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Activities in October


 The Bulletin of the American Chemical Society, Virginia Section

The October issue of The Bulletin is available


Marie Payne Graham Memorial Lecture 2017

Thursday, October 12

The Department of Chemistry at University of Virginia and the VA Section of the American Chemical Society are pleased to announce:

SPEAKER:   Paul J. Steinhardt, Professor of Physics and Director,
                      Princeton Center for Theoretical Science

TOPIC:   The Search For Quasi-Crystals


6 pm (reservation required),
Gilmer Hall, Room 290 (Academic Commons) --
$15 paid at the door.   
RSVP by Oct. 4 to Jill Venton,

Caribbean Buffet including main dishes of pulled pork, jerk chicken, and vegan creole beans


7 pm,    
Gilmer Hall, Room 190

This lecture is made possible through a generous endowment created by Dr. Robert L. Graham, retired Professor of Minnesota State University, Mankato, to honor the memory of his wife of 46 years, the former Marie Payne of Staunton.

This event is co-sponsored by the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.   



 The WCC will host its 9th Annual Career Panel on October 12th at Virginia Union University.




October 24th, 6:30 pm (VCU, Temple Building 3309): Program in a Box, "Chemistry Rocks"

 Come out for food, refreshments, and ACS SWAG to learn about how chemists are using rocks and minerals to make the world a better place. During this live webcast, you will be able to ask questions, and network with chemists from across the nation.  Sponsored by the Younger Chemist Committee. Contact Heather Lourenco, YCC Chair for more information.  The sign up sheet is available as an Google sheet


 October 24th, 6:30 p.m. at Reynolds Community College on Parham Road Campus:  Program in a Box, "Chemistry Rocks"

Come for food, refreshments and activities about how rocks and minerals make up our world.  Contact Ann Sullivan ( for more information.   The signup sheet is available. 


Community Involvement in National Chemistry Week: 

The Section will be celebrating "Chemistry Rocks" at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on October  29 beginning.  Contact Kristine Smetana, Community Activity Chair, if you would like to volunteer.

National Chemistry Week - The section is hosting entry into the Chemistry Rocks Illustrated Poem Contest.  The application is available as a Word document at Click here.  Contact Denise Walters for more information.  Click on the image to download the pdf file of this picture.  

A signup sheet is available as an Excel spreadsheet.  


November Activities

Are you new this year to the Virginia Section of ACS?

Being new to Virginia Section of ACS can perhaps be a little intimidating. We want to help alleviate any uneasiness as you are introduced to this unfamiliar environment with warmth and help you get the most out of your experience. Our new “Buddy System” matches up new members with longer-standing members.   Click on Activities and then New Member for the forms to sign up for this activity.

November 14th, 5:30 pm (Evonik, 7801 Whitepine Road, Richmond, Virginia 23237 ): Evonik Tour

 During this tour, you will get a chance to learn more about Evonik through a company overview and tour the laboratory. Space is limited, 30 attendees

 If attending, please park in the employee lot and enter through the back of Evonik through the employee entrance. There will be employees that will escort you into the building. Contact Heather Lourenco ( if interested in attending



Welcome to the Virginia Local Section Home Page.  On April 9th, 1915 the Virginia Section was established by the American Chemical Society.  Our section is located in Virginia and is one of the 184 local sections of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.  For a list of the counties and cities of Virginia that constitute our section, click here.  

The Virginia Local Section serves the community by advancing chemistry and communicating its impact on people’s lives. Our Mission is to inspire, educate, develop, and connect Virginia chemists and the community for the benefit of Earth and its people.

The section fulfills its mission by promoting public awareness of chemistry, being involved in community outreach programs and working with chemistry students and STEM programs to enhance scientific awareness and communicate the value of chemistry in our society.  We provide networking opportunities and mentoring experiences to connect chemists working in government, academics and industry to strengthen and serve the local chemistry community.  The Virginia Section has a rich history of many activities and events it has supported to promote the chemical sciences throughout the past 100 years.  We need your passion and dedication to drive success for the next 100 years.

The publications of the Virginia Section are available within “The Bulletin” menu item.  The Bulletin is published monthly from September through April each year.  The Bulletin is the main publication for local sections meetings, special events and news.  

The executive officers and committees chairs contact information are listed in the menu item, Executive Committee.  The Virginia Section has several active committees that bring chemistry to the community. The general description of the focus of each committee is posted under the Committees menu item. Help the Virginia Section by serving on one of our committees or volunteering. Engagement provides opportunities for networking and development. To get more information, volunteer your services, or make suggestions, contact the Chair of the section, Colleen Taylor, at  (804) 524-5481; .   If you are interested in becoming a member of the Virginia Section of the ACS, click here for more information.

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