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2007 ChemLuminary Award Winners

Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs

ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs


The Delaware section engaged their federal and state legislators, in addition provided forums for members to learn about, debate, and discuss items of relevance to the chemistry community, such as energy, environmental, education, and National Security.

Green Mountain

The Green Mountain Section engaged federal legislators and provided a forum for members to learn about, debate, and discuss items of relevance to the chemistry community, such as energy, environmental, education, and U.S. innovation.


The Minnesota section engaged federal legislators and provided a forum for members to learn about, debate, and discuss items of relevance to the chemistry community.

Committee on Community Activities

Best Student Affiliates Event


To kick off NCW 2006, the Wisconsin Local Section sponsored a haunted house with a chemistry twist! The event, which was completely planned and staffed by students from chemistry organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, attracted around 200 visitors and was featured on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Most Original Hands-on Activity or Chemical Demonstration


Northeastern Local Section celebrated NCW with over 1500 participants at the Wellesley College and Museum of Science-Boston. Participants learned the properties of different types of nails (copper roofing, hot dipped galvanized, aluminum and stainless steel) by performing a series of hands-on experiments.

Outstanding Community Involvement in NCW


NCW 2006 events for the Indiana Local Section started with a publicity blitz featuring a week of advertisements in local papers and a T-shirt giveaway in downtown Indianapolis (1000 T-shirts were distributed in less than 30 minutes)! Festivities at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which filled nearly every available space in the museum with over 30 hands-on chemistry activities, were attended by approximately 3700 visitors.

Outstanding Event for a Specific Audience

Michigan State University

The Michigan State University Local Section hosted a highly successful “Chemistry Day” at Impression 5 Science Center, a local hands-on science museum, with free admission thanks to local business sponsorship. They specifically invited Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to earn an NCW patch by conducting hands-on activities presented primarily by students (undergraduate, graduate, and high school students).

Outstanding Event for the Public Using the Yearly Theme


The Pittsburgh Local Section's two-day event at the Carnegie Science Center featured hands-on activities, demonstrations, and displays from 29 different organizations centered on the NCW 2006 theme “Your Home—It's All Built on Chemistry”. Local corporations, nonprofit organizations, secondary schools, colleges and universities, student and technician affiliate groups, and professional societies all got into the act by presenting their creative and inventive interpretations of the theme.

Outstanding Industrial Involvement

Southwest Louisiana

Southwest Louisiana's industry-sponsored ChemExpo was conducted to reach every sixth grader in Calcasieu Parish with hands-on chemistry and science demonstrations. More than 500 volunteers took part in presenting over 70 demo stations for the event attended by 2500 students.

Outstanding On-Going NCW Event


For seventeen years, the students and faculty representing the local universities in the Erie Local Section have organized, developed, and presented hands-on activity programs reflecting NCW's yearly theme at the largest shopping area in the region. With large numbers of volunteers, generous donations from local businesses, and outstanding media participation, the Erie Section's Chemistry Mall Show truly represents the spirit of NCW!

Outstanding Teacher Program


For the sixth year in a row, the Cleveland Section sponsored a highly successful chemistry workshop for educators at the annual fall conference of regional science teachers. At the workshop, 50 educators received a self-contained kit of materials, script, and training to present an NCW-themed program to their students. New this year, the teacher programs kit and scripts were aligned with the Ohio K-12 Science Benchmarks for each grade level.

Committee on Divisional Activities

Recognition of Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division

Chemical Information (CINF)

In 2006, the Chemical Information Division expanded its collaborations with outside organizations to include an international collaboration with German counterparts. They also experimented with podcasting to share the division’s programming with members who cannot attend annual meetings.

Chemical Technicians (TECH)

Through collaboration with Technician Affiliate Groups, TECH offered quality programming targeting technician needs, and increasing technician participation and attendance at three regional meetings. For many technicians, this was their first ACS experience beyond their local section and their first opportunity to interact at the National level.

