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Spellbound_081511.pngInspire the Next Generation of Scientists During IYC

A new ACS video series—aptly named Spellbound—tells the stories of eight chemists whose childhood curiosity about everyday things helped them launch careers in laboratories, win Nobel Prizes and make other notable achievements.  Free and available at , , on iTunes and on DVD by request (, the videos are suitable for classrooms and other audiences of scientists and non-scientists. Watch them, share them and encourage educators, museums, science centers, news organizations and others to embed links on their websites. Spellbound is a great way to celebrate IYC!

NASA_International Space Station_081511.jpgACS and NASA Explore Water and Space in the Classroom

ACS is partnering with NASA to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011), by conducting the Global Chemistry Experiment. They will launch a live webcast on NASA’s Digital Learning Network to classrooms across the country. Valerie Moore, a Chemistry Ambassador from the Greater Houston local section, will participate with NASA scientists, located at Johnson Space Center, to explain and answer questions about the IYC global water experiment, and water purification on NASA’s International Space Station. Get your community involved. Email teachers, youth group leaders, and librarians about the webcast. It is Thursday, September 22 from noon – 1 pm Central Time. Tell them they can log-in to on the day of the webcast.



Participate in what may be the world’s largest chemistry experiment in history! Be part of the International Year of Chemistry global water experiments—in your own classroom or as a volunteer with grade school teachers and scouts.  Join other students around the world in testing water from local rivers, streams, lakes or just plain tap water. Download the experiments, register and post results at If you tell Nancy McCormick-Pickett ( where you participated, and if you post your results, we’ll enter you to win a $100 gift card.

The 242nd ACS National Meeting (in Denver from August 28 to September 1) is the place to be to learn more about how the world's sustainability challenges can be addressed through chemistry.  If you are interested in sustainability and issues related to climate change, be sure to attend one of the 27 symposia on these subjects being offered at the Denver meeting.  For more information on how to get involved in the Society's sustainability effort, please visit the ACS Sustainability Stakeholders Group and ACS and You: Working Together for a Sustainable Future.



Meet the 250+ exhibitors, engage in networking events, and discuss your specific needs and interests

Colorado Convention Center, Halls A & F

Monday and Tuesday (10 AM – 6PM) and Wednesday (9AM – 1PM)


There’s still time to register for the FREE exhibitor-sponsored workshops.  Reserve your seat and pre-register today. 


  • ACS/Labs Software for Analytical Chemistry and Education (Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc.)
  • Desmond Beginner’s Tutorial Workshop (D.E. Shaw Research)
  • Desmond Advanced Tutorial Workshop (D.E. Shaw Research)
  • Reaxys: Maximizing the Chemistry Research Workflow and Supporting Research in Chemical Science (Elsevier)
  • Advanced Polymer Characterization Workshop (Tosoh Bioscience LLC)
  • Molecular Modeling with Spartan “10” (Wavefunction, Inc.)
  • An Introduction to ChemSpider – A Combination Platform of Free Chemistry Database, Free Prediction Engines and Wiki Environment (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Improved Analysis Methods for Detecting Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Food and Water (Dionex)
  • Dimension FastScan: High Speed, High Throughput, AFM Imaging (Bruker)


Can’t attend the Exposition?  Then connect with the participating companies (CAS, CEM, Wiley, and Springer) as a Virtual Exhibitor on Tuesday (August 30) and Wednesday (August 31) from 9AM – 7PM (MST).   There you will be able to:

  • Chat with exhibitors to learn more about their companies
  • Schedule one-on-one discussion sessions
  • Review in-depth company information
  • Engage in real-time text and videos
  • Enjoy special offers of the participating exhibitor
  • Register

The ACS is launching a new program based in two topic areas: Toxicology for the Scientist and Separation Science and we need your content!  We are looking for the best and brightest as well as the new and hypothetical. If you have authored an impressive paper, article or lecture slide set or created a high-quality image, graphic, animation, illustration or video in either of these topic areas, we want to see it. Contact us at with your ideas.

thumbnail.jpgThere is now a smart phone app (iPhone and Android compatible) tailored to the needs of local section leaders and their engaged members. Please see instructions below.


First, install the ACS Network App (optional but highly recommended):


Go to and bookmark the app on your mobile device.


for iPhone (from Safari)


1. Tap the bookmark icon.

2. Choose "Add  to Homescreen".


for Android (from your browser)


1. Press Menu

2. Select Add Bookmark.

3. Press Menu again,  Select  Bookmark

4. Long press the ACS Network Bookmark and  Select “Add Shortcut to Home”



Once you've installed that, go to to install the Local Section app.


Questions, feedback and comments are most welcome.


Who inspired you to be a scientist? Inspire the next generation by partnering with a middle or high school science teacher this school year.


Assist a teacher by answering questions from students, planning instructional demonstrations, or assisting students as they conduct a lab. ACS will donate $500 to the school where you volunteer so that you and your partner teacher can purchase science supplies to support your projects.


Find out more at Contact ACS staff at with questions and to enroll in the program. Participation is limited to 75 coach-teacher teams this year and enrollment ends on Monday October 31st, 2011.  

Kate Sellar

Calling All ACS Tweeps

Posted by Kate Sellar Aug 2, 2011

Fans of the social networking site Twitter who want to join the discussion about the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Denver should follow @ACSNatlMtg and be sure to use the hashtag #ACSDenver to mark and track tweets about the national meeting.

Thank you for helping spread the word about the benefits of ACS membership.  In 2011, over 4,200 new members have been recruited through the ACS President’s Challenge.

However we’re not done yet!  ACS has three different resources to help us keep up the good work. 

ACS meetings and events are the perfect opportunity to help bring in new members for our local sections and divisions.  For full details about the President’s Challenge, visit