Red River Valley Local Section


The RED RIVER VALLEY SECTION of ACS is very pleased to announce a Young Investigator Award (YIA) competition for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows attending the Spring 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting.

 Only Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that have submitted abstracts for the Spring 2014 ACS National Meeting are eligible to attend.

 $500 will be awarded for the 1st and 2nd place presentations and $200 awarded for the 3rd and 4th place presentations. Awards will be provided following attendance of the National Meeting.

 Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows must be ACS members by the time of the competition in February 2014. Entrants must be the presenting author at the YIA competition and at the ACS National Meeting.

 The YIA awards competition will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Mayville State University in Mayville, ND (conveniently located between Fargo and Grand Forks). The hazardous weather date is Saturday, February 15th. Contestants will present their work as a 15 minute oral presentation with five additional minutes allowed for questions.

 YIA applications must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

 To apply for the YIA competition, entrants will e-mail the following information to Dr. Thomas Gonnella at Mayville State University via by January 31, 2014.

 1) Contact information of graduate student/post-doctoral fellow: name, phone number, institution, department, and email address.

 2) Graduate/post-doctoral advisor’s name.

 3) A copy of the abstract (title, authors, affiliations, text) and proof of submission with your assigned document ID number.

4) ACS membership number.

                                                                                                   20 Jan 2014

2014 Werth Lectures

January 16 - 17 on the Concordia College Campus

 Our speaker is Dr. Christy L. Haynes from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Christy L. Haynes’ research focuses on applications of analytical chemistry to probe pressing fundamental and applied problems related to human health and safety. To date, this research has resulted in more than 90 peer-reviewed publications. She is a Searle Scholar, NIH New Innovator, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and recently honored as the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader Lecturer and one of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10


“Biological and Ecological Toxicity of Nanoparticles”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 • Jones Science Center 212



“Proving ‘Them’ Right – Pursuing Chemistry as a Career”

9:20 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 • Jones Science Center 212

 The Werth Lectures honor Dr. Richard G. Werth who began teaching at Concordia College in 1950 after completing his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. He worked as a visiting scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee; and the University of Iowa’s hygienic laboratory in Iowa City. Before coming to Concordia, he was a research chemist for E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was chosen in 1972 as an Outstanding Educator of America for his civic and professional achievements. He retired in 1990 and died in 1993.

8 January, 2014 

How Glass Changed the World


This is a gentle reminder that next week is National Chemistry Week.  As part of the outreach activities of the local RRV ACS section, we will be hosting a Science Café on the NDSU campus the evening of October 23rd (Mole Day).  The presentation will be aimed at a general audience and will discuss the chemistry and early history of glass, a material that changed various aspects society and ultimately science itself after its introduction. The Sci Cafe will be free and open to the public and all of the details are given below.


HOW GLASS CHANGED THE WORLD. The History and Chemistry of Glass from Antiquity to the 13th Century.

Presented by Seth C. Rasmussen, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University

7 PM, Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sudro Hall, Room 24, NDSU Campus


Glass production is thought to date to ~2500 BC and had found numerous uses by the height of the Roman Empire.  The modern view of glass-based chemical apparatus (beakers, flasks, stills, etc.) was quite limited, however, due to a lack of glass durability under rapid temperature changes and chemical attack.  In the mid 1200's, this began to change as the glassmakers of Venice and Murano began blending Roman methods with raw materials from the Levant, as well as developing pretreatment and purification methods of the raw materials.  This combination resulted in a new glass with a strength and durability for use in chemical apparatus, thus allowing much greater freedom and versatility in the design of laboratory glassware. For example, this freedom of design provided by glass resulted in a vast improvement in still design, which in turn allowed the isolation of important species such as alcohol and the mineral acids. In addition, the resulting improved glass technology led to the invention of eyeglasses, significantly extending the intellectual lifespan of the average scholar and paving the way for lens-based tools such as the microscope and telescope. An overview of the history and chemistry of glass technology will be presented, from its origins in antiquity to its dramatic expansion in the 13th century, concluding with its impact on society in general, particularly its effect on chemical practices.

Click to see details.

17 October, 2013

EXEC Committee Meeting

Friday, 13 September, 2013


Fargo Billiards and Gastropub

3232 Forty Third Street South


Councilor Report:   RRVLS Councilor Report Fall 2013 

                                                                      13 Sep 2013

Werth Chemistry Lectures

From  Graeme Wyllie

     On behalf of the Concordia Chemistry Department, I would like to extend an invite to you for the 2013 Werth Chemistry lectures to be held March 14th and 15th on the Concordia Campus. Our speaker this year is Professor W. Robert Scheidt of the University of Notre Dame, whose career spans more than 40 years in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. His work has focused  in particular on those proteins containing a metalloporphyrin complexes and the work in his lab has looked at synthesis and characterization of model complexes for a number of these and binding to them of small ligands such as oxygen, carbon monoxide and nitric oxide. Indeed, the chemistry arising from nitric oxide interactions with iron porphyrins has been an ongoing focus of the Scheidt lab for the last 4 decades and this forms the basis of his Thursday night lecture. Our Friday talk sees Professor Scheidt reflect on his career and offer advice for lessons from his life in science. Finally, on a personal note, Professor Scheidt was my own Ph.D advisor and it is a great personal honor to host him as the 2013 Werth lecturer.