Fuel Chemistry (FUEL)

FUEL provided outstanding service to its members with two projects during 2006: Access to searchable and downloadable PDF files of all FUEL preprints published from 1957 to 2000 on the Division Web Page; and a 5-day integrated symposia and Presidential Event addressing challenges for the Hydrogen economy.

Polymer Chemistry, Inc. (POLY)

POLY Division recorded the “Entrepreneurship in Polymers and Technology" symposium at the 232nd National ACS Meeting and made it available as an on-demand Web-cast reaching a broader audience and providing a new member benefit.

Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award (Large to Very Large)


The Northeastern Section presented the activity “Holding Your Home Together—Nails, Nails, Nails” as part of two day-long events held at Wellesley College and the Boston Museum of Science attended by approximately 1500 people in total. In this hands-on activity, participants learned about the properties of different types of nails by performing a series of experiments which used magnetism, density and reactivity to illustrate the differences.

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award (Small to Medium Large)


The Detroit section had an exceptionally well-attended, interactive presentation given by a local Career Counselor and Life Coach. This lecture and hands-on program allowed participants to explore clues in their personality, talents, and skills to help them develop a clearer sense of where they can best utilize their skill set.

Committee on Local Section Activities

Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement


The Georgia Local Section produced and distributed 4,500 magnetic car bumper stickers promoting chemistry to meeting attendees during the March, 2006, ACS National Meeting in Atlanta and 500 bumper stickers to area high school teachers and students.

Most Innovative New Activity or Program in a Local Section


The Northeastern Section created a blog to provide information on numerous career development topics, links to useful Web resources, and a forum to share advice and solicit feedback on often sensitive career issues. The site receives 800 - 1,000 hits per day.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section Large Size Category Award


Minnesota Local Section as it marked its 100th anniversary with a visit to a museum chronicling the flour milling industry in Minnesota. They also participated in the Minnesota Technical Symposium on Alternate Energy, and celebrated NCW with a Grande Expo on the Concordia University Campus.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section Medium Large Size Category Award


The section enhanced communication with its members through its website and mailings, partnered with outside organizations to help members find jobs, assisted students and instructors to find travel funds, and celebrated NCW with innovative events.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section Medium Size Category Award


The 2006 ACS Central Regional Meeting was a resounding success due to the efforts of the Midland Local Section. The meeting welcomed over 750 attendees from 14 countries and 30 states, with students comprising 24% of attendees. Jean-Michel Costeau delivered the keynote address.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section Medium Small Size Category Award

Illinois Heartland

Illinois Heartland expanded its offerings to include a haiku contest, a meeting at the planetarium, a discovery forum, and Earth Day activities. In 5 years, its NCW Chemistry Day grew from 4 to 40 volunteers and from 25 to 600 participants while gaining financial support from local industry.

Savannah River

The Savannah River Local Section co-hosted SERMACS 2006 along with the Central Savannah River Area Section of AIChE, celebrated its 50th anniversary, and hosted a Science CafÉ that was advertised in local media and drew a large attendance and received press coverage.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section Small Size Category Award


After successfully meeting leadership challenges, the Pensacola Local Section had a very active year hosting 9 meetings, 5 Executive Board meetings, NCW and Earth Day activities, and a WCC luncheon. New electronic communication links were established and utilized.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section Very Large Size Category

North Jersey

In the process of holding symposia, recognizing volunteers, providing extensive programming, and supporting colleagues in search of professional assistance, the North Jersey Local Section worked to change its culture by reaching out to more groups and embracing more ideas to provide leadership.

Committee on Minority Affairs

Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs Committee

Indiana-Kentucky Border

The Indiana-Kentucky Section hosted activities during NCW that highlighted the diversity of the local section with classroom visits and demonstrations that exposed young children to chemists with diverse backgrounds.

Committee on Project SEED

Outstanding Project SEED Program Award


Since 1976, Rider University has sponsored Project SEED. Ninety-seven students have received guidance from twelve scientist-mentors; 67% of those students were from underrepresented groups in science; 55% were women; and over 90% subsequently attended two to four-year colleges. A number have gone to earn masters or PhD degrees as well as degrees in law or health professions.

