Les, thanks for the question and sorry for this delayed response.
The Nuclear Chemistry and Technology Division has received a Division Activities Committee Innovative Project Grant (IPG) to support our celebration of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry. The title of that supported program is “Madame Curie and the International Year of Chemistry - 2011”.
As part of the celebration there are plans to have a one person play dramatic theatrical presentation on the life of Marie Curie at the Fall 2011 ACS national meeting (Denver, CO). As noted below we see the potential for collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on Ernest Rutherford aspect. We have made an initial contact with the RSC to see what might be possible.
Some content from our IPG request follows:
Describe the innovative aspects of the project:
The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL) will recognize IYC 2011 and the important contributions of Madame Curie through common elements at both the two 2011 national meetings (Anaheim and Denver) as well as three regional meetings being held in the same time frame (late 2010 and 2011). While NUCL routinely has programming at the ACS national meetings and has contributed to related programming at several regional meetings there has not been a unifying theme that IYC 2011 can provide.
2011 has been designated as the International Year of Chemistry by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Madame Marie Curie—an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The Royal Society of Chemistry will also recognize 2011 as the 100th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford’s publication of his theory of atomic structure. Given the international effort emphasized by IYC 2011 we feel it appropriate for NUCL to also mark that anniversary in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
NUCL will use the IYC 2011 topic of Marie Curie as a unifying theme across NUCL related programming at the two 2011 ACS national meetings as well as three upcoming ACS regional meetings that are likely to feature programming of interest to NUCL members. We will develop informative display resources that would be placed near NUCL programming at the mentioned ACS national and regional meetings. As well we would support NUCL related programming at these three regional meetings – one being a joint regional meeting.
Les, I would also note that the 2011 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (http://www.marmacs.org/2011/) has chosen as its theme the “International Year of Chemistry”.
On the broader participation of our 2011 Regional Meetings in IYC I have recently sent the following message to the Chairs of the ten ACS Region Boards:
To: Region Board
From: Donivan R. Porterfield, Chair – Regional Meetings Subcommittee
In our May 2010 communication to the 2011 Region Meetings and Region Boards I encouraged collaboration to organize International Year of Chemistry (IYC) activities as part of the 2011 meetings. Another manner in which the Boards could assist in the organization of special activities to mark IYC is through making available at least a $500 grant to your 2011 meetings. These grants would be awarded by the Board in response to a specific request by your respective Regional Meeting Organizing Committee. Staff will provide you with the application which will outline the specific criteria which your Board may use in reviewing received proposals.
In addition, your Regional Meeting Organizing Committees may be able to work with other Society components, e.g. Divisions, to access other resources that could assist with the organization of IYC events at their Regional Meetings.
IYC 2011 provides a special opportunity for each of us as Members of the American Chemical Society to celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. Overall, IYC 2011 events will emphasize that chemistry is a creative science essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life. Many currently planned activities, such as lectures, exhibits, and hands-on experiments, will explore how chemical research is critical for solving our most vexing global problems involving food, water, health, energy, transportation, and more.
I’m hopeful that each of our ten Region Boards will use this special opportunity to work with their 2011 Regional Meeting Organizing Committees to serve our Members and the chemistry discipline through the celebration of IYC.
The Division of Analytical Chemistry is offering grants for up to $500 to colleges and universities to support an outreach project that will inform the chemistry community and the public about the significance of analytical chemistry for the IYC themes of environment, energy, materials, and health. Projects could consist, for example, of a plenary lecture or symposium; an activity designed for pre-college students or the general public; or a field experience related to the water analysis project of the IYC.
The Division will provide up to $500 each for up to ten projects at undergraduate institutions and up to ten projects at graduate institutions. Applications may be submitted by a group of institutions, such as a regional Younger Chemists Committee or Student Affiliates group. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2011. Decisions will be communicated by July 1, and events can be scheduled between August 1 and December 15, 2011.
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