This Saturday we held our third Young Investigator Award Competition at Mayville State University.  We had eight students and postdocs present talks and we awarded four travel awards (2 x $500; 2 x $200) to support presentations at the Spring ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.  The award winners are given below:

Srinivas Abbina,       UND - $500

Anthony Ostlund,   NDSU - $500

Ryan Schwiderski, NDSU - $200

Duminda Liyanage,   UND - $200

I want to thank Tom Gonnella for hosting and organizing the event, as well as our panel of judges (Tom Gonnella, Matt Picklo, Graeme Wyllie).  It is unfortunate that more of the executive committee member were unable to attend and I hope that we can have a larger representation next year.

reception honoring  Daryl Ostercamp

The Chemistry Department of Concordia College invites you all to a  reception honoring the life and career of Daryl Ostercamp. Dr. Ostercamp served on the campus of Concordia from 1960 to his retiring to Professor Emeritus in 2002. The reception is part of the Homecoming celebrations at Concordia but all those who knew Daryl are welcome to attend the reception where guests will have a chance to share stories and Daryl will also reflect on his long and illustrious career as an organic chemist. Messages from those unable to attend will also be shared so if you have something you would like to share, feel free to send them to us.


The reception will be held on Friday October 12th at 3 pm in the Knutson Student Center on the Concordia Campus. For more information, contact Drew Rutherford at



Edwin S Olson has been honored as a 50 - Year Member of ACS.

C&EN 9 April, 2012, page 44.                                                         13 April, 2012

Red River Valley IPG Funding Decision         


From: Aviva M. Westheim []
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:11 PM
Subject: Red River Valley IPG Funding Decision
Importance: High

 Dear Alena,

 This message is to inform you that your January 2012 IPG proposal, “Combined Education and Research for American Indian Scientists or CERAIS,” has been reviewed, and a funding decision of $2213 has been made. You will receive a formal award letter from LSAC in the next few weeks. The Red River Valley Local Section can expect to receive funding around the end of April. Meanwhile, you can contact me with any questions you have.

Kind regards,


Aviva M. Westheim

American Chemical Society

Membership Associate, Member Communities|Department of Volunteer Support

1155 Sixteenth Street NW

Washington, DC 20036

202-872-6096 (ph)

202-872-4353 (fax)

        Science Café            

19:00   Thursday, 3 May 2012.

Keith Butler

American Ordnance

speaking on the topic of “Military Explosives”. 

 REAC Center on the edge of the UND campus next to the Hilton.
     There is good parking for the public and easy access.

     UPcoming Regional and State Science Fairs

MN Western Regional Science Fair
February 11th, 2012 at Minnesota State University Crookston
Fair Director: Katy Smith

MN Northern Regional Science Fair

February 25th, 2012 at Bemidji State University
Fair Director: Julie Larson

ND Northwest Regional Science Fair

February 29th, 2012 at Williston State College
Fair Director:  Deb Moe  

ND Northeast Regional Science Fair

February 29th, 2012 at University of North Dakota
Fair Director: Karen Harder

ND Southeast Central Regional Science Fair

March 9th, 2012 at Jamestown Civic Center
Fair Director: Peter Sykora

ND Southeast Regional Science Fair

March 13th, 2012 at North Dakota State University
Fair Director: Marcus Friskop

ND Southwest Central Regional and

ND North Central Science Fairs
March 14th, 2012 at the Braves Center
Fair Director: Julie Hein
Judging Coordinator: Julie Fleck

ND State Science Fair

March 30th, 2012 at University of North Dakota
Fair Director: Peter Sykora
Judging Coordinator: Marcus Friskop

                                                                                                        6 Feb, 2012


Congratulations go to:

Postdoctoral Section:

      1st Place: Michael Mayo, NDSU, $400

Graduate Student Section:

      1st Place: Ivan Hevus, NDSU, $400

       2nd Place: Ryan Schwiderski, NDSU, $100

       2nd Place: Michael Mulholland, NDSU, $100


  The RED RIVER VALLEY LOCAL SECTION of ACS is very pleased to announce a Young Investigator Award (YIA) competition for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows attending the Spring 2012 American Chemical Society National Meeting.

   Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that have submitted abstracts for the Spring 2012 ACS National Meeting are eligible.

   There will be two awards each for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  Awards are $400 for first place and $100 second place. Awards will be provided following attendance of the National Meeting.

   Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows must be ACS members by the time of the competition in February 2012. Entrants must be the presenting author at the YIA competition and at the ACS National Meeting.

