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Aviva Westheim

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Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) will have a feature article in one of its December issues highlighting activities of the ACS's local sections celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  In order to be considered for inclusion into C&EN and to meet their publication deadline, sections are asked to complete this form by Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

 

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    Alex Madonik

    The City of Berkeley, California, proclaims National Chemistry Week:

     

    IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK

     

    WHEREAS,             National Chemistry Week is an annual community outreach program hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the nation’s largest scientific professional society, and is designed to show how chemistry is essential to our quality of life and the nation’s economy; and

    WHEREAS,             National Chemistry Week was founded by UC Berkeley professor and ACS President George C. Pimentel, who hosted the first National Chemistry Day in 1987 in Berkeley, and is now celebrated nationwide by all 187 local sections of the American Chemical Society with a variety of activities; and

    WHEREAS,             this year’s National Chemistry Week will take place from October 21 to 27 with the theme “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science” and the ACS is partnering with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network; and

    WHEREAS,             Family Science Night” will be held on Thursday, October 18th in Berkeley as an early celebration of National Chemistry Week, co-hosted by the local ACS section and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, and will include hands-on science experiments designed for children, conducted and supervised by chemists, with safety and learning as the top priorities, focused on the nanoscience in the environment, energy, materials, and health; and

    WHEREAS,            the ACS believes that the basic understanding of chemistry is essential to all citizens for making informed decisions facing our city, our nation, and our planet;

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Mayor Tom Bates, on behalf of the City of Berkeley do hereby proclaim October 21-27, 2012 as

    National Chemistry Week

    and encourage people to find out more about all the wonderful activities planned for National Chemistry Week  at www.acs.org/ncwNCW_2012_Proclamation_200dpi.jpg

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    Louis Dupont

    The Western Michigan Section of the American Chemical Society was very busy during National Chemistry Week!!  We held our "Chemistry at the Mall" on October 13, 2012.  This event featured eye catching chemical demonstrations on the stage, as well as other tables, hosted by local companies and universities, that featured a variety of hands-on activities, or other demonstrations, as well as providing information for further research and discussion, and "freebies".

     

     

    Working on poems and posters at the Lakes mall.

    Working on Poems and Posters at the Lakes Mall

    Jenna DuPont performs and experiment, while Hope College Professor, Dr. Wallace Fu, looks on.

    A participant performs an experiment, while Hope College Professor, Dr. Wallace Fu, looks on

     

     

    Everybody Loves Balloons!!

    Everybody Loves Balloons!!

     

     

     

    The Chemistry Demonstrations on the stage were a huge hit!!

    The Chemistry Demonstrations on the stage were a huge hit!!

     

     

    Dave Mills and Neal Fox at the Honeywell Table.

    Dave Mills and Neal Fox, at the Honeywell Table

     

     

     

    Science is Fun!!

    Science is Fun!!

     

     

    Fletcher Thommen, from Gentex, is displaying a rear camera display mirror at Chemistry at the Mall, 2012.

    Chemistry at the Mall was a day of science discovery for many people of all ages.

     

     

     

    How do 2 solids form to make a gas?  Inquiring minds want to know!!

    How do two solids combine to form a gas?  Inquiring minds want to know!!

     

     

    Joel Nemes, from Gentex Corporation, "in his element".

    Joel Nemes, from Gentex Corporation, "in his element"!!

     

     

    The Chemistry Demonstrations on the stage went off with a "Bang!!".

    The chemistry demonstrations got a lot of "reaction" from everyone!!

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    Aviva Westheim

    This reply is submitted on behalf of Dana Barry, NCW coordinator of the Northern New York local section—

     

    During National Chemistry Week 2012, Clarkson University’s Dr. Dana Barry discussed nanotechnology with fifth and sixth graders at St. Mary’s School in Canton, New York. She displayed models of carbon nanotubes and fullerenes, as well as various samples of carbon (diamond, charcoal, and graphite).  The students enjoyed removing layers of graphite with scotch tape and looking at them with magnifying glasses.  Dr. Barry also distributed over 100 Celebrating Chemistry ACS pamphlets, shared National Chemistry Week videos, and presented teachers with special National Chemistry Week pins to commemorate National Chemistry Week’s 25th Anniversary.

     

    At the same time, Event Chair John Proetta and Professor Fadi Bou-Abdallah, along with SUNY Potsdam’s Chemistry Department, held their second annual Chemtoberfest with demonstrations, a chemistry magic show, interactive activities, and snacks to honor National Chemistry Week.  This exciting event attracted over 1000 participants.  Also Clarkson’s ACS student group (directed by Clarkson Chemistry Professor James Peploski) carried out various activities. They held games of bingo using the elements (instead of numbers) and made a Periodic Table of Cupcakes. Their culminating event for National Chemistry Week was the use of a large Periodic Table for “Chuck a Puck” at the men’s hockey game held Saturday, October 27.  In addition, Clarkson’s Senior University Professor Richard Partch continues with his annual presentations to Northern New York Section high school science classes at Morristown, Gouverneur, Star Lake, and Parishville.

     

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    St. Mary’s students in Canton removed layers of graphite and examined them with magnifying glasses.



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    St. Mary’s students in Canton removed layers of graphite and examined them with magnifying glasses.



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    Clarkson University’s ACS student group played bingo using the elements instead of numbers. The winners got little bags of candy.



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    Clarkson’s ACS student group made a Periodic Table of Cupcakes. They distributed them for free in the University’s Student Center.



    Clarkson University’s ACS student group used a large Periodic Table for “Chuck a Puck” at the men’s hockey game held Saturday, October 27, 2012..jpg

     

    Clarkson University’s ACS student group used a large Periodic Table for “Chuck a Puck” at the men’s hockey game held Saturday, October 27, 2012. The winner was the individual who landed closest to the element copper, which is actually the symbol for Clarkson University. 

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    Onofrio Gaglione

    The Southern Nevada Section presented a Chemical Demonstration Show to 100 fifth graders and their teachers at the Paradise Elementary School on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on October 25, 2012. Introductory information regarding ACS and the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week (NCW) was delivered by two members of the Executive Committee of the Section followed by a series of safe chemical science demonstrations designed to be both educational and entertaining. Two teams of demonstrators, one from the UNLV Student Affiliate Chapter and the other comprised of professional chemists from the Las Vegas EPA on the UNLV campus participated in the demonstration segment of the Show which has been presented each of the last 12 years during NCW at the Paradise School. Each student received a copy of Celebrating Chemistry Publication, Periodic Table Wallet Cards, PULS UV Exposure Cards, NCW 25-Year Anniversary Stickers, NCW Holographic Pencils, and NCW Logo Tattoos.

