Southern Arizona ACS
Ty White receives the 2020 High School Chemistry Award from SAZACS & the Regional High School Award to the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Chemical Society
Mr. Ty White, high school chemistry teacher at Willcox High School is the recipient of the 2020 High School Teacher Award from SAZACS and the recipient of the 2020 Regional High School Teacher Award to the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Chemical Society.
The Southern Arizona Local Section of ACS is particularly pleased that this year's recipient, Mr. David "Ty" White, teachers at Willcox High School demonstrating that quality teaching be had outside Pima County.
Mr. White's greatest strength is his ability to guide students to view chemistry as more than just a collection of facts. He effectively shows them how research works and how knowledge is gained. He helps students expand their view by involving them in collaborations with other schools and organizations. Colleagues and past students all attest to his ability to motivate those around him to excel. Willcox is truly blessed to have a teacher of his quality and we are pleased to make this award of $500 to the teacher and another $500 to the school to be used by Mr. Wite to equip his class.
As the winner of the 2020 High School Teacher Award from the Southern Arizona Local Sections, his application was submitted to the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Chemical Society along with the winner from Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. Mr. White was selected as the recipient of the Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching during the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting that took place in November 2020.
Mr. Duane DeSpain is the recipient of the 2020 College Educator Award.
Mr. DeSpain exhibits all the characteristics one expects to see in a quality college educator. He effectively employs the tools of an interactive classroom and is constantly working to improve the curriculum. He readily and effectively collaborated with his fellow instructors and has been a leader on the Eastern Arizona campus. His colleagues, all attest to this collegiality and his students to his effectiveness in his ability to motivate them to succeed. The Southern Arizona Local Section of ACS is pleased to make this award of $1,000.
The College Educator Award is an award to recognize the outstanding teaching of chemistry that occurs in our Southern Arizona community colleges.
Brooke Massani, Director of Research Support Services at the University of Arizona, received the 2020 H. Wayne Adickes Service Award for her long commitment and volunteering work to the Southern Arizona Local Section of the American Chemical Society.
You are cordially invited to attend the
Southern AZ ACS Local Section
Holiday & Awards Reception
Where: Virtual (Zoom)
When: Saturday, Dec 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 8 PM
Mad about what's happening to science but don't know what to do about it?"
Are you unhappy by the absence of facts in today's public discourse but unsure how you can make a difference?
Do you want to offer your experience and expertise to elected officials?
Want to do something about attacks on science or our natural resources, but don't know where to start?
To help you find your voice, a small group of volunteers has put together a FREE Science Advocacy Workshop on Saturday, February 29 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Dusenberry-River Library 5605 E River Rd #105, Tucson, AZ 85750 for scientists and people passionate about science-related issues.
We will be giving information and resources on effective actions at the local, state, and federal levels. The workshop will walk through a few examples and give you experience with sample strategies and actions.
You'll walk away with new advocacy tools, plans, and connections to a network of local experts who are also passionate about science and finding equitable and inclusive solutions.
Please reserve your space by filling out this registration form below. Space is limited to the first 30 respondents.
This workshop is put on by a volunteer collaborative effort from individual members of the March for Science Southern Arizona, Southern Arizona American Chemical Society, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Thanks to financial sponsorship from the Union of Concerned Scientists, lunch will be provided.
Reserve your place by Friday, February 14th! The workshop is free but you must register to attend. Register on the link: https://forms.gle/wiASPjy6cqa1YKUM9
The 2019 National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest with the theme "Marvelous Metals" is now officially over. The Southern Arizona Section of ACS (SAZACS) received 78 entries in three age categories. The following students were recognized:
First-place winners received $25.00 gift certificates from SAZACS, and their posters were submitted to the ACS National Competition.
Honorable mention awards consisted of $15.00 gift certificates.
All students who sent their work for the contest received certificates of participation.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote for the 2020 SAZACS officers!
Here are the results of the elections. Congratulations to our 2020 slate of officers!
Dr. Brian Zacher
Ms. Mindy Dodge
Dr. Christopher Cabello
Mr. Pedro Flores Gallardo
Dr. Charles Weidner
This the time of the year to take a moment during this busy season to get together with comrades/colleagues and friend and see what you local ACS section has been up to this past year.
You are cordially invited to attend the
Southern AZ ACS Local Section
Where: Scordatos Pizzeria, 4911 N Stone Ave.
When: Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 8 PM
* Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar. No RSVP needed.
Also, during the Holiday Reception we will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children and women for the Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse, Tucson.
Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse provides domestic abuse crisis intervention and housing, prevention, education, support, and advocacy services to anyone experiencing domestic abuse. While the majority of the people seeking our services are women and their children, our services are available to anyone regardless of gender.
It is that time of the year for your local section's elections!
The Southern Arizona Local Section of the American Chemical Society is seeking nominations (or volunteers) to join the executive committee in the coming year. If you, or another ACS member you know, would like to join the governing committee, send us your nominations.
The following positions are available for the coming year:
If you can, please submit all nomination to the Benjamin Zarin, Chair, no later than Friday, November 8th, 2019.
Contact the SAZACS chair by emailing him at info[at]sazacs.org
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (CBC) at the University of Arizona is pleased to offer science demonstration "magic" shows to K-12 schools and other community organizations in the Tucson area during the academic year. While CBC student magicians don’t charge a fee, there is a small cost involved in presenting each show. Due to budget cuts, the CBC department no longer has funds available for outreach programs such as these, so while we would like to continue these shows at no cost, it just isn’t possible. Unfortunately, most K-12 schools don’t have funds available to pay for extras such as this and will be forced to miss out on these education and entertaining presentations.
To support CBC students continuing their outreach efforts by promoting chemistry in local classrooms, consider making a donation by visiting the website: crowdfund.arizona.edu/projects/16339
If you have any questions, you can contact the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) at smacsarizona[at]gmail.com.