Historical tales of Science by Author Sam Kean enthrall full house
Sam Kean, author of the NY Times bestsellers The Disappearing Spoon and other true tales of madness, love and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements, spoke to a full McMaster Auditorium, Main Toledo Library on November 13, 2014, in a free event co-sponsored by the Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Open Book Forum of the Toledo Lucas County Library. Sam’s charming wit earned laughs and applause as he colorfully recounted historical tales of the world’s building blocks from the periodic table. His sports-announcer-like commentary description of the back and forth older-than-cold-war-feud for naming rights of new elements and eventual naming of Element 106, Seabogorium was both riveting and comical. The audience was fascinated with his historical perspective of aluminum, once revered as more precious than gold and silver to its present day taken-for-granted disposable, all-purposeful, lightweight metal of choice for packaging soda . Sam also tantalized the audience with a taste of the stories in his newest book The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. How can a specific brain injury that results in loss of speech still allow communication through song? How can co-joined twins of the brain, specifically the thalamus, aid neuroscientists in understanding sensory perception? The audience was truly disappointed when time ran out. All available copies of his The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeon were quickly purchased, and Sam graciously stayed well-past library-closing signing autographs.
Joanna Hinton, Chair of the Toledo ACS Section, shared her enthusiasm with the audience and her appreciation to Ben Malczewski TLCL Humanities Dept Mgr & Open Book and Authors, Authors Coordinator, for embracing this partnership between the 2 organizations. The need for increased science awareness and science literacy begins with literacy in Toledo or any community. This free event helped illuminate the wonders of science to the public. Special recognitions and congratulations were extended to 2 attendees with 50 years involvement in the American Chemical Society: Jack Georgal, of Adrian, MI, and Walter Long, of Toledo. Attendees enjoyed delightful periodic table of elements pastries provided by Content Pastry. Ben Malczewski, , said “total success ... (event) could scarcely have gone better.”
Check out link to Sam Kean's website for description of his books!
Check out link to WGTE PBS Knowledge Stream that video-taped the event.
Check out photo album with more photos
Author Sam Kean autographs one of his books for Megan Klein, Chair of Detroit ACS Section.
Ben Malczewski TLCL Humanities Dept Mgr and Open Book and Authors, Authors Coordinator, with Author Sam Kean and Joanna Hinton, Chair of the Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society after the event
Toledo ACS Member Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, honored with AWARD at CERMS
Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, an Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Toledo in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS), received the 2014 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at a meeting of the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (CERM ACS) in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich was recognized for her work and efforts in advancing diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulating or fostering activities that promote inclusiveness within the Central ACS region (an area encompassing 25 ACS local sections from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). The award is presented annually and sponsored by the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs. Dr. Bryant-Friedrich is respected for fostering and organizing such programs, as the Women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) Day of Meetings (WISDOM) at the University of Toledo the last several years, as well as other initiatives outlined in her curriculum vita.
Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich has been an Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Toledo in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) since 2007. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina Central University and a M.S in Chemistry from Duke University. She then left the United States and obtained her Dr. rer. Nat. (PhD) from the Ruprecht Karls Universität, Heidelberg, Germany followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Prof. Bernd Giese at the Universität Basel, Basel, Switzerland. She ultimately became a tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan before joining the faculty at the University of Toledo where she is also the Director for International Graduate Student Retention and Recruitment for the CPPS. Dr. Bryant-Friedrich is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Women in Science (AWIS) and continues to serve as the Chair of the Diversity Taskforce for AWIS.
2014 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award Sponsor; ACS Committee on Minority Affairs
Purpose: The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.
Nature: The award consists of a medal and a $1,000 grant to support and further the activities for which the award was made. The award also will include funding to cover the recipient’s travel expenses to the ACS regional meeting at which the award will be presented.
Eligibility: Nominees may come from academia, industry, government, or independent entities, and may also be organizations, including ACS Local Sections and Divisions. The nominee must have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of persons from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, or women who participate in the chemical enterprise.
Toledo ACS Officers had a great time networking and attending technical, Leadership Class and Steering Committee events. University of Toledo Department of Chemistry had a table at the Graduate School Expo. The Toledo Section was a Preferred Sponsor of the Project SEED Luncheon.
See CERMS album in Photos tab for more photos
GREAT Program-in-a Box EVENT! Good crowd of 36 at "Speaking Simply: How to Communicate Your Science" down at BGSU. Program in a Box Webinar sponsored by Younger Chemists Committee, Public Affairs & ACS Webinars. Darn- no photos from the hands-on activity Do it, Say it. Students had fun building, networking & enjoyed the webinar & raffle & prizes & food- PITA PIT. Check out other event photos in photos folder and also final report by PIB-ACS. We plan on hosting the next PIB on Feb 24 "Chemistry on the Silver Screen."
Chemists had a great time at The Blade Corporate and Community Spelling Bee Benefiting Read for Literacy, Inc. helping to raise funds.
Toledo ACS donated $250 to participate in the event.
Thank you to team members: Jim Zubricky, Bob Niedzelski, Harmony Sy, and Joanna Hinton. Toledo ACS Section pictured with 2nd place winners from WGTE . Other photos came be found in the Spelling Bee Photo Album under PHOTOS. Science literacy begins with LITERACY! This was our 2nd year participating in this community event to help out the non-profit 25+yr old Read for Literacy, Inc.