"Molecules in the mountains" is the motto of the chemistry department here at Dartmouth, but we never just let our molecules condense in the Upper Valley, nor ourselves - the chemists. And that is one of the messages we want to send through ACS IDSS.
A Chinese who travelled more than seven thousand miles from the continent of Asia and a native of New Hampshire who has been living here for more than twenty years - we are Xin and Justin, labmates, collaborators and friends for the past three years. While constantly exchanging ideas on our projects, discussing cool papers and teaching each other lab tips and tricks, we also enjoy watching Dartmouth sports and unique and beautiful scenery in New Hampshire together. Differences in language and cultural background are always a catalyst rather than a barrier for us to understand each other.
The mountains in New Hampshire never manage to isolate us from our peers either. We are actively involved in events and conferences hosted by the NESACS, despite the fact that we are spatially the most far away NESACS member school from Boston. While we have already been trying to promote international understanding within chemists at Dartmouth, it is still challenging to bring a broader impact on our local NESACS community, and we would like to hear from you, the reader, for any feedback and suggestions.