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Award Winners for Best Presentations at the Spring ACS Meeting, April 12, 2014

 

Levi McClelland, graduate student at Univ of Montana, and Emily Orenstein, undergraduate at Carroll College. 

Each award was for $750 to attend the national chemistry conference of their choice. 

(posted 5/29/14) 

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Summary of the 2013 Annual Financial Report of the Montana Section of the American Chemical Society

As of 12/31/13, our total assets are $43,053. Of this, $37,080 is deposited in a savings account which is drawing 0.9% interest, and the remainder is deposited in a non-interest bearing checking account. Our total assets have increased by $1,857 since 12/31/12.

Total income was $11,881. This includes $6,675 for our annual allotment; $1,724 for reimbursement by national for councilor travel; $2,005 for local meeting registration; $1,321 for section dues; $35 in interest on our savings account; and $120 from the ACS as commissions for new members.

Total expenses were $10,024. Larger items were $4,094 for local section meetings (Fall Social $3,681 and Spring Meeting $413); $2,706 for councilor travel; $1,131 for travel subsidy to Leadership Institute for section officers; $647 for Fall Social room subsidies for board members and students; and $950 for student awards.

For questions, please feel free to contact the treasurer of the Montana Section: Adam Wenz (awenz@fvcc.edu) 

(posted 2/21/14) 

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2013 Fall Social Report. On Saturday, October 19, the Montana Section held its annual Fall Social at Fairmont Hot Springs. After some time for socializing and networking, there was an undergraduate research poster session. Following dinner, Professor Lee Spangler of Montana State University's Energy Research Institute presented a talk on Carbon Sequestration. It was a nice opportunity to see our colleagues from around the state and make some new connections. Soaking in the hot springs was pretty nice also on a cool autumn evening. Hope you can make it next year!

 

   Social time. 

  Montana Section board meeting.

(posted November 9, 2013) 

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2014 NORM Logo Contest Results 

Fifth grade students from Missoula's Paxson and Lewis & Clark Elementary Schools submitted drawings for the Montana section to use as a logo for the 2014 Northwest Regional Meeting to be held in Missoula. Thanks to Earle Adams for organizing this contest.

Click on "Photo gallery" in the menu to the left, or here, to see the 14 entries. As you might guess they are very creative. The drawing to the right has been chosen for the NORM logo. Which do you like?

(posted July 5, 2013) 

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Report from Spring Meeting, Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Montana Tech in Butte. The program included 20 minute research presentations, a keynote address, refreshments and a pizza lunch. Awards were presented to one undergraduate and graduate student for best presentations. Each award is $750 for travel to a national chemistry meeting. 

Sascha Stump (UM graduate student) and Myunghoon Kim (Carroll College undergraduate), award winners for best presentations.

Scene at Spring Meeting.

 

Download the meeting program.

 

Keynote speaker:                          Dr. Brent M. Peyton

Director, Thermal Biology Institute

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Montana State University

Dr. Brent M. Peyton

Director, Thermal Biology Institute

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Montana State University

 

"Biological Diversity and Chemical Capability in Yellowstone Hot Springs"

 

    Thermal ecosystems are relatively small, based on overall size and distribution across the planet, yet they maintain a significant and strategic role in the search for biocatalysts for novel processes. Hot springs are a natural ecosystem in which the microorganisms represent adaptation to elevated temperatures over centuries, making them a model environment for isolating relevant and robust microorganisms for biotechnology and energy applications. To date, thermal environments have been a source of beneficial microorganisms, including the discovery of microorganisms and thermostable enzymes (e.g., Taq polymerase), for the degradation of biomass, and the production of lipases, and for algal biofuels. This presentation will include results of interdisciplinary chemical and microbial investigations, and the characterization of unique microbes for enzyme discovery and biofuels applications.

For more details and a map to the meeting site see the full announcement. 

