Local Section Members Win National and Institutional Awards

Stacey Balbach, past-chair of the ACS WI Local Section, has won the 2023 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X! This is the highest award in the USA for a high school chemistry teacher and serves “to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry.” Stacey currently teaches in the Cuba City School District of Wisconsin. Congratulations Stacey from all of your ACS WI Local Section Colleagues!

Cheri Barta, ACS WI Local Section Secretary, has received the 2022 University of Nebraska at Kearney Dr. Donald E. Fox Distinguished Chemistry Alumna Award! This award recognizes outstanding alumni who are making significant contributions to their communities and businesses.

Shannon Stahl, ACS WI Local Section member, has won the 2023 ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, sponsored by Dow! This award is for individuals who have shown outstanding research in the preparation, reactions, properties, or structure of organometallic substances.

Sam Pazicni, ACS WI Local Section Officer, received a Distinguished Faculty Postdoc Mentoring Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison! This award recognizes faculty on the UW-Madison campus that contribute their time, knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to mentoring and advancing postdocs in their labs.

Event: Lecture and Panel Discussion by Bruker Scientists

Thursday, August 25, 2022
5:00 – 6:00 pm
New Chemistry Building, Learning Studio, Room 1435
*There will be pizza after the event*

Register Here: https://forms.gle/R5J6vQg5cHXBF8zC6

Lecture: Principles of diamond-based X-ray sources

Dr. Roger Durst. Chief Technology Officer, Bruker AXS GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

A case-study in the application of scientific principles in an industrial research and development environment is presented. Diamond has the highest heat conductivity of any solid material and the use of diamond heat spreaders in ultra-high-power electronics is now well established. The idea of a diamond-cooled microfocus X-ray sources is natural and has been attempted several times by various development groups around the world over the past 25 years. However, all these previous attempts failed to produce a working source. So, what are the challenges of diamond-based X-ray sources and how where these challenges finally overcome? A multi-disciplinary development team was established at Bruker to study this problem in detail and their work resulted in the first successful diamond-based X-ray source, the IµS DIAMOND which was commercially released in 2019. The process followed by the team in this project is described, highlighted some of the similarities and differences between industrial research and development and academic research.

Dr. Roger Durst

Panel: Career Discussion with Bruker Scientists

Panelists: Dr. Roger Durst, Dr. Cary Bauer, and Dr. Matt Benning, Bruker AXS

The three Ph.D. scientists have had different careers with Bruker AXS. They are a Chief Technology Officer, Senior Sales Engineer, and Senior Applications Scientist. During the panel discussion they will describe their careers and share what influenced their career choices. Questions are welcome!

2021 Local Section Awards

The Wisconsin ACS Local Section is pleased to honor this year’s ACS award recipients—from undergrad students to 60-year members. In the December 2021 Newsletter, you can learn more about our:

  • 50- and 60-year ACS members
  • ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholarships recipients
  • ACS Bridge Program Students
  • Summer Research Support Program
  • ACS Undergraduate Awardees

Our intention is to honor all awardees for 2021 (as well as 2020) at an in-person gathering, hopefully in 2022! View the full December 2021 Awards Newsletter here!Pictures of ACS 50 and 60 year awardees

Larry Dahl

Dahl Remembrance Ceremony

Many members of the Local Section knew Larry Dahl, who passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2021 at the age of 91. The UW–Madison Chemistry Department will hold a virtual remembrance ceremony to honor his memory at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021. You are cordially invited to attend this two-hour virtual ceremony via Zoom. Please register to attend the ceremony at Dahl Tribute – Department of Chemistry – UW–Madison (wisc.edu). The zoom link will be sent to all registered participants by November 5, 2021. 


This informal event will be an opportunity to reconnect with friends and share our favorite memories about Larry and the ways he enriched our lives. If you would like to present prepared remarks, or share multimedia at the ceremony, please e-mail Ilia Guzei at iguzei@chem.wisc.edu. Anyone is welcome to share a few unscripted comments. Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending this event. 


Additional information about Professor Dahl and his long-time career may be found at https://chem.wisc.edu/staff/dahl-larry-f/.

ACS Bridge Program: Applications Due March 31

The ACS Bridge to the Doctorate Program is a national effort to increase the number of chemical science PhDs awarded to underrepresented students defined by the project as primarily Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students. The ACS Bridge Program was also recently highlighted in C&E News, and it features UW-Madison fellow Jairo Villalona!

More information about ACS Bridge Program is available online, including eligibility and application materials.

Application materials must be received by March 31.  Please note that students who are interested in participating specifically in our UW-Madison/ACS Bridge program must apply to the national application portal as indicated above and be selected through UW-Madison’s selection process in order to be designated as UW-Madison/ACS Bridge Fellows. Please contact UW-Madison ACS Bridge Program leaders Desiree Bates or Bob Hamers with any questions.

Posted on behalf of the ACS and the UW-Madison.

2020 Awards and Honors

Our honorees this year are each highlighted in this special issue of our newsletter. They include:

  • 70-year, 60-year, and 50-year ACS members
  • ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholarship recipients
  • ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant recipient
  • ACS Bridge Program Students
  • ACS Undergraduate Awardees
  • Prize Winners in the local exam, U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition

Of course, all honorees will receive their official ACS Certificate of Recognition in the mail and will be honored in person when we are able to hold a banquet!

