THE FILTER PRESS
Newsletter of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society
Volume 20, Number 2, February 2010
Dr. Lisa Detter-Hoskin
Technical Group Leader, Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Materials Analysis Center
2005 Graniteville Train Derailment and Chlorine Gas Release:
Lessons Learned and Strategy for Cleanup and Restoration
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
From January 2005 until the present, Dr. Lisa Dr. Hoskin’s testing expertise includes electron
Detter-Hoskin has served as lead technical and and optical microscopy, FTIR, SIMS, AES,
testing consultant and expert witness related to XPS, XRD (bulk and thin film), head space gas
damage caused by the January 2005 Norfolk chromatography, sample extraction methodol-
Southern train derailment and subsequent chlo- ogy and ion chromatography, thermal analysis
rine gas release in Graniteville, SC. She has (TGA, m-DSC, TMA, DMA), rheology, mass
assisted Avondale Mills, South Caroline Elec- spectral methods, microtomy, particle sizing,
tric and Gas utility company and helped with mechanical and accelerated life testing. She
numerous personal injury cases. She was re- has had twenty-three consecutive years of
tained by King and Spalding among several funding from DARPA, DOD, DOT, and hun-
other law firms. Today’s presentation will dreds of industrial firms. She and her research
highlight her technical and expert experiences group are US experts on camouflage, counter-
related to Avondale Mills. measures and deception (CCD) materials and
their exploitation. She also provides technical
Dr. Detter-Hoskin has a Ph.D. in Chemistry consultation in materials, failure analysis and
from Purdue University, and a M.S. in Manage- corrosion-related legal cases.
ment of Technology from Southern Polytechni- Reservation information on page 3
cal State Institute. She presently serves as the
technical Group Leader of the Georgia Tech
Research Institute’s Materials Analysis Center.
She has nearly twenty-five years of theoretical
and applied knowledge of materials testing and
forensics. She has evaluated electronics, poly-
mers/co-polymers, corrosion (chlorine, chlorine
acids and ammonium nitrate/ammonia), phos-
phors, minerals, inks, paper, rubbers, paints,
coatings, pigments, micro-channel plates, novel
materials for prosthetic devices, ceramics, com-
posites, catalysts (air-sensitive catalysts), tex-
tiles, foodstuffs, drugs, and carbon nanomateri-
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404-459-0456 Georgia ACS protons (as opposed to bits or bytes…):
PAST-CHAIR: March 15th features Michael Oliveri, University of Georgia, on
Deborah Sauder Science & Art, meeting at Taverna Plaka restaurant
Georgia Gwinnett College
firstname.lastname@example.org April meeting will have an environmental theme to coincide
with Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
Toby Block May meeting will feature John Lauterbach, Middle GA section,
Georgia Institute of Technology
speaking about small chemical businesses.
TREASURER: September 16th: Herty Award Dinner featuring the 2010 Herty
Susan Hornbuckle Award recipient: Dr. Ken Wagener, University of Florida.
Clayton State University
email@example.com October meeting will feature Dr. Cornelia Gillyard of Spelman.
Deanna Morrow Hall The November meeting will be a career panel.
Corporate Information Resources, Inc.
Barbara Broadway Our section will host SERMACS 2013 in Atlanta!
Tucker High School
Women’s Chemistry Committee (continued on page 4)
COUNCILORS: Volunteers Needed! The WCC will be working with the WCC Stu-
David Sherrill dent Affiliated Chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology for a Career
Georgia Institute of Technology Symposium. This event will be held on campus on March 16th from
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February Meeting: Tues. February 23rd Chair’s Corner
It is stating the obvious to suggest that these are
Dr. Lisa Detter-Hoskin tough economic times. With high unemployment
Technical Group Leader, Georgia Tech Re- holding steady, even for seasoned professionals, I
search Institute’s Materials Analysis Center wanted to alert members to the continuing value of
American Chemical Society membership. In par-
“2005 Graniteville Train Derailment
ticular, members who are out of work have a variety
and Chlorine Gas Release” of benefits and services that can help them land a
job. Additionally, members in good standing may
Location: qualify for an unemployed member dues waiver,
Marcus Nanotechnology Building at Georgia allowing them to renew their memberships and keep
Tech, 345 Ferst Dr. (between Atlantic Dr and their member benefits at no cost.
