30 Year Anniversary of the Section

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society. The celebration of this milestone will happen at our annual award banquet on December 4th, 2021 at the 310 Lakeside restaurant (301 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801).*

We will have moments to look back at the history of our section and to highlight “what-they-are-doing-now” of the award winners at the early days. Each participant will also receive a special and long-lasting souvenir (while supply lasts).

Reservation can be made online at https://forms.gle/okhyqWaqGSGLtTtw8, or by sending email to contact@orlandoacs.org or calling Darlene Slattery at 321-632-2535. Reservations must be made by November 22, 2021 (New deadline).   Please include names so that we can provide nametags.

The cost will be $25/person (after subsidy, tax and gratuity included). The Section will pay the bill with a single check. Please be prepared to pay at the door by check or cash—unfortunately we cannot accept credit cards.

Please join us to celebrate the history of our local section and recognize excellence in chemistry!

* All guests are expected to follow safety guidelines of the restaurant on the day of the event. For more information, please visit https://310restaurant.com.

Annual Awards Banquet Invitation

The Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society will recognize 2021 awards winners in a traditional annual awards banquet on December 4th, 2021. You are invited to attend the banquet:

Saturday, December 4th, 2021
11:30AM to 2:00PM
At the 310 Lakeside restaurant
301 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801

MENU
Appetizers
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Fried Green Tomato – pimento spread, bacon jam, chives
Signature Salad
Mixed Greens grape tomatoes, cucumbers, shaved onion, house made balsamic vinaigrette
Entrée choice of
Pasta Primavera seasonal vegetables, grana padano cheese
Chicken Piccata white wine, butter, capers, lemon sauce garlic mash, seasonal vegetable
Salmon tomato bruschetta, balsamic glaze garlic mash, seasonal vegetable
Dessert
Oreo Cream Trifle
Beverages
Iced tea, soft beverages, and Illy coffee
Cash bar is available

The cost will be $25/person (after subsidy, tax and gratuity included)The Section will pay the bill with a single check. Please be prepared to pay at the door by check or cash—unfortunately we cannot accept credit cards.

Reservation can be made online at https://forms.gle/okhyqWaqGSGLtTtw8, or by sending email to contact@orlandoacs.org or calling Darlene Slattery at 321-632-2535. Reservations must be made by November 20, 2021.   Please include names so that we can provide nametags.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Call for Annual Awards

Since 1991, the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society has recognized individuals who live, work, or study in the seven-county region of the Orlando Section and excel in chemistry. Continuing this tradition, this year, the Orlando Section will give the following awards:

  • Eileen Tulley Award for Outstanding High School Student
  • Outstanding High School Teacher
  • Outstanding Undergraduate at a Primarily Teaching Institution
  • Outstanding Undergraduate at a Primarily Research Institution
  • Outstanding Graduate at a Primarily Research Institution
  • Outstanding Educator at a Primarily Teaching Institution
  • Outstanding Educator at a Primarily Research Institution
  • Outstanding Chemist
  • Outstanding Chemistry Professional
  • Outstanding Entrepreneur/Employer Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer

Descriptions and criteria for each award can be found in our website at https://orlandoacs.org/annual-awards

If you know someone or companies who should be recognized publicly, please nominate them for an ACS Orlando Section award. Each Award consists of a plaque and a monetary award. Awardees will be honored at the local Section’s annual banquet held on December 4th, 2021.  Student nominees need not be currently enrolled in chemistry but can be nominated for achievements for the spring 2021 term.

Nomination package includes:
(1) A letter of nomination stating why this person/company* deserves the award.
(2) A letter of support from someone else who knows the nominee.

Each letter should include the name of the award, and the writer’s email address and daytime phone number. Electronic submissions are required. Email PDF letters to Dr. Darlene Slattery, Chair of the Orlando Section Awards Committee at dslattery1@cfl.rr.com. To be considered, nominations must be received by Friday November 5th, 2021 Monday November 8th, 2021 .

