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NAACS Chemistry Seminar - Industry Speaker Series

NAACS will host an industry speaker seminar on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the UAH Faculty Lounge. Join us for a perspective on the drug development process with Dr. Mary Bossard of Nektar Therapeutics. 

See the flyer below and click for the campus map for directions to the Faculty Lounge.







Forensic Science: Behind the Scenes - Monday, November 14

North Alabama Section of the American Chemical Society presents 

Forensic Science: Behind the Scenes

Kerri Moloughney

There are a variety of misconceptions about the inner workings of forensic science due largely to how it is portrayed in movies and TV shows. This presentation will offer a glimpse into the operation of a real forensic lab, with an emphasis on the forensic chemistry specialties. From the collection of evidence, to the specialized software and instrumentation used to analyze it, to eventually testifying in court to the results, see how forensic science helps convict the guilty.

Kerri has worked in the forensic science field for over 8 years in both research and casework applications and has a BS in Chemistry from The College of New Jersey, with a minor in Law and Justice.

November 14th, Monday night at 5:30 pm

Old Stone Middle School

2620 Clinton Ave W

Huntsville, AL 35805

The venue is the Old Stone Middle School and there will be a sign on the door directing attendees to a private room for the presentation.  It is important to know that there are several businesses in this renovated old school building including breweries, and at least one restaurant.  All are invited to attend as there is not an age requirement although, like at restaurants, alcohol is available to purchase.  Come to the building on the Straight-to-Ale side and you will see a sign.



Regular Section Meeting - Friday, October 28, 2016 at UAH

The NAACS section will have a Regular Section Meeting on Friday night 5:30 at UAH MSB building (MSC 100, auditorium). First 10 Members of the Section will receive a $10 Chick Filet Gift Card  (Non-Executive Committee Members). Also click here for the map for UAH campus.

Primary areas of business a) Nominations for elections  b) discussing by-laws changes recommended that will be voted on at next regular meeting. Please click here to download the bylaws.

Should be a short meeting: 5:30-6:15.  

Hope to you see you there. Remember there are gift cards.

Thanks, NAACS Executive Committee

BASF - At a Glance

Posted by David Newsome on June 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM


The NAACS chapter is hosting a chemistry seminar with an Industry Speaker, Dr. Nielson of BASF. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

6:00 - 7:00 pm at the UAH Faculty Lounge

See also the flyer recently sent to the members for more details.





18th Putcha Venkateswarlu Annual Memorial Lecture

Posted by David Newsome on November 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM 

Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life

Alabama A&M University will be hosting the 18th Putcha Venkateswarlu Annual Memorial Lecture with Guest of Honor Dr. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University.

The lecture shall occur on Friday, November 20th, 2015, at 3:00 pm in the Dawson Auditorium, Cooperative Extension Building, followed by a Reception at 5:00 pm in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room, College of Business and Public Affairs, both on the AAMU campus. 

Professor  Martin Chalfie received the 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Tsien for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP. In 2012, Dr. Chalfie also shared the first Golden Goose Award given by a coalition of science organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the co-discoverers of GFP. The GFP gene can be introduced as a part of an organism’s DNA. This has opened up new areas of research in medicine and for bio-imaging of proteins. Dr. Chalfie is a University Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, a fellow of the AAAS, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


See here for more information about this exciting seminar.

For details call:

Dr. Anup Sharma (256-372-8102),

Sheral Carter (256-372-5305), or

Jerome Saintjones (256-372-4863)



Magic of Chemistry Show at Sci-Quest

Posted by David Newsome on October 16, 2015 at 1:15 AM 

North Alabama ACS and Sci-Quest present Professor Hazari of University of Tennessee and his use of chemistry as magic.

Friday, November 13, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

$10 members/ $12 non-members

Children under 2 are free


Join Dr. Al Hazari for an exciting, entertaining and explosive chemistry show for all ages as he unravels the mysteries of how everyday substances work!


