Chemical Society of Washington

Leo Schubert Award for 2017

Leo Schubert Memorial Award Announcement

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Leo Schubert Memorial Award to recognize an outstanding teacher of high school chemistry in the Washington, D.C. area. The award was established in 1979 to honor Dr. Leo Schubert, a chemistry professor at American University who devoted much of his career to developing programs for high school teachers and students. The Schubert award consists of a $500 honorarium and a certificate, which will be presented at the January 2018 CSW dinner meeting.

Nominations for the award must be comprehensive in describing the nominee’s accomplishments in areas such as innovation in teaching, writing curricula, outside teaching, papers published, involvement in science fairs, and postgraduate study. The application may also include supporting letters, as well as any supporting documents that concisely illuminate the nominee’s accomplishments.

To be eligible for the CSW Schubert award, the nominee must currently teach chemistry at a secondary school in the geographic region of the Chemical Society of Washington, which includes metropolitan Washington, D.C. and the neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia – Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia, and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland. The region of CSW also includes six counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland – Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

A CSW Schubert Award nomination form is available directly via The Capital Chemist website (http://www.capitalchemist.org/the-chemical-society-of-washingtons-leo-schubert-memorial-award-2017-nomination-form/). Alternatively, a pdf version of the nomination form can be obtained by an e-mail request to csw@acs.org. Completed pdf nomination forms can be sent directly to csw@acs.org. All nominations must be submitted by November 15, 2017.

Charles L. Gordon Award for 2016

Charles L. Gordon Memorial Award

Named after Charles Gordon for his years of service as managing editor of the Capital Chemist, the Charles L. Gordon Memorial Award is given in recognition of exemplary service by a CSW member to the profession of chemistry, to the science of chemistry, and/or to the Chemical Society of Washington. Nominations are invited for this award, consisting of a plaque that will be presented at the February CSW dinner meeting. A written nomination should include a description of the accomplishments on which the nomination is based. Additional documentation that includes seconding letters and the nominee’s CV are welcome.

Completed nominations for the Charles L. Gordon Award are due on or before November 15, 2016. The nomination should be submitted electronically to csw@acs.org. Please contact the Chair of the Awards Committee, Kim M. Morehouse at kim.morehouse@fda.hhs.gov, if you have any questions.

 Gordon awardee Dr. John Malin and President Jason Schaff at the March CSW meeting.

Photo of Honorees

CSW hosted a luncheon at Maggiano’s in Tysons Corner, Virginia, on December 10, to present Certificates and honor members celebrating 50 years of membership in ACS. Crystal Rivers (FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling) presented information on "The New Nutrition Facts Label."

L-R:  Dr. James Alford Barnes, Mr. Jacob Arnold Donkersloot, Dr. Arthur Merrill Halpern, Dr. Joseph P. Hanig, Dr. Steven J. Hausman, Dr. Richard Albert Jourdenais, Dr. David Keith Schmalzer, Dr. David Leroy Taylor, Mr. Kenneth Stanley Czyscinski

Charles L. Gordon Award for 2015

Jennifer Young Tanir receives the CSW 2015 Charles L. Gordon Award

Dr. Jennifer Young Tanir, accepting the Charles L. Gordon Award from Alan Anderson, 2015 CSW President

The recipient of the 2015 Charles L. Gordon Award is Dr. Jennifer Young Tanir. The award is given in recognition of exemplary service by a CSW member to the profession of chemistry, chemists, and the Chemical Society of Washington. It is named after Charles Gordon in for his years of service as managing editor of the Capital Chemist.

Dr. Tanir is currently employed by the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) in Washington, DC where she is a Scientific Program Manager.   At HESI, Jennifer manages multi-stakeholder collaborative projects on a variety of topics related to chemistry and toxicology. Her projects include developing guidance on chemical alternatives assessment for sustainability, applying advances in exposure science to risk assessment, and advancing genetic toxicology.

She was previously employed by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (2004-2011) where she was instrumental with running the Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. She also managed technical programs focused on green chemistry information databases and standard development, awards and grants programs, educational materials, and training.

Jennifer has served as the CSW Secretary since 2014 and served as a Councilor from 2012-2014 and as a Manager from 2010-2011.  She has also been an Associate on the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement since 2013. As CSW Secretary she keeps the official Board records and provides excellent minutes of the meetings which also assist with the completion of the CSW annual report.  She led the process of hiring a new administrative assistant in 2015. She has been involved in several CSW committees, and was the founding member of the CSW Environmental and Sustainability Committee.  Her efforts on the annual report have been instrumental with CSW submitting for several ACS ChemLuminary Awards, for which CSW has won four in the past two years.  The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to recognize Dr. Tanir’s outstanding contributions to CSW and the chemistry community by naming here as the 2015 recipient of the Charles L. Gordon Award.

Leo Schubert Memorial Awards for 2015

Brita Johannessen-Kluk receives the 2015 Leo Schubert Award

Brita Johannessen-Kluk accepting the Leo Schubert Award from Alan Anderson, 2015 CSW President

The co-recipient of the 2015 Leo Schubert Memorial Award for outstanding teaching of high school chemistry is Brita Johannessen-Kluk, Chemistry Teacher at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. She joined the faculty at Norwest High School in 2006.

Ms. Johannessen-Kluk received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education in 2006 from the University of Maryland. She received a Master’s in Human Development in 2010, also from the University of Maryland.

