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SACI News May 2017

                       

Awards for chemists appear to dominate at the moment. Nominations for the various SACI awards have now been received and these will be evaluated and announced in the months ahead.  Similarly finalists for the NSTF-South32 awards have been announced and also two chemists studying in SA have been nominated to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. A date for the 2018 SACI Convention has been set (CSIR, Pretoria 3rd – 7th Dec 2018) – please diarize this date


Neil Coville

Content

  • SACI office address and times
  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter
  • SACI fees 2017/2018
  • NSTF-South32 awards - finalists
  • Section and Divisions News
    Central Section
    North Section
  • SACI Education Award 2016 – Dr H Drummond (profile)
  • SACI Chemists win awards
  • IUPAC
  • African Journals of Chemistry
  • CAIA Newsletter
  • SACI and SACI related conference events
    SACI Inorganic 2017  (incorporating the Carmen Symposium)
    The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress
    7th Mintek Analytical Sciences Symposium
  • Others

SACI office address and times

The SACI office, run by Laila Smith is located on the 1st Floor of Gate House, room 124. The telephone number is 011 717 6705 and e-mail address is: saci.chem@wits.ac.za. The cel number is 061 282 3477.

This year we are to experiment with having Laila work in the afternoons from home. This will mean that office hours will be from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can still be contacted at any time during her office hours. We have noted that there are very few members (or others) who physically visit the office at Wits.

Advertising in the SACI newsletter

The newsletter provides a means of getting messages to our membership. Currently the SACI membership stands at over 1000. This newsletter thus provides a means of advertising employment opportunities, conferences and workshops, and even for companies/Universities to promote themselves. We encourage members to use the Newsletter for advertising purposes. All SACI related conferences and events are advertised for free; if not a SACI related event there could be a small charge. For advertising costs contact Laila at the SACI office.       

SACI fees 2017/2018

At a recent SACI Executive meeting the fees for the upcoming year for determined. As will be seen the fees increase for most categories is about 5% for non-student fees.  Associated Members fees for new members have been increased due to the issue on our professional status. Fees for those who register as a professional chemist PrChemSA as well as those who wish to have  acritical skills evaluation are also given in the Tables below.

Year

Patron

Company

Member

Associate

Married

Retired

Student

Post docs

 

8%

8%

5%

6%

6%

6%

4%

6%

2015-2016

13000

6500

700

350

350

180

125

160

 

5,4%

5,4%

5,7%

5,7%

5,7%

5,6%

4,0%

6,3%

2016-2017

13700

6850

740

370

370

190

130

170

 

5,1%

5,1%

5,4%

5,4%

5,4%

5,3%

7,7%

17,6%

2017-2018

14400

7200

780

390

390

200

140

200

existing

780

new

 

PrChemSA

PrChemSA application fee

Critical skills

Year

 

New

New

New

 

125

250

2000

2016-2017

20,0%

20,0%

10,0%

 

150

300

2200

2017-2018

NSTF-South32 awards - finalists

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is pleased to announce the 19th group of finalists competing for the highly-acclaimed 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards.
 
The NSTF-South32 Awards: The NSTF-South32 Awards is a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET)and innovation in South Africa for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.
 
The NSTF-South32 Awards is referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, as it is the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of its kind. The NSTF Awards was also the first science awards initiated in the country in 1998.

It appears that in 2017 the only chemistry nominee is Prof Bhekie Mamba.

NSTF-WRC Award: Sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions (by an individual or an organisation to be awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership and impact - sponsored by the Water Research Commission)

  • Mamba, Prof. Bhekie - Executive Dean and Director, Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa

Sections and Divisions news 

  • SACI Central Section
  • Report of SACI 2016 Chemical Education Award Talk
    The South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Central Section presented the 2016 SACI Chemical Education Medal Award to Professor Helen Drummond at an event on the 11th May 2017.

    The event took place in the School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand and was attended by approximately 35 people from various institutions including Wits University, the University of South Africa, University of Johannesburg, North West University and some friends and family members of Helen.

    The event was chaired by Andreas Lemmerer and the award was handed over by Sabelo Mhlanga (Chair of the SACI Central Section) who congratulated Helen and emphasized the importance of the award.

    Helen's talk, titled "Competence in Chemistry: Component Steps to Skills and Strategies" was amazing and pleasant to listen to. Her ability to teach Chemistry was clearly demonstrated from the way she delivered her presentation, which attracted the attention of the audience throughout the talk.

    The questions and discussion that ensued after the talk was interesting and it showed how important and informative the talk was to both staff and students that attended the event.