Dr. Hazari is the Director of the Undergraduate Chemistry Labs and Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Hazari lives by a simple motto that is also the basis of his educational philosophy, "Science is for students ages 2 to 102." His goal is to inspire students to become inquisitive about science instead of fearing or dreading it.

For more information and to register:




The Chemistry of Odor/Aroma presented by Volatile Analysis Corporation

Posted by David Newsome on October 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM
 Thursday, October 29, 2015 3-5 pm

In the Auditorium at Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology.

601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806


Join ACS and Hudson Alpha for an interesting lecture.

Refreshments and mingling follow directly after the presentation.

Topics Covered 

  • What is odor?
  • How does odor and aroma impact almost every industry?
  • Is flavor related to aroma?
  • How is aroma and odor used in disease detection by humans, dogs, and insects?
  • How can aroma and odor provide insight when addressing genetic alterations of plants?

Zymurgy: The Science Behind Beer

 Posted by David Newsome on January 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Seminar by Professor Tracy Hamilton, Department of Chemistry, The University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL (USA)

January 29 (Thursday),

Straight to Ale Brewery,

3200 Leeman Ferry Road, SW

Huntsville, AL 35801


6 - 7 pm Social Hour with hors d'oeuvres, southern BBQ (for purchase), and beer (for purchase)

7 - 8 pm Seminar Lecture

The presentation will present the history of brewing, followed by how to brew beer step by step. The chemical processes at each step will be discussed at an undergraduate level, making this topic assessable to students and professionals alike. The talk will be capped off by a list of important flavor compounds (both desirable and undesirable) found in beer. Since the lecture will be held at one of our fine local breweries, those of legal age will be able to put their new found knowledge to test by sampling Straight to Ale products.

Professor Tracy Hamilton (Department of Chemistry, UAB) is uniquely qualified to speak on this topic, being a theoretical chemist by profession and a homebrewer by avocation. A certified beer judge, Dr. Hamilton brings a scientific and a practical viewpoint to the subject.

Now that our governor has signed the Alabama home brewing bill, our state becomes the latest (and last!) to reinstitute the ancient art of homebrewing. No longer must homebrewers skulk about under the radar; they may now openly brew a peck of malt, at least, in dry cities and counties. Anyone with an interest in beer making or beer drinking should attend this lecture.


Ideality vs. Reality of Green Chemistry in the Development of Advanced Materials from Renewable Polymers

 Posted by David Newsome on August 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

 Seminar by Robin D. Rogers, Center for Green Manufacturing and Department of Chemistry, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (USA)

September 8, UAH Shelby Center - Room 301 (Faculty Lounge)

 6 - 7 pm Social Hour with hors d'oeuvres

7 - 8 pm Seminar Lecture


With the inevitable depletion of petroleum-based resources, there has been an increasing worldwide interest in finding alternative resources, particularly from renewable resources including lignocellulosic biomass. Clean separation of the three major components of this biomass source is an important and challenging ‘Grand Challenge’ for the production of reproducible feedstocks for further chemical processing. Chitin, the second most plentiful biopolymer on earth after cellulose, is the most abundant polymer in the marine environment. Crustacean shells are currently the major source of chitin available for industrial processing and annual synthesis of chitin in freshwater and marine ecosystems is about 600 and 1,600 million tons, respectively. The bioactivity, biocompatibility, and low toxicity of chitin make it suitable for commercial use, and contribute to the diversity of over 300 end-use applications, including water treatment, cosmetics and toiletries, food and beverages, agrochemicals, medical/healthcare, and cell culture. However, chitin is produced from the exoskeletons of marine crustacean shell waste by a chemical- and waste-intensive method that involves acid demineralization, alkali deproteinization, and bleaching. The chitin produced still contains trace amount of mineral and protein and quality assurance for final product formulation is of concern.