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    ACS Banner displayed during Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School;Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    Introductory remarks about ACS and 25th Anniversary of NCW; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    Demonstration using household items; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    EPA Chemists and Paradise Students doing a demonstration together; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    EPA Chemist and Paradise Student working together; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    EPA Chemist and Paradise Student working together; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    EPA Chemists and Paradise Students doing a demonstration together;Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    Paradise Student learning to pour chemicals; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    Paradise Students seeing the colors of the rainbow through chemicals; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    EPA Chemists demonstrate the properties of Liquid Nitrogen; Demonstration Show; Paradise Elementary School; Las Vegas, Nevada; 10/25/12; Photographer: Dr. John Gerlach

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    Alex Madonik

    Were celebrating the 25th anniversary of NCW, the brainchild of UC Berkeley Professor George Pimentel.  In 1987, when he was ACS President, he saw the need to convey to the public the vital role that chemistry plays in our lives.   He wanted to combat the prevalent negative view of chemicals and promote the basic understanding needed to make wise decisions on issues related to science.   The Lawrence Hall of Science helped launch NCW that year, as busloads of school children joined the public in discovering the fun of doing chemistry. 

     

    Ever since, Local Sections have mounted imaginative outreach events during NCW, directed especially at students.  NCW went truly National in 1997, and the California Section joined the fun with our first Family Science Night, organized by Marinda Li Wu, now ACS President-Elect.  This year continues an unbroken tradition, and our FSN program now includes spring events as well weve visited over 20 middle schools throughout the Bay Area.  This year, we were back in Berkeley as the City Council read the Mayors resolution proclaiming National Chemistry Week and this years theme, Nanotechnology - The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.

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    C60 model with the the City of Berkeley's

    National Chemistry Week Proclamation

    Photo by Alex Madonik

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    Alex Madonik

    National Chemistry Week (NCW) was October 21st to October 27th, and the California Section held a kickoff event, Family Science Night, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 with hands-on activities, dramatic demonstrations, and music to show that science rocks!


    At the King Middle School auditorium, hundreds of students and their families heard the official proclamation of National Chemistry Week, issued earlier in the week by the City of Berkeley. Then Dr. Bryan Balazs of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made elephants toothpaste, ignited a rocket powered by oxygen and plastic, and set off several colorful explosions; later, the high-decibel Scientific Jam band returned to the stage with lyrics straight from their day jobs as middle school science teachers.


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    Jeanne Pimentel welcomes visitors to Family Science Night

    at King Middle School in Berkeley, CA, on 18 October 2012,

    with a brief history of National Chemistry Week.

    Photo by Alex Madonik


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    Bryan Balazs (Past-Chair of the California Section) creates

    Elephant's Toothpaste at Family Science Night

    King Middle School, Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    photo by Alex Madonik


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    Anne Taylor

      National Chemistry Week in Baton Rouge was just as successful as ever!  Despite a number of competing events, our event, Super Science Saturday, attracted a great crowd – about 1100 children, plus parents and volunteers, for a total of about 1600.  Super Science Saturday is a joint project of the ACS Baton Rouge Local Section, the Louisiana State University Department of Chemistry, and the LSU Athletic Department. The Athletic Department provided the venue, theconcourse around the LSU basketball arena, the Pete Maravich Activity Center.    

    The industries and universities in our area were an important resource for our effort.  Thirteen different groups, representing industries, universities, and scientific societies, sent volunteers to man tables with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits.  There were a wide variety of activities.  Several booths featured nanotech experiments. Others presented traditional favorites: exploding bubbles, burning money, corn
    starch slurry, acid-base color changes, and many other activities. 

      The event was free, but visitors were asked to bring food items for the local food bank. This
    year we collected 8 barrels of food and $105.

      

     

     

     


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      Anne Taylor

      Here is the 2nd half of the Baton Rouge report.

       

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      Larry Wilkinson of ExxonMobil demonstrates a ferrofluid at Super Science Satuday, Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by A. Taylor.

       

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      Steve Gagnon of BASF demonstrates the formation of polyurethane foam at Super Science Satuday, Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by A. Taylor.

       

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      Student member from LSU demonstrates acid-base indicator color changes at Super Science Satuday, Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by A. Taylor.

       

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      LSU grad student demonstrates the difference between helium and hydrogen by lighting a hydrogen balloon at Super Science Satuday, Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by A. Taylor.

       

      [Names and other information is available upon request.}

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    Lydia Hines

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    Lydia Hines

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    Lydia Hines

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    Alex Madonik

    Family Science Night at King Middle School, Berkeley, CA 18 October 2012


    Skipping from classroom to classroom, students tried their hands at making slime and ancient ink, tasted liquid nitrogen ice cream, and tested the identity of various plastics by melting them with a heat gun or floating them on different liquids.  In keeping with the nanoscience theme, they made paper models of the 60-carbon cluster whose structure is identical to a soccer ball.  Its 1984 discoverers named it buckminsterfullerene after the famous architect, but informally these clusters are known as buckyballs.  At every station, eager students learned the thrill of discovery for themselves.

     

    On leaving, one student summed it up this way: Hey, chemistry is cool!

     

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    Students from UC Berkeley's Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity

    prepare liquid nitrogen ice cream.

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Alex Madonik

     

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    What's the best color for slime?

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Alex Madonik

     

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    Richard Smalley built the first buckeyball model using paper!

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Alex Madonik

     

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    Ancient ink contained iron tannate nanoparticles.

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Alex Madonik

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    Alex Madonik

    Family Science Night at King Middle School, Berkeley, CA 18 October 2012

     

    Nature invented nanotechnology long ago cells are factories with thousands of nanoscale parts, including DNA for data storage.  The DNA/RNA base-pairing game showed students how the genetic code works. Plants capture light energy in chloroplasts, and convert sugars to many other unique compounds, that students could recognize by their smell, and then try to construct using molecular model kits.

     

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    Volunteers from the Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Student Association at San Francisco State University

    introduce young students to molecular models.

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Alex Madonik

     

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    Volunteers from the Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Student Association at San Francisco State University

    ask young students to identify plant scents.

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Margareta Séquin

     

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    Volunteers from the Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Student Association at San Francisco State University

    introduce young students to molecular models.

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Margareta Séquin


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    Students learn to pair DNA and RNA bases.

