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    Poinsettia pH Paper

    Kids, here's a way to use holiday plants for science! Many plants contain pigments that are responsive to changes in acidity. An example is the poinsettia plant, which has colored leaves called bracts (they aren't really flowers). You can extract the red pigment from bright-red colored poinsettias a...

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    Homemade Vinegar

    Kids, what is vinegar? Vinegar is a product of the fermentation of alcohol by bacteria to for the purpose of producing acetic acid. Acetic acid has a tangy taste and it is also useful for household cleaning. Vinegar can be produced slowly from fruit juice or fermented juice. It can be produced quic...

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    Powdered Olive Oil

    Kids, what is molecular gastronomy? It's food science that seeks to understand the chemical and physical transformations that occur during cooking. It uses chemistry to put a modern spin on traditional foods. In this experiment, you will combine maltodextrin powder with olive oil to make a powdere...

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    Council Report 2014 #2 National Meeting San Francisco

    Report of Council Meeting in San Francisco The 248th National Meeting of the ACS was held in San Francisco, CA, from August 10 – 14, 2014. The theme of this meeting was “Chemistry and Global Stewardship.” The Chicago Section was represented by Charles Cannon (Local Section Activit...

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    The Chemical Bulletin - October 2014

    Click here to download The Chemical Bulletin for 2014 October

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    Ice Art

    Kids, make a colorful ice sculpture while learning about freezing point depression. All you need is ice, salt, and food coloring! You can use any type of salt. Coarse versions like rock salt or sea salt work great, as does the finer-grained table salt (all of these are sodium chloride, NaCl). You ...

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    The Chemical Bulletin - September 2014

    Downloadable Newsletter Click here to download The Chemical Bulletin for 2014 September

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    Ms. Stephanie Kwolek, a Lady to Remember

    “I seem to see things that other people do not see.” These are the words of Ms. Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist, who recently passed away on June 18, 2014 at the age of 90. Ms. Kwolek’s pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for science, and in particular, chemistry, made her a cham...

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    Dr. Kristin Bowman-James

    September 2006: Dr. Kristin Bowman-James is currently the Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and is Project Director of Kansas NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Kristin has been at the University of Kansas for 31 years and is cu...

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    Jeanette Gecsy Grasselli Brown

    October 2008: Jeanette Gecsy Grasselli Brown, prominent analytical chemist, successful infrared and Raman spectroscopist, world renowned authority on its applications, and excellent laboratory manager, was inspired by her high school chemistry teacher to secure an education in chemistry. She &ldquo...

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