Even though current ‘biorefinery’ concepts do emphasize other chemicals besides fuel, it is typically the cellulose and hemicellulose which are utilized in producing paper, fibers, membranes, and other commodity materials and chemicals, while lignin is usually burned for energy. There seems to be relatively little emphasis on using natural biopolymers as polymers rather than feedstock for producing molecular chemical entities. In addition, any new developments must meet much more stringent environmental obligations than previous technologies, an example of where an emphasis on Green Chemistry may deter innovation.

This presentation will discuss how the components of both lignocellulosic and chitin biomass interact with ionic liquids (ILs) and how these interactions can be used to manipulate solution-properties to process and regenerate biopolymers into a desirable form for specialized applications. The differing solubilities of the biopolymer fractions also allow the exploitation of the IL medium to provide a ready separation mechanism. The unique properties of ILs can be used to provide a platform for biomass to chemicals strategies and yield endless possibilities for forming environmentally-friendly new and enhanced functional materials, yet the ‘greenness’ of an IL or IL-based process is currently perceived to be an obstacle to commercial scale manufacturing. This conundrum of motivation to develop green and sustainable processes while facing the realities of any chemical process will be discussed.


-- Bio-Sketch --


Dr. Robin D. Rogers obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama and currently serves as Distinguished Research Professor, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing at UA. In 2007 he was also Chair of Green Chemistry and Co-Director of QUILL at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland (UK) before returning full time to The University of Alabama in 2009. From 2009-2013, he was Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing, China.

Rogers holds 16 issued patents and has published over 745 papers on a diverse array of topics. His research interests cover the use of ionic liquids and Green Chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation and include Materials (advanced polymeric and composite materials from biorenewables), Separations (novel strategies for separation and purification of value added products from biomass), Energy (new lubricant technologies and selective separations), and Medicine (elimination of waste while delivering improved pharmaceutical performance).

He has been cited over 29,000 times and has a Hirsch index of 78. In 2006, Rogers was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2009 was selected to the inaugural class of American Chemical Society Fellows. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012. In 2010, he was named a Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Senior Scientist for the Institute for Process Engineering, Beijing, China. He was awarded the American Chemical Society Separations Science & Technology award in 2011 and in 2012 he was named an ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Fellow.

Rogers is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design. He is also an editorial board member of Separation Science & Technology, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, and Chemistry Letters, as well as a member of the international advisory boards for Green Chemistry, Chemical Communications, and ChemSusChem.

He has had an influential role in the expansion of interest and research in ionic liquid systems, his initial paper on ionic liquid/aqueous partitioning (Chem. Comm. 1998, 1765) effectively kick-started interest in applying ionic liquids to clean separations. In 2005 he was awarded the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic Division) for work related to the use of ionic liquids in sustainable technology. This technology was licensed later that year to BASF. In 2012, he was named recipient of the Paul Walden Award given by the DFG-SPP 1191 Priority Program on Ionic Liquids.

Rogers has co-organized a variety of meetings and symposia on Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids and he has started a company (525 Solutions) to enhance the commercial viability of new technologies. The breadth of educational, research, editorial, and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development, and technology transfer.






Ionic Liquids and GUMBOS: Tunable Materials for Biomedical Applications

Posted by David Newsome on January 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

 Lecture by Dr. Isiah Warner

6 pm, Wednesday, February 5, Shelby Center 301 at UAH campus

 Dr. Warner’s topic combines two areas of much current interest—ionic liquids and nanomaterials—focusing on the production of tunable nanomaterials which are designed and assembled for specific uses. Applications include biomedical science, in particular sensors, imaging agents, and stimuli-responsive materials. Dr. Warner will highlight one recently developed strategy for cancer therapy.

Dr. Warner is the Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Louisiana State University. More information on Dr. Warner and his lecture is included below.


