CONGRATULATIONS to two extraordinary local sections for their work to establish innovative activities to engage senior chemists. This year, the ACS Senior Chemists Committee recognized the following sections for the "Most Innovative Activity in a Local Section for Senior Chemists" and the "Best Ongoing Senior Activity in a Local Section that Benefits the Community, Local Schools, or Legislative Government."
MOST INNOVATIVE ACTIVITY IN A LOCAL SECTION
The Lehigh Valley section held a meeting for senior chemists demonstrating expertise in chemistry
to K-12 and undergraduate students. Students discussed using social media and practical
approaches to capturing, editing, and uploading pictures and video.
BEST ONGOING SENIOR ACTIVITY IN A LOCAL SECTION
THAT BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY, LOCAL SCHOOLS, AND THE LEGISLATIVE GOVERNMENT
Visits were made by retired chemists to six Corning elementary schools. During National Chemistry Week,
four schools were visited covering third and fifth grades doing hour-long hands-on activities
entitled "Quality Control" and "Catapult Engineering". A total of 200 students participated.
Visits were made throughout the school year as an ongoing effort to continue the initiative that's taken place for more than 30 years.