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In an effort to share best practices of local section events and activities, award-winning programs were selected for uniqueness, inclusiveness, or support of special interest groups and presented at the 2013 ACS Leadership Institute held in Dallas, TX. Each presenter was to cover planning the event; how funding was secured; the activity; and the impact. Below is a brief abstract of each event or activity and the PowerPoint presentation follows.

California Local Section (Very Large Size Category)

Award: Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement – Sponsored by the Local Section Activities Committee

In a partnership with the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and funding from a LSAC grant, the California Section initiated a monthly series of Science Cafes featuring acclaimed speakers in many areas of science. The series were highly successful, with at times capacity crowds, and provided new networking opportunities for members and non-members.

Award: International Year of Chemistry 2011 (Local Section) - Sponsored by the International Activities Committee

The California Section produced a Technology Milestones in Chemistry poster series illustrating how chemistry has transformed our lives. The posters were displayed at PacifiChem 2010 and in Paris during the official opening ceremony. English and Spanish versions were displayed during the IUPAC World Congress in Puerto Rico. The Korean Chemical Society converted the posters into a book and distributed 3,000 copies to Korean libraries while the Hungarian Chemical Society converted the posters into a virtual book. The Turkish Chemical Society is also in the process of creating a book.

Central Texas Local Section (Medium Size Category)

Award: Outstanding New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee – Sponsored by the Younger Chemists Committee

The Central Texas YCC program in collaboration with 3 local student chapters consisted of 9 activities targeted to undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and young faculty and professionals. Activities included a Federal Grant Writing Process introduction, Undergraduate Luncheon and Poster Session, Undergraduate and Graduate Networking Breakfast, Undergraduate Symposium, and a Graduate Recruiting Fair.

Chicago Local Section (Very Large Size Category)

Awards: Outstanding Collaboration between a Division and Local Section – Sponsored by the Committee on Divisional Activities and the Local Section Activities Committee

Division of the History of Chemistry and the Chicago Local Section

The History of Chemistry Division and the Chicago Local Section held the Gibbs Medal Centennial Symposium and reception in honor of the Hundredth Anniversary at the Denver National Meeting. The symposium was co-sponsored by six divisions and one ACS Committee, and featured talks on current research to ethics in chemistry by the past and current local section chair and eleven previous Gibbs medalists.

Award: Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event – Sponsored by the Younger Chemists Committee

Chicago conducted a variety of activities during 2011 to better involve young chemists in activities related to their field and to the Chicago Section. Six well-attended events were held that led to more younger chemists attending section meetings and volunteering to help with local activities.

Middle Georgia Local Section (Small Size Category)

Award: Most Innovative New Activity or Program – Sponsored by the Local Section Activities Committee

Middle Georgia sponsored a tour and discussion of chemists buried in a local Cemetery that united local history with various disciplines of chemistry. By including stories such as the case of the poisoning of Dr. Ambrose Baber (Macon's first physician), the impact chemistry had on a local community 150 years ago was brought to life.

New York Local Section (Very Large Size Category)

Award: Outstanding Project SEED Program Award – Sponsored by the Committee on Project SEED

The New York Section had a very successful Project SEED program with over sixty students participating in SEED I and SEED II. Eight students won Project SEED College Scholarships, six were ACS Scholars, and two students were named as Bill Gates Millennium Scholars. Three Project SEED alumni mentored students.

Puerto Rico Local Section (Medium Small Size Category)

Award: Fostering Interactions Between Local Sections and Student Chapters – Sponsored by the Society Committee on Education

The Puerto Rico Section worked with student chapters on an IYC celebration, five outreach events, 7 Science CafÉs, and a Green Chemistry Workshop and Fashion Show that ended with a party to honor the more than 400 student volunteers. The Section also established a new student chapter in 2011.

Award: Best Student Member NCW Event – Sponsored by the Committee on Community Activities

In conjunction with National Chemistry Week, the final of 5 IYC festivals had over 200 volunteers representing all Puerto Rico Student Chapters. Using the theme "Chemistry: our health, our life", the event featured Health Clinics, a show of chemical demonstrations by Science on Wheels, and an artistic show by the Conjunto Criollo UPR-RP.

Award: Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs Committee – Sponsored by the Committee on Minority Affairs

Focusing on IYC themes, the Puerto Rico section reached thousands of K-12 students, over 50 teachers, and thousands of people in the community. Student members from public and private institutions, as well as chemists from academia, industry, and government were involved in the highly visible program that was covered in various modes of media and social networks.

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San Diego Local Section – (Large Size Category)

Award: Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Large Size Category Award – Sponsored by the Local Section Activities Committee

San Diego held many well attended events including a 5-part lecture series designed by their YCC on “Medicinal Chemistry” with an average of 80 attendees. WCC’s event discussed the “Globalization of Chemistry” that produced a turnout of over 100 members, and their National Chemistry Week Chem-Expo brought over 750 students, parents, and teachers.

Savannah River Local Section – (Medium Small Size Category)

Award: Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Small Size Category Award – Sponsored by the Local Section Activities Committee

For the first time, Savannah River created an outreach program targeted to their local Hispanic community. They integrated the IYC theme into their quarterly activities; displayed a strong budget; and conducted strong elementary school outreach events.