Illinois Heartland Local Section ACS

Activities

Past Events

2017

Tuesday, February 21 @ 6:00pm, Chemistry of Sports: Smarter, Safer, Faster, Illinois College-Parker Science Building Rm 106; Illinois State University- Julian Hall Rm 225, In the world of competitive and professional sports, chemistry is more impactful than you might think. Discover the materials that chemists are creating to enable athletes to perform better and stay safer, as well as how analytical chemistry is advancing to detect performance enhancing substances in order to keep the playing field level for everyone. During this interactive event, viewers will be able to network with young chemists and have an opportunity to ask questions live to the experts regarding the amazing work that is being done in sports science.

Thursday, February 9, Membership Meeting at ISU flyer

Thursday, April 20, Award Banquet and Poster Session

Saturday, April 22 Earth Day Celebration and Poster Contest

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day Festival at Forest Park Nature Center 

Saturday April 22,

Thursday, May the 4th be with you seminar: “Electrospinning of Functional Nanofibers and Their Applications” Dr. Yelda Ertaş National Nanotechnology Research Center
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Saturday, May 20, Scones and Science at Illinois College 

 

2016

Wednesday, January 27  –  A local section social hour was held at 5pm at Kelleher's Irish Pub and Eatery in Peoria, IL 

February 9, (Tues, 6pm) - ACS presented the Program-in-a-Box Webinar  "The Role of Chemistry in Global Security." The event highlighted the history of chemical and biological warfare and offered a peek behind-the-scenes at how today's chemists and government agents work together to counter chemical-based threats. 

February 16, (Tues, 7 pm) - meeting at Bradley University, guest speaker was Dejan Nikolic of the University of Illinois-Chicago.  The title of the talk was “Nitrogenous metabolome of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)” (flyer)

February 20th  HGES Launch at Hickory Grove Elementary School, Dunlap IL 3:30-7pm.

February 21st  Engineering Day: Peoria Riverfront Museum  11:30am-5pm.

February 29, 3pm-8pm, Day of Play at Children's Discovery Museum, Normal,  IL

March 2nd, (Weds, 5pm) Local Section Social Hour was held at Destihl in Normal, IL 

March 6-10 - Pittcon Conference Atlanta, GA

March 11-12, 1-4pm Demonstrations for Climate Science and Climate Change at Environmental Educators Association of IL Annual  Conference at Spoon River College and Conference Center and the Harvester Inn, Canton, IL  

March 12, 8am-2pm-SWE Girls_in_STEM Boot Camp at Quest Charter High School, Peoria, IL. Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers

March 13-17 – 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA 

March 12, 10am-2pm (setup at 9:30am) Earth Expo at Saratoga School, 4040 North Division St. Morris, IL 

March 19th, 8am-2pm-SWE Girls_in_STEM Boot Camp at Quest Charter High School, Peoria, IL. Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers  

Saturday, March 26 - Battle of the Chemistry Clubs (at Illinois State University this year)  

Saturday, April 2 Washington University Chemistry Tournament  2016  (download flyer;detailed flyer)

Wednesday, April 6, 5-9 pm - Illinois Heartland ACS Awards Banquet and Poster Session, Gateway Building in Peoria, IL.  

April 9th, 9-4pm IL Sustainable Living & Wellnes Expo at IL Weslyan 

April 15-16 – Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

April 16Our Local Section offered the Chemistry Merit Badge at the APO Merit Badge Day,on , at ISU. 

April 21st - Workshop: Teaching Climate Science (CFS 7 Bruce Smith of CCCD) in La Crosse as part of he Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) event held April 21-23.

Friday, April 22 – Earth Day (Illinois Heartland Poetry Contest)

Saturday, April 23 - National Chemistry Olympiad Exam (at Bradley University this year)

Saturday, April 23 - Earth Day Celebration at Forest Park Nature Preserve (LS hosted demos) 

Monday, May 16 - Keith R. Cadwallader gave a presentation Occurrence, formation and stabilization of the potent odorant 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline” on Monday May 16 at Illinois State University during a section meeting.  