    Family Science Night at King Middle School

    Berkeley, CA - 18 October 2012

    Photo by Alex Madonik

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    Vincent Mautino

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    Students from Slippery Rock University conducting a "chalk chromatography" hands-on activity at the Pittsburgh Section ACS's NCW event, at the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA on October 27, 2012.  Photo by Dana Bookamer

     

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    In honor of the 25th anniversary of NCW, the Pittsburgh Section ACS displayed this original NCW banner during the Section's NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center, on October 26-17, 2012. Photo by Michael Mautino

     

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    The Drake Oil Well mobile museum, from Titusville, PA, paid a visit to the Pittsburgh Section ACS's NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center on October 26, 2012. Students could explore various hands-on activities/displays that focused on energy (wind, solar, nuclear, coal, and gas). Photo by Michael Mautino

     

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    The Pittsburgh ACS's Woman Chemist Committee conducts a hands-on activity tilted "Sweet Self-assembly (creating edible macrocapules)" during the Pittsburgh Section ACS's NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center on October 27, 2012. Photo by Michael Mautino

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    Vincent Mautino

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    ACS Student Affiliates from the University of Pittsburgh had vistors to the Pittsburgh Section ACS's NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center, on October 27, 2012 creating bookmarks using a nano-film.  Photo by Michael Mautino

     

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    The Pittsburgh Section ACS asked visitors to its 2012 NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center, on October 26-27, 2012, "Did you learn something new today?"  Photo by Michael Mautino

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    Vincent Mautino

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    The Robert Morris University - School of Engineering, Math, and Science created a "Ping Pong Ball Periodic Table Scramble" activity/display, for the Pittsburgh Section ACS's NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center, October 26-27, 2012. Photo by Michael Mautino

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    Salim Diab

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    Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt

    Here is our information about our 25th Annual Chemistry Open House and Science Exploration Gallery held on October 27th on the Texas

    A&M University campus in College Station, TX. A good time was had by all.

     

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    Our Department of Chemistry Mole Mascot and Tori Carter welcoming everyone to our Chemistry Open House.

    Photographer:  Ron Carter

     

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    Our Department of Chemistry Mole Mascot welcoming everyone to our Chemistry Open House.

    Photographer:  Joanna Goodey-Pellois

     

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    Three happy students making "Foam in a Cup." 

    Photographer: Joanna Goodey-Pellois

     

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    Dr. Jim Pennington doing Indicator Magic at one of his amazing Chemistry Shows.

    Photographer:  Joanna Goodey-Pellois

     

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    One very safe student participating in one of over 60 hands-on demos at Chemistry Open House!

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      George Fisher

      On Saturday, October 27 approximately 40 students from South Florida ACS Section university and high school chemistry clubs/student chapters presented chemistry demos and hands-on activities for about 400-450 children and their parents at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, FL, “Gross Out Science Halloween Weekend”. Chem Clubs/Student Chapters at the following schools presented the demos/activities: Barry University (Miami Shores), Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), Florida International University (University Park Campus, Miami), Florida International University (Biscayne Bay Campus, North Miami), Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens), and Miami Country Day School (Miami Shores).  Students at Palm Beach College presented chemistry demos to children and parents at the Palm Beach Zoo on Friday, October 26.

       

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      P1000654 - NCW chem demos, Sat. Oct. 27, Museum of Discovery & Science, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; photographer: Lynn Sage

       

      P1000641 - Florida International University (Biscayne Bay Campus) students presenting NCW chem demos, Sat. Oct. 27, Museum of Discovery & Science, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; photographer: Lynn Sage

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      Alex Madonik

      Wendy,

      Thanks for the virtual tour -- brings back old times.

      All the best, Alex

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    George Fisher


    More photos from South Florida Section NCW.

     

    Florida Memorial University students presenting chem demos on Sat. Oct. 27, at Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery & Sciecnce.  Photographer: George Fisher

     

    Barry University students presenting chem demos on Sat. Oct. 27, at Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery & Sciecnce.  Photographer: George Fisher

     

    NCW demos on Sat. Oct. 27, at Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery & Sciecnce.  Photographer: George Fisher

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    Greglynn Gibbs

    The Penn State Berks Chemical Society celebrated National Chemistry Week by having a National Chemistry Week Kick-off Celebration at the Reading Public Museum on Sunday Oct. 21st; Nigel Sanders from the Lehigh Valley Section visited our campus to give a talk about nanotechnology entitled “How Small Stuff Makes Big Things Work Better” on Wed. Oct. 24th; we took NCW to the Reading Public Library on Thurs. Oct. 25th; and hosted the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania on Sat., Oct. 27th for Girl Scout Nano-Saturday, a full day of nanotechnology sessions for troops from Daisies to Seniors.


    National Chemistry Week Kick-off at the Reading Public Museum

    Photos Small elements open Chemistry Week, Reading Eagle Newspaper, Reading, PA

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    Reading Eagle: Jeremy Drey

    Michael McLaughlin, Mohnton, holds a test tube with chemicals and strawberry puree on Sunday during a National Chemistry Week kickoff event at the Reading Public Museum. Nathan Graff, 7, and Roux Abubaker, both of West Reading are eager to see what happens.

     

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    Reading Eagle: Jeremy Drey

    Kyle Mazari, 7, Thorndale, Chester County, pulls his hand out of a pasty, cornstarch and water mixture.

     

     

    A few of our own photos taken by Roux Abubaker and Lorena Tribe.

     

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    Shane McMahon and Yazmin Rovira demonstrate Magic Sand.

     

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    Ben Reed demonstrates Nitinol Memory Wire.

     

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    A few members of our Penn State Berks Chemical Society NCW Kick-off Team:  Casey Schneck, Ben Reed, Yazmin Rovira, Shane McMahon, Roux Abubaker, Aleksandra Chuprin, and Rob Knoll (front).

     

     

    Nanotechnology with Nigel Sanders (LVACS Past Chair):  How Small Stuff Makes Big Things Work Better

     

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    Girl Scout Nano Saturday with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania


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    Biomimicry/Iridescence activity with BCS member Arion Harris.


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    Magic Sand activity with BCS member Yazmin Rovira.


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    Magic Sand Mountain


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    We tried to get the Girl Scouts to make Nano Capsules, but we all decided that worms were more fun!

     

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    Two-color squiggle worm made by our crafty scout friend.

     

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    Magnetic Nail Polish - Nano Style!

     

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    Kristin's favorite - the Liquid Body Armor (Oobleck) demo.

     

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    Our Penn State Berks Chemical Society (plus Jr. Members) NCW Girl Scout Demo Team: (rear) Kristin Feick, Janes Mareth, Yazmin Rovira, Greglynn Gibbs (plus bonus mad scientist hair), Aleks Chuprin, (front) Avery Gibbs, Heather Schmale, Kristin Kamowski, Arion Harris, Eve Gibbs, and Olivia Gibbs.

