Student Organization Spotlight: American Chemical Society

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The Youngstown State University American Chemical Society is part of the larger, national organization, American Chemical Society.

The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, and our student chapter follows its lead in promoting chemistry on our campus and in our community,” said Jennifer Miller, president of YSU ACS. “We also are actively involved in community service, professional development and networking.”

YSU ACS is a very active student organization and participates in a variety of different activities. This past fall semester, YSU ACS has done science shows at OH WOW!, the Canfield Fair, on campus, and participated in a clean-up day with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. YSU ACS also hosted an informational session on NEOMED’s pharmacy and medical programs.

To end the fall semester, YSU ACS visited Fairhaven School for Special Education and put on a science show for their students.

We’ve revamped our demo list throughout the semester, so the students [were] in for quite a show!” Miller said.

To join YSU ACS, you don’t have to be a chemistry major.

We have members who are in chemical engineering, biology, civil engineering…” Miller said. “We welcome anyone, and we’re always happy to have new members join! Students should join ACS because not only are we a highly active organization, we offer a variety of events throughout the semester. We put quite a bit of focus on professional development and networking as well.”

Smith Receives Grant

Congratulations to Debbie Smith, a part-time faculty member in the YSU Physics & Astronomy Department, who was awarded an American Chemical Society Grant for $1,487. Ms. Smith, who is from Poland, was the sole principle investigator on the proposal. The grant is to purchase Vernier equipment for the Chemistry and Physics labs at Poland High School participating in the College-in-High-School Program at YSU in the STEM College. The equipment to be purchased includes Vernier interfaces, temperature probes, pH probes, conductivity probes, Colorimeter, Drop Counter, Light Sensors and Logger Pro3. With the new equipment, students will be able to perform experiments using extensive computer data collection techniques to help them interpret, analyze and draw conclusions in their laboratory classes.

2012 Cincinnati Research Associate of the Year

William M. Allen, Jr. holds his award.

The Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that William M. Allen, Jr. has been named as the Research Associate of the Year for 2012.

Bill Allen joined P&G in 1998 after obtaining his Master of Science degree in organic chemistry from Youngstown State University. He worked with Dr. Robert Laughlin creating pure surfactants to generate highly accurate phase diagram studies. Upon Bob’s retirement, Bill began working with Dr. Isao Noda, creating new-to-the world materials. Bill’s scientific capability as a chemist is indeed impressive, clearly demonstrated by his professional accomplishments of four granted patents, nine published patent applications, and seven publications in peer-reviewed journals. His contributions as a P&G intellectual leader and top technologist, his firm grasp of fundamental scientific concepts, depth of technical knowledge, drive, and intellectual curiosity, his willingness to take bold intellectual initiative, as well as his ability to utilize various state-of-the-art techniques to maximum extent in his research efforts was recognized in 2008 with one of the most prestigious internal technology awards name after John G. Smale, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of P&G.

Bill is also a graduate of Xavier University’s MBA program and an avid marathon runner. Bill and his wife Toni, who also works at P&G, live in Liberty Township and enjoy spending time with their children, Bradley and Audrey.