Wednesday, May 18 - Demos at the Cornbelters game 

August 12-21, ACS Booth at Illinois State Fair!  

September 3, Illinois Heartland Local Section was at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on September 3rd for Science Rocks! 

October 22 - Bradley Chem Club will be doing demos at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1-2 pm 

October 22 - National Chemistry Week Event (Innovation Station) at the Children’s Discovery Museum from 10am-1pm  

October 24 -   7:00 pm, Knox College, Trustees Room, Alumni Hall (ALUM-302), Closest Parking: Cherry St or Cedar St Parking Lots

“Climate Change: Chemistry, International Assessment, and Policy”

The focus was on the underlying chemistry associated with climate change: sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, and how these gases trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. Information will be drawn from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Fifth Assessment, Physical Science Basis), chemistry textbooks, and publically accessible databases of greenhouse gas emissions, including a breakdown by country, and the global temperature record. Impacts on the environment to date, including melting ice caps and rising sea levels, and future predictions of climate change will be explored. The environmental and energy policies proposed by presidential and congressional candidates, along with what individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint, will be discussed and debated.

MARSHA I. LESTER, University of Pennsylvania

Marsha Lester is Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor in the department of chemistry at Penn and editor-in chief of The Journal of Chemical Physics. Her research employs novel spectroscopic methods to rigorously characterize important, yet previously uncharted, regions of chemical reaction pathways, including reaction intermediates of environmental significance. She was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded the Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society. She is a fellow of the AAAS, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of Guggenheim and Sloan Foundation fellowships, as well as a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The Royal Society of Chemistry honored her with the Bourke Lectureship. She is also a founding member of the Penn Forum for Women Faculty.

October 28 5:00pm - Professor Yufeng Jane Tseng from National Taiwan University gave a presentation titled "Social interactions, verbal, and task memory enhancer drug development and discovery" Olin Hall Room 245, Bradley University

November 29 - Social Hour at Kelleher's Irish Pub and Eatery

 

2015

Saturday, November 21 – We did demos at the Riverfront Museum

Thursday, November 12 – meeting at Illinois College, guest speaker was Dr. Andrew Bland, HSHS Medical Group 

Saturday, October 24 - Climate Science Workshop was held for Elementary & Middle School Educators, Challenger Learning Center, Heartland Community College, Normal, IL. The Challenger Learning Center co-sponsored the October event and hosted it.  

Saturday, October 24 – Demos were held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Normal Children’s Museum.  

Friday, October 23 – Happy Mole Day! 

Tuesday, October 20, - The ACS presented Program-in-a-Box Webinar  "Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes." 

October 18-24 - National Chemistry Week - Theme: "Chemistry Colors Our World!" Exploring the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light. 

October 8-10 – Celebrated the 75th anniversary of the National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (NCAUR, A.K.A. the Ag Lab) 

Saturday, September 26 – We hosted Demos at Riverfront Museum.  

Saturday, September 19 – We hosted a Science Rocks Event at the Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL 

Wednesday, September 9 – We held a meeting at Illinois State University and the guest speaker was Stacy Swanson, Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc. 

Saturday, September 5 - An Educator’s Workshop on Climate Science was held at Illinois Colllege, Jacksonville, IL    

Saturday, August 22 -  An Educator’s Workshop on Climate Science at Illinois State University was held in Normal, IL    

August 13 - 23 - Illinois State Fair – We helped at the ACS outreach tent.  

July 10 through July 18 - The local section held science demonstrations at the Heart-of-Illinois Fairy in Peoria, IL.

Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm – The local section meeting was held at Bradley University (Olin Hall 245) and the guest speaker will be Molly Gunter, Ag Reliant Genetics, LLC. The presentation covered herbicide bioassays, enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), electrophoresis, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and Heubach dust tests as applied to quality assurance in the seed industry.

