November Meeting - Thursday November 8 at UNC Asheville
The November meeting of the Western Carolinas Local section was be held at UNC Asheville, One University Heights, Asheville NC.
Dinner will be in Private Dining Room 100/200 of the Brown Hall (building 10 on the campus map). The lecture will be in Zeis Hall 014 (Building 24). Parking will be availble in Lot 7a.
4:45 pm: Executive Committee Meeting
6:00 pm: Meet and Greet (Private Dining Room 100/200)
6:30 pm: Dinner Buffet ($8 Members / $4 Students)
7:30 pm: Lecture (Private Dining Room 100/200)
Growing Our Own: Sustainable Raw Materials
Perry Vadhar and Jason Yarborough
Sealed Air Corporation
An overview of Sealed Air’s progress toward defining Bio-sourced raw materials for its protective and food businesses; including starchs, bio-derived polymers, cellulose, and mycelia.
Perry Vadhar works for Sealed Air Corporation in
Perry has over 26 years of experience in product and process development of food, medical and industrial packaging. His work includes research projects from concept through commercialization. Perry is an inventor or co-inventor in 10 US granted patents. He received his M.S. in Polymer Engineering from the
Jason Yarbrough received a PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2003 with an emphasis on Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis. He followed this with a post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill under Joseph M. DeSimone. In 2005 he joined Sealed Air Corporation and is currently working as a Senior Research Chemist in Sealed Air’s Polymers & Additives Platforms group in Duncan, SC. Since joining SAC, Dr. Yarbrough has contributed to work across a variety of topics within polymer and materials chemistry, including sustainable and renewable materials, recycled materials composites as well as sustainable energy.and other content
October Meeting - Thursday October 18 at Converse College
The October Meeting of the Western Carolinas Local Section was held at Converse College, 580 East Main St, Spartanburg SC.
We will be meeting in the Barnett Room in Montgomery Hall (Building 13 on this campus map - parking available in Dexter Parking Lot, area 12)
4:45pm: Executive Committee Meeting
6:00pm: Meet and greet
6:30pm: Dinner ($15 members/$7 students)
Chopped Pork BBQ w/buns
Pulled Chicken BBQ w/buns
Grilled vegetable medley
Cornbread salad, tossed salad, coleslaw
Fruit Salad, Peach Cobbler
7:30pm: Announcements and Introductions
Women Chemists in the National Inventors' Hall of Fame
Mary Virginia Orna
College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, NY
The National Inventors' Hall of Fame celebrates the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of great inventors by showcasing exhibits and presentations that allow visitors to experience the excitement of discovery, creativity and imagination. Founded in 1972 and located in Akron, Ohio, USA, the Hall of Fame is dedicated to the individuals who conceived the great technological advances which the USA fosters through its patent system. Each year a Selection Committee composed of representatives from national scientific and technical organizations votes to select the most qualified inventors from those nominated for the current year. To date, only 13 women of the more than 375 inventors thus honored are members of the Hall of Fame, and of these 13, seven are chemists. This talk will highlight the extraordinary contributions these women have made to our health and well-being through such inventions as chemotherapeutic agents, Kevlar, Scotchgard, and easy self-diagnosis for diabetes.
Mary Virginia Orna is professor of chemistry at the College of New Rochelle and Editor-at-Large, Chemical Heritage magazine. Among her many professional activities, she has presented plenary lectures and named lectureships on more than a dozen different occasions. She is a tour speaker on the roster of the American Chemical Society and has been an invited lecturer to every part of the United States and many countries in Europe, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. Her many publications have appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education, Color Research and Application, Studies in Conservation, Analytical Chemistry, Microchemical Journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, American Chemical Society monographs, and various other journals. She has also authored numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles, three books and co-edited eight others. Her ACS activities include serving on all elected Council committees and on other committees, i.e. the Society Committee on Education, Divisional Activities Committee and the Committee on Meetings and Expositions. She is active in several divisions of the American Chemical Society, having served as Chair, Program Chair and Treasurer of the Division of the History of Chemistry. She is currently serving as ACS Councilor and as a member of the ACS Council Policy Committee. She is a recipient of the following major awards: the 1984 CMA Catalyst Award for excellence in college chemistry teaching, the 1989 New York State Professor of the Year and National Gold Medalist, the 1989 Merck Innovation Award, the 1996 ACS Visiting Scientist Award, the 1996 James Flack Norris Award, the 1999 ACS George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the 2001 New England Association of Chemistry Teachers J. A. Timm Award for excellence in chemistry teaching, the 2008 Henry Hill Award, and the 2009 ACS Volunteer Service Award. She is presently president of ChemSource,Inc., a major effort in chemistry teacher preparation and enhancement funded by the National Science Foundation. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Israel (1994-95), where she lectured at The Hebrew University, The Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
September meeting: September 20 in Flat Rock, North Carolina
Please respond by Friday September 14 for meal preparations.
5:30 P.M. Meet and Greet (Synodical Hall)
6:00 P.M. Dinner Buffet Dining Hall
Students- $ 6.00
7:00 P.M. Lecture (Synodical Hall)
Dr. Carolyn Fisher, McCormick & Company
“Spices and Herbs: Chemistry and Health”
8:00 P.M. Service Award Honorees