THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE at MARTIN
The students registered in Chemistry,
and Pre-professional (Sci-Med, Pharmacy, etc.) Programs
are invited to join the #1 Science Club on Campus
Vice-President: Andrew R. Bernard
Secretary: Emily C. Bethart
Treasurer: Kala M. Smith
Additional Executive Committee Members: Sarah K. Allen, Jennifer
D. Beckman, Meera S.Patel, John G. Rippy, and Ali
Faculty Advisor: Dr. S. K. Airee
Standing (L to R): John G. Rippy, Jennifer D. Beckman,
Meera S. Patel, Sarah K. Allen, and Ali M. Smith
Sitting (L to R): Emily C. Bethart, Andrew R. Bernard, Minesh S.
Patel, and Kala M. Smith
Front row(L to R): Emily Bethart, John Rippy, William Runions, Rebekah
2nd row (L to R): Chris Schmitt, Sarah Allen, SamQuia Shedrick, Jennifer
3rd row (L to R): Dr. Nancy Hinds, John Mancell
4th row (L to R): Minesh Patel, Meera Patel, Lucretia Westmoreland
5th row (L to R): Ali Smith, Leann Henson, Emili Reeves
6th row (L to R): Erich Bitzer, Andrew Bernard, Adrian Shook
7th row (L to R): Andy Bricker, Dan Comer, Kala Smith, Dr. S.K. Ariee
UTM SAACS Activities Fall 2003-Spring 2004
August 21, 2003, Organizational Meeting
August 27, KLS Meeting at Murray
(7 SAACS + FA), Picnic at Hancock Biological Station
Sept 4, Soybean Festival Activities
(9 SAACS + FA) Display, Poster & Demos
Sept 4, 12, 13 SAACS help with CENSational Program
(40 SAACS Hours)
Sept 18, KLS Meeting at Union University in Jackson , Dr. Norman Hackerman
of UT-Austin and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board Of Robert A.
Welch Foundation. Title: "The Future of Chemistry"
attended by SAACS Katie Allen, Dan Comer, & Rebekah Kirkpatric, +FA+Marion
Pitts & Rhea Sammons. PICTURE
Sept 18, 4-6:30 University Pond, CENS PICNIC
Several SAACS and chemistry faculty participated
Sept 23, 7PM in EPS317, Seminar
Dr. Alan Grusby of ADM from Decatur, Illinois, discussed the use of
soy bean products in the consumer products manufacture. 21 SAACS, 2 chem
faculty and 3 other students attended. PICTURE
Oct 9, 7 PM in EPS 318, Seminar
Dr. Alice Mills, and Minesh S. Patel on Role of Lactic in Physiology
and in Biodegradable Polymers. 19 SAACS,four chemistry faculty and 4 other
Oct 21, 6 PM, EPS 318, Organizational/Prep Meeting
(17 SAACS + FA.) Plans for NCW and Science Bowl
Oct 22, 6 PM, Demos Prep
(8 SAACS + FA)
Oct 19-25, National Chemistry Week
Thursday , Oct 23 , 12 noon , Demonstrations Program at Westview High School,
(5 SAACS: A. Bernard, R. Kirkpatrick, Minesh Patel, C. Schmitt and SamQuia
Shedrick + FA. Appx 90 students attended.)
Thursday , Oct 23 , 7 PM, UTM SAACS hosted the KLS Meeting in Ballroom,
UTM UC Demonstrations by SAACS of UTM, Lambuth University, Bethel College
and Union University and Westview High School. (15 SAACS participated, 8
UTM faculty were amongst more than 90 attendies).
On Wednesday ,Oct 15, SAACS Kirkpatrick and Patel along with Dr.
Hinds, WHS Teacher Marion Pitts and FA Airee met with Martin mayor Randy
Brundige for securing a NCW proclamation that was made part of the program
on Oct 23 and appeared in the local paper Weakley County Press.
Nov 8, Saturday, 24th
Annual Science Bowl,
UTM SAACS organized the 24th Annual High School Science Bowl that attracted
schools from as far west in Tennessee as Brighton and Memphis, and as far
east in middle Tennessee as Giles County and Smyrna. 174 students from 18
high schools participated. Memphis University School won the championship
with Bartlett as first runner-up. Second runner-up schools were Waverly
The SAACS, faculty and staff volunteers executed this project with finesse.
Prizes valued at more than six hundred dollars funded by income from the
SAACS Monsanto Endowment were awarded. It's a fairly complex project requiring
approximately three hundred man-hours on the part of the organizers.
SAACS helping under the leadership of president Rebekah Kirkpatrick were:
Katie Allen, Jennifer Beckman, Andy Bernard, Emily Bethart, Erich Bitzer,
Andy Bricker, Dan Comer, Leann Henson, John Mancell, Meera Patel, Minesh
Patel, Emily Reeves, John Rippy, William Runions, Chris Schmitt, SamQuia
Shedrick, Adrian Shook, Ali Smith, Kala Smith, and Lucretia Westmoreland.
SAACS acknowledge the readily forthcoming, crucial and valuable support
of several faculty and staff: CHEMISTRY: Dr.Robert L. Hartshorn, Dr. Nancy
W. Hinds, departmental secretary Lana Ferrell; BIOLOGY: Dr. Andy Sliger,
Dr. Mike Turner, Dr. Linda Hussman, Dr. Alice Mills & Dr. David Sammons;
PHYSICS: Dr. Richard Taylor, Dr. Cahit Erkal and Dr. Lionel Crews: Computer
Center: Steve Lemond and Donna Butler; Communications: Tomi M. Parrish;
and University Center: Steve Vantrese, John Abel & Staff.