Wednesday, May 6 - High School Chemistry Contest was held at Bradley University.

Friday, April 24 – The Illinois Heartland local section of the American Chemical Society is sponsored an Illustrated Poetry contest as part of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED). This year’s CCED theme was “Climate Science-More Than Just A Weather Report.”

April 22 - Earth Day  

April 18 - Battle of the Chemistry Clubs (at Illinois State University this year)   

Saturday, April 18 - National Chemistry Olympiad Exam r)
 
Mar 3 Local Section Meeting. Cynthia Rohde (Senior Engineer, Advanced Materials Technology at the Caterpillar Technical Center) spoke at 7:00 pm at Olin Hall at Bradley University. Her talk was entitled "When Gunk Happens, We Fix It: An Overview of Engine Fluids Support at Caterpillar". She discussed case studies of successes by the Engine Fluids team in supporting Caterpillar's product.

Feb 24 About forty people at Bradley University, Illinois State University, and Illinois College participated in the ACS Program-In-A-Box Webinar "Chemistry on the Silver Screen" to learn about how chemistry is presented at the movies and on television.

Feb 14 Members from the IL Heartland ACS section gave a "potions class" at a Harry Potter Day at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria on Feb 14, 2015. The team, Marjory Jones,  Hind Abi-Akar, Jade Katinas and Reema Abi-Akar, performed a series of chemistry demos including acids and bases, super absorbents, surface tension demos, elephant tooth paste, and dry ice.  The "students" of all ages, were engaged and excited while learning about chemistry in our daily life.  

Feb 10 - Local Section Meeting.  Anne Coghill (Manager, Peer Review Operations in Global Editorial and Author Services at ACS Publications) spoke at 7:00 pm at the Center for Natural Sciences at Illinois Wesleyan University. Her talk was entitled "Peer Review in ACS Journals".  She discussed various aspects of ACS Publications manuscript submission and peer review, including ethical considerations.

Jan 17- Strengthening Chemical Bonds in Central Illinois:  Educator Workshop II - The focus of this hands-on workshop was the use of data acquisition sensors and software in high school  and general chemistry labs. 
 

2014

Nov. 11 - Local Section Meeting.  Jeremy D. Driskell, Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, was the speaker. The title of his talk was “Quest for a Rapid and Simple Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)-based Immunoassay”.   His presentation was at Bradley University, Olin Hall starting at 7:00 pm.

Nov 8 - Climate Science Workshop was held at Benedictine University of Springfield in conjunction with the Decatur-Springfield ACS Local Section.

Oct 25 - Climate Science Workshop at Illinois Central College.  

Oct 25 - Deadline for the Illinois Heartland ACS Poetry and Painting Contest

Oct 18 - Science Rocks!  There were 11 stations illustrating the theme “Chemistry in the Illinois Heartland”. Food flavors, batteries, fluids, agricultural and other applications of chemistry affecting everyday life will be presented. Dr. Christopher Hamaker (ISU Chemistry Department) presented a talk entitled "The Magic of Chemistry is the Truth of Science".   It included both climate-science demonstrations and spectacular, fun demonstrations. 

Oct 4 - 75th Anniversary Gala Poster Session and Dinner at the Peoria Riverfront Museum

Jul 24 - The Illinois Heartland Section co-sponsored the visit of Dr. Esther Takeuchi, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Chemistry at Stony Brook University in New York.  She presented a seminar entitled, “Energy Storage: A Keystone in the Energy Future,” at ISU.  She is a leader in her field and her research related to batteries and new materials have garnered a number of important prizes. 

Apr 29 - Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Andt Mitchell (Illinois State University) spoke at 7:00 pm in room 245 of the Olin Hall of Science at Bradley University. His talk was entitled "A Surprising Organic Synthesis: Serendipitous Discovery of a Novel Cascade Process".