At Northwest High School Ms. Johannessen-Kluk has taught a variety of courses, including AP and Honors Physics, Honors Environmental Chemistry, Honors Mater and Energy and Physical Science. Beyond the classroom, she has regularly served as a mentor for extracurricular chemistry competitions, including the annual Chemathon at the University of Maryland where she serves on the organizing committee.  She also sponsors the Northwest High School Science Club and co-sponsors the Ecology (SERT) Team and the Advanced Curriculum for Excellence in Science (ACES). She received the Green Ribbon Award in 2015.

Ms. Johannessen-Kluk is one of those teachers who truly knows how to motivate students.  Watching how she interacts with members of her own teams from Northwest High School, it is obvious that her students respect and like her.   However, her ability to motivate students well beyond high school is also obvious.   Several of her former students either currently are, or have been, students at Maryland, and they always stop by to see her when she is on the campus.  They seem to think of her as someone who has "touched their lives".

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to recognize Ms. Johannessen-Kluk outstanding contributions to teaching high school chemistry by naming her as the co-recipient of the 2015 Leo Schubert Memorial Award.

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Tiffany Ann Reid Reddinger receives the 2015 Leo Schubert Award

Tiffany Ann Reid Reddinger accepting the Leo Schubert Award from Alan Anderson, 2015 CSW President

The co-recipient of the 2015 Leo Schubert Memorial Award for outstanding teaching of high school chemistry is Tiffany Ann Reid Reddinger, Chemistry Teacher at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. She joined the faculty at Holton-Arms in 2001. Prior to that she taught at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA and Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY.

Ms. Reddinger received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Virginia. She took additional graduate courses at Lehman College, City University of New York and George Mason University.

At Holton-Arms School Ms. Reddinger has taught a variety of courses, including Chemistry and Physical Science. Beyond the classroom, she has regularly served as a mentor for extracurricular chemistry competitions, including the annual Chemathon and Chemistry Olympiad, where her students have been highly successful. She is widely recognized by her students and their parents for her strong leadership and support. She was featured in Doorways magazine as “Faculty Who Break the Mold.”  She is the sponsor for the Middle School Robotics/Engineering club and the Upper School Black Student Union.  She received the Alumnae Award in 2013 and was featured in the Annual Report as a faculty member who championed the Annual Giving campaign.

Ms. Reddinger’s dedication extends to all her students and is not limited to the top performers who have achieved great success. A parent of one of her recent students writes that "It is not an exaggeration to say that Mrs. Reddinger had a deep and profound influence on our daughter."

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to recognize Ms. Reddinger’s outstanding contributions to teaching high school chemistry by naming her as the co-recipient of the 2015 Leo Schubert Memorial Award.

Kim Morehouse named 2016 Local Section Volunteer of the Year

Kim Morehouse receives ACS 2016 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year recognition

In an effort to recognize the immeasurable outreach efforts made by local section volunteers, the Committee of Community Activities (CCA) has established the Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year recognition program.

CSW Councilor Kim Morehouse was recently awarded a Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year award from ACS for his outreach involvement within the CSW local section.

 

Dennis Chamot, Kim Morehouse, and Alan Anderson 
Photo credit: Lori Chapli 

Kim, a CSW Councilor, has been involved in outreach activities for the Chemical Society of Washington for many years. For over 10 years Kim has served as the Coordinator for National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day.  He is also the CSW representative to the Chemathon program, a competition for high chemistry students, held at the University of Maryland. He has worked with the ACS headquarters staff for the USA Science and Engineering Festival, volunteering at the event as well as recruiting other volunteers.   He has also served as a former CSW President and Treasurer.

Please join us in congratulating him for his work!

Award Notes

  • In recognition of their exemplary outreach efforts, ACS provides each participating local section with a certificate and recognition gift to present to the awardee during a local section meeting or other local section event.
  • Each local section has an opportunity to recognize one individual annually for demonstrating extraordinary outreach volunteer service within the section.
  • Volunteers are only eligible to be recognized once every five years.
  • The awardees will also be recognized by the Chair of CCA, George L. Heard, in an issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) later this year.

The award description published and additional information on the Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year award may be found here: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/ls/grantsawards/local-section-outreach-volunteers.html

2015 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad

Great news for the 2015 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad!  One of our local students not only attended the Study Camp but was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.  See the announcement, below:

Announcement (PDF, 28 Kb)

Nevart Tahmazian named CSW Volunteer if the Year

Nevart N. Tahmazian to be Honored as CSW Local Section Volunteer of the Year at the April CSW Meeting. 

Prof. Tahmazian, Professor of Chemistry, Montgomery College, has been involved in several chemistry related outreach activities for over 20 years.  Most notably is her participation in National Chemistry Week activities with the local elementary schools and girl scout troops for many years.  Nevart has worked with Rockville Science Day for more than twenty years. She is the coordinator for “Chemistry in Action” Demonstrations and hands-on activities and has been the liaison for the Chemistry Department and chemistry students.    She has partnered with the Chemical Society of Washington for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day as part of the Rockville Science Day activities.  She has encouraged students to consider chemistry as a profession and as a co-advisor for the STEM EDUCATION Community Club, she has encouraged and involved student members in several outreach opportunities.  Nevart has been involved with the Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day at John’s Hopkins Shady Grove Campus for the past several years, since the program started.  This program reaches over 600 students annually chosen from two different public schools each year, to encourage careers in science. She has also volunteered in Sonya Kovalevsky program that targets around 60 middle school (7th or 8th grade) female students each year by coordinating chemistry workshops and demos.  The program tries to attract female students towards math and sciences.  In October 2012, she was featured in the ACS video production for her activities during National Chemistry Week.  Through the ACS Science Coach and Ambassador programs, she was the science coach for St. Mary's middle school in Rockville and coordinated lesson plans and hands-on activities with the science teacher for the curriculum.