     

    You can find us doing more chemistry at https://www.facebook.com/groups/134931513231469/.

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    The ISU Student Affiliate Chapter and ACS-ID local section held two Chemistry Demo shows at Idaho State University Campus on Oct. 26 & 27 serving more than 400 community members.  After the shows, attendees enjoyed liquid nitrogen ice cream, raffles, and several hands-on activities for prizes.  During the NCW, members of ACS-ID local section and students also visited several local K-6 classrooms for chemistry related lessons. 

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    Jaimelee Rizzo

    It was a beautiful sunny Saturday on October 27th, when the New York Section celebrated National Chemistry Week in the Viscusi Gallery of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).

     

    http://www.newyorkacs.org/meetings/NCW/2012_ncw.php

     

    This was the 8th year in a row that the New York Section had celebrated this special week at the NYSCI. There were over 300 volunteers from 19 different institutions in academia/industry who engaged children and their parents in hands-on activities and demonstrations. There were over 1,000 visitors to the NCW Event!

     

    We were especially honored with the presence and participation of the Chancellor of our very own NYC’s Department of Education, Dennis M. Walcott! The Chancellor visited all the demonstrations and spoke with our volunteers, kids, and their families who were all so excited to meet him! We were also honored with another guest who entertained kids and the volunteers….Dr. Met, of the New York Mets (aka Mr. Met, who was given an honorary Ph.D. for the day)!

     

    The theme this year was, “Nanotechnology: the Smallest BIG Idea in Science”. Our wonderful volunteers put on demos that pertained to the theme which included: Graphene Preparation and Colloids and Nanoparticles (St. John’s); Producing Oxygen Gas (Hofstra); Hydrogel (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy); Nanowire (Columbia); Dry Ice Bubbles (Stony Brook); Alka Seltzer Rockets (Adelphi); Ninja Turtle Ooze (Pace); Edible Concrete (NYU-Poly); Polyurethane Foam (Mount Saint Vincent); Ferrofluides (Queensborough); (Hofstra); Blow up Balloon with Yeast (NYU); Super Shrinkers (St. Joseph’s); Can’t Pop this Balloon (Iona); Polishing Pennies (Urban Assembly High School); Elephant Toothpaste (Iona);

     

    Scientists from PepsiCo taught kids how to flavor and color their own Lipton Tea.  Scientists from International Flavors & Fragrances tested participants' ability to identify different scents, and Mettler-Toledo demonstrated equipment used in chemistry labs (they made it especially fun by using a balance to count M&M’s!). Maruzen International Inc. demonstrated molecular modeling kits while The American Institute of Chemical Engineers also had a table of information.

     

    The fun didn’t stop there! We held a Poem Contest and the winning poems were displayed at the Viscusi Hall for all to see. One of the poem contestants was also present at the event and we honored her as well! It was certainly a fun time for all and a wonderful way to celebrate our favorite time of the year together!

     

    All photos were taken at the NY Hall of Science, Flushing, New York on Oct. 27, 2012 by Pap Studio

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    Kara Allen

    Nashville Local Section:

     

    Aegis Sciences Corporation in planned an entire week filled with activities for all team members for the 3rd year in a row.  These included our Pipette Olympics (based on pipetting accuracy), Aegis Scavenger Hunt, word search puzzles, and daily trivia contests.  Prizes were given for participation and winners were awarded for each event. 

     

    2012 Pipette Plympics Medalists; Aegis Sciences Corporation; Nashville, Tennessee; Pipetting Accuracy Contest; October 24th,

    2012; Jen Rose, Photographer

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    Kathryn Wagner

    The Princeton Local Section of the American Chemical Society and the Princeton University Department of Chemistry celebrated the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week with Nanotechnology Activities Night on October 26, 7-9 pm, at Princeton University's Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ. This was Princeton’s fourteenth annual NCW Activities Night.  More than 280 guests took time off from preparing for hurricane Sandy to enjoy more than 25 nanotechnology-related activities with the help of more than 100 volunteers—a record number! 

     

    Volunteers included ACS members, local scientists, Princeton University staff and postdocs, and 13 Princeton graduate students.  Thirteen
    Princeton undergraduates extended their last day of midterms and postponed the start of their fall break.  They were joined by six students from Rider University. More than 60 student volunteers from Lawrence High School and Princeton High school participated in some (or
    all) parts of the event, from testing activities the week before in practice sessions with other volunteers to set-up, activity supervision, and clean-up at the event.  With so many great volunteers, we could give every guest high-quality attention and still take an occasional break!

     

    Popular activities included hydrogel “ghost crystals”, graphene circuits, hydrophobic sand, thermochromic liquid crystal sheets, ferrofluid, and sodium alginate  encapsulation--from gummy worms for preschoolers to gastronomy for adults.  They also enjoyed memory metal, making thin layers with nail polish, and measuring a hair with a laser.  The Princeton Center for Complex Materials lent us a NanoDays kit that contained many activities, from card games to explore sizes (macro, micro, and nano), to exotic materials such as a peacock feather and ablue morpho butterfly to explore structure and color.  We ran a continuous program of short video clips about nanotechnology in Taylor Auditorium.  The exit surveys didn’t list this as the most popular activity with the younger guests, but several adults used it as a relatively quiet place to sit down for a few minutes.

     

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    Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton University Frick Chemistry
    Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo by Todd Reichart.

     

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    Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton University Frick Chemistry
    Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo by Allen Jones.

     

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    graphene and memory metal. NCW Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton
    University Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo
    by Klaus Wagner.

     

    102612_nanotech_night 12.jpg:  A dancing water drop makes wave theory fun for all ages.  NCW Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton University Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo by Todd Reichart. 102612_nanotech_night 19.jpg:  Exploring hydrophobic sand. NCW Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton University Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo by Todd Reichart. NCW12Cannon453.jpg:  Exploring properties of hydrogels with ghost crystals.  NCW Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton University Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo by Klaus Wagner. NCW12Cannon457.jpg:  Making gummy worms.  NCW Nanotechnology Activities Night, Princeton University Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2012, photo by Klaus Wagner. Message was edited by: Kathryn Wagner

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    Ruth Woodall

    Nashville Section of the ACS decided to celebrate the 25th Anniversary with more than 25 days of Chemistry.  During those days we visited schools K-higher Ed and gave away NCW materials, set up exhibits in two states(TN and KY), received proclamations from mayors in multiple cities, hosted a science day at the Discovery center in Murfreesboro, hosted NCW in numerous industries, used mega social media campaign, was on TV, radio, and in print, held professional development workshops for teachers and parents, hosted 400 Girls in Science, and had a career in Chemistry event for high school and college students.  More than 300 volunteers contributed to the month of chemistry in the Nashville Section. More than 200,000 lives were nano transformed through chemistry.