--- Abstract ---

 My research group has been exploring the scientific applications of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) for several years. More recently, we have extended the range of these materials to include applications of similar solid phase materials, i.e. organic salts with melting points of solid phase ionic liquids (25 °C to 100 °C) up to organic salts with melting points of 250 °C. To contrast these new materials with RTILs, we have created the acronym, GUMBOS (Group of Uniform Materials Based on Organic Salts). These GUMBOS have the tunable properties frequently associated with RTILs, including tunable solubility, melting point, viscosity, thermal stability, hydrophobicity, and functionality. Thus, when taken in aggregate, GUMBOS allow the production of solid phase materials which have a wide range of biomedical and other scientific applications. In this talk, I will highlight the applications of RTILs and GUMBOS which we have recently explored for biomedical science, including sensors, imaging agents, stimuli-responsive materials, and for production of nanomaterials. In regard to these nanomaterials (nanoGUMBOS), we believe that our methodology represents an extremely useful approach to production of tunable nanomaterials since our materials are designed and assembled for specific uses, rather than adapted for use as is done for many nanomaterials. Selected applications, including sensor applications and cancer therapy, will be highlighted in this talk. Particular emphasis will be placed on a recently developed novel strategy for cancer therapy.

--- Bio Sketch ---

Dr. Isiah Warner graduated Cum Laude from Southern University with a B.S. Degree in 1968. After working for Battelle Northwest in Richland, WA for five years, he attended graduate school in chemistry at the University of Washington, receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry (analytical) in June 1977. He was assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University from 1977-1982. He was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor effective September 1982. However, he elected to join the faculty of Emory University as associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 1986. Dr. Warner was named to an endowed chair at Emory University in September 1987, and was the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry until he left in August 1992. During the 1988/89 academic year, he was on leave to the National Science Foundation (NSF) as Program Officer for Analytical and Surface Chemistry. In August 1992, Dr. Warner joined Louisiana State University as Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. He was Chair of the Chemistry Department from July 1994-97, and was appointed Boyd Professor of the LSU System in July 2000. In April 2001, Dr. Warner was appointed the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives.

The primary research emphasis of Dr. Warner’s research group is the development and application of improved methodology (chemical, mathematical, and instrumental) for studies of complex chemical systems. His research interests include (1) fluorescence spectroscopy, (2) separation science, (3) nanomaterials, (4) automated methods of analysis, (5) chemistry in organized media and (6) environmental chemistry.

Dr. Warner has more than 300 published or in-press articles in refereed journals since 1975. He has given more than 400 invited talks since 1979. He currently has six patents with four more pending. He has chaired forty-one doctoral theses since 1982 and is currently supervising fifteen other Ph.D. theses.

A brief list of honors follow:

• Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) Fellows, 2010

• American Chemical Society Fellow-Inaugural class, 2009

• ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis, 2008

• Tuskegee University, George Washington Carver Achievement Award, 2005

• Elected to the status of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council, 2003

• ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 235th National Meeting for the American Chemical Society, 2003

• AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award, 2000

• Fullbright Fellowship for Research/Teaching in Kenya, 1998

• Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, 1997

• National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Award for “Outstanding Teacher” at their 20th Annual Meeting, 1993

• Chair of External Review Committee, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1993

• Vice Chairman Elect of the 1991 Analytical Gordon Conference and Chairman Elect of 1992 Analytical Gordon Conference, 1991-2



Nobel Prize Winner at Alabama A&M

Posted by David Newsome on October 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

2013: Richard R. Schrock, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

The Sixteenth Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial The lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate Richard R. Schrock from MIT. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005 along with Yves Chauvin and Robert H. Grubbs " for the development of the Metathesis method in Organic Chemistry". The lecture is scheduled for November 15, 2013 at 3 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium on AAMU campus.

More information at

Social Hour and Lecture


Posted by David Newsome on October 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Mark Your Calendars!

The North Alabama Local Section of the ACS is pleased to announce its upcoming first annual

Social Hour and Lecture

Tuesday November 19

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

Main Auditorium

Social: 6:00-7:00 pm

Lecture: 7:00-8:00 pm


Join us for a social hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by a presentation on

Lecture topic: The Cosmos: Genesis 1 & Lessons from Space

By Dr. Nobie Stone

Senior Scientist, NASA, retired


This event is a fine opportunity to meet other local ACS members, do some networking, and hear a fascinating presentation by one of the top researchers at NASA.