Nominators of awardees are expected to participate in the local Section’s annual banquet to introduce the awardees.

* Point of contact for nominated company must be included in the letter.

CATL Division Fall 2021 Student Travel Awards

The Catalysis Science and Technology (CATL) Division solicits applications for CATL-ChemCatBio Graduate Student Travel Awards that will cover the registration fee of graduate students presenting at the Fall 2021 ACS National Meeting scheduled to be held from 22-26 August 2021.
 
The travel awards aim to further the shared goals of the ACS CATL (https://www.acs-catalysis.org/) and ChemCatBio Consortium (https://www.chemcatbio.org/) to provide educational opportunities in catalysis, support professional development for young scientists, and foster diversity and inclusion in chemical process research.
 
To be eligible the student must be an ACS CATL Division Member. 

Please send as a single PDF file, in an email attachment: 
a) Notice of abstract acceptance for a CATL-sponsored symposium 
b) CV of the graduate student 
c) Nomination letter from the student’s PhD advisor 
d) ACS Member number of the nominator and the nominee
e) Whether or not the student has already registered for the ACS Meeting (if they have registered please also send a receipt and a postal address so we can send reimbursement)  
 
Include CATL REGISTRATION AWARD APPLICATION (in capital letters) as the subject. Forward documentation to the ACS CATL Assistant at contractor.acs.catl@gmail.com 
 
The deadline for application is 2 August 2021.
 
*Reproduced from ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology’s email on 07/12/2021

Call for nominations for Southern Chemist Award

The Memphis Local Section of the American Chemical Society seeks nominations for its 2021 Southern Chemist Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the chemical profession in the southern US. Nominees should be US citizens who have worked in the South for at least 10 years and have at least a 10-year record of accomplishment. In addition, nominees must have actively participated in ACS events and have brought recognition to the South through their work.

Nominations should consist of a letter containing biographical details and a brief account of the nominee’s technical accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and patents, a list of ACS activities, and two seconding letters from individuals who are not at the nominee’s place of employment.

Email PDF files by September 1, 2021 to mclaughlinwilliam@comcast.net.  Nominators wishing to send their applications by mail should send six copies of all materials to Bill McLaughlin, 9015 Longwood Lane, Germantown, TN, 38139.

2020’s Awardees

The 2020 annual award banquet was virtually, via zoom, organized on December 5th 2020. The awards were given to the following outstanding chemists from Central Florida:

Lopez
Outstanding High School Teacher: Mrs. Carrie Lopez (Trinity Preparatory School)
Nominated by Dr. Romina Jannotti
Lopez
Wilson
Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Ms. Katie Wilson (Florida Institute of Technology)
Nominated by Dr. Christopher Chouinard
Wilson
Shultz
Outstanding Graduate Student: Ms. Lorianne Shultz (right, University of Central Florida)
Nominated by Dr. Titel Jurca
Shultz
Chumbimuni-Torres
Outstanding Educator at a Research Institution: Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres (right, University of Central Florida)
Nominated by Dr. Cherie Yestrebsky
Chumbimuni-Torres
Xia
Outstanding Chemist: Dr. Xiaohu Xia (University of Central Florida)
Nominated by Dr. Cherie Yestrebsky
Xia
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Outstanding Chemical Professional: Dr. Tracy Gibson (right, Kennedy Space Center)
Nominated by Dr. Joel Olson
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Johnson
Outstanding Volunteer: Dr. Michel Johnson (Retired)
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  • Outstanding High School Teacher: Mrs. Carrie Lopez (Trinity Preparatory School)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Ms. Katie Wilson (Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student: Ms. Lorianne Shultz (University of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Educator at a Research Institution: Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres (University of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Chemist: Dr. Xiaohu Xia (University of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Chemical Professional: Dr. Tracy Gibson (Kennedy Space Center)
  • Outstanding Volunteer: Dr. Michel Johnson (Retired)

Full List of Awardees

Over the years, the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society recognizes outstanding chemist from Central Florida.