Committee on Public Relations & Communications

Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section


The activities of the Georgia Section's Hospitality Committee for the 2006 Atlanta National ACS Meeting supported ACS President Ann Nalley's "Ensuring the Future" theme, and the need for innovation in the physical sciences expressed in President Bush's 2006 "State of the Union" speech.

Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach

John J. Fortman

John Fortman is recognized for more than four decades of outstanding public outreach. He has made an enormous impact through chemistry shows, activities and speeches, which have been presented locally, regionally and nationally. His demonstration shows have led to a collection of chemistry videos and DVD's. In addition to direct public interactions, he has authored over 50 papers on chemical education.

Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Puerto Rico

The section established five major activities allowing direct interaction with more than 4,000 persons through Mega Chemistry Shows and Demonstrations. These initiatives opened new frontiers and possibilities for the section to partner with local government, industry, and academia.

Joint Committee on Local Section/Division Interaction

Local Section/Division Interaction Award

Midland Local Section and the Division of Chemical Technicians

The Mid-Michigan Technician Affiliate Group, the Division of Chemical Technicians, and the Midland Local Section collaborated to sponsor a full-day symposium, a half-day workshop, and a dinner talk by a career/personal development consultant at the 2006 Central Regional Meeting.

Society Committee on Education

ACS Student Affiliates Chapter Interaction Award

St. Louis

Student Affiliates from chapters at Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Principia College participated in a range of St. Louis Section activities, including the Minority Science Showcase, NCW, and an undergraduate research symposium.

Outstanding High School Student Program Award

North Jersey

The section worked with 896 students and 238 teachers that included the National Chemistry Olympiad, NCW, and Mole Day Poster Contests, the NJ Chemistry Olympics, Project SEED, the North Jersey Regional Science Fair, and teacher professional development.

Outstanding Kids & Chemistry Award


The Delaware Kids and Chemistry program consisted of 1500 hands-on experiments. Of particular note are the events at St. Mark's High School that resulted from partnerships with local schools and other organizations to reach students in Delaware, Cecil County, MD, and Chester County, PA.

Women Chemists Committee

Outstanding Outreach to Girls or Young Women


Members of the Georgia Local Section held two events with the local Girl Scouts engaging over 450 girls. The “case of the mystery skull” was solved using chemical tests. The WCC demonstrated food science experiments and distributed NCW gift bags as part of "Girls Stay Fit."


The Richland Girls in Science brought together 109 girls in grades 6-8 in Northeastern Oregon. The daylong event theme was “Save Our Fish” and involved extensive outreach to Native American girls. Parents had a program on preparation for college while the girls were engaged in science activities.

Outstanding Overall Women Chemists Committee


The California Section WCC sponsored a networking event at the San Francisco National ACS meeting with posters and snacks and provided a great venue for local section WCCs to share ideas for programs. The WCC also organized a symposium and luncheon at the Western Regional Meeting.

Outstanding Single Event Promoting Women


In collaboration with Georgia Tech Women in Science, the Georgia WCC sponsored a negotiation workshop for forty-six graduate students and postdocs from five area universities. Facilitators directed the event which provided key skills in a topic of great interest and need to young professional women.

Younger Chemists Committee

Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee


The Minnesota LSYCC recruited a new executive committee, met bi-monthly to discuss issues, and sponsored three successful events: a mentoring workshop, research symposia, and a pizza/bowling social.

Outstanding New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee

Indiana-Kentucky Border

The IN-KY Border section used YCC Starter Grant funds to help fund a successful joint academic/industry poster session and a discussion panel on Careers in Chemistry with industrial and academic representatives.

Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event

Western New York

The Western New York LSYCC cosponsored the 24th annual Graduate Students’ Symposium at the University at Buffalo. The symposium was created by graduate students and aimed to provide a relaxed educational opportunity for graduate students.

Outstanding Programming for Younger Chemists by a Division

Chemical Information (CINF)

CINF offered programming for younger chemists at ACS National Meetings and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. They provided financial support in the form of scholarships and travel grants, and contributed to informational resources targeted to younger chemists.