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May Local Section Meeting
Join us on Friday, May 19!
Event Overview:
Join us for our February local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. John McIlroy, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and Dr. McIlroy’s talk: “China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America”

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm Social Hour (Light appetizers and drinks)
7pm Dinner (menu TBD)
7:45pm Local section announcements

Join us for our May local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. Robert Landolt. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and a talk: “Climate Science is the Answer, but What are the Questions?”

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm Social Hour
7pm Dinner
7:45pm Local section announcements
8pm “Climate Science is the Answer, but What are the Questions?”

Location: Texas Wesleyan University, Lou’s Place, 1112 Wesleyan St, Fort Worth, TX 76105
Campus map: https://txwes.edu/admissions/visit-campus/maps-and-directions/

RSVP Deadline: TUESDAY May 16, 5pm

*Everyone MUST RSVP to attend*

Click here for more info & registration: Info & Registration

Abstract:

Dr. Landolt will describe “things that work (and some that don’t),” with touches of humor, based on experiences since 2013, when he wrote the successful proposal for the Dallas/Fort Worth Local Section’s ACS Climate Science Challenge Grant. The grant supported activities designed to facilitate use of theACSClimate Science Toolkit, in line with the Society’s Position Statement on Climate Change. With matching funding from the Local Section, our efforts provided faculty from the Dallas and Tarrant County Community College systems with orientation to Climate Change issues. Ancillary programs also were presented for local church and civic groups as well as for the 2014 Southwest Regional ACS Meeting and the 2015 Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

Speaker Biography:

R. G.(Bob) Landolt, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Texas Wesleyan, spent his academic career at Muskingum University,1967-1980, and at Wesleyan, 1981-2010. His approximately 30 peer-reviewed publications resulted largely from research involving undergraduate co-authors,and he has conducted ‘real world’ research projects for Battelle Columbus Laboratories, the Radian Corporation, and the Naval Research Laboratory. He served as an ACS Congressional Fellow with Jim Wright in 1986, Director for the 1991 ARP/ATP Grant competition for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in 2004. He has directed the Climate Science Toolkit Challenge Grant Project for the DFW Local Section since 2013. The opinions expressed are his own.

Valuable resources with references include:

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment (https://health2016. globalchange.gov/)

Climate myths and facts (skepticalscience.com/about.shtml)

ACS Position Statement (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/policy/publicpolicies/sustainability/globalclimatechange.html)

ACS Climate Science Toolkit (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/ climatescience.html)

Contact 2017 ACS DFW Chair, Katie Walker (erinkatewalker@gmail.com)
with any questions about the event and registration.

April Awards Dinner
On Tuesday, April 25, we honored the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awardees, the 2017 Outstanding Community College Student Awardees, and the 2016 and 2017 50 and 60 year ACS Members in the local section during an Awards Dinner at Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse. We had over 70 attendees at the meeting!

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6:30-9:00pm)

Location: Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse, Upper Private Dining Room
18010 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287

March Meeting
Event Overview:
Event Overview:
Join us for our February local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. John McIlroy, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration at the South Central Laboratory in Dallas, TX. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and Dr. McIlroy’s talk: “China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America”

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: (6-9pm)
6pm Social Hour (Light appetizers and drinks)
7pm Dinner (menu TBD)
7:45pm Local section announcements
Our March local section meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Holley and Trey Seastrunk. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, and a talk: “Playing with Fire: Chemistry and Physics of Fireworks.”

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Meeting Schedule: 6-9pm
Location: The University of North Texas Chemistry Building,1508 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX

Presentation Info & Speaker Bio
Title:
China White, Spice, Bath Salts, and N-Bombs: Designer Drugs in America

Abstract:
Drug abuse is at crisis levels across the United States. Millions of Americans are addicted to prescription opioids. Over forty thousand Americans die each year from drug overdoses. There has also been an explosion of designer drugs referred to as “synthetics”. In this talk, a general overview of current drugs of abuse and common public misconceptions will be discussed. There will be a focus on emerging designer drugs including synthetic cannabinoids (spice), cathinones (bath salts), and opioids.

Bio:

Playing with Fire: Chemistry and Physics of Fireworks

Fireworks have fascinated people for centuries. As chemists, many of us have also taken delight in demonstrations that produce flames and loud noises. We started with burning alcohol and exploding hydrogen balloons for demonstrations and then for stage effects. That’s where we crossed over the boundary between chemistry and pyrotechnics. Since then, we’ve handled a wide range of pyrotechnic devices in a large variety of situations. Along the way, we’ve earned pyrotechnics licenses and developed an extensive base of practical knowledge about fireworks.

We will show you how the combination of chemistry and physics produces pyrotechnics. Demonstrations will illustrate characteristics of fireworks and how they function. We will bring our firing system to acquaint attendees with terminology used in pyrotechnics. The critical importance of safety will be emphasized throughout the presentation. Weaving everything together will be stories of our own experiences with fireworks. Let us show you how we play with fire!

Speaker Info:

Kathleen Holley has been a science educator for the past 30+ years. She holds a B. S. in biochemistry from UT Arlington, an M. S. in elementary science education from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of North Texas. She currently teaches Advanced Placement chemistry, International Baccalaureate chemistry, chemistry, and physics at her alma mater, Lamar High School in Arlington. At Lamar, she also sponsors the Masters of the Universe science demonstration team. In addition to pyrotechnics and other hobbies, Kathleen has been a musician for most of her life. She plays flute and piccolo for the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and plays alto and bass flute with the Flutissimo! and Flutes Unlimited flute choirs. She also combines music and chemistry as a member of Al D. Hyde and the Keytones, where she plays alto sax and flute. This all-chemist cover band plays every two years at the Biennial Conference for Chemical Education.

Trey Seastrunk is an industrial engineer who has done science as a hobby since he was in high school. Holding a B. S. in Technology Management, he currently works in Planning and Logistics for Ventura Foods. In addition to professional pyrotechnics, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair. He also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra. This summer, Trey plans to celebrate his birthday by photographing a total solar eclipse.
Kathleen and Trey met during National Chemistry Week in 1993 at the Science Place in Dallas. Trey was working weekends doing public programs and Kathleen was volunteering for the ACS performing demonstration shows. They’ve had great chemistry together ever since.