Illinois-Iowa Local Section

Illinois-Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society.

Recent Past Meetings                                                                                              

March 23rd Meeting @ SAU

Chemistry Trivia Night

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:45 pm

Where: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center Ballroom

 

Schedule: Check in at 6:45 pm

                  Trivia to begin at 7:00 pm

 

Food:  Please bring your own snacks and drinks (no alcohol) to enjoy during the evening

 

Teams: Number of members per teams, divisions (i.e. student versus professionals or mixed), and team makeup will be decided based on RSVP numbers

 

RSVP: to Kelly Giddens (giddenskellym@sau.edu) by Tuesday, March 21.

 

Cost: free

December 12th Meeting @ The Grape Life

Enjoy sampling a variety of wines and an educational session. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

Location: The Grape Life

3402 Elmore Avenue

Davenport, IA 52807

563-355-7070    

                                                                                                        

Date/Time: Monday, December 12th                        

6:00-8:00 pm

 

Cost: $5/participant 

 

RSVP: Please RSVP to rich.craddick@kentww.com / 563-264-4394 by Dec 7th.

 

 **Participants must be 21 or older to sample the wine.



November 17th Meeting @ Augustana College

Members of our local section of the ACS will be sharing recent projects they've been working on.  

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: Augustana College, Room 102 in Hanson Hall of Science

Light snacks will be provided.

No registration fee. 

Eighth Annual IL-IA American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Conference  

Date:               Saturday, October 8th

Location:        Rogalski Center Ballroom
                          St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

                       Campus Map: http://www.sau.edu/About_SAU/Location/Campus_Map.html

Tentative Schedule:      

9:30am-10:30am – Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Poster Setup

10:30am-noon – Research Talks (15 min/talk with 5 min for questions)

noon-1:00pm – Buffet Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm – Poster Presentations

2:00pm-3:00pm – Keynote address by Audra Goach Sostarecz, Ph.D.  entitled "Achieving Tenure and Beyond: The Life of a College Professor at a Liberal Arts College" and Recognition of Students

 

To register please complete the registration form found at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/glguvdzd0aEAEQ962  There is no registration fee.

 

May 19th Meeting @ Guardian Glass

Tour: Guardian Glass 

Brief Background: Plant was built and opened in 1996.  Guardian has plants like this around the world – 6 in the US.   They are privately held – our largest stock holder is Koch Industries.  They are a producer of flat glass (float process),  and also temper, mirror, and vacuum sputter coat glass.   They will be doing a major rebuilding of our glass melting  furnace next year.

Time/Date: Tour begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 19th.  Tour will last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours with lots of walking.

Location: Guardian Industries Coorporation, 300 S 5th Ave E, DeWitt, IowaWhen you arrive – park in employee parking lot – at entrance gate tell the guard you are here for the tour and then we will gather in a conference room before starting the tour.

Cost: Free!

Dress Code for Safety: Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.  Safety glasses will be provided. (If you have prescription with side shields you may want to bring them.) 
 

RSVP: Please RSVP to rich.craddick@kentww.com / 563-264-4394 by Monday, May 16. 

April 19 Meeting @ Monmouth

Presentation: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Undergraduate Research in Inorganic Chemistry and Curricular Reform at Knox College presented by Dr. Helen Hoyt

Description: To support our research at a primarily undergraduate institution, writing successful grants to the NSF for major research instrumentation can often require multiple submissions, along with a comprehensive assessment of its use in the curriculum. At Knox, our recent acquisition of a 400 MHz spectrometer provides opportunities for external users and collaborators, and we’ve now been able to design new experiments and courses in our curriculum to expand the use of NMR in our undergraduate teaching laboratories. This new instrument has enabled my research program focusing on a green chemical approach to catalysis using iron complexes, specifically to investigate their synthesis, electronic structure, and catalytic hydrosilylation activity. Given that many commercial organosilicon (Si-C) products are derived from the anti Markovnikov addition of a tertiary silane (Si-H) to a terminal alkene (C=C), catalysts that demonstrate high terminal selectivity are an important industrial concern. Bidentate and tridentate α-diimine ligands are attractive scaffolds to support iron catalysts due to their ability to act as redox-active ligands stabilizing higher oxidation states of the coordinated iron center and preventing the formation of radical-initiated byproducts.

Date: Tuesday, April 19th

Location: Monmouth College; Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business (corner of 6th and Broadway); signs will be posted at the building

Cost: $20, $12 for students
 
Time: Dinner at 6:00 pm  (Buffet with Traditional Mixed Green Salad, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Dill Green Beans, Herb Roasted Turkey, Baked Ham, Honey Biscuits and Apple Pie. Includes Assorted Rolls and Butter, Ice Water and Iced Tea.)
           
