FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Thu Aug 07 16:30:00 EDT 2014

American Chemical Society to host popular vote for Chemistry Champion communicator

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 — Five early-career chemists will compete to see who best communicates science to the public in the final round of the American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Champions contest starting 7 p.m. Pacific time this Sunday, August 10. A panel of three expert science communicators will provide feedback on each finalist’s performance. Both in-person audience members and viewers watching online will be able to vote for their favorite finalist via SMS text and Twitter.

TOPIC: ACS Chemistry Champions Finals live performance

DATE & TIME: Sunday, August 10, 7 p.m. PT; doors open 6:30 p.m. PT

LOCATION: The Kanbar Forum at the Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco. All attendees must RSVP via, with entrance guaranteed to the first 150 ticketed attendees.

LIVESTREAM ADDRESS: performance begins at 7 p.m. PT

The three judges are Lydia Franco-Hodges, instructor from The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science; Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons; and Dr. Kiki Sanford, host of This Week in Science The winning Chemistry Champion will fly to Washington, D.C., to shoot an ACS Reactions video and meet professional science communicators. 

The five finalists will be selected during a closed-door semi-final round, with the results announced on Twitter via @AmerChemSociety #chemchamps on August 9 by 7:30 p.m. PT. The 10 semi-finalists were chosen from 27 video applicants in June 2014. The semi-finalists’ videos are available for viewing at
ACS Chemistry Champions is not affiliated with the Exploratorium.

ACS is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

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