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Current Issue of The Crucible – October 2017

October 2017

 Congratulations to our Latest Travel Grant Winners!

Washington and Jefferson Undergraduates Halie Tucci and Caelin Celani and Carnegie Mellon Graduate Student Julia Cuthbert represented the Pittsburgh Local Section in Washington DC at the fall national meeting.  Read their stories by visiting our travel grant page.

Pittsburgh Local Section Officer Elections are Approaching

The Pittsburgh Local Section has announced its slate of 2018 candidates.  Read about them all here.  Congratulations and thank you for your willingness to serve the chemistry community!

Bradley David
Michelle Morgan
David Yaron

Matt Baker
Aswin Garimalla

Haitao Liu

Toby Chapman
Heather Juzwa
Logan Miller

Michael Mautino
Ali Sezer
Edward Zovinka





National Chemistry Week is Coming!!!

Join the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society as we celebrate National Chemistry Week/ChemFest 2017 with the theme “Chemistry Rocks!

Where: Carnegie Science Center
When: Friday, October 27th (10 AM to 3 PM)
Saturday, October 28th (10 AM to 4 PM)

What’s Happening: Over 30 tables of hands-on experiments, activities, demonstrations, and theater shows.  Visit the Drake Oil Well Museum’s Mobile Energy Education Training Unit, located in the Carnegie Science Center’s parking lot, Friday, October 27th only.

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 2017 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.

National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poetry Contest

The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. This regional contest is open only to students who live in the following Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia counties:  Ohio: Jefferson. Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmorland. West Virginia: Brooke, Hancock, and Ohio.

Entries must be received at the address below by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Prizes: $50 1st Place and $25 2nd Place in each of 4 grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th and 9th-12th grades.

Mail entries to: Michael Mautino, 3485 Frye Ave, Finleyville, PA 15332. On the back of each poem please include the following information as your “entry form” as required in the contest rules below: student name, grade, school name, teacher name, teacher phone number and teacher e-mail address. For home school students please use parent/guardian information in place of teacher.

Winners of this regional illustrated poem contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win $300 or $150 in cash prizes!




Fall Meeting Councilor Report Now Available 

The Fall ACS Meeting in Washington DC has finished, and Rich Danchik has written his report.  See it here. 

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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