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Climate Science Challenge Grant

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WASHINGTON – Members of the Iowa Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are winners of a $3,000 grant to help public audiences better understand the science behind climate change. The announcement was made at the Society’s recent national meeting in New Orleans.

According to Professors Elizabeth A. Stone and Len R. MacGillivray (local section chair) of the Iowa Local Section, the local section will establish a team of climate change science experts to communicate with the public. The team will also provide guidance to high school and college students who will develop demonstration activities to present at outreach events such as county fairs and farmers’ markets. 

The ACS Climate Science Toolkit ( is a web-based resource that explains the chemistry and physics of climate change. Launched last December, it was one of the major initiatives of 2012 ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri.

Iowa is one of 12 of the Society’s local sections that will receive the first ACS Presidential Climate Science Challenge Grants.

Shakhashiri explained that the mechanisms of climate change are based on fundamental concepts that may not be familiar to scientists working in disciplines unrelated to climate change. They need a robust understanding themselves in order to help others who are not scientists understand the issues relevant to maintaining a livable climate.

“These inaugural grants will encourage ACS members to take up the mantle as scientist-citizens and reach out with climate science information to their colleagues and others,” said Shakhashiri. “These include teachers, college and university faculty, industrial scientists and business leaders, civic and religious groups, professional science and educational organizations, and elected public officials at all levels and in all branches of government.”

The grants, $3,000 each, were awarded to the following ACS local sections: Central New Mexico; Dallas-Fort Worth; Illinois Heartland; Iowa; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Maine; New York; Northern W.V.; Portland, Ore.; Puerto Rico; Puget Sound; and Wakarusa Valley in Kansas.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

News-September, 2010

Posted by Elaine Marzluff on September 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Local Section News

Wanda Reiter-Kintz presided at theApril meeting held at the Amana Colonies. There were approximately 12 in attendanceand the next meeting was set for September, 2010. Dinner and dessert, served family style, was enjoyed at the Ox Yoke Inn.


Dr. Clinton Rila, accompanied by hiswife, was recognized for his 60-year membership in the American ChemicalSociety.


Dr.Bates was introduced and he then proceeded to give a very educationalpresentation about the “Pitfalls and Pleasures of Winemaking”.  We learned several aspects of winemaking toinclude the following: climatic adjustments; wine adjustments; and winemakingsteps.


Inhis discussion about climatic adjustments we learned that cold climates bestproduce distilled spirits such as brandies and white lightning.  Temperate zones are idea for producing tablewines and champagnes.  And of course thereal Champagne comes from the north-east region of France and if comes from anywhere else then it of course is not a real Champagne.  Hot climates best produce fortified wines,sherry, and ports.


Winemaking involves ten steps and are usually one-year events. If these steps arenot strictly followed, then a mistake may occur.  This mistake leads to wine adjustment.  Most wines appreciated today were initiallymistakes or secondary attempts at correcting a flawed procedure.  If a wine is aged, a multi-year event, then itis usually undrinkable initially.


Dr.Bates then discussed the challenges Iowa wineries face. First, Iowa uses anon-vinifera grape because of Iowa’s irregular seasons.  Rapid weather changes and cloudy skiesgreatly influence phytochemical mechanisms taking place within the grape thusmaking red wine production impractical if not impossible in Iowa.  Most Iowa wine companies are small scale,which tend to favor regional taste preferences and many use other fruits besidegrapes for operational sustainability. Finally, Iowa wine companies need well educated horticulturists and winemakers for the business to survive and thrive.


Dr.Bates concluded by sharing his last thoughts of Iowa Winemaking, “It ain’t easy– but it is being done.”     Thank youDr. Bates!


Esselen Award forChemistry in the Public Interest

TheNortheastern Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to invitenominations of worthy candidates for the Gustavus John Esselen Award forChemistry in the Public Interest.  Thisaward recognizes a chemist for outstanding achievement in scientific andtechnical work that contributes to the public wellbeing.  The award consists of a $5,000 prize and amedal of recognition. The presentation takes place at an award ceremony inApril, 2011 at Harvard University followed by a formal address by the recipientof the award.  The deadline fornominations is October 15, 2010.  Pleasecontact any member of the executive committee at the beginning of thisnewsletter for nominations.