Mar 25 - Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Eric Zencey (Gund Institute of  Ecological Economics, University of Vermont) spoke at 7:00 pm in room 214 of Moulton Hall at Illinois State University. His talk was entitled "Ostwald, Energy & Ecological Economics".  A flyer is available here.

Feb 25 - Chemist of the Year and Annual Awards Banquet.  Dr. Dean Campbell (Bradley University) was named 2013 Chemist of the Year.  He spoke at the Gateway Center in Peoria.  Student Awards were also distributed.

 

2013

Dec 3 - Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Matthew Johll (Illinois Valley CC) spoke at 7:30 pm in room 245 of the Olin Hall of Science at Bradley University. His talk was entitled "Using Forensic Chemistry in the Liberal Arts Chemistry Course". The flyer is available here.

Nov 12 - Local Section Meeting and 2014 Officer Elections.  Dr. Luke Haverhals  spoke at 7:30 pm.  His talk was entitled "Natural Fiber Welding: Ionic Liquid-Facilitated Biopolymer Mobilization and Reorganization". The event was held in Science and Math Center Room E117 at Knox College. The flyer is available here.

Oct 29 - Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Jerry Bell (Simmons College, emeritus) spoke at 7:30 pm.  His talk was entitled “A Conversation on the Science of Climate Change”.  The event was be held at Illinois State University in Moulton Hall 208. The flyer is available here. 

Oct 19 - Teacher-Workshops on Climate Science & the ACS Toolkit, 9 AM-2 PM, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. 

Oct 5 - Teacher-Workshops on Climate Science & the ACS Toolkit, 9 AM-2 PM, Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL.  

Sept 28 -  Strengthening Chemical Bonds in Central Illinois: An Educator Workshop" at Bradley University.   Partially funded by a Innovative Project Grant from the National ACS, this workshop will enable us to meet and network with high school and college chemistry teachers in a day of sharing chemistry education strategies through discussions, posters and demonstrations.   http://www.bradley.edu/academic/continue/professionals/chemical-bonds/index.dot.

Sept 24- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Brent Chandler (Illinois College) will be speaking at 7:30 pm.  His talk is entitled “Synthetic efforts to prepare biologically important molecules”.  The event will be held in Parker Science Building, Room 106 at Illinois College. The flyer is available here.

Aug 9-18 -  Illinois Local Sections of the American Chemical Society Tent at Illinois State Fair.  We had many volunteers from the Illinois Heartland Local Section participate in the Tent in past years.  For more details see the website for that activity: acsillinoisstatefair.org

Jul 12-20 -  Family Fun Zone at Heart of Illinois Fair.  The Illinois-Heartland ACS Section had been asked to provide volunteers to perform chemistry themed demos in Family Fun Zone at the Heart of Illinois Fair in Peoria July 12-20th, 2013.  Volunteers are needed for 2 - 3 hours shifts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  A minimum of two people are needed for each shift.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Hind Abi-Akar directly at akar1@sbcglobal.net.  

Apr 16- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Cary A. Supalo (Illinois State) will be speaking at 7:30 pm.  His talk is entitled “Concerns with Access to Science for Students with Blindness or Low Vision (BLV)”.  The event will be held in Science Lab Building 121 at Illinois State University. The flyer is available here

Mar 5- Local Section Annual Awards Banquet.  Award winners, including Chemist of the Year Dr. Gregory Cote (USDA-NCAUR) and Collegiate Scholars.  A flyer is available here.

Feb 19- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Teresa Tarbuck (Bradley) will be speaking at 7:30 pm.  Her talk is entitled “Illuminating Surface Properties with
Molecular Spectroscopy””.  The event will be held in Olin Hall 245 at Bradley University. The flyer is available here

 

2012

Nov 6- Local Section Meeting and YCC Poster Session.  Dr. Lena Yurs (ICC) spoke and we had our annual Younger Chemists Poster Session.  The event was held on the second floor of Olin Hall on the campus of Bradley University. Details about the poster session are in the flyer, which is available here.  

