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Holy Mole-y: National Chemistry Week is October 17 – 23
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Written By:  Holly A. Dean
Contact:  Holly A. Dean
Contact Email:  h.dean@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8864
Grab your safety goggles and lab coat; it’s time for National Chemistry Week. USciences’ chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting a week-long celebration of events to communicate the importance of chemistry in our lives. With the theme, “Behind the Scenes of Chemistry,” USciences is joining ACS chapters across the country to educate the community and make a positive change in the public’s impression of this fundamental science. 

Monday, October 18:  “Periodic Table of Brownies” sale in the McNeil Science and Technology Center (McNeil STC) atrium. Stop by to refresh your memory on the periodic table and purchase an “element” to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Tuesday, October 19:  ACS members will be in the McNeil STC atrium for an afternoon full of food chemistry experiments. Demonstrations will include extraction of iron from foods, the separation of food coloring, and more!
Wednesday, October 20:  Dr. Guillermo Moyna and Dr. Nathan West from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be presenting their green chemistry research to the University in PTC 140. ACS members will also host a short presentation on how to reduce your carbon footprint. 
Thursday, October 21: USciences’ hosts the Philadelphia Section of ACS’ October meeting in the McNeil STC. Dr. William J. Simonsick, Jr. from DuPont Chemical Company will present "Modern Mass Spectrometry in the Materials World."
Friday, October 22:  On the eve of National Mole Day, ACS will hide more than 200 furry, goggle-bearing moles around campus. Find a mole, answer the chemistry question, and win a prize. National Mole Day is in commemoration of Avogadro’s renounced number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.
Think you would have what it takes to win a prize?  Test your chemistry knowledge here.  
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