ACS members are welcome to bring guests to this special event! Please RSVP to Dr. Qun Gu (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, April 14.
The Erie Section of the American Chemical Society has announced the names of ten outstanding high school chemistry students. The students will take a national exam that may qualify them to become members of the U. S. National Chemistry Olympiad team that will compete in the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-29, 2015. This year, the National Olympiad Exams is administered by Chemistry Department of Edinboro University in the Cooper Science Building on April 18, 2014.The students are:
Noah Nicolia and Joseph Redinger from Cathedral Preparatory School, Samuel King and Bryce Yahn from Fairview High School, Vincent Cross and Raymond Galeza from Harbor Creek Senior High School, Alex Jones and Josh Wolf from McDowell High School, and Gavin Restifo and John Wolford from NWPA Collegiate Academy.
The IChO involves a series of theoretical exams, laboratory exercises, and other activities aimed at identifying the best chemistry students from participating nations from around the world. The U.S. has participated in this event since 1984. In 2014, the U. S. team won one gold and three silver medals. A total of 291 students represented 75 countries at the 46th IChO, in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The ten local nominees are among over 1,200 nationwide that take a national qualifying exam within April 14-20, 2015 to select finalists. Twenty students will be identified and will undergo intensive training June 2-17, 2015 at the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The top four will be chosen to represent the U.S. in the 47th IChO competition.
Founded in 1876 and chartered by Congress, the American Chemical Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of chemistry in the public interest. The Erie Section is one of 185 regional sections across the nation serving more than 160,000 members.
For more information, contact:
Erie Section Olympiad Coordinator: Dr. Christine Saber, saber003[at]gannon.edu
ACS Erie Section PR Chairperson: Dr. Qun Gu, qgu[at]edinboro.edu
"Chemistry on the Silver Screen" was hosted at Gannon University on February 24. This popular semi-annual evening event featured informal networking, a live webinar presentation on the chemistry of television and movies, and a live Q&A session with experts in the field. We hope you enjoyed the presentation- check out the storify link below to see highlights from the >150 ACS groups participating across the globe!
Science is finding a bigger place on the silver screen and in our living rooms. But what’s behind this new attraction and how is Hollywood influencing the public’s view? Tune in for a discussion on how Hollywood is working to incorporate science and meet the people that are making it happen.
Looking for more information? Please contact Lisa Nogaj at nogaj002[at]gannon.edu.
This year's NCW event took place at the Millcreek Mall in Erie, Pennsylvania and was led by Dr. Matthew Heerboth (Gannon University) and Dr. Jason Bennett (Penn State Behrend). With over fifty volunteers collaborating from Penn State Behrend, Gannon University, Edinboro University, Collegiate Academy, and our local section, the event was once again a great way for the public to learn more about science and hear about the positive impact that chemistry has on our society. Check out coverage from our local media below.
Thank you to our NCW Coordinators and to all of the volunteers who came out to share the sweet side of chemistry with our community!
The Erie section officers recently approved a new incentive program aimed at increasing attendance at section meetings, named the Passport Program. Based on the success of our spring pilot program, the Passport Program is back for 2014-2015!
Here's how it works. Each section member may pick up a Passport book at any local section event and then have it stamped at every event they attend. Section members who attend at least four section events or volunteer activities this year, starting with our Summer Kick-Off Picnic, will be entered into a random drawing at our annual spring awards banquet. The lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card from Amazon.com. We hope you will be able to attend many Erie ACS events this year!
We are happy to announce that the ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B) completed certifying our Section's bylaws in February 2014. The newly certified bylaws are available on ACS's website at www.acs.org/bulletin5.