American Chemical Society
Central Ohio Valley Section

April 2014 Meeting
Awards Night

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6:00 Dinner
    John Marshall Dining Room
    Memorial Student Center
    Marshall University

Cost for dinner is $16.50 ($15.25 for vegetarian entree) per person, RSVP required by Thursday, April 17.
RSVP to Pam Hamilton at or by phone at 304-696-2430

7:00 Presentation of Awards
    Shawkey Room
    Memorial Student Center
    Marshall University

7:30 Presentation: "The Kitchen Chemistry Sessions: Molecular Cuisine to Make Science Palatable"

    Dr. Subha R. Das
    Department of Chemistry
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburg, PA

    Shawkey Room
    Memorial Student Center
    Marshall University

Click here for Abstract of the talk and the speaker's biographical information

Come join us in rewarding outstanding students and high school teachers in our section. Awards will be presented by the section for First Year High School Students, Second Year High School Students, and Outstanding Graduating Chemist. Other awards will be presented to Marshall students including Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding Analytical Chemist, Outstanding Senior and Graduate Research Award. In addition the winners of several scholarships will be introduced.

The menu choices for dinner are: Chicken Marsala, Maple Bourbon Pork Loin, or Baked Cheese Tortellini Primavera with Marinara or Alfredo Sauce. (All will be served with a house salad, whipped potatoes, and vegetable medley.) Be sure to indicate your choice when you RSVP.

Revision of Section's Bylaws

The Section's Bylaws were last revised in 1977. There have been many changes in the national bylaws in that time period so we really need to update our bylaws. Updating our bylaws could open up the possibility of electronic ballots. Also, ACS has changed things related to student members so we need to address how the Section wants to address any local issues related to that. There are many other things that need to be updated.

The Executive Committee has started the process. It would appear that we need to essentially throw out the old bylaws and draft a new set based on the model bylaws provided by the ACS Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Proposed new bylaws have been prepared. These proposed bylaws have been unanimously approved by the Executive Committee and they have been submitted to the national Constitution & Bylaws Committee as the next step in the process of getthing the changes approved.. Once we have approval from C&B we will need to have a vote of the members of the Section. The model bylaws provided by C&B include explanations of why some things have to be done certain ways. The proposal includes language that would allow electronic balloting, student members serving as section officers, and would provide a mechanism that might make it possible to get more people involved in Section governance. A version of the proposal that shows changes from the existing bylaws has also been posted.

Please look over the proposed bylaws. Please send any questions or comments to Gary Anderson at




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