National Chemistry Week
National Chemistry Week
National Chemistry Week began as National Chemistry Day, and was a vision of then ACS President, George C. Pimentel. In 1986, Pimentel stated that…

National Chemistry Day is a bold and exciting undertaking for us. Its success will be measured, in the short term, by the number of people reached by our efforts. Over the long term, we will measure our success by the continued use of chemistry to solve societal problems and to improve the quality of life for us all.

This visionary statement led the ACS Board of Directors to establish National Chemistry Day (NCD), which was celebrated November 6, 1987.
A parade spanning two blocks in Washington, DC, helped kicked off the celebration with 173 out of 182 ACS local sections participating in the festivities within their communities. NCD was so well-received by the general public that in 1988 it received the highest honor accorded for excellence in public relations and was awarded the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil.
The original intent was to celebrate NCD on a biannual basis. Because of the overwhelming enthusiasm and support shown in its debut year, NCD was expanded to a weeklong celebration and renamed, “National Chemistry Week” (NCW) in 1989. In 1993, NCW officially became an annual event, although many ACS local sections had already been celebrating it annually.

2016 National Chemistry Week
Chemistry of Fibers & Forensics

October 16, 2016 – Museum of Science Boston
* Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Lecture by Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri
Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea. Professor Shakhashiri has captivated audiences with his scientific demonstrations at a variety of locations including Boston’s Museum of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Taking place in CahnersTheatre (2nd floor, Blue Wing) at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
* Admission to the museum is required. Free tickets to Dr. Shakhashiri’s show will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are available via advance reservation. To reserve tickets, please contact the NESACS secretary via email before October 11, 2016. Tickets will be available for pick-up in the lobby of the museum at the ACS table.
* Hands-on Activities related to Forensics Science
From 1pm – 5pm, NCW volunteers will be on-hand to perform demonstrations and assist in hands-on activities suitable for all ages

October 22, 2016 – Boston Children’s Museum
A crime has been committed at the museum, and we need YOU to solve it! Learn how to take fingerprints, analyze blood types, use chromatography to identify different substances, and lots more, all using the power of chemistry. Can you solve the mystery and find the suspect?
Come join our NCW volunteers from 11am – 4pm for hands-on activities suitable for all ages
*Admission to the museum is required
Download 2016 NCW Flyer

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The Northeastern Section of the ACS is participating in the ACS National Illustrated Poem Contest.

Details are outlined below.

National Chemistry Week 2016 Poetry Contest:

"Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry"
Students in grades K-12 may participate.
Contest Deadline: October 14, 2016
Prizes: $25 gift certificate to for the winner of each category
Dr. Raymond Lam
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Winners of the Northeastern Local Section's illustrated poem contest will advance to the ACS National Illustrated Poem contest

Write and illustrate a poem using the NCW theme: "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry".
Poems may be in one of these styles (haiku, limerick, ode, ABC, free verse, end rhyme, blank verse) but must not be longer than 40 words to be considered.
Participants are encouraged to explore topics related to:
  • DNA
  • Fingerprints
  • Art Forgeries
  • Pigments
  • Invisible Ink
Entries will be judged based upon:
  • Relevance to and incorporation of the theme
  • Word choice and imagery
  • Colorful artwork
  • Adherence to poem style
  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall presentation

For additional information about the poetry contest, see

ACS NCW 2015 Boy Scout’s Autumn Festival-Cape Cod Science Café 1015

- by Dr. Jack Driscoll and Jennifer Maclachlan
Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, Cape Cod Science Cafe and STEM Journey Committee

On Oct. 25, 2015 (1-5 PM), a NESACS Cape Cod Science Café was held at Camp Greenough, Yarnouth,  MA in conjunction with the Wicked Cool Autumn Festival of the Cape and Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America (C&ICBSA). There were more than 300 in attandence
The event consists of hay rides  carving  pumpkins, building your own bat house fishing on Lake Greenough, archery, visit with a blacksmith, creating cider with an antique cider press and experiencing STEM and Scouting.
NESACS has worked with the C&I C BSA to integrate STEM into the Boy Scout’s activities. We decided to promote this event as part of the ACS National Chemistry Week (NCW), and opened the event to the public so that the people of Cape Cod can experience the ACS NCW. The theme of the ACS NCW this year is Chemistry Colors our World. <>

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