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    Council Report 2016 #1 National Meeting San Diego

    The 251st National Meeting of the ACS was held in San Diego, CA, from March 13 – 17, 2016. The theme of this meeting was “Computers in Chemistry.” The Chicago section was represented by Charles Cannon (Local Section Activities), Dave Crumrine (Constitution and Bylaws), Russ Johnson...

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    Public Affairs Award 2016

    Dr. Willie May to Receive the 2016 Chicago Section Public Affairs Award We are pleased to announce that Dr. Willie May, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology & Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, has been selected to receive the 2016 Chicago Section Publ...

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    Colorful Valentine's Day Flowers

    Colorful Valentine’s Day Flowers Kids, Valentine’s day is right around the corner and the people who sell flowers look forward to this day all year long. If you think about the colors of flowers you think of red, yellow, orange, pink, and white but other colors of the rainbow are not p...

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    SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW: KEN FIVIZZANI

    SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW This month, I chose Ken Fivizzani to interview. I first met Ken when I worked at Nalco Chemical Company in Naperville. Ken is a patient and kind individual who always brings a special energy to whatever he is involved in. He has one of those laughs that are contagious. Ken...

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    Maple Syrup Crystals

    January, 2016: Kids, making maple syrup crystals is a fun project! They are an alternate flavorful sweetener in drinks or other treats because maple syrup crystals have a more complex flavor than sugar crystals or rock candy. Here are two methods for making maple syrup crystals. Note you must use...

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    Colorful Ice Sculptures

    December, 2015: Kids, how can you trap colors inside ice? In this melting ice experiment you'll make a colorful ice sculpture while learning about freezing point depression and erosion. You can use many types of salt for this project. Table salt (sodium chloride, NaCl) is fine, as are coarse sal...

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    Dancing Worms

    November, 2015 Kids, in a variation of Dancing Raisins (ChemShorts for Kids, Feb. 1992; http://chicagoacs.org/articles.php?id=30), let's make some colorful Dancing Worms! You'll need gummy worms, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), water (H2O), vinegar (dilute acetic acid), 2 glasses, and scissors. ...

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    Council Report 2015 #2 National Meeting Boston

    Overview: The 250th National Meeting of the ACS was held in Boston, MA, from August 16 – 20, 2015. The theme of this meeting was “Innovation from Discovery to Application” The Chicago section was represented by Charles Cannon (Local Section Activities), Dave Crumrine (Constitution ...

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    Painting with Water

    October, 2015 Kids, did you know that October 19-24 is National Chemistry Week? This year's theme is "Chemistry Colors our World" and here is one of their activities. Read to the bottom for a bonus activity for Halloween! Some artists use the absorbent property of canvas to create interesting shap...

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    Turn a Smartphone into a 3-D Viewer

    September, 2015: Kids, would you like to tinker with hologram-like images in the comfort of our own home? You can create amazing 3D visions that can be projected from your smartphone. Here is what you'll need: Graph paper CD case Tape Pen Scissors Smartphone Box cutter (for an adult par...

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