Spring 2006 Meeting 1
- There were many new faces at the meeting, which
we were excited to see.
- The American Chemical Society offers student
affiliate memberships to students majoring in various fields of science.
If 6 or more of the chemistry clubÕs members are current student
affiliates, the Chemistry Club can be an official ACS chapter club. This
will allow us to be eligible for awards and recognition from the ACS, as
well as other benefits. Students who are student affiliates also receive
benefits, such as periodic newsletters and the opportunity to purchase
journals at reduced cost. Costs to attend an ACS meeting with your
research are also greatly reduced if you are a current student affiliate.
All members are encouraged to join. Applications are available online at
ACSÕs website (http://www.chemistry.org). The cost is about $20 a year, which must be
covered by the student.
- The ACS national meeting is coming up. The
national meeting features posters from researchers in all fields of
chemistry. They also have a section for chemistry clubs. This semester,
the meeting will be held in Atlanta. Mariellen Sydow and Will Kuester have
been working on the abstract, which has been submitted, and working on the
poster. Kimmel will pay for one member to go, and Will will be attending.
Mariellen can go, but we have to work something out to cover her
- The Probst lecture is scheduled for March 20,
2006. The probst lecture will feature a speaker who discovered a vaccine
for the virus which causes meningitis. The development of this drug has
prevented the deaths of children who may have otherwise caught the virus
and not recovered. There were two people working on the vaccine- one from
Canada and one from Cuba. The researcher from Canada will definitely
attend, and the researcher from Cuba has applied for his VISA. Another
seminar is being planned to host a researcher from Australia which will be
separate from the Probst lecture.
- Volunteers to help out with Probst are still
needed. Volunteers will be needed the day of the event, as well as for a
few pre-event tasks. When the date is closer, we will have a sign up sheet
available for helping during the event. Bonnie is the main person planning
the event; if anyone is interested in giving her a hand with anything that
needs done before the lecture, let her know.
- -The Probst lecture will be open to chemistry
majors, active Chem. Club members, Chemistry faculty, and other guests.
Seniors will be doing their Senior assignment, and some graduate students
will also have posters.
- The chemistry club would like to attend some
tours this semester. One tour, which is being planned and which we hope to
go on, is the tour of Anhauser-Busch. We would be able to get a behind the
scenes tour of the labs, and not just the standard brewery tour, which
would be great. Other tours which are being looked into include Monsanto
and the Water Treatment Facility. Anyone who would like to contact someone
about a tour can contact Nellie, or bring it up at the next meeting.
- This Sat. there will be a demo show at Alton
High school. Anyone who would like to attend should contact Sue Wiediger
as soon as possible. If you are interested in demos, even if you canÕt
make it Saturday, let Nellie or Sue know. We can maybe organize some demo
shows this year, or prepare this semester for shows early next semester.
- This semester, we will be doing silkscreening.
The materials belong to Dr. Shaw. Dr. Voss and Dr. Shaw both know the
process, so we are going to see if they could teach the process to Sue,
who could then help us get Silkscreening rolling. The design has been
selected, and the tentative date will be the second meeting in Feb. We
should know a more definite date by the next meeting.
- The clothes from the clothing drive were taken
to the Glen-Ed Pantry, but they did not have any more room for clothing
donations. Other charities, such as Oasis in Alton, are being looked at as
a potential place to donate clothes.
- A sign up sheet was passed around, and persons
present signed up. The chemistry club has a Yahoo! Groups page, and if
Nellie has your email address, she can invite you, and you can see updates
which we post there. Last semester, it was used to post a survey, inform
people of events, and answer questions from Chem. Club members.
- Last year, the Chemistry club established
criteria to be an active Chem. Club member. If you attend or plan 3 events
(including meetings), plan one large event, are an officer, or are an ACS
student affiliate, you are granted active member status. Active member
status will be kept track of by Nellie. Active members will get access to
the current keycode for the room.
- The 3rd annual Pentathalon, a
competition between the Chemistry, Biology, and Physics clubs will be held
this spring. Someone to help plan the event, reserve the VC, and order
food, is needed. The event last year was 5-8PM, and will be about the same
this year. Providing child care would allow more faculty to attend, which
would be nice.
- The Chemistry Club usually does a canned food
drive every year, and we would like to do one this year. Nathan Motl has
volunteered to organize the food drive. A date has not been set.
- Jennifer Lesko, from SIUEÕs SLDP, attended the
meeting and asked for volunteers for SIUEÕs Dental SchoolÕs ŌGive Kids a
SmileĶ program. This program provides free dental care for children
without dental coverage. Volunteers are needed to escort children during
the event, and supervise them while the doctor is not in the room. The
event will be from 8-3 on Saturday Feb. 4. If you would like to
participate, you will need to contact Jennifer Lesko (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The Mentors Program will continue this semester.
The Mentors program brings in SIUE graduates in to talk to current SIUE
students, and to give the students an open forum to ask people with the
same degree they are earning what life is like after SIUE. Last semester
brought in Sigma Aldrich employees, current graduate students, and Pfizer
employees. This semester, we will be hosting Tech Lab employees and people
associated with medical or dental schools.
- ACS also offers an ACS Scholars scholarship. The
scholarship is open to minorities, and information is available on the ACS
- A mural of the periodic table was painted on the
wall of the Chemistry Club room by Darcy and Bonnie, and Mariellen. It
looks great, and plans to add more molecules, and the Chem. Club seal are
in the works.