In the News: Kentucky Lake Local Section wins two ChemLuminary Awards

This year, the Kentucky Lake Local Section was selected as a finalist for four ChemLuminary Award(s).  Winners were announced at the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Expo on Tuesday August 27th in San Diego, CA.  The section secured two awards:

The ChemAttitudes Partnership Award

“The Kentucky Lake Local Section conducted 5 hands-on science events, serving over 500 children across their rural region using the Let’s Do Chemistry kit. They partnered with Discovery Park of America to offer a free chemistry program; with the University of Tennessee Martin STEM Center to ensure that science had a prominent role at Martin Elementary School’s Family Fun Night; and with the ACS Student Chapter at Tennessee Martin to host a chemistry merit badge clinic for area Boy Scout troops.”

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Small Size Category Award

“Being a small section in a rural area is particularly challenging because members may have to drive upwards of 100 miles (each way) to attend meetings, activities, and events.  The Kentucky Lake local section met this challenge—and maintained good attendance—by rotating programming through four regional locations and providing consistent, high quality programs that engaged students, academic, and industrial members.”

Congrats to everyone who made these awards possible!

You can read more about this year’s ChemLuminary awardees here.

Meeting April 18

April 2019 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
Perkins Restaurant
15301 South 1st St, Milan, TN

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dinner 6:00 pm
Meeting 7:00 pm

Dinner:  Order off the menu
Price: $10 (students $5)

Program: “Chemistry of Paper” by Dr. Joseph Mahoney, Buckman International

 

Meeting February 8th

February 2019 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
University of Tennessee at Martin
Watkins Auditorium, Boling University Center
Martin, TN

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dinner 6:00 pm
Presentation 7:00 pm

Program: “The Disappearing Spoon”
Sam Kean

Speaker Bio:

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Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other places, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” and “All Things Considered,” among other shows. “Caesar’s Last Breath” was named the Guardian Science Book of the Year in 2017, while “The Disappearing Spoon” was a runner-up for the Royal Society book of the year. Both “The Violinist’s Thumb” and “The Dueling Neurosurgeons” were nominated for PEN’s Literary Science Writing Award.

The presentation will be followed by a book signing in the Welcome Center.

Children are welcome and will attend a special Science Center during the program.

Meeting January 24th

January 2019 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
Murray State University
1212 Jesse D Jones Hall
Murray, KY

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Dinner 6:00 pm
Presentation 7:00 pm

Dinner:  Massaman (chicken) and panang (Vegetarian) curry, jasmine rice, fruit tray, cookies ($10, $5 for students)

Program: Phosphines as Mild Reducing Agents:  Synthesis of Alkenes from Alkynes
Dr. Rachel Whittaker, Assistant Professor at Murray State University

Few mild and selective alkyne reduction methods have been reported, but the resulting alkenes are important functional groups found in many biologically and industrially useful compounds. Thus, a mild and tunable partial reduction of alkynyl carbonyls was developed, utilizing readily available phosphines as the reductants. Tuning of the reaction conditions allowed for either the cis- or trans-diastereomer to be formed with high selectivity. These reaction conditions demonstrated good functional group tolerance and high yields.

Speaker Bio:

Rachel grew up in Cartersville, GA before obtaining her B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Abilene Christian University in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with Professor Guangbin Dong working on rhodium-catalyzed C-C activation. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Murray State University where her research is focused on the development of mild redox methodologies.

Children are welcome and will attend a special Science Center during the program.

November 2018 – Message from the Chair

 

Greetings KLS Members,

As we transition from October to November, it’s officially election time! If you haven’t already voted for ACS president, you have until October 31st. Our own KLS ballots for Chair-Elect will be sent out by email one week prior to our November 15th meeting (or you can attend the meeting to cast your vote in person.) Dr. Kevin Miller of Murray State University has thrown his hat in the ring for Chair-Elect, offering to serve as the newest
member of the KLS Executive Committee. In addition to elections, this month we’ll be recognizing our 2018 award winners for the Howard Huyck Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, and
the Outstanding Professional Researcher Award. We even have three 50- and 60- year ACS members to announce! Don’t miss this fun evening of networking and celebrating the wonderful accomplishments of our diverse and talented local section members.

Kind regards,

Genessa