More details are given in the attached flyer.

Hope to see you there,

Bill Stevenson

Secretary, North Alabama Local Section, ACS 


Abstract and Bio - 

Take a tour of the cosmos and its awesome splendor as seen through the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes, beginning at our Sun, moving through phenomenon “nearby” in our Milky Way galaxy, and extending out to the edge of the visible cosmos.

How did it all come about? This is a question that has always intrigued mankind. Alternative views of how the material universe came to be—the Big Bang Theory and the creation story of Genesis 1:1—will be evaluated in light of the most fundamental laws of nature, including some surprising quotes from notable scientists.

Dr. Nobie Stone is retired from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he was a senior scientist at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He has flown science experiments on eight space missions and has served as Mission Scientist for the STS-46 and STS-75 Space Shuttle missions. He has been a technical referee for a number of scientific journals, has authored more than 150 scientific and technical publications and papers, and has served on the staff of the graduate school at The University of Alabama—Huntsville.

Magic of Chemistry

Posted by Scott Miller on May 7, 2012 at 11:50 PM

May 4,2012


Dear Fellow Members of the North Alabama Section of the ACS,


We are re-sending the announcement on the upcoming event at Sci-Quest because I found a few members didn’t receive the original e-mail. Also, for clarification, the access to Sci-Quest during the reception is free to all ACS members and their families.


Dear Fellow Members of the North Alabama Section of the ACS,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to a special event on the evening of Tuesday, May 15 at Sci-Quest* for all ACS members and their families. Our Section will be hosting Dr. Al Hazari of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chemistry Department for a presentation of his exciting “Magic of Chemistry” show. Dr. Hazari’s presentation/demonstration is designed to thrill (and educate) audiences of all ages and we highly encourage you to bring your entire family for the evening’s fun. There will be a social hour with refreshments, starting at 5:30, during which member families will also have access to the Sci-Quest museum. This will be followed at 6:30 by Dr. Hazari’s presentation of his “Magic of Chemistry” show.

Again, please note that the reception, Sci-Quest access, and the one-hour show are free to all American Chemical Society members and their families.

The following will give you a sense of what the evening will hold:

Al Hazari has picked up his tie-dyed lab coat from the dry cleaners. This can only mean one thing – the “Magic of Chemistry Show” is just around the corner. Dr. Hazari’s exciting and often explosive demonstrations entertain and educate by unraveling the mystery of how everyday substances work.

“It is fun to share,” said Hazari. “It is great to excite people about learning and life. This brings science home to them. I hope the show makes people - young and old – curious about the world around them and gets them interested in science.”

Dr. Hazari has dedicated much of his life to educating the public about the wonders and power of chemistry. Year-round, he can be found performing chemistry outreach programs in schools, museums, public libraries, assisted-living centers, and even at the grocery store. He is the 2000 winner of the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach from the American Chemical Society and the author of the book, Misconceptions in Chemistry, which helps tackle many of the myths surrounding chemistry in our everyday lives.

We are excited about having Dr. Hazari make his presentation for our members and also about the opportunity to have a family event at Sci-Quest and we hope many of you will be able to bring your families out for a really enjoyable evening!

To facilitate our planning, please help us anticipate the headcount by sending an e-mail with the number of people you expect to have in your group… but please come even if you forget to e-mail ahead!

This event is brought to you by your North Alabama Section of the American Chemical Society.

Best regards,

Winston Hedges
Secretary, North Alabama Section, ACS


*Sci-Quest is located on the Huntsville campus of Calhoun Community College, Wynn Drive and Old Madison Pike. Directions can be found at



Madison Marshall Symposium Announcement

Posted by Scott Miller on April 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Please refer to the Madison Marshall Symposium announcement located in the 'Documents' folder on this site for information on deadlines, registration, etc. Questions my also be submitted on this NAACS site, or by sending an e-mail to






April Meeting: Mystery of the Giant Crystals

Posted by Scott Miller on April 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest

Posted by David Newsome on March 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM

If the resolution of the jpeg image below is too low, you may also look under the documents tab to the left.