   The YIA awards competition will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Mayville State University in Mayville, ND (  the Classroom Bldg,  9am to 2pm. In brief, Take I29 to the Mayville exit and go west 11 miles to Mayville. Turn right onto fifth avenue and continue until you pass the practice field. You park at the adjacent parking lot. The Classroom building is across from the parking lot. ). The hazardous weather date is Saturday, February 11. Contestants will present their work as a 15 minute oral presentation with five additional minutes allowed for questions.
Opening Session 9:00.          Awards Presentation:  13:30

Guest Speaker:   Pushparajah Thavarajah, North Dakota State University.
Questions?     Contact Dr. Matthew Picklo, RRV ACS,

                                                                                                                 31 Jan, 2012 

7th ASBMA/ACS UnderGraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences Meeting

     At the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences meeting, the local section awarded one Students Choice award and two $400 travel awards to one of the upcoming national ACS meeting. The Students Choice award, a tie-dyed lab coat, went to Samantha Dahlstrom from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (Winona, MN) with her poster presentation on “The Effects of Glycerol Monolaurate on Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha Production in J774A.1 Murine Macrophage Cells”. The two travel awards went to Megan Weyer from North Dakota State University with oral presentation  on “Isoform Selectivity in HDAC Inhibition” and Valdez Rahming from College of Saint Benedict Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) with his poster presentation on “Spectroscopic Analysis of the Interaction Between Human Serum Fibinogen and Super Paramagnetic Iron (II) Oxide Nanoparticles”. These awards were match with four travel awards to the national ASBMB conference and another Student Choice award from the Northwest section of ASBMB .


Outstanding Leader Development Program Award

 The Red River Valley Local Section sponsored a Developing Communication Strategies Leadership Development Course, underwritten by an ACS grant. The event was held at the Minnesota State University and was considered a huge success."  Second Award. See below.

Tess Award to Dean Webster

  Congratulations to Dean Webster Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU as the 2011 winner of the Roy W Tess Award in Coatings, sponsored by the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering.  C&EN 11 July, 2011, pg 37.

Outstanding Leader Development Program Award

from Leadership Advisory Board

11 October, 2010

   C&ENews, page 44

  Accolades for ACS Volunteers


Congratulations to the 50 Year Members

   The Red River Valley Local Section is honored to recognize our newest 50 Year Members of the American Chemical Society. 

         J. Edward GLASS,   Fargo

         Leslie M Klevay,   Grand Forks

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      Re d  r I V Er  V Al le Y  l O C Al  Se C Ti O N

    At this stage of our new site evolution, I thought that it might be useful to take this initial HOME page content box to briefly summarize my current thoughts concerning the design? and execution of the  First, let me observe that the logo inherited from the initial site template seems to have been removed.  It might be appropriate for us as a collective to consider what image might best adorn the space in the upper right hand area of our header.

    To the immediate left are a series of tabs leading to pages dealing with related themes that I will try to describe below:

Home   -.-   This page.

Activities / Events   -.-   A sequenced listing of the Activities and Events presented, sponsored and supported by the Local Section.

Action Items  -.-   A sequential linking to documents describing and supporting the actions of the EXECutive Committee ( minutes? ) and associated committees for the Local Section.

About Us   -.-   Text and images describing the Red River Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society.  Who we are and What we do.  The lower portion of the right hand sidebar highlights the academic and research facilities where the majority of our members are active.

Announcements   -.-   The page associated with the source of the Recent Blog Entries highlighted in the second section of the right hand sidebar.

Officers   -.-   A list of the EXECutive Committee members with contact information including e-mail links.

Contact Us   -.-   A form oriented page allowing direct communication of your comments to the Local Section Information Provider { Web Master }.  This can be used instead of direct communication with the Local Section Officers via their individual MailTo: links.

Resources   -.-    Local Section Resources include links to:  A listing of Past Chairs, links  to efforts to revise and update the Section ByLaws to reflect changes since their enactment,  and a rendition of the Officers Handbook detailing the various jobs and activities associated with the governance and operation of the Local Section.  It is likely that as content is revised and evolves, some of these items will become left hand tab items.  In addition, our site has been created with numerous American Chemical Society Resources which I will not enumerate here.  Click on the Resources left hand tab for a detailed list.

Calendar   -.-   The page used to generate the items appearing at the top of the right hand sidebar.

U S N C O   -.-   The page connecting together Local Section activities associated with our participation in the U S NaTiONAl CHemIStrY OlYmPIad.

USNCO Registration   -.-   A form to be used in electronic submission of the Registration requested from all student participants.

Committees   -.-   a list of Committees of the Local Section and links to information concerning their charges and activities.

Monetary Awards   -.-   Annotated listing of the ongoing monetary awards of the Local Section.

ByLaws   -.-     a copy of the Section ByLaws.

ByLaws Revision   -.-   Last amended in 1989, the Section bylaws deviate seriously from contemporary recommendations and current practices.  This page will detail the progress of our revision attempt.

Officer Manual   -.-   Job descriptions for those responsible for the governance of the Local Section.