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Annual Banquet

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Thursday November 9th, 2017 

Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant -  2039 Allen Boulevard

6:00 Social Hour: Wine/beer/soft drinks and Hors d’oeuvres (complimentary)

7:00 Dinner (no MSG used)

After-dinner Program

  • Presentation of ACS Awards, Local Section Awards
  • Presentation of 50- and 60-Year ACS Members•Presentation 
  • Undergraduate Excellence Awards•Speaker: to be announced

We hope you will join us for the informal social hour, dinner, talk, and celebration. The Wisconsin Section is partially subsidizing the dinner costs. The price is $30 per person, $15 for graduate students, no charge for undergraduates. Please let us know about any food allergies or restrictions.

Please make your check payable to: Wisconsin Section, American Chemical Society and send it to:

Betty Moore, ACS Wisconsin Local Section

Department of Chemistry 1101 University Avenue

Madison, WI 53706


Please reserve by or before Wednesday, November 1. Number of reservations is limited!

NCW Participation for Teachers

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 3:35 PM

National Chemistry Week is October 22–28 this year. The Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society invites teachers in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Lafayette, Marquette, Sauk counties to participate!

We are running an illustrated poem contest related to the National Chemistry Week theme, Chemistry Rocks! Would you and/or other teachers you know be interested? If so, encourage your students (and ask other teachers to encourage their students) to submit an illustrated poem that involves the chemistry of rocks, gemstones, crystals—anything solid and mineral.

Please click here for details about the contest and an entry form. Also, please share this information with other teachers you think would be interested.

The deadline for submission of an illustrated poem is Friday, October 20. Submissions should be sent to me, John Moore, at jwmoore@chem.wisc.edu or Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706. Children from all K–12 schools in the Wisconsin Section ACS are eligible.

If their illustrated poem is a winner, at least five students from the Wisconsin Section will receive a copy of the book, The F. John Barlow Mineral Collection. This book has full color illustrations of a broad collection of minerals in all their beauty. The top prize winner’s illustrated poem will be transmitted to the American Chemical Society headquarters and might be featured on the national ACS website and win a $300 prize. The teacher of the top prize winner will receive a salt (NaCl) crystal model from the Institute for Chemical Education.

Whether you participate in the contest or not, the Wisconsin Section would like to know your (and your fellow teachers’s) plans for National Chemistry Week/Mole Day. Use the Contact Us form on this website to let us know about what you are doing!

We invite you to participate in Wisconsin Section activities and, if you are not already a member, join our section and ACS. Our website lists many additional resources for teachers, and we encourage you to make use of them. If there is something you think we might add, please let us know.

We hope to hear from you!

John Moore, W.T. Lippincott Professor of Chemistry, Outreach Director, ACS Local Section

Tour of UW Center for Dairy Research & Cheese Tasting

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Social Gathering on Thursday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m., Tour of UW Center for Dairy Research & Cheese Tasting: We are trying something new: a Summer Social Event. We hope you’ll give it a try. Our goal is to attract a wide audience, one that represents the breadth of our membership--from a research lab or industry, a business or a law office. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, are urged to attend as well as those from the academic community.

What: Tour the UW Center for Dairy Research, Cheese tasting to follow. Chemistry questions are expected!

Where: 2nd floor, Babcock Dairy Store, 1605 Linden Drive, UW campus

When: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27

Who: Members, Affiliate Members, Prospective Members (and a guest)

Price: Free

Parking: The nearest lots are #40 and #39. Click here to view an online map showing the location of campus buildings and parking lots. On-street parking is metered but the campus lots are free after 4:30 p.m.

Deadline to Sign Up: Attendance is limited, so sign up now by contacting Cheri Barta, WI Section secretary at cheri.barta@wisc.edu by or before Wednesday, July 19.

Now Offering Outreach Grants

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 10:50 AM

The Wisconsin Local Section Outreach Small Grant Program is open to all members of the Wisconsin Local Section of the ACS. The objective of the program is to enhance each applicant’s effectiveness in science outreach, generate enthusiasm for chemistry, and engage local K-12 students and teachers, communities, organizations, or politicians in exciting activities and in understanding relevance and applications of chemistry today. Long range goals are attracting students to chemistry and science, combating anti-science attitudes, and raising the status of chemistry and science in local communities.

Grants of $250-$1000 will be offered twice annually. Proposals will be due Januray 1st and July 1st. 

For more information, visit our Outreach Grants website.

To submit a grant, visit our submission form.

ACS Mini-Grant Programs: Deadlines Approaching!

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 11:50 AM

We are happy to pass along opportunities for two ACS mini-grant programs for local sections. Each has a deadline for application of May 31, 2017.

Science-Café Mini-Grant

If you are looking to plan an activity for your Local Section geared toward the general public, consider organizing a science café! Funding of up to $500 is available to local sections to host a single science café or ongoing science café series in their area. Science cafés provide a relaxed, open venue for non-scientists and scientists alike to discuss current general or special interest topics.

Learn more about Science Cafés and apply online.

Bridging-the-Gap Mini-Grant

The 2017 theme for this grant program is "ACS Membership Dues Assistance". With funding of up to $500, Local Sections can plan events designed to gain new or retain existing members and assist specific member audience(s) with paying ACS membership dues.

Potential event ideas to target specific audiences can include, but are not limited to:

• Employment assistance events whereby attendees can be awarded dues assistance as a prize or may be randomly chosen (targeted audience: unemployed or underemployed chemists and/or students)

• Student outreach events whereby attendees can be awarded dues assistance as a prize or may be randomly chosen (targeted audience: chemistry students and teachers/professors)

• Teacher outreach events (targeted audience: high school chemistry teachers)

Learn more about the 2017 Bridging-the-Gap Mini-Grant and apply online.

March for Science Madison

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 5:20 PM

The March for Science, and the Local Section’s participation in it, was a success. Thanks for your support--it was good to have such a good turnout to represent our group. All of our signs were held high, and we could have used quite a few more! We will share more photos as we receive them on the Past Events page.

Wisconsin ACS Important Announcements

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Hello from the Wisconsin ACS Local Section,

We have some important and timely announcements to share with all members. Please react and respond—we would love to hear from you!

  • Support Science--Join March for Science. First, we call your attention to the March for Science, and in particular what’s happening locally: March for Science - Madison. It will take place on Earth Day 2017, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. It will go from Madison’s James Madison Park to UW Science Hall/Library Mall. More information about the event in Madison is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1763770130603220/ . We hope you will join fellow ACS Local Section members so we can strengthen our efforts by participating as a group. Information about where and when we will gather as well as the availability of signs will be posted (and updated) on our web site http://wisconsin.sites.acs.org/ as soon as it is available. Join in: support science at a time when it needs support from everyone!
  • Judges needed. Volunteer! The UW-Madison Chemistry Department will hold its annual undergraduate poster session on Friday, April 28, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Shain Atrium. We are specifically looking for judges from industry or research labs who would be willing to evaluate 4 to 5 posters during the event. Your reward is the opportunity to interact with enthusiastic students, their research teams, and mentors; to share your own knowledge and experience with these budding chemists; and to learn about what’s going on in some of the UW-Madison research labs. Interested? Contact Cheri Barta, Undergraduate Research Director at cbarta@chem.wisc.edu. We hope to hear from you and to welcome you on April 28!
  • Act Quickly: Excellence Awards for Students: All undergraduate students are eligible to compete for the Local Section’s Annual Awards for Excellence in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical chemistry. This includes students at Edgewood College, Madison College, and UW-Platteville as well as those at UW-Madison. The awards of $300 are based on performance on the relevant ACS Standardized Exams. The exams are scheduled to be given at UW-Madison on April 7, 8, and 9. For details and complete information, contact Matt Bowman, bowman@chem.wisc.edu.
  • Student Poster Exchange. The ACS Wisconsin Local Section has been awarded a Leadership Institute Mini-Grant, entitled "Partnering with Neighboring Local Sections". This grant will support the initiative jointly proposed by four local sections (Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula, La Crosse-Winona, and NE Wisconsin) to organize a poster exchange event enabling chemistry students to (a) develop experience evaluating scientific posters and (b) obtain peers’ and senior colleagues’ critique of their posters. Student posters will be circulated in a coordinated fashion among different institutions for peer review. A virtual summit among the participants will follow, then presentation at a regional or national ACS Meeting.
  • Summer Social Event:  We are planning a social event for this summer that we hope will attract a wide audience that includes our members from local industries, businesses, and research labs as well as those from academia. Right now it is a toss-up between having (a) a TED Talk where selected ACS members could give lightning talks on a topic of interest to a broad audience and (b) having a talk with a broad appeal followed by a social, possibly a cruise on Lake Mendota. Since there is not yet a consensus, we are open to hearing your ideas for version (c). While there is no specific date, the aim is for mid-July, so mark your calendar now and expect to hear more.
  • Coming: Membership Survey: Here is a chance to make your voice heard. A Local Section membership survey will soon arrive in your email. We are interested in finding out more about what the local ACS section can do for all its members. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and provide any suggestions, ideas, or comments for programming or other functions that you would like to see the local section provide. Of course, if there is something that we are doing that you really like or depend on, feel free to let us know that as well. We need your input, and hope you will encourage others to do so. Let us hear from you!


Betty Moore

Membership Relations Director

Tracy Drier Named Wisconsin ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 12:45 AM

Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower at UW-Madison Department of Chemistry has been named Wisconsin ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

Mr. Drier is a well-established scientific master glassblower.  Throughout his career Tracy has been a dedicated teacher and demonstrator of glassblowing skills. He designed a transportable, self-contained glassblowing station for the purpose of educational outreach. This Firewagon has since been used in area classrooms and other public venues to demonstrate the properties of glass. In 2016, Tracy has participated in 10 outreach events in Madison and Cambridge, Wisconsin. These include the Wisconsin Science Festival and UW Science Expedition, where he did demonstrations for hundreds of students, their parents, and the general public.


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