October 23rd 1999 Executive Committee Minutes
Andrea Stierle

Chair Don Stierle presiding; members present: Don Stierle, Doug Cameron, treasurer; Andrea Stierle, secretary; Ed Waali sitting in for Mark Cracolice, chair-elect; Doug Coe, councilor; Cyd McClure, alternate councilor; Ed Anacker, past chair; and Gary Freebury, high school relations.

Don opened the meeting at 2:00 PM as part of the agenda for the Fall Social.

Councilors' report: – Doug Coe (use the link to the Montana ACS Website)

Doug Cameron reported that the Montana section's finances remain healthy.  An annual detailed look at the section's finances can be found in the budget report that accompanies the section's annual report.

Don started the meeting by thanking the members of the Board for their attendance and by thanking Andrea Stierle for organizing and arranging the meeting at Chico Hot Springs. It is an excellent location for such a meeting and will be considered as a sight for future Fall Socials. Doug Coe was also thanked for his continuing efforts to maintain the local section ACS website.


NORM 2003

Cyd McClure will Chair the NORM 2003 meeting which will be held in Bozeman on the MSU campus. Cyd will check availability of space and rooms, etc., but felt that the lead time (3 years) was sufficient. We still must decide on the dates for the meeting, which is usually held in late June. The Board agreed that this was a good time for the meeting, which would be scheduled for Thursday - Saturday. Gary Freebury suggested the inclusion of a High School Symposium in the meeting agenda. Cyd will be creating a NORM 2003 committee in the not too distant future to provide a planning body for the meeting. Don Stierle suggested that Cyd enlist other chemists from MSU who are "silent" members of ACS to participate in planning and running the meeting. The Board thanked Cyd for volunteering to chair this event and offered its full support.


Gary Freebury reported that several issues and topics were discussed in the ACS Legislative Website.


Don Stierle congratulated the three 50 year members in absentia. Dr. Lloyd Berg of Bozeman, Aspacia Clemow of Dillon and Charles McBeth of Roscoe were sent invitations to the Fall Social, but all graciously declined. Their award letters will be sent to them.


Once again the Board addressed the issue of including industry in the workings of the local ACS. Andrea reminded the Board that at least four times in the past twelve years that she had been actively involved in the local section, industrial chemists had enthusiastically agreed to provide a liaison to chemical (and related) industries in Montana. In all four instances, these members had disappeared, never to be heard from again.

If you are a Chemist and work in one of the many industries in Montana (whether an oil refinery, a sugar refinery, a medical research lab, a drug company, or any other non-academic arena) and would be interested in providing a connection between the local section and industry, please contact Andrea Stierle (


NCW Chair Andrea Stierle reported on events planned in Butte for National Chemistry Week. The Montana Tech Chemistry student affiliates group has planned a variety of chemistry related activities, culminating in National Chemistry Day at Montana Tech on November 13, 1999. The students and faculty of the Chemistry Department will be presenting a day-long Chemistry extravaganza featuring three 1-hour "Chemistry Magic Shows", three 1-hour hands-on workshops, special programs for teachers and parents, and tours of the new building. They have also enlisted the support of the Biology Department faculty and students who will be augmenting the Chemistry events with Biology demonstrations. The Biology students will be creating a walk-through blood vessel and rooms filled with various specimens. It should be an exciting and fun-filled day for all. The Chemistry students will hand out assorted Chemistry materials to participating children, including copies of Wonder Science and Chem Matters, puzzles, magnetic buttons, pencils, etc., which have been provided by the ACS National Office for such events. The students will also sell tickets for a special raffle to help them earn enough money to attend the Spring 2000 ACS National Meeting.

Other Board members were not aware of specific National Chemistry Week activities in their schools.


The Montana Tech Chemistry Club students requested assistance from the local section to attend the Spring 2000 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. They presented (through Andrea Stierle) a formal request entitled "Teaching Chemistry Through Demonstration". They are planning on presenting a poster at the Undergraduate Symposium outlining their varied experiences of teaching chemistry through demonstrations. The Montana Tech Chem Club has a phenomenal track record of demonstration outreach. Several members of the Local Section Executive Board expressed their appreciation of the efforts of this group. The Board voted to allocate the group $600 to help defray the cost of the meeting.


