Webinars aid National Chemistry Week

Thursday, October 21 2010

The American Chemical Society, as part of National Chemistry Week, recently held a webinar that focused on the ways in which chemists can make valuable contributions to their communities.

The free video conference featured Al Hazari, Ph.D., of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The webinar included a short presentation and a question-and-answer portion.

Media and others interested in chemical sciences were invited to join the webinar as well.

ACS Webinars, which are also held outside of National Chemistry Week, aim to connect people with experts and thought leaders in the chemical sciences, management and business fields from around the world.

National Chemistry Week is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools and individuals as they delve into how chemistry affects quality of life. This year's theme, entitled "Behind the Scenes with Chemistry," aims to prove that chemistry is everywhere, from the obvious science fair project to the less conspicuous movie set. For example, the spectacular special effects in films are more than merely movie magic. They are common chemical concepts put to work.

In addition to the web meeting, National Chemistry Week also included events such as a poster contest for students, science nights and film screenings.