     

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    The following photos were taken at the Nashville Industry Career Day on Saturday November 3rd as a Salute to NCW and Careers.

    DSC07445.JPGChemistry Ambassadors telling thier story at Industry Career Day.

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    Aviva Westheim

    Posted on behalf of Carol Grimes, NCW coordinator of the Orange County local section—

     

    Our NCW program took place at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana, CA, on a beautiful fall day.  We offered a smorgasbord of hands-on chemistry experiments for kids in one of the zoo’s open areas.  Twelve college groups participated this year, with each group offering a different set of experiments.  These ranged from ferrofluids (to emphasize the theme) to liquid nitrogen ice cream (with samples), because science is fun!  It must be said that the college students helping the children with experiments had as much fun as the little kids - a great role modeling experience for both groups!  We also offered a science show, Rudy’s Radical Science, which had an attendance of 250-300 people (definitely standing room only!).

     

    Our annual event was large!  2509 people attended (plus a contingent of more than 200 volunteers from the colleges), of whom 1184 were children.  We were able to continue our program of free zoo admission to families of Santa Ana and Tustin in 2011.  1505 people requested free admission, and 784 of those were children, so we certainly did well in recruiting our target audience in the local community, which is primarily Hispanic and without the financial resources to go to the zoo if the admission isn’t free.



    All of the following pictures were taken on October 14, 2012 at the Santa Ana Zoo, courtesy of Carol Grimes.


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    Pondering a diffusion experiment

     

     

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    Investigating superabsorbent polymers



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    Ferrofluids – a timely experiment



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    Getting ready for chromatography

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    Alan Hazari

    The ACS East Tennessee Section, with HQ at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Chemistry Department observed NCW 2012 with several events to which the public was invited. This special week, which was officially proclaimed by Knoxville’s Mayor Madeline Rogero was aimed at making the public more aware of chemistry’s vital role in everyday life in the nation’s economy.

     

    The continuing NCW celebration includes:

     

    (1)  Newspaper coverage at UTK and in East Tennessee’s papers

    http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2012/10/22/hazari-demonstrates-magic-chemistry/?utm_s ource=tntoday&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2012-10-23

     

    (2)  Radio announcements on UTK’s WUOT-FM

     

    (3)  TV coverage : Knoxville’s WBIR TV-10 “Live At 5 At 4" Program

    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=239143

     

    (4)  The 22nd Annual Chemistry Magic Show by Dr. Al Hazari at UTK Chemistry Department attended by about 300 East Tennessee area kids ages 2 to 102 years old

     

    (5)  Chemistry Magic Show by Dr. Al Hazari at Knoxville Montessori School, as part of their Fall Science Festival, attended by 50 preK-5 students and by 30 parents

     

    (6)  Chemistry presentations and displays at area colleges : UTK (SAACS), Maryville College (SAACS), and Walters State Community College (Chemistry Club)

     

    (7)  NCW materials were distributed to East Tennessee area schools and museums

     

    (8)  Special NCW display at UTK Chemistry Department

     

    (9)  Special seminars ACS East Tennessee Lind Lecture Series at UTK and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by the 2012 S.C. Lind Lecturer, Dr. Ned Thomas, from Rice University, Houston.

     

     

    Dr. Al Hazari's Chemistry Magic Show  "Diaper in a cup!"

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    Dr. Al Hazari's Chemistry Magic Show  "Deflating Styrofoam egg cartons with acetone"

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    Dr. Al Hazari with UTK SAACS members, Bridget Jones and Kaitlyn Wray, and Smokey, the UTK mascot.

    Note that Hazari is holding a (freshly-captured!) MOLE in his right hand!

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    "Sciencing together" : UTK SAACS members, Bridget Jones and Kaitlyn Wray, with Smokey, the UTK mascot.

    (Photographer : Al Hazari)

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    Catrena Lisse

    The Middle Georgia local section enjoyed a fantastic “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science” week and served over 5000 participants.

     

    The ACS Student Members at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville hosted several major events including a NCW Kickoff Booth at Milledgeville’s Deep Roots Festival in the Kids Zone.  Local children were able to make slime and learn about nanotechnology in everyday life. The chapter handed out fliers at the festival advertizing our week long activities as well as the ACS Celebrating Chemistry literature.   The annual Chemistry Mall Show featured hands-on activities and demonstrations for the entire family at the local Milledgeville mall. The chapter celebrated Mole Day by doing a science demonstration at a pre-school and hosting a community wide cookout at a local park with over 100 people in attendance.  The student chapter and ACS members of Georgia College celebrated on campus with a “Chemistry on the Lawn” demonstration and Nanotechnology informational poster session.  The finale of the week  was the much-anticipated NCW Family Fun Night which served over 200 families through a themed “How Big is a Nano?” room, chemistry magic shows, a mad-scientist maze, planetarium shows, tours through the Natural History Museum, hands-on activities, a Bouncy House, Observatory shows, and pyro demonstration including “Carving Pumpkins Chemistry Style”. 

     

    Fort Valley State University chapter members celebrated NCW with a Student Appreciation Day in Fort Valley, GA.  The students and faculty also participated in a peer/teacher tutoring session and a chemistry themed movie night during the week of NCW.

     

    During NCW, the Mercer University student ACS chapter hosted a hands-on, interactive outreach day for local middle school children on their campus.  The student chapter also held activities on campus to bring awareness of chemistry and the ACS with the student body.  Activities included a periodic table of cookies and recycling drive.

     

    Brewton-Parker College celebrated with a Saturday Math & Science Festival that promoted hands-on learning by students and professors from science, math, and education for families from 5 counties.  

     

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    Daniel Brennan

    As part of the Binghamton Local Section’s NCW celebration, members of the Binghamton University Graduate Chemistry Club and
    Materials Research Society Binghamton University Chapter organized an outreach event on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 12 – 4pm at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY to promote the NCW theme of “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!”  While aimed at elementary and middle school students people of all ages stopped to explore chemistry at the nanoscale.
    Activities included making DNA necklaces, observing gold nanoparticles, and investigating thin films.  About 300
    members of the general public stopped to participate in this event. 