    The importance of teaching skills at undergraduate chemistry students and the strategies to achieve this was a clear message from Helen.

    The talk was followed by food and refreshments that took place in the School of Chemistry Foyer.
    Below is the abstract of the talk.

    “This paper hypothesises that all skills are teachable. Skills (e.g. representation of knowledge, mathematical skills, visualization skills) can be broken down into their component steps, and strategies (e.g. problem solving) into their component skills, each of which can be taught. Each step must be thoroughly understood; otherwise the overall skill or strategy will not be mastered. Several studies have been undertaken by the author to test and improve students’ ability in these skills and strategies, and the results of these studies will be discussed. The use of strategies which are likely to lead to a correct answer will improve students’ confidence, their competence and their success rate. The performance of students has been shown to improve when they receive guidance in the use of skills and strategies, and this should translate to higher grades in Chemistry.”

                                             

    Report by S Mhlanga
    Chair: SACI Central Section


  • SACI North Section

    1.       SACI 2018 Convention is to be held at CSIR ICC from 3rd to 7th December 2018.
    2.       SACI North Section, 2017 Young Chemist Symposium (YCS) is to be held at Arcadia Campus of TUT on 175 Mandela Drive on Tuesday, 3rd October 2018.

    Dr RM Mampa
    Chair: SACI North Section

SACI Education Award 2016Dr H Drummond (profile)

                                                                       

Professor Drummond is currently acting Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, North-West University. She has worked on the Mahikeng campus of the University since 1985 when she was appointed as a junior lecturer and the then University of Bophuthatswana. Prior to that, she was a high school chemistry teacher. As an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department she is responsible for teaching the entire spectrum of undergraduate chemistry from first to third year. She has a number of research publications in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Chemical Education and Studies in Science education but also publishes in SACI’s South African Journal of Chemistry. Realizing the need for a good basic introductory chemistry book that is locally produced and suitable she, together with Professor Mailoo Selvaratnam have recently republished his earlier text book as a 3rd edition. This book is widely used on a number of campuses including Wits education. She is also supervising a number of postgraduate students. She was also awarded the North West University Institutional Teaching excellence award in 2007. She has also contributed to the field through her assistance with conference organization such as the SAARMSTE conference held on Mahikeng campus in 2011. Her years of excellent service to chemical education fully justify the long overdue award of the chemical education medal from SACI.

Her years of excellent service to chemical education have fully justified the award of the chemical education medal from SACI to Prof Drummond.

SACI Chemists win awards

Congratulations to  Nolwazi Nombona, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Sarah D'Souza, University of the Western Cape.

Nine outstanding young African scholars nominated by the African Academy of Sciences have been selected to participate in two prestigious Nobel Laureate meetings.

The academics will participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to chemistry, which takes place on 25-30 June and the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences on 22-26 August.

The meetings will be held in Germany to promote networking between young scientists and Nobel Laureates. They provide a cardinal moment and opportunity to interact with the best minds in the world, and for young scientists to be inspired to achieve greatness in their own work.  

The seven African chemists who will participate at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be part of 400 young scientists from 76 countries attending the meeting. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, which alternate between physiology/medicine, physics and chemistry – the three-natural science Nobel Prize disciplines – have been held since 1951.

This year’s meeting will be attended by about 30 Nobel Laurates.
 
The seven AAS nominees from Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe are:

  • Ousmane Ilboudo, an assistant professor at Burkina Faso’s University of Ouagadougou.
  • Blaise Kimbadi Lombe, a PhD student in natural products chemistry at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, and who is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Marian Asantewah Nkansah, a senior Lecturer in environmental chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
  • Collins Obuah,a lecturer in catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Ghana.
  • John Onyango Adongo, a Kenya-born doctoral candidate at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin in Germany.
  • Nolwazi Nombona, a lecturer in electrochemistry and nanotechnology at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Sarah D'Souza, a Zimbabwe-born nanochemist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

 “At the AAS, we recognise the importance of mentorship in helping to grow careers of young scientists,” said AAS Interim Executive Director Tom Kariuki.  “The meetings are a unique opportunity for African scientists to network and be inspired by Nobel Laureates.”
The profiles of the nine Africans nominated to attend the Lindau meetings are here http://www.aasciences.ac.ke/academy/academy-pages/lindau-nobel-laureate-meetings/

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Once every years, 30 to 40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 400–500 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. http://www.lindau-nobel.org/meeting/
 
The AAS has since 2016 been partnering with the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to support the participation of early career African scientists at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
 
  Deborah-Fay Ndlovu
d.ndlovu@aasciences.ac.ke         +254 727 660 760 | +254 20 806 0674
 (modified by N Coville)

IUPAC

For the latest news see: http://www.saci.co.za/iupac.html

African Journals of Chemistry

  • South African Journal of Chemistry

  • The SA Journal of Chemistry is a free open access journal.  Details about the journal can be found at https://www.sabinet.co.za/sajchem/.   Current issues of the journal can be seen at http://journals.co.za/content/journal/chem/browse.

