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.

2015 National Chemistry Week Events
Chemistry Colors Our World!

October 24, 2015 – Boston Children’s Museum
From 11 am – 4 pm, NCW volunteers will be on-hand throughout the museum to perform demonstrations and assist in hands-on activities related to Chemistry Colors Our World.

November 1, 2015 – 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 either via email (preferred) or by phone 1-781- 272-1966 before October 27, 2014. Tickets will be available for pick-up in the lobby of the museum at the ACS table.
* Hands-on Activities related to the yearly theme
Taking place from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on November 1, 2015 throughout the Museum

September 1 – October 15, 2015
K-12 students participate in the NCW poetry contest. Click here or for more information.

2015 Illustrated Poem Contest
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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 2015 Poetry Contest:

"Chemistry Colors Our World"
Students in grades K-12 may participate.
Contest Deadline: October 16, 2015
Prizes: $25 gift certificate to
Contact: Christine Jaworek-Lopes, Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
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: "Chemistry Colors Our World".
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:
  • Dyes and pigments
  • Absorbed and reflected light
  • The chemistry of fireworks
  • Natural and artificial colors
  • Any other relvevant topics
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

Please send completed completed poems and entry forms to:
  Christine Jaworek-Lopes
  Emmanuel College
  400 The Fenway
  Boston, MA 02115

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