     

    Message was edited by: Daniel Brennan All photos  below were taken by Zhen Lei. Caption for Photo (3): Organizer Megan Fegley passes out candy to some visitors at the start of the mall event Caption for Photo (4):  A young scientist explores nanoscale science with a matching game. Caption for Photo (14): Graduate student Danielle McCarthy demonstrates conductitivy of graphite. Caption for Photo (32): Graduate student Zhixin Dong explores nanoscale phenomena with a group of event participants.

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    Joy Logan

    The Syracuse Section of the ACS began our National Chemistry Week celebration on October 14th, 2012 by once again joining the Carol M. Baldwin Foundation’s ‘A Run for THEIR Life’. This fundaraising event for breast cancer research started with a 5K walk/run and a 15K run followed by a vast array of demonstartions and information booths. The event had over 1,000 runners, plus friends and family. While the rain dampened walkers, runners and many of the events, the section was out promoting National Chemistry Week with smiles and balloons! Syracuse Section member, Neal Abrams, participated in the run despite the wet weather!

     

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    Photo Caption: East Syracuse-Minoa chemistry club students brave the weather to hand out balloons during the Carol Baldwin Walk/Run "A Run For THEIR Life".

    Event Venue: Carol M. Baldwin A Run for THEIR Life

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 14th, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Sally Mitchell

     

    The section followed up the walk/run with additional events including an event held at Destiny USA, a shopping center in Syracuse, NY, on October 21st, 2012. Employing the theme of "Do More with Less", in conjunction with the NCW theme "Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!", the section hosted a food drive to support the Central New York Food Bank and provided hands-on activities to promote chemistry and nanotechnology in health, materials, environment and energy. Over 60 children participated in this event, along with their parents, bringing total event participation between 120 and 180 people! Over 50 student and staff volunteers from 6 area colleges and 4 area high schools participated in the event.

     

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    Photo Caption: Silly for Shaving Cream: Marbled Name Cards

    Event Venue: Destiny USA Nanotechnology Event

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 21st, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Neal Abrams

     

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    Photo Caption: "I've Got the World on a String": DNA Extraction

    Event Venue: Destiny USA Nanotechnology Event

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 21st, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Neal Abrams

     

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    Photo Caption: Graphene Sings: Using graphite to conduct electricity and play sound

    Event Venue: Destiny USA Nanotechnology Event

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 21st, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Joy Logan

     

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    Photo Caption: LCD "Mood" Cards

    Event Venue: Destiny USA Nanotechnology Event

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 21st, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Joy Logan

     

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    Photo Caption: Face Painting

    Event Venue: Destiny USA Nanotechnology Event

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 21st, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Sally Mitchell

     

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    Photo Caption: "Do More with Less": Food Drive to support the Central New York Food Bank

    Event Venue: Destiny USA Nanotechnology Event

    City and State: Syracuse, NY

    Type of Activity: Hands-on activity

    Date of Activity: October 21st, 2012

    Name of Photographer: Neal Abrams

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    Jennifer Maclachlan

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    "We're building a giant model of a carbon nanotube" Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Nanotechnology NCW 2012 Themed Activity. Sunday October 28, 2012 top Kids with parental/guardian photo permission top row L to R: Abby L., Thomas D., Isabelle R., Cassie L., Abby M., Samuel D. and Zachary L. Photo by Jennifer L. Maclachlan

     

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    "No way, there's that much sugar in Honeynut Cheerios?" Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Nutrition table~demonstrating how many sugar cubes equal the sugar content on the food label. Sunday October 28, 2012 Pictured Abby M. and Volunteer from Emmanuel College Photo by Jennifer L. Maclachlan

     

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    "Conducting Dr. Shakhashiri's favorite experiment on the big screen at the Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Lecture"

    Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Chemistry Demonstration in memory of Phyllis A. Brauner~

    The BriggsRauscher oscillating reaction Sunday October 28, 2012 with David Sittenfeld, NESACS member Photo by Jennifer L. Maclachlan

     

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    "Make your own gummy worms, yes please. And it's ok that you can't eat them" Children's Museum, Boston, MA. Nanotechnology NCW 2012 themed activity: Exploring fabrication~Gummy Capsules How can things build themselves?  Saturday October 27, 2012  Pictured Abby M. Photo by Jennifer L. Maclachlan

     

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    "Nano in the Museum: Opportunities and Resources for Chemistry Educators" Burlington High School, Burlington, MA NCW 2012 Themed Activity: Exploring Materials: Graphene at the Connections to Chemistry High School Chemistry Teacher Workshop Monday October 22, L to R: David Sittenfled and Karine Thate (Boston Museum of Science employees and NESACS members) Photo by M.Z. Hoffman

     

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    "There's plenty of room at the bottom" Burlington High School, Burlington, MA NCW 2012 Themed Activity for Chemisty Teachers at the Connections to Chemistry High School Chemistry Teacher Workshop Monday October 22, With workshop facilitator Frank Tsung (Boston College) Photo by M.Z. Hoffman

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    *Instead of *cheese* Shirley makes us yell *sex* in honor of the late great Julia Childs" Centerville Historical Museum Centerville, MA NCW Cape Cod Science Cafe~the Chemistry of Wine with Guest Lecturer and 2013 ACS Grady-Stacks Award winner, Shirley Corriher. Friday November 2, 2012 L to R: Tom Gilbert, NESACS Councilor, Jennifer Maclachlan, NESACS PR Committee and Cape Cod Science Cafe co-organizer, Ruth Tanner, NESACS Chair, Shirely Corriher, Guest Lecturer, Diane Slater, Local Wine Expert from Cape Cod Package Store, Anna Singer, NESACS Administrative Secretary and Jack Driscoll, NESACS PR Chair and Cape Cod Science Cafe co-organizer. 80 attendees were at this event; 20% chemists and 80% general public, Photo by M.Z. Hoffman



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    Alyssa Carlson

    The American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter at the University of Northern Colorado hosted several events throughout National Chemistry Week. We kicked off the week with an annual event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science that included lots of hands-on demonstrations and learning for all ages. We collaborated with chemistry students from the Colorado School of Mines for this event. The demo event at the museum turned out a crowd of over 800 kids, more than twice the participation of last year. Following the events at the museum, the UNC Student Affiliate hosted an event every day of National Chemistry Week. These events included free cupcakes from the periodic table of cupcakes, the make-a-mole contest, guess the moles of candy, and estimate the density of candy corn. Overall the events hosted by the UNC ACS Student Affiliate Chapter were a huge success and there was a lot of learning and fun for everyone involved!