YearAward RecipientOrganization
2020Outstanding High School TeacherMrs. Carrie LopezTrinity Preparatory School
2020Outstanding Undergraduate StudentMs. Katie WilsonFlorida Institute of Technology
2020Outstanding Graduate Student Ms. Lorianne ShultzUniversity of Central Florida
2020Outstanding Educator at a Research InstitutionDr. Karin Chumbimuni-TorresUniversity of Central Florida
2020Outstanding ChemistDr. Xiaohu XiaUniversity of Central Florida
2020Outstanding Chemical ProfessionalDr. Tracy GibsonKennedy Space Center
2020Outstanding VolunteerDr. Michel JohnsonRetired
2019Outstanding Two‐year College StudentMs. Emily GearhartSeminole State College
2019Outstanding Four‐year College StudentMs. Tam PhamStetson University
2019Outstanding Graduate StudentMr. Eric ZieglerFlorida Institute of Technology
2019Outstanding ChemistDr. Qun Treen HuoUniversity of Central Florida
2019Outstanding VolunteerMs. Audrey PrestonFlorida Institute of Technology
2019Volunteer RecognitionMr. George Kenney
2019Volunteer RecognitionDr. Angelina Georgieva
2018Outstanding High School StudentMs. Gabby IronsLake Nona High School
2018Outstanding High School TeacherMrs. Elvira TomlinLake Nona High School
2018Outstanding Two‐year College StudentMs. Zon ThwinValencia College
2018Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDr. Laura SessionsValencia College
2018Outstanding Four‐year College StudentMr. Christopher RoldanUniversity of Central Florida
2018Outstanding Graduate StudentMr. Pierpaolo MorganteFlorida Institute of Technology
2018Outstanding ChemistDr. Andres CampigliaUniversity of Central Florida
2018Outstanding VolunteerDr. Steven KueblerUniversity of Central Florida
2017Outstanding High School StudentPhilip MonseesEdgewood Jr./Sr. High School
2017Outstanding Two‐year College StudentSun HongSeminole State College
2017Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDr. Vasudha SharmaValencia College
2017Outstanding Four‐year College StudentFranklin ThornburghFlorida Institute of Technology
2017Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherDr. Joel OlsonFlorida Institute of Technology
2017Outstanding Graduate StudentTianyu ZhengUniversity of Central Florida
2017Outstanding ChemistDr. Yi LiaoFlorida Institute of Technology
2016Outstanding High School StudentAngelica CorianoCypress Creek High School
2016Outstanding High School TeacherRaymond RoweCypress Creek High School
2016Outstanding Two‐year College StudentShamaron GrierValencia College
2016Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDr. Daeri TeneryValencia College
2016Outstanding Four‐year College StudentElizabeth StewartFlorida Institute of Technology
2016Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherDr. Jessica SmeltzFlorida Institute of Technology
2016Outstanding Graduate StudentTyler MaxwellUniversity of Central Florida
2015Outstanding High School StudentAnthony DasEdgewater High School
2015Outstanding High School TeacherNicholas TomcykoskiEdgewater High School
2015Outstanding Two‐year College StudentAlexandra AllardEastern Florida State College
2015Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherVan QuachSeminole State College
2015Outstanding Four‐year College StudentLauren GandyUniv. Central Florida
2015Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherKarin Chumbimuni-TorresUniv. Central Florida
2015Outstanding Graduate StudentShishir ChoureyFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2015Outstanding ChemistAndy KnightFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2014Outstanding High School StudentSrimayi TenaliWest Shore Jr/Sr HS
2014Outstanding High School StudentAadit VyasPaul J. Hagerty HS
2014Outstanding High School TeacherCaroline KentRockledge High School
2014Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDeborah L. MeadSeminole State College
2014Outstanding Graduate StudentMahmoud SalehFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2013Outstanding High School StudentNicholas EtrickWest Shore Jr/Sr High School
2013Outstanding High School TeacherErica SaylorUniversity High School
2013Outstanding High School TeacherScott WaisanenOviedo High School
2013Outstanding Four‐year College StudentDiana CoxRollins College
