Western Carolinas Local Section


Congratulations to our 50- and 60- year members

Posted by George on August 30, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Our 50- and 60- year members are celebrated at the September meeting in Hendersonville.

50 Year Members 

William Dorow 

Paul Kalicky 

Robert Roskoski 

Alden West 

60 Year Members

Ronald Bakule

Henry Griffin

Andrew Kallianos

Hans Kuhn

Jude Sommerfeld

Royce Woosley

website announcement - sorry for delay

Posted by George on January 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings all.  It appears webs.com is doing a change in their site builder, and I can not modify the main pages.  I can post in this section and I hope I can update the calendar, but it may be a few days before I can update the officers and meetings section.

Announcing the candidates for 2016 Western Carolinas Local Section elections

Posted by George on October 1, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

We will be conducting our election in the upcoming month using electronic voting - make sure ACS has your preferred email address.  Here are the candidates for the four eleted officer positions

Chair Elect (Chair 2018, Past-Chair 2019)

Amanda Knapp, Mars Hill University


Zachary Davis, Wofford College


George Heard, UNC Asheville

Alternate Councilor

Blaine Childress, Sealed Air corporation

Biographies and statements for the candidates (more will be added as they are received).

Dr. Amanda Knapp, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Mars Hill Uiversity, Candidate for Chair Elect

Amanda is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Mars Hill University, where she currently teaches Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, and General, Organic and Biochemistry for the nursing program. In addition to her classes, she is an advisor to the Chemistry Club as well as to her undergraduate research students. She came to Mars Hill after receiving her BS in 2006 from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and her PhD in 2011 from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. While at Akron, she studied the antimicrobial and anticancer properties of silver N-heterocyclic carbene complexes, a project she continues to work on with undergraduate students at Mars Hill. During her time as an undergraduate student, she also did a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program through the NSF at the University of Cincinnati, an experience that helped lead her down the path of research and higher education and one that she encourages other undergraduates to experience. If elected as the WACS chair, she hopes to continue work to increase student involvement in the Western Carolinas section of the ACS as well as the number of women participants. The ACS and its members have helped to shape her young career and she hopes to extend the same opportunities to other young people.

Dr. Zachary S. Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wofford College.  Candidate for Secretary

ACS Member since 2005

I currently serve as the Secretary of the Western Carolinas Local Section, and have done so since 2013.

Born and raised in Greenville, it is good to be a member of the Western Carolinas Local Section. I attended Erskine College as an undergraduate and was president of our Student Member Chapter. As such, I went to several WCACS meetings during my time there. While at Purdue, I also attended several Purdue Local Section ACS meetings, although I never served as an officer. As secretary of WCACS, I am charged with keeping Section minutes, as well keeping as the handbook and contact lists current. I have served in this capacity for three years, and am dedicated to continuing to do so should I be re-elected.


Dr. George L. Heard, Professor, UNC Asheville, Candidate for Councilor

ACS Member since 1999

Service to the Western Carolinas Local Section: Councilor (2011-2016), Alternate Councilor (2005-2010), webmaster (since 2012), Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator (since 2009).

Service to the National Organization: Member of the Committee on Community Activities (2008-2015, chair 2013-2015), Committee on Ethics (2016)

The role of a Councilor is to be your representative with the National Organization. I have spent my time as a Councilor promoting the activities of the Local Section to members of the Board of Directors and reporting on matters of Council to the Executive Committee of the Western Carolinas Local Section. Over the past two years I have implemented a checklist approach to submitting the Annual Report which has streamlined our submission of that annual task. I have represented the Western Carolinas Local Section at each National Meeting, with a perfect record of attendance at District IV caucus meetings as well as Council.

In order to reduce expenses to the Local Section, I do not claim meeting expenses beyond travel, registration and accommodation, and regularly share a hotel room with another Councilor or member of the Local Section and intend to continue that commitment if elected for another term.

