Meeting February 8th

February 2019 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
University of Tennessee at Martin
Watkins Auditorium, Boling University Center
Martin, TN

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dinner 6:00 pm
Presentation 7:00 pm

Program: “The Disappearing Spoon”
Sam Kean

Speaker Bio:

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Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other places, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” and “All Things Considered,” among other shows. “Caesar’s Last Breath” was named the Guardian Science Book of the Year in 2017, while “The Disappearing Spoon” was a runner-up for the Royal Society book of the year. Both “The Violinist’s Thumb” and “The Dueling Neurosurgeons” were nominated for PEN’s Literary Science Writing Award.

The presentation will be followed by a book signing in the Welcome Center.

Children are welcome and will attend a special Science Center during the program.

Meeting January 24th

January 2019 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
Murray State University
1212 Jesse D Jones Hall
Murray, KY

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Dinner 6:00 pm
Presentation 7:00 pm

Dinner:  Massaman (chicken) and panang (Vegetarian) curry, jasmine rice, fruit tray, cookies ($10, $5 for students)

Program: Phosphines as Mild Reducing Agents:  Synthesis of Alkenes from Alkynes
Dr. Rachel Whittaker, Assistant Professor at Murray State University

Few mild and selective alkyne reduction methods have been reported, but the resulting alkenes are important functional groups found in many biologically and industrially useful compounds. Thus, a mild and tunable partial reduction of alkynyl carbonyls was developed, utilizing readily available phosphines as the reductants. Tuning of the reaction conditions allowed for either the cis- or trans-diastereomer to be formed with high selectivity. These reaction conditions demonstrated good functional group tolerance and high yields.

Speaker Bio:

Rachel grew up in Cartersville, GA before obtaining her B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Abilene Christian University in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with Professor Guangbin Dong working on rhodium-catalyzed C-C activation. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Murray State University where her research is focused on the development of mild redox methodologies.

Children are welcome and will attend a special Science Center during the program.

Meeting November 15th

November 2018 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
Bethel University
Vera-Low Center
101 Wildcat Ln, McKenzie, TN

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dinner 6:00 pm
Business Meeting & Awards 7:00 pm

Dinner:  Chili with corn muffins and caesar salad

Program: Annual awards, elections, and celebration

Bring your child to attend a Science Center

 

November 2018 – Message from the Chair

 

Greetings KLS Members,

As we transition from October to November, it’s officially election time! If you haven’t already voted for ACS president, you have until October 31st. Our own KLS ballots for Chair-Elect will be sent out by email one week prior to our November 15th meeting (or you can attend the meeting to cast your vote in person.) Dr. Kevin Miller of Murray State University has thrown his hat in the ring for Chair-Elect, offering to serve as the newest
member of the KLS Executive Committee. In addition to elections, this month we’ll be recognizing our 2018 award winners for the Howard Huyck Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, and
the Outstanding Professional Researcher Award. We even have three 50- and 60- year ACS members to announce! Don’t miss this fun evening of networking and celebrating the wonderful accomplishments of our diverse and talented local section members.

Kind regards,

Genessa

Meeting October 18th

October 2018 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Brehm Hall
574 University St, Martin, TN

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Demo Registration 5:30-6
Dinner 6:00 pm
Business Meeting 6:40pm
Demo Show 7:00 pm

All events will beheld in Brehm Hall Room 258.

Most accessible parking lots will be Fine Arts or the Chemistry/Library Lot. Directions: Turn on Mt Pelia Road from University St (Hwy 431). Brehm Hall is behind the Fine Arts Building, the first building on the left.

Dinner: Catered BBQ and sides ($10 per person, $5 for students)

Program: Chemistry Demonstration Show by SMACS Chapters and Student Group

National Chemistry Week (NCW) Web Banner

 

October 2018 – Message from the Chair

 

Greetings KLS members,

Next week, as a prelude to National Chemistry Week, we will be meeting for our annual SMACS Demo Show at UTM.  Please join us for this fun & interactive event!

Also, If you haven’t already marked your calendars, please note these upcoming dates:

  • Friday October 19th is the deadline for our section award nominations.  Nomination forms are available at: https://kentuckylakeacs.com, and can be submitted by email.
  • Thursday November 15th, we will hold our last meeting of the calendar year at Bethel University where we will elect our next Chair-elect and announce award winners.

See you next week,
Genessa

September 2018 – Message from the Chair

Greetings KLS members,

Last month I had the pleasure of jointly representing our section at the 20th annual ACS ChemLuminary Awards ceremony in Boston. What fun it was!! We won two awards this year: Fostering Interactions Between Local Sections & Student Chapters – for involving students in the SMACS groups with our science centers, and Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Small Size Category Award – for our ongoing children’s science center activities, hosting a Nobel Prize Gala, celebrating National Chemistry Week, and participating in Earth Day activities.  Thank you to everyone who continues to contribute to making our section great!

As we look to the fall meeting line-up, please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • Oct 18th: National Chemistry Week Demo Show @ UTM
  • Fri Oct 19th: Deadline for submitting professional & student award nominations.
  • Thu Nov 15th: KLS Elections & Awards @ Bethel U.

Finally, I know that the November elections might seem far away, but we are actively looking for who might serve as our next Chair-Elect.  If you would like to run (or nominate a colleague for the position) please contact me!

Best regards,

Genessa

Meeting September 20th

September 2018 Kentucky Lake Section Meeting
@
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Dinner @ 6:00 pm, Presentation @ 7:00 pm

All events will be held in the Carl Grant Events Center on campus
Directions and maps:  http://www.uu.edu/about/map/index.htm#Directions

From U.S. Highway 45 Bypass, take Union University Drive west to Walker Road. Turn left on Walker Road. The Grant Center is on your left after passing the Welcome House gate and student housing on the left.

Dinner: Choice of Greek Chicken or Beef Brisket, Salad, Cheesy mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and Chocolate Explosion with ice cream

Program: Learning to Abandon Assumptions and to Ask the Right Questions or A Mild, Metal-Free Method for the Synthesis of Fused Azaheteroaromatics

Dr. E. Blake Watkins, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry,
Union University College of Pharmacy

Bring your children to attend the Science Center!

Abstract:

Carbolines and fused-pyridine heterocycles are ubiquitous structural motifs prevalent in natural products, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, materials and ligand scaffolds, thus highlighting the significance of such structures. Among the isomeric α-, β-, γ-, and δ-carbolines, the most abundant framework in nature is β-carboline. β-Carboline-containing structures possess a wide array of pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-Alzheimer, antimalarial, antibacterial, antitumor, anti-HIV and others. Current procedures require multi-step syntheses or extended preparation of starting materials in order to prepare these isomeric structures.  Our interest in metal-catalyzed, C-H functionalization reactions compelled us to explore the synthesis of these agents in a much more economical manner, particularly in regard to the use of metal catalysts/additives and the number of synthetic steps.  The current status of this project and its application to the synthesis of a wide variety of variously substituted pyridines will be presented, with particular attention paid to agents of pharmacological interest

Speaker Biography:

Blake Watkins speaker photo

Blake Watkins serves as Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Founding Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Union University.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry at Union and received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Georgia under the direction of Professor Robert S. Phillips.  After doing postdoctoral work at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry under Professor Mitchell A. Avery, he worked as a Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor in drug discovery and natural products synthesis.  In 2008, he returned to Union to help start the College of Pharmacy.  His current research interests include synthetic method development with application to natural products and drug discovery.

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