(updated 4/28/13) 

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Congratulations to Montana Chemistry teacher. Carol Pleninger, a chemistry teacher at Havre High School, and three other ACS members, were among the 97 math and science teachers honored last with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. It is presented annually to outstanding K–12 science and mathematics teachers from across the U.S. Read more. Carol also coordinates the Chemistry Olympiad program for the Montana Section. (posted 10/29/12)

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2012 Fall Social Report - We had a very successful get-together at Chico Hot Springs on Saturday, October 13 with social time, undergraduate posters, dinner, keynote speaker, Sunday morning breakfast ... and pool time. Approximately 65 people attended. Don Kiely of Rivertop Renewables in Missoula gave an interesting talk about the birth of his renewable chemical company. Glenn Pinson, Montana section chair, presented Don with a 50-year ACS membership award. Following are some photos from the Fall Social.

 

 

Here's a short video of the undergraduate poster session shot by 11 year old, future scientist, Aaron (That explains the low angle). 

(posted October 19, 2012) 

Preliminary announcement - 2014 Northwest Regional Meeting will be held in Montana The Montana Section will host the 2014 Northwest Region Meeting. It will be held in Missoula and the tentative dates are Sunday, June 22, to Wednesday, June 25.

We need volunteers for the planning and execution of this big event. There will be a variety of tasks that may fit your interests and availability. If you can help, please contact the Regional Meeting Chair, Nick Natale at UM, by phone (243-4132) or email.

(posted May 4, 2012) 

2012 Spring Meeting Report This year's meeting was held on April 14 at Montana Tech in Butte. There were sixteen research presentations and Professor Charles Thompson of the University of Montana presented a very interesting keynote address entitled How Organophosphorus Insecticides Work: From Bugs to Biomarkers”.

The section presented three awards to students for best presentations: Katie Burbank of Montana State (graduate student), Collette Chorney of Montana Tech (undergraduate), and Scott Steiger of the University of Montana (graduate student). Each award is $750 for travel to a national chemistry meeting.

 

(l-r) Student award winners: Katie Burbank (MSU), Collette Chorney (MT Tech), Scott Steiger (UM), and Montana Section Chair, Glenn Pinson. 

(posted 4-17-12)

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Election results - Janice Alexander, Secretary, Montana ACS

The officer election results for the 2012 year indicate 65 votes for Anthony Haag and 1 vote for Trevor Johnson. Anthony Haag has been elected Chair-Elect for the 2012 calendar year.

66 ballots were returned out of 282 mailed for a 23 % voting rate. The voting rate is actually somewhat higher as a number of ballot envelopes were returned with undeliverable addresses.

(posted 12-9-11)

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Report on the 2011 Fall Social - Nov 12 at Chico Hot Springs

The Fall Social on November 12 at Chico was very successful. Approximately 55 people attended from around the state. There was much time to meet old friends and colleagues and meet new ones. If you missed it this year, you should try to attend next year which will also be held at Chico Hot Springs.

During the event seven undergrads, from Carroll College, University of Montana, and the Univ of Great Falls presented posters. Ron Brost of Zinc Air, Columbia Falls, gave the keynote address on battery design and associated electrochemistry for energy storage for the renewable energy market. In addition, there was time for socializing, a great Chico dinner, and swim in the hot springs. The next morning, during the section's semiannual business meeting, among other things, the executive committee voted in favor of hosting the 2014 Northwest Regional Meeting in Missoula.

Poster session and mixer 

Dinner

Keynote Speaker - Ron Brost of Zinc Air

 Chico Hot Springs Resort on the day of the Fall Social

Following is a list of the posters and authors presented at the meeting:

1. "Pesticides in Rainwater in Central West Montana", Michael Shirley, Univ Great Falls

2. "Water Quality Analysis of Heavy Metals As, Cd, Cu, Pb and Hg from Etang Saumetre Lake in Haiti", Josi Herron, UGF

3. "Mapping Shell Chemistry of Blue Mussels Mytilus edulis from Sites Across the Gulf of Maine", Robert Spackman, UGF

4. "Quality Assurance of Electrostatic MEMS Relays: Radiation Hardness", Forrest Laskowski, Carroll College 