Chocolate ? Food of the Gods

Posted by Scott Miller on January 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Special Events at Sci-Quest American Chemical Society (FREE / Open to the public)


The North Alabama Section of the American Chemical Society will hold our next section meeting at Sci-Quest in Huntsville, AL no February 15, 2011.


There will be a networking session at 6:00 PM, with open access to Sci-Quest.


At 7:00 PM, Dr. Howard Peters will present this talk titled "Chocolate - Food of the Gods". The outline is below, and more information can be found at the Sci-Quest website.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

· 6 – 7 p.m. - Networking

· 7 – 8 p.m. - Lecture

Dr. Howard Peters, Peters Verny, LLP (retired) & Sally Peters

“Chocolate – Food of the Gods”


Chocolate has been a part of our New World culture for thousands of years. In this presentation, some of the history, aspects of its production, health aspects, and the chemistry of its active ingredient; theobroma cocoa (literally from the Greek - Food of the Gods) will be discussed.


In addition, all who attend will receive samples of chocolate, and for those who stay to the “bitter” end, there will be a drawing for a free 10 pound bar of “bittersweet” chocolate.

For more information about this presentation including video clips and slide shows, please see


This event is sponsored by the North Alabama section of the American Chemical Society and is free to the general public. Registration is not neseccary for ACS members.


More information here.



ACS Seminar: The H.L. Hunley: Recovery and Restoration

Posted by Scott Miller on October 30, 2010 at 11:25 PM

October 28, 2010

Dear Fellow Members of the North Alabama Section of the ACS,

The next meeting of the NorthAlabama Section of the ACS will take place Wednesday,November 10 at the McKee Auditorium  on the campus ofOakwood University.  Social “half-hour starts at 6:30 PM with themeeting and lecture starting at 7:00 PM.

This meeting will feature a talk by Dr. “Jack” Breazeale on the recovery and restoration of the Confederate submarine, the H. L. Hunley.

Much more information,including a map of the Oakwood University campus, can be found in the Word attachment with this e-mail.  This should be a very enjoyable and informative evening.  As usual, this meeting is open to family, friends,and associates who might have an interest in the lecture so feel free to passalong the information about this meeting.

Best regards,

Winston Hedges


North Alabama Section of the ACS


----- ANNOUNCEMENT -----------

Dear Fellow Members of the North Alabama Section of the ACS, 

As mentioned previously, our November meeting will feature a lecture by Dr. W. H. “Jack” Breazeale, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Francis Marion University and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, College of Charleston.  Dr. Breazeale will be presenting a lecture on the history, recovery and restoration status of the Confederate submarine, the H. L. Hunley.   An abstract of the talk, provided by Dr. Breazeale, follows. 

The H. L. Hunley:  Recovery and Restoration 

On the night of February 17, 1864 the Confederate submarine, the H. L. Hunley, attacked and sank the USS Housatonic.  The attack occurred in Charleston Harbor on the South Carolina coast.  The Hunley and its crew never returned from the mission.  That is, until 8:37 AM on August 8, 2000, when the submarine and its crew were recovered off the South Carolina coast.  Work is complete on the recovery of the crew and continues on the preservation of the vessel.  The talk will include a brief history of the Hunley, explain the search and recovery process, and a brief discussion of the continuing preservation process of the submarine. 

The Section meeting and Dr. Breazeale’s lecture will be held on the evening of Wednesday, November 10 in the McKee Business and Technology Complex Auditorium on the campus of Oakwood University.  There will be a social “half-hour” starting at 6:30 PM followed by the Section meeting and lecture at 7:00 PM. 

