Welcome to the homepage of the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society. The Section serves Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Rockbridge Counties in Virginia, as well as Mercer County in West Virginia. Section Meetings are held monthly during the academic year, September through May, with no meeting in December.
Would you consider serving?See the Blue Ridge Chemist for a list of nominees for Section Officer and Committee positions!
The Earth is a Complex Chemical System
Dr. Robert Bodnar
Dr. Robert Bodnar
Wednesday October 25, 6:00 pm, Hosted by Ferrum College. Reservations for the dinner must be made by Monday, October 16, by contacting Maria Puccio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Chemistry Week Poem Contest
See the Blue Ridge Chemist for more details.
The theme of this year's National Chemistry Week is “Chemistry Rocks”. The mission of NCW is to reach the public, particularly students, with positive messages about chemistry. The Virginia Blue Ridge section again is participating in the K-12 poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to illustrate their poems related to geochemistry. All poems must be no more than 40 words, and in one of the following styles to be considered: Haiku, Limerick, Ode, ABC poem, Free verse, End rhyme, or Blank verse.
The Blue Ridge Chemist is our monthly newsletter. Information on joining the subscription list can be found at Blue Ridge Chemist. It may be of particular interest to those wishing to attend or looking for more details about our monthly Meetings.
Student Affiliate Chapters in the VBRS
- Ferrum College (Advisor: Maria Pucci, 540.365.4362) email@example.com
- Hollins University (Advisor: Dan Derringer, 540.362.7433) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lynchburg College (Advisor: Bill Lokar, 343.544.8631) email@example.com
- Radford University (Advisor: Cindy Burkhardt, 540.831.5661) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Roanoke College (Advisor: Kelly Anderson, 540.375.4971) email@example.com
- Sweet Briar College (Advisor: Jill Granger, 343.381.6166) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virginia Tech Chemistry Club (Advisor: Maggie Bump, 540.231.4675) email@example.com
Chemistry Departments Within the VBRS
- I'm new to the area? How do I get information about the Blue Ridge Section?
The easiest way to get a feel for our activities is to glance through back issues of our newsletter, the Blue Ridge Chemist. For a Newsletter subscription, send your request to Nancy Richardson, Dept. of Chemistry, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 24515 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. . Additionally, we use an email list to help us keep in better contact with you (we will not sell or otherwise distribute names from this list to any other parties). If you wish to be part of this list and have not yet been contacted via email regarding this list, please send an email message to Nancy Richardson with your name and email address.
- Do I need to be an active member of the ACS to participate?
No. Almost all our speaker presentations at our meetings are open to the public and free of charge. They are intended as an opportunity to gather together those with a mutual interest in chemistry in particular and issues in science, technology, and engineering in general. Our meetings attract a wide gamut of attendees from academia, industry, and passionate citizen-scientists. The cost of the optional social hour and dinners preceding the speaker's presentation are reduced for students and retired ACS members. Part of the national ACS membership dues are funnelled back to the local sections to support local activities, so we would ask that you consider a professional or affiliate membership if appropriate.
- What is an affiliate membership?
An affiliate membership to the VBRS is available for technicians, high school chemistry teachers, and others who deal with chemistry in some way, but do not wish to become regular members of the ACS. The dues are only $5 a year (January - December) and should be sent to Chris Monceaux, Dept of Chemistry, Radford University, Radford, VA 24142.