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2017 ChemLuminary Awards: Congrats to all!


Nashville Section Won the Following Awards:

Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section

The Nashville Local Section’s outreach included a lecture about cave bacteria as a source of cancer therapeutics, and a science café and public forum (during the Zika virus outbreak) on whether scientists should genetically engineer the mosquito.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Large Size Category Award

 In addition to its annual activities, the Nashville Local Section innovated and grew meeting attendance by using a central online event calendar to streamline planning. An ACS grant made the live streaming of activities and secure electronic elections possible.

MTSU Chemist Recognized at AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

Congrats to Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross for being recognized as one of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows earlier this year! Dr. Iriate-Gross is a highly regarded chemistry professor and MTSU WISTEM (Women in STEM) Center director. We are honored to have her as a leader in our local section.This prestigious award recognizes members of the AAAS for their extraordinary achievements across disciplines. She was awarded this honor in part for her passion and hard work in support of girls and women in Tennessee and across the South.

See the full story here:



The American Chemical Society is the largest organization in the world devoted to a single discipline with over 150,000 members world-wide. The Nashville Section is one of 189 local sections nation-wide. We serve member chemists and chemical engineers in middle Tennessee and south central Kentucky. There are six other sections that serve Tennessee.

Revised ByLaws Approved

The ByLaws were ratified in 2016. These ByLaws can be found here:

Nashville Section had Impressive showing at 2016 ChemLuminary Awards

The Nashville Local Section was selected as a finalist for the following ChemLuminary Award(s):
  • Outstanding On-going CCED Event
  • Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs
  • Most Innovative Activity in a Local Section for Senior Chemists
  • Outstanding New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee

It was announced in August at the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA that we won the Outstanding New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee!

Congratulations everyone! 

50 Year Plus Member Celebration

The Nashville ACS Senior Chemist Committee has now hosted two 50+ year member events. We love seeing and celebrating the wonderful things our senior members have accomplished!


17th Annual ChemLuminary Awards - Boston- 2015

The Nashville Local Section was once again nominated in multiple categories for the 17th Annual ChemLuminary Awards presented at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at The Westin Copley Place Hotel.

We won awards in the following categories:

  • ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs
  • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Large Size Category 

We were nominated in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Sustainability Activities
  • Local Section Partnership Award
  • Best Overall WCC Local Section
  • Best Chem Club NCW Event
  • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Large Size Category
Congratulations to everyone involved for their hard work!

Thanks for joining us for - Now and Not Yet...

To the 20+ users who joined us on Adobe Connect for our first Live Streaming Event in the Nashville Local Section, we send a huge THANK YOU!!

If you were not able to join us, the presentation and Q&A are available here.

A Live Streaming Event brought to you on Adobe Connect by
Western Kentucky University and the Nashville ACS

Now and Not Yet:
Forensic Drug Chemistry and the Future of Forensic Science

 Jeremy Triplett
Drug Chemistry Supervisor
Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory
Frankfort, Kentucky

 Day:  Thursday, March 19, 2015

New and Notable

Chemistry demonstrations for schools and private events
Mr. Bond, The Science Guy

STEM-related Apps
A list courtesy of our Councilor, Ruth Woodall

What is the ACS???
Check out this video that helps answer this question for you and your friends.

Councilor's Report
The Councilor's Report from the recent Denver National Meeting is now available here.

We've Grown
The Nashville Section has grown large enough to have two Councilors and two Alternate Councilors.  Congratulations to Judith Iriarte-Gross on her recent election as our newest Section Councilor and to Preston MaDougall and William Ilsley as our newest Section Alternate Councilors.