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    After our club meeting on the Monday prior to mole day, members of the University of Northern Colorado American Chemical Society Student Affiliate decorated white boards of the classroom.

    Picture located at Ross Hall of UNC on October 15, 2012.

    Photo by Gwen McIrvin

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    Our Student Affiliate chapter combined efforts with the Chemistry affiliate at the Colorado School of Mines in order to provide child-safe and interactive demonstrations for the kids visiting the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Shown here are the affiliate members from UNC.

    Picture at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 21,2012

    Photo by Terri Ann Watts

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    Two young boys having a fun time making silly putty at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

    Picture at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 21,2012

    Photo by Alyssa Carlson

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    Shown here are the affiliate members from UNC helping a group of students make silly putty from Elmer’s glue and borax solution.

    Picture at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 21,2012

    Photo by Terri Ann Watts

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    Another participant in the silly putty activity at the museum, listening to the explanation of how the silly putty gets sticky.

    Picture at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 21,2012

    Photo by Alyssa Carlson

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    One of our Student affiliate members, Ashley Hilgeford, helping a student make silly putty at the Museum of Nature and Science.

    Picture at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 21,2012

    Photo by Gwen McIrvin

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    The UNC American Chemical Society Student Affiliate provided free periodic table cupcakes to the students that walked through the science building on Mole Day.  The cupcakes were made and organized by the two affiliate members shown here, Donna Hope and Marlene Pickett.

    Picture at Ross Hall of UNC on October 23, 2012.

    Photo by Alyssa Carlson

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    One of the events that we hosted for the week was a mole making competition.  Students could make a mole out of whatever nonperishable items they wanted.  Moles were due the Monday of mole week and were voted on by the students and faculty of the department.  “Pepto Bismole” was the winner of this competition and was created by Tassie Forst.

    Picture at Ross Hall of UNC on October 24, 2012.

    Photo by Gwen McIrvin

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    Two of the UNC American Chemical Society Student Affiliate officers, Gwen McIrvin and Alyssa Carlson, gearing up to judge the make-a-mole competition, complete with their National Chemistry Week tattoos.

    Picture at Ross Hall of UNC on October 25, 2012.

    Photo by Michael Mosher

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    The winners of the UNC National Chemistry Week activities were announced on the last day of National Chemistry Week. From left to right they are Tassie Forst, Caitlin Dowling, and Dr. Michael Mosher. Tassie was the winner of the make-a-mole competition, Caitlin Dowling is the winner of the estimate the density of candy corn, and Dr. Mosher was the winner of the estimation of the moles of candy corn that a jar contained.

    Pictures taken at Ross Hall  of UNC on October 26, 2012.

    Photos by Alyssa Carlson

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    Ingrid Montes

    NCW 2012 celebration in Puerto Rico

    To start the 25th NCW anniversary celebration, the Puerto Rico Local Section held a tribute for the student chapters, ChemCLubs, their Faculty Advisors and sister professionals societies such as AAAS, Sierra Club that have contribute to the big success of NCW.  As part of this activity we also hosted a Green Chemistry Fashion Show to showcase more than 30 elegant designs.

    We also held the traditional “Festival de Química” at the "Paseo La Princesa" in San Juan.  More than five hundred volunteers worked hard to welcome over two thousand kids and general public that participated in this activity designed around this year's theme "Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!".   This event joined the efforts of the ACS Student Chapters from Puerto Rico, including the Inter American University at San Juan, Ponce, Bayamón and San German, University of Turabo, Pontifical Catholic University-Ponce, and the University of Puerto Rico campuses at Aguadilla, Arecibo, Bayamón, Cayey, Humacao, Mayagüez and Río Piedras. Also, the Younger Chemist Committee (UPR-RP Graduate Students Association), five Chem Clubs, and a six graders Science Club , AAAS-Caribbean Division, Sierra Club and CANM participated as volunteers. Each group worked different hands-on demostrations related to nanotechnology.

      The Puerto Rico Section also joined efforts with all the ACS Student Chapters and ChemClubs promoting and coordinating a variety of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week. These chapters conducted many activities, which included Mole Day Celebration, chemical demonstrations shows, chemistry contests, “hands-on” science activities, lecture series, public exhibits, open houses, and visits to schools and industries.  More than two thousand students from elementary, middle and high schools, as well as members of the general community participated in these activities, which took place at the different campuses, schools and libraries.

     

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    Tribute to NCW Volunteers/ Green Chemistry Fashion Show-Friday, October 19, San Juan, PR

    "Festival de Química"-Sunday, October 21, Paseo de la Princesa, San Juan, PR

    Mole Day Celebration-Tuesday, October 23, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

    Chemical Demonstrations / Open House-Wednesday, October 24, University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras

    Photographer: Orlando Morales

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    John Schindler

    San Diego NCW Chem Expo

     

    Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California.  In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.  There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants.  Many of the Chem Expo participants enjoy one or more of the park’s other venues prior to or after the 4-hour main event.  Placed in reserve in 1835, the park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use.  Balboa Park's Casa del Prado is located just east of the reflecting pool.  The Casa Del Prado Patio B is past the giant bay fig tree, across the Natural History Museum.  Village Place ends perpendicular to El Prado, the main walking mall of Balboa park that includes the fountain.

     

    General Description of the Event

    San Diego Section holds our event at the public Balboa Park.  This venue is a site of former world expositions which left architectural landmarks. The area with museums, gardens, and many other venues and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Each year we have the San Diego School District give us the teachers’ mailing list.  The coordinators also post the event in the San Diego Science Alliance calendar.

     

    We put together 200 packets for each of these schools/science teachers inviting them to send students.  College Chemistry clubs do stage demo's and hands on demo's.   Companies from the area demonstrate science experiments.  Each will have a science question the students will answer.  They also ask chemist volunteers why they became a chemist.  Extra credit forms are completed by each student to return to their teachers and raffle prize to the school with the best attendance. 1000 plus students come to the park and our Chem Expo - San Diego's 25th year for this event.  This year 953 students signed in at the registration table for the extra credit sheets, 47 different schools were represented.  We look forward to have fun showing students and their parents how much fun we have with chemistry.

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    Aviva Westheim

    Posting on behalf of Keith Butler from the Kentucky Lake local section—

     

    Over 100 Kentucky Lake LS members guests and public celebrated NCW at a demonstration festival.  Student member demonstrators from 5 local colleges and Universities were joined by real "nanochemists".  Not chemists studying nanotech, but nano-size chemists -- Ms. Warrilow's 5th grade class from Dresden Elementary School. These scientists in training may have been the evenings favorite team.