In the past, the Montana section of the ACS has nominated outstanding high school chemistry teachers for the James Bryant Conant Award. The Executive Board asked Gary Freebury for his suggestions for nominees for the regional award. He strongly recommended Karen Spencer, a teacher at Great Falls High School. Don Stierle will begin the nomination process on Monday. (Note Don contacted Karen Spencer and initiated the nomination procedure the following week).

A description of the award as described on the ACS website follows:

James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

Sponsored by Albemarle Corporation.

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the United States, its possessions or territories, at both the regional and national levels.

Nature: The national award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Expenses incidental to traveling to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be paid.

Establishment and Support: Sponsorship of this award was assumed by Albemarle Corporation in 1994. The award was sponsored by Ethyl Corporation 1980–93. and by CHEM Study (The Chemical Education Material Study) 1975–1979. The award was established in 1965 by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Incorporated and supported for the years 1967–72. The award was financed by the American Chemical Society for the years 1973–74.

Rules of Eligibility:

The National Award. The nominators of each winner of an ACS Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching for the three years preceding the award year will be invited to submit a nomination which conforms to the requirements for all other ACS awards. These nominations may be renewed by the procedures for renewal of nominations which apply to all nationally administered ACS awards. Selection will be made by a national award committee.

The Regional Award. Any individual, except a member of the Award Committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or seconding letter in any given year. Local Sections of the Society may also nominate for the award in their region. The deadline for submission of nominations is December 1, 1999. The regional award consists of an appropriate certificate prepared by the Society and a cash prize of $1,000. Travel expenses of the recipient to the regional meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. (A separate brochure describing the regional award and application forms are available Error! Bookmark not defined..)


1989 - Clifford L. Schrader
1990 - John Liebermann, Jr.
1991 - Mary E. Key
1992 - Lois Fruen
1993 - Michael J. Bannon
1994 - Lee Marek
1995 - Robert J. Lewis
1996 - David Pysnik
1997 - Robert D. Becker
1998 - Maria R. Walsh
1999 - John L. Ihde
2000 - Frank G. Cardulla


It was discussed whether or not the Spring Meeting-in-Miniature should be associated with the Montana Academy of Sciences Meeting as it was in the past, or be a free entity as it was this past spring. Cyd McClure suggested that it remain at Montana Tech for the time being, as it was a convenient location and attracted participants from all of the schools. The Board members present agreed that this was a good suggestion, although the other colleges on the I-90 circuit would continue to alternate running the program and generating the schedules and abstract programs. Ed Waali, as the representative from University of Montana, offered the services of chair-elect Mark Cracolice to chair the Spring Meeting-in-Miniature. Don and Andrea Stierle offered to coordinate the meeting rooms and refreshments for the meeting. There was mention that a keynote speaker was needed, but discussion of the speaker would be postponed until the February meeting.


This fall, we will be electing both a new Chair-elect and a Councilor. Doug Coe, Councilor, and Cyd McClure, alternate Councilor, would both like to run for Councilor. There were no nominees for the Chair-elect position. We are having a difficult time finding candidates for Chair-elect. Doug Cameron suggested that we adopt a new by-law that a person could not run for Councilor without first serving as Chair for a term. This idea met with general approval, but it was too late to incorporate this suggestion in time for the fall elections. Andrea gave a plea to the ACS members from the two universities to try to get more members of their departments involved in local ACS activities. Currently, the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Councilor, Events Chair and NCW Chair are all faculty members at Montana Tech. The current Chair-elect is from UM, and the alternate Councilor is from MSU. This seems to be a bit slanted, and more involvement from the other two, much larger entities would seem reasonable. It was acknowledged that we are all busy, but if the local section activities are to continue, broader member participation is necessary.

(Note: Cyd McClure is now a candidate for Chair-elect, not Councilor -- 12/29/99)


Doug Coe has volunteered to organize this event that was inspired by a generous offer from Chemist Ken Emerson. Ken offered to sponsor the contest and to provide prize money of $250 for the best crystal. Coe will administer the contest and has prepared a flier describing the contest, which is described on the Montana ACS Website at


Andrea and Don Stierle received a NSF-Major Research Instrumentation Award ($204,000) towards the purchase of a Bruker 300 MHz NMR. Please send information concerning awards or grants to ACS members to Andrea Stierle for inclusion in