Hey folks, sorry, I have been incommunicado for a while, I have been really busy and am just getting a chance to catch up on my blog posts. Don't forget to check out my new project at http://www.acs.org/followthemole and follow me in the new meetings mobile app.
I had an amazing time at the USA Science and Engineering Festival! Over the April 25–27 weekend, 350,000 people converged on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the third USA Science & Engineering Festival. Now a biennial event, the festival has doubled in size from previous years. Attendees experienced over 3,000 fun hands-on activities, saw science superstars, and in general just celebrated science, technology, engineering, and math. This was an incredible, high-energy event!
At the center of the action in Halls D and E was the ACS booth. As with the festival, the core philosophy of the booth was hands-on fun. ACS has supported the event since its inception. I'd like to thank all the people who stopped by to visit and took pictures with me. They learned how green chemistry is making the world cleaner and safer, explored the secret science of self-inflating balloons, made UV bead bracelets, watched short Reactions videos that illustrate the chemistry of everyday life.
Green chemistry and sustainability is also a big focus of our upcoming national meeting in San Francisco. This year's theme: "Chemistry & Global Stewardship" is focused on global aspects of the chemical enterprise related to sustainability of world resources, including green chemistry, the globalization of chemistry, and the responsibilities and opportunities chemists have to serve the broader public. In particular, divisional programming and special themed symposia will cover and discuss the role and interplay of science, technology, innovation, and economic development in world stewardship of precious, limited resources while providing physical and economic security for all world citizens.
If you want to learn more about the next USA Science and Engineering festival, please visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/
Above: Kevin McCue, Mary Kirchhoff, Deleep Kumar, the Mole, Michael Mury, Joan Sabourin, Janali Thompson, Jodi Wesemann, and Patricia Galvan. Photo by Jodi Wesemann.
Top left: The rascal, “the Mole,” with two Science Cheerleaders (both are graduate students studying biochemistry at Drexel University). Photo by Kevin McCue.
Former NBA players demonstrate how science and skill go hand-in-hand at 5 the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The Mole just had to get a picture with (from left): Bernard Robinson, Theo Ratliff, an unidentified science and Mole fan,
and Jerome Williams. Photo by Arlene Goldberg Gist.