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Current Issue of The Crucible – September 2016

September 2016


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National Chemistry Week is Coming!!!

Join the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society as we celebrate National Chemistry Week/ChemFest 2016 with the theme

“Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry” 

Where: Carnegie Science Center

When: Friday, October 21st (9 AM to 3 PM)

Saturday, October 22nd (10 AM to 4 PM) 

What’s Happening: Over 20 tables of hands-on experiments, activities, demonstrations, and theater shows. 

The Pittsburgh Section ACS could use your help to make this year’s NCW celebration a success. Are you interested in volunteering to help with the event? Do you have an organization that would like to sponsor a hands-on activity at the event?

If you, or your organization, are interested in participating in this year’s NCW event, please contact:

Michael Mautino

Phone: 412-413-4792

E-mail: michael.mautino@covestro.com

For more information about the NCW celebration in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Section’s website at http://www.pittsburghacs.org/outreach/national-chemistry-week/or look us up Facebook at Pittsburgh ACS NCW. You can also find additional information about NCW on the ACS’s website at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html

The Pittsburgh Section’s 2016 NCW activities are sponsored in part by The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, PPG Science Education Council, PPG Industries Foundation, Covestro LLC, and the Carnegie Science Center.

Congratulations to 2015 Pittsburgh Award Winner and ACS Pittsburgh Section Member Kay Brummond – 2016 Diversity Catalyst Lecturer Award Winner

ACS Pittsburgh Section and 2015 Pittsburgh Award Winner, Dr. Kay Brummond, was honored by the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE) as the winner of the 2016 Diversity Catalyst Lecturer Award Winner.   She was featured in the August 8, 2016 C and E News Issue!  See the article here.  Congratulations, Kay!

The Councilor’s Report from the Fall ACS Meeting in Philadelphia is now Available

Read the full report: Fall 2016 – Philadelphia, PA.

2016 Call for Pittsburgh Award and Distinguished Service Award Nominations

Nominate your colleague for the prestigious Pittsburgh Award or Distinguished Service Award.  The deadline is September 12, 2016.  Nominate for the Pittsburgh Award using 2016 Pittsburgh Award Nomination Form.  Nominate for the Distinguished Service Award using 2016 Distinguished Service Nomination Form.  Nominations can be sent to Pittsburgh ACS Section Chair-Elect, David Waldeck at dave@pitt.edu.

CERM 2014 Wins ChemLuminary for the Outstanding Regional Meeting

Congratulations to the CERM 2014 Organizing Committee! At the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia on August 23, 2016, the Pittsburgh Section was awarded this prestigious ChemLuminary.

Pittsburgh will again host CERM in 2023, a celebration of the Pittsburgh Section’s 120th anniversary. We hope this meeting is even better than CERM 2014!

Volunteer with a Teacher as an ACS Science Coach

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Make plans now to help an elementary, middle, or high school teacher provide students with wonderful experiences learning chemistry throughout the 2016-17 school year – become an ACS Science Coach.

Chemists and chemical engineers bring a fresh perspective when they visit a classroom and show students how the science they are learning applies to real life. Teachers value their contributions as they help plan, suggest demos and labs, mentor science clubs, and serve as role models to students. “My role in Science Coaches is to spur innovation and excitement within each student and tie that to lifelong learning and career opportunities,” says Sammy Bell, director of process chemistry at Avalon Laboratories and volunteer science coach for a high school teacher in Suwanee, GA.

The ACS Education Division is expanding the Science Coaches program to accommodate the growing presence of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) by requiring each teacher who wants to partner with an ACS Science Coach to be a teacher member of AACT. Teachers must be AACT members at the time they submit their applications. Science Coaches who invite a teacher to participate in the program are also introducing that teacher to the many benefits of AACT membership. In addition to providing volunteer chemists to the program, ACS will also donate $500 to each school with a science coach-AACT member partnership. This grant can be used to purchase science classroom supplies such as goggles or molecular modeling kits, or to provide experiences like field trips to a nearby chemistry laboratory.

Graduate students, retirees, and chemistry professionals at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply to participate in the Science Coaches program for the 2016-17 school year. For more information about applications and enrollment, which is open until September 9, 2016, visit www.acs.org/sciencecoaches.

Pittsburgh Section Offers Travel Grants for Student Members

The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society has budgeted funds to help encourage undergraduate/graduate student participation in national and regional ACS meetings. The awards are intended to help defray meeting registration and travel-related expenses (lodging, transportation, per diem) for eligible students.  Click for the application.

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