Colorado Local Section

Chemists Celebrate Earthweek - April 21 to 27, 2019

The American Chemical Society is celebrating Earth Week from April 21-27.  This year’s theme for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week is “Take Note:  The Chemistry of Paper.”  Activities for kids and other resources are located on the ACS website at 


What can you, your family, your company do to help the Earth?  There are a multitude of ways such as planting a tree or donating gently used clothing and household items that you no longer need to a local thrift store. Recycling glass, cans, paper, cardboard and some plastics would keep those items out of landfills and provide materials for making something new.  Maybe it is time to take outdated electronic items to a place that accepts these. Consider bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using the paper and plastic ones at check out.  With all of the drug problems surfacing in the United States, cleaning expired/unused medicines out of the medicine cabinet and taking them to a drop-off site  [Many law enforcement offices accept these for safe disposal.] would keep them out of the hands of children. Together we can make a difference.


Please feel free to print out the official ACS Letter below for posting:

  Earth Week COACS 2019.docx

COACS Meeting, May 9, 2019 - Interface of Hormone Biochemistry and Evolutionary Biology: Keeping Visible As We Age

COACS local section dinner and meeting

Thursday  May 9, 2019 (5:00-8:00PM)

Blue Spruce Brewing Company

 "Interface of Hormone Biochemistry and Evolutionary Biology: Keeping Visible as We Age"

Phyllis Bronson, Ph.D., President,Biochemical Consulting and The Biochemical Research Foundation, Aspen, CO

Abstract: This talk will provide the current revelations from my ongoing work: looking at how to use bioidentical molecules in optimal dosing to create a sense of great well- being- but not so high to create faux menstrual cycles and a false sense of ant-aging.   We use hormones as the way to build the container for women’s emotions as we age, and our goal is to bring the science alive where women live: in our emotional relational worlds. The current work is looking at the correlation of  my work along with my colleague, Jeffrey Bowles, regarding rising sex steroids: FSH, LH, occurring as the key gender hormones decline. Progesterone and Testosterone are protective molecules- my talk elucidates why- estrogen is not that- but is very important for female cognition and alleviating flat depression and bringing together a sense of the goddess in the female. I will show why we work exclusively with transdermal creams and how, once we have women under a safe umbrella- meaning we know her essential chemistry, through blood tests and symptoms.  Dr. Bronson will focus on female hormones and women’s mood biochemistry and her current molecular work articulating the thermodynamics and kinetics involved in hormone stability.

Reservations:                        by May 4, 5PM

 Blue Spruce Brewing Company

4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G

Centennial, CO 80122

Phone:  303 771-0590

(We are meeting in the Spruce Room in the back facing the golf course)


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   “Interface of Hormone Biochemistry and Evolutionary Biology: Keeping Visible as We Age " 

7:40PM Questions and discussion

Driving directions: From the 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 the 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).

The closest RTD stop is the #24 bus at University and County Line, about a 1.2 mile walk to the east.

 COACS local section dinner and meeting 9 May 2019 Flyer.docx 

Obituary:  Dr. Oscar Kully Reiss:  A Life of Service and Science

 Oscar completed a degree in 1940 from the National Farm School  (now Delaware Valley University) in Doylestown, PA.  He worked in the dairy industry from 1940 to 1944; it was during his work in agriculture that he developed an interest in medical research.  He was drafted into the US army in 1944.

 After completing infantry basic training at Fort McLellan Alabama, his commanding officer suggested that he apply for officer training, however he could not be sent to Europe because of his status as an enemy alien. He was granted U.S. citizenship, then transferred to Fort Meade. While visiting his sister during he met Eva Goldstein, they were married shortly before his embarkment to Europe in late 1944.

 He was assigned to the 79th Infantry division B Company in Alsace and assisted in guarding the right flank during the last days of the Battle of the Bulge.  Oscar found it useful to hide his ethnicity by using the name of Kully so it was not obvious to Germans that he could understand their conversations. He achieved the rank of Master Sargent and his metals include a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.

At the end of the war, he was transferred to the 1st division in Nuremberg to help interrogating war criminals but was not able to do this emotionally. Eventually, he was reassigned to the US Military Government headquarters in Munich, where his knowledge of the city he grew up in was put to use during post-war reconstruction. In 1947 he was honorably discharged and returned to the States to start a family and to continue his education.

Upon arrival at home he returned to work in the dairy industry and took classes at the University of Pennsylvania. His first daughter was born in 1948 in Norristown. He moved to Chicago and graduated with a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1950.  His other two daughters were born in Chicago in 1951 and 1954.

He continued his studies in biochemistry with Konrad Bloch, who later was awarded the Nobel Price for studies of the biosynthesis of cholesterol. The first of over 50 scientific publications reflected his experience in the dairy industry. His dissertation established the biosynthesis pathway for the amino acid leucine.  In December 1954 Oscar received a Ph.D. and was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the American Heart Association. He spent the first year in the Department of Cardiology at the University of Chicago and the second year at the Physiological Chemistry Department at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1959 he accepted an appointment as an assistant professor the Webb-Waring Lung Institute, part of the University of Colorado Medical School. He started experiments with the black pigment of the lung of patients with emphysema. These studies sparked his lifelong interest in the role of the environment in lung function. Oscar retired in 1991 but continued to teach and do research.  He was also involved in the development of biomarkers for prostate cancer. His final publication involved the effect of the particles on found in air pollution on lung function.

Eva and Oscar were divorced in 1977. He met Diane Betz through a friend in 1978 and they were married in Aspen in May 1980.  He and Diane travelled extensively; they visited all European countries numerous times, Israel and China three times, Egypt and Cambodia twice, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Jordan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Peru, Ecuador, South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Canada, and Russia. Among their many European trips was a return to Germany 2012, when visited the sites he had photographed during as an immigrant and as a Master Sargent in the army. Oscar is survived by his wife, his three children, and two grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be held on May 5, 2019, one day before his 98th birthday, at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature from 10 am to 2 pm.  A brief service will start at 11.  The museum is at 2001 Colorado Blvd. The entry fee will be waived for those who use the volunteer entrance, which is the on the far left as you face the museum entrance. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Denver Hospice in his name,

 Please see the links below for more information:

Oscar_Memorial Flyer.jpg.pdf



Debbie Crans Receives ACS Award for Distingished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry

Colorado Section of ACS 2018 Elections for Officers and Councilors

The election for Chair-elect, Treasurer, Councilors and Alternate Councilors for terms beginning January 1, 2019 was conducted electronically with 345 ballots cast. The results are

Chair-elect Debbie Crans

Treasurer Richard Gabel

Councilor Connie Gabel

Michael Mosher

Alternate Councilor Ryan Richards

Shubham Vyas

Gino Braiotta


We greatly appreciate all of the candidates who ran for office and hope that all of them will remain active in the section.

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