2019 Chemistry Olympiad

The Central Arizona Local Section is once again participating in the Chemistry Olympiad. Students qualify for the National Exam by taking a local section exam consisting of 60 multiple choice questions. This year 12 schools participated and 250 students took the local section exam. The membership size of the local section determines the number of students that can be nominated to sit for the national exam. The ACS national office has set our section’s limit to 10 students. Our nominees will take the national exam on April 27th on the downtown campus of ASU. It is an all-day exam consisting of three parts: a 90-minute multiple choice test; a 105-minute written, free-response assessment; and a 90-minute laboratory practical. Twenty national finalists will be invited to participate in a study camp to determine the team representing the US at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Paris, France July 21-30. Wish our local section students the best of luck on the National Exam!

More information on the Chemistry Olympiad can be found on the ACS website (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/olympiad.html).

Richard Bauer
Central Arizona Section of ACS

Judges Needed for ACS Special Award at 2019 ISEF Science Fair

We are pleased to announce that the Central Arizona section of the ACS has been selected by the national office to provide judges for the ACS special awards for the 2019 ISEF Science Fair in Phoenix Arizona May 14th through the 16th.

Judging of the posters is on the morning of 15th of May, although judges are welcome on both the 14th and 15th of May. If you are interested please contact Charley Langley at: charley@uintahanalytics.com by April 14th.

Please note that special award judges cannot also serve as general award judges.

Honoring our 2018 Awardees

CAZACS awardees, guests, and section members gathered at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Phoenix for our Annual Recognition luncheon.


We honored our past executive board member, Regina Miskewitz, whom served recently as secretary and contributed her service for many years in the Central Arizona local section. She was given a plaque for her service.

We also honored our chair, Kathryn Kitzmiller, and look forward to her service as Past-Chair. She was given a Past Chair commemorative pin from the ACS.

Earlier in the year, Sherilyn Richardson was awarded the travel award to attend the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at the University of Notre Dame. She shared her experience at the conference, including several workshops, a poster session, and many opportunities to network with fellow teaching professionals. The musical performance by Al D. Hyde and the Key Tones, a group of chemistry teachers, sounded like a special treat!

We also honored Sara Billenstein, the 2018 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year. Sara has put her heart and soul into her outreach efforts, including sharing her own personal journey and obstacles into a career in chemistry. She was awarded a certificate and some gifts from both the local section board and the National ACS.

We honored our 50- and 60-year (and beyond) members:

50-year members
Dr. Rajendra P. Khera
Mr. Roger Minear
Dr. Alan Poskanzer
Dr. Charles E. Ophardt
Dr. Terrence E. Winters

60-year members
Dr. Niel S. Berman
Dr. Edward D. Cohen
Mr. Roger Dick
Dr. Leonard Fine
Mr. John Fronabarger
Dr. Samir Hanna
Dr. Ralph W. Magin
Mr. Remo Maneri
Dr. Robert Ober
Dr. Gordon Zucker

70-year member
Mr. Edward Trabold

74-year member
Dr. Jacob Fuchs

81-year member
Dr. Louis A. Kazal

50- and 60-year members in attendance shared some of their experiences. One theme was consistent in all discussions: the pervasiveness of chemistry. Many of the career and personal pathways of our members were very winding, but chemistry served as the constant compass.

Congratulations to all our honorees!!

Chemistry is Out of this World!

We celebrated National Chemistry Week at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. With help from our local section members and chemistry students from Arizona State University, we showcased how “Chemistry is out of this World!” It was a jam-packed day of hands-on activities, guest lectures, and all around fun with chemistry!

Dr. Young from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University gave a talk about the “Birth of the Elements” and how different elements are formed from stars. Volunteers engaged with families with hands-on activities from the National Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) “Let’s Do Chemistry” kit, which was awarded to the Central Arizona local section. We also handed out free issues of Celebrating Chemistry for kids to continue their experiments and research at home.

Arizona Museum of Natural History volunteer shows guests “Molecules in Motion” and how objects behave in a vacuum.
Central Arizona local section volunteer, George Galliher III, shows a family a few ways of testing “What’s in the Water.”
Arizona State University undergraduate student, Lucía Herrera, prepares solutions for “Rocket Reactions.”
“Chemistry Makes Scents” to Arizona State University undergraduate student, Gio Lee, and Arizona Museum of Natural History volunteer, Shirley Ooley.
The air tingles with anticipation, as Arizona State University graduate student, Garrett Williams, readies a “Rocket Reaction.”
ASU undergraduate student, Helen Riahri, makes a face about these “Sublimation Bubbles”

Our guests and volunteers had so much fun at this event! Thanks again to the NISE Net for providing the materials and training for these outstanding activities, and to the Arizona Museum of Natural History for embracing chemistry and letting us take over the museum for the day. Thank you, TJ Gaudelli, for taking these photos.

We look forward to hosting another event soon!

Upcoming CAZACS Annual Recognition Banquet

The executive committee of the Central Arizona Section of the American Chemical Society (CAZACS) is delighted to invite its members to the upcoming Annual Recognition Banquet, in celebration of our 50- and 60-year members, 2018 Executive board and committee chairs, past executive committee members, and awardees!

Please join us for lunch at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (11051 N. Black Canyon Hwy) on December 1, 2018 from 12-2pm. ACS members and guests may attend for a $15 fee, payable at the event.

Doors open at 11:30 am and lunch begins at noon.

Please RSVP by November 28 for this event via EventBrite.

Thank you!
CAZACS Executive Committee

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