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SPECIAL CALL for Student Grant Application to the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting Oct. 25-28, 2017

Special Call for Student Grant Application to the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting Oct. 25-28, 2017.

Application due – send by email to

Only completed applications will be considered – Grants are Due Sept. 8, 2017

No Exceptions.

 The Colorado section of the ACS awards grants to high school, undergraduate and graduate students presenting posters or oral presentations for the Rocky Mountain Regional ACS meeting Oct. 25 to 28, 2017. The grants are awarded to cover registration and a few other expenses associated with travel to the meeting ($100 within 100 miles of the meeting; that is for students in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins or Greeley), or $200 in-state. The funding will be available in the form of reimbursements and we encourage recipients to become a member of the ACS - because this special call for applications is part of a membership drive initiative. 

 See below for forms in both Word and PDF: 

 Special Grant form 2017_Additional Student opportunity to go to RMRM17.docx


Special Grant form 2017_Additional Student opportunity to go to RMRM17.pdf 


August 28, 2017 COACS Section Meeting:  "Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize"

COACS local section dinner and meeting: “Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize” presented by Prof. Lawrence J Berliner 

Monday August 28, 2017 (5:00-8:00PM)

Blue Spruce Brewing Company, 4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO 80122 (We are meeting in the Spruce Room in the back, facing the golf course) Phone:  303 771-0590. More information at 

Reservations:  by 5 PM on August 23rd

Schedule of Events

5:00 PM Registration/Social hour/Brewery tours (Blue Spruce Happy hours 3-6PM)

6:00PM Buffet dinner ($13/person; $10/students, retirees) Chicken street taco bar that serves 3 tacos per person, chicken and carne asada including rice, beans, chips & salsa, includes one soda.  Craft beer can be purchased at the bar.

6:40PM Speaker:  Larry Berliner, Univ. Denver “Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize”

7:40PM Questions and discussion 

Bio and Presentation Abstract 


  Prof. Lawrence J Berliner

 Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Denver,


Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize 

Alfred Nobel was a genius and a keen practitioner of many fields, including chemistry, physics, physiology/medicine and literature, which comprises four of the prestigious Nobel Prizes, awarded each year since 1901. There is also a rich history of the chemical elements being a key part of the prize citation, starting as early as Marie Curie.  This talk covers the history of Alfred Nobel and how he, his father and brothers developed their famous explosive that made the Nobel corporation and Alfred extremely wealthy and famous. However the interesting, sometimes sad, part of this history is how Alfred came about to propose the details of these prizes in his will.  Prof. Berliner, who teaches a course on the Nobel Prize to entering freshman undergraduate students at the University of Denver, gives personal and sensitive insights into its mystique and fame.   His lecture will bring in a local perspective of the contributions that Colorado scholars have made, resulting in several Nobel Laureates. Time permitting; speculation about the politics and potential mistakes made by the various Nobel committees over the years will be discussed.

DIRECTIONS To Blue Spruce Brewing Company

From I-25 South:  Take I-25 north to C-470 exit. Exit Quebec St. Merge onto S. Quebec St.  Turn left on County Line Rd.  Destination will be on the right about 200 yards past Holly Street but before the stop light at Colorado Blvd [if you pass it, turn right at Colorado Blvd. Entrance to Fairways Shopping Center will be on your right;  then turn right and loop left around the shopping center].

 From I-25 North: Take I-25 south.  Exit County Line Rd. Take a right at the fork.  Go approx. 3.4 miles.  Destination will be about 200 yards past Holly Street but on the right before the stop light at Colorado Blvd [if you pass it, turn right at Colorado Blvd. Entrance to Fairways Shopping Center will be on your right; then turn right and loop left around the shopping center].

From C470 West: Take C470 east. Exit University Blvd. Turn left onto University Blvd.  Go under the freeway and take first right onto County Line Rd. Turn left at Colorado Blvd. Entrance to Fairways Shopping Center will be on your right;  then turn right and loop left around the shopping center (if you pass Colorado Blvd, make a U-turn before Holly Street).

Berliner Nobel.pdf 

Call for Nominations

The Colorado Section of the ACS (COACS) is looking for Volunteers!

