South Carolina Section


November Section Meeting 

“Global Climate Disruption: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?”

3;30 pm 

Friday November 3
The Russell House Theater
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Dr. Andrew Jorgensen
University of Toledo


Abstract     Climate change is a very intense topic in our country which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. This presentation will give background information about the phenomenon and methods which have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized. We will then consider solutions to the problem. Participants will be able to share their views using personal response devices and to compare their replies to those of more than 3,000 members of previous audiences.

Reception to Follow
Sponsored by SC-ACS
Come network with other chemists 

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Section Elections will be held electronically from November 1-15.  Your ballot will be delivered to the address that you received our newsletter.  For more information visit our elections page.



Congratulations to Dr. Angela Peters of Claflin University.  She will receive the E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service at the upcoming SERMACS meeting in Charlotte on November 11 at the awards luncheon. This award recognizes ACS volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Society, particularly at the SE Region level.  She has served on the board of SERMACS, Inc. and most recently was the general chair of SERMACS 2016 in Columbia. Angela has served as the chair of the South Carolina Section and in 2012 received the E. Ray McAfee Distinguished Service to the Section Award from the South Carolina Section.  In addition to other honors in 2005 she was named the SC Governor's Professor of the Year.



SERMACS 2017 will be held in Charlotte, NC this November 7 - 11, 2017. The conference will be at the Sheraton Charlotte which has an "Always Welcome" policy and will provide our attendees a fantastic facility. We will have a full day of "Diversity in Science" programming and social events, highlighted by the Stanley C. Israel award ceremony on Wednesday, November 8th. 

Along with over 40 invited symposia and workshops including dozens of Keynote speakers, K-12, Undergraduate, Project SEED and other programming.


The meeting will kick-off with a large Exposition. Premium booths are still available. It will wrap up with a Graduate School/Future Fair for students to discover their next steps. 

#Charlottesgotalot of activities for all of our guests. We are looking forward to welcoming the ACS community to Charlotte for the first time in over 30 years. We hope to engage scientists, students, educators, and our regional industrial partners in a week of exchange and growth. We are Building Community Through Science.

Save the date: November 7 - 11, 2017 and find out how to get involved. Contact our General Chair, Jordan Poler ( for additional information and partnership opportunities. 

Connect with us on our social media:#BuildingCommunityThroughScience #hugachemist

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Welcome Y'all!

Jordan C. Poler Associate Professor of Chemistry 
UNC Charlotte SERMACS 2017 Chair | @DrSciEnCee1 

Project SEED


Summer Research Internship Program for Economically Disadvantaged High School Students

The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare chance to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives. 

Congratulations to our 2017 Project SEED participants at the University of South Carolina, under the leadership of Dr. Chuanbing Tang. 

2017 James Bryant Conant Award



Laura E. Slocum of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia has been named the recipient of the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, sponsored by the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X.  She received her award at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in conjunction with the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  The award sponsored by Thermo Fischer Scientfic, Inc. is the American Chemical Society's highest honor that is presented to a high school teacher. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate.  Laura serves as an alternate councilor for the South Carolina Section.


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