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.
Congratulations to Dawson Michel Little. He was the named the recipient of 2017 VBRS-ACS Award at the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair held on March 3-4 at Radford University. His project was entitled "The Effect of Pure Vegetable Oils on the Quality of Biodiesel Fuel". Little is a student at Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Science, Mathematics, and Science where his work was sponsored by chemistry instructor Jared Brown.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hollins University (Advisor: Dan Derringer, 540.362.7433) email@example.com
- Lynchburg College (Advisor: Bill Lokar, 343.544.8631) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Radford University (Advisor: Cindy Burkhardt, 540.831.5661) email@example.com
- Roanoke College (Advisor: Kelly Anderson, 540.375.4971) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sweet Briar College (Advisor: Jill Granger, 343.381.6166) email@example.com
- Virginia Tech Chemistry Club (Advisors: Gordon Yee, 540.231.3090) firstname.lastname@example.org and Claudia Brodkin, 540.231.8230 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.