Directions to Oakwood University McKee Business Complex 

Adventist Blvd. and Wynn Drive (At bottom center of map

From Sparkman Drive take Adventist Blvd. heading west.  Pass the main entrance to Oakwood University and turn right at the next entrance.  Red building on right before traffic light at Wynn Drive is McKee.  

From University Drive take Wynn Drive heading north, pass Post Office, turn right at Adventist Blvd. (light) heading east.  Make a U-turn at entrance to Oakwood and head west on Adventist Blvd. to next entrance, red building on right. 

From I-565 E take exit 14 for Research Park Blvd continue on AL-255N/Rideout Rd to Oakwood Univ. exit turn right at light and continue on Oakwood Rd. which turns into Adventist Blvd.  cross Wynn Drive and make a U-turn at main entrance to head west on Adventist Blvd.  turn right at next entrance. Red Building. 

The McKee Business and Technology Complex Auditorium is the building labeled # 26 on the map below.  (The large black arrow marks the spot!)  It is at the very south end of the campus just off of Adventist Boulevard.  There is a large parking lot adjacent to the building.  If you come up Wynn Drive to the campus you will see the Auditorium almost directly in from of you when you reach Adventist Boulevard.  You will need to turn right onto Adventist Boulevard and then make a U-turn and come back to the entrance. 

A map of the Oakwood Campus can be found here or as a pdf here.

This talk is definitely going to be of interest to many outside the chemistry community so please feel free to pass this information regarding Dr. Breazeale’s lecture along to friends and associates.   This is a great opportunity for us as a Society to offer something of broad interest to our community.  Also we hope to see many of our members at this meeting.  It should be a very enjoyable evening.

Winston Hedges


North Alabama Section of the ACS




NAACS Seminar: It's All Natural and Chemically Free

Posted by Scott Miller on September 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM 

Thursday October 7, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

102-D Wynn Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35805-1957


October 7  -  Dr. Pagni  (University of Tennessee)  Seminar:  It’sAll Natural and Chemically Free.  This seminar is intended for general audiences so please feel free to invite non-chemistry friends to attend. 


Dr. Pagni’s summary of the talk follows:

“It is fair to say that the average person in the United States is chemophobic. Advertisers take advantage of this fact by portraying their products as being either "chemically free" or made up of "natural" materials. A chemically free product, of course, is an oxymoron because everything is made up of chemicals but implies to most people the fact that it isn't made synthetically in an industrial process. Natural is also presumed to be better than synthetic. Natural materials are presumed to be milder and more healthful than their synthetic counterparts. This talk will show that these suppositions are not true and that each material, be it synthetic or natural, must be assessed individually.”



Please join us at 6:00 for a social hour, with access to the Sci-Quest exhibits. The meeting will begin at 7:00. This event will be open to the public, so please feel free to spread the word! Pre-registration is available by visiting




North Alabama Section News - 18 August 2010

Posted by Scott Miller on August 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM 

August 18, 2010

Dear Fellow Members of the North Alabama Section of the ACS,

The summer break is drawing to a close, at least as far as school is concerned.   As a section, we have also enjoyed a break and hopefully everyone has managed to get in some relaxation.  As the fall school term begins at our local colleges and high schools, we are also gearing up for some exciting section activities.  The purpose of this e-mail is to give everyone a “heads-up” as to some of the section activities planned for the fall, winter, and spring.

In terms of planning, one of the important section activities will be election of officers for our local section in the fall.  Our section currently has five elected officers:  Chair, Counselor, Alternate Counselor, Treasurer, and Secretary.   The positions of Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary come up for election every year.  (The Counselor offices are for three-year terms.   Since the Counselor position stood for election in 2009 that  term runs from 2010 through 2012.   Therefore the elections this fall will be for Chair, Treasurer, Alternate Counselor, and Secretary of the North Alabama Section.  The elections are typically held in late October so now is a good time to consider whether you might be interested in running for one of the section offices or placing someone else in nomination.  If you have questions as to what is involved in the duties of any of the offices I will be glad to provide information. 