State St.), Atlanta, GA 30332
Other valuable benefits include:
This is Building 161 on the campus map. Free registration at ACS National Meetings and
Parking is available across the street in the greatly reduced registration fees at Regional Meet-
visitor lot. ings. Many meetings offer Career Fairs with on-site
Special discounts for ACS/Harvard online
6:30PM Meet and mingle courses, ACS ProSpectives and Short Courses, and
7:00PM Dinner (buffet, menu below) the Leadership Development System.
8:00PM Meeting and speaker Membership in the ACS Network, your online
resource to connect and communicate with friends,
Buffet Menu: colleagues, and potential employers.
• Mixed Greens with Tomatoes, Craisins, Feta Free Guidance from Career Consultants – ACS
Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing mentors offer resume reviews, job search strategies,
• Chicken Marsala with Marsala Wine and and interview tips.
Mushrooms Georgia ACS Section Mini-Grants (see page 4)
• Risotto Balls (Portobello Mushrooms and
Roasted Vegetable Risotto with Tomato If you have been a loyal member of the ACS, let the
Basil Sauce) ACS help you out when you need it most. Contact
• Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes ACS at email@example.com, 800-333-9511 or 614-447-
• Chef's Selection of Seasonal Vegetables 3776 for complete details.
• Assorted Dinner Rolls and Butter
• Traditional Red Velvet Cake David Gottfried
• Iced Tea, Iced Water and Coffee Chair, ACS Georgia Local Section
RSVP to 404-459-0456 or by email to Louis
Milakofsky, firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on
Thursday, February 18th.
Price: $25 regular
$15 students, teachers, retirees
Payment should be made to the “Georgia Section
ACS” and will be collected at the door. If you
make a reservation and then don’t attend, you
will be charged for the meal as we have to guar-
antee the number of meals.
Women Chemists Committee (continued from page 2) 10:30 am – 4 pm, with lunch provided. We are looking
to provide insight into a variety of career paths, discuss challenges women face in science and to provide a forum
for networking. This will be a great opportunity to help both students and graduates learn about life after college
in the Sciences! Anyone who is interested in volunteering for this event either as a general volunteer or a panelist,
for all or part of the day, please contact Lynn Sullivan at email@example.com or 770-250-1223 .
Chemical Consultants Interest Committee
Ever thought of Consulting/Contract work? Our section is putting together a list of those people that would like to
consult and/or do contract work in the area's chemical and related industries. We want to list more than just those
"high priced consultants," but anyone that would like to work ("consult") just a few hours a week/every once in a
while for only "minimum wages." Basically, we want to make available our local talent to those groups in the lo-
cal area who may need help but don't know where to find it. If you are at all interested, please contact Ron Cares
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 678-560-3014.
Georgia ACS Mini-Grant Program
In an effort to expand its mission to encourage and advance chemistry in all its branches, and by its meetings, re-
ports, papers, discussions and publications, to promote scientific interests and inquiry, The Georgia Section of the
American Chemical Society invites proposals from interested parties for its annual “Mini-grant Program”. The
mini-grants will enable activities that improve public understanding, appreciation and knowledge of chemistry and
the chemical sciences in the greater Atlanta region. Grants of up to $1000 will be awarded. Proposals will be
evaluated on the basis of creativity, coherence and the expected number of people impacted. Proposals must be
submitted by a member or have a member sponsor if submitted by a non-member. An application form may be
downloaded from the web site at http://chemistry.gsu.edu/ACS/MiniGrant/. The deadline for receipt of proposals
is April 1, 2010. A committee of local section members will evaluate all complete proposals received by the dead-
line. For further information or assistance in identifying a member sponsor for your proposal, please contact Terry
Say, at email@example.com .
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