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The New ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for Teaching High School Chemistry


Featuring strategies and considerations for teaching high school chemistry in the 21st century to all students, the new ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for Teaching High School Chemistry are a useful resource for strengthening high school chemistry programs. This timely and comprehensive document provides guidance on the classroom and laboratory environments, safety, the big ideas in chemistry, strategies and technologies for teaching diverse learners, the professional responsibilities of chemistry teachers, and more.

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You can find photos of the 2012 ChemLuminary Awards on our flickr site.  Recognize anyone you know?

ACS Webinars for September 2012 is now available.

The Committee on Community Activities has been busy getting ready for the Philly National Meeting as well as National Chemistry Week!  In fact, I’m excited to report this year will be NCW’s 25th anniversary and in recognition of this milestone, there will be a 25 Years of NCW Reception held for all  Local Section NCW coordinators, all members who have volunteered at an NCW event, staff and governance during the upcoming National Meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday, August, 19th.  The event will be from 6-8 PM at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) (315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106). The CHF exhibits  will be open for viewing  during the event.


CCA’s other happenings at the meeting include the Presidential Outreach Event and the Presidential Symposium.  The theme for the Outreach Event is Exploring Our World through Chemistry and will be held Sunday, August 19th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Franklin Institute (22 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).  The topic of the Presidential Symposium is Communicating Chemistry and Public Engagement: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  It will be held on Monday, August 20th from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.


From October 21 – 27, ACS will celebrate National Chemistry Week [NCW], 2012.  This year’s theme is “Nanotechnology:  The smallest BIG Idea in Science.  In keeping with the theme, CCA is partnering with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network).  Four NISE will be featured in the NCW Edition of Celebrating Chemistry, our National Science Education Standards-aligned newspaper for elementary school students.  All NISE activities can be viewed via the link provided on our NCW page.


Looking forward to next year, CCA will be focusing its efforts on developing the theme for the upcoming Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) 2013.  CCED will be held on April 22, 2013 and will be marking its 10th year anniversary.


I hope to see you in Philly and that you will help us raise awareness about this year’s NCW theme!  You can visit for complete information and resources (some info will be posted closer to the date).

NCW-25-Years-Retro-Logo.gifSince this year marks the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week (NCW), here is an opportunity to look back on NCW celebrations hosted by local sections over the years.

Submit captioned pictures to the NCW Network Group that best capture the success of NCW outreach events in your local section.

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ACS Live! events produced by ACS Webinars™ are an important facet of ACS National Meeting. By allowing virtual audience front row seats to live events from Philadelphia, ACS Live! connects global audience with subject matter experts. This week, ACS Live! are scheduled daily and feature speakers including Dr. Cesar Vega on the chemistry of making buttery coffee ice cream, Dr. Judith Giordan sharing tips for success for the shy guys and gals, and David Wolf on off-the-bench career as a forensic scientist in Philadelphia Police Department. Live broadcast and recording is available on the ACS Webinars™

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program would like to proudly announce the success of the Alpha Epsilon Team at the 44rd International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 30, 2012 in Washington, D.C.


U.S. Team students:


  • Christopher Hillenbrand of Regis High School, NY, won Gold Medal


  • Sidharth Chand of Detroit Country Day School, MI, received Silver Medal


  • James Deng of Choate Rosemary Hall, CT earned Silver Medal


  • Jason Ge of Westview High School, CA won Silver Medal.


The USA Team students competed against 279 students from 71 countries.


Congratulations to Team USA!