The Undergraduate Program of

The 66th Southeastern Regional Meeting of ACS (SERMACS 2014)

at Sheraton Music City, Nashville Tennessee
October 16th - 19th, 2014

College Chemistry Bowl
Oral Presentations
Eminent Speaker
Chemagic Show
Graduate School Fair/Luncheon

See some of the details below:

I. College Chemistry Bowl, Saturday October 18, 2014 1:30 PM- 4:00 PM:

Champion and runner-up colleges get trophies and team members the medallions. All participants in the Bowl will get SERMACS t-shirts.

The following teams are registered for the SERMACS14 Chemistry Bowl:


Austin Peay State University

Belmont University

Delta State University

Fisk University

Newberry College

Tennessee Technological University

Union University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Richmond

University of South Florida

Volunteer State Community College


(1) Faculty Mentors will choose a team of two to four students.

(2) The teams will compete in pairs matched at random by draw.

(3) Each team will designate one student as team captain.

(4) Each game will consist of twenty-minute time excluding any conferences with the judges, with as many segments as can be played in the time limit.

(5) A segment will be composed of one TOSS-UP question and a CATEGORY question. The first team to answer the TOSS-UP question will receive points for that question and gains the right to choose then from one of the categories (Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Biochemistry,  Inorganic  Chjemistry )

(6) If the first team answers the TOSS-UP question incorrectly, the other team will then have an opportunity to answer the same question. If the other team cannot answer the question correctly either, then the question will be discarded and the procedure will begin again.

(7) TOSS-UP questions are worth 5 points. Team members cannot confer on these questions. TOSS-UP questions will be read twice. As soon as the Emcee has read the question the second time, the timekeeper will begin the clock A team will have 15 seconds in which to buzz. Then a team will have fifteen more seconds after their buzzer in which to begin answering the questions. If they do not answer within this time limit, time will be called on them and the other team will have an opportunity to answer the same question. The Emcee will ask if the other team wishes to hear the question read again. If they say "NO", timing will begin at the word "NO". If they do wish to hear the question read again, the Emcee will do so and the timing will begin as soon as the question has been read.

(8) CATEGORY questions are worth 10 points. Team members may confer on these questions, but the captain of each team will give the final answer. A team will have thirty seconds in which to answer this question. After this question has been read the second time, the timekeeper will start the clock. At the end of the time limit, if the team has not answered the question, time will be called, the question will be discarded, and no points will be given for that question. If the team answers this question incorrectly, the other team WILL NOT have an opportunity to answer the question. If a category question has more than one part, the team must answer all parts correctly in order to receive the points.

II. Demomania , Saturday October 18, 2014 8:30 AM- 10:00AM:

Thanks to the participants who will do the Demomania show that is to be held on Saturday, October 18th in Nashville. Sign-in and set-up will start at 8:30 AM in Magavock's B. The doors will open to the public at 9:00 AM. Your group will have approximately one hour to present a demo as many times as you can. This event is fashioned after the format of the Household Chemicals Demo Show that is held every year at the ACS National Meeting. To explain, your demo should be something easily reproducible and safe, as you will need to be able to complete it multiple times for the audience. Each group will be provided a table that will be placed near the perimeter of the room, the audience and judges will come and go at their own leisure. Demos should not contain or feature any open flame at ANY time. All demonstrators should compile a file containing MSDS sheets for every chemical used. Also, beware that demonstrators should wear goggles for the entire hour and enforce that all audience within 5ft of the table wear goggles, as well. Thank you very much for your cooperation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help!

III. Graduate School Recruitment, Sunday October 19, 20144 8:00 - 12:00 :

The purpose of this activity is to allow the participants planning a graduate school education the opportunity to meet and mingle with personnel from various graduate schools. Refreshments will be provided.

IV. Research Poster Session Sunday October 19, 2014 8:00 - 12:00 :

The poster session will be held on the Sunday morning. Its purpose is to allow students the opportunity to share their research in a one-on-one method.

V. Research  Oral Presentations Friday October 17, 20144 10:45 - 3:30 :

This will be an opportunity for students to present their research in a more formal and professional manner. Each student will be allotted 10-12 minutes.

VI. Eminent Speaker, Friday, October 17 4:00-5:00 :


Albert L. Wiley, Jr., BNE, MD, PhD
Medical and Technical Director, REAC/TS (ORISE, NNSA) and Radiation Emergency Medicine,
National Security and Emergency Management Program at ORISE/ORAU