2013Outstanding ChemistLei ZhaiUniv. Central Florida
2012Outstanding High School StudentDavid R. AndersonWest Shore Jr/Sr HS
2012Outstanding High School TeacherDr. Scott McCord Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr HS
2012Outstanding Two‐year College StudentLynley BachellerBrevard Comm. Col. – Palm Bay
2012Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherMs. Deborah McClintonBrevard Comm. Col. – Melbourne
2012Outstanding Four‐year College StudentChristian PoseaStetson University
2012Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherDr. Kurt WinkelmannFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2011Outstanding High School StudentMr. Clement LiCocoa Beach HS
2011Outstanding High School TeacherRomina Jannotti Hagerty HS
2011Outstanding Two‐year College StudentDanny AriasValencia State College
2011Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherEileen PerezValencia State College
2011Outstanding Four‐year College StudentChristy FitzpatrickStetson Univ.
2011Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherHarry PriceStetson Univ.
2011Gordon L. Nelson AwardJoshua RokachFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2011Outstanding Student Affiliate SectionUCF Student ChapterUniv. Central Florida
2010Outstanding High School StudentSteven WangSeminole HS
2010Outstanding High School StudentAnthony WeishampleHagerty HS
2010Outstanding High School StudentKelsey SaveryWest Shore HS
2010Outstanding High School TeacherSusan BrennanSeminole HS
2010Outstanding Four‐year College StudentJustin WrightRollons College
2010Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherTandy GrubbStetson Univ.
2010Outstanding Graduate StudentCarolina AndradeUniv. Central Florida
2009Outstanding High School StudentTimothy CopelandHagerty HS
2009Outstanding Two‐year College StudentEstefania SantamariaValencia Comm. Coll.
2009Outstanding Four‐year College StudentNaomi PerniconeStetson Univ.
2009Outstanding Graduate StudentCiceron Outstanding YanezUniv. Central Florida
2009Outstanding ChemistAndres D. Campiglia———–
2008Outstanding High School StudentAnna StrockWest Shore HS
2008Outstanding High School StudentGreg BraciackHagerty HS
2008Outstanding High School TeacherFaren AhrensEdgewood HS
2008Outstanding Two‐year College StudentRafael GonzalezDaytona State Coll.
2008Outstanding Four‐year College StudentKatherine Ferstadt———–
2008Outstanding Graduate StudentPranav PatelFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2007Outstanding High School StudentAdam KlettWest Shore HS
2007Outstanding High School TeacherLisa Scott Satellite HS
2007Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherGerald SwansonDaytona Beach Comm. Coll.
2007Outstanding Four‐year College StudentCarlos ToroUniv. Central Florida
2006Outstanding High School StudentRobert GottfriedHagerty HS
2006Outstanding High School TeacherDawn ArnettViera HS
2006Outstanding Four‐year College StudentJuliana LlanoUniv. Central Florida
2006Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherRamee IndralingamStetson Univ.
2006Outstanding Graduate StudentMussafer Tonguc OztekUniv. Central Florida
2006Outstanding ChemistVirender SharmaFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2005Outstanding High School StudentXiaoming JiaWest Shore HS
2005Outstanding High School TeacherDelilah Narvaez West Shore HS
2005Outstanding Two‐year College StudentSarah KellnerBrevard Comm. Coll.
2005Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherMartin McClintonBrevard Comm. Coll.
2005Outstanding Four‐year College StudentGail SchneiderUniv. Central Florida
2005Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherStephen KueblerUniv. Central Florida
2005Outstanding Graduate StudentNadine Noorhasan-SmithFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2005Outstanding ChemistRodger CappsBoeing Company
2004Outstanding High School StudentAndrew FirstWinter Springs HS
2004Outstanding High School StudentAlexander RoedererWest Shore HS
2004Outstanding High School TeacherThomas Sammet University HS
2004Outstanding Two‐year College StudentRyan MichaelBrevard Comm. Coll.
2004Outstanding Four‐year College StudentChristopher StefancikStetson Univ.
