Puget Sound Section

2018 Linus Pauling Medal Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Linus Pauling Medal Award. The award is sponsored jointly by the Portland, Puget Sound, and Oregon sections of the American Chemical Society, and is presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in chemistry in the spirit of, and in honor of, Linus Pauling, a native of the Pacific Northwest. A nominee shall have made outstanding contributions to chemistry of a character that merit national and international recognition, however the award will not be given for work for which the nominee has already received a Nobel Prize. Scientists of all nationalities are eligible for this award. According to Pauling’s express wish, it is preferred that the award honor younger scientists whenever possible.

For information on submitting a nomination please visit the 2018 Linus Pauling Medal Award website at: http://www.uwb.edu/physical-sciences/2018-pauling-medal   

Nominations close May 1st, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT.

Nominations from previous years will be automatically carried over for two years, after which new nominations will be required. Updating past nomination files is strongly encouraged.

The Medal will be presented at the 2018 Linus Pauling Medal Award Symposium to be held this fall at University of Washington, Bothell campus. Symposium event details will be announced after the winner is selected.



Call for Nominations

ACS Puget Sound Section Executive Offices - Call for Nominations 
The ACS Puget Sound Section is calling for nominations for its Executive Committee officers for 2019. We have eight positions up for election.  A brief description of the duties of each position is provided.  Please note that attendance at executive meetings is a responsibility for all positions.

Section Chair-Elect/Chair/Past-Chair

(1 Year Term per Position – One open position for 2019 - 2021)
This is a three year commitment serving one year each as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair. The duties vary slightly with each position.

•    attends Executive Committee meetings and facilitates meetings in the chair's absence
•    heads the program committee
•    attends the Leadership Institute training sponsored by ACS

Section Chair
•    prepares agenda and leads monthly Executive Committee meetings
•    appoints committee chairs
•    ensures timely completion of business tasks

•    attends Executive Committee meetings
•    provides support to the Chair, Chair-Elect, and the Executive Committee
•    completes annual report for previous year
•    leads the nominations committee

Section Chair/Past-Chair

(1 Year Term per Position – One open position for 2019 - 2020)
Position Descriptions are the same as above – replacement for a vacated position.

(1 Year Term – One open position for 2019)
The Secretary’s primary duties include
•    taking and distributing notes at Executive Committee meetings
•    creating and managing election ballot and works with election Tellers to validate election results
•    submitting the election results and committee nominations to the national office.

(1 Year Term – One open position for 2019)
The Treasurer’s primary duties include
•    preparing a monthly budget and managing the section's accounts
•    managing cash inflows and outflows
•    working with the finance committee to review the section's finances and prepare the annual budget
•    completing the financial section of the annual report.

(3 Year Term – Two open positions for 2019-2021)
The Councilor’s primary duties include
•    representing the section at the two National meetings and serve on national committees
•    advising the chair, the Executive Committee, and other committee chairs
•    volunteering or be assigned to serve on section committees and subcommittees

Alternate Councilor
(3 Year Term – Two open positions for 2019 -2021)
The Alternate councilor’s primary duties include
•    fulfilling the role of a councilor when the councilor is not available
•    attending the regional NORM meeting
•    volunteering or be assigned to serve on section committees and subcommittees.

Nominations and Elections Tentative Timeline
Call for nominations            April 1st  – August 31st
Voting (mail and online)        ~October 15th – November 4th
Election Validated            By November 12th

Nominating Committee
Karen Goodwin, Nominations Committee Chair
Greg Milligan
David Munch
David Patrick

Nominations or questions?
Send your nominations and /or submit any questions via email to:  elections@pugetsound.sites.acs.org

Skagit Transfer Event

ACS Puget Sound Section and Skagit Community College are co-presenting:

Transfer Information Event

Monday – May 7, 2018 – 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Skagit Community College – Angst Hall Room A-239
2405 E. College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273– Free visitor parking

Session 1:   11:30 – 12:15 PM    WWU admission and financial aid
Session 2:   12:15 - 1:00 PM    UW admission and financial aid
Session 3:   1:15 – 2:15 PM    STEM programs/departments/life as an undergrad

Each session will have a panel of speakers to answer questions. Sessions are designed for 25 minute presentations with time for Q&A, followed by snack breaks with time to interact with panelists!

Event RSVP Link



Allison Campbell Special Lecture

Seniors Brightwater Tour

June 8th, 2018 from 9:30am to 1:00pm at the King County’s wastewater treatment plant in Woodinville (22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072).

RSVP by May 20th, 2018 to strongdespina@gmail.com

NORM 2018 - Northwest Regional Meeting

The 2018 Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM) will be hosted from June 24th - 27th, 2018
at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, WA by the Richland Section of the American Chemical Society.
Registration and additional info is available on the NORM 2018 website.
Registration opened January 15th, 2018.
Call for papers opened January 29th, 2018



2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Evergreen State University

April 28, 2018

The 2018 ACS Puget Sound Section Undergraduate Research Symposium was hosted by The Evergreen State College (TESC) on Saturday April 28, 2018

Registration information is available on the Undergraduate Research Symposium web page.


2018 Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) is an annual, multi-tiered competition for high school students.  The Puget Sound Section proctors the Local Examination in March followed by the National Examination in April. Winners of the National Examination move on to compete at the international level in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in July.

The Local Examination is used to select the finalists that will move on the the national level of the Chemistry Olympiad (i.e the National Examination).  The Puget Sound Section of the ACS is allowed a maximum of 13 finalists to move on to the national level.  There is a limit of 2 finalists per school.

The 2018 Local Examination were scheduled for:
Bellevue College - Saturday, March 17th, 2018 9:00am-11:00am
Shoreline Community College - Saturday, March 17th, 2018 9:00am-11:00am
Centralia College - Saturday, March 17th, 2018 (10:00am)

The Puget Sound Section finalists will be announced after results of the Local Examination are known.

All three parts of the National Exam will take place on April 20th, 2018 at Shoreline Community College. The National Exam will be an all day affair.

For registration and details (such as room numbers) please contact Dr. Clarita Bhat (cbhat@shoreline.edu).

Also, more information (about the local and national exams) can be found at:

ACS Webinars

Thursdays at 11:00am PST (2:00pm ET). 

The Puget Sound Chemist