Outreach Volunteer of the Year

Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/ls/grantsawards/local-section-outreach-volunteers.html).

2015     Nevart N. Tahmazian
2014     V. Ajay Milia
2013     Michael P. Doyle

Call for Awards Nominations

Hillebrand Prize

Nominations are invited for the Hillebrand Prize that is awarded annually for original contributions to the science of chemistry by a member or members of the Chemical Society of Washington. The Hillebrand Prize is the most prestigious honor given by CSW and is recognized nationally as a mark of significant accomplishment in chemistry. Many previous Hillebrand Prize winners have won numerous other national and international awards, including three that have received the Nobel Prize. The Hillebrand Prize originated in 1924 and is named for Dr. William F. Hillebrand (1853-1925), an internationallyrecognized pioneer in analytical chemistry and one of Washington’s most distinguished chemists. The prize carries an honorarium of $2000. Recent awardees can be found at http://csw.sites.acs.org/hillebrand.htm.

The nomination letter is limited to 1000 words. Two seconding letters are required, each limited to a maximum of 500 words, and the nomination package must also contain the nominee’s curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and other accomplishments, and a proposed citation of not more than 25 words. The nomination package should be submitted by e-mail, preferably as a pdf file(s) to csw@acs.org. Nominations will be active for three years. In accordance with the CSW Standing Rules, both the nominee and the nominator must be current members of CSW, but this restriction does not apply to writers of seconding letters. All materials must be received by October 15, 2013. The awardee will be announced before the

end of the year, and the Prize will be presented at a CSW dinner meeting in March 2014. If you would like to verify the eligibility of an individual as a nominee or nominator, please contact the CSW Administrator at csw@acs.org.

Hillebrand Prize Winners

 

Leo Schubert Award

The Leo Schubert Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding teacher of high school chemistry in the Washington, D.C. area. The award was established in 1979 to honor Dr. Leo Schubert, a chemistry professor at American University who devoted much of his career to developing programs for high school teachers and students. The award consists of a $500 honorarium and a certificate, which will be presented at the December CSW dinner meeting. Nominations for the award must be comprehensive and include supporting letters, as well as details about the nominee’s accomplishments in areas such as innovation in teaching, writing curricula, outside teaching, papers published, involvement in science fairs, and postgraduate study. A nomination form can be obtained via an e-mail request to csw@acs.org.

Eligibility: the nominee must teach chemistry at a secondary school in the geographic region of the Chemical Society of Washington, Washington, D.C., which includes neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia. Please contact the Chair of the Awards Committee, Michael P. Doyle, mdoyle3@umd.edu, if you have any questions. Completed nominations must be submitted by Monday, June 1, 2013.

Leo Schubert Award Winners

 

Charles L. Gordon Memorial Award

Named after Charles Gordon for his years of service as managing editor of the Capital Chemist, the Charles L. Gordon Memorial Award is given in recognition of exemplary service by a CSW member to the profession of chemistry, to the science of chemistry, and/or to the Chemical Society of Washington. Nominations are invited for this award, consisting of a plaque that will be presented at the December CSW dinner meeting. A written nomination should include a description of the accomplishments on which the nomination is based. Additional documentation that includes seconding letters and the nominee’s CV are welcome.

Completed nominations for the Charles L. Gordon Award are due on or before September 16, 2013. The nomination should be submitted electronically to csw@acs.org. Please contact the Chair of the Awards Committee, Michael P. Doyle, mdoyle3@umd.edu, if you have any questions.

Charles L. Gordon Memorial Award Winners

 

Community Service Award

Nominations are invited for the Chemical Society of Washington Community Service Award that is given to a member of CSW in recognition of outstanding public service. The annual award, in  the form of a certificate, will be presented at the December CSW dinner meeting. A written nomination consists of a letter that describes the contributions of the nominee and why the candidate is deserving of the honor. Additional documentation that includes seconding letters and the nominee’s CV are welcome. In order to be eligible for the award, the nominee must be a member of the Chemical Society of Washington (ACS Local Section).

Completed nominations for the CSW Community Service Award are due on or before September 16, 2013. The nomination should be submitted electronically to csw@acs.org. Please contact the Chair of the Awards Committee, Michael P. Doyle, mdoyle3@umd.edu, if you have any questions.

Community Service Award Winners 

Dr, Weisburger receives the Phillipe Shubik Award

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Weisburger was the recipient of the 2013 Philippe Shubik Distinguished Scientist Award from The Toxicology Forum. From their website, “this award recognizes an individual who has led a long and productive career in toxicology and who has made significant and noteworthy contributions to our field, including all aspects of traditional and regulatory toxicology. The recipient of this award will have played a leading role in the development of toxicology concepts and mechanisms or guidelines that have made significant and long-term change in important regulatory policies.” Dr. Weisburger is a long-time, active member of CSW, and has won several CSW awards, including the Hillebrand Prize in 1980, the Gordon Award in 1999, and the Gordon Award in 2008. Please join us in congratulating her on this honor.

From the award announcement:
Dr. Elizabeth Weisburger has had a long and productive career in toxicology and has played a leading role in the development of toxicology concepts and in the development of guidelines that have influenced regulatory policies. Dr. Weisburger received a B.S. in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Her thesis work was on the stereochemistry of fluorene compounds. After obtaining her doctorate degree, Betsy stayed at the U. of Cincinnati as a research associate  studying fluorene compounds and in particular synthesizing analogs of the research carcinogen Z-acetylaminofluorene.

