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August 2018 Newsletter

It's that time of year already! 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back after the summer. 

Be sure to Save the Date for the October 10th presentation by Eileen Christensen!


  • Undergraduate Student Travel Award
  • Two open Member-at-Large positions on the Executive Committee
  • Election Nomination Committee established

Upcoming Events

  • October 10th presentation
  • National Chemistry Week
  • Annual Poster Competition in November
  • Special Event in early December
  • Career Fair in March 2019

From the ACS National Newsroom

Why do sugars vary in sweetness?
     A new study looks at how different sugar molecules interact with water in saliva. To find out more, check out the article "Hydrogen Bond Length as a Key to Understanding Sweetness” from the ACS News Service.


Undergraduate Student Travel Award
     Congratulations to Tanner Drum, an undergraduate student in chemistry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas! Tanner was selected for a student travel award. He will be presenting his research at the ACS National Meeting in Boston later this month. 
     The Executive Committee is currently preparing new application materials for students to apply for grants. Once finalized, the application process will be announced in the monthly Newsletter.

Two open Member-at-Large positions on the Executive Committee
     Are you looking to get more involved in the local section? Want to join the Executive Committee on a temporary basis? There are two interim positions available through December 2018. Please contact SNS Secretary, Erica Marti (, for information on how to nominate yourself for interim appointment by the Board. All section members are eligible, including students.

Election Nomination Committee established
     Three SNS members and one Executive Committee member comprise the Election Nomination Committee: Mark Garner, Tom Gill, Caitlyn Menicucci, and Dr. Rampur Viswanath. More information will be shared on the nomination process in the next Newsletter. The annual election takes place in November. Six positions are up for election this year: Secretary (1-yr), Treasurer (1-yr), Chair-Elect (3-yr commitment), Member-at-Large (2-yr), Councilor (3-yr), and Alternate Councilor (3-yr). Please consider participating in the leadership of your local ACS section!


Upcoming Events

October 10th Presentation
     Save the Date! Our speaker will be Eileen Christensen, winner of the 2018 Nevada "Iconic Women of Distinction Award" in STEM. She will give a presentation at Nevada State College on October 10th from 5:30-8:00 pm. The evening includes a meet-and-greet with refreshments followed by the talk from Eileen Christensen. Location details, a map, and the abstract will be provided in the next Newsletter.

National Chemistry Week in October
     Our local section has participated in this chemistry awareness event for the last several years. This year we are partnering with the Discovery Children's Museum. The event will be held on Sunday, October 28th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Discovery Children's Museum. Lots of volunteers are needed! (You can work for a couple of hours or the entire event) You would be working with kids ages 5-12 and helping them with chemistry activities. Please contact Erica Marti ( to volunteer.  

Annual Poster Competition in November
     There are three competition categories for this annual event. High school students may participate in the Chemistry Art Poster competition, while college students may present their research in separate undergraduate and graduate poster competitions on November 17th at Nevada State College. There are monetary prizes for each competition! For questions about the high school art poster competition, please contact Roger Rennels ( The registration announcement for the undergraduate and graduate poster competitions will be available in September. For questions about this event or to volunteer as a judge for the research poster competition, please contact Amber Howerton (

Special Event in early December
     Executive Committee members are working to arrange a special section activity such as wine tasting or chocolate tasting. More details will be provided in future newsletters.

Career Fair in March 2019
     Due to special efforts from the Acting Chair Rampur Viswanath, staff from ACS National will host a special Career Fair in Las Vegas. This event is a great opportunity for students and those currently employed in chemistry-related jobs. Also, we encourage our long-standing members to get involved as mentors for students and those who are in the early stages of their careers. ​More details will be provided in future newsletters. For questions, please contact Rampur Viswanath (

Southern Nevada Section Officers

Acting Chair & Chair-Elect: Rampur Viswanath
Secretary: Erica Marti
Treasurer: Roger Rennels
Councilor: Kazumasa Lindley
Alternate Councilor: Amber Howerton
Western Region Representative: Jeanette Van Emon
Member-At-Large: Open
Member-At-Large: Open

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