Presentation at 6:30 pm  

RSVP: Please RSVP to Brad Sturgeon (besturgeon@monmouthcollege.edu; tel: 309-457-2368) by Monday, April 18th.

March Meeting - The Chemistry and Alchemy of Brewing 

Presentation: Professor Emeritus, Dr. Robert P. Bates presenting “The Chemistry and Alchemy of Brewing”

Description: Beer making, one of the oldest examples of biotechnology, is a fascinating study of chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering.  It combines well recognized and controllable reactions and operations with complex, poorly understood phenomena, including the psychosensory response. Surprisingly, some of the most sophisticated science and technology are employed in the efficient production of mass advertised, mediocre beers.  In contrast, traditional “alchemy-driven” methods can produce exceptional yet under-recognized beers.  Fortunately, there is an achievable balance between these extremes. This presentation will cover the brewing process from raw material selection and preparation through fermentation to consumption. Emphasis will be on major pathways employed by brewers to produce a wide range of beers. These are exciting times for brewers and beer connoisseurs in the U.S. Future industry developments of relevance to consumers will be mentioned. With dedication and practice, the average chemist can brew above-average beers; so can the experienced kitchen alchemist.

Date: Thursday, March 17 , 2016

Location: Clarke University

 
Cost:  $20, $12 for students
 
Time: Dinner at 5:30 pm  in Rose O'Toole Hall
           Presentation at 7:00 pm  in Jansen Music Hall
 
RSVP:  Please RSVP by March 11th to Dr. Necla Demir (Necla.Demir@clarke.edu)
 
asdfsadfasdfPresentation: Chemistry on the Late Show with David Letterman by Lee Marek from University of Illinois-Chicago.  This is a family oriented event in celebration of National Chemistry Week.
 
Description: The audience for the David Letterman show is not unlike a classroom full of high school students or college freshman! It's sitting there daring you to be interesting! One way to capture attention is to do demonstrations that are exocharmic [radiate charm-- make you want to watch] and to be a bit weird/eccentric. I use demonstrations as exocharmic motivators to captivate student interest and to focus on the day's topic. To influence high school kids, college freshman, or the general public like the Letterman show audience, you need "presence". We live in a world of the 15-second commercial, internet, IM, YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook and the National Enquirer. We need to compete, to show the people that there is something interesting and important in learning science, something about which "inquiring minds really do want to know." I will present a number of clips from the 30 Letterman shows I have been on in the past 20 years- including one used on his 10th anniversary show and one that was up for an Emmy award. I will also do a few of the simple demos with the audience. My web site shows some demos and provides more information.http://www.chem.uic.edu/marek/ 
 
Date:  Tuesday, October 27 
 
Location: Clinton Community College (1000 Lincoln Blvd. in Clinton, IA)
 
Time: Italian Bar for Dinner at 6:00 pm (Room 139)
            Presentation at 7:00 pm (Room 116)


Cost:  $20, $12 for students

RSVP:  Please RSVP by Oct 20th to Susan Kunde (skunde@eicc.edu)




February Meeting - Chemistry Trivia

Chemistry Trivia Night
Wednesday, February 10 @ 6:45 pm

Where: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center
         
Tentative Schedule: Check in at 6:45 pm
                             Trivia to begin at 7:00 pm

Teams: Number of members per teams, divisions (i.e. student versus professionals or mixed), and team makeup will be decided based on RSVP numbers


December Meeting - Season of Light

December 2015 Meeting - "Season of Light" Planetarium Show
Wednesday, December 16 @ 5:30 pm
Augustana College, Rock Island

At Ken Anderson Club:
5:30-5:50: Check in; Social Time
                appetizers, coffee, tea, and water served
5:50-6:00: Awards Presentation
6:00-6:40: Pasta Buffet Dinner
                classic caeser salad, fettuccini/penne pasta, alfredo/marinara sauce, Italian chicken 
                breast/ meatballs, garlic bread sticks, cookies and brownies

walk or drive to John Deere Planetarium
7:00-7:45: Holiday Planetarium Show, "Season of Light"
                Learn about how our holiday traditions are connected to ancient astronomy and how 
                our observances today are related to changes in the night sky in this annual holiday 
                planetarium program.  The program is recommended for ages eight and older.

Dinner Cost: $18 for member, $12 for spouse/guest, $10 for students.  
Planetarium Show: free

RSVP:  Please feel free to join us for the dinner and show, just the dinner, or just the show. RSVP to Amanda Wilmsmeyer (amandawilmsmeyer@augustana.edu or 309-794-3468) by Wednesday, December 9 at 4 pm.