5. "Analysis of Insect Camoflauge in Manduca sexla, the Tobacco Hornworm", Kevin Semmons, Carroll College

6. "The Effect of Protein Stability on the Dynamics of an Electron Transfer Protein", Matthew Goldes, U Montana

7. "Interaction of Anastellin with Fragments of the Third Type 3 Fibronectin Domain", Gabriel Ahl, Domnita-Valeria Rusnas, Luke Moser, U Montana 

(updated 11/18/11) 

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Spring ACS Meeting in Miniature

This year our Annual Spring Meeting was held jointly with the Montana Academy of Science (MAS) at Montana Tech in Butte on April 16th, 2011.

View the abstracts

Our keynote speaker was Professor Bradley Layton 

Director, Energy Technology Program, University of Montana College of Technology, Missoula, MT

Assistant Professor, Applied Computing and Electronics Department, University of Montana COT, Missoula, MT

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

“Molecules, Bearers of Information, Carriers of Entropy: How Nanotech and Greentech Need to Start Talking”

(posted 3/11/11) 

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Greetings from 2011 Chair, Raj Kailasam (Univ Montana, email)

The ACS Montana Local Section wishes everyone a Happy New Year 2011.  As most of you are aware the elections were held during December 2010 for most of our officer positions. It is my pleasure to announce the newly elected officers:

Chair-Elect: William Pinson

Treasurer: Robert Madsen

Secretary: Janice Alexander

Councilor: Kyle Strode

Alt. Councilor: Earle Adams 

(posted 3/3/11)

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Report from the 2010 MT-ACS undergraduate student travel award winner - by Joseph Azzarelli, Montana State University

I found the (ACS national) meeting to be incredible. First of all, it gave me an idea of how vast and eclectic the field really is. There are not only thousands of people and exhibitors there, but there are thousands of people presenting as well! It's literally a chore to decide how to spend your day because there was always so much going on. On the whole, it was really well organized; the Moscone center was an ideal location for the conference. In addition to getting to watch other people present (Dan Nocera, Mohammad Movassaghi, Eric Jacobsen gave truly standout lectures), I was also able to present my own work in the form of a poster. If I had to go back and do it again, however, I probably would've registered for the normal organic section poster session, because I don't think as many people came to the undergraduate poster session. At any rate, it was still nice to talk about my work with other people my age as well as a few Professors who came by. With that said, thanks again for supporting me with what was an incredible experience and opportunity! (posted 4/9/10)

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2009 Annual Report

See what the Montana Section accomplished last year and how we spent our money. Our 2009 annual and financial reports can be found on our annual report page. (posted 3/28/10)

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 Scenes from the 2010 Spring Meeting in Butte

 

       Networking time prior to the presentations

 

      Winners of Student Travel Awards ($750) for best presentations:

      Joseph Henrich (grad) and Joseph Azzarelli (undergrad)

 

 

     Keynote Speaker, Nestor Soriano, MSU-Northern

     "Montana Biodiesel: Testing and Prospective"

 

  (posted 3/28/10)

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Report from the 2009 MT-ACS undergraduate student travel award winner - by Shannon Kruse, Montana State University

I attended the American Society of Cell Biology Conference held in San Diego, CA. I
spent six days down there spending four days at the conference. This conference was
extremely helpful to me in two ways. The first is that I am now graduated as of December
16th and being able to go to this conference and talk to graduate students and professors at
potential graduate schools that I am considering helped me get a better picture of each
program. Also I have been leaning towards a more biologically based PhD program so to
be able to spend a week at a conference seeing the current research in this area really
gave me an opportunity to see if this is the type of research I would like to do. The ability
to go to this conference was priceless and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to be
able to attend. I have gained very valuable information to apply not only to my current
research but also to my pursuit of Graduate Schools. (posted 1/3/10)

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Statistical synopsis of the Montana Section activities.

Every year, we submit a report of our activities to our big brother in Washington, the ACS national office, presumably to ensure that we are doing what is expected of us and provide some points of comparison to other local sections. After organizing and reviewing our input, the national office provides a brief statistical synopsis. Have a look.