Betsy moved to the National Cancer Institute, NIH on a postdoctorate fellowship in 1949 and soon became an officer in the US Public Health service in 1951. At the NCI Betsy conducted research and made important contributions on the mechanism of carcinogenesis and the metabolic fate of 2-acetylaminofluorene. She also investigated and published on the effects of various hormones, other compounds, and the effect of age, intestinal bacteria and various drugs on the carcinogenic activity and metabolism of the fluorenylacetarnides.

Betsy has also studied and published extensively on the carcinogenicity and metabolism of various nitrosamines, aromatic amines, halogenated hydrocarbons, fumigants and various food preservatives. Her studies in particular have aided in the elucidation of structural requirements of importance in chemical carcinogenesis.

In addition to her extensive and outstanding experimental work resulting in more than 270 publications Betsy has made valuable contributions to the hazard identification of carcinogens. Betsy and her husband John were given the responsibility for developing a contract program to evaluate environmental, industrial and naturally-occurring compounds for possible carcinogenic activity. Her emphasis was on the development of systems for evaluating carcinogenic risks and in the selection of compounds for evaluation of potential carcinogenicity.

Betsy also was among the first scientists to evaluate several compounds using in cancer chemotherapy for carcinogenic activity and to discuss their benefits and potential risk. Betsy has received many honors including the Meritorious service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Hillebrand Prize and the Garvan Medal from the American Chemical Society. She was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society in 2009. The Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory at Lebanon Valley College (in a new science building) was named after her. She received an honorary Doctor of Science from the Lebanon Valley College and from the University of Cincinnati. For her excellent contributions to all aspects of traditional toxicology and regulatory toxicology and for development of toxicology concepts that have influenced and improved regulatory policies it is highly appropriate and an honor for The Toxicology Forum to present Dr. Elizabeth K. Weisburger with the Philippe Shubik Distinguished Scientist Award for 2013.

CSW Student Achievement Award Winners  for 2013

Award Winners at the February CSW Meeting at Gerogetown University: (left to right):
Kristen Johnson (The Catholic University of America), Timothy P. Dougherty (Georgetown University), Lindsay Wise (Georgetown University), Mary McGann (The Catholic University of America), Nam Soo Kim (University of Maryland), Keyun Wang (American University), Klare Lazor (American University), Dain T. Thorpe (University of the District of Columbia), Tarek Mansour (The George Washington University), and Sara Tadayon (George Mason University, not in the photograph) with Dr. Douglas Raber, CSW President

Richard G. Weiss receives the CSW 2012 Charles L. Gordon Award

The recipient of the 2012 Charles L. Gordon Award is Professor Richard G. Weiss of Georgetown University. The award is given in recognition of exemplary service by a CSW member to the profession of chemistry, chemists, and the Chemical Society of Washington. It is named after Charles Gordon in for his years of service as managing editor of the Capital Chemist.

As a professor of chemistry at Georgetown University and as a senior editor for the journal Langmuir, Dr. Weiss is well known the chemical community. He has also established an international presence as a Fulbright Research Fellow and as an International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Fellow. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society. His research program at Georgetown is focused on the synthesis, properties, and chemical reactions of materials, particularly of gels and liquid crystals.

Professor Weiss has provided valuable service to our local section by administering the College Achievement Awards since 2008, helping CSW to recognize the best and brightest undergraduate students in our region. In addition, he has served since 2009as a mentor for Project SEED, which provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged high school students to gain research experience in a chemistry laboratory.

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to recognize Dr. Weiss’s outstanding contributions to CSW and the chemistry community by naming him as the 2012 recipient of the Charles L. Gordon Award.

 Gordon Award is presented to Richard Weiss at the December Meeting
by Doug Raber, CSW Chair elect and Chair of the Awards committee. 

Xu Duan receives the 2012 Leo Schubert Memorial Award

Xu Duan, Holton-Arms School, receives the CSW 2012 Schubert Award for High School Teaching

The recipient of the 2012 Leo Schubert Memorial Award for outstanding teaching of high school chemistry is Xu Duan, Chemistry Teacher at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. He joined the faculty at Holton-Arms in 2011 after nine years at Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Mr. Duan was born in Beijing but spent most of his childhood in Inner Mongolia in the frontier region near the border with the Soviet Union. After graduating in 1986 from the Hebei State University in Beijing with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology, he spent six years engaged in teaching and research at the Beijing Biodiversity Conservation and Research Center in China. Then in 1992, he enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he subsequently received his Master’s Degree in Biology in 2000.

At both the Holton-Arms School and Queen Anne School, Mr. Duan has taught a variety of courses, including AP Chemistry and Honors Chemistry. Beyond the classroom, he has regularly served as a mentor for extracurricular chemistry competitions, including the annual Chemathon and Chemistry Olympiad, where his students have been highly successful. He is widely recognized by his students and their parents for his strong leadership and support. In 2008, the Washington Post named him a recipient of The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.

Mr. Duan’s dedication extends to all his students and is not limited to the top performers who have achieved great success. A parent of one of his recent students writes that he “is passionate about his job. He pulls out all the stops to make sure that everyone is successful in his class.

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to recognize Mr. Duan’s outstanding contributions to teaching high school chemistry by naming him as the 2012 recipient of the Leo Schubert Memorial Award.

 

Leo Schubert Award is presented to Xu Duan at the December Meeting
by Doug Raber, CSW Chair elect and Chair of the Awards committee. 

