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American Chemical Society (ACS) 2019 Fall National Meeting Highlights

October 22, 2019

David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science

This past August, members from the NISE Network's Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry project participated in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Fall Meeting in San Diego, CA. Sara Raposo from the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago chaired a fascinating half-day symposium called “Hands-on Chemistry Beyond the Classroom: Chemical Education in Informal Settings” and members of the Let’s Do Chemistry team shared project activities and findings as part of this symposium.  

During the meeting, ACS presented their annual ChemLuminary Awards to its members as a way to recognize local sections, technical divisions, international chemical science chapters, and others for their tireless efforts and work in promoting chemistry.

This year, a special “ChemAttitudes Partnership Award” was presented to the Kentucky Lake Local Section for their use of the Let’s Do Chemistry kit! The announcement for the award reads that “The Kentucky Lake Local Section conducted five hands-on science events, serving over 500 children across their rural region using the Let’s Do Chemistry kit. They partnered with Discovery Park of America to offer a free chemistry program; with the University of Tennessee Martin STEM Center to ensure that science had a prominent role at Martin Elementary School’s Family Fun Night; and with the ACS Student Chapter at Tennessee Martin to host a chemistry merit badge clinic for area Boy Scout troops.

Pictured above left to right: Jason E. Ritchie, Chair, Local Section Activities Committee; Holly L. Davis, Chair, Committee on Community Activities; Carmen V. Gauthier, Vice-Chair, Society Committee on Education; Bikram Subedi, Member, Kentucky Lake Local Section; Luis A. Echegoyen, ACS President-Elect



Congrats to the winners and the other finalists from the Portland and New York local sections, and thanks to ACS and the participating committees for sponsoring this special award. Also, congratulations to the Northeastern Local Section, including partners from the Museum of Science, who won a ChemLuminary award for “Outstanding Community Involvement in Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.”  

Pictured above left to right: Holly L. Davis, Chair, Committee on Community Activities; David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science; Jayashree Ranga, Salem State; Andrew Scholte, Chair, NESACS; Ruth Tanner, UMass-Lowell; Luis A. Echegoyen, ACS President-Elect


ChemAttitudes Project Acknowledgements

Funded by the National Science Foundation through the Museum of Science. 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1612482. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.


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