2004Outstanding Graduate StudentSheila JacoboFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2004Outstanding ChemistFlorencio  HernandezUniv. Central Florida
2004Gordon L. Nelson AwardBrooks MadsenUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding High School StudentKim HoangPalm Bay HS
2003Outstanding High School TeacherDavid PieskiFreedom HS
2003Outstanding Four‐year College StudentEdgar PerezUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherBrooks MadsenUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding Graduate StudentMirna FranjicUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding ChemistChristian ClausenUniv. Central Florida
2002Outstanding High School StudentGregory DiMicco
2002Outstanding High School TeacherLara Sharp
2002Outstanding Four‐year College StudentCarri Brodnax
2002Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherMichael Hampton
2002Outstanding Graduate StudentChristina Coon
2002Gordon L. Nelson AwardBarry Fookes
2002Chairman’s AwardRamee IndralingamStetson Univ.
2001Outstanding High School StudentErin Riley
2001Outstanding High School TeacherKaren Deo
2001Outstanding Four‐year College StudentSean Burrow
2001Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherGlenn CunninghamUniv. Central Florida
2001Outstanding Graduate StudentJanice Lomness
2001Outstanding ChemistCherie Geiger
2000Outstanding High School StudentMatthew Offerman
1996Outstanding High School StudentJona HattangadiUniversity High
1996Outstanding High School TeacherKenneth Holt
1996Outstanding Four-year College StudentKim MillarUniv. Central Florida
1996Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherJan Ems-WilsonValencia Community College
1996Outstanding Graduate StudentMustafa AdiyamanFlorida Institute of Technology
1996Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherGuy MattsonUniv. Central Florida
1996Outstanding ChemistClovis LinkousFSEC/Univ. Central Florida
1996Gordon L. Nelson AwardGordon L. NelsonFlorida Institute of Technology
1995Outstanding High School StudentLaura Meyer
1995Outstanding High School TeacherJennifer Foulk
1995Outstanding Four-year College StudentLynda Dawson
1995Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherJeanne Robinson
1995Outstanding Graduate StudentChun Lin
1995Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherBrooks MadsenUniv. Central Florida
1995Outstanding ChemistMichael BabichFlorida Institute of Technology
1994Outstanding High School Student Meetesh KariaPalm Bay High
1994Outstanding High School TeacherErica LeonardMainland High
1994Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherTom BeallBrevard Community College
1994Outstanding Student at a Four-year CollegeJanice LomnessUniv. Central Florida
1994Outstanding Graduate StudentScott McKayFlorida Institute of Technology
1994Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherMichael HamptonUniv. Central Florida
1993Outstanding High School Student Chris Bray
1993Outstanding High School TeacherJanet MorganDr. Phillips High
1993Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDavid WilsonValencia Community College
1993Outstanding Graduate StudentGuo ShenFlorida Institute of Technology
1993Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherAlan BrownFlorida Institute of Technology
1993Outstanding High School Student
(Special Awards)
Thanh Tan Nguyen
Ranjani Raghunathan
John Foley
Tom Tomble
1993Outstanding Graduate Student
(Special Awards)
Jennifer Batten
1992Outstanding High School StudentsMatt Carrigan
Ben McFarland
1992Outstanding Undergrad Students
at a Four-Year College
Chris Bender
Melissa Heck
1992Outstanding High School TeachersSharon Blankenship
Nancy Benton
1992Outstanding Teacher at a Four-year CollegeSeth Elsheimer
1992Outstanding ChemistMary Sohn
1991Outstanding High School StudentEileen TulleyTitusville High
1991Outstanding High School TeacherCollette Davis
Joseph Pekich
Dr. Phillips High
Palm Bay High
1991Outstanding Four‐year College StudentCherie GeigerUniv. Central Florida
1991Outstanding Graduate StudentSeong Woo Hwang
1991Outstanding ChemistMichael D. Hampton
John H. Trefry III
Univ. Central Florida
Florida Institute of Technology