Jim Tung, Webmaster

This page was last updated on 3/26/20.



Welcome to the homepage of the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society. The Section serves Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Rockbridge Counties in Virginia, as well as Mercer County in West Virginia. Section Meetings are held monthly during the academic year, September through May, with no meeting in December.

By-Laws Update

ACS National rejected our revised Bylaws and nullified our vote thereupon. Please stay tuned for an opportunity to vote afresh -- this time for Bylaws that ACS National has approved.

Next Meeting

Our meeting Originally Scheduled for Friday, April 03, 2020 has been CANCELLED

The Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society has cancelled its final meeting of Spring 2020 due to the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

We thank Prof. Christine Hermann and her assistant, Laura Angell, both of Radford University, for their effort in preparing for the cancelled April meeting, which was to include our annual high-school and undergraduate poster session, as well as our awards ceremony.

We wish also to thank Prof. Carla Finkielstein of the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences for her generous offer to serve as our lecturer for the evening.

The Section is currently planning its Fall 2020 meeting schedule. The Executive Council is working presently with ACS National to work out a procedure for ratifying our revised bylaws electronically. Stay tuned for an email message on that subject.

Congratulations to Allison Adams. She was the named the recipient of 2020 VBRS-ACS Award at the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair held at Radford University. She currently attends Southwest Virginia Governor's School, where her teacher is Jared Brown. Her winning project was entitled Determining Concentrations of Lead in Jewelry Using Inductively Coupled Plasma.

The Blue Ridge Chemist is our monthly newsletter. Information on joining the subscription list can be found at Blue Ridge Chemist. It may be of particular interest to those wishing to attend or looking for more details about our monthly Meetings.

Student Affiliate Chapters in the VBRS

Chemistry Departments Within the VBRS


  • I'm new to the area? How do I get information about the Blue Ridge Section?
    The easiest way to get a feel for our activities is to glance through back issues of our newsletter, the Blue Ridge Chemist. For a Newsletter subscription, send your request to Paul Deck, Dept. of Chemistry, Davidson Hall Room 480, Virginia Tech, 900 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or send an e-mail message to . Additionally, we use an email list to help us keep in better contact with you (we will not sell or otherwise distribute names from this list to any other parties). If you wish to be part of this list and have not yet been contacted via email regarding this list, please send an email message to Paul Deck with your name and email address.

  • Do I need to be an active member of the ACS to participate?
    No. Almost all our speaker presentations at our meetings are open to the public and free of charge. They are intended as an opportunity to gather together those with a mutual interest in chemistry in particular and issues in science, technology, and engineering in general. Our meetings attract a wide gamut of attendees from academia, industry, and passionate citizen-scientists. The cost of the optional social hour and dinners preceding the speaker's presentation are reduced for students and retired ACS members. Part of the national ACS membership dues are funnelled back to the local sections to support local activities, so we would ask that you consider a professional or affiliate membership if appropriate.

  • What is an affiliate membership?
    An affiliate membership to the VBRS is available for technicians, high school chemistry teachers, and others who deal with chemistry in some way, but do not wish to become regular members of the ACS. The dues are only $5 a year (January - December) and should be sent to Steve Smith,, Roanoke Valley Governor’s School, 2104 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015.