(note  - as George Heard is also the webmaster, this bio was approved by Meredith Newman for posting)

Blaine Childress, candidate for Alternate Councilor

Blaine is a Science Fellow at Sealed Air Corporation in Duncan, South Carolina. He has worked in Research & Development for 38 years, with assignments in Analytical Chemistry, Product and Process Development, Technology Protection, Product Innovation, and Technology Scouting at the R&D headquarters of Sealed Air Corp in Duncan, SC.

Blaine has an undergraduate degree in Textile Chemistry from Auburn University and a MS in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University. He is Alternate Councilor of the Western Carolinas American Chemical Society, and serves on the Vice-Chair of SC InnoVision, and Advisory Board of NC Agricultural and Technical State University.

He is a U.S. Patent Agent, supporting Sealed Air R&D and Law Departments, in matters of opposition strategy, patent prosecution, and joint development agreements; and is named inventor of 15 US Patents.

Blaine has managed Sealed Air’s Global Open Innovation programs since defining the program in 2007. His oversight includes NineSights Gallery, MindSumo challenges, and PreScouter technology monitoring. In 2012 he was recognized as an Open Innovation Champion at the 2012 Global Innovation Summit.



2016 Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by George on February 28, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Western Carolinas Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students in K-12 schools to participate in the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Illustrated Poem Contest.

Download the local competition flyer

Download the official entry form (Word format)

All illustrated poems must be received by Friday April 15th to be considered


Just over a week left to vote in the WCACS elections!

Posted by George on November 8, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Voting will close at the beginning of dinner at the November WCACS meeting at Wofford.  You should have received your electronic ballot in an email from our secretary, Zachary Davis.  If you did not receive a ballot email and you are a member of the Local section, please contact one of the members of the elections committee - Zachary Davis, Meredith Newman or George Heard.

Announcing the candidates for 2015 Western Carolinas Local Section Elections

Posted by George on October 14, 2015 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Check your email for the electronic ballot.

Candidate for Chair-Elect.  Melanie Heying (Brevard College)

Melanie is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Brevard College, and a member of the ACS for 7 years. After a post-doc working with photochromic ruthenium compounds, she discovered she missed teaching, which had been a significant part of her graduate career. After spending a year as a Visiting Professor at Kansas State and another as a Temporary Lecturer at CalPoly SLO, she arrived at Brevard College, where she has been helping to implement curriculum changes and increase enrollment and interest in chemistry classes. She had the opportunity in the summer of 2013 to participate in a 3-week kayaking trip down the Suwannee River where the students monitored water chemistry and watched the change from swamp to spring water to salt water. She is also the advisor to Alpha Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa, two honor societies, and a supervising teacher for student teaching.


Melanie would like to become more involved in the local section of the ACS, and hopes to expand the presence of chemistry on the Brevard College campus. If elected, she would like to continue the work of her predecessors, encouraging student involvement in the chapter, and increasing the opportunities for local teachers of all grades to learn more about chemistry.

Candidate for Chair-Elect.  Oksana Love (UNC Asheville)

Originally from Lviv, Ukraine, Oksana Love graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Asheville. She continued her studies at Georgetown University where she received M.S and Ph.D degrees in Chemistry. After graduation, Oksana was a recipient of the National Research Council (NRC) Fellowship award that allowed her to continue post-doctoral studies at the Department of Defense (DoD) Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. Currently, she is a faculty member at her alma mater, the UNC - Asheville Chemistry Department. Oksana has been ACS member since 2004, and is very excited about the opportunity to give back to this organization. If elected, she hopes to increase student involvement in the Western Carolinas Section. She believes that by encouraging participation in ACS lectures, networking events, and community service activities, students can develop meaningful and better-rounded backgrounds that prepare them for future careers.

