Monthly Archives: February 2015

You be the Chemist Challenge on February 28, 2015

Contributed by Dr. Deana Jaber, CSW-YCC Co-chair Marymount University’s biology department, in collaboration with the Chemical Educational Foundation and the CSW-YCC committee, is hosting a chemistry challenge for middle school students from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Reinsch Library Auditorium. “You Be the Chemist” is a question-and-answer competition for grades five through eight with a […]

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Motivated Reasoning and Science in Politics

What we feel actually changes what we see. There’s a whole branch of psychology that investigates this phenomena, and it has serious implications on science, and how science is used in policy and politics. It’s called “motivated reasoning,” and you’re probably already familiar with one version of it. Back in the 1950s, a few psychologists decided to use football as […]

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YCC Event on 2/24: Chemistry on the Silver Screen

Contributed by Ajay Mallia, YCC Co-chair Please join CSW’s Younger Chemists Committee on February 24th for a group viewing of Chemistry on the Silver Screen, a webinar being held by the ACS Webinars Program. CSW’s YCC is sponsoring a networking event prior to the webinar, and encourage you to attend from one of three locations: Marymount University, Georgetown University, or […]

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The Triple Point: Vaccines, Personal Freedom, and Public Safety

Last month, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a health advisory while they investigated “a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks.”  Over 150 people around the country have been infected from the recent outbreak of a disease that the CDC considered “eliminated” from the United States in 2000. That means that as of […]

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The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference is Coming This July

By Christina Briddell, ACS Green Chemistry Institute The 19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, will be held July 14-16, 2015 at the North Bethesda Marriot, N. Bethesda MD. GC&E 2015 is happening in your backyard and we encourage you to take this opportunity to engage, network, and learn more about green chemistry […]

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A Selfish Case for Equality

Equality is on the march. Whether it is feminism, gay rights, or awareness of racial disparities, recent movements have made progress and have created unease for some of the privileged majority. This majority still dominates mainstream institutions though, which means that continued progress for equality depends, to some extent, on recruiting white men as allies. One of the best responses […]

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Ozone, Ozone Depletion, and the Montreal Protocol (Part 2)

This month’s conclusion to this two-part article looks at some of the legal and policy factors that made the Montreal Protocol possible and successful, and how those may inform efforts to produce a climate treaty. (If you haven’t read Part 1, you can here.) In 1974, an article in Nature suggested that widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) may be depleting […]

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Making Moves: Freezing the Cost of Higher Education

It takes money to run a successful school. Ideology aside, it’s a business (more specifically a commercial non-profit). The ongoing goal is to maintain the highest level of academic and athletic performance while maximizing the productivity growth and profit of the school, all done at the lowest operating cost. Add to that the growing demands and rising costs of technology […]

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Announcing the Launch of The Capital Chemist!

Greetings and welcome to the newly launched Capital Chemist! The Chemical Society of Washington has been working for a year to bring you this resource, and I’m thrilled to announce its launch. As the Editor-in-Chief, I am very excited for this new phase of CSW, and I hope you will enjoy communicating and connecting with your fellow members as much […]

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