     

    Kentucky Lake chemists lobbied for and received Mayoral Proclamations for NCW from 3 different municipalities in our section.

     

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    Over 100 people celebrated NCW at a demonstration festival celebrating NCW at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee on October 25, 2012. Photo by Keith Butler.



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    Real "nanochemists".  Not chemists studying nanotech, but nano-size chemists -- Ms. Warrilow's 5th grade class from Dresden Elementary School joined student member teams at a Demonstration Festival celebrating NCW at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee on October 25, 2012. Photo by Keith Butler.

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    James Jeitler

    The Upper Ohio Valley Section celebrated NCW with a special activities booth at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna, WV.  Between 75 and 80 grade school students andtheir parents participated in the hands-on activities and demonstrations related to this year’s theme of nanotechnology.  They explored grapheme, had fun with sodium polyacrylate found in baby diapers, were given their height in nanometers, shown examples of how small nanoparticles are and made goofy putty. Thirteen college students and nine college faculty/industrial members volunteered to help the children with the activities.  This was an excellent learning experience for the children and teaching experience for the college students.  Chemistry related gifts were given away and drawings were held for many prizes.

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    Shawn Dougherty

    The Northeast Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society (NETSACS) took part in the 22nd annual “Celebration of Chemistry for 4th Graders” which was held on Tues., Oct. 23, and Wed., Oct 24 as part of the festivities celebrating National Chemistry Week. 

    24 schools from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia were invited to bring nearly 1,500 fourth graders to Eastman Chemical Company's Toy F. Reid Employee center in Kingsport, TN. There they were treated to a variety of chemistry demonstrations and scientific exhibits that illustrate the role of science in everyday life. The activities at the award winning and nationally recognized 4th-Graders Day stress the importance of science while also demonstrating that science is fun.  A large group of volunteers with backgrounds in diverse scientific disciplines, including chemists, engineers, professors, biologists, and archaeologists come together to make the event possible. 

    This year marks the 22nd year Eastman has hosted the NETSACS sponsored event.  This annual outreach program is designed to increase public awareness of the essential contributions of chemistry.

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    Slimey Slime! Polymers demo (photo by Steve Falling) 10/23/12

     

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    Hot Dog ice cubes? Liquid Nitrogen fun (photo by Steve Falling) 10/24/12

     

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    Ewww....its Oobleck! (photo by Steve Falling) 10/24/12

     

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    Acid/Base Explosion! (photo by Steve Falling) 10/24/12

     

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    Me and my mole! 10/23/12 (photo by Steve Falling)

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    A few of the chemistry ambassadors that made the Celebration of Chemistry possible (photo by Steve Falling) 10/23/12

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    Celia Whelan

    The Western Kentucky University (WKU) Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (aka ChemClub) celebrated National Chemistry Week through several activities designed to both foster social interactions within the club and to inform WKU students and faculty about nanotechnology.  On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 23 (Mole Day), the Chapter held a social event at Stakz, which is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop in Bowling Green, KY.  A competition was held to see who could come closest to buying 6.02 ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings.

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    On Thursday Oct. 25, the Chapter conducted a public demonstration and displayed a poster illustrating the fluorescent properties of varying-sized CdSe nanoparticles, which the ChemClub prepared the previous week.


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    On Friday, Oct. 26 seven student members and two faculty presented a series of brief (5-10 min) oral presentations at the WKU Department of Chemistry's weekly seminar. These talks highlighted different applications of nanotechnology in chemistry, physics, medicine, and national security.


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    Aviva Westheim

    Posted on behalf of Samantha Austin from the Chicago local section—

     

    Streator Girl Scout Troop #1016 hosted a Mad Scientist Monster Bash on October 26 in the basement (laboratory) of Paul’s Lutheran Church in Streator, Illinois. More than 110 registered girl scouts attended the event.  Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Troop Leaders, Samantha Austin and Jill Abbott, embraced the Mad Scientist Monster Bash theme to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts and 25th Anniversary of ACS National Chemistry Week. This Chemistry event met Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) requirements. The girls were divided into Element Named Groups.  The girls enjoyed being called out in their group of Hydrogen, Helium, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Sodium, Silicon, Chlorine, Potassium, and Calcium. Kindergarten through 5th grade girls performed five ACS experiments and documented their observations and results in their take home Laboratory notebooks.  The girls and their parents participated in making volcanoes, flubber, testing water solubility, testing ions in electrolyte solutions and testing water’s skin. Tonya Lewis, Rachel Puckett, Julia Roser-Wonders, Jennifer Kimber, Tammy Walkling and Sandy Austin ran the experiment tables with help from Ottawa Cadette Troop #1512.    The Girl Scouts enjoyed imitating their favorite monster movements with Samantha during The Monster Mash.  Samantha enlisted help from her Abbott Laboratory friends and former colleagues: Dr. Christine Havrilla, PhD and Douglas Mawhinney.  Dr. Havrilla was the Mad Scientist photographer and helped acquire plasma globes.  Doug engineered the light bulb battery electrode detector for the electrolyte experiment.  Troop mom, Tara Yacko braved the Tunnel of Terror all evening with the little ladies. Linda Sawyer, Cathy Taylor and Sue McMullen judged the Creative Lab coats and awarded twelve Scouts for Scariest, Prettiest, Most Original, and Most Scientific Lab coats.  Each Mad Scientist took home their own Laboratory Notebook with listed ACS experiments to try again at home, two fun patches, the Cycle of Water craft, and the list that instructed each Daisy, Brownie or Junior the merit badge(s)/Journey Awards they earned completing the Event.


     

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    Pamela Clevenger

    The Mississippi Section ACS celebrated NCW 2012 with NISE NanoDays materials. 

     

    The Itawamba Community College, Fulton, MS, Science Club celebrated “Mole Day” by hosting chemistry demonstrations outside of the student center.  A favorite activity was testing if it was possible to chew Juicy Fruit gum and eat a Hershey Kiss at the same time!  ICC students followed geocaching clues to dig up the Periodic Table Mug located on campus. By the end of the week, the students had voted for “King and Queen Mole”.  The royalty was selected by collecting pennies in flasks with the proceeds going to charity.

     

    Delta State University ACS Student Chapter members used NanoDays materials to demonstrate the properties of Graphene and Thin Films to visitors to the town’s Octoberfest celebrations in Cleveland, MS.

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    King and Queen Mole at Itawamba Community College

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    10/26/12

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    Graphene Demonstrations at Octoberfest Activities in Cleveland, MS (Delta State University)

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    10/20/12

    Rie Somlai photographer