at a much lower price. Dr. Cook also talked about the use of catalysts to produce englerins, a family of anti-renal cancer natural products. Professor Cook's Website