    Albert L. Wiley, Jr., BNE, MD, PhD is the Medical and Technical Director of REAC/TS and of Radiation Emergency Medicine, National Security and Emergency Management Program at Oak Ridge Associated Universities and head, WHO Collaborating Center at Oak Ridge. He has overall responsibility for radiation medicine and emergency response, continuing medical education courses and research conducted by the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS). REAC/TS is a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA/DOE) facility managed by ORISE/ORAU. He is also head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center at Oak Ridge and is the REAC/TS liaison to the IAEA Radiation Assistance Network (RANET).
    Wiley and his team of physicians, nurses and health physicists provide medical response and consultation services for radiation emergencies worldwide by direct patient care and by consultation. Special REAC/TS medical/health physics teams are on call 24/7 and are capable of rapid, emergency deployment to locations around the world. Wiley also contributes to the development of REAC/TS training materials and travels extensively for NNSA to provide training and “on site” consultations and instruction on the diagnosis and treatment of injuries resulting from ionizing radiation. He has led REAC/TS medical radiation emergency response teams to provide training for NNSA in over 30 countries since 2005 and has served as an “on site” medical expert for the NASA Pluto and Mars Science Lab launches at Cape Canaveral.
    He began his professional career as a nuclear engineer and then attended medical school at the University of Rochester and acquired specialty medical board certifications in both Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, following residency training at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has more than 40 years of medical experience and over 200 publications in radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, radiation biology, medical radiation emergency response, public health and health physics.
    Prior to joining REAC/TS, Wiley was a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and then at East Carolina University, where he served as interim director of the East Carolina Cancer Center and as adjunct professor in the university’s department of physics. Previously, he spent more than 20 years serving as professor of radiology and human oncology on the medical faculty at the University of Wisconsin, and currently is an Emeritus Professor of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also served as visiting professor at the University of Helsinki and other universities in Sweden and Norway and as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
     He also had served as the medical director of the U.S. Navy Radiological Defense Lab in San Francisco, as senior medical officer for the major US Navy radiation incident response team, and as medical instructor at the Navy NWTC-Pacific, NAS, in Coronado, CA.. He is a member of the U.S. Navy Retired Reserve. He was recently selected as a member of the UN UNSCEAR Committee on Evaluation of Radiation Dose and Health Effects on Fukushima Workers, on multiple IAEA committees and with NASA projects involving Pu-238 RTG launches (i.e., Pluto and Mars Science Lab launches).
    He has also served nationally and internationally as a consultant and U.S. medical representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, (with recent deployment by IAEA to a radiological incident in Trinidad). Other past deployments and consultant services were to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of State (US Embassy, Venezuela), the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (appointed by DVA Secretary), the Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute, IAEA , and the World Health Organization. He has also served (appointments by Governors Lee Dreyfus and Tommy Thompson ) to the Wisconsin UN Committee, the Wisconsin Radioactive Waste Review Board and the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Biotechnology and on the external advisory committee for the Phoenix Curriculum at Hiroshima Univ., Japan.
    Since 2005, he has served as the medical team leader of DOE (NNSA) medical training teams in over 20 countries and continents including, Iraq, Africa, Armenia, Asia, and has participated in multiple radiological emergency response exercises in the U.S. (DOE, DOD, NASA), Korea, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia. He has given invited presentations to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee staff on Biodosimetry and on medical response to nuclear incidents to the National Academy of Sciences (Academy of Medicine ), to the National Academy of Sciences and to the AMA House of Delegates on medical aspects of radiological terrorism. He has also worked with Congressmen, Wisconsin and North Carolina legislators on health care and other special issues and was a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 1984 general elections, as well as in other primary elections. He has also served as DOE (NNSA) medical representative at the recent NASA launches with plutonium sources (New Horizon and Mars Science Lab).
    He travels extensively and internationally to lecture on radiation medicine and radiological emergency response, oncology, health physics and public health topics. Wiley is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, the American Board of Medical Physics (Medical Health Physics), the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine and has completed part 1 of ABHP. He has also been selected as Fellow of the American College of Radiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians, and the American College of Therapeutic Radiation Oncologists.
    He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, a doctorate in radiological sciences (major, radiobiology and minor in nuclear engineering) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree (and a year of AEC/ORINS fellowship graduate studies in nuclear engineering) at North Carolina State University. His internship was in surgery and medicine at the University of Virginia and residency training was at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin Hospitals.
    Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 98 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy. REAC/TS is an ORISE facility with the mission to strengthen the medical response to radiological and nuclear incidents.

VII. Chemagic Show, Saturday October 18, 2014 10:30 - 12:00 :

Dr. Al Hazari

    A native of Lebanon, Al received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the American University in Cairo in 1968. He also holds an M.S. degree in Chemistry (1972) from Youngstown State University in Ohio and a doctorate degree in Science Education (1997) from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Al has taught science and chemistry for several years at the school and the college levels here and overseas. Currently, he is the Director of Labs and Lecturer in Chemistry at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    He has received several grants from government agencies, industry, and various organizations to improve undergraduate chemistry lab instruction and also to support K-16 hands-on science and chemistry outreach activities. He was the 2000 recipient of the ACS Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach.
    Al is a very active ACS member. He is an ACS Fellow, the former chair of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, an ACS tour speaker, and the councilor for the ACS East Tennessee Section. Al is an affiliate of the Institute for Chemical Education and a member of the National and the Tennessee Science Teachers Associations. He has made several presentations and given talks to local, regional, national and international chemical and science education conferences. His book on “Misconceptions in Chemistry” was recently published by Springer.



The University Of Tennessee at Martin Chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (UTM SMACS) received a grant from the ACS Office of Undergraduate Programs and the Society Committee on Chemical Education to host this Undergraduate Program of the 66th Southeastern Regional Meeting of ACS  (SERMACS 2014)

Eastman chemical Company is sponsoring the Graduate Fair Luncheon.

This page updated by SMACS Jacob Thompson and FA on August 26, 2014.