Candidate for Treasurer.  Julia Brumaghim (Clemson University)

Julia Brumaghim has been a bioinorganic chemist at Clemson University for twelve years, where she was promoted to Professor of Chemistry and continues her research on antioxidant prevention of metal-mediated DNA damage. She has been a member of the Western Carolinas local section for the past ten years. Prof. Brumaghim has served as treasurer for the Western Carolinas section since 2006, as well as serving as the financial chair for the 2007 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Greenville, SC. She is also a member of the long range planning committee for the section, and was chair of the committee to establish a long-range financial plan in 2010-2011. Because she seems to have a knack for keeping the accounts balanced and paying the bills on time, she is running for a fourth term as section treasurer.

Chemistry Is Fun - Earth Day at Roper Mountain Science Center

Posted by George on April 8, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Join members of WCACS in bringing chemistry to the community in this Earth Day edition of the traditional Second Saturday Science series.  April 11th from 9am-1pm.

Poster for Chemistry is Fun

For more details contact Zachary Davis (zachary.davis@newberry.edu)

Do you facebook? We do now!

Posted by George on March 5, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you on Facebook, we've started up a brand-new page for the Western Carolinas Local Section.  We'll be posting items of interest and creating signups for events so you can get reminders of upcoming activities in your FaceBook feed.  Check out the latest posts on the sidebar of the Western Carolinas ACS webpage, and if you're on FaceBook, like and follow us!

Announcing the candidates for WCACS Elections

Posted by George on November 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's that time again - elections for officers for 2015 and beyond.  We are conducting elections for three positions.

Nominated for Chair-elect, 2015 (Chair 2016, Immediate past-chair 2017)

 John Kaup (Furman University)

As way of introduction, I currently serve as the Coordinator of Science Education at Furman University. I am housed in the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences – an office focused on strengthening the STEM opportunities for Furman students and all students and teachers (K-16) with an interest in STEM. In my role, I manage a wide variety of Science-focused outreach efforts including ; middle school mentoring program, summer research opportunities for HS students and teachers, a STEM focused scholarship program at Furman, loaning program that provide equipment and supplies to teachers in the upstate and throughout the state. Essentially I leverage Furman and statewide resources to support STEM education throughout South Carolina.

I have also recently (July 2014) taken on the role of Executive Director of the SC Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) – a program focused on strengthening STEM education throughout the state and providing a venue (the SCJAS Annual Meeting) for HS students to formally present their research.

I have been an ACS member for nearly 20 years and I have served as alternate councilor (WCACS) for two terms (2008-2010, 2010-2012) and have been a strong proponent of strengthening and expanding our local section outreach efforts (NCW, CCED and summer PD for chemistry teachers). Numerous ChemLuminary nominations attest to the strength of our outreach efforts (though we are still seeking that elusive ChemLuminary for our outreach programs). This is my second year participating in the Science Coaches program and I look forward to strengthening that program and encouraging broader participation over the next 3 years. I led our efforts to link with the SCJAS to offer their Fall Workshop (at Furman) in 2012 and I look forward to a similar offering (and linkage with WCACS) in Fall 2016. Finally – through my previous work at Clemson and currently at Furman – I am passionate about linking our local section efforts with undergraduate student Chemistry Clubs (formerly Student Affiliates groups) and HS students and teachers that exhibit a passion for chemistry.


Nominated for Councilor, 2015-2017

Lucy Eubanks (Clemson University, retired)

Lucy Pryde Eubanks has served the Western Carolinas Local Section as Chair, Alternate Councilor, and is currently finishing her second full term as Councilor. She represents our Section on the Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC), an ACS Council Committee that works with all local sections to enhance their success. She represents LSAC on the ACS Leadership Advisory Board (LAB), and is a facilitator at the ACS Leadership Institute held in January each year for ACS members coming into leadership positions. Being elected to a third term as Councilor will assure continuity in all these activities, contributing to the continued success of our Section. Eubanks is retired from her position as Lecturer in Chemistry at Clemson University. She was Associate Director of the ACS DivCHED Examinations Institute from 1991-2002.

