This spring the Central Texas Local Section of the ACS welcomes Neal Grice as Chair. Following 17 years work at Texaco Chemical Company, Austin R&D lab and two years teaching chemistry at Austin Community College, Dr. Grice worked with the Texas DSHS in the Environmental Chemistry section from which he is retired after 15 years service.
Several events are planned beginning this month, so read on and join us! Our first local section meeting will feature Dr. Donald Stedman, who now resides here in Austin. Many of you attended his talk on automobile pollution studies last year. His studies are discussed in part two of the excellent book by Malcolm Gladwell, entitled What the Dog Saw. At this meeting, Dr. Stedman will discuss the fascinating history of our understanding of the ozone layer at the top of the atmosphere.
At the awards banquet in April, we take the opportunity to honor our 50 year (and greater) members, outstanding high school seniors and other individuals from the local section who have won awards.
The Young Chemists Committee (YCC) will host a webinar on chemistry consulting to television and movies on February 24. Watch for other YCC events this spring-all are welcome to attend! YCC represents chemists under 30 years of age. If you’d like to get involved, contact our local section chair, Ms. Cotton Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to come and help with community outreach at Zilker Park on April 18 for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. Our CCED coordinator, Ms. Dodie Wells, is preparing activities for children aged 4-40. There is always a need for volunteers and for those who can conduct demonstrations.
Do you want to share your knowledge, learn skills or just have fun doing chemistry related activities? The ACS provides funding, training, and support for individuals who would like to volunteer.
Diane Kneeland and Barry Streusand, Councilors
Diane Kneeland serves on the ACS Committee for Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA). Her sub- committee within CEPA provides oversight and recommendations about ACS career programs, products and services.
Barry Streusand serves on the Committee on Science (COMSCI). His subcommittee within COMSCI writes and reviews public policy statements which are used to promote ACS positions to Congress and other government entities. CEPA and COMSCI are two of approximately 30 volunteer committees that provide advice and service to the ACS (the Society).