2015-06-11: Tolman Award Dinner honoring Prof. William Evans, UCI

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Tolman Award Dinner Meeting

Thursday, June 11, 2015

UC Irvine University Club
801 East Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697-5625

“A Retrospective on the “Roads Not Taken”
on the Way to Discovering New Oxidation States
of the Rare Earth and Actinide Metals in Molecular Complexes”

William J. Evans
2014 Richard C. Tolman Medal Recipient

Department of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine

6:00 p.m. Check-in & Hosted Social Hour
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Presentation

The Award: The Richard C. Tolman Medal is awarded each year by the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to chemistry in Southern California. The Tolman Medal recognizes broad accomplishments in chemistry rather than a single fundamental discovery. These contributions may be of several kinds, including seminal research of widely regarded influence, achievements of broad impact in chemical technology, significant contributions to chemical education, and outstanding leadership in science on a national level. To be eligible for the Medal, the recipient must have accomplished a major portion of his or her work while a resident of Southern California.

Abstract: A fundamental aspect of the chemistry of any element is the number of formal oxidation states available in molecules for chemical reactions. The range of accessible oxidation states for all of the elements has been continuously tested for decades and the boundaries were thought to be well-established across the periodic table. However, recently the special environment provided by three silyl-substituted cyclopentadienyl ligands has led to the discovery of the first examples of formal +2 oxidation states in molecular complexes of the following nine metals: yttrium, holmium, erbium, praseodymium, gadolinium, terbium, lutetium, uranium, and thorium. This talk will retrospectively examine the research path that led to these discoveries and discuss the many “roads not taken” that may have led to these results in different ways.

Reservations: There will be a buffet dinner including London Broil, Lemon Caper Chicken, and Penne Pesto. The cost is $45 per person including the hosted social hour and wine with dinner, cash or check at the door. Please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org or 310 327-1216 by Tuesday, May 26th. Note: Please honor your reservation. If you make a reservation and do not attend, you may be liable for the cost of the dinner.

Directions: For directions to the campus and a campus map, please go to http://uci.edu/visit/maps.php.


William J. Evans
2014 Richard C. Tolman Medal Recipient

William Evans was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he did undergraduate research on pentaboranes with Professor Donald F. Gaines. He obtained a Ph.D. from UCLA under the direction of Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne studying metallocarboranes. He did postdoctoral research on transition metal phosphite complexes with the late Professor Earl L. Muetterties at Cornell University. When he began his independent career in 1975 at the University of Chicago, he chose an area of research completely different from his training and experience, namely the chemistry of the rare earth metals and actinides, with the central thesis that the special properties of these metals should lead to unique chemistry. After receiving tenure at Chicago in 1982, he was recruited to the University of California, Irvine, where he has been a Professor since 1983.

Prof. Evans has received the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry, the Sir Edward Franklin Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Frank Spedding Award for Excellence in the Science and Technology of Rare Earths, the Terrae Rarae Award of the Tage der Seltenen Erden Society in Germany, a Special Creativity Extension Award from the National Science Foundation, the UCI Physical Sciences Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award, and the UCI Distinguished Faculty Award for Research.

The Southern California Section extends their warm congratulations to Prof. Evans as the 2014 Recipient of the Richard C. Tolman Medal for his pioneering work in the coordination chemistry of the late elements, notably the lanthanides and actinides. Over the years, he has made a tremendous impact in the use of heavy metal coordination compounds for catalytic, energy and environmental applications.

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Missing Issues of SCALACS

Missing Issues of SCALACS

The Southern California Section Office is looking for specific copies of SCALACS to be included in an archival book. We are looking for:

January and November 1980
February 1982
September 1984
March, April and May, 1994
January, September, October and November/December 1995

If anyone has these copies and doesn’t mind parting with them, please contact Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at 310 327-1216 or office@scalasc.org. We appreciate your help!

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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Welcome to the Southern California Section!

This is the website of the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society. Throughout the year, we have lots of activities posted on this website (see the side bar for upcoming events!) and also printed in our monthly magazine, SCALACS. Please browse our website and see the kinds of events we have for chemists from all walks of life – from academia to industrial chemists.

We have dinner meetings each month throughout the academic year where you can hobnob with other chemists (interesting speakers and great food!). Students can attend the dinner meetings for half the published price with valid ID. If you would like to hear the speaker at a dinner meeting without attending the dinner, just let Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office (310 327-1216 or office-at-scalacs-dot-org) know so we can reserve you a seat. We also have great outreach programs such as National Chemistry Week, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and the High School Olympiad to share chemistry with upcoming students. We’re always looking for volunteers to help with these important programs.

Members are also invited to attend our Executive Committee Meetings. This is a great way to see our Section governance in action! The Executive Committee Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (excluding December, June, July and August) at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the Mount St. Mary’s Doheny campus. Please call Nancy at the Section Office for directions and to let her know that you are attending.

We hope to see you soon at an upcoming meeting or volunteering at an outreach event!

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