 

CSW Honors 50-Year ACS Members at November Dinner Meeting

 

George I. Birnbaum John H. Konnert
Robert F. Brady Jr. Quentin Looney
James J. Brown Aris Alan Moghissi
James S. Burton Russell T. Pack
Delanson R. Crist Harold T. Peterson Jr.
Nancy M. Davidian Michael T. Pope
George Thomas Davis Richard Hudson
John L. Dennison Quarles
William D. Dorko Kendall Brooks Randolph
Hassan Saad El Khadem Jane Sayer
Robert L. Epstein D. L. Schneider
Judith L. Flippen-Anderson Vane G. Smith Jr.
Zory R. Glaser William M. Tolles
Lou Thompson Hughes Anne H. Turner
Bruce B. Jarvis Patricia C. Vacca
Jacobus M. Kaper Gideon M. Varga Jr.
Larry K. Keefer  

 

 

The 50 year members in attendance were (left to right): George Birnbaum, James Burton, Zory Glaser, Quentin Looney, Harold Peterson, Michael Pope, Don Schneider, Vane Smith, Jr., William Tolles, Anne Turner

CSW Honors 50-Year ACS Members at November Dinner Meeting

College Achievement Awards

Undergraduates Honored at February 2012 Dinner Meeting
The College Chemistry Achievement Awards are presented annually by the
Chemical Society of Washington to the outstanding seniors majoring in
chemistry and biochemistry from each of the area colleges and universities.
CSW President Robert Wiacek is on the right.
(pictured left to right)

  • James G. Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia
  • Ian Johnson, George Mason University
  • Monica Liddi, St. Mary’s College
  • Julia Lister, George Washington University
  • Gregory J. Manas, Georgetown University
  • Kyle Pires, Georgetown University
  • Samuel J. Wagner, Catholic University
  • Katherine Manfred, University of Maryland (not pictured)
  • Robert Wiacek, CSW President

Douglas Errett Receives 2011 CSW Schubert Award

Douglas H. Errett, St. Albans School, Receives CSW 2011 Schubert Award

The recipient of the 2011 Leo Schubert Memorial Award for outstanding teaching of high school chemistry is Douglas H. Errett, Honors Chemistry Master at the St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. He joined the faculty at St. Albans in 2002 as a Lower School Science Teacher, and he moved to the upper school in 2006.

After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988 with a B.S. in Earth Science, Mr. Errett was a Middle School science teacher at the Green Vale School in Old Brookville, New York. In 1991 he elected to further his education and studied Geology

at The Ohio State University, earning his M.S. degree in the specialty of Hydrogeology and Geochemistry in 1993. He accepted a position at ENVIRON Corporation in Arlington, Virginia as a Senior Associate Hydrologist, where he remained until 2002, when he returned to the teaching profession.

Mr. Errett has contributed to a wide variety of activities at St. Albans, developing the seventh grade science curriculum in Physics and Chemistry, the revised Honors Chemistry curriculum for 10th grade, and elective courses in Geology and Environmental Science. He has led workshops for other faculty on implementing technology in the classroom, and he was and implementation of the school's Chemical Safety Plan.

One of Errett's colleagues said his decision to return to teaching was, "lucky for us at St. Albans," adding that, "he is simply one of the finest science teachers I have encountered in twenty-five years." Errett is described as "an outstanding colleague and a true professional. In short, Doug is a model teacher." Other comments from his colleagues include the observation that "Mr. Errett has always made himself available to students requiring extra help," and further remark that "Mr. Errett never rests in his comfort zone, perhaps because of his genuine enthusiasm for the subject." His approach to teaching clearly has the students in mind, as shown by another comment from one of his colleagues. "It is exhilarating to see students who once seemed uninterested in science demonstrate overt enthusiasm for high school chemistry. What a testimonial to the methods and personality of the teacher who can achieve that!"

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to recognize Mr. Errett's outstanding contributions to teaching high school chemistry by naming him as the 2011 recipient of the Leo Schubert Memorial Award.Schubert Awardee: Douglas Errett with Doug Raber, Awards Committee Chair

2011 Project SEED Teachers and Mentors

CSW honored the 2011 chemistry sponsors and mentors with an evening dinner and lecture in appreciation of their efforts in allowing high school students to participate in Project SEED. Without these volunteers serving as sponsors and mentors, this program would not be possible.

The high school teachers who sponsored students for the 2011 program:
  • Mark Agnew, Rockville High School
  • H. Kauffman, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology
  • David Richards, Dunbar Senior High School
  • Gideon Sanders, McKinley Technical High School
  • Marta Walter, High Point High School
The scientists who served as mentors for the 2011 program were:
  • Jennifer Giaccai, Smithsonian
  • Lystranne Maynard-Smith, Howard University
  • Andrei Vedernikov, University of Maryland
  • Shiow Wang, USDA
  • Tim Warren, Georgetown University
  • Richard Weiss, Georgetown University

The CSW Board of Managers appreciates the effort of these individuals in making the 2011 program for Project SEED a success and encourages them, and others, to volunteer for the 2012 program.

Project Seed teacher Gideon Sanders with Walt Benson, Project Seed Coordinator

CSW to Recognize Researchers and High School Teachers for 2010 Project Seed Participation

At the December 9 dinner meeting, CSW will honor the 2010 chemistry sponsors and mentors with an evening dinner and lecture in appreciation of their efforts in allowing high school students to participate in Project SEED. Without these volunteers serving as sponsors and mentors, this program would not be possible.

 The high school teachers who sponsored students for the 2010 program:

  • Mark Agnew of Rockville High School, MD
  • Vernita Jefferson, Counselor, Banneker Academic High
  • School, Washington, DC
  • Hadan Kauffman of Thomas Jefferson High School,
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Daniel Pogonowski and Eric Elston, Annapolis HS, MD
  • Dr. Joseph Stills of Northwestern High School,
  • Hyattsville, MD
  • Marta Walter of High Point High School, Beltsville, MD

The scientists who served as mentors for the 2010 program were:

  • Dr. Fritz Riedel, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Prof. Sarah Stoll of Georgetown University
  • Prof. Andrei Vedernikov of University of Maryland
  • Dr. Shiow Wang of ARS, USDA
  • Prof. Tim Warren of Georgetown University
  • Prof. Richard Weiss of Georgetown University

The CSW Board of Managers appreciates the effort of these individuals in making the 2010 program for Project SEED a success and encourages them, and others, to volunteer for the 2011 program.