Following is a quote from the reviewer: "The Montana Section is geographically the largest
section of the ACS. It is noted that your section officers are all from different sites; this is really a great way to maximize contact with as many of the members as possible. Your public outreach program looks great; glad to see your participation in the Chemistry Olympiad and the SEED Program. The only suggest would be to schedule meetings at
different sites in the section to reach as many members as possible; a meeting doesn't
have to involve the whole state. Keep up the good work. The times are challenging but you are still doing a great job. The ACS sincerely appreciates your hard work." (posted 10/4/09)

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Who's in the Montana Section?

See the demographic breakdown of our 250 member. Some tidbits ... 110 members at colleges/universities and 48 in manufacturing; about 1:3 female:male; 129 PhD, 31 MS, 87 BS; and 6 members with over 60 years of service. (posted 10/8/09)

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Montanan wins 2009 ACS Division Chemical Education Award for Excellence in High School Teaching in the Northwest Region.

Paul Phillips, Helena Capital High School chemistry teacher, Helena native, and MSU graduate, was recognized at the Northwest Regional ACS meeting this summer in Seattle. The award includes a $500 stipend. Read more. Paul will now be eligible for the national award. (posted 9/9/09)

 

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Montana ACS sponsored the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Weather in Butte‐Silver Bow with a donation of $1000.

The exhibition was organized by The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area and presented at the Museum of fine Arts in Butte from late May until late August of 2009. The exhibit was to help inspire a love of science and discovery in Butte‐Silver Bow children and families. (posted 8/31/09)

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Report from the 2009 MT-ACS graduate student travel award winner - by Sunshine Silver, Montana State University

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Nagoya, Japan to present research at ICBIC 14 and would like to thank the MT section of the ACS for the opportunity to attend. The conference was fantastic with several days of outstanding talks and posters. I personally enjoyed meeting many top researchers in the field as well as other graduate students from around the world. Particularly memorable were the professors I met in the subway when en route to the conference center including Ed Solomon and Brian Hoffman. The opportunities to network with peers and professors were remarkable and allowed for a great deal of scientific information to be exchanged. I also had the chance to go on a cultural tour and visit the Nagoya Castle, an art museum and some Japanese gardens. The Japanese people were extremely hospitable, making this a truly unique experience. (posted 8/31/09)

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Chemistry Olympiad program 2009 - by Carol Pleninger, Havre High School Chemistry teacher and Chemistry Olympiad coordinator

We finished the preliminary state exams and national exams for the year this past week. Following are the names and schools of the students in order of their performance on the local exam. The Montana Section has awarded prizes of $250 (first place) to $50 (sixth place) to these students.

  1. Meg Quintero (Havre High School)
  2. Jacob Ulgenes (Havre High School)
  3. Amy Reagor (Great Falls CMR High School)
  4. Aaron Johnson (Great Falls CMR High School)
  5. Caleb Bentley (Lewistown-Fergus High School)
  6. Jesse Skipper (Lewistown-Fergus High School)

This year before the local exam was given, I sent a letter to every "AA" and "A" school in the state, hoping to drum up some more participation in the program. Again like last year when I put out a letter on the Web e-blast and MSTA site, there wasn't much interest. Lewistown was the only new school that contacted me, and I did contact CMR in Great Falls as they have always participated, as well as Billings Central and Flathead (Flathead has participated in the past and Billings Central expressed interest last year, but when they received the exam, they thought it was too difficult). So ...long story short, only three schools participated this year: Lewistown, CMR in Great Falls, and us here in Havre.

The tests are a great experience, especially for those students preparing to take the AP exam. The lab practical questions are great hands-on and thought provoking experiences. I am disappointed that it is so difficult to get participation in this program. I only sent letters to the "AA" and "A" schools because they are probably the only ones with an Advanced Chemistry or AP Chemistry Course. The content of the test is beyond most beginning Chemistry classes. (posted 5/9/09)


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