Volunteers wanted: Illinois Science Olympiad!!!
The Illinois Science Olympiad is looking for volunteers for two upcoming tournaments. A regional tournament will take place at Parkland College on Saturday, March 7. The state tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 on the UIUC campus. During each tournament, middle school and high school students will compete in a total of 46 events related to physical, earth, space, life and social science, as well as technology and engineering. The chemistry-related events include "Can't Judge a Powder" (making observations about an unknown substance), "CrimeBusters"/"Forensics" (identifying unknown powders and solving a mystery CSI-style), Chemistry Lab (standard general chemistry experiments and written questions) and "Protein Modeling" (utilizing computer visualization and physical models of protein structures).
Assistant event supervisors are needed to help design lab tasks and write questions related to each event. Additional volunteers are needed on the day of each tournament to proctor and grade the events. If you're able to volunteer for either tournament, please contact Amy Nicely at amy.nicely@illinoisolympiad.
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The bylaws for the ECI-ACS local section have not been revised for quite some time. Sections of the bylaws are no longer in compliance with the American Chemical Society's Constitution and Bylaws. As such, the ECI-ACS executive committee has been working with the ACS Constitution and Bylaws Committee (C&B) to prepare an updated set of bylaws. The process is almost complete, but a vote must be taken (in accordance with the sections' current bylaws) to approve the changes.
A formal meeting of the ECI-ACS local section took place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6pm in 100 Noyes Lab (UIUC campus). In preparation for the meeting, local section members should review the following documents:
1. Bylaw Review and Amendment Process prepared by C&B. Our local section is currently at step #9 of this process.
2. Proposed bylaws. Underlined text represents additions to the bylaws, while text that is crossed out represents text in the old bylaws that is proposed to be deleted.
3. Preliminary report from C&B regarding a first draft of proposed changes that was sent to the committee for review in October 2011.
4. Explanation of recommended changes. This document summarizes the proposed changes to the bylaws. Questions regarding specific changes can be directed to Vera Mainz prior to the local section meeting on September 18, 2012.