Presidential Events

Saturday, March 15

10 AM to 2 PM

2014 ACS President Thomas J. Barton begins the ACS spring national meeting by inviting children and families to an ACS public outreach event at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. The theme of the event is “Exploring Our World through Chemistry,” and attendees can learn more about the fascinating world of chemistry through hands-on, age-appropriate activities.

Sunday, March 16

Barton’s first presidential symposium, “Engaging Chemistry Departments in the Preparation of Chemistry Teachers,” will present successful models for increasing the quality and quantity of chemistry teachers. Only 46% of public high school chemistry classes are taught by a teacher who earned a degree in chemistry, and an even smaller percentage—35%—of chemistry teachers in public high schools have majors and certification in chemistry.

Monday, March 17

The next presidential symposium, “Benefits of Chemistry in our Lives” will feature speakers who are all past ACS presidents. Presenters will touch upon all facets of life in which chemistry plays an increasingly important role in benefiting humankind.

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture

4 to 5 PM

Emily A. Weiss, Irving M. Klotz Research Professor at Northwestern University.

The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture

5:30 to 6:30 PM

John A. Rogers, the Swanlund Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tuesday, March 18

Dreyfus Symposium on Chemical Instrumentation

All day event

The “Dreyfus Symposium on Chemical Instrumentation,” is collaboration between ACS and the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Management Symposium

The Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Management will have a symposium in honor of William F. Banholzer, the former executive vice president and chief technology officer at Dow Chemical. Speakers include many of the leading CTOs in the chemical industry.