January 2004 Meeting

Speaker:   Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Topic:   Claire C. Patterson:   A Chemist Leads the Fight Against Leaded Gasoline
Date: Friday, January 23, 2004
Location:   Ann Sathers
929 W. Belmont
Chicago, Illinois

Abstract:     Starting in the 19th century, the chemical industry provided the middle classes of the Western World with luxuries that only the rich had previously enjoyed.   After sketching some early milestones made by industrial chemists, author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne will focus on four 20th century men who dramatize two present-day aspects of chemistry: the enormous benefits it can bestow, and the environmental problems it can cause.   Wallace Carothers introduced fundamental scientific research to the American chemical industry and invented nylon.   Paul Muller discovered DDT insecticide for a traditional Swiss dye company.   Thomas Midgley Jr. used the periodic table to invent Freon and put tetraethyl lead in our gas tanks.   Clair Patterson's hard-headed clean collection techniques and microanalysis got the lead out.

Biography:     Sharon Bertsch McGrayne is the author of several books about science, including Prometheans in the Lab: Chemistry and the Making of the Modern World and Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries.

Her work has been featured on the Charley Rose Show and reviewed in Nature, Physics Today, JAMA, Chemistry and Engineering News (C&EN), Chemical Educator, Chemist at Work, Discover, New Scientist, American Scientist, The Washington Post, and others.

McGrayne has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday and been an invited speaker at more than twenty universities and at national laboratories. In Illinois, she has spoken at Argonne National Laboratory (three times), the University of Illinois (three times), and at Eastern Illinois University. For example, she gave the keynote address at ceremonies giving Noyes Hall ACS landmark status and spoke about Wallace Hume Carothers at the university's ACS chapter in 2002.

McGrayne has written for Science, Isis, American Physical Society News, Times Higher Education Supplement, Chemical Heritage Foundation, the ACS' Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, Notable American Women, and other publications. Excerpts of her books have appeared in The Chemical Educator, Chemical Heritage Foundation Magazine, ChemWeeks, and The Physics Teacher. Nobel Prize Women in Science is used extensively in college courses in the United States and Europe, and National Academy of Sciences presented the Empress of Japan with a copy of the book and now publishes it.

McGrayne is a former editor and co-author of extensive articles about science for the Encyclopaedia Britannica and a former prize-winning journalist for Scripps-Howard, Crain's, Gannett, and other newspapers. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Her web page address is http://www.McGrayne.com

A meeting of the Chicago Section JOB CLUB will be held at Ann Sathers at 5 PM. The JOB CLUB provides a continuing opportunity for unemployed members of the Section to meet one another, share their experiences and develop a network that may help in identifying employment opportunities. Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to distribute to your colleagues.

Should you wish to attend the Section meeting following the JOB CLUB, the fee for unemployed members is only $15 and you can continue your networking activities over dinner.

Topical Group Presentation
Speaker:   Teri W. Odom, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

"Nanoscale and Mesoscale Science"

Topical Group Meeting: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Social Hour: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Complementary Wine Reception
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Meeting: 8:00 PM

Cost:  $30.00 for members of ACS/ $32.00 for non-members/ $15.00 for students & unemployed members

Reservations:   (847)647-8405   
                    by noon, Tuesday, January 20

Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.
Map and Directions:
Take the Eden's Expressway to Belmont Avenue. Head east to 929 W. Belmont.


From the North or Northwest Side: Head Eastbound on either I-90 or I-94. Exit on Irving Park Road. Head east on Irving Park Road to Clark Street. Turn right (south) onto Clark Street and go one mile to Belmont. Turn right on Belmont and the restaurant is on the left at 929 Belmont.

From the Southside or the Loop: Take Lakeshore Drive north to Belmont. Exit and head left (west) about one mile to the restaurant at 929 Belmont.

Ann Sather Restaurant is located on Belmont just west of Clark and just east of Sheffield. It is within a half block of the Belmont elevated station.

Parking: Entrance to the restaurant's lot is at 913 Belmont. The lot is behind the restaurant. Additional, pay parking lots are located on Clark Street just north of Belmont.

The meeting is on the second floor of the restaurant. Handicapped persons should get special instructions from the Section Office.


  • Chef's Dinner Salad with Celery Seed Dressing
  • Choice of:
    • Garlic Boneless Breast of Chicken
    • Baked Orange Roughy stuffed with Spinach, mushrooms and onions
    • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Boiled Red Potatoes with Fresh Dill
  • Fresh Asparagus
  • Fruit Cobbler
  • Assorted sweet and fresh breads, including Ann Sather's Famous Cinnamon Rolls

Updated 12/16/03