50 Year ACS Members honored at the November 2011 Meeting

Dr. Philip BaedeckerDr. David KappeDr. Frederick Simon
Dr. Gino BattistoneMr. Carl LauterMr. Walter Staruszkiewicz Jr.
Dr. Jerry BellDr. Thomas MulvaneyMr. Howard Stevenson
Dr. Frederick CarsonMr. Wilbert NixonMr. Roosevelt Twiggs
Dr. Donald ClagettDr. Ralph NorthropMr Harold Walsh
Dr. Gerson CohenMr. Robert PermisohnMr. William Walters
Dr. George ConstantopoulosMrs. Eleanor PerryDr. Charles Warner
Dr. Shrikant DigheDr. Isadora PoseyDr. Kermit Way
Dr. Wolfgang ElserDr. Kenner RiceMr. Joseph Weiss
Dr. Lorrin GarsonDr. William RovestiDr. Aaron Weisstuch
Dr. Ralph HelmsenMr. Jack RoweMr. James Willett
Dr. Joseph HorodniakDr. Bernhard Saxe 
Dr. Paul JenningsDr. Kenneth Scott 

50-year ACS Members for 2011
At the November Dinner Meeting, CSW recognized our 50-year members. Back row: Kermit Way, Kenner Rice, Donald Clagett, Fred Carson, William Walters, Kenneth Scott. Front Row: Walter Staruszkiewicz Jr., Paul Jennings, Joseph Horodniak, Joseph Weiss.

Dr. Weisburger Receives the Philippe Shubik Award

 

Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Weisburger was the recipient of the 2013 Philippe Shubik Distinguished Scientist Award from The Toxicology Forum. From their website, “this award recognizes an individual who has led a long and productive career in toxicology and who has made significant and noteworthy contributions to our field, including all aspects of traditional and regulatory toxicology. The recipient of this award will have played a leading role in the development of toxicology concepts and mechanisms or guidelines that have made significant and long-term change in important regulatory policies.” Dr. Weisburger is a long-time, active member of CSW, and has won several CSW awards, including the Hillebrand Prize in 1980, the Gordon Award in 1999, and the Gordon Award in 2008. Please join us in congratulating her on this honor.

From the award announcement:
Dr. Elizabeth Weisburger has had a long and productive career in toxicology and has played a leading role in the development of toxicology concepts and in the development of guidelines that have influenced regulatory policies. Dr. Weisburger received a B.S. in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Her thesis work was on the stereochemistry of fluorene compounds. After obtaining her doctorate degree, Betsy stayed at the U. of Cincinnati as a research associate  studying fluorene compounds and in particular synthesizing analogs of the research carcinogen Z-acetylaminofluorene.

Betsy moved to the National Cancer Institute, NIH on a postdoctorate fellowship in 1949 and soon became an officer in the US Public Health service in 1951. At the NCI Betsy conducted research and made important contributions on the mechanism of carcinogenesis and the metabolic fate of 2-acetylaminofluorene. She also investigated and published on the effects of various hormones, other compounds, and the effect of age, intestinal bacteria and various drugs on the carcinogenic activity and metabolism of the fluorenylacetarnides.

Betsy has also studied and published extensively on the carcinogenicity and metabolism of various nitrosamines, aromatic amines, halogenated hydrocarbons, fumigants and various food preservatives. Her studies in particular have aided in the elucidation of structural requirements of importance in chemical carcinogenesis.

In addition to her extensive and outstanding experimental work resulting in more than 270 publications Betsy has made valuable contributions to the hazard identification of carcinogens. Betsy and her husband John were given the responsibility for developing a contract program to evaluate environmental, industrial and naturally-occurring compounds for possible carcinogenic activity. Her emphasis was on the development of systems for evaluating carcinogenic risks and in the selection of compounds for evaluation of potential carcinogenicity.

Betsy also was among the first scientists to evaluate several compounds using in cancer chemotherapy for carcinogenic activity and to discuss their benefits and potential risk. Betsy has received many honors including the Meritorious service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Hillebrand Prize and the Garvan Medal from the American Chemical Society. She was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society in 2009. The Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory at Lebanon Valley College (in a new science building) was named after her. She received an honorary Doctor of Science from the Lebanon Valley College and from the University of Cincinnati. For her excellent contributions to all aspects of traditional toxicology and regulatory toxicology and for development of toxicology concepts that have influenced and improved regulatory policies it is highly appropriate and an honor for The Toxicology Forum to present Dr. Elizabeth K. Weisburger with the Philippe Shubik Distinguished Scientist Award for 2013.