As our section did last year, we will again be coordinating our section meetings and seminars with the local colleges and universities.  At the present time we have tentatively scheduled two speakers for the fall  section meetings.  The speakers and dates (as best we have them) are listed below.

October 4  -  Dr. Pagni  (University of Tennessee)  Seminar:  It’s All Natural and Chemically Free.  This seminar is intended for general audiences so please feel free to invite non-chemistry friends to attend.  Dr. Pagni’s summary of the talk follows:

“It is fair to say that the average person in the United States is chemophobic. Advertisers take advantage of this fact by portraying their products as being either "chemically free" or made up of "natural" materials. A chemically free product, of course, is an oxymoron because everything is made up of chemicals but implies to most people the fact that it isn't made synthetically in an industrial process. Natural is also presumed to be better than synthetic. Natural materials are presumed to be milder and more healthful than their synthetic counterparts. This talk will show that these suppositions are not true and that each material, be it synthetic or natural, must be assessed individually.”

November 11 – Dr. Breazeale (College of Charleston/Laboratory Safety Institute)  Seminar:  The H. L. Hunley:  Recovery and Preservation.  This talk is also likely to be of general interest.  Dr. Breazeale’s summary of the talk follows:

“On the night of February 17, 1864 the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, attacked and sank the USS Housatonic. The attack occurred in Charleston Harbor on the South Carolina coast. The Hunley and its crew never returned from the mission. That is, until 8:37 am on August 8, 2000, when the submarine and its crew were recovered off the South Carolina coast. Work is complete on the recovery of the crew and continues on the preservation of the vessel. The talk will include a brief history of the Hunley, explain the search and recovery process, and a brief discussion of the continuing preservation process of the submarine. “


In addition to these seminars we will be sending out notices of seminars at the local universities so that those who are interested may attend. 

ACS President speaking at Joint Meeting of ACS Local Sections and Tuskegee University

ACS President Dr. Joseph Francisco will be the guest speaker at an ACS meeting at Tuskegee University, September 14 – 15, 2010.  While much of the meeting is geared toward ACS members who are undergraduates or are involved in education, the meeting has been opened to all ACS members.  Dr. Francisco will be presenting a “State of the Union Address” at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 14 at the Tuskegee University Kellogg Conference Center.  There will be a poster session for Student Chapters of the ACS (formerly known as SAACS) with awards for the first, second, and third place posters.  For more information on the poster session please contact Dr. Michael Curry at  For more information on the meeting please see our local section web-site at

Other news

Again, in Spring 2011, Dr. Bernhard Vogler (Treasurer of our Section) will be hosting the High School Chemistry Olympiad.  This is a great opportunity for any of our members wishing to be involved in supporting our high school chemistry students to get involved.  There are two rounds of competition at our local level.  The first is usually in March with a follow-on round in April. 

Also, our section is working toward a mini-conference on a topic in the biochemistry/biotechnology area for the spring.  This is in the planning stages and more information will be forthcoming.

On top of all of this, as many of you may know, next year has been designated the International Year of Chemistry 2011.    I am sure there will be many activities related to this and we hope that as a section we are able to participate in some of them.

The web-address for our local section is  Dr. Emanuel Waddell has been working on the site and has posted pictures to the site from the Madison Marshall Award Ceremony in the spring.  Also at this site you can find other information relating to section activities.

We are hoping to see as many of our Section members as possible participating in our activities this year.  If any of you have ideas that would make the Section more valuable to you as members or to our community, please contact one of the Section officers.

Section Chair:  Dr. Jamie Neidert                             

Section Counselor:  Dr. Carmen Scholz                   

Alternate Section Counselor:  Dr. Emanuel Waddell   

Section Treasurer:  Dr. Bernhard Vogler                                     

Section Secretary:  Dr. Winston Hedges                  



Winston Hedges

Secretary, North Alabama Section of the American Chemical Society