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This page provides longer articles from the ACS Georgia Section email newsletter, The Filter Press. All articles are tagged with the month and year of publication for ease of searching.

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Younger Chemists Committee

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:25 PM

What does Chemistry have to do with sport? Find out at the YCC event on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 ACS Program-in-Box event, Chemistry of Sports: Smarter, Safer, Faster. The event will be held on Georgia Tech’s campus in the Molecular Science and Engineering Building, Room 3201. For question contact YCC Chairs, Alyssia Blake [email protected]} and Joseph Richardson [email protected]}.

Science Coaches

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM

The Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society is looking for Science Coaches! Coaches donate their time to science teachers who value the experience and expertise of chemistry experts. As districts begin to adopt Next Generation Science Standards in the 2017-2018 school year, teachers can especially benefit from the knowledge of coaches as they implement more hands-on activities and laboratory learning. Participating teachers range from elementary to high school teachers." target="_blank">ACS program information can be found here.  Please contact Tyler Kinner ([email protected]) for more information on getting involved locally.

Minority Affairs Committee

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM

The Minority Affairs Committee of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2017 Percy Julian Award. This award will be given to two high school seniors in recognition of scholastic achievement and leadership ability. Each recipient will receive a $250 book scholarship and a one-year (student) membership in ACS.

The application deadline is April 12, 2017. Recipients of the Award will be notified by May 4, 2017. Awards will be presented at the Georgia Section meeting Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Spelman College.

Application Details and Form

Women Chemists Committee

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM

The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) is ready for 2017! WCC’s mission is “to be leaders in attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession.” The first meeting of the year is set for Saturday, February 11th at Agnes Scott College – Bullock Science Center Atrium, Building 17 from 1:30 pm until 3:00 pm. All who are interested in becoming members of the Georgia Section WCC is welcome to join.

For more information contact, Kristin Dortch at [email protected] or visit the WCC group page.

Meet Your Officers: Ron Hunter, Chair

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Dr. Ronald E. Hunter, Jr. is a Scientist at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a process innovator and improver catalyzing and igniting lasting change evident via his work ethic. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Hunter was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Chemist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked on analyzing tobacco biomarkers in biological fluids. He did his post-doctoral work at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where he designed, validated, and implemented pivotal mass spectrometric methods for the analyses of persistent organic pollutants, such as pesticides, in several different matrices. Dr. Hunter obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Spanish from Mercer University and a PhD in analytical chemistry at Emory University where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an Emory University Diversity Fellow. His current work focuses on the assessment of the overall water quality used to make product, the integrity of the finished products sold by The Coca-Cola Company, and new technology acquisitions for his group.

Ron is the 2017 Chair for the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. As Chair, his responsibilities include directing section activities; chairing and arranging meetings; overseeing Committees; corresponding with National; motivating members; and serving as spokesperson for the section. This year Ron has chosen the theme – “A Year of Giving: Catalyzing Chemistry via Community”. A Year of Giving refers to the outreach and education of technical and non-technical audiences about the importance of chemists and chemistry via the coupling of commonplace and technical chemistry ideas. Via this theme, Ron looks forward to expanding the Science Coaches program, facilitating the start of Project SEED, and engaging outreach that is beneficial to all ages, particularly youth.

January Dinner Meeting Recap

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM

This past month the Georgia Section of the ACS (GA-ACS) had its first event of the year - “Medical Ethnobotany and the Discovery of New Drugs for Antibiotic Resistant Infections” at Mary Mac’s Tea Room with Dr. Cassandra Quave as our highlight speaker. Our members were very impressed with her knowledge of ethnobotany and exceptionally inquisitive throughout the night. There was no shortage of questions from the audience! Not only was the food mouthwatering, but also her contributions to the conversations surrounding ethnobotany, antibiotic resistance, and her respect and support of indigenous medicine and persons were highly engaging. Moreover, the event was well-attended with over 50+ members and guests. We sincerely felt Dr. Quave’s dedication to the sciences and educating the upcoming generation on the importance of botanical research. We all must visit the Emory Herbarium soon!

We were also very fortunate to have guests from ACS National, the Assistant Director of Development, Mary Bet Dobson. Mrs. Dobson remarked, “Thanks once again for a wonderful evening with the Georgia Section last week. You had a terrific turnout, can’t beat the dinner at Mary Mac’s and a super speaker – Dr. Quave. I have already shared her NY Times article with several people.” Mrs. Dobson was in town visiting some of our 50- and 60-year awardees from 2016 and encourages us to view the video she had hoped to share that night: For more information about ACS philanthropic programs, please visit

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm at Gordon Biersch in Midtown where Prof. Willie Pearson, Chair of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Tech will be giving a talk on “Black male baccalaureate degree recipients in science and engineering: Myths and realities”. Put it on your calendar! See you then.

Personal Reflection on Heading the Herty Award

Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM

By Rigoberto Hernandez

The Georgia Section has a deep history in recognizing research and service toward the advancement of chemistry in the nation’s service. The first of the Herty Medals was awarded in 1933 to Fred Allison. Charles Herty was honored with the award in the following year. As of September 16th, 2016, we have now awarded 82 gold medals to deserving chemists in the southeastern United States. The most recent Medalist was Prof. Brooks Pate from the University of Virginia who was recognized for "his work in revolutionizing molecular rotational spectroscopy and its applications in astrochemistry and analytical chemistry and for his service in mentoring diverse students through a summer undergraduate research program.” His seminar illustrated how his key insight of spectral theory allowed him to develop an approach for capturing the spectral in a single experiment rather than using a series of single frequency measurements. The speed and accuracy of this technique has played a key role in reimagining the field of astrochemistry. On a personal level, I was pleased to see Brooks again after we had been lab mates in Kevin Lehmann’s laboratory at Princeton. I was an undergraduate while I saw him sail through his candidacy exams. On a different, personal level, this most recent Herty Medal dinner also marked the last dinner for which I chaired the corresponding selection committee. The list of nominees is outstanding and this made settling on a finalist even more difficult. Nevertheless, with the able help of my committee colleagues, we developed a process that allowed us to sort through the candidates carefully and thoughtfully. We pre-screened all the applicants electronically prior to our in-person meeting. The two- to three-hour discussion led to a deeper understanding of the candidates, and often resulted in a final choice that our individual assessments had rarely predicted. During my term as Chair of the Committee, we also had the opportunity to stage the 75th Herty Medal celebration though which we staged several activities to reach out to students and professionals of all ages. The Herty Medal Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS) continue to support our Section’s diverse undergraduates. Thus, I am very proud of what our section has accomplished, and thankful to the section for letting me be a part of it. I also look forward to celebrating the 100th Herty Medalist in 2034! Mark your calendars now!


2017 Theme

The Georgia Local Section of the ACS has selected the theme, A Year of Giving: Catalyzing Chemistry via Community, for its 2017 programming. A Year of Giving refers to the outreach and education of technical and non-technical audiences about the importance of chemists and chemistry via the coupling of commonplace and technical chemistry ideas. We hope you will join and support us in this critical mission. 

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