South Carolina Section

2017 ACS Fellows Named: Congrats to Regis Goode

Congratulations to Regis Goode of Ridge High School has been named a 2017 ACS Fellow. Regis co-chaired the High School teachers program at SERMACS 2016.

Her contributions to the science/profession: Recognized as a leader in secondary school chemical education as a teacher of Advanced Placement Chemistry and Chemistry in the Community, and for educating and mentoring others in the profession.

Her contributions to the ACS community: Honored for over three decades of involvement in ACS chemical education projects, such as Chemistry in the Community, AACT, ChemMatters, and the Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines.


Scott Goode's Retirement

Congratulations to Scott Goode upon his retirement from the University of South Carolina, officially as of May 15 but today  (April 24th) is his "Last Lecture." He joined the faculty at USC in January 1974 and rose through the ranks to become a professor. His B.S.Chem was from the University of Illinois, Urbana and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Among his honors are the Society for Applied Spectroscopy Award for Service to the Society (1990), the Amoco Foundation Outstanding... Teacher Award (1991), the Michael J.Mungo Award for Teaching (1998), the South Carolina Section of the ACS Distinguished Service Award (2009), and the USC Service Award (2015). He has supervised the work of 20 Ph.D. students, 7 masters, 19 MAT students, and 16 undergraduates. He has 54 peer-refereed publications. For the South Carolina Section he served as an alternate councilor from 2000-2004 and has and continues to serve as councilor since 2005. In 2016 he was named an ACS Fellow.  For SERMACS 2016 he served as the program chair and was recognized for his efforts at the South Carolina Section's recent awards banquet.  .


Annual Awards Meeting & Undergraduate Poster Session

The annual awards meting and undergraduate poster session was held  Thursday April 20 at Claflin University. Please see the related articles below for news from that meeting.

South Carolina Section's Chemist of the Year

Dr. Donna A. Chen, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina is the 2017 South Carolina Chemist of the Year. She joined the faculty at USC in 1999 and has established a research program that has received both national and international attention.Her research area is in the area of materials physical chemistry and focuses on understanding surface chemistry at the atomic and molecular level.  

She received her BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology, her MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and did a post-doc at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. 

She has participated in research grants that have generated over $8 million in funding from the Army Research Office, NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, and PRF.  Seventeen  graduate students, 20 postdoctoral associates, 16 undergraduate students and two high school students have been mentored by Dr. Chen.  She has 56 peer-reviewed publications . 

Her many honors include  the 2016 USC Educational Foundation Research Award, the 2010 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the 2008 South Carolina Governor's Young Researcher Award. 


Outstanding Undergraduate Chemistry Majors

The following undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors students will be honored at the award meeting.  They all have been recommended by the faculty of their institution and have at least a 3.5 GPA.

 Charleston Southern  Jessica N. Crane
 The Citadel
 Sean M. Brennan
 Claflin University  Kadejah Johnson
 College of Charleston
 Nicholas Taylor
 Coker College  Sydney A. Gaster
 Francis Marion University
 Patel Sharad
 South Carolina State University
 Marketa Marcanikova
 University of South Carolina William Ray Capell

ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year 

Dr. Pamela Riggs-Gelasco, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry of the College of Charleston was announced as the recipient of this year's award.  Through her Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant, the department has provided outreach opportunities to local pre-college students.  Each year hundreds of students from Title I schools such as Burke High School and Mitchell Elementary come to campus for hands-on experiences.  Participation in the Annual STEM Education Day also brings over 1500 students to campus from area elementary and middle schools.   Although relying on the help of many faculty members to accomplish these activities, it is her grantsmanship and leadership that made this possible.


50 and 60 Year Service Awards

The following local section members  were acknowledged for their years of service to the Society: 

50 Year Members

   Dr. Marion Doig, III                        Dr. Julian McGill

   Ms. Barbara Eggers-Parker          Mr. Charles Muller

   Dr. Daniel Reger                             Mr. James Johnson                      

   Mr. Harold Weber                          Mr. John Locke, Jr.

   Dr. Alan Williams

 60 Year Members 

   Mr. John Bertels                            Dr. John Herron

   Dr. T.R. Mueller                              Dr. Richard Partyka

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.


H. Willard Davis

In Memory of

Harry Willard Davis

November 7, 1915 - April 26, 2017

Columbia – Dr. H. Willard Davis passed peacefully at age 101 on April 26, 2017. His life was one of great love, accomplishment, and fulfillment.

Dr. Davis served the South Carolina Section in a number of capacities.  He served as secretary-treasurer from 1949-1951. From 1952-1954 he rotated through the positions of chair-elect, chair, and past chair.  He served as as councilor for the South Carolina Section from 1957-1962 and as alternate councilor from 1962-1968. 

He survived Mary, his loving wife of 65 years. He was born of the late Eugene M. Davis and Mary Fennell Davis on November 7, 1915 in Pelzer, SC.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from USC in 1937 and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1941, he began his 36 year career at USC as a professor of chemistry. He became Chair of the USC Chemistry Department and was a nationally distinguished scientist serving as a Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Chairman of the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies, and President of Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He was an observer of the 1942 atomic bomb test in Nevada. He was President of the South Carolina Academy of Science, Director of the USC Institute of Science and Technology, and lectured on Russian Science.

From 1960 to 1966, he served as Dean of the USC College of Arts and Sciences. For the next decade he was instrumental in the development of USC academic programs serving as Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, and Vice-Provost for Regional Campuses.

In 1977, he retired from USC with the honor of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. USC established the Willard Davis Lecture Series in Chemistry. In 2003, USC awarded him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Apart from his career as a professor, Willard was an avid supporter of Carolina athletics. From 1946 to 1959 he traveled with the USC football team and filmed the “motion pictures” of the football games, including the Gamecocks 1946 appearance in the first ever Gator Bowl.

Upon his retirement from academia, Willard commenced an equally distinguished career in sailing serving as a Commodore of the Columbia Sailing Club and a Commodore of the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Union. Both of these sailing organizations continue to make annual awards in his name in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing. He was nationally and internationally recognized for his consummate skills in the administration and judging of sailing regattas. He became a Judge, then the Senior Area Judge, for the United States Yacht Racing Union. He retired from sailing in 1990 with the honor of International Judge Emeritus of the American Sailing Association.

His many lifetime activities and awards include his memberships in Washington Street Methodist Church, the Cosmos Club, the Columbia Rotary Club, and his receipt of South Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Palmetto.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Davis Waldrop and Bob Waldrop; son, Harry W. Davis, Jr. and Ginger Phillips; son, James H. Davis and Salley Davis; grandchildren, Robert Waldrop, Jr., Shannon Kaul, Harry W. “Tripp” Davis, III, and Mary Peyton Wall; and eleven great-grandchildren. Pa was a man of great character, dignity, wisdom, kindness, and humor and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Members of the Columbia Sailing Club and the USC Department of Chemistry will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Stan McCloy and the staff of All Seasons Health Hospice; to Kim Anderson, R.N. and the exceptional, compassionate staff of Laurel Crest Retirement Center; and to Betty Sutton, Sarah Galloway, and Taneda McKenzie. Memorials may be made to the H. Willard Davis Lecture Series in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, USC, Columbia, SC 29208, and to the Laurel Crest Foundation, 100 Joseph Walker Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169.

The service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the funeral home.

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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.

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