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 Mr. Titouan Dustin of EC Glass High School (Lynchburg, VA). He was one of nearly 16,000 U.S. students that participate in Local Chemistry Olympiad competitions. His next step is the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) exam to compete to be one of four students are chosen to represent the USA in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). The USNCO program is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984.
Congratulations to Nicholas Harvey. He was the named the recipient of 2018 VBRS-ACS Award at the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair held on March 2-3 at Radford University. His project was entitled "Self-Assembled TiO2/Polyelectrolyte Composite Films for Catalytic Photodegradation of Pollutants". Harvey is a student at Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Science, Mathematics, and Science where his work was sponsored by chemistry instructor Jared Brown.
Next MeetingAnnual Undergraduate/High School Poster Session & James Lewis Howe Awards - Friday, April 20, 2018, Hosted by Radford University
5:30-6:45 Social Hour & Poster Session, Center for the Sciences
7:00-7:15 Awards Ceremony, McGuffey 203
7:15-8:15 Keynote Presentation, McGuffey 203
The meeting will begin with a Social Hour and Poster Session in the Radford University Center for the Sciences. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served during the poster session in place of dinner. The Awards Ceremony and the Keynote Presentation will be held in McGuffey Hall Room 203. McGuffey Hall is about 5 minutes walk from the Center for the Sciences. There is no charge for hors d'oeuvres, but an RSVP is requested by Friday, April 13, seven days before the meeting, by phoning Laura Angell at (540) 831-5515 (during business hours) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can plan quantities.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donna J. Nelson
Professor of Chemistry, University of Oklahoma
President of the American Chemical Society for 2016
The Science of Breaking Bad: A Look Behind the Hollywood Screen
As science advisor of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, Dr. Nelson will speak about her experiences in Hollywood and how the world of science and film connect. She will reveal how science related information behind the show was crafted in order to support the actors and engage the public. Dr. Nelson also will discuss her interactions with script writers and her insights into the roles of science advisors in television and film production.
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Student Affiliate Chapters in the VBRS
- Ferrum College (Advisor: Maria Puccio, 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