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Current Issue of The Crucible – February 2018

February 2018



2018 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week – Dive Into Marine Chemistry!


Congratulations are in Order Again for Pittsburgh Local Section’s Michael Mautino – 2018 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to ACS Pittsburgh Section Michael Mautino.  He has been named 2018 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year!  This award was established by ACS National to recognize the immeasurable outreach efforts made by local section volunteers.  Congratulations, Mike, and thanks for all you do!



Intel ISEF Pittsburgh Seeking Judges and Volunteers

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition, is returning to Pittsburgh in 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  This competition brings together 1700 students in grades 9-12 from 75 countries, regions and territories.  These are the best and brightest in the world, having won at local, regional, state and national fairs to get here.  Twenty percent of competitors hold patents or published papers.

We need your help!  Approximately 1000 judges in 22 categories, covering the whole of science and engineering.  Judges are required to have a B.A., B.S. or a master’s degree with a minimum of six years related professional experience OR a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent.  Senior level graduate students may also qualify.  If in doubt apply, and credentials will be reviewed.  Judges are expected to be available from Tuesday afternoon (register no later than 5:00 PM) May 15 through Wednesday evening May 16, 2018 to complete their judging assignments.  Judge training is available.  Parking and all meals are provided free. 

Judging at Intel ISEF is wonderful.  The students consistently rank talking with the judges as the high point of their experience.  The opportunity to meet these students is a tremendous experience for you.  The positive energy in the exhibit hall with the students is inspiring!   

Judging is also a great opportunity to network with fellow judges – over 1000 professionals from around the region and around the world.  The students are our future leaders and workers for industry, universities and research facilities – it’s an opportunity to meet your future students, colleagues and employees.  You will also advance STEM education, and promote good will.  Intel ISEF was held in Pittsburgh in 2012 and 2015, and was a huge success.  Join us to help make the 2018 fair even better. Become a judge.  It’s easy.  Go to https://student.societyforscience.org/grand-award-judges – click Apply to be a Grand Awards Judge at Intel ISEF 2018 in Pittsburgh!

Don’t want to judge?  Volunteer to help.  There are all kinds of jobs to do, including being an interpreter in any of 20 languages.  Go to:  https://student.societyforscience.org/volunteers to learn more.  Questions?  Email:  Judging@societyforscience.org

National Chemistry Week/ChemFest 2017 Organizer Mike Mautino Thanks YOU!  Read Mike’s Final Report

To all of you who helped organize the Pittsburgh Section ACS’s 2017 National Chemistry Week/ChemFest event this past Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, at the Carnegie Science Center…we had a great crowd and amazing volunteer participation for the two-day event!

Total Attendance: 4,816
Friday: 2,077
Saturday: 2,739

In the nineteen years we have conducted an NCW event at the Carnegie Science Center this was our 5th best attendance.

392 people volunteered for the event – that’s a new record for this event! Of those 392 volunteers, 186 were ACS members.

Thanks go to the over 40 organizations that conducted hands-on experiments and demos, provided people for the Career Cafe program, or helped me manage the day-to-day event activities.

For media coverage KDKA TV (CBS Pittsburgh) ran a spot on Saturday evening news, as well as Monday morning. There was also a Post-Gazette photographer at the event.

Special thanks also go to our financial sponsors who made this event possible: Society For Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, PPG Science Education Council, and the PPG Foundation.

We have reserved the Carnegie Science Center for Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, 2018 for our 20th anniversary celebration of NCW/Chemfest in Pittsburgh. The topic is “outerspace.”

Again, thank you for making this NCW celebration another successful community outreach event!

Interested in a Piece of Pittsburgh Section History?

Thank you to Carlow University’s ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, we can now enjoy past issues of our section newsletter, The Crucible.  Thank you to Carlow as they continue to scan historic issues.  We will post them on our website as they become available!  Enjoy!

Pittsburgh Section Announces New Travel Grant Application

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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