College Achievement Award Winners for 2011

 

AwardeeSchoolResearch Supervisor
Sophia BinzThe Catholic University of AmericaDr. Tachmassebi
Megan Buonaiuto
(not pictured)
George Washington UniversityProfessor Michael Wagner
Matthew F. CarpinielloGeorgetown UniversityProfessor Bahrab Moasser
Svetlana Makarova
(not pictured)
George Mason UniversityDr. Suzanne Slayden
Brian K. McGuireGeorgetown UniversityDr. YuYe J. tong
Steven MossAmerican UniversityDr. Monica Konaklieva
Cassandra RickettsAmerican UniveristyDr. Douglas Fox
Matthew D. SmarteUniversity of MarylandDr. Amy Mullin
Robert August SwykaSt Marys College of MarylandDr. Andy Koch
Libert Youssa-TientcheuThe University of the District of ColumbiaDr. Isadora Posey

2010 Charles L. Gordon Award to Dr. Jason Schaff

 

The 2010 Charles L. Gordon Award recognizing exemplary service to the science of chemistry and to the CSW is awarded to Dr. Jason Schaff.  Dr. Schaff is currently serving his third consecutive term as Secretary for the Board of Managers to the Chemical Society of Washington. He has also served on the Steering Committees for the "Forensic Chemistry in Action” workshop (2006); the "Chemical Toxicology in Action” workshop (2008); the forthcoming “Career Development Workshop for Chemists: Experience from the Past and Tools to Build the Future” scheduled for 2011; and the Host Committee for the 238th ACS National Meeting held in Washington, DC (2009).

 

 

 

 

2010 Community Service Award to Dr. Kim Morehouse and to Dr. James Zwolenik

The Community Service Award for 2010 recognizing exemplary service to the public by a CSW member is awarded to Dr. Kim Morehouse and to Dr. James Zwolenik. For many years Kim Morehouse has been the primary driving force behind CSW’s numerous excellent National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day programs by actively planning, scheduling, and advertising these events, and recruiting volunteers to make each of those events a success.  James Zwolenik has been at the center of every CSW public service project for the last four years, chairing the Workshop on Forensic Chemistry in Action in 2006, the Workshop in Chemistry in Toxicology in 2008, the Host Committee for the 238th ACS National Meeting in 2009, and is currently chairing and organizing the Career Development Workshop for Chemists scheduled to be held in 2011.

50-Year Members Honored at the CSW November 2010 Dinner

Mr. Russell Arnold, Adelphi, MD
Dr. Ernst Billig, Rockville, MD
Ms. Charlotte Blalock, Alexandria, VA
Dr. Joseph Caponio, Washington, DC
Dr. George Cushmac, Alexandria, VA
Dr. Farley Fisher, Washington, DC
Dr. Lee Grady, McLean, VA
Mr. Wilburt Haggerty, Arlington, VA
Mr. John Hoffsommer, Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Derek Horton, Washington, DC
Mr. John Innes, Salisbury, MD
Dr. Robert Jones, Fairfax, VA
Dr. Neil Jurinski, Burke, VA
Dr. Dennis Kelsh, Clarksburg, MD
Dr. Kenneth Kirk, Bethesda, MD
Mr. Lawrence Krutzel, Fairfax, VA
Dr. Lawrence Kushner, Gaithersburg, MD
Dr. Ronald Liesemer, Alexandria, VA
Mr. Sidney Marantz, Silver Spring, MD

Dr. Daniel Martire, Washington, DC
Mr. Lee McCandless, Fairfax, VA
Mr. Patrick McCurdy, Mason Neck, VA
Mr. Michael McGreal, Rockville, MD
Mr. Eugene Morris, Laurel, MD
Mr. Edward Mougey, Beltsville, MD
Dr. Albert Mueller, Montgomery Village, MD
Dr. Paul Paulsen, Gaithersburg, MD
Dr. Paul Peyser, Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Joseph Rogers, Jr., Chestertown, MD
Mr. Gerry Rollefson, Saint Michaels, MD
Ms. Esther Saito, Chevy Chase, MD
Dr. Dorothy Smith, Washington, DC
Dr. Claybourne Snead, Arlington, VA
Dr. Nicolas Starkovsky, Burke, VA
Mr. Robert Wellek, Rockville, MD
Dr. Donald Wilson, Ocean Pines, MD
Mr. Herman Ziffer, Kensington, MD
Mr. Stuart Zimmerman, North Potomac, MD

CSW 50-year members were recognized at the November dinner,
and included (l to r): Russell Arnold, George Cushmac, Lee Grady,
Joe Rogers Jr., Patrick McCurdy, Paul Paulsen, Stuart Zimmerman

Student Achievement Awards for 2010

The Student AchievementAwards for 2010 were presented at the April CSW Dinner Meeting.

 2010 College Achievement Award Winners (left to right):
Philip Birgenheir, Catholic University of America; Jennifer Day, George Washington University;
Jennifer Dysart, George Mason University; Stephanie Galanie, University of Maryland;
Cynthia Lawson, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Lindsey Roeker, Georgetown University;
Cameron Sweeney, Georgetown University

Dr. Zory Glaser Receives CSW Community Service Award

Dr. Zory R. Glaser was presented with the CSW Community Service Award (CSA) at the December CSW Dinner Meeting, for “his many diverse services to the general public, his continuing service to CSW, and his innovative, compassionate help to wounded returning members of the U.S. military”.

Among the many activities in which Dr. Glaser has been involved, which were cited by Elaine Shafrin, Chair of the CSA Committee, were: his recognition by both the Navy and the Army for having organized and conducted at area military hospitals math and science review programs for college-bound patients (and staff) who were planning to attend or return to college; his participation in “Operation Welcome Home” activities at BWI Airport, for returning members of the military who have served in overseas locations; and that he had helped establish and had served as Leader (Advisor) of the (co-ed) Boy Scout 'Medical-Specialty Explorer Post' sponsored by the National Naval Medical Center.

Dr. Glaser served in the US Navy, first as an Electronics Technician, then as a Medical Service Corps officer (biophysicist/chemist), and then as a Commissioned Officer (biochemist/toxicologist) in the US Public Health Service (with assignments at NIOSH and at the FDA). He also served as a consultant to the USP, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Zory has long helped to judge at area science/math/ technology fairs at the middle-school and high-school levels; has been involved in area Habitat for Humanity home repair, renovation and construction activities; has served as a volunteer instructor helping adults to learn to read, write and speak English; and has helped to prepare, serve, pack and deliver food for an area homeless shelter and a food kitchen.

