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    Dr. Gloria Long Anderson

    Dr. Gloria Long Anderson earned her PhD in Organic Chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1968. Born to Arkansas sharecroppers, she became Chair of the Chemistry Department of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA...then earned the distinguished endowed Fuller E. Calloway professorship several ti...

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    Prof. William Lester, Jr.

    Prof. William Lester, Jr. was born in 1937 Chicago, where he had to attend segregated schools. He earned his M.S. from The University of Chicago, went on to get a Ph.D., and became a Distinguished Professor at U.Cal.-Berkeley (after working at IBM and the United States National Bureau of Standards),...

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    Dr. Jim Shoffner

    Our own Dr. Jim Shoffner is our kickoff for celebrating #blackhistorymonth this year. Jim grew up on a rural plantation, then earned his PhD at UIC and had long, celebrated career as an organic chemist with UOP in Des Plaines, Illinois. He's served the Chicago ACS for decades, and was Section Chair ...

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    Baby It’s Cold Outside!

    February 2018: Materials: Two different sized ziplock bags; Water; Calcium Chloride ice-melt pellets Experiment: In the large bag, put the ice-melt pellets in so that it is about one-fourth full. Fill the small bag about half full with water and make sure that it is sealed well. Place the wat...

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    That’s Some Spicy Water!

    January 2018: Materials: Glass, Water, Pepper, Dish Soap Experiment: In a glass of water, lightly sprinkle a little pepper onto it. What do you see happen? Maybe some of the flakes sank and some of them floated? Now, touch your fingertip to the dishwashing soap and then using that finger, touc...

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    Chasing Puddles

    November 2017: In the February 2017 edition of ChemShorts For Kids you investigated some unique properties of water like cohesion. I want to take a look at that again using a different experiment. Materials: Wax paper, Water, Food coloring, Toothpicks, Dropper, Dish soap Experiment: Have differ...

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    Council Report 2017 #2 National Meeting Washington, D.C.

    Report of ACS Council Meeting - Fall 2017; Washington, D.C. - Barbara Moriarty, Councilor The 254th National Meeting of the ACS was held in Washington DC, from August 20 – 24, 2017. The theme of this meeting was “Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy” The Chicago section...

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    Cloud in a Bottle

    June 2017: Have you ever laid out in the summertime looking up in the sky at the clouds and imagined what animal shape the cloud has made? What is a cloud and can I make one? Materials: 2 L empty transparent plastic bottle with a lid matches warm water Warning! When using matches make su...

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    Bath Bombs

    May 2017: What is a bath bomb and why does it fizz when it goes into water? A bath bomb is a solid, powdery substance which can take many shapes. Here is one pictured below. As it's submerged in water, it bubbles. This is the result of the release of CO2 also known as carbon dioxide. This is the...

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    Council Report 2017 #1 National Meeting San Francisco

    Report of Council Meeting held in the Spring of 2017 by BARBARA MORIARTY, Councilor The 253rd National Meeting of the ACS was held in San Francisco, CA, from April 1 – 6, 2017. The theme of this meeting was “Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems and Processes.” The Chicago se...

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