Event: ACS Industry Career Day

Join ACS colleagues for a virtual ACS Industry Career Day on Saturday November 21 @11am ET.  During this virtual event, an expert panel of young industry-based chemists will explore topics such as transitioning from academia to a career in industry, building non-technical skills and more.   Following the panel discussion, stick around to join fellow participants in interactive small group networking sessions facilitated by ACS Career Consultants. Register now at: https://fal.cn/3bkZm.

ACS Spring 2021: Online April 5-16

Today, the American Chemical Society announced a fully virtual spring meeting. ACS Spring 2021 will be held online April 5-16. This will enable a meaningful sharing of scientific information, while ensuring everyone’s safety – a core value of ACS – during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will include 10 weekdays of live sessions, followed by two weeks of on-demand content, at the presenters’ discretion. This will allow for a maximum amount of science to be shared with the widest possible audience.
Get ready!
Abstract submission will open on December 16, 2020. Meeting registration will be available in January 2021. Information about abstracts, registration pricing, and more is available on the FAQ page of the ACS website.

Hans Reich’s Organic Chemistry Resource Websites Relaunched by the ACS Organic Division

The ACS Organic Division has been hard at work this summer and is now ready to release a new resource for organic chemists: https://organicchemistrydata.org/

The idea and majority of the current content (~1500 html pages + 650 PDF files) of the Organic Chemistry Data website has come from the late Professor Hans J. Reich who served his entire professional academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon his untimely death in 2020, the ACS Organic Division offered to assist in maintaining Professor Reich’s extensive online resources which have impacted the organic chemistry community worldwide. This new website not only contains Prof. Reich’s collection of resources, we have also merged our extensive “links page” with Professor Reich’s to create a single list of ~300 website resources on organic chemistry (~35 are to resources in our Reich Collection). The linked pages have been selected for ease of use, broad applicability, and quality of coverage. Topics include: Reaction Info, Chemical Data, Spectroscopy Resources, Organic Compound Info, Safety, Chemical Societies & Portals, Literature Sources, Laboratory Techniques, Useful Software, Resources for Educators and Students, and Organic Chemistry Videos.

We hope that the data and information resources provided and the links to resources off of this new website provide organic chemists quick access to high quality information to facilitate their efforts in the laboratory and classroom settings. Links to resources off of this website are meant to assist individuals in finding high quality information; they are not an endorsement of any product, service, or website.

Highlights on the Reich Collection of Resources:

  •     ~700 Total Syntheses searchable and categorized by compound name, named reactions used, chemoselectivity, rings formed, reaction types, and reagents used, and year of publication. In most of these modes, selecting the synthesis in a particular category presents the synthesis with a blinking red arrow to highlight where the reagent, named reaction, reaction type, or ring appear in the synthetic scheme.
  •     A comprehensive Topics in NMR database (e.g. spin systems, chemical shifts, coupling constants, multinuclear NMR)
  •     An NMR Spectral Database with ~650 high quality NMR spectra (PDF files) which are searchable and grouped by functional group, molecular formula, NMR spin systems, techniques (i.e. cyclohexane stereochemistry & 2D), multinuclear (D, T, P, F, B, Se, Si, Sn, N), and spectral level (i.e. trivial–advanced).
  •     Information on some of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. e.g. pKa tables, electron pushing, A-values, nomenclature, organometallic chemistry (esp. organolithium reagents), pericyclic reactions, reduction and oxidation.

Professor Hans J. Reich was born May 6, 1943 in Danzig, Germany. After earning a B.Sc. at the University of Alberta in 1964, he entered graduate school at UCLA, receiving a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1968 (with D. J. Cram). In graduate school, he met fellow organic chemistry student, Ieva Lazdins and they married in 1969. The two were lifelong companions, socially and scientifically. After graduate school, he spent two years as a postdoctoral associate supported by a Canadian National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, the first at CalTech (with J. D. Roberts) and the second at Harvard (with R. B. Woodward). In 1970, he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, establishing what soon became an internationally recognized research program in physical-organic chemistry publishing 157 papers throughout his career. Fittingly, Professor Reich received the James Flack Norris Award in Physical-Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 2012. Additionally, he was a pioneer in distribution of educational content via the world wide web. He began teaching himself programming in the late 1990s, producing new freeware programs, WinPLT and WinDNMR. These programs managed chemical structure drawings, NMR spectra annotations, and simulations cohesively. As an outgrowth of these endeavors, he began the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Organic Chemistry Information webpage in which he accumulated and curated information for the broader chemistry community to use free of charge.

The vast majority of work on setting up this website  and converting the content of Prof. Reich’s websites so that the content is viewable/useable on a wide range of electronic devices where through the immense volunteer efforts of Organic Division Assistant Webmaster Dr. Khoi Van (Ph.D., Organic Chemistry with Professor Daniel Romo) with initial oversight, support, and direction from Organic Division Webmaster Brian Myers (Ph.D., Organic Chemistry with Professor David R. Williams) and Organic Division Head Webmaster Joseph Ward (Ph.D., Organic Chemistry with Professor Robert Maleczka).

We are grateful to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (especially the Chemistry department) for their support in this project. We also graciously thank his wife, Dr. Ieva L. Reich, and her family for supporting this project where we are able to honor Professor Reich’s 25+ years of website efforts in support of the broader organic chemistry community.

While this website (https://organicchemistrydata.org/) is freely available to everyone in the organic chemistry community, it is underwritten and maintained by the ACS Organic Division which gets its funding for projects like this from membership fees: ACS Members ($15), Affiliate Members ($15 without ACS membership), or Student Members ($5). Please consider showing your support for this program as well as all the other Division’s programs that aim to foster and promote the advancement of the field of organic chemistry by joining the division: https://www.organicdivision.org/join/

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