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The theme of the New Orleans 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, April 7 – 11, 2013, is the Chemistry of Food & Energy.  In sync with the food part of the theme, the “Communicating Chemistry: Cajun Cooking (C4)” event on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 will be a way of highlighting the cuisine of New Orleans and the fact that cooking is, after all, chemistry.


This ACS event is similar in style to popular food science television shows such as the Food Network’s “Good Eats.”


•    Teams of 3-4 students submit videos in which they explain the chemistry of a technique or dish featured in Cajun cooking.

•    Three teams of finalists will be selected to present live, interactive demonstrations at the Spring 2013 ACS Meeting in New Orleans.

•    Celebrity judges include Harold McGee (On Food and Cooking), Shirley Corriher (CookWise, BakeWise), Terry Acree (Food Science Cornell University) and Darin Nesbit (Executive Chef, Brennan’s).3

•    The finalists receive complimentary meeting registration & travel vouchers.


The competition will be held at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant in the French Quarter.


Due date for entries is February 18, 2013!


See  for more information on eligibility and how to submit an entry.

Registration and housing for the 245th ACS National Meeting is now open. For more information about the meeting and to register, go to

Responding to the demands of ACS Members, partners and Chinese-speaking friends, we are proud to present the new ACS Chinese microsite.  The microsite offers information about ACS

in the Chinese language.


We hope to provide better service to the Chinese-speaking community through the site, and provide a better outlet for communication within the global scientific community. The launching of the site will be especially important to help strengthen the connection between ACS and the scientific community in China, including ACS International Chapters in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as the Chinese Chemical Society, which formed a collaborative alliance with ACS in 2010.


The site will serve as a portal for Chinese researchers and scientists to the world of information offered by ACS, including Publications, Professional Development, Meetings, Membership, Educational Resources, International Chapters, Global Alliances and the ACS Network.

As part of the NCW 2012 celebration, students from grades K-12 were invited to share their interpretation of this year's theme, “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!”, in the form of illustrated poems.


You can see the full list of awardees online and check out past contest winners. Thank you to all schools and local sections that participated.