June 23, 2006 Meeting
Penny Le Couteur
Dr. Penny Le Couteur

Dean of Arts & Sciences
Capilano College
North Vancouver, B.C

“Unbuttoning Napoleon” or “Why Didn’t You Include Oil?”

Date:  June 23 , 2006
Location:    Monastero's Ristorante
3935 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL

Cost:  $30.00 for members of ACS and their guests, $32.00 for non-members,
     $15 for students or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-647-8405), fax (847-647-8364), email (chicagoacs@ameritech.net), or web by noon on Tuesday, June 20.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.


5:00 - 6:00  PM   Job Club
5:15 - 6:15  PM   Topical Group Meeting
6:00 - 7:00   PM   Social Hour.  The social hour will be sponsored by Hitachi.
7:00  PM    Dinner
8:00  PM    General Meeting

Topic: “Unbuttoning Napoleon” or “Why Didn’t You Include Oil?”

Dr. Penny Le Couteur, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Capilano College, North Vancouver, B.C.

Abstract: How “Napoleon’s Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History” came to be written; why the authors selected the molecules they determined as the most important in history , and the stories of some of the weird, wild, and wonderful connections between chemistry and the development of civilization.

Biography:  Penny Le Couteur grew up in New Zealand where she received a B.Sc. and an M.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Auckland.  After receiving a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara she moved to British Columbia and became a founding faculty member in the Chemistry Department of Capilano College in North Vancouver where she is now Dean of Arts and Sciences.  She has served as an advisor in Chemistry with the Eastern Indonesian Universities Development Project in Sulawesi, Irian Jaya and Ambon in Indonesia, involved with curriculum development, pedagogy and organization.

Penny authored the first and second year university transfer courses in chemistry for B.C.’s Open University and is co-author of a Canadian Grade 12 Chemistry Textbook. Her latest publication “Napoleon’s Buttons: How Seventeen Molecules Changed History”, selected as one of three finalists for the book category award for The 2003 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, was described by Entertainment Weekly as “a splendid example of better reading through chemistry.”

Topical Group Meeting

Sandra Whaley Bishnoi (IIT): 
"Exploration of Peptides-Gold Interfaces using Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering"

Map and Directions

Parking:   Free


Fresh fruit cup appetizer
Garden salad with choice of dressing

Choice of: Broccoli and glazed carrots, penne pasta with tomato sauce
Cheese cake with fresh strawberry sauce

All of the above entrees include unlimited soft drinks and coffee

Updated 5/25/06