Science Bowl project involves a community of students and teachers both
from high schools and the University of Tennessee at Martin. The spirit
of this academic competition parallels an athletic Saturday of football.
Nov 13, KLS Meeting in Paris, TN, Dr. R. Paul Philp of Univ. of Oklahoma.
Title: "Forensic Geochemistry-or Who was Responsible for the Spill?"
(2 SAACS: Katie Allen and Matthew Quinn+FA+Dr. Anthony Harmon)PICTURE
Dec 4, KLS Meeting in McKenzie, TN, Dr. Michael Salazar of Union Univ.
Title: "Innovative Method for large scal stimulations of gas phase
reactions on ab initio potential energy." (UTM represented by SAACS
Rebekah Kirkpatrick, Kala Smith, and Emily Bethart+Faculty Drs. Airee, Davis,
Devenyi, and Solomons.)PICTURE
Dec 7, Annual Business Meeting and Chemistry Help Session
(25 students attended the help session from 2-4 PM. Following the help
session, the annual business meeting was held which was attended by SAACS
A. Smith, K. Smith, J. Rippy, E. Reeves, C. Schmitt, Minesh Patel, E. Bethart,
Meera Patel, S.K. Allen, R. Kirkpatrick, and J. Beckman.) Elections of 2004
officers were conducted. Results of elections as listed on the top of this
Jan 14, 2004, 4:45pm Spring Semester Organizational Meeting in EPS
Jan 15, KLS Meeting in Murray, KY, Dr. Pablo Molina of MSU. Title:
"The Quest for a Low Barrier Hydrogen Bond in Enzyme Catalysis."
Feb 10, 7PM EPS 318, Seminar
Dr. Ricky Cox of Murray State University gave a presentation to SAACS
about his research. Title: "The Biochemistry of Antibiotic Resistance"
Feb 19, KLS Meeting in Paris,TN, Dr. Philip Osburn of UTM. Title:
"Separation and Re-use of Homogeneous Catalysts Using Soluble Polymer
Feb 21, Undergraduate Research Meeting, Memphis, TN
SAACS President Minesh Patel gave a presentation. Topic: "Crosslinked-Polylactic
Acid and Transesterified Soybean Oil as Green Chemistry Projects" (5
SAACS and FA attended)
Feb 26, 6:00pm EPS 318, Organizational meeting for preparations for
Boy Scouts Chemistry Merit Bedge Clinic
(14 SAACS and FA attended)
Feb 26, 7:00pm EPS 318, A seminar by Dr. Jose Bonilla, Senior Scientist
at ISP Chemicals in Calvert City, KY. His topic: "Specialty Polymers
in Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products" (14 SAACS, 4 Chem.
Dept Faculty, and 2 other UTM students attended)
Feb 28, 8-12:00pm EPS building, Boy Scouts Chemistry
Merit Badge Clinic
Demos and Experiments for Requirements were performed. The clinic involved
27 scouts, 5 troops/towns, 14 SAACS and FA
March 6, SAACS volunteered for St. Jude's Bike/Walk-Athon Fundraiser.
Kirkpatrick, Bernard, and Bethart helped raise $400.00 for St. Jude Children
's Research Hospital.
March 9, UTM Alumnus Dr. Jason Overby from College of Charleston,
gave a seminar. His topic: "Building a Better Metalloenzyme? Synthetic
Studies of Transition Metal Active Sites" ( 5 SAACS attended + 7 faculty
+ one other person)
March 17, SAACS' Minesh Patel and Ali Smith attend KLS meeting in
Martin,TN. Dr. Chuck Garber, President, SPI Supplies gave a seminar.
His title: Characterization of Effects of Cosmetic Products on Human
Hair and Skin
March 26-30, SAACS trip to Anaheim, CA for National
(7 SAACS + FA attended)
April 8, SAACS President Minesh Patel presents a Handbook of Chemistry
& Physics to Elizabeth Crapo (Westview High School), winner of Best
Chemistry Science Fair Project at West TN Regional Science Fair
April 17, SAACS' Emily Bethart helped with the administration of the
National Chemistry Olympiad Laboratory Practical
April 21, SAACS' Minesh Patel and Andrew Bernard manned the KLS booth
at the 10th Annual Environmental Fair in Jackson, TN in conjuction with
Earth Day. The picture shows Bernard explaining some chemistry to 5th
graders who were amongst 1400 other Madison Co. 5th graders.
April 24, 27th Annual Area College Chemistry Meeting
SAACS President Minesh Patel and Exec. Comm. Officer John Rippy each gave
April 27, SAACS President Minesh Patel represented the chapter and
volunteered his time at Special Olympiacs "Sports Day". He
helped with set-up and men's softball throw.
Student Affiliates receive
A. Chemical and Engineering News weekly for 5 months
B. in Chemistry (National SAACS Newsletter) 4 times
C. Careers Information
D. UTM SAACS Newsletter "The Condenser"
E. Half-price discount for meals at KLS-ACS meetings
Notices of the activities are posted on the bulletin board on the 3rd floor
of EPS and also sent by e-mail to all members.
TO JOIN contact any SAACS officer or the Faculty Advisor Dr. Airee (X7454,
EPS 308D), or come by the Chemistry Department Office in EPS 319.
ANNUAL dues are $27.00 ($19 for national and $8 for Local)
Fill out the applicaion blank & make $27 check payable to UTM SAACS
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