Monthly Archives: October 2015

The City and the Science

By Elikplim Adaba I attended the meeting in San Francisco last fall, and since Boston was my second ACS experience, I was more prepared this time around. The secret to any ACS meeting, I have found, is not only attending the talks (both professional and technical), but also experiencing the host city. I booked my flight and accommodation to enable […]

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A New Hope for Sweet Briar College

By Jill Granger, Former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemistry On the days that followed the Board of Directors’ announcement that Sweet Briar College was slated to close, I was gripped with following Facebook and watching my inbox blow up with messages from around the world. I felt the global Sweet Briar community collectively shudder that day. […]

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Evidence of Things Not Seen

It’s October, which means fall has arrived, Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s Blindness Awareness Month, or Meet the Blind Month. October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. An extra bonus is that 2015 is the 25th anniversary year of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, which continues to break down barriers for disabled persons seeking […]

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Invitation: Participate in the ACS PRES Symposium on Chemical Employment

Many articles in the Capital Chemist have focused on the challenge of employment and careers. Incoming ACS President Donna Nelson has instituted a Task Force to look into exactly that issue. Recently, President-Elect Nelson reached out to the Capital Chemist with the following invitation to participate in an upcoming symposium on chemical employment. I encourage anyone with interest to participate! […]

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SEED Research Symposium A Great Success!

Project SEED is a flagship program of American Chemical Society because of its unique chemistry related research opportunity to economically disadvantaged HS students. This year CSW supported 18 high school students from Washington DC (McKinley Technology HS, Woodrow Wilson HS), Virginia (Thomas Jefferson HS, John Randolph Tucker HS) and Maryland (Highpoint HS, Wheaton HS, Walter Johnson HS). These students successfully […]

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2015 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad

Contributed by Regina Cody, 2015 Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator Great news for the 2015 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad!  One of our local students not only attended the Study Camp but was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Read on; details later. The U.S. High School Chemistry Olympiad is an annual […]

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Retired Chemists Group Luncheon and Presentation, 10/20

Every year, illegal telemarketing and mail fraud schemes rob consumers, often  elderly  citizens, of their hard-earned life savings. Come to our luncheon meeting on October 20 and hear the presentation of Charles B. Wickersham, U.S. Postal Inspector:  “Protecting  Older Americans from Financial Scams”. Charles Wickersham has been a United States Postal Inspector since 2006. From 2006 to 2008 Inspector Wickersham […]

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Save the Date: ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark Designation Ceremony

Please join us as the American Chemical Society dedicates the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center as a National Historic Chemical Landmark for the isolation of phytochrome. In 1959, researchers at the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center first isolated phytochrome, a light-sensitive pigment found throughout plant species. Phytochrome allows plants to regulate many growth and development processes by detecting light and […]

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