The Colorado Section of the American Chemical Society is a volunteer organization and that's a very good thing for us all. People who volunteer, while providing the glue that allows the section to function for all, gain valuable experience at the same time. The time commitment is generally less than people fear and what one gets out of it from the knowledge they are supporting science and chemistry to gaining leadership and other skills is invaluable!
This year we have quite a slate to fill. We are in need of a
1) Chair Elect (3 year commitment of first year Chair Elect, second year Chair, and third year Past Chair),
2) Treasurer (2 year commitment)
3) 2 Councilors and 2 Alternate Councilors (3 year commitments each)
The main requirement for a nominee is that they are a member in good standing of the American Chemical Society. We hope you will take this time to consider taking an active role in your section.
If you think you may wish to self-nominate for one of the positions listed or if you know someone that you know would like to serve (asking is a good way to find out) then contact one of the following Nomination Committee Members:
Dr. Allen M. Schoffstall
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs CO 80918
Dr. Melvin Druelinger
Professor of Chemistry
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Ms. Helen Gerhard
Helen B. Gerhard, LLC
4971 Sodbuster Trail
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Thanks and give us a call if you'd like to talk about running. We need you!
A new page has been added to the website. Be sure to check it out for upcoming information and opportunities to help the local section assist in making this the best meeting ever.
April COACS meeting in Golden features outstanding high school chemistry student and teacher award winners
The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held April 10-12 in Ft. Collins. The Colorado Section of ACS supports two awards—one senior and one junior—for chemistry projects. Dr. Joseph DiVerdi heads up the selection process. Chair of the Colorado Section, Dr. Tom Reilly, attended the Awards Program and presented the awards to Nicole Miller from the Junior Division and Bethany Hibbs from the Senior Division. Each student received an award of $100.
Nicole Miller’s project “Know the Glow” sought to answer the question how temperature affects chemiluminescent reactions. She used both commercial glow sticks and luminol solutions. A photometer was built and a program was written to run it. The chemiluminescent reactions were measured at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Her hypothesis was correct for the glow sticks but not for luminol. Nicole represented Ortega Middle School in Alamosa.
Nicole Miller, 6th Grader at Ortega Middle School, with her project.
Bethany Hibb’s project “Measuring Luminescence in Glow-in-the Dark Objects” was to 1) build a device to measure the intensity and span of light being produced by glow sticks and phosphorescent paint, 2) explore the idea that chemical luminescence lasts longer than light activated luminescence, 3) determine how temperature variations affect the intensity and span of lights being produced, and 4) find out if adding pigment to phosphorescent paint affects its ability to store light. Bethany found that glow sticks lasted longer than paint, temperature did make a difference, and that the pigment added to the glow-in-the-dark paint did make a difference in the paint’s ability to absorb light. Bethany represented Pioneer Christian School in Rocky Ford.
Bethany Hibbs, 10th Grader at Pioneer Christian School, with her project.