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May Meeting Notice

59th Annual SAS/ACS/MSNO/AVS May Conference and Morley Award Wednesday, May 20, 2015 John Carroll University, Dolan Science Center

7:00 am Registration
8:00 am Welcome
8:15 am Keynote Address: William Landis, University of Akron
9:45 am Parallel oral sessions
11:00 am Yeager Presentation
11:40 am Lunch
12:45 pm Poster session (30 posters)
1:50 pm Parallel oral sessions
5:25 pm Morley Lecture: James Cowan, The Ohio State University
6:30 pm Reception
7:20 pm Dinner

2015 Morley Address: Catalytic Metallodrugs – Toward a New Therapeutic Paradigm
Prof. James A. Cowan, Melvin S. Newman Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ohio State University

The introduction of metal ions affords many opportunities to design new families of drugs with novel mechanisms of action against specific therapeutic targets.   This lecture will review recent progress in our laboratory on the design and study of catalytic metallodrugs against nucleic acid, protein and carbohydrate targets of biomedical interest.  Structural, mechanistic, and cellular studies provide a glimpse of the therapeutic potential of such molecules, and suggest pathways for improved in vitro and in vivo performance.  These advances will be illustrated through selected studies of metallodrugs designed against viral, bacterial, cancer, and cardiovascular disease targets.

Those attending the social reception and banquet dinner must be pre-registered by May 10. The banquet will include your choice of chicken or vegetarian entrée. The cost is $25. To register, please visit
If you have any questions, please contact Min Gao ( , Amir Avishai (, and Brian Perry (
Please check for meeting updates.

Congratulations to our education night awardees

2015 Irene C. Heller Award
Sandra Ammon,
Architecture & Design School at John Hay H.S., Cleveland Metropolitan School District

ACS Awardees from the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

First Place ($150): Ashley Elston, Mentor High. “The Effect of Concentration and Environmental Factors on the Process of Phytoremediation”

Second Place ($100)Hilary Vogelbaum, Hawken Upper. “Conjugated 3D Electron Accepting Materials for the Next Generation of Organic Photovoltaic Cells” 

Third Place ($75):  Bryan Borodkin, St Vincent St Mary High. “Mesh Size Determination of Oxime Hydrogels with Tunable Mechanical Properties that Vary with pH and Buffer Strength” 

Honorable Mention ($50)Swathi Srinivasan, Beachwood High. “The Effect of Polyphenols in Spices on the Aggregation of the Amyloid-Beta Peptide 1-40; An in Vitro Study” 

Honorable Mention ($50)Aylisa Grenald, Horizon Science Academy. “Is Soap Scrubbing Away Too Much?” 

Honorable Mention ($50)Ian Thompson, St Raphael Elem. “Refraction Action” 

Honorable Mention ($50)Shivangi Mohta, Solon Middle. “Do Holy Basil Leaves Affect Fluoride Content in the Water?” 

Honorable Mention ($50)Bridget McCourt, St Angela Merici Elem. “Metal Corrosion and Acid”

National Chemistry Week contest winners

Illustrated Poem Contest

Grades 6-8: Ferenc Somogyi from Incarnate Word Academy (Teacher: Cindy Rossman)

Grades 9-12: NATIONAL WINNER: Rachel Barrett from Lutheran West H.S. (Teacher: Donnajeanne Nemeth)

Chemistry Contest

Grades 6-8: John Victor Pan from Birchwood School (Teacher: Linda Brown)

Grades 9-12: Brianna Delewski from Parma Senior High (Teacher: D. Hartmann)






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