Oct 16- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Mark Berhow (NCAUR) spoke at Knox College at 7:30 pm in Room E117 of the Umbeck Science and Math Center  in Galesburg. The flyer is available here.

Sep 26- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. John Goodell (Illinois State University) spoke at Illinois Wesleyan University at 7:30 pm in 101 Center for Natural Science.  The flyer is available here.

May 23- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Helen Hoyt (Knox College) spoke at Illinois State University at 7:30 pm in Julian Hall 225.  The flyer is available here.

Apr 25- Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Jun-Hyun Kim (Illinois State University) spoke at Knox College at 7:30 pm in Science and Math CenterE-117.  The flyer is available here.

Apr 10 - Chemist of the Year and Annual Awards Banquet.  Dr. Lisa F. Szczepura (Illinois State University) was named 2011 Chemist of the Year.  She spoke at the Gateway Center in Peoria.  Student Awards were also distributed.

Mar 21 - Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Edward Remsen (Bradley) spoke in the Center for Natural Science Olin Hall at Illinois Wesleyan University at 7:30 pm.  The flyer for the event is available here

Feb 29 - Local Section Meeting.  Dr. Melinda Baur (Illinois Wesleyan) spoke in Olin Hall at Bradley at 7:30 pm.  The flyer for the event is available here

 

2011

Feb 23- Performance of Bhopal at Illinois State University's Center for the Performing Arts.  We had a block of tickets available for this performance, which began at 7:30 pm.  They were available for $10 until February 1 and may be available from the box office itself after that.  

Feb 28 - Open Symposium on Bhopal at ISU's Concert Hal at the Center for the Performing Arts, 7-9 pm.  A panel of speakers will be discussing  issues related to the lethal December 3, 1984, methylisocyanate leak at a Union Carbide plant located in Bhopal, India.  The idea is that folks will have seen the play and then can come to that event, and it sure would be nice to see some local scientists get involved in the discussion.  The symposium was a free admission event.

Mar 3 - Annual Awards Banquet and seminar.  Chemist of the Year Award Prof. Ram Mohan, Illinois Wesleyan University. Location: Riverfront Gateway Building , Peoria, IL

Aug 12-20 -  Illinois Local Sections of the American Chemical Society Tent at Illinois State Fair.  We had many volunteers from the Illinois Heartland Local Section participate in the Tent this year.  For more details see the website for that activity: acsillinoisstatefair.org

Sept 29 - Younger Chemists poster session at Bradley University.  Please join us for this fun annual event highlighting the research being conducted by our younger chemists in the section.

Dec 6 -Ph.D. Comics viewing at Bradley University.

 

2010

Feb 4 -- Howard Peters, 7:30 pm - Presentation Topic: Chocolate - Food of the Gods at Bradley University, 164 Olin Hall - Peoria
 

March 4 - Banquet and seminar

2010 Chemist of the Year Award Professor Gregory Ferrence, Illinois State University, “From mollusks to quasiracemates: Twenty years of battling cognitive disconnect”

Location: Riverfront Gateway Building , Peoria, IL

 
Apr 29:  Robert Bates:  “What You Always Wanted To Know about Chemicals in Foods but Were Afraid To Eat”
Location Science and Math Building Room E117, Knox College, 7:30 pm

Aug 13-22  Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL.  We participated with other chemists from across the state in the Illinois Local Sections of the American Chemical Society Tent.  For more information visit acsillinoisstatefair.org.

Sept 22:  Mr. Robert Blackledge:  “The Floyd Landis Sports Doping Case as Evaluated by a Forensic Analytical Chemist” and Young Chemist Committee sponsored Student Poster Contest.

Nov 4:  Dr. C. Alton Hassell:  “Using Nuclear Chemistry to Study Antique Watermarks”
Location: Room C102, Center for Natural Science, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington IL.  7:30 PM