The Colorado Section of the ACS seeks volunteers to engage in activities that enhance the lives of ACS members and the communities in which they live. The Fall 2017 elections are just around the corner and there are several leadership positions available on the executive committee.  We will elect a Chair-elect, Secretary, 2 Councilors and 3 Alternate Councilors. 

Here is a brief summary of the positions open for nominees:

·          Chair-elect:  serves as Chair Elect for 1 year (2018) prior to serving as Chair/Program Chair for the Section (2019) and as Past Chair for a year (2020) to assist the new Chair and manage elections.  This is a three-year commitment (1/1/18 to 12/31/20).

·         Secretary: manages the records of the section, records the minutes of the executive committee meetings, and prepares reports to ACS.  The term is two years.

·         Councilors/Alternate Councilors: attend executive committee and Section meetings, 2 National meetings each year (Councilors), and often serve on Regional and National ACS committees.  The two persons with the highest votes will serve as Councilors for 3 years, the next two will serve 3-year terms as Alternate Councilors, and the person with the 5th highest vote total will serve 2 years as Alternate Councilor.



Please consider nominating someone, including yourself, who would be excited at the prospect of active volunteer leadership in the ACS, for any of these positions.  Ballots will be finalized in late September.  Submitted nominations should be no more than one page using 11 pt font and should include a 1-paragraph summary of education, experiences, and employment history and a 1-paragraph statement about how the nominee plans to fulfill the obligations of the position being sought.   Nomination materials must be submitted by COB on August 31, 2017 to: Dr. Debbie Crans at    Information about current executive committee members and their contact information may be found at:  


Election Call 2017(2).pdf 

May 5th-7th Strategic Planning Retreat Results

Thank you so much for supporting your Colorado ACS local section by completing the         survey a few weeks back.

The Strategic Planning Committee with your help devised 4 goals

    Your words were transformed into goals!    for  Strategic Planning Goals Preview 

Want to become more involved? Help-out with strategies and implementation?  Want to receive email notices about monthly events from your COACS? Want to Volunteer to help grow our section?

We are planning and hosting the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting this fall in Loveland, Colorado, Oct. 25-28,     Abstract submission is open.  2017 Strategic Plan & Calendar of Upcoming Events to be posted


Senior Luncheon  During Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in October

Join us to Celebrate our Seniors!

The Colorado Section will honor those members reaching 50, 60 and 70-years of service this year at a luncheon at the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in October.  This is the second for 2017, the previous one held in June.  This year we have 13 members who have achieved 50 years, 7 who have achieved 60 years, and 3 who have achieved 70 years of membership!

We are extending the invitation to attend the luncheon to all Colorado Section members.  Come join us as our guest as we celebrate the years of service of these members.

The event will be held in Loveland at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center as part of the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, October 25-28.

 Friday, October 27, noon

Embassy Suites and Conference Center

4705 Clydesdale Parkway

Loveland, CO 80538 

The October event for RMRM 2017 is still being planned. 

Check the website for details or contact Marge Rakowsky. via text, call, or email.  

The Section website is at  

The RMRM2017 website is at


Please let us know if you have mobility or transportation issues—we will try to provide assistance. 

Calendar of Upcoming Events - work in progress

Upcoming ACS Events (most in the planning stage)

 Monday August 28, 2017 (5:00-8:00PM), COACS local section dinner and meeting: “Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize”    

ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting (RMRM) – Oct 25th – 28th   Loveland, CO 

2nd Monday of the month, October 2017 thru May 2018, Boulder Café Scientifique at Bohemian Biergarten, Pearl Street Mall, Boulder – jointly sponsored with CU Sigma Xi

In Planning Stage:

Fall Monthly ACS Meeting                   potential western slope location TBA

January Monthly Event                        to celebrate ACS Service Award Winners

February Monthly Event                      TBA

March Monthly Event                           TBA

April Monthly Event                              Teacher/Student  Awards Dinner jointly sponsored with                                                                CCTA to honor Colorado’s brightest High School                                                                           students and their teachers

Summer:                                               Senior Meetings 

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