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Elke Schoffers, Ph.D.
We congratulate David Sellers who is now an NSF GRFP Fellow!
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Kalamazmoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society(KACS)
What is the connection between chemistry and dancing?


Professor at WMU
Chair of Kalamazoo ACS Local Section (KACS)

Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5413, Campus Site: 3148 Wood Hall

Office Phone: (269) 387-2265 
FAX: (269) 387-2909
Lab Phone: (269) 387-2246
Office Hours:
WR 1-2:30 PM or by appointment
Undergraduate Advisings:
M 1-2 PM, visit here for details

Upcoming KACS Event:
Science Cafe on "Hortucultural Chemistry" with Dr. Gus Guzinski on Tuesday, September 17, 6-8 PM at Wedel's (free event). Look for details at

KACS News:
KACS launched a new website at
Please note that the "Elements of Dance" event was a finalist for a 2013 ChemLuminary Award.
See for more details. New pictures have been posted, too.

Past KACS Events:
Social event promises a fun reaction from mixing chemistry and dance.
The KACS Surprise Social Event
: "Elements of Dance", took place on Friday, November 9, 2012, 6:30 PMat the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. For those readers who would like to learn more about the chemistry-dance connection, feel free to check out "Tanzelemente" (in German), which makes a historical connection to the time when the invention of gas lighting changed city street lights. The article was published in "Nachrichten aus der Chemie" in April 2013.

"Elements of Dance" at the KIA!

What is the connection between chemistry and dancing?
Well, in my role as KACS Chair I did not have much time to elaborate on this topic last night even though several references could be made. I would sum it up like this: "Some chemists love to dance! Dancing involves lead and follow, action and reaction, bodies in motion and the beauty of movement." :) es [11.10.12]

Dr. Elke Schoffers performed a showcase dance in Argentine Tango with partner Art Downey of Kalamazoo Dancesport on November 9, 2012 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Stay connected with colleagues in the Kalamazoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society by liking the KACS Facebook page: "KACS" or "Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society"

    Recent Publication:
    Elke Schoffers "Tanzelemente" Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 2013, 61 (4), 422-423. [Historical description of how chemists were associated with progress after the invention of gas lighting that illuminted city streets and made them safer.]

Lars Kohler, Elke Schoffers, Erin Driscoll, Matthias Zeller and Carla Schmiesing “First isolation of disubstituted cis-5,6-dihydro-1,10-phenanthrolines. Lipase-mediated resolution of cis and trans phenoxy alcohol isomers and assignment of absolute stereochemistry via CD and NMR” Chirality , 2012, 24 (3), 245-251.

    We congratulate Ph.D. student David Sellers for becoming a National Science Foundation fellow.
    Critical Comment: New Details on Legume-Rhizobial Symbioses as part of the Rossbach-Schoffers collaboration
    Meet the Research Group here
    More Group News here
    Ongoing Research Projects here
    Research Openings here
    Dr. Schoffers' Vita here

WR 1-2:30 PM or by appointment

CHEM 6090 Catalysis Intro Organic Chemistry (Fall 2013)
We meet in 2902 Wood Hall TR 11 AM to 12:15 PM.

What you can do with a CHEMISTRY degree - check the local ACS here

Career resources for CHEMISTRY graduate students - WMU link here
    Science / Education /Politics:
    "The nonsense of biofuels" here, comment on the comment here
    "Germany set another record with renewable energy" here
    "Lait Couture" - You can make clothes from milk protein, find out what Anke Domaske has spun here
    Follow updates about the nuclear disaster in Japan via NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) here
    The latest assessment of the Japanese nuclear disaster can be found by the Union of Concerned Scientists here
    Dr. Michio Kaku: Despite Japanese Gov’t Claims of Decreasing Radiation, Fukushima a "Ticking Time Bomb" here
    "A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott" here
    "How Dangerous Is Japan's Creeping Nuclear Disaster?" (SPIEGEL ONLINE) here
    "Natural Gas Industry Attacks Oscar-Nominated Film “Gasland” for Chronicling Devastating Impact of Hydraulic Fracking" here (Democracy Now broadcast)
    "America is not broke" Today just 400 Americans have the same welth as half of all Americans combined here (Democracy Now broadcast)
    Documentaries "Gasland" and "Inside Job" are nominated for Academy Award. See here for "burning" water as a result of fracking (ca 4 minutes into the broadcast here)
    Toxic Toys - A NOW presentation on plastics with phthalates here.
    Comments about environmental and natural resources via Resource Insights.
    Comments about the economic crisit via ISLET.
    What's the connection between soil chemistry, plants and climate change? See: Can wetland restoration cool the planet? Restoration of saltwater marshes is a sure bet for sequestering carbon.
    Flu season-related articles:
    ---"Shots in the dark" by S. Brownlee, J. Lenzer, the Atlantic Monthlly, Nov. 2009, 44-54
    ---"Epidemic influenza and vitamin D" by J. J. Cannell et al, Epidemiol. Infect. 2006, 134, 1129-1140
    ---"Vitamin D supplementation, 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations, and safety" by R. Vieth, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1999, 69, 842-56
Other Articles
    "Science in Muslim Countries by I. Serageldin here.
Personal Notes & Links
    *Interesting Titles here
    *Family Photos TBA