Dr. Glaser has been a guest speaker in local high school and college chemistry seminars and courses; has served as a tutor/ mentor for area high school and college chemistry students; has served as a member of the civilian National Disaster Medical System; has been a Boy Scout merit badge counselor, a first aid and CPR instructor, and has served as a Montgomery County, MD Elections Judge.

At the dinner meeting, Dr. Glaser was recognized for service as CSW President in 2004, service as Editor of The Capital Chemist during 2003-05, and for receiving the 2007 CSW Charles L. Gordon Award for “his continued exemplary service to the Science of Chemistry and to the CSW”.

Contributed by Elaine Shafrin, CSW Awards Committee


 

Dr. James E. Cassidy Receives CSW 2009 Gordon Award for Service

Dr. James E. Cassidy is to receive the Charles L. Gordon Award for exemplary service to the science of chemistry and to CSW at the December 10th awards dinner. Dr. Cassidy contributed long and continuous service to CSW as a Manager and as a member of many committees. He was responsible for National Chemistry Week, established the CSW web site, organized Career Jobs Club, judged science fairs and arranged CSW meetings. He continues to serve as Secretary and Luncheon Chair of the Retired Chemists Group. Dr. Cassidy worked as a research chemist for three different companies from 1958 to 1995 determining the metabolisms of pesticides in plants, animals, soil and fish; most of the reports were for EPA registrations, though he and members of his group published in scientific journals in the 70s and 80s. His career and service exemplify the spirit of Charlie Gordon.

Contributed by Dr. Fred Metz, CSW Awards Committee.


 

50-Year CSW Members Recognized at the November 2009 Meeting

               Back row (l to r): Spande, Rea, Lieberman, Farncombb, Barnes, Argauer
               Front row (l to r): Van Ormer, Voaden, Wood

Photo contributed by Kim Morehouse

Honoring our 50-Year ACS Members for 2009

Dr. Robert John Argauer, Kensington, MD
Dr. Charlie J. Barnes, Waldorf, MD
Mr. Stephen A. Brenner, Potomac, MD
Dr. Mark Civera, Washington, DC
Dr. Donald James Cotton, Washington, DC
Mr. Anthony F. Dorrzapf, Jr., Herndon, VA
Dr. Igor John Eberstein, Greenbelt, MD
Mr. Robert E. Farncomb, Accokeek, MD
Dr. Russell E. Farris, Clifton, VA
Dr. Alexander J. Fatiadi, Burtonsville, MD
Dr. Errol Desmond Goddard, Cambridge, MD
Dr. Alan C. Levy, Potomac, MD
Mr. Paul Lieberman, Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Jan W. Mares, Washington, DC
Dr. James V. Mengenhauser, Alexandria, VA
Mr. Robert L. Myklebust, Walkersville, MD
Mr. Clarence J. Nowack, Ocean Pines, MD
Dr. Donald G. Rea, Falls Church, VA
Dr. Herbert H. Richtol, Arlington, VA
Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld, Springfield, VA
Dr. Desmond Sheehan, Alexandria, VA
Mr. Jack M. Solomon, McLean, VA
Dr. Thomas F. Spande, Bethesda, MD
Dr. Celia White Tabor, Bethesda, MD
Dr. Warren E. Thompson, Bethesda, MD
Dr. David G. Van Ormer, Arlington, VA
Dr. Denys J. Voaden, College Park, MD
Dr. Garnett E. Wood, Washington, DC

 


 

Carol Gregory of Magruder HS is CSW Schubert Award Recipient

The 2009 Leo Schubert Memorial Award for the Outstanding Teaching of High School Chemistry will be presented to Mrs. Carol L. Gregory of Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, MD, at the CSW December dinner meeting. The award consists of a framed certificate and a $500 honorarium. She will present a short talk on her experiences as a chemistry teacher during the meeting.

Mrs. Gregory has taught for 16 years for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), including six years at Magruder High School. She incorporates her ten years of experience as an analytical and environmental chemist into her lessons. At Magruder she has inspiredmore than 20 students to major in chemistry in college. Her AP chemistry students score highly on the College Board AP test, and most receive some chemistry credit towards their college studies. Her students have won awards at Chemathon, Chemistry Olympiad, and the DuPont Essay competitions. She presently teaches one class of AP chemistry to 11th and 12th grade students, and three classes of Honors Chemistry to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, and was instrumental in the development of both of these courses, as well as others. She continues to be involved in ongoing curriculum development and writing assessments for MCPS, rometheum computer training and mentoring new teachers at Magruder.

Mrs. Gregory applies for and receives grants to enrich her students' lab experiences, such as a $1500 grant from the Hach Chemical Company for field equipment to implement a stream water quality study, using the new equipment. Many of her students have written enthusiastic testimonies in their appreciation of Mrs. Gregory as a teacher, some of which include:

"I' m currently taking a bioanalytical chemistry course at Maryland and it is practically like an AP Chem re-run. I find myself using much of what I learned two years ago to get myself through this class and I just wanted to thank you for teaching chem. in a way that I still seem to remember it."

"Thank you for being such an amazing teacher. Having two class periods with you every day was an honor. I will never forget AP chemistry and how much fun you made it for us. I hope that all of my professors in college are just like you."

CSW congratulates Mrs. Gregory on her accomplishments and invites all to attend the December dinner meeting to participate in her honors.

Contributed by Dr. Fred Metz, CSW Awards Committee Chair.