    The journal has recently implemented the use of author ORCIDs (https://orcid.org/).  Authors will get the opportunity to link their ORCIDs to the submission.  When the paper is published, the author’s ORCIDs will be linked to the online PDF paper.  This will enable automatic updates of the author’s ORIC accounts.

    The journal is also planning to reward referees in the near future via the ORCID system.  See https://orcid.org/blog/2016/09/22/recognizereview-orcid for more details.  We trust that giving recognition to reviewers will further improve the quality of the review process.

    Report from Prof Kruger

    This Journal is published electronically. The webpage is:  http://www.saci.co.za/ The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry for over 50 years. The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/chem). It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents. It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

  • African Journal of Chemical Education
    Enquiries and manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief: email eic@faschem.org, PO Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AJCE, 2016, 6(1) ISSN 2227-5835 The online version appears in the FASC website (www.faschem.org) and in the AJOL website (www.ajol.info)

CAIA Newsletter

The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:  http://www.caia.co.za/news/chemnews/
 or e-mail: caia@iafrica.com for pdf files of news and information.

SACI and SACI related Conference events

  • INORG2017 Third Notice

     

  • The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress

                                 

The conference will be held at the Arusha International Conference Center (AICC) in Arusha. Arusha city is exactly half-way between Cape Town and Cairo, only a stone’s throw away from Africa’s highest Mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro and the safari-gateway to the astounding wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.

SYMPOSIUM THEMES


The conference will cover all areas of chemistry including but not limited to:
 Analytical Chemistry
 Physical Chemistry
 Inorganic Chemistry
 Organic Chemistry
 Natural Products Chemistry
 Environmental Chemistry
 Industrial Chemistry
 Forensic Chemistry
 Nanochemistry

Please register and make your submission at the following link:
http://www.tcs-tz.org/tcs-fasc2017

Or contact:

 

 

Prof. Othman C. Othman
+255 22 2410038
+255 713 433982
o_chande@yahoo.co.uk
ocothman@gmail.com
Chemistry Department
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35061
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Clarence A. Mgina
+255 22 2410038
+255 767 547970
cmgina@yahoo.com
cmgina@udsm.ac.tz
Chemistry Department
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35061
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Clarence A. Mgina
+255 22 2410038
+255 767 547970
cmgina@yahoo.com
cmgina@udsm.ac.tz
Chemistry Department
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35061
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

 Theoretical Chemistry
 Biochemistry
 Computational Chemistry
 Combinatorial Chemistry
 Chemical Education
 Green Chemistry
 Organometallic Chemistry
 Fuel Chemistry
 Medicinal Chemistry

  • Competence in Chemistry: Component Steps to Skills and Strategies
    SACI Chemical Education Medal Award Talk - Helen Drummond - 11 May 2017

This paper hypothesises that all skills are teachable. Skills (e.g. representation of knowledge, mathematical skills, visualization skills) can be broken down into their component steps, and strategies (e.g. problem solving) into their component skills, each of which can be taught. Each step must be thoroughly understood; otherwise the overall skill or strategy will not be mastered.

Much has been written on the need to improve chemistry teaching and learning, and to make Chemistry more attractive to students. Thus there have been many innovations in Chemistry teaching, many of which focus on using different media or rearranging the way in which content is taught.

However, if students do not learn the skills needed, they will never master chemistry. Thus a skills based approach to teaching chemistry is proposed. Various skills needed in the learning and application of Chemistry are discussed. Several studies have been undertaken by the author to test and improve students’ ability in these skills and strategies, and the results of these studies will be discussed.

The use of strategies which are likely to lead to a correct answer will improve students’ confidence, their competence and their success rate. The performance of students has been shown to improve when they receive guidance in the use of skills and strategies, and this should translate to higher grades in Chemistry.

  • 7th Mintek Analytical Sciences Symposium

Others

  • First Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem) – 24-26 January, 2018; Cancún, Mexico
  • The 3rd TCS International Conference and the 6th FASC Congress, Chemistry for Sustainable Development and Improved Livelihood  Arusha, Tanzania http://tcs-tz.org/tcs-fasc2017/
  • IUPAC 2017 - July 6-14, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Science Forum South Africa 7-8 Dec 2017, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria