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2018 Outreach Volunteer Award Nominations Due 11/30

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Final Call: November 30 Deadline!

It’s time for nominations for the 2018 Outreach Volunteer Award. Submit the name of the individual or group as well as supporting information for evaluation by the chair, Arun Yethiraj (yethiraj@chem.wisc.edu) by or before the November 30 deadline. The nomination that is selected will be sent to ACS Headquarters. More information about these awards is at bit.ly/WISectionAward.

Election of 2018 Officers: Results

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Online ballots for officers were due from members on November 15. Results are listed below:

Chair-Elect 2018: John W. Moore

Treasurer 2018: Ilia Guzei

Secretary 2018: Cheri Barta

Councilor 2081-2020: Scott Wildman

Alternate Councilor 2018-2020: Nick Rossi

Poem Contest Winners and Local Officer Voting

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM

2017 Illustrated Poem Contest

The 2017 ACS National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest entries have been and judged. The names of the winners, their schools, and teacher’s names are below. Prizes and certificates have been sent to the winners. The winning entries were forwarded to the national competition at ACS Headquarters in DC. 

Grades 9–12

1st Prize: Eli Hendrickson, “Nature’s History Textbook”; Madison Country Day School, Michelle Kramer

Honorable Mention: Laura Gramer, “Rocks”; Portage High School, Kyle Homan

Grades 6–8

1st Prize: Olivia Cole, “Salt Weapons”; Madison Country Day School, Karla Rempe

Honorable Mention: Stella Christenson, “Nickel”; Madison Country Day School, Karla Rempe

VOTE before Nov. 15 deadline

Members of the ACS WI Local Section: If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to VOTE for 2018 Officers. Your online ballot was emailed on November 1, where you will find detailed information about accessing your unique ballot. Voting closes on Nov. 15th. If you experience any issues, please email: acs_wi_section@chem.wisc.edu 

Local Election Voting Now Open

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 4:50 PM

It’s time to VOTE!

The 2018 Wisconsin ACS Local Section election is now open: all Local Section members should have received an email ballot on Wednesday, November 1. There are five positions available for voting (Chair/Chair Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Councilor and Alternate Councilor).

  • Your email ballot has a link to information about each candidate.
  • The email also has complete information about the unique link that will access your individualized ballot. Note that your ballot is confidential and untraceable.

Voting will close on Nov. 15th. Don’t put it off—VOTE now!

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 
  • Undergraduate Excellence Awards
  • Speaker: Raj Atalla (see below)

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!

**Speaker: Raj Atalla**

Title: “The life cycles of cellulose as commodities and as nutrients”


Celluloses, which are the primary structural components in all plant life, have been integral parts of daily life for millennia. At the earliest, together with lesser constituents, as fuel in firewood. Later in textiles as in linens and in cottons. As rice straw fibers and as rags, they became the primary ingredients in different forms of paper; more recently wood pulps have become the primary source. Within the past two centuries celluloses have also become important feedstocks for production of regenerated cellulose fibers and films and many cellulose derivatives.

Simultaneously since the earliest domestication of ruminant animals, celluloses have been essential ingredients in their feed, whether as grasses or as other plant matter, because like starches the celluloses are homo-polymers of glucose. The ruminants can digest celluloses and associated polysaccharides more effectively than any other mammals.

As a potential source of sugars that can be fermented, the celluloses have received much attention lately as potential sources of second generation biofuels. We, at Cellulose Sciences International, have searched for and developed processes that make them more accessible to hydrolytic enzymes that convert them to fermentable monosaccharides. We have found that these same processes can also transform indigestible low value agricultural residues into highly digestible and nutritious feeds for ruminant animals. And we are embarking on building the first demonstration plant, funded by an Iowa farmers’ cooperative. It has been a multifaceted and fascinating adventure. We look forward to sharing some highlights with you.

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.


Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 20 All Day
Sunday Oct 22 - Saturday Oct 28
Thursday, Nov 9 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM