Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cape Cod Science Cafe An Official IYC Kick-Off Event Q1: Environment

The Cape Cod Science Cafe finally took place on Tuesday March 1, 2011 at the Hyannis Golf Club after being postponed twice due to weather. This event was sponsored by NESACS and served as the official Cape Cod IYC Kick-Off Event. Although the turnout was lower than expected and due presumably to the two date changes, we had a wholly technical audience and it was spread across the board including representation from industry, government and education. We began the evening with an array of hors d'oeuvres which accompanied cocktail hour and allowed folks to mingle. 
I opened the program with Dr. Morton Hoffman's presentation: Introduction to the International Year of Chemistry Presentation by Dr. Morton Hoffman, Councilor, NESACS and IYC Chair and my father, Jack acted as AV guy.

Since I had just returned from a weekend retreat at ACS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. I had my speakers don the Chemistry Ambassador sashes and gave each speaker an IYC pin.
Left to Right CC Sci Cafe Q1 Speakers: Gongmin Lei, Susan Rask and Krista Longnecker, PhD


Although the presentations were geared for a general audience, the advantage we had was that each speaker is an expert in their field and were able to answer the technical and often complex questions that sparked really interesting discussions. Such as the issue here on Cape Cod with NSTAR spraying a defoliant in lieu of cutting down brush around power lines. This is a hot topic here that is just starting to get media and general public attention. We had two Members of the Barnstable Town Council attend the Cape Cod Science Cafe and they actively participated in the discussion as well as the President of Cape Cod Community College, other local area high school chemistry teachers and local fellow NESACS members. The room was a- buzz from this social gathering of the Cape Cod science types and the enthusiasm for our Cape Cod Science Cafe in celebration of each quarter of IYC is welcomed here on Cape Cod. 

Click here for Presentation Excerpt.

Next scheduled event in celebration of Q2 of IYC is: Friday April 29, 2011 at The Hyannis Golf Club 6:30pm-9pm Featuring the topic: Alternative Energy & Sustainability. Click here for more info or to reserve your spot today.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Official ACS Anaheim #acsanaheim Tweet-Up & Social Media Opportunity #IYC2011

4/2/11: Here is the official video that was taped on 3/28/11 at ACS Anaheim. Please view and share and let everyone know that it is the International Year of Chemistry! Not only can chemists dance but so can the Periodic Table of the Elements...

We REALLY need your help and participation at the Spring National Meeting: ACS Anaheim.  This is a great opportunity to use social media to generate awareness and fun for IYC! 

Use the official show hashtag on Twitter: #acsanaheim, the Chemistry Ambassadors hashtag: #chem_amb and the IYC hashtag: #IYC2011
We have the chemistry rap song and dance ready to perform at the Anaheim ACS meeting, March 27/28, in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry.  To see a preview clip of how it sounds and looks, watch some students and staff stepping through it at: 

So, our ask of you?

1.        Watch the clip and share it with as many people as possible. Tell them a video of the Anaheim meeting dancers will replace it shortly after 8 pm PST on March 28.  Even if your friends are not going to Anaheim, they will have a new awareness for IYC!  They can also record themselves dancing the chemistry dance and if they send us the video, we will try to post it.
2.       Come to the rehearsal and to the real thing.  Even if you don’t dance, we can use help passing  out the element bibs (if you are going to dance, you can send me your request for a favorite element and we’ll reserve it for you, first come first served J).  We also need help corralling people into the dance space.
3.       Tell all your friends who are going to Anaheim to come to the dance!
4.       Feel free to share the article below with your division or LS or anyone else.  It will appear In ACS Matters tomorrow.

“Chemistry -- the central science, building blocks of life
Engineering new solutions, rid the world of its strife
We’re part of the solution, we ain’t no precipitate,
This is the chemistry dance, now get up and participate.”

Practice for the IYC Chemistry Show dance will be held Sunday, March 27th, 5:00 pm, Hall B, Anaheim Convention Center
Learn a wonderful line dance, then join your colleagues on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 pm for a Tweet-Up in Hall B again, for the real deal. 

This is your year to celebrate chemists! Bring your spirit and your moves. Wear your lab coat and goggles,  dress up as an element or famous chemist.  Come and have fun!  Full demo video in next week’s e-newsletter.

For info, email Rachael Bishop: r_bishop@acs.org
Nancy Blount
Assistant Director, Society Communications I Office of Public Affairs
American Chemical Society
1155 16th St., NW I 1155 16th St, NW I Washington, DC 20036

Friday, March 11, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Portable PIDs from PID Analyzers #Pittcon Booth 461

Check out our Sunday Poster Session at #Pittcon this Sunday featuring the PID Analyzer Model 102: Analysis of ppb levels of photochemical smog components in air using a portable analyzer
Abstract Number: 180 - 18P
Session 180 - New Developments in Analytical Instrumentation and Software
Day and Time: Sunday, March 13, 2011
5:30pm-7pm Room 412A Georgia World Congress Center 

Use the Pittcon Mobile App for the Android & iPhone so you don't miss this poster!
This is a general overview video of the Model 102, principle of operation and specific applications.

Wielding social media for effective science communication