She was senior author and editor-in-chief for both the fifth (2006) and sixth (2009) editions of the ACS text for non-science majors, Chemistry in Context. She has also contributed to other ACS Curriculum Projects, including Chemistry in the Community and Chemistry: A Project of the American Chemical Society. She is currently serving on the Advisory Board for Emeritus College at Clemson University. Eubanks did her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her master's degree is from Seattle University. When not involved in professional activities, Eubanks may be found serving on the advisory boards of Clemson’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. She also enjoys flying, sailing, cooking, playing the violin or piano, or indulging her love of travel.

Nominated for Alternate Concilor, 2015-2017

Tim Hanks (Furman University)

Tim Hanks is a Professor of Chemistry at Furman University. He has been a member of the ACS (and the Organic, POLY and PMSE technical divisions) for 30 years and a member of the Western Carolinas Section for more than 20. Tim has served the Section in several capacities. For many years he has been the Chair of the Awards Committee, organizing the fall recognition of 50/60-year members and the spring celebration of outstanding chemistry majors. In 1996, he was the Program Chair for the Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS (SERMACS) when it was held in Greenville and he was the General Chair in 2007 when the meeting returned. Tim has long served as the Section’s representative on the SERMACS Board of Directors and is currently the Chair of that organization. In 2010, his contributions to the Society were recognized by the Southeast Region with the Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service. Tim has served the Western Carolinas Section as Alternate Councilor for the past three years. In that capacity, he has worked on theInternational Activities Committee, where he has helped to develop an International Section in Australia, delivered a workshop on scientific publishing and proposal writing to a group of Brazilian graduate students and postdoctoral fellow, and delivered a lecture to graduate students in Ottawa on ACS resources for study abroad opportunities.

National Chemistry Week at Spartanburg Science Center

Posted by George on October 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Spartanburg Science Center to Show "Sweet Side" of National Chemistry Week, Oct. 18

SPARTANBURG - Spartanburg Science Center will appeal to community's sweet tooth on Saturday, Oct. 18 as it kicks off the 27th annual National Chemistry Week at Chapman Cultural Center. Local chemists and chemistry clubs will provide special demonstrations to explain the chemical process of making candy, 12-3 p.m. The event is part of Spartanburg Science Center's Super STEM Saturday program.

National Chemistry Week (NCW) encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Spartanburg Science Center is joining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) organizations and programs across the nation in promoting the value of chemistry in everyday life. This year's theme is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry," highlighting the confectionary process. NCW 2014 runs Oct. 19-25. 

"Everything around us requires a chemical reaction, even our favorite candies," said long-time Executive Director for Spartanburg Science Center John Green. "But it's not just about candy. Understanding the basic principles behind it helps us understand how the world around us works. Knowing chemistry really is pretty sweet."

USC Upstate's Chemistry Club, Dorman High School's Chemistry Club, and various other local chemists will participate in the Center's kick off of NCW with demos and explanations.

A variety of demonstrations from USC Upstate's Chemistry Club will allow both children and adults alike to engage in scientific learning. The Club will find the acidity of sour candies, make chemical reactions with gummy bears, dehydrate sugar, and separate the colors of jelly bean food dyes.

In light of Halloween, the Club plans to create an exciting chemical reaction within a pumpkin. Other reactions, like color changes, floating bubbles, and dissolving metal, are scheduled to provide added insight into chemical processes. Children are invited to make "slime" in a hands-on activity, and then take their creation home with them.

Issues of Celebrating Chemistry from the American Chemical Society, in both English and Spanish, will be available for those who wish to learn more outside of the special demonstrations. USC Upstate's Chemistry Club will also provide other giveaways such as pocket-sized periodic tables, pencils, chemistry wristbands, and stickers, but quantities are limited.

Participation in Spartanburg Science Center's Super STEM Saturday program is free with paid entry fee. Admission is $4 per adult, $3.00 per senior, veteran, or activity military personnel, $2.50 per college student with valid IDs, $2 per student through high school, and free for children 5 and younger.

For more information, please contact Spartanburg Science Center at (864) 583-2777.