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Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) illustrated poem contest for K-12 students.

Posted by George on April 8, 2015 at 2:25 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.

A flyer detailing the competition can be downloaded here

The official entry form (Word format) can be downloaded here

All illustrated poems must be received by Friday April 17th to be considered

For more details, contact John Kaup:  (john.kaup@furman.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!

Announcement: The February meeting at Wofford is canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

Posted by George on February 26, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to the likelihood of 5-8 inches of snow in the area, we have made the decision to cancel the meeting scheduled for Wofford.   For catering purposes we needed to make this decision in advance rather than wait until the day.

US National Chemistry Olympiad 2015 - Local Section Competition starts soon

Posted by George on January 25, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As part of the US National Chemistry Olympiad, the Western Carolinas Local Section invites High Schools in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina to participate.  The Local Section competition is open to all students currently enrolled in a recognized High School and under 21 years of age.  Exams will be mailed to schools in February and will be graded by the local section coordinator in order to determine which students qualify for the National competition on April 17th at Furman University.

We will start registering schools on January 26.  To find out more, or register your school, contact our Chemistry Olympiad coordinator, George Heard at gheard@unca.edu or wcacs.olympiad@gmail.com

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.


National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by George on September 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

The Western Carolinas Local Section of the American Chemical Society invites students in K-12 schools to participate in the National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest.


A flyer detailing the competition can be downloaded here


The official entry form (Word format) can be downloaded here

All illustrated poems must be received by Mole Day (Thursday October 23rd) to be considered

For more details, contact John Kaup:  (john.kaup@furman.edu)


Become a Science Coach and mentor a local teacher

Posted by George on September 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Invitation to participate in the ACS sponsored Science Coaches program


Mentor a local teacher and ACS will provide $500 in support  to the teacher’s school. 


Now in its third year, the Science Coaches program serves to link your expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle or high school science teacher.  If this sounds interesting – read some of the details below and go to the main ACS website (www.acs.org/sciencecoaches).  We (WCACS) are excited to help our local section members to connect with this program and a teacher in your area.  If you already have a teacher in mind – see the ACS site and they can lead you through the process of applying (both you and the teacher contribute to the application).  If you are interested but need to locate a teacher in your area – send an e-mail to John Kaup (john.kaup@furman.edu) and he will touch base and find out about your interests and help you connect with a teacher in your local area.


John Kaup

WCACS Outreach Coordinator


What is an ACS Science Coach?

ACS Science Coaches are chemistry professionals who share their expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle, or high school teacher over the course of one school year.

Available to chemistry grad students, professionals and retirees, science coaches volunteer to assist one teacher at least six times during one school year. Some coaches work behind the scenes, while others prefer to interact with students. They may help the teacher plan, assist during labs, present lessons, or mentor small groups of students. Each partnership is a little different with each chemist and teacher deciding together how they will combine their expertise and interests to improve the science education experiences of students. 

Program Expectations of a Science Coach

  • Make six visits throughout the academic year
  • Working with the same teacher and students gives science coach visits a greater impact. Building a rapport with a teacher and students allows you to contribute to and observe student growth. Many students will view their science coach as their personal scientist. 
  • Share your experience
  • Throughout your Science Coach commitment, ACS will ask you to complete three short surveys describing your experience and to collect demographic information. The initial survey is the program application. Additional surveys will be sent in early and late spring. 

Role of a Science Coach

Be comfortable with a supporting role

As a chemist, you will be the classroom authority on science, but as a guest, you take a supporting role. Teachers may be sensitive about having another adult in the classroom. Assure the teacher that you intend to help meet curriculum goals. 

Share your expertise

Your knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for science are a valuable contribution that only you can share. Make learning more meaningful by relating concepts to real-world applications. Science courses are hard work. Share with students what was motivating when you were a student, and what inspires you today.


2014 CCED Illustrated Poem Contest - The Wonders of Water

Posted by George on February 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Illustrated Poem Contest

2014 Theme: The Wonders of Water

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

A flyer detailing the competition can be downloaded here

The official entry form (Word format) can be downloaded here

All illustrated poems must be received by Friday March 28th to be considered.

For more details, contact John Kaup:  (john.kaup@furman.edu)


Introducing the candidates for 2014 Officer Positions

Posted by George on November 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We will shortly be conducting elections for 2014 officer positions - look for an email with a link to the online ballot.  This page will be updated as further details become available.

Candidate for Chair-Elect:  Meredith Newman, Mars Hill College

Meredith is originally from Aiken, SC. She earned her MS and PhD from Clemson University. After graduation, she accepted a post-doctoral position In the Analytical Chemistry Department at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After completing her post-doc Meredith worked as a Senior Scientist at the Idaho National Engineering Lab. She next taught at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where she served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department. Meredith is currently a faculty member at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC. If elected Meredith hopes to continue Megan’s work in encouraging more student involvement in our chapter. She also hopes to encourage activities and events designed to improve the general public’s understanding and appreciation of chemistry.

Candidate for Secretary:  Zachary Davis, Newberry College

Zachary Davis is currently a Visiting Instructor of Chemistry at Newberry College. He is finishing his dissertation at Purdue University, in the group of Timothy Zwier. His research is on the border between analytical and physical chemistries, with both instrument construction and computational facets. On the instrument side, he was one the team that constructed and characterized the Instrument for Cold Ion Spectroscopy (ICIS), a mass spectrometer that allows for the conformation-specific study of ultra cold (< 10 K) ions. For the computation aspect, he investigates the potential energy surfaces of small, flexible biomolecules utilizing disconnectivity diagrams, which provide a method of viewing potential energy surfaces of molecules using molecular dynamics to calculate minima and transition states. At Newberry, he is looking forward to becoming integrated into the department and teaching general and analytical chemistry courses.

Candidate for Councilor:  George Heard, University of North Carolina Asheville

Originally from Australia, George Heard has been at UNC Asheville since 1999 and has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1999.  He has served one term as Councilor (2010-2013) and two terms as Alternate Councilor.  For Western Carolinas Local section he serves as the webmaster, National Chemistry Week coordinator and Chemistry Olympiad coordinator.  For ACS, he has been a member of the Committee on Community Activities (2007-2015), and is Chair of CCA (2013-2015).

Candidate for Alternate Councilor:  Blaine Childress, Sealed Air Corporation

Blaine is a Research Scientist at Sealed Air Corporation. Throughout his career, he has worked at the North American Research Center in Duncan, South Carolina, world headquarters for Food Packaging and Medical Products divisions of Sealed Air. He has worked in R&D for 35 years, with assignments in Analytical Chemistry, Product and Process Development, Technology Protection, Product Innovation, and Technology Scouting. Since 2007 he has defined and managed Sealed Air’s global Open Innovation program.

Blaine has an undergraduate degree in Textile Chemistry from Auburn University and a MS in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University.

Blaine serves on the Advisory Board of South Carolina InnoVision, is Past Chair of the Western Carolinas American Chemical Society, and on Council at Holy Communion Lutheran in Spartanburg. He is a U.S Patent Agent and continues to actively pursue expanding and protecting the intellectual property of Sealed Air world wide. He has provided technical support and expert testimony to scores of foreign oppositions, and drafted many joint development agreements for the company.

Blaine is eager to continue advancing the effectiveness of our Local Section in engaging our community of chemists and supporting and encouraging our many Section educators.